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VOL. VI. 



POEMS OF SIR JOHN BEAUMONT. 



Face 

riE Antlior*! life, by Mr. Chatmen 3 
DedicatiOD to the Kin; 6 



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8 
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ib. 

9 
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ib. 
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34 



Ib BcgT to łbe liriog Memory of his deceased 

Fhead. By Thofnas Newill 

!• Ełegy to tbe Memory of bis much ho- 

ooiired Friend. By Thomas Hawkins 

To die worthT Muse of bis noble Friend. By 

Thomas Hawkins 

ACoogrataiation to the Moses. By his Son 

Joba iteaumout 

t^B the foUowIng Poems of my dearest Fa- 

thcr. By Francis. Beanmgnt 

t^ the Poems of his dearest Brother. By 

Gsorge Fortescoe 

Ob the honoored Poems of his honoured 

Fiiead. By Ben Jonson 

Ib the dear Remembraoce of his noble Friend. 

BjrMic Drayton ^ 

M postharaom Omis D. lo Bello-Montij. 

BfPh Kin. 

1^ the honoured Poems of his unknown 

ftieod. By la. Cl 

loKsorth Field 

Ab EipresBion of Sibyll^s Acrosticks 

TBgiL Eciog. W, 

Ab F4»igniB eoncerning Man'8 Life, com- 

pand by Crates, or Pasidippus 

Ile Ansver of Metrodonis 

HaraL Lib. n. Sat. W 

Bont Carm. lib. iiL Od. xuz 

Bwat. Epod- iu 

Ftr.SaLfi. 

Amob. Idyll, xvi 

Ovidian'8 Epigram of the old Man of Verona. 
l7poa the twogreat Feasts of tbe Annuncia- 

tisB and Resarrection falling on the same 

DBy,March 25. 1637 

Ofths Epiphany 

OftbsTrBAs&gitration ofonr Lord 

OsissensioB Day 

AaOdeofthebiessedTrinitie 

ADsbgae between the World, a Pilgrim, and 

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Aa ActofContrition 

In Desolation ^ ,. 

In spińtoal GcMufort 

An Actof Hope 

Of Teares 

Of Sinoe 

Of the miserable State of Man 

Of Sicknesse « 

Of trye Liberty , , 

Againstinordinate LoTeofCreatares ......... 

Against abnsed Looe 

A Oescription of Loue... 

Tbe Shepberdesse 

On the Aiininersary Day of his Maistre*8 Reigne 

oaerEngland, March the24....r 

A Tbanksgining for the Delirerance of King 

James from a dangerons Accideut 

To his late Maiesty eoncerning the tnie Formę 

of EnglishPoetry .....^'. 

To tbe glorions Memory of King James 

A Panegjrrick at the Coronatiaa of King 

Charles..... ;.... 

OfthePrince'sJotisncy -...., 

Of the Prince^SDf^parture and Retnrne ; 

Ofthe Prince'8 most happy Retnrne 

Upon the Anniuersary Day of the Prince'8 

Retorne, October the fifth 

To the mott iUnstrious Prince Charles, of the 

excellent Use of Poems 

To the Prince ...,# 

An Epithalamiiim ?pon the happy Marriage 

of King Charles and Queene Mary 

At the End of bis Maiestie^s first Yeere 

An Epithalaminm to wy Lord Marquesse of 

of Buckingham and to his faire and Tertu- 

ousŁady 

Of his Maiestie*s tow for the Felicity of my 

Lord MBTquisse of Buckingham 

My Lord of Buckiiigham's Wdcome to the 

King at Burley 

A Coagratulation to the Marąuisse of Buck- 
ingham at the Birth of hisDaugbter 

Of trne (|reatnes8e. To the Marquisse of 

Bnckingbam 

YpoD the Marqaisse of Buckingham^s Armes .. 



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Ypoa tbe ManiuKM of Buckioghflm^s ShielU 
at a Ulting, his Impresae being a Bird of 
Paradise , 37 

To the Duke of Buckinghaoi at bis Beturoe 
from Spaine 38 

To tbe Duke of Buckingham ib. 

To tbe Duke of Buckingham vpon tbe Birth 
, of bis fint SoDoe ^ iW 

Vpon the Earl of Coaentry'8 Depaitcrre irom 
us to tbe Aogels ,. ib. 

To Lord Yiscomit Parbeek, a Congratulation 
for bia Health 39 

To the Memory of Mistris Elizabeth Neuell... ib. 

<0f tbe Łady M*rquisae of Wincbeiter v. Ib. 






Ypon his noble Friend Sir William Sliipwitli .. 
An Epitapfa vpon my deare Brotber, Francis 

Beaumont I 

Teares for the Death of tbe Lord Cbaodos ... ł 
Ypon tbe ▼ntimely Death of Edward Stafiord 
Sonne and Heire to the Lord Stafibrd ...... i 

To the Memory of Ferdinando Pul ton, £Bq.... i 

To the immortat Memory of tbe Lady Cliftoiu i 
Ypeo the Death of the most noble Lord Henry, 

Earle of Soothampton, 1624 ^ 

An Epitaph vpon that hopeful young Gentle- 
man, tbe Lord Wńotbesley • 

Juvena1, Sat. z. * i 

A funerali Hy mne out of Prodentins 



POEMS OF GILES AND PHiNEAS FLETCHER. 



Tbe Anthort* lirea, by ifilr. Cbalmórs .../...- 51 



ÓltBS FLETCHER. 

To tbe ligbt worship^l and reyerend Mr. Doc- 
tor Nerile, Dean of Canterbury, and the 

Master of Trioity College in Cambridge ... 55 

Thomas Nerile, most heavenly .. 57 

TotbeReader 58 

aECOMMlMDATOKT FOBMt. 

]>efuncto Fratri. By Phin. Fleieher... 60 

MnfjtSiś^u. By F. Netbersole ib. 

Christ^s Yictory in Reaven 61 

Christ^s Triumph on £artb 67 

Christ* s Tri omph over Death 71 

Chrisfs Triumph after Death 76 



PHINEAS FLETCHER. 

Dedłcation to my most worthy and leamed 
Friend, Edward Benlowes, Esc} 

COBMENIiAtORT ▼SltSSS. 

To tbe learned Author, Son and Brother to 
two judicious Poets, himself the tbii^, not 
secotid to eithef. By W. Benlowes ....<.... 

To the iogenions Composer of tbis Pastorał, 
the Spencer of tbis Age. . By Frań. Ouarles. 

The purple Jsland, or the kle of Mon. 
Canto I 



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Introdoćtion 

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108 
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in. Myrtilus -.....-.. t; 

lY. Chromis I 

Y. Nicaea..... ^ ... % 

YL Tbomalln % 

YIL ThePrize 1, 

To my dear Friend, the ^lencer of tbis Ag<e« ' 

By Fraacia Ouarles v.... K 

MISCBŁŁAaiSS. 

An Hymn at tbe Marriage of my most dear 

Cousios, Mr. W. and M. R. j 

To my beloved Cousin, W. R. Esą. Calend. ^ 

Januar ^ |^ 

lo 3iasŁor Wm x^. ...«..•...•..«.•.....*...••...•.. 'W 
To my Gver bonoured Cousin, W. R. £Bf|. ... j 
To R. C. in Cambridge, my Son by ths Uni^ ■ ■ 

▼crsity , .,., ,1 

To my bclored Thenot, in Answer of bi» Yerse^ % 
Upon the Picture of Achmet tbe Turkish Ty- i 

rant j 

To Mr. Jo. Tomkins (j 

ToThomalin || 

Against a rich Man despising Poverty ] 

Contentment • ^ 

AYow „ Ji 

On Woman's lightness i 

A Reply opon the fair M. S .' } 

An Apology for tbe Premises to the Lady CuU 

pepper.... h 

To my oniy chosen Yalentine and Wife i 

A Translation of Boetbius, the tliird Book and ■ 

lastYene \ 

A Translation of Boethius, Book ii. Yer. vii.. Ij 
l^pon my Brother Mr. G. F. his Book iotitled 

Christ's Yictory and Triumph i 

Upon the Bishop of £xon. Dr. Hall, his Medi- 

tations i 

Upou' the O^mtemplations of the Btshop oł 

Excester, given to the Lady E. W. at New. 

Year^sTide i 

These Asclepiads of Mr. H. S. translated aiid 

enlarged t^ 

Psalm XLIl.metaphraaęd...... i 

XLin i 

cxx\Mi : U 

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CONTB<ITS. 



Mai. • - ib. 

CXSL ...,« 164 

im Hjriim « ib. 

Anlfyaiii «.;... ib. 

Ob mf FrieiMi*» Piotiii«» vbi> died in Travel . . ib. 
C|NB Dr. Fteyfin- ib. 



Tuje 

Upon my Brotfaer'8 Book, ćalM TheOroandt, 
Lab<Miraiid Retrmrd of Faitb 165 

CpcNi Mr. Perkint, his printed Sermons ib. 

EUza, or an Elegy tipoa the uaripe Decease 
ofSr Antooy Irby «. ib. 



POEMS OF FRANCIS BEAUMONT 



Tke Aatbor*! Life, by Mr.Chalmen 175 

aacoMMmiMToar posms. 

To tbe worshipfal, the worthily bonoured, 

Bobert ParkhursŁ, Ck|. by U B 179 

Te cte trae FaŁitmcsse of all Poetry, CaTiópe. 

Bf F. B< • «.... ib. 

'teUndcittAttthadś. By W.is ib. 

lbtheA«lbor. By F. B ib. 

. 4b ihe AntiMM** ByJ.F. • .....•• ib. 

^1W Aatbor to the Reader.... 180 

*To Mc. Francis Beaoinoot, (Łben tiving). By 



ib. 
Cpta M. n«tebcr's -tnoomparable Plaiet ...... ib. 

Ibkke Memory ofibc iaGomparaUe Paire of 

Antbors, Beaamoiit and Fletcher ib. 

Ob the happy OolleetioD of Beaumonfs and 

Retoher^B Works. By I. Berkoihead 181 

-^Elcfy <iD tfae Łady MariLhnn 183 

Aa Sierr '..• łb. 

'AGbanne 1 184 

^'OBibe Marriage of a beauteous young Gen- 

tfewonao Yitli an ancient Sflan ....•k...... *> ib. 

TkeGlance * ib. 

ASooMt ; ib. 

tkwBeaoty 185 

Tkc lodfflerent ; ib. 

i0fe*s Fi eeiioaie ib. 

OathelifeofMaD ib. 

f'Ai bitanb^ — ^Here śbe lies whoae spotless 

• biM 186 

ASoDoet* — ^Like a ring witbout a finger ib. 

A Doeriptkio of Love łb. 

fk^Shepberdcaae 187 

A Inoeral Elojrte on the Death of fbe Łady 

Iteelope CliftoB ib. 

The Baamnation of his Mistrii'i Perfectioos. ib. 

T» the moftable Faire 188 

Oriafiogatfirst Sight ib. 

the AnAiplatDnie ib. 

ttng. — sity, l<yv«iy dreame, where eouldst 

thoa flad ..., 189 

flong. — Behoid tbe brand of beanty tost ib. 

Aa Elegy^ — Hem? en knoKrs my love to tbee, 

fcdoodeKTO ibb 

l^pOB M r. Charles Beaamont, who died of a 

OOBsooiptioD ib. 

YieeaLore ^ 190 

Smgi — Oo and eateh a fallhig star ib. 

fceufcie protested ib. 

'Bismity of Łofre protested ib. 

TW wiUiBg Prisooer to his Mistris ib. 

A Hadie of the Gentiemen of Gnies Inoe and 

tbalmer Tempie Ib, 



F10Ł06UIS, sriLooinES, Aia» sokos to sitekał płaiu. 

The Prologue to tbe Mad Lo^er 19^ 

Epilogae ib. 

FiniŁ Song to the Mad Lover ib. 

Second Song to the Mad Lover \93 

Third Song\o tbe Mad Layer ib. 

Prologue to Ihe Spaoish Curate ib. 

Epiiogue *.. ib. 

Prologae to tbe Prench Lawyer ib. 

Epiiogue 194 

Fhst Song to the Play, calied, Tłie Łittle 
French Lawyer, called an Epithaiaraioe 
Song at the Wedding ib. 

Second Song to the Łittie French Lawyer, 
called, SoDg in the Wood « ib. 

Prologue to the Play, called, The Gustom of 
the Country ib. 

Spik>gae ib. 

Aoother Prologue to the same Play ib. 

Epiiogue łb. 

Probgue to tbe Play, called, The Noble Gen- 
tleman • ^ ib. 

EpHogue 195 

Probgue to the Play, called, The Captaine... ib. 

Epiiogue '. , ib. 

First Song to the PJay, caUed» The Captaine.. ib. 

Tbe second Song • ib. 

Song to the Play, called, Tbe Beggei^s Bush., ib. 

Prologue to tbe Play, called, The Coscombe.. th. 

Epiiogue 19u 

Prologue to the Tnigedy, called, The False One. ib. 

Epiiogue ib. 

First Song to Tbe False One, a Tragedy ib. 

Thesecoad Song.../.. ib. 

ThethifdSoog « « ib. 

The foarth Song ib. 

Probgue to tbe Play, called, The Chanoes ... 19T 

Epik>gno... ib. 

Prologue to the Play, called, The Łoyal Subject. ib» 

Epiiogue ib. 

First Song to tbe Play, called, Tbe Loyal Sub- 
ject • łb. 

Second Song : ib. 

Third Song ib. 

Prologue to the Play, called, TheLoTer^ Pro- 
grf«se ib. 

Epiiogue 198 

First Song te The ŁoYer*s Progresse ib. 

Second Song ib. 

Songs to tbe Play, caJled, Tbe Maid io tbe 
Miii. 

TirstSong ...». ib. 

Second Song «. ik 



^^^KtEwrs, 



viii 

SoDga to the Way, called, Thr Nice Va1our, or 
The Passionate Mad Man. 

FintSung .' 198 

SecondSong 199 

ThirdSołig ib. 

Fourlh Song , ib. 

FifthSong ib, 

Słxth Song ib. 

Prologu« to Tbe Tamer Tamed ib. 

Epilogue ib. 

Prologae to Tbe Martial Maid 200 

Epilogae ib. 

A Song to tbe Play, called, Wit at seTeral 

WeapoDs ib. 

Prologue to The Faire Maid of the Inne ib. 

Epilogue ib. 

First Song to the Tragedy of Yaleotinian .^ ib. 

Seoond Song ib. 

ThirdSoog 201 

Foiirth Song ib. 

Prologae to tbe Play, called, Lo¥e'B Pilgri- 

mage ib. 

Tbe bonest Man'8 Fortane ib. 

Mr. Francis Beaumonfs ŁeUer to Beo Jobn- 



son, written before he and Mr. Fletcber 

came to London 20S 

On Francis Beaamonfs Death, by Bishop 

Corbet ...*. ib. 

An Elegy opon Mr. Francis Beanmont, by 

J. Earle ^t^t 

On William Shakespeare ib 

On Hen Johnson ., — ib 

Anotber on Ben Johnson «. ib 

On Mr. Edm. Spencer, famous Poet 20^ 

On MichaCl Drayton, bnried in Westminster . ib 

On theTombs in Westminster ib 

The Ex-ale-tation of Ale ib 

The good Fellow 20< 

The Vmuc of Sack 20' 

Canto in the Praise of Sack .-- >h 

The Answer of Ale to the Challenge of Sack... 2(K 

The Triumph of Tobacco over Sack and Ale.. 20! 

The Praises of a country Ijfe ib 

TKANSlATIOlfS. 

Salmacis Je Hermapfarodiius, or Tbe Her- < 

maphrodite, from pvid 2M 

The Remedie of Love from Ovid 2N 

The Conclusioo 2*^1 



PO EMS OF WILLIAM BROWNE. 



The Author^ Life, by Mr. Chalmers. 225 

Dedication to Edward Lord Zuuch 229 

To tbe Reader 230 

UCOMMBNDATORY POEMS. 

In Buoołica O. Brom 2.')1 

Ad Amoris Nnmina. By L Sel^pn ib. 

By the same ib. 

To his Friend the Aathor. By Micbael Dray- 

ton 231 

To his ingeoioos and worthy Friend the Aothor. 232 
On him, a pastorall Ode to bis fairest Sbep- 

herdesse. By Edward Heyward ib. 

To bis Friend the Author, npon bis Poem. By 

Christopher Brooke ib. 

Ana^rama. By Fr. Dynne ib. 

To his Friend the Author. By Tho. Gardiner. ib. 

To the Author. By W. Perrar 233 

To the Author. By Fr. Oulde ib. 

To tbe most ingenious Author. By John Olan- 

yill ib. 

To his Friend. By Tho, Wenman ib. 

Tb his worthily-affected Friend. By W. Her- 
bert i ib. 

Anotber to the same. By W. Herbert ib. 

To my Browne, yet brrghtest Swaine. By L 

Daries ib. 

Ad illnstriasimum Jirrenem Gulielmum Browne, 

Carmen gratolatorium. By C. Croke 234 

To my noble Friend the Author. By Unton 

Croke ib. 

To the Author. By Anth. Yincent « ib. 

To his wortby Frióid, on his Book. By John 

Morgan ib. 

To his Friend tbe Autlior. By Angnstus Csesar. ib. 
To the Author. By 6. Wither ib. 



i 



To my truły beloved Friend, on his Ptetorals. 
By BenJonson 23i 

BarrANNiA*s PAsroiuŁf. 

Book L Songi 231 

II 24C 

ni : 251 

IV 25i 

V. 261 

Book IL Song I. To the Earle of Pembrooke. 26S 

U 271 

III 2« 

IV 294 

V ,. 301 

THE 8UEFHBRP'S PIK. 

Dedication to Edward I^rd Zouch SOf 

Of his Friend, by E. Johnson ib 

To his better belo^ed than kuown Friend, b^r 

JohnOnty i|k 

Tbe Shepherd's Pipę. 

Eclogue I. • ib 

II 31(i 

III Słfl 

IV 316 

To tbe Yćrtoous and rouoh lamenting Sisten 
of my ever-admired Friend, Mmter Tboroas' 

. Manwood i...«tf.u 320 

V ; ib. 

VL -S^M 

VIL S2a 

Eclognes, by Master Brooke and Master Da- 
vies, on the Publication of the Shepherd^s 
PIpe. 

Cutty and Willie 524 

Tbirsia and Alesit 32J 



CONTENTa. 



yott^Wjliie and dld 
Wemock bis P^riend 327 



Ite Iner T«mple M MqDe 3S9 

im¥kęf4n tlie bewailed Death uf Henry, 

Fkiaee cf Walei •..•^j 353 

niiiii*s Praiw to his Mistren, from a Collec- 
te of Ptens, called Engtaśd^t HelieDO, or 
TWMwei Hmrmoay 334 



IX 

A Foem attributed bj.Pńiice, in his Worthies 
of Defon, to William Browne 335 

Preflzed t6 Richard Łhe Third, his Character, 
Itfgend, and Tragedy, a Poem, 4to. 1614. ib. 

Mr. William Drayton to hb noble Friend. Of 
theerilTime ../336' 

A Glaaaary of obsolete Words 338 






POEMS ÓF SIR WILLIAM DAFENANT. ^ ^ %f 



TWABlhoi^Iile,byMr.Cha1men 341 

niiiinyal Hi^hoeas 347 

TfttheSader 348 

IW AaikoPs Prefoce. To his moch honoored 

Pńnd ner. Hobbs 349 

ne łBiwer af Mr. Hobbs to Sir ^Uiam Da- 

•eMat's Preface bcfbre Gondibert 368 



To Sk 10180 DaTenanty opon his two 6rsŁ 
Books uf Gondibert: finisbed before his 
Yoyife to America, by Ed. Waller 373 

Ta Sr William Davenant, upon his two firet 
B«As of Gondibert, finisbed befbre bis Yoy-. 
^t lo Aneiica, by Ab. Covley ib. 

OOfRDIBSaT. 

li* L Canto L 375 

IL 378 

IIL 380 

IV. 384 

V. 386 

VL 388 

iMiaOiiBtoŁ 391 

IL 394 



Bookn.CantoIII ., 397 

IV 399 

V 401 

VI 404 

VH 407 

vnr. ^ 410 

Book III. Canto r 413 

IL 416 

III 420 

IV. 42'2 

V 4?5 

VI 428 

Postscript TotheReader 431 

To the Queen» eotertained at Ni;ht by the 
Coantess of Anglescy 433 

In Remembrance of Master William Sbake- 
spear. Ode « ib. 

For ihe Lady OliTia Porter, a Present upon a 
New-Year*s Day ib. 

Elegy on Fhincis, Earle of Rutland 4b. 

Song. — ^The lark now leaves bis watry nest ... 43'3 

Song. — ^The Sontdier gomg to tbe Field ...... ib. 

The kwg Vacation in London ib. 

TbeDreame. To Mr. Geoidę Porter 434 



anaancB 



POEMS OF WILLIAM HABINGTON. 



1WAndMM^Ufe,byMr.Cbahnen 439 

443 

TaUibeitFiriendMKlKiosmaa. RyGeoi^e 
lUhot ^ ib. 

CASTAIA. 

IkintPait. AMiitRfla 445 

fiCastara. ASacrłfice 446 

ToCa^anpnjmg ib. 

1b1taMsintteBoaoai«rCastarm ib. 

IbChstaca, a Bow ib. 

Ib Cntara of his beinff in Love ib. 

% My módl hoDOured Friend, Mr. Budy- 

nim Porter .••...••.•.••••.••••.....•»..•*•. ib. 

IbCbslara 447 

ToCteara softiy sioging to ber^lf ib. 

IbaWaotoa ; ' ib. 

^ the bonoorable my much honoored 

YHead B. BL Esąnire ib« 



To Castara inquiring why I lored her 447 

To Castara looking opon him 448 

To tbe right honourable the Countesse of Ar. . ib. 

Upon Castara'B Frown or Smile ib. 

In Castara, all Fortunes ib. 

Upon Tboogbt Castara may dye ...; 449 

TSme to the Moments, on Sight of Castara ... ib. 
To a Frieod iocłuiring ber Namo, whom he 

lored i ib. 

A I>iak)gue between Hope and Fear ib. 

To Capid, opon a Dimple in Oi8tara*s Cbecke. ib. 
Upon Capid's Death aud Burial in Castara*s 

Cbeeke ib. 

To Famę 450 

A Dialogue between Arapbil and Castara ib. 

To Castara, intending a Joumey into the 

Country -. ib. 

Upon Ca8tara's Departure ib. 

To Castara, upon a trembliog Ktss^at I>epar- 

turę 451 

On Castara, lookiog backe at her departi og . . . ib. 



cofNTBSrrs. 



TTpoD Castarm*s AbMwe «. 

To Caftara, complaimog ber Absenca ia tb« 

Country * • 

To Thames 

Tothe right boDoarmbłetbe Earłtof Shrewet. 
To Cupid, wifthiog a speedy Passaga to i}au 

tara 

To Castara, of LoTe 

To tb« Spring, tipon the Uncertainty of Cas- 

tara*fi Abode 

To Reaion, upon Cattara^s Abienoe ....#•... 

Answer to Ca»tara'8 Oaestioii 

To Castara, upon tbe diaguińog bia AfFec- 

iioos....^ • 

To the bonourable my honoured Kinsman, 

Mr. O. T. : 

Bccbo to Narcittos. lu Praise of Castara^s 

discreete Love 

To Castara, being debarr'd ber Presenee ... 
To Seymort, tbe Uonae io wbich Caftara 

łWed , 

To tbe Dew, in Hope to aee Castara walking. 

ToCastara 

ToCastara, ventrmg to walk toofarre in tbe 

neighboaring Wood 

Upon Ca8tara's Departure 

A Dia^ogue between Night and Araphil ... 
To the rigbt bonourable tbe Łady E. P. ... 
To Gastara, departing npoo tbe Approacb of 

Night 

An Apparition 

To tbe rigbt honoarabłe Mr. Wm. E. 

To Castara. The Vani ty of AYariee 

To my bonoured Friend and Einsman R. IŁ 

Esąuire 

To tbe World The Pierfection of Lorę ... 

To tbe Winter 

Upon a Vistt to Cnstara in tbe Nlgbt 

To Castara» of tbe Chastity of his Love 

Tbe Description of Gastara 

SecondPart. A Wife 

To Chsiara, now possest of ber in Mar- 

riage ^ 

To Castara, upon the routual Lorę of tbeir 

Majesties , 

To Zepbirns 

ToCutara inaTrance 

To Deatb, Castara being sicke 

To Castara, in^iting ber to sleepe 

Upon Castara'8 RecoTerie 

To a Friend inviting him to a Meeling upon 

Promise , 

To Castara, wbere troe Happiness abides... 

To Castara 

To Castara, upon the Deatb of a Lady ... 
To Oastara, being touke a Jonmey......... 

To Castara, weeping 

To Castara, npon a Sigb 

To the right bonourable Lady R 

ToCastara, ag^ainst Opinion 

ToCastara^ npon Beanty 

To GaiBiara, mehmrholly 

A Dialogue betweene Araphil attd Cafttara . 

To the rigbt bonourable LoKł M. 

ToaTombe..... 

To Castara, upon Thonght of Age and 

Deatb ...^ ......»;..■ 



451 

ib. 
ib. 
ib. 

ib. 

ib. 
ik 
ib. 

ik 

453 

ib. 
ib. 



ib. 
ib. 

454 

ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 

455 
ib 
ib. 
ib. 

456 

ib. 

ib. 
457 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

458 

ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
459 
ib. 

ib. 

ib 

ib. 
460 

ib. 

ib. 

Ib. 

ib. 
461 

ib. 

Ib. 

ib. 

ib. 
462 

ib. { 



ra#r 

To the rigbt hdnourablt tha ŁoAl P. 469 

HisMuse speakstohim ib. 

ToTsine Hopc « ib» 

To Castara, how happy, tbougb in an ob- 

scure Fortune « 463 

On tbe Deatb of tbe rigbt bon. Oeorge Earle 

of S ....«' ib. 

Tu my worthy Cousin, Mr. £. C. in Praise 

of the city Life, in the long Yacation ... ib* 

Love's AnniYenarie. To tbe Sunne 464 

Against them w bo lay Uncbaattty to the 

SexofWomen ilu 

To the right honourable and eacellently 

leamed William Earle of St....^ iU 

To Castara, upon an Embrace ...•- ib. 

To tbe bonourable G. T. ik 

To Castara, the Reward of innocent Ldve... 465 

To my noble Friend Sir J. P. Knigbt ikl 

To (be right bonourable Arcliibald, Earle 

of Ar. A. 

An Eiegy upon tbe honourable Henry Cam- < 

beli, Sonne to the Earle of Ar. 466 

ToCasUra iii< 

To Castara, of vhal we wen before oor 

Creation «..• ik 

To the Moment last past 46^ 

To Castara, on tbe Knowledge of Lorę. .1... ik 
To the rigbt bonourable tbe Countesse of 

C ik 

The Harmony of LoYe ik 

To my honoured Friend^ Sir Ed. F. Enigbt. ik 

ToCastara ^ 46f 

ToCasUra,dn traaDeligbt ib 

To Castara, wbat Ło?eiB will uj wben sbe 

andbearedead ,^ , ^ 40) 

TobisMose ^,* ib 

A Friend .' ib 

Tbe Funerals of tbe bononnblb my bcst 
Friend and Kinsm«i». Gaoigt Talbot» 

Esąuire ^.. 4t< 

Third Part. A boly Man 4*7^ 

Domine Labia mea aperies 4'£ 

VerM est in Luctum Cytbara mea - ib 

Perdam Sapientiam sapientum. To tbe rigbt 

hon. the Lord Windsor .....w..,. 4^ 

Paucitatem DSernm meorum nuncia mihi .• ii 

Non nobłs Domine 47 

Solum mihi superest Sepulchrum it 

Et fng! t relut Umbra. To tbe rigbt bonour- 
able the Lord Kintyre ii 

Nox Nocti indicat Scientiain 47 

Et nita a lottge cognoseit ii 

Uniyenam Statnm ijos ▼enasti in Infinfia- 

tate ejos ,. ...». 47 

Landate Dominum de Coelis * i] 

Qui ąuaai PIos aggreditor. To the right bO' , 

nourable the Łady Cat T. ii 

Qoid gloriaris inMalicia? 4*! 

Deus, Deos raeus • ii 

Ononiam ego in Flagella paratus sum • ii 

MłiitiaesiViuHominis. To Sir Hen. Ffer. 4': 

Vias tuas Domine demonstra mihi ii 

Et exaUaTK Humilf^ 4C 

Dominus dommantium «• i' 

Cogitabo pro Peccato raeo., c 4C 

Recogitabo tibi omnes Annos meos ....«••..• ii 
Cupiodissorvi , ^. |' 



CONTENTS. 



Xl 



POEMS OF SIR JOHN SUCKLING. 



%eiathor'tLife,byMr.Cb«liiien 485 

IkMB 9tteUiDg*s CBOipaigne 489 

Akv Tcir^ft Dtty, 1640. To tlie King 491 

Eń| ud be)ovcd ib. 

iSeansof the Poets ib. 1 

JltoCsWorM 49« 

loi|.— Vfay 80 pale and wao, fond Iove ? ... 493 

latet L Do^ft aee hom miregiirded now .,...• ib. 

II. Of thee (kind boy) I ask oo red 

y aad wbite ^.... ib. 

^ UL Ok ! for Bome booest to^eT^s gfaoet... 494 
jHi Ul nuch hoaoured tbe Lord Lepio^oo, 
gpMlys tiansbtkm of Malineszi his Romultu 

<aadT«n|ain ib. 

IpJMl FjnńtkHi ib. 

KoaKr yet waa woflnaa inade ib. 
'^0^ ao, Aur herelic, it oeeds mnst be. 495 
Ib ■? fricod Will ]>aveaaBty upon his Poem 

4f Biadagaicar ib. 

Iknyfncnd Will Darenant Sb. 

ifii^ ReMOD, Hate, did oiice bespeak ib. 

|»9.~1 pv3rtkee, spare me, geni le boy .. ... . ib. 

%Mmr Łady Carli1e's tralking in Hamptoo 

Cbttt Garden. Diak^e. T. C. I. S ib. 

|b]rc.fia«cnaiitft>r Abseace 496 

feSappłeoient of aa imperfect Copy of Yemes 

^ Mr. WiłliaBB Sb»kespeare*8 ib. 

th nor, ctaee 1 fate down before 497 

Łny Lord Brohair* Weddiag ib. 
ber Uwse lines do find you out ib. 

^MsdapooaWedding 498 

1^ dflaiest riral, irnce outr k>ve 499 

hRK«— flMMstkim whoeoever * ib. 

ifli tvo Siften 500 

■1isjuvał....M. ib. 

Maelltolofe ib. 

MlanicatkNi 501 

kJ.S... ib. 

bMyM9tbe«a ib. 



Łove tnrned to Hatred J - 501 

Tbe carelem Luver ib. 

Lo?e aod Debt alike troublesone ,^ 503 /^ 

Song. — I prytbee send me back my beart ... ib. 
To a Lady that forbad to lorę beibre Company, ib. 

Ttie guiltless Inconstant. ib. 

Love*8 Representatioo j 503 

Song.^The crafty boy that had fuli oft e8say*d ib. 
Upon the black Spots wom by my Lady.D. E. ib. 
SoDg. — If you renife me once, and think again ib. 

Proffered Lcyve rejected • 504 

Disdain „, ib. 

Peijury ezcused ib. 

A Song. — Hast tboo seen the down ia the air • 505 

(Jpon the 5st sigbt of my Łady Seimour ib. 

Upon U M. weeping ib. 

Npn est mortale quod opto. Upon Mn. A. L. ib. 

nis Dream ib. 

Upon A. M ib. 

The Meiamorphdsis 506 

To «. C ib« 

Upon Sir John ŁAvreace*s bringing Water orer 

the Hills to my Lord Middlesez*s House at 

Wittcn ib. 

A Barber ib. 

ASoldier ib. 

To my Łady £• C. at ber going out of Eng- 

land » ib. 

Aa Aiiswer to some Ver»es madę io his Praise ib. 

Love*s Buming-glass 507 

Tbe Miracłe ib» 

TVanslation from tbe Greek ib. . 

Song. — When, dearest, I but think of thee ... -^b. ^ 

The Espostulation » ,, io. 

Detraction ezecrated ib. 

Song. — Unju.<it decrees that do at once eaact . 508 
A Prologoe of tbe Autbor*s to a Masque at 

WitUu ib. 



POBiMS OF WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT. 



kAottor^sLHeibyMr. Chalmers 511 

fiteegyrick to the most noble Lucy ,C6ontesse 

sfCariisle , 513 

feibe iDperfiction of Christ Chureh Build- 

■gi ib. 

0DatiaaatJOB of the same, to tbe Princę of 

*»» ; 515 

t Hi Majeit]e's Recovery from tbe Smali- 
ła ib. 

^KiDgon hisBetam from 8!C0tland,1633. ib. 
> flbe ImSj Pkulet npon ber Present sent to 
ili»UoiTenRty, betsg the Story of tbe Nati- 
fi^ aad Paańcn of oor Savioar, wfought by 
teńetf in Necdiework 5l6 



On the Birth of the Dnke of York 516 

To Dr. Doppa, theo l>ean of Christ Cborch 

and Tutor to the Prince of Wales 517 

To the same, immediately after tbe pubJic Act 

atOxon, 1634 * ib. 

On the great Prost, 1634 518 

To Mr. W. B. at the Birth of bis first Chtld . 519 
Por a yoong Lord Io his Mistres, who had 

taught him a Soi^ • ib. 

On Mr. Stokes, his B<M>k on the Art of Va«ll> 

ing ib. 

I The Dreame ^ 590 
L9fe iocoocealaUe. Stig. Itat ib. 
TbeTeares ib. 



1U1 



^ontents. 



Paflr 

Parchment ^* 5S0 

Falihood ••.... ^ ib. 

BeauŁy and Benial 521 

Women ib. 

ToCupid ib. 

ToYeniM ^ ib. 

A 9igh aent to bis absent Love ib. 

Sadoets ^ 52S 

CDiinna^a Tomb ib. 

To tbe Memory of a shipwrackt Yirgin ib. 

To a Painter^s handaome Daughter 5^ 

Łesbia on ber Sparrow ib. 

The Gnat ib. 

ŁoTeTeares ib. 

At a dry Dinner s..... ib. 

A Bilł of Farę i ib. 

The Chambennałd'0 BoHOt 524 

On a Oentlewoman'8 silk Hood , ib. 

A Dream broke • 525 

Love*8l>arts : ; ib. 

Parlhenta for her slain Argala». 5126 

Ariadnę deserted by Theteut , aa she nts npon 

a Rock in the Itland Nazoe, thns com- 

plaioB « i1>. 

Ko drawtng of Va}«ntiiief 527 

To Lydia, vboin Men obienred to make too 

much of me ; ib« 

To Chloe, who wished herself yooog enoagh 

formę- .. ib. 

AYalediction 528 

No Platoniąae LoTe ib. 

Łovebutone • ib. 

Absence ib. 

Cousideration ib. 

Upon the lYaaslation of Chaaoer^s Tnńlus and 

Creseide, by S)r Francis Kynaston 529 

A Translation of Rugo Orcitiu8'B Etegy on 

Armenias ib. 

Martiał, Łib. i. Epig. larii. Ad Furem de Libro 

suo ib. 

Martial, Lib. vii. Epig. liz. Ad JoTem Capito- 

linum 530 

In PompeioB JoYenea ib. 

Si memini fuerunt ib. 

Martial, Lib. jl. Ep. v. In maledicnm Poetam. ib. 

Martial, Lib. ii. £p. xix. In Liipum ib^ 

Horat. Cann. Lib. iv. Ode xiłi. Audivere 

Lyce ib. 

To Mr. Thomas Kitlegrew, on his two Ptaya, 

the Prisonerf^ and Claracilła 531 

On tbe Birth of the King*s iburth Child, 

1636 Ibi 



To the Otieeo oq the same, being the Prefaea 
before the English Yerses sent firom Ox- 
ford : , 5 

To Mrs. Doppa, sent with the Pictnie of the 
Bishop of Chichester (her Husband) in a 
smali Piece of OlaSB ^ 5: 

To the King on tbe Birth of the Princeas Eli- 
zabeth, March 17, 1636 j 

Upon the dramatic Poems óf Mr. John Fletcb^ 

Anotheron the same j 

To the right reverend Father tn God, Bria«i^ 
Lord Bishop of Chichester ..^4 5 

A new Year's Gift 5 

A new Year*8 Gift to a noble Lord, 1640 .^^.: j 

A new Year's Gift to Brian, Lord Biahop of 
Sarum, upon the Attthor'senteriiig iiitoholy 
Orders, 1658 

To the Queen after her dangeious DeltTttry^ 
1638 5 

Upon tbe Birth of the King^s aixtb ChiM»' 
1640 

Upon the Marriage of the Łady Mary to tbe 
Princeof Aurange hirSon, 1641 ............ 5 

To the Chancellor of the Univenity of Qxlbrd| 
then newly choeen, 1641 

On the Lady Newbargb, who died of tba 
SmalI-Pox «.»... J 

On Mrs. Abigall Long, who died of two I«-^ 
pofltumes 

An Epitaph on Mr. Pooltney.» ....Z 5 

To tbe Memory of the most virtuott8 JMLn. 
UrBula Sadleir, who died of a Fever : 

On the Queen'8 Return firom the Iow Couił^ 
triea *. 3 

Upon th% Death of the right valiaot Sir Bev|ll 
Grenyiil, Knight : 

On a Tirtnous young Gentlewoman, thąt died 
suddenly ..: j 

On tbe Death of the moet virtuou8 Oeotle- 
woman Mis. Ashford, who died in Child«* 
bed ^.: 

On thć Death of the right hooourable tbe Lov< 
Bayning » «•• ' 

On the Death of the most hopeful tbe Lord 
Stafford, 1640 , 

To tłie Memory^ the most worthy Sit Henry 
Spelman «. ;*.... I 

To the Memory of Ben Jonaoo^ Laureat ...... 

On the Nativity .«.«••. i 

On the Cireamciaion ., ^ i 

iOn the Epiphany ..aI.. i 
ConlbaBien... i...,....'J 



"," 'LJt, 



SS 



POEMS OF RICHARD CR4Sff4W. 



Tbe Attthor^a Uh,hy Mr. Cbilmen 551 

smt TO Ttti tucpłę. 

TheWeeper ;.. 555 

The Taar* i i.*.. 556 

Divine Epigrams. 

On the Water of- our Lord^s Bsptiima 2b; 

Acts 8. On the baptised £thio|Maii ib. 

On the BTisada of Aułtiplied Łmtsb . .;.. Syf 



On the Sepalchre oC our LUd .....<> a».t i 

The Widow's Mite .....w.^r 

Loke 15. On theProdigal - 

On the alill tnrviviBf Marks of oar Savioai«' 

Wounds < w.;. ..'w' 

Acta 5. Tbe Sick iidjptom StPeter'8 Bhm^\ 

dow :: /. ..*... ^ 

Mar. 7. Tlie Domb heafed» and the Peo^e 1 

eajoined Silenoa ••«..;.. •«« ' 



CONTENTS. 






tt 



Ifw. dS^ Come SM tiM Plaoe wbere tłie 

Loird lay * 

T»Poot2tt8 wasbiog bis Hands .•..•.....«.... 

Tb tbe infant Maityrs ..••.• 

Oa tbe Minurle of Love8 

]iu4c4. Whyare ye a£nud, O ye of Uttle 

frith? 

Oa tlw Uessed Vir^D*8 BaitiAiliHt« 

l^pun Luams bbTears 

Tiro weat up into tbe Tempie to pny 

UpOB tb0 Att tbat borę our Saviour 

UtL 8. I am not wortby Ibat thousboa)d'st 

cooe oadter my Roof ». 

Cpontbe P»«der Day 

1amtfa« Door ^...t... 

Matt. 10. Thtt Blind cared by tbe Word of 

oiar SavkMir 

Uatt. 97. And be amwered tbem Notbiog. 
Tooar Lm^ apoa I be Waler madę Winę.. 
Utatt. 33. Nettber dunt any Man from tbat 

Day aak bim any more Queatioii8. 

OjpDB oor Saviour^ Tomb, wberem ne^cr 

lian was łaid 

tt it better to go into Heaven witb one 

EyeJcc 

laka 11. Ble»od be tbe Papftwbicb tbou 



Inhe 1 1. Upon tbe d amb De^il cadi oat and 
tba iSandenMis Jews pot to Silence ...... 

lafce 10. And a onrtain Pricat comiog tbat 

nny looked on Urn and passed on 

To Poathia washing bia bloodstaioed Handa 
Matt* 39b Ye bnild tbe St^pulobras of tbe 

Piopbets • >•• 

Upon tbe ja&nt Martyn 

-' Jebn 16 Yerily 1 say anto yon, ye sball 

nneptnnd lament.. w. 

Mm 13. Upon our I/nd*s last oomfortable 

Oiaoonne witb bia Diaciplea 

Laknia DiYna aaking a Orap 

>*> AforiE 13. OiYetoCcsar andtoGod 

IM iion tbey. bn«e aeen and bated 

« ' Upon tbe Ońnrn of Tborns taken from our 

MoMd Lard*a Hend all Uoody 

k 'She began to wasb bia Feet witb Tears, and 
nripc tbem witb tbe Bairs of ber Head... 
^ On SL Petersa cutting off Malcbua bil Ear. 
Jobn 3w Bnt men łeved Dnrknem ntber tban 

ligbt 

AotSl. I nra ready not only to be bound, 

bnttodye 

On 9L Feter casting away bis Net at our 

SiTiottr*8 Cali 

Ov Lord in bta Circomckion to his Tatber. 

On tbe Woanda of our crucified Lord 

On oar cmcified Lord naked and bJoody ... 

Easter Day ..f.. 

Oa tbe bleeding Wouods <lf oor eniotfied 

Lwd 

Sampaon to bia Daiilnb «... 

33 

157 ^ 

Tidiitia FutaKt^he, A Hymn of tba 

Ha ti^ ity snog by tbe Sbepberda ^ 

aaapattDd'Hcrode, Libro JPrimo .«... 

ite a Pnyer Book aent to Mra. M. R. ...... .. 

Jfir.O. flerbetfs Budl^ entttted,.tbe Tem* 
le of anered Poems» sent to a €entk- 



L 
I 




w 



557 
ib. 
łb. 
ib. 

ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 

5S8 
ib. 
ib. 

ib. 
ib. 
ib. 

Ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 
ib. 

559 
ib. 

ib. 

ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

560 

ib. 

ib. 

ibw 

ib. 

ib. 

561 

ib. 
563 
566 



XIII 
Pift 



• ...••• 



567 



An Apology for tbe preceeding Hymn 
bavtng beeo writ wben tbe Autbor 
yet a ProtesUoŁ 569 

On a Treatise of Charity ib. 

On tbe glorious Assomption of tbe błcssed 
Yirgin 570 

An Hymn on the Circumcision of oar Lord... ib. 

On Hope, by way of Qaestion and Answer, 
lietween A. Cowley and R. Cinabaw 571 

THE DILIGBTB OP TBI MUlIt. 

Mosick>8DueI .*. 573 

Upon tbe Death of a Gentleman ., ..••..•• 573 

.Upon tbe Deatb of Mr. Herrya ib. 

Upon tbe Deatb of the most desired Mr. Herrys ib. 

His Epitaph 574 

An Epitapb upon Hosband and Wife, wbo died 

and were buried together .., 575 

An Epitapb upon Dr. Brook ib. 

Upon Mr. Staoinoagh's Death ibb 

Upon tbe Duke ofYork'sBirtb. APanegyrick ib. 
VpoD Ford's two Tragedics,. LoTe'a S^riflce 

and tbe Broken Heart 576 

On a Ibul Morniog, being t hen to take a Joumey ib. 
Upon the fiair Etbiopian sent to a Oentlewoman 577 

OnMarriage •« ib. 

To tłke Moming, Satisfaction for Sleep ib. 

Love's Horłmoope ^ ....; ib. 

Oot of YirgiJ. In PraŃe of tbe Spring 578 

Witb a Picture sent to a Friend ib. 

In Praiae of Lessius his Rule of Haaltb • ib. 

Tbe Beginniog of Heltodorus ib. 

Out of tbe Greek. Cupłd*s Crier 579 

High moonted on an ant, Nanus the taił ib. 

Upon Yenus putting on Mars bis Arms ib. 

Upon the same ib. 

Upnn Bisbop Andrews bis Picture before bis 

Sermons ib. 

Outof Martial 580 

Oot of Italian. A Song ib. 

Ontof theltalian ib. 

Anotber ', ib. 

On tbe Prontłspiece uf Isaacaon^s Cbronology 

exp1ained ib. 

An Epitapb on Mr. Asbton» a conformable 

Citiaen 581 

Out of Catnllus ^... ib. 

Wishes, to his (supposed) Mistress ib. 

lu Picturam reTerendiasimi Kpistx}pł D. Andrews* 583 

Epltaphium in Dominum Herrisium 583 

Principi recens natss Omen matemse indolis.. ib. 
In sereoissinuB Reginę Partum byemalem ... ib. 

AdReginam 584 

In Faciem Aogustiss. Regis a Morbillis mtegmm ib. 

Rex Redux ib. 

Ad Priocipem noodum natum ...^ ib. 

oiaittit MO Homo tk oBcarmnnius, sacain roaiip. 

Anagram on Crasbaw 585 

To the nobleat and best of Ladies, tbe Conn* 

tess of Denbłgh ib. 

To tbe NaoM abore erery Nnme, tbe Name 

of Jesus, n Hymn .^,.«,.. ib. 

On tbe glorious Epipbany of our Lord God, a 

Hynm tung as by the tbree Kinga 587 

To tbe QnMn'a Majesty on Twelftb«dny 589 

Tbe Office of the boly Groaa. 

For the Honr of Aiatina .••» ..— 599 

Forthe Honr ofPrime ft. 



th 



GOKtEKIS. 



Pafc 

Tbethird i.«..# 590 

•lliesUth 591 

Theninth * » ib. 

" EYeD-Song • 592 

Comptioe * ««... ib. 

The RecomiiMndatkm ib. 

VexiUa RepB. ThóHytAn of tbe holy Cron. 593 

Cbaritas nium or tbe dear Bargain : ib. 

Sancta Maria Dołoriim <mp tbe Mother af Sor- 

rows^ a patbetłoal Descant up<m Uie derotit 

|>lai» Soog of 3tobat Mater dołorosa 594 

The Hjińn of St Thoi»as^ In Adonttk» of the 

blesMd Sacrameiit ib. 

The B^fttn for tbe Messed SacfameDt Landa 

Śi«n Statmtorem .^»....:..^ 595 



Pni 

Tbe Hymn, Dt«t ti«, Diei Hla/ In ftMIttddtt" 

of tbe Daj of JudgmenŁ 59 

Tbe HyniD, O GJorioia Domina ^;..*.i -4 

Tbe Flaming Heart, npon tbe Bodk a«iił'^o« f^ 

tiire of tbe seraphtoal^Saint Tereda/aa ńt& «' 

nsualiy espressed witb a Setapbim berid 4 ' 



ber 



fl 



A Song.~*4iord wben the aense bf thy sweet t^ 



gmce 



59 



To Mn. JM. B. OdobćO oonoerafng ber Oboioe 
Alesias, tbe Complatot of the fbnaken Wifb 

of St. Alens J ..« ....*.»»«•*; 

Deicription of a relłgiont Honae addCondition i : 

of Ufo. , .'tW 



59 



łs.*. 



POEMS OF SIR EDWARD SHERBUR NE. 



The AntbOT** lifR, by Mr. Cbabsiere. 
Dedication 



603 
608 



taAHKJnon. 



Sblmacia. By SlgneurGirolamol^reti. Ootof 

lUlian. 610 

The MttamorpboecB of Lyrian and SłWia. By 

St. Amnnt OntofFrench 613 

Fbnaken Lydła. Out of tbe ItaKan of Cava1ier 

'Marino..... 615 

Tlie Rape of Hełeu. Out of tbe Oreek of Colo- 

Łhus 6\t 

Tb ŁigurinUfl. Horat. Carm. 1. 4. Od. 10 para- 

J>brastice 620 

Tbe Penitent Murderer. Theocrit. Idy!. $1.... ib. 

T^e Sbepberd. Theocrit Idy I. ^1 ib. 

On tlie Picture of Icarus in Wax. Marino.... '€^1 
On a marble Statne of Nero, wbich falłing, 

ikUled a Chiid. -Marina. ib. 

On Panła. BCart« Ł 9« Epigr. 5 Ib, 

OnaniillfosbandaddWrfe. Mart.L.8.Epig.34; ib. 
On Candidus, a lich Miser. Mart. Ł 3. Epigr.96. tb 
On BasAiii, a pitifbl Poet. Mart L.5. fipigr. 53. ib. 
Ort a Boy kiiied by tbe Pbłl of an icicle. 

Mart Ł. 4 Kj^gr. łS ib. 

Ofi Philomase, aneedy Kewsińoager. Mart 

L. 9. Epi^r. 35. .^ ib. 

On Anius, a Poet Hater. Mart. L.S. £pigr.63. ib. 

%Lentinus, being troabled witb an Agne. 
, are;Ł.l«. Epigr. 17, '.; ib. 

ToPriscttS. Mart.L. 8. JSplgr. 11 ib. 

OńPbeeboSy that wbre Yeftther C&ps. Mart 

1. 11. Epigr. 37 ...". .ib. 

On Honice»a poor Fellotr. Mart. L 4. Bp^gr.^ (32^ 
On a Swkllow tom in Pieceś by ber Fe^tows. 

Mart U 5. Epl^. 67 ..........V.., ib. 

ToiUpollo pnrsningDapbne. Ansoo ib. 

De Erotio Poella. Mart Ł. 5. Epigr. 38 ib. 

On Maoeinna, a prating Braggart Mart. L.4. 

ałg. 61 ;, ib. 

On Caius, ooe of large Promises, buf tmall ' 

"Pfefi bn min c ea;' Mart. L. 10;7^igr. 16...... fk 

ToPontbumasi an iii LJrer. Mart. L.5. Epig. 58i ib. 

To TheMMnus. Mart Ł. 3. Epig. 40 ^. 

OśCbna,-* bold 0nłtor.>^Mlirt. Ł.'9. ą>tg. «0. ib. 



Tbe happy life. To Julius Martialis. Mart 

L. 10. Epig. 47 eSj 

Epitapbium Olaoctt. M4rt. L. 6. Epig. ^8.1..^'^ 

To Sextu8. Mart. Ł. 9. EiŃg. 3. .-....: .... *^^ll|| 

ToMaxtmus. Mart L. 7. Epig. 79 ., U'>^M 

To Stella. Mart. L. 7. Epig. 35 ib 

To Partbenopeus. Mart L. 11. Epig. 87 ib 

To PMhmus. Mart. L. 11. Epig. 109... ...:..^|bi 

The Cboice of hta Mistren. Mart. Epig;. .«.- ; *n, 

To SextuB, Mart. L. 9. Epig. 55. ib. 

On BauciiT, an ołd drooken Crone. Antbolog. 

. Grajc ..;....; Hj 

On Captain Ansa, a bragging Runawayr di^^ ^^ 

młre * ....s. .;....;; ' M^ 

To Fusem. Mart. L. 1. Epigr. 55. ..;...'..../*; " M 
On Marcus Anton. Primos bis Picture. Mart;^''« 

Ł. 10. Epig; 39. ......I. 4lH 

Hbrat ....*./., 4tt 

Ad Pueiiam Edentnłam, Mart. L^ 9. Epift. 4T. -^ W 
Ej^pb on an old druoken Crone. I&l AntI- ' "C 

p tr. Sidon « ibj 

On Bibinns, a notorious Drunkard. Smfiger. ^ 
On poor GorArus, wbo tboiigh bltnd wat y«t ' ^ 

in Love. Mart. Ł. 3. Epig. 16 ..*.' Iba 

Amphion, or a City weU ordered .....^.... ...'... Ib. 

OaiOUiALS. '<,Ą 

I ne ooo^nae °. ...••.«••'.. <••••«... ••*.....**.«..... ^ws 

Xhe Night, or tbe fiftir Monraer....^ ^ 

tSbe^iria Sighs • ...» .......%«....»..'.... " AJj 

TheSorprise ;. •Ul 

Cbkms' Eyee and Breaali ..^ 

X/}^ 8 Antbmetio .»•%.>«. .•...•.••.........»•».•« 

Ćelia*8 weeping, a Dialogne ''i 

Tbe Vow ..::...'..'..* 1 

IceandFire ...^. G98 

Noto Inamoramento ib« 

CeHa'8 Eyes. A Dialogne.... : ^.... 

The ResemUanoe .'. .....^ :.' ^^ 

I/}Te oneei fore^e^er ..........^ *.. 

ThePendants '. 

Tbe Sireetmeat >.> .........' .. 

yiolets in Tbaamaatia'8 Boaon ..*... 

The Dream » 

Ąn oM Shepherd to a ymmg Kympb ; .... »... 69|| 



eoMTEicra. 



XT 



^k.«M* % 629 

.*. ib. 

..-.. ib. 

ib, 

ftcliimcBii , łb. 

Tbe Ptfbt .^ ^ ib. 

i Jfw dJB JLofe wiftb a Youth bUod of on* 

igr9*«*.^.*« ^ 630j 

Itebnten Paith , H>. 

<% > ph iB t on tbe Pwth of Syhria. To the 

JrtW ^ , ib. 

t tb f phf id ioTitim a Nymph to h» CoCtegei ib. 

mrtsrittpmed by auffariag tb« 

HflkatealeronhisiBimitabiePoeois ib. 

OnbaTYaBdatMoofOroota 631 

Ib Xr. JaiBea Sbiriey, oo his Way of Oiam- 

eąplaiiicd in Eoglirii Vene ib. 

■d emiden ib. 



rut 

To the Etenul Wifldom. Upoo the DbtraC' 

tioaof the Times 631 

Brtw me andf wil( followthee ib. 

If a Man sbould gire all the Substauce of his 

House for Łovey be would valiie it as nathi ng. 

GsDt8...< ,.... ib. 

And thay laid bim iaaManger... ib. 

Oli the Inoocents elain by Herod 6S3 

CbristuSoiarrito.... ib. 

Chriitus Mathsum et Discipulos alloąaitor... ib. 

Conscieoce • ib. 

And sbe waahed his Feet with ber Tears. and 

wiped them with tbe Hairs of ber Head ... 633 

The Mesiage ib. 

TheFountain ib* 



POEMS OF ALEK AND ER BROME. 



jihAotto*a lifc, by Mr. Cbatmeis. 
fl^ boMmreble Sir J. Robiawa.... 
Tiitbe Bcader. ...... ...»...« ••.... 



637 
639 
64S 



comunnAiOftT rnsts. 

iFrieodMir. Brome. Anhom- 
Me EcIogMb by Is. Wałtoo ^« 643 



S01IGS* 



fliPideaiinff 
the 



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waiyWboer. 



^ffL 



budftsaH 



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¥ąf»* 



. 645 
. ib. 
. 646 
. ib. 
, ib. 
, ib. 
. 647 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 

648 

1bhisMcad«batbadvo«adSMa]I-Beer..... ib. 

ib. 

ibr 
of Łove ib. 

iMy - 649 

gphjitboiit fteaioa ^ • ib. 

OliAttcmpŁ .^ ,,.,.. 650 

g lN fa te d eotcfReach ib. 

coyUdy .. — .^....- ^o* ib. 

651 

yottncAŁ toNoe. 

BoyslisąiWritteniii 1646 .m... «... ib. 

Co^aooersy arritteo io 1645 .^.^ c. ib. 

FMKal, oo tbe IQog^ Dealb, (rrittea io 

. 652 
Swg ib. 





mfĄf — S'50j^bj^«T^»,.^.„p,i^,»,,»,^, ,,,..,. 653 



The Answer ;. ... 659 

The lieveller's Rant, writtenin 1648 ib. 

Tbe new Goartier^writteoin 1648 654 

Tbe Safet]^, written in 1648 ib. 

Tbe Cooipanloo • 1 ib. 

G>penuciis 655 

The Painter^s EotertaJomeiit. ib. 

TUeCureofGere 656 

The Independenfs Rssolve, written io 1648... ib» 

Od Canary ib. 

TheLeveUer 657 

Tbe Royalisfs Answer ib. 

The safe EstaŁe 658 

Soiąg.— Th* Bstrologen - ib. 

The Politiciao, written in 1649 659 

Tbe Prisonecs, written wbeu O. C attempted 

to be King ib. 

Satisiaction 660 

The CJiO) ib. 

The Prodigal ib. 

TbeAnti-Politaoian ib, 

The new Gentij ^ 661 

The chearful Heart ib. 

The Answer to the Curse against Ala 662 

The Relbrmation ib. 

For tbe Generars Batertainment 663 

CoSirO. B.his0efeai ib. 

Agaj^^t cOmipted Saek..... 664 

The Lamentatłon, writteo in 1648 ib. 

the Rłddle, written in 1644 ib. 

On the KIog's Retam 665 

A Catcb ib. 

For Generał Monk» bis EntcwtaJoment at 

Cloih- Worker»8 Hall ,, ib. 

TbeAdTice ib. 

SAIIAM. 

TheSatireof Money 666 

AnewDiarnal 667 

On the demolłsbing the Forts ..„ 669 

TheCiown .,.- Ib. 

Ona Botcher'8 D»g, tbat bit a CoaBDiander's 
; Mar% ihat itood to be Knigbt of a ^y«... 671 
b 



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CONTENT». 



Pace j 

Tlienew Kntgfat Crrant..... • 671 

The new Mountebanf:. 67'2 

'llie Samt*8 Enoouregement, wńUen m 1643.. ib. 

Wriltenin 1648 673 

'iiie Scot*8 Coranto, written in 1645 674 

A new Ballad ib. 

The holy Pcdiar «. )b. 

A terious Ballad, writtenin 1645 675 

AnOde, wrilten ia 1643 ib. 

PlaliBode r 676 

IPOTŁffS. 

To C. C. Esq ib. 

Tbc Answcr 677 

To his Uoivenity Frieod ib. 

Tfic Aoswer 67d 

Ao £pi8t!e froui a Friend to tbe Autbor, up- 

Waidiug hiin with his writing Songs ib. 

The Answer 679 

To a Lady desiring the Copy of a Song iU 

To his Friend C. S. Esquire 680 

ToC S. ^uire ib. 

ToC. SL B:sqii''rc ib. 

To C S. Esquire 681 

To his Frupud W. C 68^ 

Tó his Friend J. B. opon his Tragedy ib^ 

To a potting Priest, npon a Quarrel, 1643 ... ib. 
To his Friend Mr. W. H, npou ibe Ocath of 

his Hawk 683 

To his School Master, Mr. W. H. upon his 

Poem, called, CooscientisB Accusiltricis Hj- 

potyposis «... ib. 

To bis Friend T. S ib. 

An EpistJe to the meritoriously honourable 

Lord Chief JnsticeoftheKiog^sBench ... 684 
A new Year*8 Gift, presented to the sarnę ... ib. 

To bis Friend R. H. Esq ib. 

To his Friend J. H ., 685 



To a Gentleman who fell siek uf tł« &iiaU 

; PoZ| when he should be married 

To his Friend Mr. J. B. being at loodon in 

Łbe Author*s Ketirement «.. 

An Elcgy on a Lady that died before ber ia-. 

tended Nuptials ••..« 

On the great Crier at Westminster Hall 

To the Memory of that loyal Patriot, Sir J. 

Condel, Kt 

A Dialogue ^....« 

To his Mistress lodgiog in a Roooi wbere the 

Sky waspainted .^ 

A new '^ear's Gift «.. 

Upon bis Marę stoleo by a Trooper 

Upon riding on a tried Horae ..«•.. 

To his Friend J. B .•...^... 

To his Mistress ........*.... .•»•.••.,.. 

On the Tum-eoat Clergy .....•»• •. 

A Satire on the Rebellion ., 

To hii reverend Friend, Dr. S. on his pioni 

and Icamed Book 

On the Loss of a Garrtsou. Meditation ...... 

Upon the King's Imprisonmentr... ...... ..*..... 

I On the Death of Kingt^baries 

On the King's Daath 

A fnncral Elegyon Mr. Aobrey 

On the Death of tbat rfsv<irend «id leatiMil 

Divine, Mr. Josias Shate .^ 

To the Memory of Dr. Hearn, wbo diad Sep* 

tember 15, .1644 .-„ 

An Elcgy oh the Death of his School Master, 

Mr. W.H 

An Epitaph r. 

An Epitaph on Mrs.G ,. 

A Paraphrase on the first Chapter of Ecdeai* 

*6tes «.•,-.• 

A Speech madę to the U>rd General Mottk, at 

Cłoth-Worker'8 Hall 



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POEMS OF CHARLES COTTON. 



The Aiithor'8 Ufe, by Mr.Cbalmfrs 700 

I C ^n POE MS O y StTZRAŁ occAtroiTs. 

' . TV)Ca5lia. "Ode ,.l:..'r:."rr.:..7.Trr. 703 

The Eapofttnlation ib. 

Sonnet • ib. 

TheTetopest 704 

tbCoelia. Ode ; ib. 

The Pictnre ib. 

Etegv »... ib. 

TftkińgleaTeofChiorts > 705 

Song. — Fie, preity Doris! weep no morę iW 

^n my pretty Marten....... p^.... ib. 

The new Year. To Mr. W. T : 706 

The Joys of Marriage 707 

Ode. ToLt)ve 708 

Song.-^-Sad tboughts mąko hat.te and kill me 

■ oat ....'« ib. 

Elegy ib. 

Ode. ToeMoris 709 

To John I^radshaw, £6q ib, 

Wiitter. Dc Moosienr Martigny. Directedto 
Sir Robart Coke ib. 



On Ratt, the Judge , ,..*.,.* "li 

On Sim and Simon ^.^ | 

Vnre1ay , .^..,.^» ♦! 

La lUustrissima. On my faiir and dear Sister v: 

Mrs. Annę King ., .,,,, ; j 

Chanson a boire ..„-.^ 7) 

The Apgler*s Ballad , „,,,.. J 

Epistleto John Bradshaw, £^ ».,.^ ^j 

Anacrcontic cy 

Buriesąue. Upop the grpąt Frost, . To Jobn < 

Bradshaw, "Esą, ;,.,, i 

Clepsydra ]^[ 71 

Ectogoe , ^i 

To my dear and most worthy Friend, Mr, 

Isaac Walton | 

To the Counfess of Chesterfield, on the Birth 

of ber ftrst Child 7] 

ToChloris. Stanzas irreguliers i 

Ofd Titynis to Eugenia % 

Epistle to John Bradshaw« Esq. « j 

Epistle to John Bradshaw. E9q „... « 

The Rctirement. Stanzes irreguliersi. To Mr, . 

Isaac Waltou ....„ ,t-.,... ...^.j i 

* 



CONTĆNTSL 



Kfii 



WM .•- 

Iwft flft, Mbb coe, nov I see tbe cbemt, 

ABMidsJifbnHeur Bertaad 

flee^hCh talm panpfaraied 



Ilpct £i Gornelto Galio 

BitreDMs. ToCalista 

%|Timmr dr Mominir Pn rortn 

^^nuooMde Munsiear CotiD 

A Yof^e 10 Irehnd, in Barlesąne ..., 

TleatanB. TotheEarlof 

Od9~b*t cooie to Uiit, Ihat we most part .. 

OiChristatts Day* Hymn 

apphicOde 

n* Moniiif Ouatraios 

MtnOiatnuin 

1leir«liL Writtea by Bionsieiir leOompt 
deGnmail 



]%ht (teatraiui 

ttfc— Good nigfat, my lorę, my gcntle rest . 

OiedeMoMieurRacan 

Cmmtikn, Directed to my dear Pather, 
i*i ooit worlby Friend, Mr. Isaac Wal- 
im 



ib. 
ib. 
ib. 

781 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 
72« 

ib. 

ib. 
727 
7«8 
729 
730 

ib. 

ib. 

731 
ib. 

738 
ib. 
ib. 



Ln Aflooiifi 




733 
734 
735 
736 



Ode. In answer to an Ode 
Abraham Co«r1ey's upon tbe same 







llVita beata. Farapbiased froln tbe Łatin. 

UGoTO^niirienimŁeTitate 

Ilpur. Ode 

Meny. PindaiicOde ^ 

DWu ffodaiicOde 

li tlie Death of the most noble Tbomaa, £ari 

«f Osaory. Gannen iiregnlare 

Ile ilaocbiqne. De Monsieur Racan 

JMetoSraifibrd Cliftoii» then sitting tn 

Piufiameat 

idc UoDsieur Bertaud...... 

PSndaric Ode 




nadacem. Epif. 

Iff. SetbyMr. Goldman 

iPictnre. Set by Mr. Laws 

t, wbo said be draok to elear his £yea , 

greai E^er of 6ray'9 Inn 

k»%iiti^ oa my dear Aańt, Mn. Ann Stan- 

^ Set by Mr. Coiemao 

Ifel^reat 

glStea 

H^' Morcfom. ..•...#.•.•.■• 

1^-— Pty*tbcc, why so angry, sweet ? ...... 

rfcamey into tbe Peak. To Sir Aston 

GodcaJtt 

Itf-^ame 

Mr. Robert Port 

Sec by Mr. Coleman 

i»m DBvenant to Mr. CoŁŁou 

Iltftr WtUiam Da^enant. In Answer to tbe 
aeveatb Canto of the third Book of bis Gon- 
directed to my Fatber 



ib. 

ib. 
738 
739 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 
740 

741 
742 

ib. 
743 
7U 

ib. 
745 

ib. 

ib. 

ib. 
743 

746 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 
ib. 




.. 747 
.. ib. 
.. ib. 
.. ib. 
748 



ib. 



F>ge 

: , 748 

^Elegy ib* 

^cr Hair. Ode .1 749. 

SoDg. — Join ODce again, my Olia^ join., 750 

The Surpriie ib. 

The Twt ib» 

De Łnpo. Epigram ;.... ib. 

On Uprtart ., 151 

Epitapb on Mrs. Maiy Draper ib« 

CBlia's Fali *..., ib. 

Her Sigb ib. 

On the lamented Death of my dear Uflcle, 

Mr. Radclrff Stanbope ib. 

On the Lord Derby 753 

On Matriot. Tempus edax rerum ib. 

To CaBrła*s Ague. Ode 753 

AValediction ibw 

LoTe*s 'Hriuraph * 754 

TheContest ib. 

Tbe fftlse One. In tmitationof tbatof Hbrace, 

Non etat Je Cosb, &c 755 

Ode. Yaledictory ib. 

To my friend Mr. Lely, on his Picture of the 

nccellently Tirtuous Lady the lady Isabella 

Thynn ^ ib. 

ToCbloris. Ode 756 

Ode. — ^The day is set, did eartb adom ib, 

Od& — ^Fsir Tsabel, if augbt but thee , ib. 

In Amorem Medicum. Epig.... ib« 

The Legend of the famoos, furious, expert, ahd 

▼aliant Guitar-masterSyCaTeliero Gómer and 

DonHilL Ballad ib. 

Ode, To Chloe 757 

Ode. To Chloe, from France H>. 

An Invitation to Pbillis .« ib* 

The Entertainment to Pbillis 758 

The litany 759 

To someg7«atOnes. Epigram ib. 

To the Memory of my worthy Prieod, Colonel 

Richard Loveiaoe ..' ib. 

To Poet E. W. Occasioned for his writing a 

Panegyric on OliYer Cramwell 760 

An Epitaph on Robert Port, Eeq. designed for 

a MonOment; and now set np in Elum 

Church, in the Connty of Stafford ............ ib. 

Pfaiknipes and Policńte. An Essay to an 

heroicPoem ib. 

To Mr. Alexander Brome. Epode 762 

On Tobacco ib. 

Łaara sleeping. Ode 769 

Laura weeptng. Ode « ib. 

To Sir Aston Cockayne, on Captain Hannibali. 

Epig 764 

In Imitation of a Song, in the Płay of Rolio. ib. 
To Sir Aston Cockayne, on his Tragedy of Ovid ib. 
Da Die Martis, 3& Die Yeneria. Epig ib. 

TaAltBLATIOHS OUT OP SBflRAŁ TOBTi. 

Horace, bis second Epode translated ib. 

Horat Ode ix. Ub. 0. Ad Lydiani 765 

Hei heart and minę. Out of Aatrea. Madrigal ib.' 
As Ode of Johannes Secundus, To my dear 

Tutor Mr. Ratph Rawson ib. 

Epig. translated out of Heiron. Amalthaus ... ib. ' 

•Mart. Lib. x. £p. xlvii. Ad seipsum »• ib. 

Id. Ltb. riii. Ep. 3. Ad Musani 766 

Id. Tib. viii. Ep. 35. In pessimos CoAJages..« ib. 
Id. Lib. ylii. Ep. 59. In Yacerram ib. 



CONTENTl 



la. Łib. T&u Ep. 41. Ad Fanstiaum 766 

Id. Uli. Kii. E|>. 7. De Ligia Hk 

pe Fortnoa : ao tit ccDca. Epig. es Jobaan. 

Secando ib. 

Out of Aftrea. Madrigal ib. 

Staose* apon the I>eatb of Cleoo. Ovt of 

Aitrea , - ib. 

0oog of tba incfNMtaiit Hylas. Out of Astrea, 767 

Sonnel oat of Astrea ..'. r ib, 

flUozM da Moneieor de Scadery ib. 



I 



Epitapb da M<>h rta T Majnaid. •» 

Epig. de Motfi«iir ConeiUe | 

B^g. de Moameiirde Beasaorade i 

Seiie 0'Aiiiora. ICadiigal. Ftom Gavali6r 

Guarini .»•* fl 

Foco di tdegBO. Fram Cavalier Guarini. 

Madrigal i 

RitposU del Tuto I 

Winter I 

AaEtogy apoo Łonl Ibitiiigi .. .-i... *• T 



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THE 



POEMS 



OP 



SIR JOHN BE AU MONT, 



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TOI^ VI. 



THE 



LIFE OF SIR JOHN BEAUMONT. 



SY MB. CHALMERS. 



B9=Pit«B8Sft» 



Ol Hbs itttlior we ba?e only ft rery thort notice in tbe last editioa óf the Biogfaphia 
Britumica, augmented, howerer^ by the sućceasfiil research^ of Mr. Nichols in hii 
Uitflry of Leicestenłure, a work to which we sliall hare occasion to acknowledge yet 
mott aubatantial obligationa, in the life of the dramatic poet of this fatolly. 

Sir John Beamnont was the son of Francis Beanmont, otie óf the jodgeś of the 
CowiKm Pleas in the reign of t|ueen Elizabeth^ and brotber of Francis, the dramatic 
eolleague of Fletcher. He was bom in 15S2 at Graee-dieu, the family seat, in Lei. 
ttilenhire, and admitted a gentleman commoner of Broadgate^s Hall (now Pembtoke 
Colkge) Oxford, ihe beginning of Lent Term, 15W. Aftcr three y^ars* study hcre, 
duńog wbicb be seems to have ąttached himself most to the poetical classics, be became 
amember of one of the inna ofconrt, but aoon quitted tbat situation, andieUinied to 
LeMcstershiie, where he mairied Elizabeth, daughter of Jc^n Fortesetie, e«q. 

In 1626, king Charles confbired on him tlie dignity of a bardnet, tvbich sir John 
smrired only two ycars, dying inthe winter of 1628. He issaid by Anthony Wood 
lo have been buried at Grace-dieu : but this is a mistake for BelŁon, as the priory church 
waa not then existing. The cause of his death is obscurely hinted at in tbe foHowing 

lines by Drayton : 

Tby care for tbat, which wa« aot worth thy hreath, 
Broaght on too soon tby mocb lameiited death. 
But Heav'n was kind, and woiild not let thee see 
The plagues tbat muat upon this nation be. 
By whom the Mnses have neglected been, 
Which sball add weight and measure to their sio. 

What these lines imply it is not easy to coi^ecture. Sir John died at the age of 
ferty-MT, abnost in tbe prime of life, and his poetical attempts were the amusement 
of fais yoong days, which be had relinąuished for morę serious studies. 

He had seven sons and four daughters. Of his sons the most noticeable were John, 
his auccessor, the editor of his fiither^s poems, and himself a minor poet : Francis, the 
andior of some yerses on bis father's poems, who became afterwards a Jesuit : Gervaac, 
at seyen years old, and was lamented by bis father in some very patłietic 



4 LIFE OF SIK JOHN BEAUMONT. 

yenes in the preaent collection: and Thomas, the third baronet Sir John, who suc. 
ceeded his father, is recorded as a man of prodigious bodily strength. He was kilied 
in 1644, at the siege of Gloucester, and dying unmarried, was succeeded in tiUe by 
his brother Thomas, who, like him, was plundered by the republicans. 

Besides the present collection, Wood ascribes to our author a poem in cight books, 
entitled The Crown of Tborns, and a work under this title is alluded to in Hawkins^s 
commendatory Ycrses, but it bas escaped the researches of the poetical coUectors. 

His other poems were publisbed in 1629, under the title of " Bosworth-field : with 
a Taste of the Yariety of other Poems, lefl by Sir John Beaumont; Baronet, deceased : 
•et forth by his Sonne, Sir lohn Beavmont, Baronet ; and dedicated to the King's most 
Excellent Maiestie/' They are prefixed by a loyal dedication to the king, and com- 
mendatory Terses by Thomas Hawkins, the author's sons John and Francis, George 
Fortescue, the brother óf his lady, Ben Jonson, Drayton, &c \ 

Bosworth Field is the most considerable of this collection, and in Mn Headle/s 
opinion '' meńts republication for the easy flow of its numbers, and the spirit with 
which it is ¥nritten." It certainly contains many original specimens of the heroic styk, 
ppt esceeded by any of his contemporąrie^y and the imagery is freąoently Just and 
striking. The lines describing the deatb of the tyrani may be submitted with eon* 
fid<rqce to the ądmirers of Shakspeare. Among his lesBer poemą, a few spaiklings of 
inyentłon may now and then be discoyered, and Im translalions are in generał spirited 
and correct. His Terees on the tnie form of £nglic)i ppetry, addressed to king James I. 
entitle him to a place among the most judicious critics of his time^ and the chaste com* 
pksdoo of tfae who]e shows that to genius be added ?irtue and delicacy. 

* The oopy used on the preient occasion was that wbich belonged to the late Mr. Isaac Reed, vho 
in m M& notę makea the fotlowing remark : " AU the cOpies of this book wfakrh I have seen (and ( 
ha?e leen many) want the leaf p. 181.". Mr. Nicbole, who has likewife ^md aa opportunUy to emnine 
some copies, confinni thii tingularity. A few illustratiye notes are ^ow added to the |»oein8, for vbicH 
the edltor 19 pWigod to the hiitorisę of Leicettenhire. C 




4. 



UN!V>.f<SiTY 

OF 



TO 



rn^ K1NG'S MOST EKCELLENT MAIESTIE. 



Most GBACIOUS B017ARAINB, 

t flSSB present at the fieet of your Bacrfed maiesty these orphan yerses^ 
whose anthor (had hee snrniued) might haue madę this gift somewhat 
iDore correspondent to so great a patron. I haue only endeauored without 
■rty to ąet this iewell^ and render it apt for yonr maiesty^s acceptance ; to 
which boldness I am led by a filiall daty in performing the will of my 
fioher, who, whiPst he lined, did euer intend to your maiesty these poems : 
poems, in which no obscene sport can hee found (the contrary being too 
frequent a crime among poets)^ while these (if not too bold I speake) 
will challenge your maiestie for their patron, sińce it is most conuenient, 
diat the purest of poems should be directed to you, the yertuousest & 
most Tntoucht of princes, the delight of Brittaine, and the wonder of Eu- 
ropę; at the altar of whose iudgement, bright erected flames, not troubled 
romes, dare approach. To your maiestie must bee directed the most pre« 
Bions off-springs of each Muse, which though they may well bee esteemed 
fttanes, yet how can they subsist without the aspect of you their sunf 
tŁeceiue them, great Ung, these my father^s yerses, and let them find 



^ I 



6 THŁ EPISTLE DEDICATORY. 

(what his sou hath found) your princely clemency. Effect on them (1 be- 
seech your maiesty) a kingly worke, giue them life, and witbal graciously 
please to accept the sincere wishes for your felicity, and the humblo 
Yowes of, 

your niaiesty's euer 

loyall suhiecty 



lOllN BEAUMONT, 



COMMENDATORY VERSES. 



^ 



Jtłł ELEOY, 

10 TU ŁTOiaUS iCniOKT OF BU MCIA81D ftUHDy 
in JOHM •BAUMOST, KKICBT, BAftOMlT. 

To ten tbe «orld what it batb lort in thee. 
Wen bot in Taines for such as CMUiot tee, 
WooM not be giieii'd to heare, tlie moraing Ught 
Aorii mmar norę sooceed Uie giooisy night. 
Soch ooely wbom tby wriue madę, or fpand 
Woctiy to kaom thee, can reeeiae thii wbond ; 
Of tboe eaełi man wdl dały pay his teares 
Tb thy great memory, and when he beafei 
Oaefrn^dferYertoe, hewiUMy, •'Soblett, 
l9fQod, hś fieamnoDt was/' and waepe the rest 
ff Jkoowledfe sb^ be mentkmM, or tbo arU, 
Soooe will be reckon rp tby better parts : 
AtMou^oftbeMiisa, be wili itreigfat 
TeD of tby workes, where sbarpe and bigh ooaceit, 
OoetbM in sweet Terse, giae tbee immoruU famę, 
Wbite ignoranee dotb scorae a poet'8 aaaiet 
iad tben iball his Imagioatioii striae^ 
To keepe thy gratefnll memory alioe, 
^ pocms cf Us owne ; lor tbai might bee, 
Had he no Mnse, by force of knowiog tbee; 
Tbai maketh me (wbo in tbe Muses* ąnire 
ftąg bot a rneane) thns boldly to aspire, 
Ib poy sad doties to thy booor*d beite, 
WIth asy impolishM Hnei^ and ruder vtnt, 
Yct dicame I not of raysing amopgst men 
A last]ogfiune4o tbee by my fraile pen : 
Bat iBther hope, sometbing may liue of me, 
fFeriiaps tbis paper) baoing mentiooM tbee. 

THOMAS MEUIŁŁ. 



i**^ 



AŃ SLEGY, 

10 1HB MBMoar Of mu Moca uouovmmd 
faisan, sia joaa bbaumowt, kkiobt Am basonit. 

I wmm not cHegks, nor tnne my vai«e» 
To waite in mooming note^ ypoB thy berse 
Por vmine applaase, or wjth desire to rank 
SfysleBderMase'mongtttbose, wbo on the bank 
Of Agaaippe^i atreame cao better sing, 
Asd totbcir words morc senee of sorrow briog; 



That stirres my genius, wbicb s&oald ezcite 
Tbosepow^rfliU wiCs: to doe a pions rigbt 
To noble yertue, and by verse conuay 
Thith to posterity, and śbew tbe way 
By strong eaample, how in mortałl state 
We beaa*aly worth may lone, and imitate. 
Kay, Hwere a great iniustice, not to sanę 
Him Irom tbe ruines of a silent grane, 
Wbo otbers irom tbeir asbes soogbt to raise. 
To weare (gia^nfrom bis band) etemall bayea. 
It is by all eonfess'd, tby happy straines, 
Distiird from miJky streames of natiue veines, 
Did Jike the liuing source of Naso*s song, 
Flow to tbe eare, thence gently glide along 
Downe to the beart, in notes so heau*nly sweet, 
That there tbe sister-graces seem'd to meet, 
And make tby brest tbeir seate for soft retire, 
A»d ptoee from whenoe they fetch'd Prometbeaa 

fire. 
To kiodle other hearts with purest flame 
Of modest verae, aod ynaffected feme : 
Wbile pedant poctasters of this age, 
(Who stile tbeir saucy rimes, poctiqne ragc) 
loose humours Tent, and ballad-lines extnide, 
Which grieue the wtse, captiue the multitude. 
And that thy poeois might the better take. 
Nor with vaine sound, or for the auther'8 sake, 
Which often is by aeruile spirits tryde, 
Wbil'st heau'n-bred soules are left Tosatisfyde ; 
Łike to the bee, thou didd'st thosc flow'rs select, 
That moftthe tastefull palate mi^ht afiect, 
With pions relisbes of things diuine. 
And discomposed sence with peace combine. 
Which (in thy Crown of Thorns). we may dłsceme^ 
FramM as a modeli for the best to learne x 
That Terse may vertue teach, as well as prose, 
And minds with natioe force to good dispose, 
Denotion stirre, and ąuickeo cold desires. 
To entertaine the warmth of boly fires. 
There may we see thy soule esspaciate, 
And with true feruor sweetly meditate 
Vpon our Sauioar's sufferings ; that while 
Thou seek^st bis painefuil torments to beg^ile, 
With weU-tun'd accents of thy zealous song, 
BreathM from a soule tnuisfix'd, a passion strong. 
We better knowledge of his woes attaine. 
Fali lato teases with thee, and thea agamę. 



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COMMENBAtORY YERStó. 



Riie with Łhy rerse to celebmte the 6ood 

Of tiiose eternall torreots of his blood. 

Nor lesse delight (things serioos Kt apart) 

Thy sportiae poems yeeld, with heedfuU art 

Compoted so, to minister content, 

That thoagh we 1 here thinke onely wit ig nteant, 

AVe quickly, by a happy errour, find 

In clondy words, deare łampes to light the mind. 

Tben blesse that Muse, which, by vntroddeii wayet 

Piirsaing verttte, meetes dęgómed bayes 

To crowne it selfe, and wand^ring śouleś reduce 

Prom paths of igoorance, and wita abute ; 

And may the best of Engliah laureata atriue, 

Thut^ their owne fixn*rall ashes to suruiiie. 

THOMAS BAWKIMS. 



TO THB WOaTHT MUSB OF BIS HOILE fRIEND, 

SIR lOHN BEAUMONZ 

KMIGBT BAaOMlT. 

We doe not ▼sber ibrth thy vene with these, 
That thine may by our prayie the betber please ; 
That were impertinenty aod we too weake. 
To adde a grace, where eu'ry lioe doth speake, • 
And iweetly eccho out, in this ricb itore, 
Ali we can any way pretend, and morę. 
Yet sińce we stand engasr^d, we this roake knowne, 
Thy layes are maflfecAed ; firee ; thine owne $ 
Thy periods, cleare ; esprewions, gennine ; 
Moie most emphatiódi j and wit, diuine. 

TBOMAS BAWKINS. 



A COmRATULATION TO THE MVSES, 

fOft TRB IMMOftTAŁISlMO OP HIS DBABB PATBBai BT 
THB 8ACBBD TBBTOB OP POETBT. 

Yb liean*Bly asters, by whotfe sacred skill. 
Sweet sounds are raysM vpon the Ibrked hłll 
Of high PamasBUS : you, whose tuned striogs 
Can caiise the birds to stay their nimbie irings. 
And silently admire : bcfore whose feet, 
The lambs, as fearelesse, witb the liobs meet s 
Yott, who the harpe of Orpheos so in8pir'd, 
That from the Stygian lakę be safe retir^d j 
You could Amphion^s harpe with vertoe fil!, 
That euen the stoties were pliant to his will. 
To you, you, therefbre, I my Terse direct, 
Prom whom such beames celestiall can reflect 
On that deare author of my Hfe, inspir^d 
With heauenly beate, and sacied fury fir^d ; 
Whose vigour, quencht by deatb, you oow reuioe. 
And in this booke conserue btm still aliue. 
Here liaes bis better part, berę shińes that datne, 
Which lights the entrBnoe to eternall famę. 
These are bis triumphs ouer deatb, this spring 
From Aganippe^s fountalnea be could bring 
Cleare from all drpsse, tbrough pure intentions 

drainM, 
His dniogbts no sensuall waters eućr 8tain'd. 
]Śefaold, hedothoneuerypaperstrow 
The loyall thoughts he did his son'raigiie owe. 
Here rest affections to each nearest fnend. 
And pious sighs, which noble thoughts atteod ; 
Pamasaos him cdntaines, piast in th^ quire 
~^ith poeli : what then can we morę detire 



To haue of him ? Perfaaps an empty ▼oyde, 

While^him we wrong with our contentles8echoyo«> 

To yoa I Ihis attribule, sitteis nine ; 

For onely you can cause this worke diuine ; 

By nonę but you could these bright fires b« 

found ; 
Prometbeus is not from the rocke Tnbound ; 
No .£sculfipius stłll remaines oo Eartb, 
To giue Hippolittts a second birth. 
SInoe then sucb godlike pdw'rs in you rematne. 
To worke these wonders, fet some aoule contaiitf« 
nis spirit of sweet mo&icke, and infuse 
Into some other brest his sparkliog Mnse. 
But you, perhaps, thątall yoor pow>r may tpeake. 
Will chuse to worke on subiects duli and weakc : 
Chuse me, inspire my frozen brest with beat. 
No dced you euer wrought can seeme morę great- 

lOBH BBAUMOMT. 



VPOB TUB POLtOWlNO POBMS OP MY SEABB rATHEB, 

S!R lOHN BEAUMONT, 

BABOKBT, DECBASBD. 

Yuu, who pre parę to reade grane Bcauafottt'B 



And at your entrance TJew my lowly strahiesy 

JEspect no ilatt*ring prayses to reberse, 
The rare perfectioiis, which thia booke oontat 

But ooely here in these few lines, bebold 
The debt which I Tnto a parent owej 

Who, though I cannot his tnie worth vniblc^ 
May yęt at least a due affcction show. 

For should I striue to decke the Tertues higl!. 
Whidf in these poems (Uke feire gcmmes) «{► 
peare; 

I might as well adde brightoesse to the skie, 
Or with new splendour make the Sunne morę clearew 

Since eQ'ry linę is witb sucb beauties gracM, 
That nothing fartber can their prayK» sound : 

And that deare name which on the front is pl«c'4s 
I>ec]ares whatomamentd within are found* 

That name, I say, in wbom tbe Muses mceCe, 
And with such heate his noble spirit raise, 

That kings admire his Tersc, wbirst at his feet^ 
Oipheus his harpe, and Pbcebus casts his bayi 



Whom, though fierce Deatb bath taken from ooi 
•ighu, 
And causM that corions hand to write no more^ 

Vct maruell not if from the fian'imll rites 
ProOeed these branches neucr seene befbre. 

For from tbe oorne arise not froitfoH eareSy 
Escept at first the ęorth reoeiue the same : 

Nor tliose rich odburs which Arabia beares, 
Send ibrth sweet smells, nnlesse coosnm^d wWk 
flame. ■ 

So from the ashcs of this pboeniz flye 
Theseoff>spring8, which with such fresh glorysbinej 

Ihat whiPst time runneth, be sbali neuer dye. 
Bat still be honour'd in this fiunous shrine : 

To which, this Terse alone I humbly giue ^ 

He vaB before : bu^ now begins to liue. 

BBAIKCM. BBAUMOJnr* 



COMMENDATORY YERSEŚ. 



rrw TBm tOMMM of hs sbaaut smorau, 
SIR lOHN BEAUMOHrr, BAR0NE7. 

WaiR fincs are drawn g^eaterthan naturę, art 
Coómands tbe object and the eye to part, 
Bids Uwm to keepe at distance, know their plaoe, 
Whcre to reeeiae, and where to giae their grace $ 
I aa too neere thee, Beaumoot, to defirite 
Which gf tbose liaeaments is most diuine, 
Aod ta stand farther off from thee, I chuie 
InsileBee tather to dpplaude thy Muae, 
Aad loie By oensure ; 'tis enough fbr mee 
To iow, ny pen was taught to moae by thee. 

CBOKGB ^OatBSCOB. 



•s va aoisouo poiio op ait bonobbd fribns, 
Sin lOHNBEAUMOyr, BARONET. 

.1^11 booke will linę ; it hath a geniui : thit 

Abooe his reader, or his prayser, is. [pense 
Beoce, theo, prophane : here needs no words' ex- 

labolwarkcs, no^Jiniy ramparts, for defense. 
Soch, as the creeping common pioners Tse ^ 

Wben they doe sweat to fortifie a li^ose. 
Tbolfh I oonićase a Beaumoot^s booke to bee 

Tbe boand, and liontier of oar poćtrie ; 
Aid doth deieiae all mnoiments of piaise, 

That ut, or ingine» on the strength can raite. 
Yct, «ho daies ofiier a redoubt to reare ? 

To cat a djFke ? or sticke a stake ^p, here, 
fiefcre this -worke ? where Eouy hath not cast 

A trench againtt it, nor a battry plac*t ? 
Slay, t3l the make her Taine approches. Then 

tf, aiaymed, she come óff, 'tis not of men 
This fint of so impre^nabte acoesse. 

Bot higher power, as spight conłd not make lesse. 
Kor flatt*ry ! but secnr^d, by the author^s name, 

De6e8, irbafs crosse to piety, or good famę. 
And like a hallow*d tempie, free from taint 

Of ctbnksmey makes his Masę a saint 

Ban. lOMsoH. 



TO TBS BSAma mmMBlIBBARCS OB BIS MOBT^E niBKD, 

SIR lOHNBEAUMONT, BARONET, 

Tais PoeUmmos, fiom the brane parents' name, 
likeJy to be the heire of so much ftime. 
Ca baue at sJl no portion by my prayse : 
Onely this poor branch of my with*ring bayes 
I oflfer to it ; and am Tery giad, 
lyethanethis; which if I betier had. 
My hme sbould build an altar, and thereon 
Śhoold óBa vp snęh .wreaths as kmg agone, 
Tbose daring Grcdans, and proud Romans, crown'd ; 
Gauii^ that hooour to their most r«nown*d.' 

Bot that brane world is past, and we ara light, 
Afier tbose gtorioas daycs, into the night 
Of these baM times, which not one herde haoe, 
Owely an empty titJe, which the grane 
Shall soone denoure ; whence it no morę sball tound, 
Which neoer got vp higher than the groond. 

Thy eare lor that which was not wort h thy breath, 
Broogfat OB too sooos thy mnch lameoted death^ 
Bot Heaa'o was kind, and woold not let thee see 
The plagues thał musi Tpon this nation be. 
By whom the^Moses haneneglected bin, 
*Which shali i^a wei|ht and neasura to tha> siona ; 



And hane already had this cnrse finom irs, 
That in their pride they should grow barbarous.' 
There is no splendour, that our pens can ginę 
By oar most labor^d lines, can make thee lioe 
IJke to thine owne, which able is to raise 
So lasting pillars to prop rp thy prayse, 
As time shall hardly shake, TotiU it shall 
Roine tbote things, thkt with it selfe mustfoll. 



AD POMUMUM OPUS ił. 

10. BELLO-MONTIJ, 

Baurris aukatI bt babowetti, vibi nobłissim^ 

BBNDBCAST ŁŁABOM. 

Łbctuii diicnboi ; Jbiceps geme^lo 
PalUassns b\)ogo imminetait : ynde 
Fontes desiliunt leuesj ]oquaces ; 
Pellocent yitreo liąuore fontel 
Sodo snb looe, sydere 3t secitndd 
Discumbo. Teneras rosas pererra 
Narcissum, Tiolas odore grataś, 
Ynguento Ambrosio bas & bas refectasi« 
Qua8 inter Philomela cantitillat 
Pnepes, blandnta, mellilinguis ales. 
Quas iater Tolitant Apo]linesqne, 
Et MussB Yenerescpie mille, miUe. 

Insomne hoc sibi somnium qaid andet } 
AIttim ei&ire noema beilo-montis ; 
Effatum euge \ Poema Bello-monti ett 
Dium, castaliom nitens, politum ; 
Libatum salibos, lepore tinctom. 
Decorrens velut amnis ałti monte 
Femet delicys, mit profnndo 
Beaumontos latice. Altijlis resnltat 
Fertur, nec tenui nec TsitatA 
Penni per liquidam etheram, bifbrmis. 
Hic Phmbi deus est, decus oohortis 
Summum Palladie, iubar soromm, 
Ipse flt fios Yenerum, resurgo ; legi* 

PB. KIN. 



TPON TBE BONOBBD POBMS OP BIS TNKNOWNB PBIBND, 

SIR lOHN BEAUMOST, BARONET, 

I BNBW thee not, I speake it to my shame : 
But by that deare, and oquall voyce of famę, 
Which (with the Sonne's bright course) did ioyntly 
Thy glorious name about each bemisphere. [beare 
Whiles I^ who had confinM my selfe to dwell 
Witbin the straite bounds of an obscure celi, 
Tooke in thosc pleasing bcamcs of wit and wortb, 
Which, wbere the Suone could neoer shine, breake 
Wherewith i did refire^ih my weaker sigbt, [forth : 
Wben otkers bathM themselnes in thy fali light. 
Bat wben the dismali romour was once spred, 
That strnck all knowing sooles, of Beaumont dead*: 
Aboue tby best fnends 'twas my benedt^ 
To know thee onely by thy liniog wK ; 
And whereas others might their losse deplore, 
Thou liu'st to me iust as thoo didst before. 
In all that we can valae great or good, 
Which were not in these cloaihes of llesb and blood^ 
Tbon now hast laid aside, but in that mind, 
That onely by it selfe could be conin'd, 
TliOH lin'st to ma, and shalt for euer laine, 
In both thf iwnef pf thy bUwd and braiue. 



POEMS 



OF 



SIE JOHN BEAUMONT. 



ThX woUi^s nomie ti ciaill wenę I sing, 
Wboae cod ■ ciowiiM witli oor eternall spring, 
WbcR fOMs ki a'4, tbiMr oolours mixe ia one* 
And Mnics fight no mon for £ogland*s throD& 
tboa, $ncMMi9 Łor4, direct my feeble pen, 
Wk>^liEQei Ibe ncUoDt oC arabitioas men) 
BmŁ by thy gotdnoiif <lra«ne our ioyfull good, 
iUd nade <9eet i|ovfe» and oliues grow from blood, 
Whife «e, delighted «Uh Ułift faire release, 
IbycUne PaniaMn*, ia tbedayoi of peace. 

The king (whoM eyes waie neuer fnlly cloa^d, 
W^ait 9ind« epipcwt, witb feafcful dreamea sup- 

P«'d, 
That be in Vlood bad vaUo«'d all the nigbt) 
Uapei from kia icallene bed, before ibe ligbt : 
AceDned Tii«ll ia tbe fiiat be spies, 
Wbott tbceatning with bia dagger, tbw be criea. 
" Hoar daiat Ibon, ^iUaina, ao disiurbe my aleape } 
Were not «ke aaiotber>d cbildren buried deepe ? 
And batb tbe groond agaiae been ript by tbiee, 
Tbat I their loUen carkasea migbt aee ?" 
Tliewiclcb, aatoniibty baateą away to slide^ 
(As damned gtatata tiiemaeloes in darkenesae hide) 
AadcaUes^tbice, wboae ooonsela could awwage 
Tte siidden awaliinga of tbe prłOfe'a raga: 
Ambicioas LooeU, wbo, to gaine his grace, 
Hsd staitt^d tbe bononr of bis noble race : 
PieifiJ i o us Catedty, by wbose cnrioas skill, 
Tbe law was tangbt to speake bb master^s will : 
Aod Ratcliilie, deepely learn*d in coartly art, 
Wbo.bcst oould searcb into his 8ou*raigne'8 hart : 
4inghccd, Richard laboars t(> relate 
Hb błdeeus dreamea, as signes of haplesse fale : 
" AUs !" aid they, " soch fictioos cbildren feare, 
Tbeteaie not terroars, shewiog danger neare. 
Bat motiuea seot by some propiUous power, 
To make you watchfiłll at Ukis early hower : 
Iheae pione that yonr victorioos care prenents 
taor sioathfall foea,. that slumber in their ients» 
Tbii precioBs time must not in vaine be spent^ 
"WUeb God (yont heJpe) by heau^njy meanes hatb 

lenL" 
Be (by theae ibisc coniectores) mnch appeaa^d, 

biaaunda disaas^d, 



Seplies : << I sboold bgae bcaa aahfln^d to 
Fond dreamea to wiae omb: wbcthcr Heanhi 9ł 

Heli, 
Or tronbled natura, theae cftcts hath wrangbt : 
1 know, this day reqmres aaolher thoaght, 
If some resistlesse strength my cause sboold crane^ 
Fear« will inerease, and not redeeme the hMse ; 
All dangers, clouded with tbe miat of feare, 
Seeme great fiirre off, butlessencomming Beaitib 
Away, ye black illosions of the nigbt, 
If ye combinM with Fortuna^ hane the migbt 
To binder my designes : ye sfaall not bom 
My cour^j^ seeking glonous deatb in warra.'' 
Thus being chear^d, be ealls alond for armea. 
And bids that all should rise, whom Morpbeoa 

charmes. 
" Bring me," saith he, <' the hamease that I wori 
At Teusbury, which fit)m that day no mora 
Hath felt the battrtes of a cinill strife, 
Nor stood betweene destraction and my lifo.*' 
Vpon hie breat-plute he bcbolds a dmt, 
Which in that field young Edward'8 swoid dii 

print: 
Tbisstirres remembrance of his beinoos guilt,' 
When he tbat prince^s blood so fonlely spilt. 
Now fuUy arm'd, he takes his helmet bright, 
Which, like a twiokiiog starre, with trcmblini: light 
Sends radiant Itistre throogfa the darksome aire ; 
Tbis maskę wili make his wrtnkled yisage foire. 
But when his head is couerM with the steele, 
He telles bis seruants, that bis teroples feele 
Deepe>piercing stings, wbicK hreed vnn8uall painea, 
Atid of the beauy burden mnch oomplaines. 
Some markę his words, as tokens fram'd t' esprewe 
The sharpe conclusion of a sad successe. 
Then goiog fortb, and findiug in his way i 
A souldier of the watch, wfao sleeping lay, 
EnragM to aee the wretch neglect his part, 
He scrikes a sword into his trembling beart ; 
Tbe hand of dealh, and iron dulnesse, takes 
Those leaden eyes, which nafrali ease forsafcesx 
Tbe king this moming sacriSce commends. 
And for eiample^ thus the fact defends : 
** X leaue him, aa I found him, fit to keepe 
Tbe silent doores of eueriasting sleepe." 

StlU lUchroond slept : for worldly caieiand feare 

timas of pansiog, when the sonie ia claare, 



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BEAUMONrS POElVtS. 



While HeauV8 Directer, whoie reuengefuU brow 

Wcmld to the guilty head no rest allow, 

Łookes on the other part with roilder eyes: 

At hia oommand an angęl swiftly flies 

From sacred Trath'8 perspicuous gate, to bring 

A ctystall yision on bis golden wing. 

This lord, tbus sleepingi thought he saw and knew 

His lamblike vnkle, whom tbat tiger siew. 

Whoee powerfuH words enoourage bim to flgbt : 

" Goe on, iast scourge of murder, vertue's light, 

The combate, which thou shalt Łhis day endure, 

Makes EngUŁfid'8 peace for many ages sare : 

Thy strong inoa«ioD cannoi be withfctood, 

iThe Earth assists thee with the ery of błood ; 

Tbe Heav*tt shall blesse thy hopes, and crown^ thy 

ioyesr 
Seć, how tbe fiends, with loud and dismall noyse, 
(Presaging yaltures, greedy of their prcy ) 
On IUchan]'s tent their scaly wings display." 
The holy king then oflerM to his Tiew 
A Uuely tree, on which three branches grew : 
But when tbe hope of fruit had madę him glad, 
AU fell to dost: at which the earte was sad ; 
Yet cfymkitt oomes againe, when from the roote 
He sees a bough into the north to shoote, 
Which, nonriftht ihere, extends it sełfe from thence, 
And girds tliis iland with a firmę defence: 
There he bebolds a high and glorious throne, 
Whereaits a king by lawrell garlands knowne, 
like brigfat Apolto in the Muses' quires. 
His radiant eyes are watchfuU heauenly fires ; 
Beneath his feete pale Ennie bites her chaine. 
And siialLy Dmcord whets her strag in Taine. 
'* Thon seat," said Henry, '* wise and potent lames, 
This, this is he, whose happy vnion tames 
The sanage fendes, and shall those lets de&ce, 
Which keepe the bordrers from a deare imbrace : 
Both nations shall, in Britaine's royall crowne, 
Tlieir diffring names, the signes of faction drowne ; 
The siloer streames which from this spring in- 

crease, 
Bedew all. Christian hearts with drops of peace ) 
Obserue how liopefuU Charles is borne t' asswage 
The winds, tbat wouid distnrbe this golden age. 
When tbat great kinir shall fiiU of glory łeane 
Hic Earth as base, then may this prince receiue 
Tlie diadem, without his &Łher*s wrongi 
May take it late, and may possette it long| 
Aboue all £urope's princes shine thou bricht, 
O God's selected care, and man's delightT" 
Herę gentle sleepeforsooke his douded bfowes, 
And fuli of holy thoughts, and pious vowes, 
He ktst the gnwnd assoone as be arose, 
When watchfnll Digby, who among his foef 
-Had wanderd Ynsaspected all the night, 
Beportrthat Richard łs prepar^d to fight 

Long sińce the king had thoiight it time to send 
For trusty Norfolkę, bis viidannted firiend, 
Who, hasting from the place of his abode, 
Foanćl at the doore a world of papers strow'd ; - 
liktme wonld affnght him from the tyrant^s aide, 
Affinuing tbat his master was betray'd ; 
Soma latil before kim all those bloody deeds, 
From wbicfa a lipc of sharpe renenge proceeds, 
With mach comfMtsion, that ao braue a knight 
Sboald seiue a lord, against whom angels fight ; 
And others pot suspioioBS in his minde, 
That Rtchard, most obseruM, was most vnkind. 
Tbe duke awhilfl these caatióna words renolnes 
^nth mHoiU tbopgbts, aad thys at Iast raolBea i 



ti 



If all the campe proae trayton to my Jocd, 
Shall spotlesse Norfolkę ialsifie his word ? 
Minę oath is past, I swore t* vphold bis crowne/ 
And that shall swim, or I wilii it will drowiie. 
It is too late now to dispiite the rigfat ; 
Dare any tongue, sińce Yorite spred forth -bis light, 
Nortbamberland, or Buckingham, defame, 
lVo valiant Cliflbrds, Roos, or Besomoots, nam^ 
Because they in the weaker qaarrell die ^ 
Thcy had the king with tbem, and so hane L 
But eu'ry eye the hce of Richard shunnes, - 
For that foule murder of his brotber^s sonnes i 
Yet lawes of knightbood gaoe me not a sword 
To strike at him, whom all with ioynt acoord - 
Hane madę my prince, to whom- 1 tribote brinf t 
I hate his vices, but adore the king. 
Yictbrious Edward, if thy soule can beare 
Thy seruaflt Howard, I deuoutly sweare, 
That to haue t>au'd thy chiidren from that day. 
My hopes on Earth sbould wiUiogly decay ; 
Would Olooster then my perfect faith bad tryed. 
And madę two graoes, when noble Hastings died*" 
This said, his troopes he into order drawea, 
Then doubled hastę redeemes his fonner pante f 
So stops tbe sayler for a voyage bound, 
When on the sea he heares the tempests aoand, 
Till pressing hunger to remembrance sends, 
That on his coune his honshold^s life óeptnd»i 
With this he deares the doubts that Text bis minde. 
And puts bis ship to mercy of the windę. 

The duke'8 stout presence andcooragiofis lookeSf 
Werę to the king as folts of slidiitg brookes, 
Which bring a gentle and delighttuU rest 
To weary e^, with grieuons care opprest : 
He bids that Norfolkę and his hopefull sonn^ 
(Whose rising fome in armes this day begun) 
Shonld leade tbe vantguard : for so great comttanl 
He dases not trust in any other hand ; 
The rest he to his owne adnice reforres, 
And as the spirit iii that body stifres ; 
Then putting on bis crowne, a fatall signe, 
(So ofi'er'd beasts neeredeath in garlands shine) 
He rides about the rankes, and striues t' inspire 
Each brest with part of his Tnwearied fire : 
To those who hiul his brotber^s seruants beeti, • 
And had the wonders df hb valour seene, 
He saith : ** My fellow sonldiers, tbo> ycMir awoidji' 
Atre sbatpe, and need hot whetttng by my words; 
Yet cali to mibde those many glorioos dayes, 
In which we treasitr'd Vp imłnortall prayse; 
If when I seruM, I ener fled from foe, 
Fly ye from minę, let me be putiisht so: 
Bot if my fother, when at first he tryM, 
How all bis sonnes could shining blades abide, 
Found me an eagle, whose vndazled eyes 
Afifront the beames which from tbe steele arise. 
And if 1 now in action teach the same, [name | 
Know, then, ye haue but chang'd your gen'rall*i 
Be still yonr seloes, ye fight against the drosse 
Of those, that oft haue runne from you with lossec 
How many Somersets, dissention^s brands, 
Haue felt the foroe of our renengefułl hands ? 
From whomc this youtb, as from a princely fiond^ 
Deriues hie best, yet not mtainted blood : 
Haue our assanlis madę Lancaster tp dronpe ? 
And shall this Welshman, wilb his ragged troopCi 
Subdue the Norman and the Sazon linę, 
That ónely Merlm may be thonght diuine ? 
See, what a gnide these fugitiues Iwue choae \ 
Who, bred amoqg the French, our Rocient foas^ 



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fbrgds tlie Ettglish Ungnage, and the ground. 
Md kiiowes not wbaŁ oor drums and truinpets 

aouud." 
Tbothen* minds their willing oaŁhs be drawes, 
He tdls his iusŁ decrees, aod heaUhfuIl lawes, 
ind makes^ large profiers of his fature grace. 
Ihnibiuittg ended, with as chearefali nce, 
As Kature, which his stepdame siill was tbought, 
€baU lend to one, without proportioo wrought, 
Sooie, viŁh k>ud shouting, make the vaileyes rhig, 
BataDOst vjth marmur sigh, " God saae the king." 

Now carefiill Henry sends his seniant Bray 
To Stanicy, who acconnts it safe to stay, 
Asd dares not promise, lest his hastę should bring 
ffii aonne to death, now pris'ncr with the king. 
iUoaft the same time, Brakenbury came, 
And tbas to Stanley saith, in 1Uchard's name : 
" My lord, tbe king salutes yoa, and oommands 
Tbattn his ayde yoo bnng your ready ban^, 
Or dae be sweares by him that sits on high, 
Bcftre tbe armies ioyne, your soone shail dic.^* 
At thistbe lord stood, like a man that heares 
Tbe indge'^ royce, which coodemnation beares j 
Tin, gath*nng Tp his spińts, be replies : 
*' Ify feUow Hastings* death batb madę me wise, 
lioie tbao my dreame could him, for I no morę 
WiU trast the tosbes of tbe angry borę ; 
U with my Geoigels hlood be staine his throne, 
1 thsnke my God, I bane morę sonnes tban one : 
Tei, toieaire his łife, I quiet stadd 
Aga^nst the king, not lifting vp my band." . 
Tbe me sBcn ger departs of hope deny'd. 
Tben noble Stanley, taking Bray aside, 

Let my sonne proceede, withontdespaire, 
by bis motber's almes, and preyre, 
God wiil direet botb him and me to take 
Bot coarMs, for that blessed woman^s sake." 
Tbe carle, by this delay, was not inclinM 
Ib feare nor anger, knowing Stanłey'8 mind ; 
Baty calling all bis cfaiefe commanders neare, 
He boldly q>eakes> while tbey attentiae beare : 
'* Ił is rn Taine, braue firiends, to shew the right 
nich we are forc'd to seeke by ciuill fight 
Toor a w mda are brandisbt in a noble cause, 
Ib free your country finom a tyranfs iawes. 
in»t angry planet, what disastrous signe, 
UrccU Piantagenefs afflicted lioe > 
Ih ! wras it noc eooogh, that mutuall nge 
bi dendly batteb sboold this race ingagi^ 
nu by their blowes tbemselnes tbey fewer make, 
kad ptUcTB fiill, which France coald ocuer sbake ? 
lot most tbis crooked monster now be found, 
Ib lay longh hands on that vnclosed wound ? 
fis •ecret plota bane much increast tbe ilood ; 
Icy with his bfotbeT's and his nephews' blood, 
lath stainM tbe brightnesse of his iatber*8 flowres, 
imd tamóe bis owne wbite rosę as red as oqr8. 
^kM m the day, wbose splendoor puts to flight 
IhiCiiring cloods, and brmgs an age of ligbt. 
Tc aee no bindraace of those wished times, 
lAt this Tturper, wbose depressing crimcs 
im drioe him from the monntaine where be 

staods, 
9 tltat be needa must fidl withont onr haqds. 
a this we happy are, that by oar aripes, 
totfc Torhe and I;uicaster renenge their harmes. 
ime Beory^ senmaCs ioyne with Edward's friencjSy 
Mi leane tbeir prinat griefes fbr publikę ends." 
ham eeashig, he nnpłores th' Almigbtie^s grace, 
■d bida^ that eneryc^rtainetakt bis placet 



His speacb was answerM with a gen^rall noysa 
Of acclamationsy doubtlesse signes of joyes 
Which souldiers n^erd, as they >lbrward went» 
The soie forerunneri of a iaire eijient : 
So when tbe Winter to the Spring beąueatbei 
The rule of time, and mild Fauonius breathes, 
A quire of swans to that sweete musicke sings^ 
Tbe ayre resounds the nwtion of their wingi, 
Wben ouer plames tbey flie in orderd rankes^ 
To sport tbemseiues Tpon Cajtster^s bankes. 

Bold OxfoTd leades the vantguard vp amaina^ 
Wbose valiant ofkn beretofore were vaine, 
When he his loue to Lancaster exprest. 
Bat now, with morę indulgent fortunę blest. 
His men he toward Norfolke'8 ąuarter drew, 
Aod straight the one tbe other's ensignes knew ; 
For tbey in seo*rall annies were display 'd, 
This oA in Edward's, that in Henry^s ayde: 
llie sad remembrance of those bloudy fights, 
Incenst new anger in these noble knjghts. 
A marish lay betweene, which Oaibrd leaues 
Vpon his right band, and the Snnne receiues 
Behind him, with adńantage of the place $ 
For Norfolkę must endure it on bis &oe. 
And yet his men aduanoe their speares and swords 
Against tbis succour, which the Heaa'n affirads; 
His horse and foote possesl the fiftld in lengib, 
While bowmen went before them, for their strengtb : 
Thos marching forth, they set on Oxford's band, 
Hefeares their nnmber, and with strict command, . 
His Booldiers closely to the standard drawes : - 
Then Howard's troupes, amaz'd, begin to pause; 
Tbey doubt the sligbts of battell, and prepara 
To guard their Talour with a trench of care. 
This sudden stop madę wariike Vere morę hołdy 
To see their fury in a moment oold ; 
His rankes he in a larger formę displayes, 
Which all were archers counted in those dayes, 
The best of £ngtish souldiers, for tbeir skill 
Coald guide their shafts according to their will ; 
The feather'd wood they from their bowcs let flie. 
No arrow fell, but caas'd some man to die : 
So painfuU bees, with forward gladnesse, stńue 
To ioyne themsetues in throngs before the biue. 
And with obediencc till that hour attend, 
When tbeir commander shall bis watchword scnd : 
Then to the winds their tender sailes tbey yietd, 
Depresse tbe flowres, depopulate tbe field : 
Wise Norfolkę, to auoyde these sbafts the morę, . 
Contriues his battaile tbin, and sharpe before^ 
He thus attempts to pierce into the hart, 
And breake the orders of the aduene part: 
As when the cranes direet their Aigh^on high. 
To cut their way, they in a trigoo flie, 
Which poiuLeil tiijurc may with ea&e diuide 
Opposiog blasts, tbrough which they swifUy glide. 

But now the wiogs make hastę to Oxford*s ayde, 
The left by valiant Sauage was display'd ; 
His lusty souldiers were attir*d in wbite, 
They moue like dńfts of snów, wbose sudden fright 
Constraines the weary pamenger to stay. 
And, beating on bis face, oonfounds bis way. 
Braue Talbot led the right, wbose grandsire's name 
Was his continuall spurre to purchase famę : 
Botb these rusht in, while Norfolkę, like a wali, 
Which, oft with enguies crackt, disdaines to fiUl, 
Maińtaines his station by defensioe fight, 
Till Snrrey pressing forth, with youtMull might, 
Sends many shadowes to the gates of Death. 
WheA dying moutha had gaspt forth purpte breath. 



1* 



BEAUMONTS POEMS. 



His father followes : ąge apd former painet 
Had madę him slower, yct he still retaines 
Hia ancient vig<our ; and with much delight 
To lee bis sonne do maroaiłes in his sight, 
He seconds him, and from Łhe branches cleaaes 
Those clnsters, whicb Łhe foraier ▼intage Ieau(>8. 
Kow Oxibrd flyes (as KghŁoing) thro* his troupes. 
And with bis presencc cbeares the part that 

droapes : 
His braue endeuours Sunrey^s force restraine 
like bankes, at which the ocean stormes in ^aiac. 
The swords and armonrs shine as sparkling coales, 
Their clashing drownes the grones of parting sonles j 
The peacefull neighbonrs, who had long desir^d 
To find the caases of their feare eypir^d, 
Are newly grieu'd, to see this scarlet flood, 
And English groand bedew*d with English blood. 
Stout Rice and Herbert leade the power of Wales, 
Their zeale to Henry moucs the hiils and dales 
To soand their country-man'8 bełoued name, 
Who shall restore the British off-spring^s famę ; 
These make such slangbter with their glanes and 

hooks, 
That carefull bardes may 611 their precious bookes 
With prayses, whicb firom warlike actions spring, 
And take new themes, when to their harpes they 

sing. 
Besides these sonldien borne within this ile, 
We must not of their part the French beguile, 
Whom Charles ibr Henry's snccour dtd prouide, 
A lord of Scotland, Bernard, was their guide, 
A blossome of the Staarts' happy line, 
Which is on Britainc*s throńe ordain*d to shme : 
The San, whose rayes the Heaa*n with bcauty 

crowne, 
From his a^cending, to hts going downe, 
Saw not a braoer leader in that age ; 
And Bosworlh field must be the glorious stage, 
In which this northeme eagle leames to Hie, 
And tries those wings, which after raysc him high, 
Wben he, beyond the snowy Alpes renownM, 
Shall plant French lillies in Italian groand ; 
And cause the craggy Apennine to know, 
What fruits on Caledonian monntaines grow. 
Now in this ciuill warre, the troupes of France 
Their banners dare on BngUsh ayre adoauce. 
And on their launces' points destmction bring 
To fointing semants of the gnilty king ; 
When heretofore they had no powre to stand 
Against our armies in their natine land. 
Bat miting fled, as wax bcfore the flame, 
DismayM with thunder of Saint 6eorge's name. 
Now Henry w|th his ynkle Pembroke moues, 
The rereward on, and Stanley then approues 
His loue to Itichmond'8 person, and his cause, 
He from his arroy of three thousand drawes 
A few choyse men, and bids the resŁ obay 
His valiant brother, who shałl proue Ihisday 
As famous as great Warwidc, in whose band 
The fate of England^s crowne was thought to stand : 
With these he cłosely steałes to helpe his friend, 
While his maine fbroes stirre not, but attend 
The yonnger Stanley, and to Richard^ eye 
Appeare not parties, but as standers by. 
Yet Stantey's words so i|iach the king incense, 
That he esctaimes: *' This is a false pretense : 
His donbtfhll answere shall not saue his sonne, 
' Yong Strange shall die : see, Oitesby , this be done. " 
Now Yłke a lambe, which taken from the folds, 
lite slaughter-man with rude embraces holds^ 



And for his throte preptret a whetted knife, 
So goes this harmeleise lord to end bis life ; . 
The axe is sharpen'd, and the błock prepar*d. 
But worthy Ferrers equail portion shar'd 
Of griefe and terrour which the pris'Der fislt,' 
His tender eyes in tearcs of pity melt. 
And hasting to the king, he boidly sald : 
" My lord, too many bloody staines are laid 
By enuious tongues ypon your peacefulf ni^oe ; 

may their malicc euer speake in vaiiie ! 
Aflbrd not this aduantage to their spite. 
Nonę should be kilPd to day, but in the fight : 
Your crowne is strongly fixt, your cause is good ; 
Cast not Tpon it drops of harmelesse blood i 

His life is nothing, yet will dearely cost, 

If, while you seek it, we perhaps haue lost 

Occasions of your conquest : thither flie, 

Wberc rebeU arroM, with cufsed bladet shall die^ 

And yeeld in death to your ?ictoriou8 awe : 

Let naked hands be censar'd by the law." 

Such pow'r his speech and sęemely acUoo liątb* 

It molliOes the tyrant*s blooidy wrath. 

And he commands, that Strange*s death be utajni 

The noble youth (who was before disnay'd 

At death*s approching sight) now sweetly deans 

His cloudy sorrowes, and forgets his feaires i 

As when a steare to buming al tara led, 

£xpecting fatall blowes to cleaue his liead, 

Is by the priest, for some religious cause, 

Sent backe to liue, and now in quiet drawes 

The open ayre, and ukes his wonted food. 

And neuer tbinkes how neere to death he stood. 

The king, though ready, yet his niardi delajd, 
To haue Northumberland's expected ayde« 
Tó him industrious Ratclifie swiftly hiea ; 
But Percy greets him thus : ** My tiroubled eyees 
Tbis night behelU my father'8 angry ghost, 
Aduising not to ioyne with Ricbard's host : 
* Wilt thou,' said he, ' so much obscure tny ahi^ 
To beare minę azure lion in the field 
With such a gen'ralt ? Aske him, on which anie 
His so-ord was drawne, when I at Towton died.' '* 
When Richard knew that both his hopea wera 
He forward sets with cursing and disdaine, [jmin 
And cries : *' Who would not all these lorda detest 
When Percy changeth, like the Moone, his creaft 
This speech the heart of noble Ferrers rent : 
He answers : " Sir, though many dare mgeot, 
That which they cannotnow withoutyoar wroo^, 
And onely grieiie they haue been true too loo^. 
My brest shall neuer beare ao foule a stąiiM ^ 
If any ancient blood in me remaine, 
Which from the Norman conqu'rours tooke de$om 
It shall be wholly in your sernice spent ^ 

1 will obtaine to day, aline or dead, 

The crownes that graoe a fiiithfuU sooldiei^s bead 
'* Blest be thy tongue,** repliea the king, << in th 
The strength of all thine ancestors I see, 
Eztending warlike armes for England's good. 
By tbee their heire, in vaIour as in blood." 

But hcre we leaue the king, and must reoiew 
Those aonnes of Mars, who cruell blades imbnaa 
In riuers, sprung from hearts that blood Yesse lie. 
And staine their shining armes in sanguine diew^ 
Hero valiant Oxford and fierce Norfolkę meet. 
And with their speares each other rudely greeta 
About the ayre tbe shiuered pieccs play,. 
Then on their swords their noble hand» tł^ey lay^ 
And Norfolkę first a blow directly guideg 
T» 0]dbrd's head, which froi|» hb belmet «Ii4iC«. 



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Ę VpoB ha acne, aad, Uliag tkroagb the steele, 
UKcti « wouod, which Yere disdftinet to feele ; 
f He lifts bis &ucluoo with a thręatniog grace, 
Md heva tbe beoer off (roni Howard'8 face. 
tkis bciog dooe, he, with compassioo chariii*dy 
Becocs, ubam^d to ntńke a man di8arin'<l : 
Jlat mWigfat a deadly shaft, sent fiom a botr, 
(WlMae master, thoagh farre off, tbe duke vould 

kncw) 
yntiDiely biought Łfais combat to an end* 
And pierc'd the braine of Richard's constant friand. 
When Oslbfd saw bim nnke, bis noble soule 
W«i Ibll of griefe, which madę him thos condole : 
** Farewell, tnie knight, to whom do costly grane 
Can gioe doe booour : would my teares migbt saue 
ThoK stmmes of blood, deseruing to be spilt 
In bettcr teruice: bad not Richard^s guilt 
Sadi beany weigbt vpon bis fortunę laid, 
Tby gloripuf rertoes bad his sioaea ontwaighM." 
Cwinttious Talbot bad with Surrey met, 
Aod aner many blowes begins to fret, 
That one so yooog in armes should thos, ▼nmonM, 
Besist bb strengtb, to oft in warre approa'd. 
And nów tbe earie bebolds bis fatber fali ; 
Wboie deatb like bomd darknesse fńgbted all : 
Some gtae tbemseloes as captiues, otben ffie, 
Bat ths yoong lk>n castf bi« gen^rooa ęye 
On Mowćray't lion, painted in his sbield, 
And wTtfa tbat king of beasts repines to yeeld : 
" Tbe field," saith be, " in which the lioo stands, 
Is blood, and blood I O0er to tbe hands 
Of danng foes ; but neuer shall my fiight 
Die blacke my lion, which as yet is white." 
His enemies (like canniog bontsmcn) striue 
In binding snares, to take their pray aliue, 
Wbile be desires t' espose bis naked brest. 
And tłunkes tbe sword tbat decpest strikes is best 
Yooog Howard single witb an army fights, 
Wbcn, moujd witb pitie, two renowned knights, 
5tioiig Ckuindon, and valiaot Coniers, trie 
To nescne him» in which atterapt they die ; 
For Saaage, red witb blood of tlaughter^d foes, 
Doth tbem in midst i^ all bis troopes inclose, 
Wbere, tbough tbe captaine for their ufetie 

stnnea, 
Yet baser hands depriue tbem of their liues. 
Now Surrey fointiug, .searce his sword can hołd, 
Wbich madę a commoo souldier grow lo bołd, 
To laj rude hands ^pon that noble flower ; 
Wbicb be diadaigning, (anger gines him power) 
Erccts bis weapoo witb a nimbie roond. 
And sends tbe peasant*s arme to kisse the grotmd. 
Tbisdooe, to Talbot be preseiits his blade. 
And saith : '* It is not bope of life bath madę 
Tbis my submiMion, but my strengtb is spent. 
And some, perhaps of vilłaine blood, will vent 
My wcajy soule . tbis fauour I demaod, 
Tbat I may die by your vłctorious band*'* 
** Nay, God forbid that auy of my name»" 
Qootb Talbot, '* should puŁ outso bright a flame 
As burnes in^thee, braue youth ! wbere thou hast 
U was thy fbther^s fault, siuoc be preferr*d [err*d, 
A tyraot^s crowoe before tbe iuater side." 
Tbe earle, «till roindfoll of bis birtb, replied: 
" I wonder, talbot, tbat tby noble bart 
lasults on roines of tbe vanquisbt part : 
We had tbe right, if now to you it flow, 
The fortnne of your swords bath madę it so : 
I Bcner will my lockUsse cboyce repent, 
Nor ein tt stainc miaię booour or desoent $ • 



Set England's foyall wreath vpon a stake, 
There will I fight, and not tbe place forsake : 
And if tbe wiU of God bath so dSsposM, 
That Richnfeond's brow be witb the crowne inclo»*d, 
I shall to him, or bis, gioe doubilcsse signes, 
That duty in my Łbougbts, not faction, shines,'' 
Tbe earnest souldiers stiU the chase pursue : 
But their commanders gpriene they kbould imbrae 
Their swords in blood which springs from Engłish 

▼einea, 
The peacefoU sound of trumpets tbem restrainet. 
From furtber slaugbter, witb a milde laireat 
To rest contented in tbis first defeate. - 
The king intended, at his setting out. 
To helpe hu ▼antguaurd, but a nimbie soowt 
Runnes crying : *' Sir, I saw not fiarre from beDCOi^ 
Wbere Ricbiiiond hooers witb a smali defence, 
And, like one guilty of some beynous HI, 
Is couer^d Ath the sbade of yonder bill." 
The rauen, al most fomisbt, ioyes not morę, / 
When restlesse billowes tnmble to the shorw 
A beap of bodies shipwrackt m tbe seas, 
Than Richard witb tbese newes bimselfe doth 
He now diuerts his coorse anotber way, [please ; 
And, witb his army led in faire anray, 
Asoends the rising gronad, and taking yiew 
Of Henry's souldiers, sees they are but few : 
Imperiall courage fires his noble brest, 
He sets a tbreatning speare witbin bis rest, 
Thus saying < *' All true knights, on me attend, 
I soone wrll bring tbis quarreU to an end : 
If Done will follow, if all fiaith be gone, 
Behold, I goe to try my caose alone." 
Ho strikes his spnrres into his borse^s side, 
With him stout Looell and bold FerrersT ride ; 
To them braue Rateliffe, gen*rous Ctifton, hastę, 
Old Brakenbury scoroes to be the last4 
1 As borne with wings, all tR^orthy spirits flye, . 
I ResoluM for safety of their prince to dye i ' 
Aod Catesby to tbis number addcs his name, 
Tbough pale with feare, yet ouęrcomne witb shame. 
Their boldnesse Richmond dreads not, but admires; 
He sees their motien like to roi King fires, 
Which by the wiodę along the flelds are borne 
Amidst tbe trces, tbe hedges, and the corne, 
Wbere they the hopes of husbandmen consume. 
And flii tbe troubled ayre with dusky fume. 
Now as a carefull lord of neighb'ring groends , 
He keepes the flame from entring in his bounds, 
Each man is wamM to bold his station surę, 
Prepafd witb courage strong assaults t* endure ; 
But all in vaine, no force, no warlike art, 
From sudden breaking can preserue that part, 
Where Richard like a dart from thumler falles : 
His foes g^ue way, and stand as brazen walłes 
. On either side of bis inforced path, 
While be neglccts them, and resernes his wratli 
For him wbose death these threatning clouds would 

cicare, 
Whom now with gladnea he beholdeth neere. 
And all those fiicnłties togetber brings, 
Which moue tbe sonie to higb and noble things. 
Fu'n so a tyger, hauiog fo1low*d long 
The honter^M steps that robb'd ber of ber young : 
Whcrn fifst sbe sees him, is by ragę inclinM 
Her steps to double, and her teeth to grtnd. 

Now bonie to borse, and nan is ioyn'd to man, 
So strictiy, that tlie souldiers hardly can 
Their adnersarics from their fellowes know f 
( Hcre each braue chapapion singles out bis foe. 



le 



BEAUMONTS POEMS. 



Jn this confbsion Brakenbury meetes 
With Uuogerfordy and him tbus foulely greeies : 
** Ah, tra3^or ! felse in breach of faith and loue, 
Wliat disooDtent could thee and Bourchier moue, 
W ho bad so long my fellowes been in armes. 
To flie to rebels ? What seducing charmes 
Coald on your clouded mindssuch darknesse bring. 
To serue an out-law, and neglect thc king ?*' 
With these sharpe Bpeeches Hungerford, enrag*d, 
T* vphold his bonour, thus ibe battaile wag^d : 
'* Tby doting age,'' saith he, *' delights in words, 
But this asperaion mu8t be try*d by swords.'* 
Then leauing talke, be by his weapon speakes, 
And dńues a blow, which Brakenbury brcakes. 
By lifting vp his left band, else the steelc 
Had pierc'd bis burgonet, and madę him fecie 
The pangs of deatb : but now the fory fell 
Vpon the band tbat did the stroke repell, 
And cuts BO large a portion of the irtiield, 
Tbat it no morę can safe protection yecld. 
Bold Hungerford disdaines his V8e to make 
Of this aduantage, but doth straight foreake 
His massy taiget, renderM to his sqoire. 
And saith : " Let oowards such defence desire." 
This done, these Taliant knights dispose tbeir 
And Btill tbe one the other*s &ce inuades ; [błades, 
TłU Brakenbury^s hclmet giiiing way 
To tbose fierce strokes that Hungerford doth lay, 
Is bru8'd and gapes, which Bourchier, iigbting 

neare, [beare, 

Perceiues, and cńes: " Braue Hungerford, fbr- 
Bring npt tbose siluer haires to timelesse end, 
He was, and may be once againe, our fricnd.'' 
Bot, oh ! too late ! tbe faUU blow was sent 
From Hongerford, which he may now repent. 
But notrecałl, and diggcs a mortall wonnd 
In Brakenbury's head, which should be crowsM 
With precious metals, and with bayes adoin'd 
For constant truth appearing, when he 8Com*d 
To staine his band in tbose ypuug princes' blood, 
Ąad like a rocke amidst the ocean stood 
Against the tyraufs charmes and threats vnmoo*d, 
Tbo' death declarcs Iidw much be Richard łou'd. 
Stout Ferrers aimes to fixe his mighty launce 
Id Pembroke*s beart, which on tbe steele doth 

glaonce, 
And ronnes in vaine the empty ayre to presse : 
Bot.Pembroke*B speare, obtaining wisht sucoesse, 
Throogb Ferrers* brest-plate and his body sinkes, 
And vi tali blood from inward Tcssets drinkes. 
Herę Stanley, ąnó braoe Louel, trie tbeir strength, 
Whose eqoaU coorage drawes tlie strife to length ; 
They tbinke not bow they may themselues defeod, 
To strikę is all tbeir care, to kill tbeir end. 
Someete two bul U vpon adioyning hills 
Of rocky Chamwood, wbile tbeir mormor fills 
The hollow crags, when, striuing for tbeir boonds, 
They wash tbeir piereing bomcs in mutuall 

wounds. 
If, in the midst of snch a bloody fight, 
Tbe narae of friendship be not thought too light, 
Reooont, my Muse, bow Byron^s fiiithfbil loue 
To dying Clifton did it selfe approue : 
For Clifton, figbting brauely in the troope, 
Receiues a wound, and now begios to droope : 
WbkhBsrron seeing, thougb in armes bis foe, 
In benrt his frieiid, and hoping that tbe blow 
Had not been mortall, gnaids him with his shield 
From second hart#, and criei; *' Deare CSifton, 

yeeWi 



»> 



Thoo hither cam'st, led by sinister fate, 
Against my first aduice ; yet now, thougb lata, 
Take this my counsel." Cliilon thus r&plied : 
** U is too lato, for I most now prouide 
To seekeanother lire: liue thou, sweet friefid. 
And whcn (hy sidc obtaines a happy end, 
Vpon the fortunes of my chiłdren looke, 
Remember what a solemne oath we tooke, 
Tbat he ^hose parć should proue the bcst in figl^t. 
Woold with the conqu'rour trie his vtmost miglit. 
To sanę the other^s iands from rao^nons pawes, 
Which seaze on fragznents of a lucklesse caus^. 
My father's fali our bouse had almost drown^d^ 
Bnt I by chance aboord in shipwracke fbund. 
May neuer morę such danger threaten minę ; 
Deale tbou for them, as I would doe for thine.^ 
rhts said, his senses faile, and pow^rs decay, 
Wfijłe Byron callcs : " Stay, worthy Clifton, atay !• 
And heare my faithfull promise oncc againe, 
Which, if I brcake, may all my deeds be valqe." 
But now he knowes, thatvitall breath is fled. 
And needlcsse words are rtter^d to the dead i 
Into the midst of Richard^s strength hc flies, 
Presentiug glorious acts to Henry'8 eyes, 
And for his sernice be expccts no morę 
Than CIifton's sonne from forfeits to restore. 

While Richard, bearing downe with eager mind 
The steps by whicb bis passage was confinM, 
Łaies bands on Henrie^s standard as his prcy, 
Strong Brandon borę it, whom this fatall day 
Markes with a blacke notę, as the oneiy kntgbt, 
That on the conqu*ring part forsakes the light. 
But Time, whose wbeeles with rarioos motion 

ronne, 
Rppayes this sernice fully to his sonne, 
Who marrics Richmond*s daughter, borne betweene 
Two royall parents, and endovired a queene. 
When Mow the king perceiues tbat Brandon striues 
To saoe his charge, he sends a blow that riues 
His skuli in twaine, and, by a gaping hole, 
Giues ample scope to his departing soule ; 
And thus insnlts : *' Accursed wretch, larewełl ! 
Thine ensignes now may be display*d in Heli ! 
Thcrethou shalt know, it is an odicus thing. 
To let tby banner flie against tby king." 
With scorn he throwes the standard to the ground, 
When Cheney, for bis height and strength re- 

nown'd, 
Steps forth to couer Richmond, now expos*d 
To Richard's sword : tbe king with Cheney cIo8'd, 
And to the earth this mighty giant feird. 
Then like a stag, whom fences long with>held 
From meddowes, whcre the spring in glory raignes, 
Now hauing leoeird tbose vnpleasing chaines. 
And treading proodly on the vaoqui8ht flowres, 
He in his hopes a thoosand ioyes deooures : 
For now no pow'r to crosse bis end rcmaines. 
Bot onely Henry, whom he neuer daines 
To name hu foe, and thinkes he shall not braue 
A Taliant champion, hut a yeelding siane. 
Alas ! how much deceiu'd, when he shall find 
An able body and cooragions minde ; 
For Richmond boldly doth himselfe oppose 
Against the king, and gioes him blowes for blowes, 
Who now confesseth, with an angry frowne. 
His rinall not ^nwoithy of the crowne. 

The younger Stanley then no longer staid, 
The earle in danger needs his present aide, 
Which he peyformes as sodden as the light, 
His oomming turnes the ballance of tbe $ght. 



StBYLUS ACROSTICHS.— YIRGIL ECLOG. IV. 



17 



90 tkrPateiDg cloads, whose fali Łhe ploughmen 



Whidi kmg Tpon the iiiounŁame'9 top appeare, 
Hbsoloe at last, and Tapours then distill 
To watry abowrea that al! Uie valleys fili. 
Tbe fint that saw this dreadfull stonne arise, 
Was Catesby, wbo to. Richard loudly criet : 
* Ko «ay bat swift retreate your life to saue, 
It ia no shame with winga t' auoide tbe graoe.'* 
Tlis aaid, be trembling turnes himselfe to flie. 
And dares not atay to heare the king'8 replie, 
'H'ho, acarning bis adaice as foole and base, 
KctaiiKs tbis answer with a wrathfull foce : 
" Łrt cowards trust their bones' nimbie feete, 
Aad ia their cooise with new destruction meete ; 
Gaine th«a some boures to draw thy fearefull 

breath: 
Tome igooble flight u worse than death." 
But at th' approach of Stanley*8 fresh supply, 
Tbe kbg^a side droopes : ao gren^rous horses lie 
VBapt to stine, or make their coarage knowne, 
'WUcb TiMler cruell mastera sinke and gnme. 
Tkete at his priiice's ibote stoat Ratcliffe dies ; 
Kot fearing, but despairing, Lonell flies, 
for be sball after end his weary life 
Ib Bot so fiure, bot yet as bold a strife. 
The king uNuntaines the fight, tbough left alone: 
For Hcfirie's life be €une woold change bis owne, 
Aad as a liotaesae, which compast round 
Wifli tpoopes of men, reoeines a smarting wound 
By aooie boM band, thoagh hioder'd and opprest 
Witb other speares, yet biighting all the rest, 
WiO Ibllow bim alone that wrong'd her fint : 
So RichanI, preasing with renengefall thirst, 
Admtts DO sbi^ bat Richmond'8 to his eye ; 
Aad woold in triomph on his carcase die : 
Bot that great God^ to wbom aJl creatures yeeld, 
PnitBCts his seniant with a heau'nly shteld ; 
His pow'r, in which the earle securely trusts, 
Bebates tbe blowes, and fiilsifies the thrusts. 
The kisig growes weaiy, and begins to faint, 
It grieoes him that bis foes perceine the taint : 
Some strike bim, that till tben dtirst not come 
neare, [beare, 

Widi wdgbt and nomber they to ground him 
Wfaere trampled down, and hew'd with many 

swords, 
He floftly ▼tter'd these bu dying words : 
" Now atrength no longer fortunę can withstand/ 
I perish in the center of my land.'' 
Hs bind be tben with wreathes of grasse infolds, 
Aad faites tbe earth, which be so strictiy holds, 
As if be woold haue borne it with him hence, 
So loth be was to lose bis rigbfs prctence. 



AU 



EXPRESSION OF SIBYZJJS ACROSTICHS. 
I a signe that iodgement oomes, the Eartb sball 



B ipected times, bebold tbe Prince, whose might 
S hall etnsore all within bis kingdome great : 
V Birae and ftithfull sball approach his sight, 
S hall^ fieare tbis God, by his high glory knowne, 

TOL VL 



C ombinM with flesb, and compast with his saiots* 
H is words diaiding soules bcforc liis tłiroiie, 
R edceme the world from thorncs and barrcn tatnts. 
I n vaine then mortals leaue their wealth, and 

sione : [tamę : 

S trong fbrce the stubbome gates of Heli fhill 
T be saints, thoagh dead, bhall light and łrcetioma 

winne : 

5 o thriue not wicked men, with wrathfull flame 
O pprest, whoae beames cAn nearch their words and 

deeds, 
N o darkesome brest can couer base dcsires, 
N ew aorrow, gnashing tecth, and wailing brecds; 
E xemptfrom sunny rayes, ur stany ąuirts, 
O Heau'n, thóu art rolFd Tp, the Moone shall dic, 
F romTales he takes their depth, from hiilcs their 

height, 

6 reat men no morę are insolent and high : 

n seas no nimbie ships shall carry wei^^ht: 

D ire thnnder, arm'd with beat, the Farth con- 

fbunds, [restraine, 

S weet springs and bubbiing streames their course 
A bean^nty trumpet sending dolcfułl sounds, 

V pbraydes the world's misdeeds, and tbreatens 

palne, 

1 n gaping Earth infemall depths are seene ; 
O ur proudest kings are summonM by his cali 

V nto his seate, from Heau'n with anger keene 
R eoengefall floods of fire and brimstone fali. 



riRGIL. ECLOG, IV. 

CiciŁiAM Mnses, siag we greater things, 

All are not pleas'd with sbrubs and lowly springs. 

Morę fitły to the consiill woods belong. 

Now is fulfild Camsaan SbyPs song, 

Łong chaines of better times begin againe, 

The Maide retumes, and brings backe Satume'^ 

raigne ; 
New progenies from lofty Heau^n descend: 
Thon, chaste Lucina, be this infant's friend, 
Whose birth the dayes of ir'n shall quite deface. 
And througb the world the golden age shall pl|U» : 
Thy brother Phobus weares his potent crowne. 
And thou (O PoUio !) know thy high renowne, 
Thy consuiship tbis glorious change shall breed, 
Great months shall then endenour to proceed : 
Thy nile the steps of threatning sinne shall cleare, 
And free the Earth from that perpetuall feare : 
He with the gods shall liae, and shall behold, 
With heauenly spirits noble soules enroird, 
And seene by them shall guide this worldly frame, 
Which to his band his father*s strength doth tama. 
To thee (sweet cbild) the earth brings natiue 

dowres, 
The wandring luy, with faire bacchaHs flowres. 
And oolocasia sprong from Egypt's ground, 
With smiling leaues of greene acanthus crownM ; 
The gotes their swelling ^dders home shall beare, 
The droues no morę shall (nighty lions feare ; 
For thee thy cradle plcasing flowres shall bring, 
Fmperious Death shall blunt the serpenfs sting, 
No herbes shall with deceitfoll po3rson flow, 
And sweet amomum eu'iy where sball grow. 
But when thou able art to reade the facts 
Of worthies, and thy father'8 famoos acts. 
To know what glories Vertue's name adome, 
The fields to ripenecne bring the tender conat ; 

O 



1 



18 



BEAUMONT'S POEMS. 



Ripe gnpes de|>end oo careleise brambles' tops, 
Hard oakes sweat hony, form^d in dewy drops. 
Yet sonie few steps of former frattdea remaioe, 
Which men to trie, the sea with ships consŁraine, 
With sŁreogthniDg walies tbeir cities to defend, 
i\nd on tho frronnd long furrowes to exteud, 
A second Tipbys, and new Arjro tben, 
Shall leade to brane cxplołts tbe beat o( men, 
Th« warre óf Troy that towne againe shall burne. 
And great Achilles tbither shall returae. 
Bnt when firtne age a perfect man thee makes, 
The willing myler straight tbe seas foraakes, 
The piuc no inore the vse of trade retaines, 
]''ach countrie breeds all fruits, the earth disdaines 
Tbe harrowe^s weight, and vines the sickle'8 strokes ; 
Strongploughmen lottheir bulla gofree from yokes, 
Wooli feares not to dissemble colours strange, 
t3ut rammes their fleeces thco in pastures cbange 
To pleasing purple or to saffron die. 
And lambes turoe ruddy, as they feeding lie. 
The Fat€«, whose ^\\\» in stedfast end agree, 
Command their wheeles to run, such daiet to see. 
Attrmpt great honours, now the time attends, 
I)eare childe of gods, whoae linę from loue descends. 
See bow the world with weight declining lies ; 
The earth, the spacious seas, and arched skies : 
Behołd againt', how these their griefe asswage 
With expoctation of the fnture age : 
O that my life and breath so long would latt 
To tell thy deeds ! I sbould not be suriMst 
By Tbracian Orpheus, nor if Linus sing, 
Thougb they from PhGebus and the Muses spring : 
Should Pan (Arcadia iudging) strine with me, 
Pan by Afcadia*s doome would oonquer'd b«. 
Begin, thoa little childe ; by laughter owne 
Thy mother, whoten moutbs bath fully knowne 
Of tedious boures : begin, thoa little childei 
On whom as yet thy parents neuer smil'd, 
The god with meate hath not thy hungerfed, * 
Nor goddessc laid thee in a little bed. 



Sweet children aredelighta, wbicb marriage bleM 
He that hath none^ disturhs his thougbts the lod 
Strong youth can triumph in Yictorious deeds : J 
Old age the soule with pious m6tton fceds. I 

All States are good, and they are falsly led, i 

Who wisb to be vnbome, or quickly dead. I 



ANEPraJlAM CONCERyiKG MAX\^ IJFE^ 

COMPOSED BY CBATES, OB POSmiPPtil. 

WaATCOurseof lifesł>ould wr<'tc?hed mortals takt* ? 
In courts, hard qucslions, larpc oontcntion make, 
Care dwels in housi-s, Inbour in the field. 
Tumult nous śtas alVn};łitinc dan^crs yeold. 
In furrotnc lands thou neutr rsuut be blest ; 
If rich. thou rtrt in ftaro ; if ptorc, distrest. 
In wedlock, frcH^ueut disconlentmcnts swell : 
Ynmarried porsons, as i o desarts dwell. 
I Iow many tn)ubles are with ohildrtMi borne ? 
Yet he that wants them» counts hitnselPe forłome. 
Yóung men are wanton, and of wis(>douie void : 
Cray haires are cold, vnfit to be imploid. 
Who would not one of these two offers choose : 
Not to be borne, or breath with ^peede to loose ? 

THK ANIWBB OF METBODOBtJS. 

In euery way of lift", tnie pleasure flowes, 
Immortall* famę, from publikę action growes : 
Within the doures is found appeasing rest ; 
In fields, the gifts of Naturę are expresL 
Tbe sea brings gaine, tlie rich abroad prouide 
To blaze their names, the poore their wants to hide : 
AU honsholds best are goreniM by a wife ; 
carw are light, who leades a sin^e life. 



HORAT, UB. IL SAT, VL 

Tait was my wish : no ample space of ground, 

T* inctude my garden with a mod^rate bound^ 

And neere my house a fountaine neuer dry, 

A little wood, which might my wants supply : 

The gods baue madę me blest with larger storę i 

It is sufficient, I desire no morę, 

O sonne of Maia ! but tbis grant alone, 

That quiet vse may make these gifts minę owne. 

If I increase them by no la«lesse way. 

Nor througb my fault will cause Łbem to decay i 

If not to these fond hopes my thoughts declin«, 

that this ioyning comer could be minę, 
Which with disgrace defonncs and maimes my field 
Or Fortune would a pot of siluer yeeld, 

( As rnto him who, being hir'd to workc, 
Discouer^d treasure, which in mold dld lurke. 
And bought tbe land, which be before bad till^d, 
Since friendly Hercules his bosome filPd) 
If I with thankfuil minde these blessings taka, 
Disdaine not this petition which I make. 
Let fat in all things, but my wit, be seene. 
And be my safest guard as thou hast bcen. 
When from the citty I my selfe remoue 
Vp to the hills, as to a towre aboue, 

1 flnd no fitter labours, nor delights, 

Than Satyres, which my lowly Muse inditet : 
No fbule ambition can me there cxpo8e 
To danger, nor the leaden wind that blowet 
From aoutheme partś, nor Autumnc^s grieuous raine 
Wbence bitter Libitina reapes her gaine. 

fatber of the moming's purple light ! 
Or if thou ratber would*st be lanus* hijrht, 
From whose diuine beginning mortalls draw 
The paincH of life, according to the law, 
Which is appointed hy the gods' decrec, 
Thou shałt the entrance of my ver8es be. 

At Romę tbou driu*st me, as a pledge to goe, 
1*hat nonę himselfe may morę officious show. 
AIthough the fury of the northerne blast 
Shall swcepe the earth ; or Winter^s force haUi oasl 
The snowy day into a narrow sphere, 

1 raust proceede, and bauing »poken cleare 
And cirtainc trutb, Inust wrestle in the throng, 
Whcre, by my łiaste, tbe slowcr suifer wrong. 
And crie, " What ayles the mad man? wbither 

tcnd 
His spcedy steps ?" while minę imperious friend 
Intrcates, and chafes, admitting no delay. 
And I must beate all those that stop my way* 
The glad remembrance of Mecenas lends 
A sweete content : but when my ioumey beads 
To blackc E8quilic, there a bundred tides 
Of strangers' causes presse my head and sides. 
" You must, before t(fe second houre, appeare 
In eourt to monrow, and for Koscius sweare. 
The scribes deaire you would to them repaiiw^ 
About a publikę, great, and new affałre, 
Procuresuch fauourfrom Mecsmas* band, 
At that his Beałe may on this paper stand.** 



HORAT. LIB. «. SAT. «...HORAT. CARM. LIB. 3. OD 29. 19 



Iwmmrr, •* I wUl trie:»» be rrgeth still. 

•• I kaom jou can performe it, if you will." 

506*0 jtena are fled, Łhe eighth is almost gone, 

Sace fini Mecaenas tooke me for his owne, 

Tbst I «ith hin might in his cbaribt sit, 

Aai oorly tben wottld to my trast commit 

iKh toyes ai tfaese : What is the time of day ? 

*lht Tbraciaii is the Syrian's match in play. 

ticm cafeluue men are nipt with morning cold i 

Aad wofds which open eares may safely hołd. 

fa all tlas space for euVy day and houre 

I grew moie snbiecŁ to pale £niiie's pow^r. 

Thbwwiie of Fortone to the stage resorts, 

ilad vith the iaa*rite in the field disporta. 

fkaw fcTHD tbe pulpits runnes thro' eu'ry streete, 

Aad 1 am stńcUy askt by all I meete : 

" Good nr, (you needes mast know, for yon are 

Vnio the cods) doe 3roa no tidings beare [neare 

Cooeeniing Dadan troablrs ?" " Nothing I." 

" Yoaalwayes loueyoor friends with scoffea to try." 

" If I can tell, the gods my Jife oonfound." 

** Bot wbere vilJ Csesar giue his souldiers ground, 

fa balie, or tbe Tńoacrian ile ?" 

1 sveare I kiK»v not : they admire the while, 

Aad thinke me fuli of silence, grane and deepe, 

Tbeondy man that should high secrets keepe ; 

IW thcK re^>ecta (poore wretch) I lose the Ifght, 

.Afid looging thus repine : ** When shall my sight 

Afihe bce happy in beholding tbee. 

My coontiey formę ? or when sball I be free 

Toreade in bookes what ancient writers speake. 

To iCBl in sleepe, wluch others may not breake. 

To taste (in houres secare from courtly strife) 

Tbe soft oblinion of a carefoll life ? 

O when ifaall beanes Tpon my boord appearc, 

Which wiae Pythagoras estcem'd so deare ? 

Or when sball fatnesse of the lard anoint 

Tbe herbes, wKich for my table I appoint ? 

O soppen of the gods ! O oights diuine ! 

When I before oar Lar might feaat with mine, 

ind feede my prating slaues with tasted meate, 

Js ea'ry ooe ahonld haae desire to eate.'' 

Tbe froltke guert, not bound with heauy lawes, 

The liquor (rom ▼nHjuall measures drawes : 

Soi&e, being strong, delight in larger draaghts, 

SonieeaU far lesser cups to cleere their thoughts. 

Of otheis boose and lands no speaches grow, 

Kor wbetber Lepo* danceth wełl or no. 

Wetalfce of thtogs wbtcb to onr selues pertaine, 

Wkieb not to know wonid be a sinfull st&ine. 

An men by ricbcs or by yertne blest ? 

Of fnendship'! ends is vse or right the best ? 

Of good what is tbe naturę, what escells ? 

H y neighbour Ceruios old wiues fobles tells : 

When any one Arellias* wealth admires, 

Aad little knowes what tioubłes it reqiflres, 

He thos beginnes : " Long sińce a countrey moose 

Knean^d into his lew and bomely boose 

A citty mouse, bis friend and guest before ; 

The host was sdiarpe and sparing of his storę, 

Yct mnch to hospitality inclin'd : 

for soch oecasions could dilate his mind. 

He chiches gines for winter layd aside. 

Kor are tbe long and sicnder otes denyM : 

]>ry gmpes be in his lib'rall mouth doth beare. 

And Mts of bacon, wbich halfe eaten wera : 

With TBrioiis meates to please the 8tranger'8 pride, 

Whoie dainty teetb tbrongb all tbe dbhes slide. 

The fiuher of the family in straw 

lia rtictcfat ftloog, diidaigning not to gnaw 



Base corne or damell, and reserocs the best. 
To make a perfect banquet for his guest. 
To him at last the citizen thus spake : 
' My friend, I muse what pleasure thou canst take, 
Or how tbon canst endure to spend thy tima 
In shady groues and vp steepe hills to clime. 
In sauage forrests build no morę thy den : 
Goe to the city, there to dwell with men. 
Begin this happy ioumey ; trust to me, 
I will tbee guide, thou shait my fellow be. 
Since earthly things are ty'd to mortall liues, 
And eo'ry great and little creature stnues, 
In vaine, tbe oertaine stroke of death to flie, 
Stay not till moments past thy ioyes denie. 
liue in rich plenty and perpetuall sport : 
Liue euermindfull, that thine age is short' 
The rauisbt 6eld mouse holds these words so swee^ 
That from his bonie hc leapf>8 with nimbie feet. 
They to the citie trauaile with delight, 
And vnderaeatb the walies they creepe.at night. 
Now darknesse had possest Heau'n'8 middle space, 
When these two friends their weary steps did płaca 
Within a wealthy palące, where was spred 
A scarłet cou^ring on an iu'ry bed : 
The baskets (set forre off aside) contain^d 
The meates, which after plenteous meales remain'd t 
The citie monse with courtly phrase intreates 
His country friend to rest in purple seates ; 
With ready care the master of the feast 
Runnes vp and downe to see the storę increast : 
He all the duties of a seruant showes, 
And tastes of e!i'ry dish that he beatowes. 
Tbe poore plaine mouse, exalted thus in state, 
Glad of the change, his former life doth hate. 
And striues in jookes and gesture to deciare 
With what conteniment he recfiucs this farę. 
But straight the sudden creaking of a doore 
Shakes both these mice from beds into the 6oore. 
Tbey ranne aboot the monie halfe dead *ith feare, 
Through all the bouse the notse of dogs they hcare. 
The stranger now counts not the place so good, 
He bids foreweil, and saith, ' The sileoŁ wood 
Shall me hereafler from these dangers saue, 
Weil pleas'd with simple yetches in my caue.'" 



nORAT CARM. LIB. UL OD. XXIX. 

Mecjsmas, (sprung from Tuscan kings) for thet 
Milde winę in Yessels, neuer toucht, I keepe, 

Herę roses, and sweete odours be, 
Whose dew thy haire shall steepe : 

O stay not ! łet moyst Tibiir be disdain'd. 
And .^Bsulae^s declining fields and hills, 

Where once Telegonus reinain'd, 
Whose band his fether kills ; 

Forsake that beight where lothsome pleńty cloyes. 
And towres, which to the lufty clouds aspire, 

Tbe smoke of Romę, ber wealth and noyse, 
Hioii wilt not here admire. 

In pleasing cbange the ricb man takes delight, 
And frugalł meales in homely sentes allowes, 

Where hangtngs want, and purple bright, 
He cieares his carefull browcs. 

Now Cepheus plainely shewes his hidden fire, 
The Dog-starre now his furious bcate dispiayes, 

The Lion sprcads his raging ire, 
The Sunne brings parcbing dayas. 



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Tlic shepbeard now his siekły flocke restores, 
With shades, and riners, aod Łbe thickets ^ds 

Of rough Siluanus, silent shores 
Art free froni playing winds. 

To keepe the state tii order is thy carc, 

Sollicttous for Romę, thoa fear*st the warres, 

Which barbrous casŁeme troopes prepare, 
And Taoais V8*d to iarrcs. 

The wtse Creator from our knowledt^ hides 
The end of ftitare times in darksome oight; 

Faise thoughts of mortaU he derides^ 
When Ihem vaine toyes afTright 

With mindfull temper present honres coinpose, 
The rest arc like a riner, which, with ease, 

Sometimcs within his chauDell flowes 
Into Etrurian seas. 

Oft Stones, trees, flocks, and houses, it deuoores, 
With ecboesfrom thebills and neighb'ring woods, 

When some Herce dclu^e, rais'd by sbowres. 
Tu mes quiet brookes to floods. 

He, master of himselfe, in mirth may liue, 

Who saith, *« I rest well pleasM with fbrmer 

Łet God from Heau'n to morrow giue [dayes 

Blackeclouds, or sunny rayes." 

Ko forsę can make that Toidc, which once is past, 
Those tbings are neuer alter^d^ or Tndone, 

Which from the instaut rolling fast, 
With flying moments run. 

Froud Fortune, ioyfull sad affaires to find, 
Insulting in her sport, deiights to change 

Vncertaine honours : quickly kinde. 
And straight againe as strange. 

I prayse her stay ; but if shc stirre her wings, 
Her gifts I leaue, and to my sclfc retire, 

Wrapt in my vertue : honest things 
lu want no dowre re<)uirc. 

When Lybian stormes the mast in pieces shake, 
I neuer God with pray^rs and vowes implore, 

Lest precious wares addition make 
To greedy Neptune^s storę. 

Then T, contented with b little bote, 

Am through ^^ean waues by winda conoay'd, 

Whcre Polłux makes me safciy flotę, 
And Castor^s friendly aide. 



HOR AT. ErOD. II. 



He happy is, who, farre from busie sounds, 

(As ancient mortals dwcit) 
With his owne oxen tiils his father^s grounds. 

And debts hath neuer felL 
Ko warr« disturbes his rest with fierce alarmes, 

Kor angry seas oifend : 
He shunnes the law, and those ambitious charmeSj 

Which great men'6 doores attend. 
The lofty poplers with delight he weds 

To vińes that grow apace. 
And with his hookc YnfruitfuU branches shreds, 

Morę- happy sprouts to place, 
Or else beholds, how lowing heards astray, 

In narrow yalleys creepe. 
Ot in cleane pots doth pleasant hony lay, 

O^ sheeres his feeble the^pe^ 



Wh(*n Autumnc from the groaod bis bead 

With timcly apples chain'd, 
How glad is he to pincke ingrafted peares. 

And grapes with purpłc staiu'd ! 
Thus he Priapus or Syluanus payes, 

Who keepcs his limits free. 
His weary hutbes in holding grasse he layei, 

Or vnder some oid tree. 
Along the lofty bankes the waters slidc, 

The birds in woods ]aroeq|, 
The springs with tricki ing streames the ayre diukle 

Whence gen tle sleepes are lent 
But when great Touc, in wtnter's days, restore* 

Ynpleasing showres and snowes, 
With many dogs be driues the angry bores 

To snarcs which them oppose. 
His slender nets, dispob'd on little stakes, 

The greedy thrush preuent : 
The fearefull hare and forrainc crane he tak^ 

With this reward content 
Who will not in these ioyes forget the cares, 

Which oft in loue we meete ? 
Bat when a modcst wife the trouble shares 

Of house and children sweete, 
(Like Sabines or the swift Apulians' wiues) 

Wbose cheekes the sun-beames harme, 
When from old wood she sacred fire contriues, 

Her weary matę to warme, 
When she with hurdles her glad flockes con&ae*« 

And their fuli vdders dries. 
And from sweet vessels drawes the ycarely wines^ 

And mcates rnbought supplies ; 
No Lucrinc oysters can my palate pleiise, 

Thoee fishes I neglect, 
Which tcmpests thnndring od the eastcme seas 

Into our waues direct. 
No bird, from Afirike sent, my tasŁe allowes. 

Nor fowle which Asia breeds : 
The oHue (gather'd from the ftitty boughes) 

With morę delight mc feeds. 
Sowre hcrbs, which loue the meades, or inaHowe« 

To ease the body painM : Lsoo(iU 

A lambe which sheds to Terminus her blood, 

Or kid from wolues regain^d. 
What ioy is at these feasU, when well-fed flocks 

Tbemselues for home prepare ? 
Or when the weake necke of the weary oxe 

]>rawes back th* inuerted share ? 
When slaues (tbe swarmes that wealthy honses 

Neere smiling Lar sit downe, [charge) 

This life when Alphiop hath describ'd at lai^, 

Inclinińg to the downe, 
He at the Idcs callesalł that money in, 

Which he hath Ict for gaine : • 
But when the next raonlh shall bis course begin, 

He puts it out againe. 



PER. SAT. IL 



MACRtHUs, łct this happy day be knowne 
As wbite, and noted with a bettcr stone, 
Which to thine age doth sliding yccres combine: 
Bcforc thy genrus powre fort.h cups of winę ; 
Thy pray^rs expect no base and greedy end, 
Which to the gods thou closely must commend : 
Thoagh most of those whom hononrs lift on hig k, 
In all their ofiiringr sUent incense frie. 



PER. SAT. 2...AVS0N. IDYLL. 16. 



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AB Iraoi tbe tteiple are not apt to take 
Soft ]o«{y tooBds, aod open ▼owcs to make. 
Tle gUts of minde, famę, iaith, he vtters cleare, 
Tkat strangTTs may farre oflf his wisbes heare : 
Bot tkis he mambles viidemeafh his tongue.: 
** O tkat minę rnkle^s deotb, expected long, 
WmU bring a fanVaU wbich no cost shall lacke ! 

tkat a pot of siluer oncc would cracke 
Beanth my harro«, by Alcides seaŁ ! 

6r tbat I eoold the orphaD*s hopcs preaent, 
To wkom I am next heire, and must succeed ! 
(SiaoeiYelling hamoura in his body breed, 
Which threaten oft the shortuesse of his life.) 
Hov kkst is Nerias, thrice to change his wife V' 
Tkose are the holy pray'rs for which thy head 
(Whcn 6xst the morning bath ber mantłe spred) 
Is dipt so many timcs in Tiber'8 streames, 
^literę mnoing waters parge the nightiy dreames. 

1 thus detnand : in aoswer be not slow, 
U b not much that I desire to know : 

Of lone what tbink^st thou } if thy judgement can 

Eiteetne him iuster tban a mortall man ? 

Tban Staius ? cioubt^st thou which of these is besŁ, 

To ifidge ańght the iatherlesse opprcst ? 

llie speech with which thine impious wishes dare 

Prophane loiie^s eares, to Staius now declare : 

*' O looe ! O good loae !*' he will straight ex- 

claime, 
AaA shall not loue crie out on his owne name ? 
For pardon canst thon hope, becansc the oke 
Is aoooer by the sacred brimstone brokc, 
When tbnnder teares the ayre, than thoa and thine, 
Becaae thoa ly^st not, as a dismali signe 
la woods, wbile entrailes, and Ergenoae*B art. 
Bid alt finom thy sad carkase to depart, 
Uin therefore loue his foolish beard extend, 
For thee to puU ? What treasure canst thon spend 
To make the eares of gods by pnrchase thine ? 
Can Ughts and bowełs brtbe the pow^rs diuine ? 
Some grandame, or religtous aunt, whose ioy 
Is from the cradle to take oat the boy, 
In lostrall spittle ber long fing<*r dips, 
Ani ezpiates his forehead and his lips. 
Her conning from bewitching eycs dcfends, . 
Tben ia her armes she dandles him, and sends 
Her slender hope, which huable Towes propound 
To Cramoaf house, or to licinius' ground. 
Let Ungs and queenes wish him their sonoe in law ; 
Lei all the wenches him in pieces draw ; 
May ea'ry stalke of grasse on which he goes. 
Be soooe transform'd into a fragrant rosę. 
No Sttch reąoest to nunes I allow ; 
loue, (thoogh she pray in wbite) refuse her vow. 
Thoa would*st firmę sinewes baue, a body strong, 
Which may in age continue able long ; 
Bot thy grosse meates and ample dishes stay 
The gods from granting this, and loue delay. 
With hope to raise thy wealth, tiioa kilPst an oxe, 
Inooking Hermes : " filesse my houce and flockes." 
How can it be (vaine foole !) when in the flres 
The melted fat of many stecres expires ? 
Yet still thoa think'8t to ouercome ąt last, 
Whye many ofirings in the flame are cast : 
" >t* shal! my fields be large, my shoepe increase ; 
yo.f «iJl it comc! now!. now !" Nor wilt thou 

cease, 
Yatiłl decciuM, and in thy bopes deprest, 
Thoa sigh*st to see the bottonie of thy chest. 
When I to thee haue cups of siluer brought^ 
Or |ifU in solid golden metali wrought. 



The left side of thy brest will dropping sweate. 
And fuli of ioy thy trembling heart will beate. 
Hence comes it, that with go!d in triumph borne, 
Thou do'8t the faces of the gods adorne : 
Among the brazen brethren they that send 
Those dreames, where euill humours least esctend, 
The highest place in men's affections hołd, 
And for their carc receiue a beard of gold: 
The glorious name of gold bath put away 
The ▼se of Satuiiie'8 brasse, and Namae*s clay. 
This giitfring pride to ricber sobstance tumea 
The Tuscan earthen pots and yestałl Tmes. 
O crooked soules, declining to the earth, 
Whose empty thoughts forget their heau'nly birth.: 
What end, what profit, haue we, when we striua 
Our manners to the temples to deriue ? 
Can we suppose, that to the gods we bring 
Some pleaiiing good for this corrupted spring ? 
This flesh, which casia doth dissolue and spoyle. 
And with tbat mixture taints the natiue oyle ; 
This boyles the fish with purplc liquor fuli, 
And staines the whitcnesse of Calabrian wooll. 
This from the shell scrapes out the pearle, and 

straines 
From raw rude earth the feruent metaPs veines. 
This sinncs, it sinnes» yet ntakes some Tse of vicet 
But tell me, ye great flamins, can the price 
Kaise gold to morę account in holy things, 
Tban babies, which the maide to Yenns bringt ? 
Nay; rather let ts yecld the gods such gifts, 
As great Messallae*s ofi'-8priog neucr 11^, 
In oostly chargers stretcht to ample space, 
Becausc degen^rate from his noble race : 
A soule, where iust and pious thoughts are chainM^ 
A mind, whose secret comers are viistainM ; 
A brest, in which all gen'rous Tertues lie. 
And paint it with a neuer-fading dic. 
Thus to the temples let me comc with zeale, 
The gods wili heare me, thoogh I ofiermeale. 



AirSOy, IDYLL. xrL 

A MAN, both good and wise, whose perfcct minA 
Apollo cannot in a thousand fmd, 
As his owne iudge, himselfe exactly knowes, 
Secure what lords or vulgar brests suppose : 
He, like the world, an equall roundnessc beares, 
On bis smooth sides no outward spot appeares : 
He thinkes, how Cancor*s starre increaseth ligbt, 
How Capricome*s cold tropicke lengthens night. 
And by iust scales will all his actions trie, 
That nothing sinkc too Iow, nor rise too bigh, 
l*bat comers may with cuen parts inclinc, 
And measures erre not with a faulty linę, 
That all within be solid, lest some blow 
Shoold by the sound the empty ycsscII show. 
Ere he to gentle slcepe his eyes will lay. 
His thoughts reuolue the actions of the day, 
.'* What bourea from me with duli neglcct haae 

runne, 
What was in time, or oni of season done ? 
Why bath this worke adoming-beauty lackt, 
Or reason wanted in anothcr fact ? 
What things haue I forgottcn, why designM, 
To seeke those ends, which better were decliuM } 
When to the needy wrctch I gtiuc rclicfc, 
Why was my brokeu foulc posscst with griefc ^ 



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BEAUMONTS POEMS. 



In what hane my tnistakinc wishes en^d ? 
Why profit morę tban honesty prefcrr^d ? 
Could my sharpe words anoŁher man inreose ? 
Or were my bookes composM to breed offence? 
How comes it, tbat comipted naturc drawes 
My wiłl from dŚ8cipHne's amending lawes ?" 
Thus goingstowly tbrougb his words and deeds, 
He from .one eu*ning to tbe next proceeds : 
Peruerting crimes be checkes with angry frowncs, 
Straight ieuelPd vertues he rewards witb crownes. 



CLAUDIAN^S EPIGRAM OF THE OLD 
MAN OF VEROyA. 

TnRicE happy he, whoi»e age is spent ypon bis 
owue, [known j 

The same hoase sccs him old, which htm a chlld hath 
He leanes vpon his stafTe in sand whcre once he 
crept, [kept j 

Hiy memVy long desccnts of one poore cote hath 
He through the various strife of fortunę neuer past, 
Nor as a wand'ring guest would forraine watcrs 
tastc; [warres, 

He neuer fear^d the seas in trade, nor sound of 
Nor, in hoarse courts of law, hath felt litigious 

iarres j 
Ynskilfull in aiiaires, he knowes no city neare^ 
So freeiy he enioyes the sight of Heau^n morę cleare ; 
The yeeres by seu'rall corne, not consuls, he com- 
putcs, [the fruits ; 

He notes tbe Spring by flowres, and Autumne by 
One space put downe the Sunne, and brings againe 

the rayes. 
Thus by a certaine orbe he measures out the dayes, 
Remembring some great oke from smali beginning 
spred, [was bred. 

He sees the wood grow old, whioh with bimselfe 
Yerona, next of townes, as farre as India seemes, 
And for tbe ruddy sea, Benacu« he esteemes : 
Yet still bis arroes are firmę, bis strengtb vntamM 
and greene ; [scenę. 

The fali tbird age hath him a lusty grandsire 
Łct others trauaile farre, and hidden coasts dis- 
play, [of way. 
This man hath morę of life, and those haue morę 



▼PON THE TWO CREAT FEASTI OF THl 

ANNUNCIATION AND RESURRECTION 

FAŁLING ON THE SAME DAY, MAKCH 85, 1627. 

Thricb happy day, which sweetly do'st combine 
Two hemisphcres iu th' cqninoctial1 line ! 
The one debasing God to earthly palne, 
The other raisiing man to endlesse raigne. 
Christ's humble steps decliniug to the wombe, 
Touch heau^nly scaies erected on his tombe : 
We first with Gabriel must this Prince cbnuay 
Into his chamber on the marriage day, 
Then with the other angels, cloth*d in white, 
We wtll adore him in this conqu*ring night : 
The Sonne of God assuming haraane breatb, 
Becomes a subiect to his vass&Il Death, 
Tbat graues and Heli laid open by his strife, 
May giue ▼• paasage to a better life. 



Śee for this worke how things are newly ttyl^d, 

Man is declar*d, almightyl God, acbild ! 

The Worde madę flesh, is speechlesee, and the 

Light 
Begins from clouds, and seta in depth of nigfit ; 
Behold tbe Sunne ecHps^d for many yeeres. 
And eu'ry day morę dusky robes he weares, 
Till after totall darknesse shining feire. 
No Moone shall barre bis spłendoar from the aiie 
Lct faithfull soules this double feast atiend 
la twó processions : let the first descend 
The temple's statres, and witb a downo-cast eye 
Ypon the lowest panement prostrate lie, 
In creeping Tiolets, wbite lillies shiae 
Their humble thonghts, and eu^ry pnre designe ; 
Tbe other troope shall climbe, with sacred heate, 
Thp rich degrees of Salomon'8 bright seate, 
In glowing roses feruent zeale they beare. 
And in the azure flowre-de-lis appeare 
Celestiall contemplations, which aspire 
Aboue the akie, 9p to th* immortal quire. 



OF THE EPIPHANY. 

Fairb easteme starre, tbat art ordainM to mnoe 

Before tbe sages, to the rising Sunne, 

Herę cease thy course, and wonder tbat the clood 

Of this poore stable can thy Maker shroud : 

Ye, heauenly bodies, glory to be^bright, 

And are esteem^d, as ye are rich in light : 

But here on Eartb is taugbt a diff'rent way, 

Since vnder this Iow roofe the Highest lay ; 

lemsalem erects ber stately towres, 

Displayes ber windowes, and adornes her bowres : 

Yet there thou must not cast a tremblmg sparke. 

Let Herod's palące still contii^ae darke, 

Eacb scboole and synagogue thy force repels, 

There Pride,,entbron'd in misty errours, dwels. 

The tempie, wbere the priests maintaine their 

quire, 
Shall taste no beame of thy celestiall fire. 
While this weake cottage all thy splendour takes, 
A ioyfull gate of eu'ry chinke it roakes. 
Here shiues no golden roofe, no iu'ry staire. 
No king eicalted in a stately chaire, 
Girt with attendants, or by beralds stylM, 
But straw and bay inwrap a speecblesse child { 
Yet Sabae*s lords before this babę vnfold 
Their tr^surcs, offYing incense, myrrh, and gold. ' 
Tbe cribbe becomes an altar ; thercdfore dies 
No oxę nor sheepe, for in their fodder lies 
11ie Prince of Peace, who, thankfull for his bed, 
Destroyes those rites, in which their blood was shcd i 
Tbe quinte8sence of eartb he takes and fees. 
And precious gummes distillM from weeping trees, 
Rich mctals, and sweet odours, now declare 
The glorious blessings, which his lawes prepare 
To cleare ts from the base and lotbsome flood 
Of sense, and make rs fit for angels' food, 
Who lift to God for vs the boly smoke 
Of feraent pray*rs, with which we him inuoke, 
And trie our actions in tbat searching fire. 
By which the seraphims our lips inspire : 
No muddy drosse pure min'ralls shall infect. 
We shall exhale our vapours vp direct : 
No stormes shall crosae, nor glitt*ring lights defies 
Perpetaail sighes^ whicb seeke a happy place. 



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op Tas 

TRAySFIGUJfATION OF OUR LORD. 

Yb that in lowly ralteyes wecpinc sate, 

Am! taof^tit your hambie soules 1 1 mounie of la te 

For aoiKs, and suff'rings breeding griefes and 

feam, 
Aad madę the riuen bigcer with yoar teares ; 
Xov oease 3rour sad oomplaints, till fitter time, 
Aad with thoee Łhrre bclouM apostles clime 
To lofty Thabor, wbere yo*ir happy eyea 
Shall see tbe Sunne of Glory brigbtly rise : 
Dnw neere, and euer bicsse ttiat sacr d hi I i, 
Tfaat tbere do heate may parch, no frwt may kill, 
Tbe tender plants, nor any thunder blast 
TinŁ top, by vhich all mountaines are surpast. 
6t fteepp and briery paths ye niost ascend : 
Bai tf ye know to what high scope ye teod, 
Ko fet Bor danger can yonr steps restraine, 
Tbe ciags viii easie seeme, the thickets plaine. 
Oar Lord tbare stnodi, not with his painefuli crosse 
Lud on bis shouldtrs, rooiiiDę you to losse 
Of pTFcioas thiogs, nor calling you to bearc 
1Vitbanten, whicfa so much base worldiings feare. 
Herę are do promist hopes ohsciir'd with clouds, 
Koiorrow with dim vailes truć* pleasure sbrowds, 
Uatperfect ioy, which hcre discover'd shines, 
To ta^ of heauenly łight your thoughts inclines, 
AnA able is to weane deluded inindes 
Fmoi fbod dclt^t, which wrctched mortals blinds : 
Vet iet not aeise so much your reason sway, 
As to d<^Ire for eutrr here to stay, 
Bffuiiog that sweet change wbich God piouides, 
To iksewhofn with his rod and staffe be guides : 
Yoiir happioesse consists not now alone 
lo thoee high comforts, which are óftcn throwne . 
lo plenteous manner from our Sauiour's hi^nd. 
To rakie tbe fall*n, and caa^e the weake to stand : 
Bot ye ara błest, when, bciog trodden downe, 
Ye taste his cop, and wcare his thoroy orowne. 



ON ASCESS/Oy DAY. 

1 1 that to Heau^n direct your cnrious eyes, 
^id iend your minds to walk the spacious skies, 
Seebow the Maker fo your s« Kies you brings, 
Wko sets hii nobte markes on meanest things : 
iod haiui^ man aboue the angels p'ac'd, 
T^lov)y Earlh morę than the Heau*n bath grac*d. 
Poore clay ! each creatnre thy degrees admires ; 
Rnl, C«d in Łhee a Hwing soulc inspiren, 
^Hwse gU>rioas beames hath madę tbec farre morę 

bright 
Tłttfl B tbe Sannę, the spring of corp*ra11 Hght : 
lie Ksts not here, but to himselfe thee takes. 
And thee diuioe by wondroos vnion makes. 
^Iitt region can aflbrd a worthy place 
Tof ba eialted flesh ? Heau'n is too base, 
He scaree wonld tooch it in his swift ascent, 
Tlie orbes fled backe (łike lordan) as be went : 
Aodyethe daign'd to dwell a while on Karth, 
As psymg thankefnll tribnte for his birth : 
Bot now tbts body all God'8 works exceN, 
Aid bath 00 place, bat God, in whosi it dwels. 



^.V ODE OF THE BLESSED TRINITIE. 

MvsB, that art duli and wcake, 
Opprest with worldly paine, 
If strcngth in thee rrmaine, 
Of things diuine to speake : 
Thy thoughts awhile froni vrge«t cares restraine. 
And with a chearefuIJ voii?e tliy wonled silence 
breake. 

No cojd shail thee benumme. 
Nor darknesse taint thy siirhl ; 
To thee new beate, new light, 
Shali from this obieot come, 
Whose praises if thou now wilt sound aright. 
My pen shalł giue thee leaue hereafter to be dumbe. 

Whence shall we then begin 
To sing, or write of this, 
Where no beginning is ? 
Or if we enter in, 
Where shall we end ? The end is endlesse blisse ; 
Tłirice happy we, if well so rich a thread we spinna. 

For Thee our strings we touch, 
Thou that art Three, aod One, 
Whose essence, though vnkDOwne, 
Belecu*d is to be suoh ; 
To whopi what ere we giue, we giue thine owne. 
And yct no mortałl toogue can giue to thee so much. 

See. how in rayne we trie 
To find some tipe, t' agree 
With this great One in Three, 
Yet can nonę such descrie, 
If any like, or second wero to thee, 
Thy hidden naturę then were not so deepe and high. 

Here faile inferioar things, 
The Sunne, whose heate aod light 
Make creatures wannę and bright, 
A fecble shadow brings : . 
The Sunne she wes to the world his Father's might, 
With glorious raics, from both our fire (the spirit) 
springs. 

Now to this toplesse hill 
liCt vs ascend morę neare^ 
Yet still within the spheare 
Of our connatVal skill, 
We may behold how in our soules we bcare 
An vnderstanding ifowV, ioyn'd with effectual will. 

We can no higher goe 
To search tłiis point diuine i 
Hero it doth chiefly shine, 
This image most it show : 
Thesesteppes as holpesour humble minds incline, 
T embrace those ccrtaine grounds, which from true 
faith must flow. 

To him these notes direct, 
Who not with outward hands, 
Nor by his strong conimands, 
Wlience creaturr-s toke effect : 
While perfectiy himselfe he ynderstands, 
Begcls anotber selfe, with equall glory deckt, 

From these, the spring of loue, 
The holy Ghost proceecU, 
Who our affection fecds 
With those cleare flames, which mbue 
From that etemall Essence which them breeds. 
And strike into our soules, as lightoing from abou#k 



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Stay, stay, Parnassian girle, , 
Herę thy desonptions faint, 
Thoii humanc shapes canst paint. 
And caiut comparc to pearle 
White toeth, and speak of lips w hich rubies taint, 
Keiscmbling bcautcous eies Ło orbs tbat swiftly 
"ttbirle. 

But dow thou inaysŁ perceiue 
The wenk?5c«:st,' of thy wings ; 
And that tliy noblest strings 
To nr^łuMy obiccts dcaue : 
Thcii praise witb humble silence heau'n1y things 
And wbat is morc thao tliis, to still deuotion leaue. 



A DIALOGUE BETIVEESE THE WORLD, 
A PJLGRIM, ASD VEHTUE. 

PILCRIM« 

W^HAT darknes clouds my senses ! Hath the day 
Forgot bis scason, and the Sunnc bis way ? 
Doth God withdraw bis all-sustainiog migbt, 
And works no morę witb his foire creature light, 
While Heau'n and Eartb forsach a losse complainej 
And tumc to rude vnformed heapes againe ? 
My pares with intangling briers are bound, 
And all thłs forrest in dcepe silence drownd, 
Herc must my labour aud my iouraey cease, 
By whłch in vaine I sougbt for rest and peace ; 
But now perceiue tbat roan's vnquict mind, 
In alł bis waies can onely darkne^e 6nd. 
Herę must I starue and die, rnlessn some Hgbt 
Point out tbe passagcfrom this dismall night. 

WORŁD. 

Dibtrcssed Pilgrim, let not causelesse feare 
Deprcsse Ihy bopes, for thou bast comfort neare, 
Wbieb thy duU heart wilh splendour shall inspire. 
And guide tbee to thy period of desire. 
Cieare vp thy browes, and raise thy feinting eye«, 
See how my giitfring pałace open lies 
For weary passengcrs, wbose de»p'rate oase 
J pitie, and prouide a resŁing place. 

% 

PIŁGAIM. 

thou wbose speccbes sound, whose beauties 

shine ! 
Not like a creature, but some powV diuine, 
Teacb me thy stile. thy worth and state declare, 
V\hose glones in tbis desert hidden are. 

WORLD. 

1 am thine end, Felicity my name; 

The best of wisbes, Pleasures, Riches, Famę, 
Are himible vas?als, wbich my tlirone attend. 
And make you mortals happy wben I scnd : 
In my Uh band delicious fruits I bold, 
Tofdedc tliem who with mirth and easc grow o]d : 
Afraid to lose the fleering dayes and nights, 
They seazR on times, and spcnd it in delights. 
My rigbt band with triuraphant crownes is stor'd, 
Which all the kings of former times adorM; 
Tbesc gifts are thine: thcn cnter where no strifc. 
Ko griefe, ao paine, sball interrupt thy life. 

V£RTUE. 

Stay, hasty wretcb ! here dcadły serpents dwell 
And thy next step is on the brinke of Heli : ' 



Wouldst thoa, poore weary man, thy limbs 
Bebold my bouse, wbere true contentment giówes: 
Not like tbe baites, wbicb tbis seducer giuea, 
Wbose blisse a day, wbose torment euer liues* 

WOfLLD. 

Hegard not these Taine speecbes, let tbem goo, 
Tbis is a poore woraie, my contcmned foe, 
Bold tbr^bare Yertoe ; wbo dare promise more 
From cmpty bags, tban I from ali my storę s 
Whose coansels make men draw Tnquiet breatb^ 
Expecting to be happy after dealh. 

TEBTUŁ 

Can^t tbou now make, or bast thon euer Olafie^ 
Thy seruants happy in those things tbat fade ł 
Heare tbis my challenge, one examplc bring 
Of such perfeAion ; let bim be the king 
Of all the world, fearing no outward cbeck^ 
And guiding otbers by his voice or beck : 
Yet shall this man at euVy moment find 
More gali tban bony in his restlcsse mind. 
Now, monster, siuce my words baue slnick theo 

dumb, 
Bebold this garland, whence sncb rertnes come, 
Such glories sbine, such pierciug bcamc9 are 

tb równe, 
As make thce blind, and turne tbee to a stone. 
And thou, wbose waiid'ring feet wcre ranning 

downc 
Tb* iufernall steepenesse, looke vpon tbis crownc : 
Within these folds He hidden no deceits. 
No golden lures, on which peidition waites : 
Bnt wben thine eyes the prickly tbomes haue past, 
See in tbe circie boundlesse ioyes at last. 

PIŁOBIM. 

These things are now most dearc, thee I imbrace z 
Immortall wreath, let worldiings coant tbee base» 
Choyce is thy matter, glorious is thy shape, 
Fitcrowne for them wbo temptińgdangers scape. 



AN ACT OF CONTRITIOK. 

Whe^ first my reason, dawning like tbe day, 
Disperst tbe clouds of cbildish 8en«e away : 
God»s image framM in that superior tow*r, 
Diuinely drew minę rnderstanding pow'r - 
To thinke vpon his greatnesse, and to feare 
His darts of thunder, which tbe raountaines teare. 
And wben with fccble light my soule began 
V acknowledge bim a higberlbing than mao. 
My next discourse, erected by bis grace, 
Conceiues bim free from bounds of time or place. 
And sccs the furtbest that of him is knowne, 
All spring from łiim, and he dcpends of nonę. 
Tbe steps which in bis yarious workes ar« seaPd, 
Tbe doctrines in bis saćred church reueaPd, 
Werę all receiu'd as truths into my mind, 
Yet durst I breake his lawes, O strangely blind I 
My festring wounds are past tbe launcing cure, 
Which terrour giues to thoughts at first impure : 
No belpc remaines these ylcors to remoue, 
Ynlesse I scorch tbem with the flames of loue. 
Lord, from thy wrath my soule appeales, and flycs 
To gracious beames of those indulgent eyes, 
Which brought me first from nothing, and sustaiae 
My life, lest it to nothing tume againe, 



IN DESOLATION-IN SPIRITUALL COMFORT. 



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Whieh In tfay Soone*8 blood washt my parents' 

sinne, 
iad tanght me waies eteroall blisse to winne. 
Tke starres wbich gnidę my barkę «ith beau*nly 
y y boords io sfaipwrack aftcr many falls : [calls, 
b tbcse I trast, and, wingM with pleasing bope, 
Attempt new flight to come to thee, my scope, 
Whooie I esteeme a tbousand times morę deare 
Tbaa vorld]y things, wbicb faire and swesŁ appeare. 
Rebellioos flesb, wbich thee so oft offends, 
Presetits ber team i aJas ! a poore amends. 
Bat tbou accept'st them. Heoce tbey precions 
is lioing watcrs wbich from Eden flow. [grow, 
Wiih tbese I wish my vitall blood may runne, 
Eie new eclipses dimme tbis glorions Sunne : 
And yedd my selfe afflicting paines to take 
For tbee, my sponse, and onely- fo%tby sake. 
Heli conld not fright me with immortalł fire, 
Werę it not arm'd with thy forsaking ire : 
Norsboatd 1 looke for conifort and dcligbt 
Id Hcan'n, if Heau'n were sbadow*d from tby śight. 



IN DESOLATION. 



If solid yertues dwell not but in paine, 

I will not wish that golden age againe, 

Because itfloWd with sensible dciights 

Of heauenly things : God hath created nighU 

As wełl as dayes, to decke the varicd globe ; 

Grace comes as oft clad in the dusky robę 

Of desolation, as in wbite attire, 

Wbich better fits. the bright celestiall quire. 

Some in fonie seasons perish throughdespaire, 

But morę thro* boldnesse when the daies are faire. 

This tben must be the med*cuie for my woes. 

To yeeld to what my Sauiour sball dispose : 

To glory in my basenesse, to reioyce 

In minę aiBictions, to obey his voyce, 

As well when threatnings my defects rcprooe', 

As when I cherisht am wjth words of łoue. 

To say to him, in eu^ry time and place, 

" Withdraw thy comforts, so thon leaue thy grace." 



TBoi% «bo sweetly bend*st my stubbome will, 
Wbo seod^st tby stripes to tcach, and not to kiU : 
Thy chearefttH face from me no longer hide, 
WithdFaw tbese clouds, the scourges of my pride ; 

1 sinke to Heli, if I be lower throwne : 
I see what man is, being left alone. 

My sabstance, wbich from nothing did begin, 
Is wonc then nothing by the waight of siu : 
I see my selfe in snch a wretchetl state, 
As neither thoaghts conceiue, or words relate. 
How great a distance parts ts ! lor in thee 
b eodlesse good, and boundlesse ill in mee. 
Ali creatnres proue me abiect, but bow Iow, 
Thon onely know^st, and teachest me to know. 
To paint tbis basenesse, naturę 'n too base ; 
Tbis darknesse yeelds not but tobeames of grace. 
Where sball I then this picrcing splendour find ? 
Or fonnd, bow sball it guide me, being blind ? 
Grace is a taste of bjisse, a gtorious gift, 
Which can the sonie to heauenly comforts lift. 
It will not sblne to me, wbose mi ud is drown*d 
In sorrowes, and with worldly troubles bound. 
It will not daigne within that house to dwell, 
Wbere drincssc raigncs, and proad distractions 
swelL 

Peihaps it sougbt me in those ligbtsome dayes 
Of my firit feniour, when few winds did raise 
HiewaueSjand ere they could fuli strcngth obtaine, 
Some whisp'ring gale straight charmed them downe 

again: 
Whenall seemM calm, and yet the Yirgin^s child. 
On my denotions in his manger smild ; 
Wbtle then 1 simpiy walkt, nor beed could take 
Of complaccnce, that slye deceitfull snake i 
Wbcn yet I had not dang'rous]y rcfus*d 
So many calls to vertue, nor abusM 
The spring of life, which I so oft enioyM, 
Kor madę so many good intentions voyd, 
Dneraing thus that grace should quite depart. 
And dreadfall bardnesse should posscsse my beart : 
Yet in that statc this onely good 1 found, 
That lewer spoU did then my conscience wound, 
Thoogh wbo can censnre, whetber in those times, 
The want of feeling seemM the want of crimes ? 



IN SPIRITUALL COMFORT. 

Enougr deligbt, O mioe eternall good ! 
I feare to perish in this fiery flood : 
And doubt, least beames of such a glorious ligbt 
Should rather blind me, than extend my sight : 
For bow dare mortals hcre their tboughts eirect 
To taste those ioyes^ which they in Ueau'n expect ? 
But God inuites them in his boundlesse loue, 
And lifts tlieir heauy minds to things aboue. 
Who would pot follow soch a pow'rful guide 
Immid*st of flames, or througb the raging tide ? 
What carelesse sonie will not admire the graca 
Of such a Ixjrd, who knowes the dangVoos place 
In which his seruants liue ; their natiue woes, 
ITicir weake defence, and fury of their foes : 
And casting downe to Eartb tbese golden charnes, 
From HePs steepe brinke their sliding steps rc- 

straines ? 
His deare afTection flies with wings of hastę; 
He will not stay tilł this short life be past : 
But in this Tale, where teares of griefe abound, 
He oft with teares of ioy his friends hath drown'd. 
Man, what desir^st tbou ? Wouldst tbou pnrchase 

bealth, 
Great honour, perfect pleasure, peace, and wealth ?• 
Ali these are here, and in their glory raigne : 
In other things these names are faise and vaine. 
True wisdome bids vs to this banqnet hastę, 
That prccious nectar may renew the taste 
Of Eden's dainties, by our parents lost 
For one poore apple, which so deare would cost, 
That eu'ry man a double death shnuld pay. 
But Mercy comes the latter stroke to stay, 
And (leaoing mortall bodies to the knife 
Of Insticc) strines to saue the hotter life. 
Ko 800'raigne med*cine can be iialfc so good 
Against deatruction, as this angtl^s food, 
Tbis inward illnstration, when it finds 
A seate in humble and indilf 'rent minds. 
If wretched men contemne a Sunne so bright, 
DisposM to stray and stnmble in the night, 
And seeke contentment where they oft baua 

knowne 
By deare experience, that there can be nonc, 
They would much morę neglcct their God, thek 

end, 
If ought wcre found whereon thny might depcnd, 



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BEAUMONrS POEMS. 



Within the compaMe of tbe gen^rall frame : 
Or łf frome sparkes of this celesliatl flaine 
Had Dot ingrauM this sentence in tłieir brest : 
" In him that madę tbem ii theironely rcat.'' 



AV ACT OF HOPE. 

SwECT Hope is soueraigne comfort of onr life : 

Our ioy in sorrow, and our peace in strifc : 

Tbe dnme of beggers, and the qaecne of kings: 

Can these delight in height of proap*rous thing*, 

Wlthout «xp(Ctiug still to kcepe tbem suro ? 

Can tboac tlie wpjght of beany wanta endure, 

Ynlessc perswasion i stant paine allay, 

Keseniing spirit for a ł)4;tter day ? 

Our God, who płanted in his creatarcs' brest 

Tliis stop, on wbich the whc^eles of passion rest, 

Hath raysM, by beatnes of his abunJant grace, 

This strong aifection to a higher place. 

It is the second vertue which attends 

That souloy whose motion to his siuht ascends. 

Rest herc, my mind, thoa shalt no longer stay 

To gazę vpon these housrs maile of clay : 

Thoii shait not stooi>e to honours, or to lands7 

Nor gulden bałlCs, w herc sliding fortunę stands : 

]f no false cołotirs draw thy stt* ps aniisse, 

Thou hast a pałace of eternall bli^^se, 

A parad ise from care, and feare exempt/ 

An obiect worlhy of the best attempt. 

Who "n-oiild not for so ricli a country fight ? 

Who would not runne, that sees a goale so bright ? 

O thou wbo art our Autlior and our End, 

On whose large mercy chaines of hope depend ; 

Lift me to thee by thy propitious band : 

For lower I can find no place to stand. 



OF TEARES. 



BsHOŁo what riuers feeble naturę spends, 
Aii«l melts V8 into seas at losise of fricnds ! 
1*heir mortall btate this fountaine neuer dries, 
But fills tbe wurld «ith worhb of wteping eies. 
Man is a crealiire borne, and nurst in teares, ' 
He throug.i his lifc the markcs of sorrow beares; 
And dying, thinkes be can no olf >ing haue 
Morę fitthan teare^ distilling on his graue. 
We must tbcsc floods to larger bonnds extend ; 
Such stneames require a bigh and noble end. - 
Aawaters in4i chrystall orbc co«tain'd 
Aboue the starry Ćrmament are chainM 
ToToole the fury of those raging flames, 
Which eu'iy lower spheare by mution firames: 
So*this coutinuall spring within thy bead 
Mwst quench the fires in other members bred. 
If lo our Lord onr parents had been true, 
Our teares had been like drops of pleaiing dew : 
But^sinne hath madę them fiill of bitter painei, 
Yntimely children of afflicted b:ainet: 
Yet they arc chang'd, when we air ainnes lament. 
To richer pearles than from tbe East are sent. 



OF SLSNE, 



What pensill shall I Uke, or where begio, 
To paint tbe Tgly Imce of odiout Siime ł 



Man sinoing oft, though pardonM oft, excecds 

The falling angels in malicious deeds : 

Wben «e in words would tell the sinner^s ^hanae, 

To cali him Diuell i<t U>o faire a name. 

Should we for eucr in the chaos dwell, 

Or in the lothsome depth of gapiog Heli : 

Wethereno foule and darksoine formcs shall find 

Sufficient to dcscribe a gulity mind. 

Search thro' the world, we shall not know a thing, 

Which may to reason^s eye morę iiorroiir bi ing, 

Than disobedience to the Illghest cause. 

And obstinate auersion from his ławes. 

The sinner will destroy God, if he can. 

O what hath God drscnrd of thee, poore man, 

Tliat thou sbould^st boldly striue to puli him downe 

From hi^ high throne, and take away his rrowne ? 

What blindnesse mours thee to vnequall fight ? 

See how thy fcllow creatures scorae thy rai.?ht, 

Yct thou prouok'st thy Ijord, as much too great, 

As thou too weake for his imperiall seate ! 

Bohold a silly wretch distract^d quite, 

£xtending towards God his feeble spite. 

And by his poys'nous breath his hopes are faire 

To blast the skies, a« it corrupts the aire. 

Vpon the other side thou mayst perceiue 

A niild Commander, to whose aruiy clcaue 

The sparkling starres, and eacli of them desirea 

To fali and drowne this rebell in tlieir fires. 

The cloudes are ready this prond foe to tamę. 

Fuli fraught with thundcrbolts, and lightniogs' 

flame. 
Tlie Earth, his mother, greedy of his doome, 
Expccts to open ber vnhappy wombe, 
That this degen*rate sonne may liue no morę, 
So-chang'd from that pure man, whom first sbe 

borę. 
The sauage beassts, whose namcs his father gane. 
Tu quell this pridc, their Maker's lioenoe craue. 
Tbe Hends, his masters, in this warlike way 
Make sute to seaze him as their lawfull prey.- 
No frionds are teft : then wbitber shall he flic } 
lo that offcndcd King, who sits on higb, . 
Who bath deferr^d the battell, and restritinM 
His souldiers, like the winds in fetters chainiM^ft 
For let the sinner leaue his hidcous maskę, 
God will as soonc ibrgiue, as he shall atke. 



OF THE MISERABLE STATE OF MAN. 

Is man, the best of creatures, growne the woist ? 
He once most blt-^sed was, now most accChrst : 
His wbole felicity is endlesse strife. 
No peace, no satisfaction, crownes his life; 
No such delight as other creatures take, 
Which their desires can free and happy make : 
Our appetites, which seeke for pleasing good, 
Haue oft their wane and fuli i their ebbe and flood; 
Their cal me and stormes: tbe neuer -coustant 

Moone, 
The seas, and nimbie winds, not halfe so soone 
Inoline to chaoge ; whtle all our pleasure resta 
!n things which vary, like our wau'ring bi-ests. 
He who desires that wealtb his life may blesse, 
Like to a iayler, counts it good snccesse 
To baue morę pri8*ners, which tncrease bis care ; 
The morę his goods, the morę his dangers are : 
This sayler sces bis sfaip abont to drowne. 
And be takea in mort waret to preue it downe^ 



OP SICKNESSE..OF TRUE LIBERTY. 



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Vvue hoiKMur ig a play of diuers parts, 
Wbere fained wonb and gcstures pleaa» oar bearU > 
IW flAtter'd midieiice are tbe actor*fl friends $ . 
Bot loK that title wben the fable eiids. 
Ibe &if« desire that othen should* bebold, 
Tbeir clay weilfeatm^d, tbeir well temper^d mońld, 
Aabitłoos mortals make tbeir chiefe pretence. 
To be the obiects of deligbted sense : 
Yet Offt the ^hape and bue of basest thiugs 
Horę admiratioa moues, morę pl««jare bringa. 
Wbj shoald we glory to be coanted strong ? 
Tbis is the prawe of beasts, the pow'r of wroag : 
Aad if tbe ttrengtb of many were inclo6*d 
Within one brest, yet wben it is oppos*d 
Apuaśl that fbioe wbicb art or natare frame, 
It oelts like waxe beibre the scorching flame. 
We caaDOt ta thete ootward tbings be blest ; 
For we are aare to lose them ; and the best 
Of tbese 4»Btentments no snch comfort bearey, 
Af nay waigh equaU with the doubts and feares 
Wbicb fise our minds on that ▼ncertaioe day, 
Wben tkeae shall &ile, most certaine to dacay. 
From lengtb of IHe no bappinesse can oome, - 
Bat what the gnilty fieele, wbo, after doome, 
Aie to the lotteome priaoa lent againe, 
ibid tbere most itay to die with longer paine. 
Ko earthły gift Ia«ts after deaUi, but fitme ; 
Tbii gooeraaa men morę earefuU of tbeir name 
Ibaa of tbeir ioalei, whioh tbeir Tngodly taate 
DftBoliies to nothiDg, ahd sball proue at last 
Farre worae than nothiog : prayset come too late, 
Whea raan ia not, or ii in wretched state. 
Bot theae are eods whiab draw the meaoest bearts : 
let Ts search deepe and trie our better parts : 

faiowledge ! if a Heau'n on £arth could be, 

1 would eapect to reape that blitse in thee : — 
Bat tbon art błind, and tbey that haue thy light. 
Morę clearely knew, tbey linę in darluome night 
See, man, thy stripes at scboole, thy painei abroad, 
Thy watebing, and thy palenesse, well beBtow'd : 
Uwse feeble heipes can schoiars neuer bring 

lo perfect knowiedge of the plainest tbing : 
Aad sonie to snch a height of leaming grow, 
Tbey die pemraded, tlMt tbey notbing know. 
Ia Talne swIft honics spent in deepe stody ilide, 
TaieHe the parchast doctrioe curbe our pride. 
Tbe soole, pcrswaded that no ftiding looe -> 
Csn eqQall ber imbraces, aeekes aboue : 
Aad now atpiring to a higher .place, 
is glad that ali her comforts here are base. 



OF SICICNESSE. 



Tn end of ńcknesae, bealth, or death, daclare 

Tbe caoie as happy, as tbe śe«)aells are. 

Yaiae mortals ! wbile tbey striue tbeir lente to 

please, 
Eodore a life wone than the worst disease : 
Wben spoitB and ryou of the nestlease night, 
Breede dayes as thicke poisest with fenny Ught : 
How oft bane tbese (oompeird by wbolsome 

paioe) 
KctDn'd.toaadte sweet Nature^s brest againe. 
And tben conid in a narrow oompasse find 
fitmgth fior the body, clearenesse in the mind ł 
Aod if Death come, it is bot be wbose dart, 
Whoie sedpe, and bones, afflict tbe trembling 



( As if the painters with new art would striue, 
Por feare of bugs, to keepe poore men aiiue) 
But one, who from thy mother'8 wonlbe bath beea 
Thy friend and strictcompanion, though Tnseene, 
To leade thee in the right appoioted way, 
And crowne thy laboors at the coaqa'ring day. 
Yngratefnll men, w by doe you sicknesM loath, 
Which blessings giue in Heau'n, or Earth, or both ł 



OF TRUE UBERTY. 

Hb that from dust of worldly tumults flies, 

May boldly open his vndazled eyes, 

'Ib reade wise Nature^s booke, and with delight 

Soraeyes the plants by day, and starres by night. 

We neede not trauaile, seeking wayes to blisse : 

He that desires coutenŁment, canoot misse : 

No garden walles tbis precious flower imbrace : 

It common grawes in eu*ry deaart place. 

Lai^ soope of pleasure drownes v« like a flood. 

To rest in little, is our greatest good. 

Leame ye that climc the top of Fortune^s wbeelo, 

That dang^roos state which ye disdaine to feele : 

Your hłghnesse puts your bappinesse to Aight, 

Yoor inward comforts fade with outward ligbt, 

Ynłewe it be a blessing iioi lo know 

Tbis certaine tnith, lest ye sbould pioe for woe. 

To see inferioars so diuinely blest 

With freedome, and your selues with fetters prest. 

Ye sit like pns*oers barr'd with doores aud chaines^ 

And yet no care perpetuall care restraines. 

Ye striue to mixe your sad oonceits with ioycs, 

By curious pictures and by glitt^ring toyes, 

Wbiie others are not hind*red from tbeir ends, 

Delighling to conoerse with bookes or friends. 

And liuing thos retir^d, obtaine the powV 

To reignc as kings, of enery sliding houre : 

They walkę by Cynthiae's light. and lift tbeir eyea 

To Tiew the onl'red armies in the skies. 

The Heao'ns they measure with imaginM lines, 

Aod wben the northerae hemisphere dcctines, 

New constellations in the south tbey find, 

Wbose rising may refresb tbe studious mind. 

In these delighu, though freedome shew morehigh^ 

Few can to things aboue tbeir thougbts apply. 

But who is be thatcannot cast his looke 

On earth, and read the beauty of that booke } 

A bed of smiling flow^rs, a trickliog spring, 

A swelling riuer, morę contentment bring 

Tban citn be shadow'd by the best of art : 

Thus stłU the poore man bath the better part* 



AGAINST 



L\ORDINATB LOUE OF CREATURES. 

Au! who would tonę a creature ? who wonld place 
His beart, his treasure, in a tbing so bose ? 
Which time consuming, like a moth destroyesy 
And stealing Death will rob him of bis ioyes. 
Why lift we not our minds aboue tbis dust } 
Haue we not yet perceiu'd that God is iust. 
And bath ordain'd the obiects of our loue 
To be our soourges, wben we wanton proue ł 
Oo. carslesse man, in raine deligbts proceed, 
Thy fiumei aad tbino outward imiei feede. 



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And biDd Łby selfe, thy fellow-teriianl^ tbrall : 
Lone one too much, thou ait a slaue to all, 
Consider when thou follow'it Keming good. 
And drown'st thy selfe too deepe in ftesb and blood, 
Thou, making sute to dwell with woes and feares, 
Art sworae their souldier in the vale of tearci : 
The bread of sorrow sball be thy repast, 
£xpect not Eden in a thorny waste, 
Where grow no faire tree«, no smooŁh riaera strell, 
Herę onely losses and afRictions dwdl. 
These thou bewayl^st with a repining voyce, 
Yet knew'8t before tfaat mortal was thy choyse. 
Admirers of falsc pleasures must sustaine 
llie waight and sharpenesse of iosuing paine. 



JGAINST ABUSED LOVE. 

Srałł i stand still, and see the vor1d on fire, 
"While wanton writets ioyne in one dcsire, 
To blow the coalcs of loue, and make them burne, 
Till tbey consumc, or to the chaos turne 
This beauteous frame, by them so foully rent, 
That wise men feare, lest thny those flames prcuent, 
Wbich for the latest day th' Almightie keepes 
In orbes of fire, or in the hellish deepes } 
Best wits, while they,''.possebt with fury, thinkc 
Tbey taste the Mu&cs' sober well, and drinke 
Of Phcebus* goblet, (now a starry signe) 
Mistake the cup, and write in beat of winę. 
Tben let my cold band here some water cast. 
And drown tbeir warmtb with drops of sweeter 

taste. 
Minę angry lines shall wbip the purblind page, 
And some will readę them in a chai»ter agc ; 
Sut sińce true loue is most diuine, I know, 
Ho w can I fight with loue, and cali it so. 
Is it not loue ? It was not now : (O strange !) 
Time and ill custonie, workers of all cbange, 
Haue madę it loue : men oft impose not names 
By Adamus rulć, but what their passion frames. 
And sińce our childbood taught vs to approue 
Our fathefs' words, we yeeld and cali it loue. . 
Examples of past times our deeds should sway ; 
But we must speake the language of to day : 
Yse hath no bound^; it roay prophane once morę 
l*he name of God, which first an idoli borę. 
How many titles, fil for meaner groomes, 
Are knighted now, and marshal'd in high roomes ! 
And many, which once good and grcat were 

thought, 
PosteritY to vice and basenesse brouglit, 
As it batb tbis af loue, and we must bow, 
As States Tsurping tyrants' raignes al Iow, 
.And afler ages reckon by their yeeres: 
Such force possession, thougb iniurious, bcares : 
Or as a wrongfuU title, or foule crime. 
Madę lawfull by a statute for the time, 
With reu'rend estimation bliodes our eies. 
And is caird iust, in spight of all* the wise. 
Then, beau^nly Loue, this loathed name forsake. 
And some of thy morę glorious titles take : 
Sunne of the soulc, cleare beauty, liuing fire, 
Celcstial ligbt, which dost pure hearts inspire, 
While Lust, thy bastard brother, shal be knowne 
By Louc^s wrong'd name, that louers may him 

ownc. 
So oft with bercticks sncb tcarmes we vse, 
As tbey can brooke, not sucb as w« woold cliiise: 



And sińce be takos the throne of Lode enil*d, 

In all our letters he shall Loue be stil*d : 

But if true Loue voucbsafe againe bis sight^ 

No word of minp sball preiudice bis rigbt : 

So kings by caution witli their rebels treate, 

As with free states, wben tbey are growne to* 

grcat. 
If common drunkards oneły can expretse 
To life the bad effects of their excesse : 
How can I write of Loue, who neuer felŁ 
His dreadfull arrow, nor did €uer melt 
My hcart away before a femaie flame, 
Like waxen statues, wbich tbe witches frame ? 
I must confesse, if I knew one that bad 
Bene poysonM wi(h this deadły draught, and 
And afterward in Bedlem well reclaym^d 
To i)erfect sence, and in his wits not maymM t 
I would the feruour of my Muse restraiue. 
And let this sobiect for his taske remaine : 
But aged wand^rers sooner will declare 
Tbeir Eleusinian rites, than louers dare 
Renounce the Deuil^s pompę, and Christians die s 
So much preuailes a painted idoPs eye. 
Then sińce of them, like lewcs, we can conuert ' 
Scarce one in many yeeres, their iust desert» 
By selfe confession, neuer caq appeare ; 
But on pręsumptions wee prooeed, and tbere 
The iudge's innocence most credit winnes : 
True men trie theeucs, and saints describe foulo 

sinnes. 
Tbis monster Loue by day, and Lust by nigbt^ 
Is fuli of buming fire, but Toyde of ligbt, 
Left here on Earth to keepe poore mortals out 
Of errour, who of bell-fire else would doubt 
Sucb is that wandring nigbtly flame, which leade* 
Th* vnwary passenger, vntill he treades 
His lont step on the steepc and craggy walles 
Of some bigh mountaine,' whence he headlons 

falles : 
A rapour first extracted finom tbe stewes, 
(Which with new fewell still the lampc renewes) 
And with a pandar's sulph^rous breath inflam'd, 
Became a meteor, for destruction fram*d, 
Like some pi-odigious comet wbich foretells 
Disasters to the realme on which it dwells. 
And now batb this false light preuaiPd so farrc, 
That most obserue, it is a fixed starre, • 
Yea as their load-starre, by w bose beames impurs 
They guide their ships, in courses not sccure, 
Bewitcht and dazMed with the glaring sight 
Of this proud ńend, attir'd in angels^ light, 
Wbo still deligbts bis darksome.smoke to turne 
To rayes, which seeme t' enlighten, not to bume : 
He l^ides them to the tree, and they bcleeue 
The froit is sweete, so be deluded Eue. 
But wben tbey once haue tasted of the feasts, 
They quench that sparke, wbich seuers men from 

beasts. 
And feele efiects of our first parents' fali, 
Depriu^d of reason,- and to sence madę thrall. 
Tbus is the miserable louer bound 
With fancies, and in fond affection drownM. 
In him no faculty of man is seene. 
Bot when be sighs a sonnet to his queene : 
This makes him morę than man, a poet fit 
For stich false poets, as make passion wit. 
Who lookes witbin an emptic caske, may sce, 
Where once a soule was, and againe roay be, 
Wbich by this dif&rence from a corse is knowne : 
One is in pow*r W hatie life, botb haue uone: 



A DESCRIPTION OF LOUE..THE SHEPHERDESSE. ?9 



TtN* \cnen* Aipp^ry9ou\€9 (as they confcsse, 

mthoat estendiog rackc, or strainiDg pr<%se) 

Bt tnamiigratioo to their niistresse fioir : 

Pittogoras iostnicts his schollers so, 

W bo did lor p^iance lustfuU miods cocfine 

To leade a second life in goat«s and swine. 

Tben loue h death, and dńues Łhe soule to dwell 

In this betraying harboor, which like Heli 

Gtaes neaer backe hcr bootie, and contaiaes 

A tbottand firebrands, wbips, aod restłesse paines : 

And, wbkh u worse, so bitter are those wbeeles, 

Tbat many bells at once tbc loucr feeles. 

And bath his beart di-^sectt^ into parts, 

That it may meete with othcr double harts. 

Thk looe stands neaer surę, it waots a groiind, 

It makes do ordred course, it finds no bound, 

U aymes at nothing, it no comfort tastes, 

Bat vhile the picasnre aod the passion lasts. 

Yet there are flamcs, which two hearts one can 

make; 
Kot for th' afiections, bat the obiecfs sake. 
That borning glasse, where beames disperst iaclloe 
Vnto a point, and shoot forth in a linę : 
This noble loae hath axeltree and poles 
Wberein it moaes, and gets etemall goales : 
Thfse reuolntions, like the heau*nly spberes, 
Mmke aiJ the periods eqaall as the yecres : 
Aod wben this time of motion finisht is, 
it ends vitb that great yeere of endlesse blisse. 



A DESCRIPTION OF LOUB, 

Łon is a region fuli of fires, 
And baming with ^treme desires, 
An obiect seekes, of which possest^ 
The wbeelcs are fixt, the motions rest, 
Tte flames in ashes lie opprest : 
This meteor, striuing high to rise, 
(The fewtrll spent) fialles dowoe and dieSi 

Machsweeter and roore pnre delights 
Are drawne firom faire alluring sights, 
Wben raaisbt roinds attempt to praise 
Commanding eyes, like heau'nly rayes ; 
Whoae ibrce the gentle beait otwyes : 
Than where the end of this pretcnce • 
Descends to baae inferiour sense. 

" Why then should louers" (most will say) 
Eipect so much th' enioying day ?" 
Loae is hl:e youth, be thirsts for age, 
He scornes to be his mother^s page : 
Bot vhen proceeding times asswage ' 
The former heate, he will complaine. 
And wish those pleaaant boores againe. 

We koow that Hope and Loae are twinnet ; 
Hope cooe, fraition now begtnnes: 
Bot what is this ? VncoDstant,. fnUle, 
In dothiog surę, but surę to iaile : 
Which, if we loae it, we bewaile ; 
And when we bane It^ still we beara 
The worst of passions, datlyfeare. 

"^Iien toue thns in his center ends, 
Doire and Hope, his inward friends, 
Are sbaken off : while Boobt and Griefe, 
the weakest giuers of n;liefe, 
Stand ia bis eonncell as the cbitfe : 



And now he to his period broaght^ 
Prom Łoue becomes some other thought. 

These lines I write not to remoue 
Ynited soules from serious loue : 
The best attempts by mortals madę, 
Reflect on things which quickly fade ; 
Yet neuer will I men perswade 
To leaue aifections, where may shine 
Impressions of the Łoue diuine. 






THE SflEPHERDESSB. 

A SHBpnsftDBSSE, who long had kept ber flock* 
On stony Chamwood^s dry and barren rocks, 
In heate of sammer to the vales declinM, 
To seeke fresh pasture for her lambes halfb pin'd. 
She (while her charge was feeding) spent the bouro* 
To gazę on sliding brookes and smiling flowres. 
Thus hauing largely strayM, she liflts hersight. 
And viewes a palące fuli of glorious light. 
She finds tbc entrance open, and as bold 
As countrey maids, that would the oourt bebold^ 
She niakes an offer, yet againe she stayes, 
And dares not dally with those sunny rayes. 
Hcre lay a nymph, of beauty most diuine, 
Wbose happy presence caus*d the bouse to shine , 
Who much conuerst with mortals, and could know 
No honoar truły high, that scornes the Iow : 
For she had oft be^ present, though ynseene, 
Among the shepherds' daughters on the greene^ 
Where cu'ry bomebred swaine desires to prone 
His oaten pipę and feet before bis* loae, 
And crownes the eu'ning, when the daies are long^ 
With some plaine dance, or with a rurall song. 
Nor were the women nice to hołd this sport, 
Aod plcase their louers in a modest sort 
There that sweet nymph had seene this coantrey 

dama 
For singing crown'd, whence grew a world of famę 
Among the sheepecotCs, which in her reioyce. 
And know no better plcasure than her Toyce* 
The gUtfring ladies, gather'd in a ring, 
Intreate the silly shepherdesse to sing : 
She blusbt and sung, while they with words of 

praise, 
Contend her song^ aboue their worth to raise. 
Thus being chear^d with many courteoas signcs, 
She takes her leaue, for now the Sunne declineą. 
And baning driuen borne her flocks againe, 
She meets ber loue, a simple shepherd fiwaine ; 
Yet in the plaines he had a poefs name : 
For he could roundelayes an^ carols framc, 
Which, when his mistresse sung along the downes* 
Was thonght cetestiall musick by the clownes. 
Of him she begs, that he would raise his mind 
To paint this lady, whonl she found so kind : 
" You oft," saith she, '* haue in our bomely bow'rs 
Discoars'd of demi-gods and greater pow^ra : 
For you with Hesiode sleeping leamt to know 
The race diuine from Heau'n to Eartb below." 
*' My dear," said he, *' the nymph whom thoa 

hast seene. 
Most happy is of all that liae betweene 
This globe and Cyntbia, and in high estate, 
Of wcalth and beauty bath an cquall matę, 
Whose loue hath drawne rncessant teares in floods, 
From nymphs, that haunt the waters and tbc 

woods. 



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Oft Iris to the ground hath bent her bow 

To steale a kisse, and then away to goe : 

Yet all in vaine, he no affection knowcs 

But to this goddesae, whom at first be chose : 

Him she eoioyes in mutoall bonds of loue : 

Two bearts are taught in one smali point to moue. 

Her father, high in bonour and descent, 

Commands tbe Syluans on the northside Trent 

He at this tiroe, for pleasure and retreate, 

Comes downefrom Beluoir, bis asoending seate. 

To wbich great Pan had lately bonour done : 

Por tbere he lay, so did his bopefull sonne. 

But wben this lord by his accesse desires 

To grace our dales, he to a bouse retires, 

Whose walles are water'd with our siluer brookes, 

And makes the shepherds proud to Tiew his lookes. 

There in tbat blessed house you aiso saw 

His lady, whose admired yertues draw 

Ali bearts to loue ber, and all tongues inuite 

To praise tbat ayre wbere she vouchsafes ber ligbt. 

And for thy further ioy thine eyes were blest. 

To see another lady, in whose brest 

Tnie wisdome hath with bounty eqnaU place, 

Aa modesty with beauty in her face. 

She found me singing Florae's natiue dowres, 

And madę me sing before the heau'nly pow'r8 : 

For which great fauoor, tiil my voice be done, 

I sing of her, and ber tbrice>noble sonne." 



OM T« 



ANNIUERSARY DAYOF HIS MATESTWS 
REIGNE OUER ENGLAND, 

MARCH *1IIB 84. 
WaimW AT THE BBGIMNINO Ot BIS TWENTIETH 

TBERB. 

The world to morrow celebrates with mirtb 
The ioyfull peace betweene tbe Heau'n and Eartb: 
To day let Britaine praise that rising ligbt, 
Whose titles her diuided parts vnite. 
The time sińce safety triumphM ouer feare, 
Is now extended to the twenti'th yeere. 
Thou happy yeere, with perfect nomber blest, 
O slide as smooth and gentle as tbe rest : 
That wben the Sunne, dispersiog from his head 
The clouds of winter on his beauty spiTed, 
Sball see his equinoctłaU point airaine, 
And melt his dusky maskę to fruitfull raine, 
He may be lotb our climate to forsake. 
And thence a patteme of such glory take, 
That he would leane the zodiake, and desirs 
To dwell foreuer with our northeme flre. 



A TffANKSGimSG 



FOR THE DEŁltSRANCB OP OUR SOUBRAICllB, KIMO 

lAMBS, PRAOM A DAVG£R0U8 ACCIDBNT, 

lAMtJARY 8. 

O Gracious Maker ! on whose smiles or frownes 
Depends the fate of scepters and of crownes: 
Whose band not onely holds the bearts of kings. 
But all tbeir steps are rhadowM. with thy wings, 
To tbee immortall thanks three sisten* giue, 
For sauing bim, by whosa daare lift they liui^ \ 



First, England, crownM with rosesof the spritt^i 

An off'ring, like to AbePs gift, will bring : 

And yowes that she for tbee alone will keepe 

Her fattest lambes, and fleeces of her sbeepe. 

Kext, Scotland triumphs, that she borę and b^ed 

This ile*s delighi, and, wearing on her head 

A wreatb of lillies gatherM in tbe field, 

Presents the min'rals which ber mountaines yeeld* 

Last, Ireland, like Terpsicbore attir»d 

With neuer-ftiding lawrell, and inspir'd 

By truć Apollo*s beat, a Psean sings. 

And kindles zealous flames with siluer striogt. 

This day a sacrifice of praise reąuires, 

Our brests are altars, and our ioyes are fires. 

That sacred head, so soft, so strangely blest 

From bloody plots, was now (O feare !) depresŁ 

Beneath the water, and thosc suniike beames 

Were threafned to be ąoencht in narfbw streamen* 

Ab ! wbo dare tbinke, or can endore to beare, 

Of tboee sad dangers, which then 8eeili'd so neare ł 

What Pan would haue prcaeru*d our flocks' mcreasm 

From wolues > What Hermes could with words of 

peace 
Cause whetted swords to fiill from angry hands. 
And shine tbe starre of calmes in Christian landa ? 
But Thou, whose eye to hldden deptbs eKtends^ 
To shew that he was madę for gloriouś ends. 
Kast raysM him by thine all-commanding arme» 
Not onely safe from deatb, but free from bairoe« 



TO HIS LATE MAIESTY, 

CONCERMING THE TRUE FORME OP EM6ŁISM POETRT- 

Great king, tbe sou^raigne rolet- of this land. 
By whose graue care our hopes secnrely stand i 
Since you, descending from that spacious readk^ 
Voochsafe to be our master, and to teach 
Your English poets to direct tbeir lines, 
To mixe their cołours, and expresse tbeir signes i 
Forgiue my boidnesse, that I here present 
The Iffe of Muses yeelding tme content 
In pondeHd numbers, wbich with ease I try»d, 
Wben yourindicious rules haue been my guide* 
He makes sweet musick, wbo in serious Jines, 
Light dancing tunes, and heany prose declines : 
Whcn verses like a milky torrent flow, 
They equall temper in the poetsbow. 
He paints true (brmes, wbo with a modest beart 
Giues lustre to his worke, yet couers art. 
Vneuen swelliug Is no way to fiime, 
But solid ioyning of tbe perfect frame i 
So that no curious finger there can find 
The former chinkes, or nailes that fastly bind. 
Yet most would haue the knots of stitcbes seene. 
And holes, wbere men may thrust tbeir bands be- 
On baltibg feet the ragged poeni goes [tween^ 

With accents, neither fitting vćrse nor prose : 
The stłle minę eare with morę contentment fillt 
In lawyers' pleadings, or phisicians* bills. 
For though in termes of art tbeir skill they close^ 
And ioy in darksome words as well as those : 
They yet haue perfect sense morę pure and cleax# 
Than enuious Muses, which sad garlands weare 
Of dusky clouds, their strange conceits to bidę 
From humane eyes : and (lest they should be 8pi'4 
By some sharpe Oedipus) the Fnglish longue 
For this their poore ambition suJOGm wroog. 



TO THE MEMORY OF KING lAMES. 



tl 



h eaVy langumge iiov in Europę tęcke 

Hf natmas which th« Roman empire brokc, 

The rcltłsfa of tbe Mtise cocusU ia rime. 

One Tene must meete aoolher like a cbime. 

Oor Sutoo fliortoesse Lath pecuUar grace 

Id cfaoise of words, fit for tbe ending place, 

Wbich kaiie impression in tbe mind as weil 

Al dobłog sounds, of some deligbtfull beli : 

Ttteae mun not be witb disproportion lamę, 

Nor -khoald an eccho still repeate tbe same. 

Ib ttOLuj chaoges theae may be espr^t : 

But tfaose that ioyne most stmply run tbe best : 

Tbeir formę surpasMog farre tbe fctter*d staues, 

Vaaie care, and needlesse repetitaon sauea. 

Tbe«e outward asbcs keepe tbose inward fires, 

H bose beate tbe Greeke and Roman works inspiret: 

Parę pfafaae, fit epitbets, a sober care 

Of metaphoiB, descriptions cleare» yet rare, 

SnnilJtlMies contracied, smootb and round, 

Vct Text by leaminjr, but witb naturę crownM. 

Sbong figuresdrawne from deepe inuentions springs, 

GcMMistiag Icse in worda, and morę in things : 

A language not aflTectiog ancient times, 

Kor Latiue sbreds, by wbicb tbe pedant climes : 

A noble subiect wbicb tbe mind may lift 

To easie tk of that peculiar gift, 

Wbicb poeta in tbeir raptum hołd oKMt deare, 

When actions by tbe liuely sound appeare. 

Gaoe me such helpes, I ncuer will deipaire. 

Bat that oar beads wbicb sacke tbe freezing aire, 

As weil as botter braines, may Terse adorne. 

And be thdr wonder, ms we were tbeir acorne. 



TO TEK CŁOaiOOS MBlfORT OF OUR ŁATB 

mUERAIGNE LORD, KISG JAMES. 

W^cEK, O ye nymphs ! that from yoor caues may 

ftnr 
Tboae trickling drops, whence mighty riuers flow. 
Uscłoae yoor bicUlen storę : let euVy spring 
To this oor sea of griefe some tribute bring : 
Aod wben ye once baue wept yonr fountaines dry, 
Tbe Heau^ii with showrea will seud a uew supply. 
Bat if theae cloudy treasures prooue too scantp 
Oar tearcs shall helpe, when otber moysturcs want 
Thn ile, nay Europę, nay tbcworld, bewailes 
Our lossc, with such a streame as ncucr failca. 
iboodant floods from eu'Ty tetter rise, [diea. 

Wben we prooounce great lames, our soueralgne, 
And while I write tbese words, I trembling stand, 
A sudden darknesse hatb poeaeat the land. 
I cannoC now expresae my selfe by aignea : 
Ali eyea are blinded, nonę can reade my linca ; 
HU Charles ascending, driuea away tbe nigbt. 
And m his aplendoor gioea my Terses light. 
Thus by the beamea of bia succeeding (łame, 
I shall deacribe his father*s bouudless fanie. 

Tbe Grecian emp rours gloried to be borne, 
Aod norst in purple, by their pareoŁs wome. 
Sec berę a king, whdae birth together twines 
The Britan, Englisb, Norman, Scottish linek : 
How like a princely tbrone bis cradlestands ; 
Wbite diadema become his swathing bands. 
Bk glory now makes all the Earth bis tombe. 
Bot enuions fiends woold in bis motbcr*s wombe 
fatterre bia ńaing greatnesse, and contend % 
Against tho babę, whom heau^nly troopes defend, 



And giue auch vigour in bia cbildbood's state, 

That hc canstraugle snakes, which swell with hat«» 

This coiiquest his ^ndaunled brest declarea 

In seas of danger, in a world of cares : 

Yet neitber cares oppresse his constaot mind, 

Nor dangcrs drowoe his life for age design^d. 

The Muaes leaue tbeir sweet Castalian spring* 

In formę of bees, esteoding ailken wings 

With gentle sounds, to keepe this infisot stilt, 

While they bis muutb witb pleasing bony iill. 

Hence those large streamea of eioqueDce procead^ 

Wbicb in tbe bearers strange amazemcnt breed ; 

When laying by his scepters and his swords, 

Ue luelTs their bearts with his melliflucHis worda. 

So Hercules in aucieot picturea fainM, 

Could draw wbole n^tions to his tongue enchaln'd« 

He first considers, in bis tender age, 

How God hath raysM him on this earthly stage. 

To act a- part, ekpos'd to eu*ry eye : 

With Salomon be tiicrefore striuea to ftie 

To lijm that gaue this greatnesse, and demands 

The prccious gift of wiadome from his bands : 

While God, deligbted with this iust reąuest. 

Not onely him with wondroua prudence bleat. 

Rot promis*d higher glońes, new cncrease 

Of kingdomes, circied with a ring of peace. 

He, thua inatructed by diiiine commanda, 

Extends this peacefull linę to otber lands. 

Wben warres are threaten'd by sbril trampetaP 

soouda, 
Hia oliue stancheth blond, and binda vp wounds. 
The Christian world thia good from him deriuea, 
That thoiisanda bad vntiinely spent tbeir liuea, 
If not preseruM by lustre of his crowne, 
Which cahnM tbe stormes, and layd the billowaa 

down, 
And dimmM the glory of that Roman wreatb 
By souldiers gainM for sauing men from death. 
This Denmarkc felt, and Swetbland, when tbeir strife 
Ascended to auch height, that loase of life 
Was counted nothiug : for the dayly sight 
Of dying men madę death no roore than nigbt. 
Bebold, two pot(>nt princes deepe enfcag'd 
In seu'rall iiii're8ts, mutiially «nrag'd 
By former conflicts : y< t they downe will lay 
Their swords, when his adtticc directs the way. 
The northeriie climates from dissention barr*d, 
Receiue new ioyes by his discreeta award. 
When Momus could, among the «odlike>-kings, 
Infect with poyaon thoae immortall springs . 
Which flow with nectar; and such gali would cast, 
As spoyles the sweetne^se of ambroaiae*a taate ; 
This mighty lord, as ruler of the quire, 
Witb peacefull oounsels qiiencht the rising fire. 
The Austrian arch-duke, and Batauian state. 
By his tndeuours, change their long-bred hate 
For twelue years' truce: this rest to him they owe. 
Aa Belgian shepherds and poore ploushmeii know. 
The Muscouitt^, oppreat with neighboura, flie 
To safSe protection of iiis watchfull tye. 
And Germany his rcaHy succours trics, 
When sad contentions in the empire rise. 
His mild instinct uli Christłan>« ih\is d\^cerne : 
But Christ's maligoant foes sball find liim stcrne, 
What care, what charge, he suflera tu preuent, 
Lq8t infidela their number should augment« 
His ships restraine the pirates^ bloody woikea ; 
And Poland gaines bis ayde against the Turkea. 
His pow'rfu1l edicts, atretcht beyond tbe Lina, 
AmoDg tbe Indiana rfeu'rall bounds deaigne; 



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By wfaich his Bubiecta tnay exa\t Vis ^)^^^^^» 

And strangcn keepe themselaes VitVi\n ti^^ir owne. 

This ile was madę the Sunoe^s ecWptick ''^y ; 

For here onr Phoebus still Touchsaf M to stay : 

And from this blessed place of his retreat, 

In diff'rent zones distinguisht cold and heate, 

Sent light or darknesae, and by bia commands 

Appointed limits to the seas and lands. 

Who would iniagine that a prince, eikiploy'|l 

In such aflaires, could euer haue enioy^d 

Those houres, which, drawne from pleasure and 

firont rest, 
To purchase precioas knowledge were addrest? 
And yet in łeaming he was knowne t' exceed 
Most, whom our houses of the Muses br«ed« 
Yo Eogliflh sisters, nurses of the arts, 
VDpartiall iudges of his better parts ; 
Haiae vp your wings, and to tbe world declare 
His solid iudgment, his inuention rare, 
His ready elocution, which ye found 
In deepest matters that your schooles propound. 
It is sufficient for my creeping verse, 
His carc of English language to rehcarse. 
He leadea the lawlesse pocts of our times^ 
To smoother cadence, to exacter rimes : 
He knew it was the proper worke of kings, 
To keepe proportion, eu'n in smallest thing^ 
He with no higher titles canbe styPd, 
lVhen seruants name him lib^rall, subiccts, mild. 
Of Antonine^s fairc time, the Romans tell. 
No bubbles of ambition then could swell 
To forraine warres; nor eaae bred ciuill strifc : 
Nor any of the aenate lost his life. 
Our king preserues, for two and twenty yecres, 
This realme from inward and from outward feares. 
AU English peeres escape the deadly stroke, 
Though some with crimes his anger durst prouoke. 
He wat seoere in wrongs, wbiclCothcrs fclt ; 
But in his owne, his beart woufd ąuickly mclt. 
For then (like Ood, from whom his glories flow) 
He makes his mercy swift, his iustice slow. 
He neuer wonld our gen'rall loy forget, 
Wben on his sacred brow the crowne was set ; 
And therefore striues to make bis kingdome great, 
By fixing here his beir'8 perpetuall seate : 
Which eu*ry firmę and loyall heart desires, 
May last as long as Heau'n hath starry 6res. 
Gontimied blissc from him this land rccciues, 
Whcn leauing v8, to vs bis sonne he Icaoes, 
Our hopę, our ioy, our treasure : Charles our 

king, 
Whose entraoce in my next attempt I sing. 



b^^^:mont's pob^Ms. 



A PANBOYRICK AT THE CORONATION OF OUR 

SOUERAIGNE LORD, KISG CHARLES. 

Aurora, come : why should thinc enuious sUy 
Deferre th6 ioyes of this cxpectcd day ? 
WiU not thy master let his horses runne, 
Because he feares to meete anotber Sunne ? 
Or hath onr northeme starre sodimm»d thine eyes, 
Thou knowst not where (at east or west) to rise ? 
Make baste; for if thou shalt denie thy light, 
His ghtt^ring crowne will driue away tlie night. 
Debarre not curious Phoebus, who desires 
T« guild all glorioos obiecta with his iires. 



I And could hJS beames lay opcn peoples' harCs, 
As well as he cai, y\Q^ their outward parts; 
He here should find a triumph, such as he 
Hath neucr seene, perhaps shall neuer sce. 

Shine forth, great Charles, accept our loyalf 
words, [swortls, 

Throw from your pleasing eies those conqu'ria|; 
That when TpOn your name our voyces cali, 
The birds may feeleour tbund'ring noise, and fell i 
Soft ayre, rebounding in a circled ring, 
Shall to the gates of Heau'n our wisbes bring : 
For vowes, which with śo strong affection flie 
From many lips, will doubtłesse pierce the skie z 
And God (who knowes the secrets of our minds, 
When in our brests he these two venues finds, 
Sincerity and Concord, ioin'd in pray'r 
For him, whom Naturę mado vndoubted heyre 
Of three faire kingdoms) will his angels send 
With blessingsfrom histhrone this pompę t' attend. 
Faire citty, £ng]and'B gemmę, the queene of Łrade, 
By sad infection lateły dcsart madę, 
Cast off thy mouming robes, forget thy tearcs, 
Thy cleare and healthfull lupiter appeares : 
Pale Deatb, who had thy silent streets possesi,. 
And some foule dampc or angry planet prest 
To worke his ragę, now from th' Alroightie's will 
Reccines command to hołd his iauelin still. ^ 
But sińce my Muse prctends to tune a song 
Fit for this day, and fil t» inspire this throng ; 
Whence ahall I kindle such immortall fires ? 
From ioyea or hopes, from prayses or deairea ? 
To prayse him, would rpquire an endleaK wheele ; 
Yet nothing tołd but what we see and feele. 
A tbousand tongues for him all gifts inticate, 
In which felicity may claimq her seate : 
Lar^e bonour, happy conquest, boundlesse wealth. 
I/Mig life, sweete children, Tnafliicted health s 
Bot, chiefely, we esteeme that precious thin^ , 
(Of which aiready we behold the spring) 
Directing wisdome ; and we now pr^gage 
How high that Tertue will ascend in age. 
In him, our certaine cónfidence ynites 
All former worthy princes' spreading Hgbts; 
And addes his glorious father to the summe s 
From ancient tinies no greater name can come. 
Our hopefull king tbus to his subiects shines. 
And reades ii\ faithfult hearts these zealous lines : 
" This is our countrie's father, this is bee 
In whome we liue, and could not liue so free . 
Werę we not vnder him j bis watchfuH care 
Preuents our dangers : how shall we declare 
Our thankfull minds, but by tbe humble gift 
Of firnae obedience, which to him we lift ? 
As he is God^s true image choicely wrougbt. 
And for our ioy to tjjese dominions brought : 
So must we imitate ccieatiali bands, 
Which grudge not to performe diuine commuidK. 
His brest, transparent like a ligyid flood, 
Discouers his adtiice for publikę good : 
But if we iudge it by deceiuing famę, 
like Semełe, we thinkc Ioue'8 piercing flamę 
No morę than common fire in asbea nurst, 
Till formelesse fancica in their errours burst 
Shall we discusse his counsełs ? We are blest 
Who know our blisse, and in his iudg^ment rcst.*^' 



THE PRlNCB^S lOURNEY-HlS HAPPY RETURNE. SS 



t>F THB PRiKCRS lOURSSY. 

Tttbappy iliip that carries from tbeland 
Acit Britaioc^ 107, bdbre tbe koowcs her lotte, 
Ji riPd by \m^ who caa tbe waaes command. 
Ko eonioBS rtoniMt ft auiet paMage crotte : 
Sk. kov tbe water smUes, tbe wind bieatbes faiie, 
Ibs doods Featraine tbeir froimei^ their aghei. 



if if the miwcke of the wbnp'rnig ayre 
ftBoU tell tbe wtm. wfaat ptecioos w^t it bearet. 
AtteotBad Yowes and wnbesdńoe tbefayles 
Wirik pletof aafiely to tbe Neostrian sbore. 
1VooeaB, trutted wHb tbif pledge, bewaileg 
IWtit soeb wcahh moit to tbe eaith rcetore : 
Ibm FnuHse reoeiiiiii; witb a deare imbrace 
WiBortbenie starre, tbongb clooded and disgaisM, 
JfeMdiaome bidden vertae fai bis &oe, 
iadbaowes be b a iewell bigbly priiU 
Tct thcre no pleasing aigbtB can make bim itay $ 
Ar, Ifte a riner tliding to tbe maioe^ 
fip hstes to find the period of bis way, 
iBd,dim«aeby Imie, draireiaU oor bearts toSpaine. 



op m 
PklKCE^ DBPAnrURB AND RETURNE. 

Wani Charles from vs Yithdrawes bis glorioos 
The Same deńiea bis absenoe to snpply : [lif bt, 
Aad tbat we may notbingin darfcnesM lie, 

Hestrioes to free the noftb from dreadftill nigbt. 

Ytt «e to Phcebos icaroe ereot oor sight. 
Bat aHonr htofces, onrtboiigbts, to Charles apply, 
Aad ia the beat deligbts of life we die, 

TO be ietarae» and mahe tbis elimate brigbt. 
Kow be aanands, and gtiies Apollo Icaue 

Ib dńne bb bonas to the lower part. 
We by bis ptesenoe like conteHt recetae, 

is wbei) ffcsb spirits aide tbe fiuntia; bearŁ 

' Kest berę (gicai Cbaries) and sbine to ts alone, 
ŹoroOwratamsarecoimnon: Cbaries oor owne. 



OF Tm 

PRtSCB^S MOST HAPPY RETURNE. 

Dn Charlea, wbase borses nener ąnencbt their 
h cooiini; wmoes of Neptnoe's watry seate : [heate 
Vhose starry chatiot, in tbe spangled oight, 
ITasstiil the pleasinf; obiect of oor sigbt : 
hdi glofy of the noith batb Intely runna 
L couse as nmnd and oertaioe as tbe Sunne : 
Be lothe sousb ineliamg haHe the 3^«eire, 
Raw at oor tropikę wBI againe appeare. 
le nade his setthif io the westeroe streames, 
^Mre weary Phcebos dipt his fading beamcs t 
Ir in thb mormog oor ereeted eyes 
i ee oas e so ba^py os to see bim riseu 
Ve shaA aot eoer in the sbadow stay» 
is absenoe was to hring a longer day \ 
lat baaiaf felt bow darknane can aflright, 
l> may witb roore content embrace the light, 
ind caA tomind, how eQ*vy soule witb paiae 
Sent fbfftb ber thnnrea to lit<tfi bim borne againe: 
'or woatof bim we wither^d in the spring, 
lot his retameabail lifit in winter briogt 

▼OLTŁ 



Tbe plants, wbich, whni be went, tr^ growing 
Retaioe their former liii*ries to be seene, [greeos^ 
When be reoiewes tliem r his expected eye 
Presenł*d their beaaty, ready oft to die. 
What tongoe, what band, can to the life display 
Tbe glorious ioy of this triamphant day ? 
When England, ciownM witb muny thoosand fires, 
Reeeines tbe scope of all her best desires. 
She at his sight, as witb an eatthquakc swells, 
And strikes the Heau*n witb sound of trembling 

bells. 
Tbe Tocall goddessci Ieaqing desart woods, 
Slides downe the irales, and dancing on the tloodi^ 
Obserues oor wordes, and witb repealing noise 
Contends to double our ahundant ioyes. 
Tlie world*s cleare eye is iealoos of bis name, 
He sees this ile like one continuall flame, 
And feares lest Eartb a brigbter starre shouid brecd, 
Which might vpon his meate, the vapours, feed. 
We maniell not, tbat in his fiBther*8 land 
So many signes of looe and seraice stand : 
Behold, how Spaine retaines In ea'ry place 
Some brigfat refl«^ioo of bi;j cheaMuU face I 
Madrid, where first his splendour he displayes, 
And driaes away the cloods that dimm'd bis rayes, 
Her ioyes into a World of formes doth bring, 
Yet nonę oontents ber, wbile tbat potent kiog, 
Who rules so fiairre, till now conid neuer find 
His realmes and wealth too Ittile.for his miód. 
No words of welcome can sncb planets greete, 
Wbcre in one house they by cooiuncŁion meete. 
Their sacred coocord ronncs through many signes^ . 
And to tbe zodiakes better portioo shines : 
Bot in the Yiiigin they are seene most farre, 
And in tbe Lyon*s beart tbe kingly starre. 
When toward i)s our prinoe bis ioamey moues. 
And feeles attraction of bis seruants* loues, 
When (haningopen brests of strangere knowne) 
He bastes to gather tribatc of bis owne, 
The ioyfull neighbours all his passage fiil 
Witb noble tropbees of his might aod skill, 
In oonqu*ring men*8 afiections with his darts* 
Which deepely fiat in many raui»ht bearts, 
Are like the starry chaines, whose blazes play 
In knots of light along the milkey way. 
He beares the ncwes of his approachiog fleet, 
And will bis nauy see, his seruaots greete ; 
Tbence to tbe land retarning in his barge, 
Tbe waoes leape high, as proud of such a charge ; 
Tbe nigbt makes speed to see bim, and preuents 
The slothfoll twilight. Casting duskie tents 
On roring streames, which might all men dismayi 
Bot bim, to whose cleare aoule the night ia day. 
Tbe pressing windcs, «itfa tbeir offlcions strile, 
Had caosM a tumult dang'rous to his life. 
But tbeir Commander chedcs them, and restrainas 
Tbeir hasty feruour in accustom*d chaines : 
This perill (which with feare our worls decline) 
Was then permftted by tbe band diuioe, 
Tbat good euent might prooue his person d<rare 
To Heao'n, and needfull to tbe people berew 
When be resolues to crosse the watry maine, 
See what a cbaoge his absen<'e makes in Spaine 1 
The Eartb tutnes gray for griefe that she conceioes, 
Birds lose tbeir tongues, and trees forsake their 

leaoes. 
Now Boods of tearcs expresse a sad farewell, 
Ambitioas saylcs as with his greatnesse swelh 
To him old Ńere«is on hisdolphinTides, 
Presenting bńdles to direct the tidas : 

D 



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beau:mont's poeMS. 



He calles his daugbters (rom tbeir secret oaues, 
{Their s&owy neclu are seene aboue tbe waues) 
And saith to thcm : " Befaold the oaely soone 
Of that great lord, about whose kiogdomes ran 
Our ]iquid curre&ts, wluch are madf bis owou. 
And with moyst bulwarks guard bis sacred tbrone : 
See how his luokes dcllght, bis gesturcs monc 
Admire and praise, yet flye from snares of loue: 
Not Thetes, witb ber beauty ąnd ber dowre, 
Can draw this Peleus to ber watry bowrc, 
He loues a nymph of bigh and bcau'nly race, 
The cu^oiDg Sunne dotb homage to heC face« • 
}ic8|)erian orchards yeeld ber goldep fruit, 
Tle tooke tbis iouroey intbaŁ sweet pursuiL'* 
Wben tbus tbeir fatłier ends, tbe Nereids throw 
Tiicir garlands oii this glorjous prinuei and strow 
His way with soogs, in wbich the bopcs appeare 
Of łoyes too great for hamane eares to heare. 



TPOM THI 

JSNIUERSAMY DAY OF THE PIiINCE*8 

RETimyE, 

OCTOBER THB FUTTB. 

Wb now admire their doctrine, who maintaine 
The world's creation vnder Autumne^s reignc, 
Whcn trces abound in fruit, grapes swell with ioice, 
These meates are ready for the crcaturca' tsc : 
Old Time rcsolues to make a new suruay 
Of yeeres and ages from this happy day, 
Kcfusing those accounts which others bring, 
He crownes October, as of moneths tbe King. 
No morę shall boary Winter claime the place, 
And draw cold proofes from lanus' double iace ; 
Kor shall the Barn, when Spring the Earth adomes, 
Yniocke the gate of Heaa*n with goMen homes: 
Dry Sam mer shall not of the D(^-starre boast, 
(Of angry constellations bonour^d most) 
From whooe strong beate Egyptians still begun. 
To markę the tuming circle of the Suone. 
Yertumnns, who hath lordly power to ehaoge 
Tbe seasons, and can them in order rangc, 
Will frohi tbis p^^riod fresh beginning tekę, 
Yet not 80 much for his Pomonae^s sake, 
Who tUen is ricbly drest to płease ber spouse, 
And witb her orcbard's tfeasure deckes her browes. 
It is onr Charles,' ^hose eucr loued name 
Hath madę this point of Heaa*n increase in fiime : 
Whose long^^liMight absence was so much deplor^d, 
In whom our hopes and all our fmits are stor^d. 
He now attaines the sbore, (O blessed day !) 
And tnie Achates waites along his way, 
Our wisc Anchiscs for his sonne prouides 
This chosen seruant, as the best of gnides. 
A prince^s gtory cannot morę depend 
Ypon his crowne, than on a faithfull fnend. 



TO THE 



MOST ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE CHARLES, 

' OF TUE EZCBŁŁBNT TtE Of POUI8. 

DiuiMB elcaraple of obedient heires. 

High ia my hopes, aod secodd in my prayeis : 

True image of -your father to the tife, 

Whom Time desir^d, aad Fatet in lealoutf strife. 



With chearefuii ^oiccs teoght their wbeetetf tm 

raonc, 
That such a father might haue such a sonne ; . 
Since God exaits you on this eartbiy stage. 
And giues you wisedome farre aboue your age. 
To iudge of men, and of their actiue pow^rs : 
Jjet me lay downe the fruits of prinatc boaret. 
Before yoar feet ; you nener will refuae 
Tbis gift, whtch beares the title of a Muse. 
Among your serious thoughts, with noble carc 

I You cherish poeta, knowing that they are 
_ The starres wbich light to ^mous actions giue. 
By whom the mem*ries of good prinres Hue : 
You are their prince in a pecoliar kind, 
Becanse your father hath their art refin''d. 
And ttiongh these priests of grratoesse quiet sit 
Amid^st the silent children of their ait, 
Without accesse of sotoors, or dispatch 
Of high afiaires, at^rhich th' ambitioos catch; 
They are not idłe, when their sight they rayse 
Beyond the present time to futurę daies ; 
And braue examplcs sace instrnctions brin; 
In pleasing rcrses, which our sonnes may sio|^. 
They oft erect their flight aboue the łand, 
When graue Yrania ioyning hand in band 
With soa Tbalia, iiux their diff'rent strings. 
And by their musick make celestiall things ; 
Morę fit for humane earas, whose winding roundi 
Are eaaly <iU'd with wełl digested sooDda. 
Pale Enuy and duli Ignorance reprooe 
This eaeycise, aa onely apt for loue, 
DeuisM t* attóre the sense with curioua art; 
But not t' enrich the vndeffBtandrog part. 
So might they say, the Sunne was onely Iram^d 
To please the eye, and oneły therefore nam^d 
The eye of Heaa'n, coneeiuing not bis wfaeełe 
Of liuely beate, which lower bodies f^le. 
Our Moses strioe, that oomnioD-weaMhs mny h^ 
As well from barb*rous deedes as langnąge free : 
The seu^rall soands in barmony oonbin^d 
Knit chaines of vertae in the hiear^s mind : 
And that he stilT may hane his teacbcr by 
With measar'd Itoea, w:e please bis eurious eye. 
We hołd thoae worka of art or natare best, 
Where order^s steps most fully are exprest s 
And tberefore all those cioiil men that liue 
By law and role, will to our numbers giue 
The name of good, in whioh perfection rests ; 
And feele their strokes with sympathystng bróita 
Not oratours so much witb flowing words 
Can awąy the hearta of men, aod whet their 

swords 
Or blunt thcm at their pleasure, aa omr atraiBO, 
(Whose larger spheare the orbe of proaefiontain 
Can men^s afiectioos lessen or inciease. 
And gnidę their passions, wbisp*ring wane or peae 
Tyrtsos, by the vigoar of bis verae, 
Mado Sparta conąuer, while his lineareberM 
Her foraerglory, ahiiost then snbdude 
By strooger foes; and when the people nade 
Centend among themselnes with mutuall wroogi 
He tempers diaoord with his miMer Songs z 
This poore lama p«et hath aa eqaall praise 
Witb captaines and with stslea-raen',of his dayet 
The Muaes chune possesaioh in tlioae raeA, 
Who fifst adneatar^d with a aimble pen 
To paiot their thoogfats in new inweaitad aignes, 

I And i^poke of Kalarepa workca in iraaibred lincs: 
This happy art, oompai^d with piainer wayei. 
Was soonar borne, aad not ab aoane dec^yea: 



TO THE PRINCE— AN EPITHALAMIUM. 



Sd' 



Sk* afer stands frois Łime'! deoooring wrong, 
A» becter flcasonM to contioae long ; 
Bot as the stmnes of limę sfill fbrward aow, 
8»«ite more idle iumI diatnistfull grow : 
^Wy y«W tbia fort, and cowardly pretend 
Fhiee ń a cactle eaaier to defend : 
Nor was tfai» cłi«nge eCestod in « d«y, 
ftit inifc dąrrect, uid by a stealing way ! 
ney pqU the Miites> featbeis one by one, 
io^aieootceeae; till botb the winga be gone,' 
If aWy iiiioyhig such a precious minę, 
Gttecm^d hm natafe almost madę dtoine, 
Wben be beheld th» eyprenioa of hh tbought, 
Tb«ich a hógbt, and godJike glory brought ; 
Jbis dimge maywell bń fading ioy confound. 
To sęe it naked, creeping on tbe groand : 
Tct io ibc taods tbat bonoui^d learnipg'8 naroe, 
IT^re aJwayes aome tbat kept tbe Testali flame • 
Of pow^iiull TCTBC, on whose increase or end 
TV pcriods of tbe souPs chiefe raigne depend. 
New ia tbb realme I see the golden age 
^^Bmtto Ts, wbose commiDg sball asswage 
Dmtiactixkg atrife, and many bearts inspire. 
To guther fewell for tbia saored fire : 
Oavbłcb, if you, greatprinoe^ yonreyes will cast, 
Ind, Bke Fauoaina, giae a gentle blast, 
Tbe Itaeiy llame shall nener yeeld to death, 
'^ ' iaunoiiali apirit by ybnr breath. 



ss 



TO 7HB PRimE. 

Xf eQ'i7 ID9D a.little worid we name» 
Ton aie» worki moat like tbe greatest firame : 
Y<»r lone of learning spreads your glory fiurre, 
lifb yoa to Heąa'n9 apd makea you tbere a stanę. 
b aetioe iports, and formes of martiall deeds, 
lAc fire and ayre yonr nimbie courage breeds 
A me amazement and a sweet delight 
To Biitaines, wbo bebold so deare a sigfat: 
Tboagfa higber orbessoch gterioos signes containe, 
Bpe not (brane prince), tbis lower globe diidaine, 
Ib pore and frnitfoll water we may see 
Toar minde from darknesse cleare, in bounty free : 
And in tbe steddy resting of the ground, 
Yonr noble firmenesse to yoar fńend is found : 
Aw yoa are still the same, and where you lone. 
Bo abaence can yonr constant mind remoue. 
80 g wW fa iesB e spreads it selfe witb endlesse lines, 
lad po tbe ligbt in distant places.shines : 
He tbat adiientures of your worth to sing. 
ItteDpts itt T:ąine to paint a boandleue tiiio^. 



se 



AN EPITHALAMIUM 

Tra« m UA'iTr UARRUCB OP owa SOUBRAICBŁ 
UME0, KISC CBAEŁSS, AVX> OVa CRACIOUS LADY, 
«JUKa IIAET. 

Tbe <Kean kmg.oontended fbut in Taiiię) 
1>» part oar sbore from France. 
Łct Neptooe sbake bis mace, and swelling 
wac^ea adoance : 
The former Tnton now retomes againe, 
•Tbia śle ifaali onoe more kisse tbe mftine 
IoyB'd«Hhaflowry bridgeofloney OD whieb.the 
Oracct danccw 



leander here no danę^rous ioumey takea. 
To touch his Hefó>ś hand : f land, 

piV Hell«»poBt with 4hips- bficodj^ as fihne ar 
When this sweete nymph her place of birth 
forsakes. 
And England signes of li^elcome makesj 
Asmany asour gladaome coasts liaue iittle graiues 
ofsand; • •' •• 

Tbat Toyce, in whicb the ćontineńt Was blc«t,' 
Now to this iland cafis ' [Walfs : 

The lioing wobds and focks, to fra .. e riew ricing 
The inooiiiiłg hiłls*sa'Iute'this happy giiest, .1 
The fiaers to her śeruiod pfęst^ 
Seine into Thame^, Garonne to Trent, and Loire' 
to Seiieme falls. . . .' 

This royall payre, the bridegroome and the» 
.With eąuall glory shine : [hrid^, 

Both fuli of sparkling light, both spning from^ 
race diuine. . . *" 

Theirprincely fathers, Europt's highest pride^ 
TTie westerne world did sweetly guide ; 1 
To them, as fathers of their realmes, we golden 
crownes assigne. 

Great Henry, aeuer Tanquisht in the field, 
Rebełlious foes coutd tamę. [name : 

Tbe wiadome of our lames bred terrour in his 
So that his prondest aduersaries yeeld, 
Olad to be guarded with his shield, 
Wbere peace with drops of beau'nly dew snpprest 
dissention^s flame. 

Our Chades and Mary now their coune pre- 
like those two greater lights^ [pare, 

Whicb God in midst of Heau'n exa]ted te oar 
I aights, 

To ^ide our footsteps with perpetual care, 
Time's happy chaoges to declare : 
Tbe one afibords ts healthfuil^daies, the otl^er 
quiet nights. 

See how the planets, and each lesser fire, 
Along the 2odiake glide. 
And in this stately trajne their oi&ces diuide ! 
No starre remaines exempted from this quire, 
Bub all are ioyn'd in one desire, 
To moue as these their wheeles sball tome, and 
rest where they abide. 

What can these sbouts and glitf ring showea 
But neuer fading ioyes ? [portend, 

Thelords in rlch attire, the people witb ^heir 
noyse, 
Ejcpresse to what a beight their hopes asceądy 
Whicb like a circle haue no end : 
Their strength no forious tempesta sbake, nor creep« 
ing age destroyes. 

On this foundation we expcct to build 
The towers of eartbiy blisse. 
Mirth shall attend on Health, and Peace shall 
Plenty kisse : [fill'd, 

Tbe trees with fniite, with flowres onr garden* 
Sweete honey from the leanes distilPd, 
For now A«trsea's raigne appeares to be a tipe of tbis. 

O may our cbildren with their ranitb't eyet . 
A race of sonnes behold, 
Whose birth shal change our ir'n to siluer, 
brasse to gold. [o|ay rito 

Proceede white hourei, .that from this stocka 
Victorions'kings, whom Famę shall pnze 
More dearely, than all otber namei within tie^ 
booke enrolPd. 



96 



BE\UMONTS PO^AjS. 



AT Tlt . 

6ND ot ątS M^łESTWS FIRST YEEHE. 



•oHiirr FtRtT. 

Yooft i^yall fatber lames, Łhe good ftnd great, 
ProclaiinM id March, whea fint we felt tbe ipring, 
A world of bliflte did lo our iłand bring : 
And at bjs daath he madę hif yeercs compleatej 
Althougb three days be longer be|d hb teate. 
Tben from that hcnire when he reioic'd to sing, 
Great Bńtaine torne before, enioyes a king : 
Who can tbe periodf of tbe starres repeate? 
The Sanne^ wno in bis annuall circle takei 
A daye^s fuli quadrant from th* ensuSng yeerei 
Repayei it in fbure yeem, and eouall maket 
The nomber of tbe dayes within bu spbeare i 

lamei was our eartbly Sunne, w1k>, call'd to 
Heau*n, 

Leauet yoo his heire, to make all fractions ea*n. 

RONNBT SBCONDw 

AsovT tbe time wben dayee aie kmger madę, 
When nigbts are wanner, aind tbe aire morę cleare, 
When TwlaDt leaoes and fragrant flowres appeare*; 
Wbose beauty winter bad oonstrained to fede. 
About tbe time, wben Oabriel*s words perswade 
Tbe blesscd Yirgin to inctine b<fr oare. 
And to concey ue that Sonne, wbom she sball beare ; 
AVboic deatb and rising driue away tbe shade. 
About tbis time, so oft, so higbly blest. 
By precious gifts of naturę and of grace, 
' Firat glorious lames tbe Eoglisb crowne ponest: 
Theu- gracious Charies succeeded in bis place. 
For hiin his subiects wish with hearty words, 
Both what tbis world and what tbe nest afibrJs. 



A?f BPITHALAMWM 

TO UY ŁOID MAftOOBSSB OP BUCKINGHAM, AN» TO 
nra PAIRK AKP TBRTUOtS ŁADT^ 

Sbdbke and serious Muse, 
Wbose quiil tbe name of looe dedines. 
Be not too nice, nor tbis deate worke reftise : 
Herę Yenus stirf no llame, nor Cupid gutdes tby 
lines» [Lucina shines. 

But modest Hymen sbakes bis toreb, and chast 

Tbe bridcgroome'8 starres arise, 
Maydcs, tume your sight, yoor faces bidę ; 
liBst ye be shipwrack*t in tbose sparkling eyes. 
Fit to be seene by nonę, bnt by bis louely bride: 
If him Narcissas sbouldbebold, be would forgetbis 
pride. 

And tbou, fiiire nympb, appeara 

With blushes/ like tbe purple mome ; 

If DOW tbine eares will be content to heaie 

Tbe title of a wife, we shortly will adome 

Tbee wiUi a ioyfull motber^s name, when some sweet 

. child is borne. 

* This was lady Catherine Manners, daugfcter 

•f FranciB, eati of Hutland, whom our autbor 

.aomplinients in tbe preceding poem of tbe SfaUsp- 



^e wish a sonne, wbow tmile, 

Whoee beauty, may proclaime hiAthiiic^ 

Who may be irortby of his fatber'8 atHe^ 

May answere to onr hopes, and strictiy may cm 

bine [land't Ih 

The happy height of Yilliers' race witb noble Ri 

Łet both tbelr heads be crown'd 
With choysest flowers, which shall preMg 
That loue sball Aourisb, and deligfats aiioaiM 
Time, adde tbou many dayes, nay, ages to thi 

•ge; [■■^5 

Yet nener most thy freesing arme tbeir holy n 

Now wben they ioyne tbeir hands* 

Bebold, how laire tbat knot appea^m ! 

O may tbe firmenesse of these nupUmll ban 

Resemble that brigbt linę, tbe measare of t 

yeeres, [iosmes tbe henaiiphes 

Which makes a league betweene tbe polea, a 



OP HIS MAIESTIB^S TOIT 



FOR THE FEUCFTY OP MY LORD MA 
QUES9E OF BUCKINGBAAf. 

Sbx what a ftiU and certaine blesBing flowea 
From him tbat, mder God, tbe Earth oommand 
For kings are types of God, and by tbeir bands 
A world of gifts and bonoors be bórtowes* 
The bopefoll tree, tbuf blest, securely growes, 
Amidst tbe waten in a firtile gnmtad ; [crown' 
And sball witb leaues, and flowres, and fniites, I 
Abnndant dew on it tbe pbnter throwes. 
You are tbis plant, my lofd, and must dispose 
Yoar noble sonie, thoae blossomes to reoeiue ; 
Which euer to tbe roote of Tertne cleane, 
As onr Apollo by bis skill foreshowes: 
Our Salomon, in wisedome and in peace, 
Is now tbe prophet of your (aire increase. 



MY LORD OP BUCKINGHAM^S WElJCOh 
TO THE KING AT SURLEY. 

SiK, yon baoe euer shinM Tpon me brigbt. 
But no^, you strike and daacle me with light: 
You, Eitgland*8 radiant Sunne, voucbsa(e to grac 
My house, a spbeare too little and too baae : 
My Borley as a cabinet containes 
Tbe gemmę of Europę, which from golden tcinci 
pf glorious princes to this height is growne. 
And loynes tbeir precious Tcrtues all in one : 
Wben I your praiM would to the world professe 
My thoufrhts witb zeale and eamest feruonr pra 
Which should be first, and their officious atrife 
Restraines my band from painting you to lifew 
I write, and hauing written, I dotroy, 
Because my lines haue bounds, bot nok my ioy. 



A C0NGRATULA7I0N TO MY LORD MA 
&UESSE OF BUCKINGHAM, 

AT Tli llRtH OP BIS DAtfCnTBa. 

Mt lioes dcsćrib^d yonr marrimfras the sprioi; 
Now, Kke the reapers, of yodr iruite I sing. 



Or TRUE GRĘATNESSE. 



S7 



tte hamcrt of yoor eonsUot loue, 
m^^,' . «nnefall, wbkh yoar by shdl prooe i 
g ? itu gneof płenty, and fcre-ruimes 
mptam^ hope of many noble lonnet : 

W^JSnS^fJ^* «H time reoeine an end. 

Łf!i![! ^.^"^ •** •"« ^^ ^^ b«^ite i 
51 ^^ """"^ '^*'' * chearefall smiłe 
12 y?*^P<«ts, nok wonted io mch bluK : 
■w nnJe tike fint firuitet ofa tender ki»e. 



QF TRUB GREAT^ESSE. 

y MT ŁOao MAiaUItU OF BOCKJNGIIAM. 

Sji, yon are trnely great, and enery eye, 

M cbKfdy miae, wfaich, buried in tbe night, 
i« by yoar beamcs rait*d and ieslor'd to ligbt. 
[o^oody yott, haue pow'r to make me dwell 
^^t of men, drawne from my silent celi : 
!Pj""^^}n ^ne my pen woold haue exprest 
™«e praduns gifts, in which yoor miode U blest 
r ^ ** moch too modest aie to reade 
roor pnyae, as I too weake your iame to spieade. 
in eunoos fonnes, all picturei, will di^grace 

nJ!Vri!^ ^^^^ °*°** ^ rtudied in yoor hce, 
JeMOTtabJc, where your yertoe shinei 
■on clearely, tban io strong and waigbty lines. 
■ '■■■* ' striue to write aome noble thing, 
J^mkeyon nobler lor that prudent king, 
poR words so oft, yoa bappy are to heare, 
Satb madę insŁmctioa needlease to yoor care : 
ret gioe me leaae, in tbi« my tilent song, 
roibew tnie greatnew, while yoa pane along ;, 
M if yoa were not bumble, in each linę 
ITigfat ovDe your telfe, and say, " This grace is 

T^ tbat we great, and worthy to be ao, 
Wenottheir rayes. jfrom mcanest plants that 
rby K the Sonne let in a throne so bie, [grow. 
fct to gnie Kght to each inferioor eye ? 
b fadiaiii beameo distribote iioely grace 
n^, according to tbeir worth and place ; 
Mftom tbe bombie gronnd tbooe yapoun dnine, 
Fhieh ano «et downe in fhiitefull dropt of raine. 
U God bis greatacMe and bis wiadome sbowes 
■"■«■» »łwae lawes tbe acts of men dispose; 
•»lńi|p aiBoag tbeir seroants tboseselect, 
^kose noble vertoes may the rest direct: 
Jko mast remembcr that tbeir bononr tends 
fct to 711110 pleasure, bnt to publikę ends, 
M aort not giory in tbeir stile or birtb ; 
Ibe itarres wcre nade ibr man, the Heno^n for 

EartJi. 
■ewtoac inst deedea bis fellowHwroants please, 
wyienie bis 9ou'nigne with morę ioy and ease, 
imying, vitb sinoere and fiiithfoU loue, 
That powMbll band, wbicb giiies his wbeele to 



Rb ipheare ia large, who ean bis dnty know 
ro prinees > aod rcspect to ts bekm ! 
Wi mde is great, whcn it in bounds conllnes, 
TbMscale, wbich, raysMso high, lodeepe deelinei : 
T*«e are tbe steps, by which be most aspire 
Beyoiid all tbioga wbicb eartbly beąrts desire : 



And most w larre dilate his ^le minde, 
Till it in Heao'n etemall honour finde. 
Tbe order of the Uesaed spirits there 
Must be hia rule, whłle be fnbubita berę : 
He roust cooceiue that worldly glories aie 
Vaine shadowes, leas of sorrow, tprtngs of care : 
All tbings wUch Tod^r Cyntbia leade their life, 
Are chain^d in darkn^-sse, borne and nurst in strifc : 
Nonę scąpes the fopce of this destroyiog ftood. 
But be that cleaues to God, his coostant good i 
He is accurst that will deligbt to dwell 
In this black prison, this seditioos Heli : 
Whcn with lesse palne be may imbrace the ligbt. 
And on his higb Creator fixe his sigbt, 
Whote gracioos presence gioes him perfect rcst. 
And boildes a paradise witbin his brest: 
Whei* trees of rertues to their height increase. 
And bearethe flowres of ioy, the fruites of peace. 
No enuie, no reuenge, no ragę, no prłde, 
Nolttst, norrapine, should his cotines guide t 
Tboogh all the worid conspire to doe him grace » 
Yet be is littJe, and extrpmely base, 
If ia his beart tbese rices uke their seato j 
(No poVr can make tbe siane of passions great) 



TPOlf 

MY LORD OF BUCKINGHAM^S ARME& 

Bmołd, the ensignes of a Christian knighL 
Whote field is, like hisminde. of eiloei^brights 
His Uoudy crosae sopports fiue golden shels, 
A predous pearle in enery scallop dwels : 
Kue vertoes grace the roiddte and tbe bonnds. 
Which take their ligbt from Christ»8 ▼jctorioas 

wounds : 
Vpoo the top oommaoding Prodence sbinet, * 
HeprRssing Temp^raoce to the foote declinet ; 
Brane Fortitode and Instice wh the bands. 
And Charity as in tbe center stands ; 
Which binding all the eiids with strong efieet. 
To enery vertoe holds the same respect : 
May he that beares this shield, at last obtaina 
The nzore ćircie of oelestiall raigne i 
And hauing past the course of sliding boures, 
Knioy a crowne of neuer-fading flow'rs I 



TPON 

MY LORD OF BUCKiNOBAJIPS 8HIELD 
AT A TlLTiNG, 

BIS IltraiSSE BKIHG A SiaO Ot PAlADISl. 

Sbb how this bird erects his constant flight 
Aboue tbe cloodes, aspiring to tbe light : 
As in a quiet paradise be dwelt 
In that porę region, wbere no windę rebels i 
And fearingnot the tbunder, hatb attain'd 
The palaoe, where tbe demigods remaind : 
This bird bełongs to yoo, thrice glorioos king; 
Prom you tbe beanties of bis feathere spring : 
No Talne ambition lifts him Tp so higb. 
But, rais'd by force of yoor attractiue eye, 
He feedes ypon yoor beames, and tak« deligbt. 
Not in his owne ascent, bat in your sigbt 
Let them, whose motion to tbe Earth decltnf^ 
I Describe yonr circle by tbflir baser Unso, 



98 



be^Xjmont'S po£iVrs. 



And enuy at the brtghtnesse oC your seaie : 
He caoDot lioe dluldfed fróm your 1:ieat&« 



70 THEDTTKK OF BITCKISGHAM AT tilS 
RETUHNE FROM SPAISE. 

JMy łord, that you so welcome are to ałlj 
You haofe deseniM it ; neuer coułd there fali 
A fittór way lo prooue you bigbly lou'd, 
Than when your scifc you from our sighte remou'd. 
The clouded lóokes of Brittaine sad appeare, 
With doubtfiJll care (ah, who can bridle feare !) 
For thcir incstimabic gemmę ptrrplext; 
The good and graCcfuTi Buckingham is next 
In their dcsires : they to remembrance briog 
How oft, by mediation whh the kiag 
Yoaliiitigate the ńgour of the lawes. 
And plcade the orphan's and the widowe'8 cause. 
My Muse, which touke from you her life and light, 
Sate llke fr weary wrttch, whonie suddaine hight. 
Had ouerepred : 'your absencc casting downe 
The flow*rt, and Sireris' feathei"s from her crowiie, 
Yourfaboor first th'anointed head iiiclincs 
To heare my rurall songs, and reade my lines: 
Your voyce my reed*6 wilh Ibfty musick reares 
To ofFer trembling songs to princely eares. 
But sińce my sou^raigme leaues in great affaires 
ł\i%.tr9tfty^9er|iant tg bii śublects' pray^rs : 
I willing spare for such a noble end 
My patrtm and (too bolde I speake) my friend. 



,7D THS DUKB OF BUCKINGHAM. 



Thb words of princes iustly we concł;iue, 

As onicles inspirM by poWr diuine, 

Wbieh make the rertues of their scruants shihś, 
And montmients to futurę ages leaue. 
The sweet consent of makiy tongues can weaue 

Such' knots of honońr in a flowry linc, 

That no łmnrious hands can them Tntwide, 
Kor eAYiTons blasts of beauty can bereaue. 

These are yonr hetpes, my lord, by these two 
You lifted are aboue the force of spite : [\rings 

For, while the publikę quire your glory sings, 
The arme that rules them keepes the musicke right : 

Your happy na me frith ndbte prayse to greet, 

God*8 double voyce, the king and kiogdomc meet 



TO MY CRACIOCS ŁORD, 

THE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM, 

▼POM TUB BIKTH OP HIS PlBtT BOMIIb'. 

GrivB leaue (itiy lord) to his abounding heart, 
Whose faithfuU zeale presumes to heare a part 
In eu'ry blessing which vpon you shincs, 
And to your glory connecrates bis lines ; 
Which, rislng from a plaine and counti-ey Muse, 
Mast all tny boidnesse with her name excusc 
Sball Burley onely triumph in this chlld, 
Which by his birth is truły bappy stiPd ? 

' Charles lord Villiers, earl of Coventry, who 
4li(Ml«n lufanty Marclb H, 1626-t C 



I Nay, we wiU striue that Eeebo, withher fiotM, 
May. dra w some ioy into cur hontely eoiets* * 
While I tQ soliury bills retire^ 
Where quiet thougbts my songs irith trtith iwmfit^ 
And teacb me to foreteil tbe bopcs that flow 
From this young lord, aa he ia yeerei ibal lagrów. 
First, we behold (and Deede not to presoge) 
What pleasiog comfort ia thi« tender age 
He giues his parents,- sweetntog cu'ry ómy 
With deare cooteotments of his baniiele89& W^^T' 
They i o thi:^ glasse their seu'rall beauCiea plaee^ 
And owne themseluea in his deligbtfidU £lce. 
But when this flowry bud shajl first beginne 
To spread his leaues, which were cooceal'd wSthii 
And casting off the dew of chlldish teares. 
Morę glorious then the rosę at noooe appeares ; 
His mindc extcnds it selfe to larger bounda ; 
Instlnct.of gen^rons naturę oft propowids 
(Great duke) your actiue graces to his sight, 
As obiects fuli of wondcr aod deli^ht : 
These in his thoughts entire possession kecp, 
They stop his play, and interrupt hiy slćcpc 
So doth a carefnll painter fixe his eyes 
Vpon the patteme, which beforó him Ileś, 
And neuer fmm the boord his hand withdrawcs, 
Vntłll the type he like th' 6xemplar cause- 
To courtly dancing now he shall declitie, 
To manage horses, and in artnes to shitie. 
Sncb omaments of youth art but the tkeds 
Of noble vertncs, and heroiek deeds. 
He will not rest in any outward part* 
But striues t' expres8e the riches of your hearŁ 
Withitt a litte modeli, and to frame 
True title to succession of your famę. 
In riper yeeres he shall your wisedorae leame. 
And your vndauntcd courage shall disceme , 
And from your actions, from your words and lookę: 
Shall gather rules, which otbers reide in lKX)keft : 
So in Achilles morę tbose lessons wrooght, . 
Which Pelens shówM, than thofie which Cfairon 
taught 



tVok 

THE EARL OF COUENTRY^S* DEPARTUR 
PROM rs TO TffS ANGELS. 

SwBBT babę, wbose birth inspir'd roe with m.wB| 
And call'd my Muse to trące thy dajrea akmg;' 
Attending riper yeeres. with hape to fin<ie 
Such braue endeuours of tby noblć miodw, 
As might deserue triumphant lines, and make 
My fore-head bold a lawrell crowne to take : 
How hast thou left ▼s, and this earthly stage^ 
(Not acting many months) in tender age } 
Thou cam^st into this world a little tpie, [q 

Where all thiogs that oould pteaae the eare ai 
Were set before thee, but thou found^sttheili toye 
And flew'st with scomefWI smilei t' eteroail wfet 
^No visage of grim Death is se&t t' afiright 
Tiiy spotlesse soule, nor darknesse blittcb thy sigkł 
But l^htBome angels, with their golden wings, 
Ore-spread thy cradle, and each spirit brings 
Some preeiptts balme, for hean^iily phsraicke nai 
To make the separation soft aod sweet. 
The sparke infii8*d by 6od departs away. 
And bids the earthly weake compafiion.stay 

':SMl1ie precedmgnot^* C, 



TO LORD YICOUNT PURBECK. 



S9 



V3tt iMBence in that nars'ry of the groand, 
Wkere first tbe secd»of Adfim'8 lioibcs vere fbnnd ; 
For time shall cx)Tne when tbese diuided friends 
Sball ioyoe agaioe, and know no 8pu*ra)l ends, 
Bot chai^re this short and momcntary kissc, 
Ib strict einbniG«s of cciestiall blisse. 



70 MY LORD VICOUKr PURBECK*. 

A CONCaAtrtATION FOR RIS BBALTH. 

Ir «e talara our bearts, esteod our voyce, 

T6 sbew vitfa wbat aflection we reioyce, 

Wb«»a fri«ndc or kinsineD wealth aud hoóour gaioe, 

Or are return *d to freedome from tbe chaine : 

Ho« sball yoar scrnants and yonr friends (my lord) 

Decłare their ioy ? wbo find no sounJ, no word, 

SofficieoŁ for Łheir Łbougbls, sińce you haue goŁ 

That ie«eU bealth. wbich kiogdomes cąuall not, 

From sickoesse freed, a tyrani farre morę fdl 

Thau Turkish pirates, iwho in gallies dweil. 

The Miises to tbe friead of musickc bring 

The sifiKS of giadnesse : Orpbeos suikes a string 

Which cao inspire Łhe duli, can cbeare tbe sad. 

And to^thedead can liuely motion adde : 

Soaae piay, some sjng: while I, whose onely skiU, 

b to direct tb» organ of my quill, 

That from my band it may not ruuoe in vaine, 

Bat keepe true time «iib my commanding braine. 

I «jU briog fortb my mnsicke, and will trie 

To rayse tbese dumbc (yet speaking) Ictters higb, 

Tiii they contend witb sounds; till arm'd with 

«ings 
My featbei^d peo sunnount Apollo*8 strings* 
We much reioicc that lightsome cahncs asswa^e 
Tbe figfathig hnmours, blind with mntuall ragę : 
So ting tbe mariners exempt from feare, 
When stormes are past, and hopefnll stgnesappeare : 
So chaaats the mounting lailce ber gladsome lay, 
Wheo oight gioes pYace to the delightfuH day. 
la this our Tnirth, tbe greatest ioy ! finde, 
Is to consider how your noble minde 
Will make trae rte of those afBictions past. 
And on this ground will fix yonr Tertue fa^t ; 
You beoce haue leamM th' yncertamc state of man, 
AJid that no beśght of g1itt*ring honour can 
Beatre his qniet : lor ahnighty God, 
Wbo niles tbe high, can with bis pow^rTul rod 
Kepresse the greatest, and in mercy dai^nes 
Witb dang^roos ioyes to mingte wbolsome paines. 
Thoagh men in sicknesse draw vnl|uiet breath. 
And ownt it woist of euils, next to death : 
Ya soch his goodneue is, wbo igooemes all, 
That from tbis bttter f^ng sweete rłuers falł. 
Herę we are tmly taught our seluei to know. 
To pHty oŁbefB wbo iadore Uke woe : 
To fcele the waight of sinne, tbe onely cause 
Wboice eu'ry body tlns cormptioA drawes : 
To make car peace witb that correcting band, 
Wbich at eaich moment can our liiies command. 
These are the biesi efibcts, wbich ucknesse ieaoea, 
When these yonr serious bresi arigbi conceases, 
You wiU no ooore rąwnt your former paine; 
Than we our ioy» to see you well againe. 

* S.r John YiUieis, elder byotber to tbe doke of 
l^ackiógbam, created baron of Stokc and Tiscoutit 
Pnibeck, .JoM 1620. V. 



TO THB MBMORT OP TRS FAIRB AND THRICt VEa- 
TOOUS GBNTLEWOMAK, 

MTSTRIS ELIZABETH NEUELL. 

* 

A łnrVPH is dead, milde, yertuons, young, and 
faire, 

Death neuer connts by dąyes, or months, or yeeres : 
Oft in his sight the infant otd appcares. 

And to hi.H earthly mansion most repaire. 

Wby should oor siches disŁurbe the qnit*t aire ? 
For when the flood of time to ruinę bearcs, . 
No beauty can preuailc, nor parents' trares. 

When life is gone, we of the flesh do^paire, 
Yet stitl the happy sonie immortall liues 
In Hvauen, as we with pious hopc conceiuc, 
Aad to the Maker endlesse prayses giucs, 
That she so soone tbis lothsome world might 

We iudge that glorion& ppirit doubly b!e<t, [leaae. 

Wbich from short life ascends t* eternatl rest. 



OP THE TRUI.Y NOBLB AKD EXCEI LENT ŁAOY^ THE 

LADY MARitUESUE OF WISCHES7ER. 

Can my poorc lines no better ofBce haue. 
But iic like scritch-owles still about the graue ? 
When shall 1 tako some plcasure for my paine, 
Commcnding tbem tbat can commend agaiue ł 
When shall my Musc in loue-&icke lines recite 
Some^ladie's wortb, wbich she of whom I write, 
With tbankfult srailes may rcade in her owne dayes ? 
Or when shall I a breathing woman prayse ? 

neuer ! Minę are too anibiticus striogs, 
They will not sound bnt of eternall thiiigs ; 
Such are freed-soules: but had I thou^ht it fit, 
T' cxait a spirit to a body knit, 

1 would confessc I speut my time amisse, 
When I was slow to giue due praisn to this. 
Now when all weepe, it is my tirac to sing, 
Thus from ber ashes must my poeui spring : 
Though in the raca I ser son}e swifily runnc, 
I will not crownc Łhcm till the goalc be won. 
Till dcath ye mortals cannot happy be : 
Wbat can 1 then but woe and dangers see, 
If in your liues I write ? now when ye rest, 

I will insert your names amoiig theblest: 
And now, perhaps, my vert«es may incieaf« 
Youir rising famę, though not your boundlcsse 

peace : 
Wbich if they cuer could, may they make Łhine, 
Great laHy, furthrr, if not ck-arer, shinc. 
I could thy hosband*8 highest stylcs rclate, 
Thy father^s carledome, ond that England's state 
Was wholy managM by thy gran^lsire/s hiow ; 
Butthosc that louc thee best, will best allow 
That I omit to praise thy match and linę,' 
And speake of thint's that were moro tnicly thine. 
Thou thoughl*8t it basc to build on poorc rcmalnes 
Of noble blond, whłch ranne in others' ycines ; 
As many doe, wbo beare no flowres, nor fruih?. 
But shew dead stoeks, wbich haoe bet-nc of rcputc, 
And liue by meere remembrance of a sound, 
Wbich was lóng siiice by winils dispcrst and 

drown*d ; f haur, 

Wbile that €alse worth^ which they suppocc they 
Is diggM vp new from the corrupting grane : 
For thou hadst Uuing hononrs, not decay^d 
Witb wearhłg time, and neisdtng not the ayCI 



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BEAUMONT*Ś POEM& 



Of herauldt, in the baruest of whoie art 

Nonę but the Tertaous iastly clayme a part: 

Since tbey our parents' mcmoriea renew^ 

For iniitation, not for idie Yiew. 

Yet whaŁ is all their skill, if we oompare 

Tbeir paper woiks witb ibosc wbich liucly ar«, 

lu tucb as tbou hwit been, whose prcsent lookcs, 

If many such were, would surpreste all bookes ? 

For tbc ir exainple8 voul(l alone sufiice : 

Thfy that the countrey see, the map dcapise. 

For thti.'. a crownc of ycrtues we prepare, 

1'he chicfe is wiadome, in thy M!x most rare, 

By whicb tbou didst thy busband'8 state maintainc, 

Wbich surę bad iktne witbout thee ; and in raine 

Had aired Paulet wealtb and bonours heapM 

Vpou bil bouse, if strangers had tbeni rcapt. 

In vaine to beigbt»' by Mfe fetill steps be climcs. 

And serues flue princes iu most diff *rent timea« 

In vaine is be a willow, not an oke, 

Which winda migbt tasly bend, yet neuer broke. 

In vatae be bruakeft his (tlccpe, and is diseasM, 

Aod prieues biaiselfe that others may be plea8*d« 

In raine be striues tu beare an cąuall band, 

'Twixt Somerset and bold Northumberlaiid ; 

And to his owne close ends directing all. 

Will risc witb botb, but will witb neither falL 

All this had bc-en in Taine, vnle8«e be migbt 

Haue left his licires cicare knowledge as tbeir right 

But this no sonne infallibly can draw 

FroJi his descent, by naturę or by law : 

lliat treasure which the soule witb glory decks, 

Respccts not birtb 'right nor the nobler sex : 

Fok* women ofl baue men^s defects suppliM, 

Whtose office ii to keepe what men prouide. 

So hast thon doiie, and madę thy name as great, 

As his who iirst exaltcd Paulet^s scate : 

Neere drew, yet not too lecrc, the thunder^s blow, 

Some stood 'twixt loue and bim, though most be- 

O well waigh'd dignity, selected place, [Iow. 

Prouided for continuance of his race. 

Not by astrologie, but pru<lence farre, 

More^w^rfull thau the (orce of any starret 

The duk(4 are gone, and now (tho* much beneath) 

His cofonet is ncrt th* imperiall wreath, 

No richcr signe his flowry garland dro^nes, 

Whicb khincs alone aboue the lesser crownes. 

Tbis'thoŃ inioyd'st, as Mcke men teilioui bourrs, 

And thotfght*st of brigbter pearles, and fairer 

flowres, [serues, 

And higher crownes, which Heau'n for tbee re- 
Wlien this thy worldty pompę decayes and starues. 
This sacred feruour in thy mind did glow : 
- And tho* supprest witb nutward state and show, 
Yet at thy death those bind^ing clouds it clearM, 
And like the lusi Sunne to the world appcar^d ; 
Euen asa strong fire vnder ashes tum'd, 
Which with niore force long secretly hath burnM, 
Break^forth to be the obiect of our sight, 
Aimet a\ the orbe, and loynes his flame witli light \ 



We iIrst concdutt, what nanes his (ine ad«ne t 

It kindles vertue to be nobly borne. 

This pictare of true gentry musi be gracM 

With glitt*ring iewels, roand about bim plać'd i 

A comeiy body, and a bt auteont mind ; 

A heart to tonę, a hand to giue inclin'd; 

A boose as free and open as tbc ayre j 

A toDgue which ioyes ia langoage awect and Caire* 

Yet etan, when need reauiret, with coarage bold. 

To publikę eares his neighbo«r*s griefes vnlbld. 

AU these we nener morę sball flnd in ooe. 

And yet all these are clo5'd witbin thii alone. 



AM IPrfAPH TPOK MY DEAaB taOTRES, 

FJłA^XIS BEAUMOST. 

Ok Death, thy mard*rcr, thisTeaenge I łake : 
I słight his terrour, and iust questioo make, 
Which of TS two tbe bcst piYcedence haue. 
Minę to tbis wretched world, thine to the graoe : 
Tbou sbouldst haue foUowed me, but Death too 

blame, 
Miscounied yeerei, and measarM age by famę. 
So dearely hast tbou bought thy precious lioes, 
Tbeir praise grew swiftly ; so thy life dirclines ; 
lliy Mose, the hearcr*s quecne, the reader^a loae^ 
All eares, all hearts, (but Death^s) oould please 

and moae. 



OP MY DEAaS SOKMS, 

GERUASE BEAUMONT. 

Cah i, who haue for others oft compilM 
The songs of death, foiget ny swcetett cbild, 
Which, like a flow'r crnsht, with a blast is dead, 
Andere fuli time hangs downe his smiling bead« 
£.xpccting with deare bop« to liue anew, 
Among the angels ied with heau'nly dew ? 
We have this signe of joy, that many dayes, 
While on the Eai:th his strnggling spińt stayes, 
Tbe name of lesos in bis moulh coiitaines. 
His oiiely food, his sleepe, his ease firom painet. 
O may that sound be rooted in my mind, 
Of whicb in bim such strong effect I find. 
Deare Lord, reoeiue my sonne, wbose winning loue 
To me was like a friendship, farre aboue 
Tbe ćourse of naturę, or his tender agc, 
Whoae lookes oould all my bitttnr griefes asswage ; 
Let his purr soule, ordain*d seu^n yeercs to be 
In that fraile body, which was part of me, 
Kcmatne my pledge in Ueau^n, as sent to shew» 
How to this port at eu^ry step 1 goe. 



VPON HIS KOSŁB PaiBND, 

SiR HILIIAM SKIPmriL 

To frame a man, who in those giiis esoels, 
Wbich makei tbe country happy where h« dwds, 

* Tbis lady mapquesBe was Lucy, daughter to 
Thonasy aariof Escter. C 



TEARBi POR THE DEATH OP THE TEUŁY lt01IOVKA»Łft, 

THE LORD CHANDOS. 

lar bim whosc lines a priuate losse deplore. 
Cali them to weepe, that neuer wept before ; 
My griefe is morę audacmus : giue me one 
Who eu*ry day bath heard a dyinggrone. 
The subiect of my verses may suffice 
To draw new teares from dry and wcary cye&. 
We dare not loue a man, nor pleaaure take 
In others' wortb for noble Cbandos* sak^ : 



VPON THE DEATH OF EDWARD STAFFORD. 

•eeke ISttt besŁ wHb reaaoos light, The apotlesw^lKes shew his pure intent, ' 

We fan to wńh bim longer in onr sigbt The flaming marigold bis zeale present, 

Tne had inoeatft hk ▼ertne aod oar woe, The purple Tiolets his noble minde, 

Kor sonov gatbert wrig^bt by comming slow : l>!geii'ntte neuer from bis princely kind ; 

ShosIdUntbeGodoflife, toliferestora And lastofall thehyacinths wethnm, 

AsaiM, ve loae bim, and lament tbe morę. In wbich are wnt the letten of onr woe. 

ifaiortalsGOold.a Łhouand Itues renew, 
The^ «ere hot shadea of deatb wbich roust itwne. 
Oor fraeioas God bath fittcr botmds assignM, ^ 
iid cartbly patoes to one ahort life confinM ; 
Tet aheo h(i band batb qiiench'd tbe TiuH flame, 
ftleaoeiaoiiieclndefsof immortallftirae. ' 
Attboa we blov, and (like Promethens) strine 
Bf soch weake aparkea, to make dead clay aliue : 
Braatbiyestoayre, the body (alls to ground, 
iad MthiBg dwela with t8 but moornfull sound. • 
i\ migbt his honom^d name live m my song, 
ReHeeted as witb eocboes sbrilł and strong ! 
Bat when my linea of glońous objecto treate, 
Tbcy sbottld rise bigh» becaoae the worke is great 
No ąaiU caa paint thia lord, Tnlesse it haue 
Some tiactare from his acŁions free and brane : 
Ytt from this beight I most desceod againe, 
ind (like tbe calm aea) lay my Yerses phiine, 
Wbea 1 deacribe tbe smootboesse of his miód, 
Where rf«son's cbainn rebellions passions bind : 
Mj poem mast in liarmony ezcell, 
Rs tveet behanioar and disoonrse to tell ; 
Itsboałd be deepe, and fuli of many arts, 
To teacfa his wiadome, aod his happy parts. 
Bat aooe I want tbeae graces, and despaire 
To make oiy picŁare (like the patteme) faire ; 
Tlttse hasty strokea Tnperfect dranghts sball stand, 
Sspectittg life hom some morę skilfnll band. 



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YPOK TBZ ▼NTIMKŁY 9BATB OF THB HOHOOftABŁB, 
BOrSniLŁ TOUMG GENTŁEUAH, 

EDfFARD STAFFORD, 

SOSSiB Alfn HBIRE TO THB LORD STAFFORD. 

DtAB is tbe bope of Stafiiird, in wbose lioe 

So anny dnkes, and earles and barons shine i 

And from tbia £dwaitl's death bis kinred drawes 

UoK gńefe, tban migbty Edward's fali oould caose ; 

Por U> this boose bis vertoe promisM morę, 

ThsB all tbose great ones that had gone bdbre. 

Ko lofty titlca can securely fiume 

The h^ipinesse, and glory of a name : 

Bri^t bonours at the point of noone decay, 

Aod leele a sad d«clining like the day. 

Bot he tbat from the ipace of kiogs is borne, 

Aod can tbetr n»cm*ifM witb his wortb adome, 

b fuK morę blcsŁ,tiian tbose of whom he spriogs, 

He from abone the scri^C of goodnesse briogs, 

T inspire the bo ly of bis noble birtb, 

This oiakes it moue, befbre but linelesse eartb* 

Of soch I write, wbo showM he would hane been 

Cmplete in action, bot we loet bim greene. 

We ooely saw bim crownM with flowres of hope : 

O that the firoiu bad gia'n me larger scope ! 

Aad Tet thebloomes wbich on bis bearse we strow, 

Sarińsae the cberries, and tbe grapes that grow 

ła others gardeas. Uere fresh roaes lie, 

Whiae ra£ly blosbes modest thoaghts desery ; 

In iowre-de-luces, dide with azare hue. 

łfis coMtant loae to beau^nty tbinp we view : 



TO THB MBMORT OF TRB ŁBA1NB0 AMD RBŁICIOUS 

FERDINANDO PULTON, E8SL 

As at a ioyfull marriage, or tbe birtb 
Of some kmg wished cbild ; or when the earth 
Yeelds plenteous fruit, and makes the plooghnmn 
Sufsh is the sound and sabject of my stilng : [siog : 
Ripe age, foli vertue, ueed no fun*raU song, 
Herę moumefuU tunes wonld grace aod natura 

wroug. 
Wby should vaioe sorrow fol Iow bim with teares, 
Wbo sbakes off burdens of declining yeai% } 
Whdte thread exceeds the Ysuall bouudh of Ufe, 
And feels no stroke of any falall knife } 
Tbe Bestioies cnioyiie their wbeeles to run, 
Yntlll the length of his whole course be spun ; 
No enuious cloud obscures his struggltng light, 
Wbich sets contented at tbe poiot of night : 
Yet this large time no grtrater profit brings, 
Than eu'ry little moment wbenoe it springs, 
Ynlesse imploy*d in workes deseruing praise ; 
Most weare out many yeeres, and Hue few dayes. 
Time flowes frum instants, and of these each ooe 
Should be esteem'd, as if it were alone 
Tbe shortest space, wbich we so lightly prize 
When it is comming, and before our eyes : 
Let it but slide ioto th' etemall maioe. 
Ko realmes, no worlds can purchase it againe s 
Remembrance onely makes tbe footsteps last, 
When winged time, wbich fiKt the prints, U pasL 
This be well knowing, all occasions tries, 
T* enrich his owne, and otber^s learued eyes. 
This noble end, not hope of gaine, did draw 
His minde to trauaile in the knotty law : 
Tbat was to bim by serious labour madę 
A science, wbich to many is a trade ; 
W^bo purchase lands, buiid houses by their tongae^ 
And stwiy right, that they may practisa wrong. 
His bookes were his rich purchases : his fees, 
Tbat praise wbich famę to painefull works decrees: 
His mem.'.ry bath a surer ground than theirs, 
Wbo trust in stately tombes, or wealtby bcircs. 



^TO THB IMMORTAŁ MKMORY OF THB FAIRBST ANB 
MOrr YBRTCOUS ŁAOT, 

THE LADY CLIFTOS. 

Hbr iongoe hatli ceast to speake, wbich migbt 

make dumbe 
All tongues,might stay all pens, all bands benum; 
Yet I most write, O that it might haue beene 
While sbe had lia'd, and had my Tcrsps seene, 
Before sad cries deaf 'd my Totoned eares, 
When verscs fiowM morc easily than teares. 
Ab wby neglected I to write ber prayse. 
And paint ber vertucs in thoee happy dayes ! 
Then my now trembling band and dazied eye 
Had jeldome fajrd, bauing tbe patteme by f 



4« 

Or had it «Ti»a, ot madę lome stroikes »'*^is«e^ * 

(For who can portray Veriue ai U *»?) 

Art might with naturę hanc matotAłoM ber strUe^ 

By curious lines to imiute true Hfe. 

But now those pićtures «raDt thcir Tiuely grace; 

A3 after death nonę can well óraw the face: 

We iet our friends passe idlely like our time, 

Till they be gohe, and then we sce our crime, 

And think what woith in thein might haue bcene 

known, 
WRat dutlcs dońe, ahd wtiat afTection showne : 
• Yotimely knowledge, which ao dc»re doth cost, 
And then beginnes when the thing knowne is lost 
Yet thia cold ioue, this eniiie, this dtglect, 
ProcUiQ!M Ts ADdcśt, Whllc our dUc respcct 
To goodnesM fe rcstrain^d by scmile feare, 
I««t to theworłd, H flatrry sftould appcare: 
As if the pres^rtt honres descruM no prayse : 
Bttt agfe i^ past, whose knowledgt ondy stayes 
On that weake prop which memory aostaihes, 
Shoiikl be the ^Jh)per subject of our śtraihes ; 
Or as if foolUh men ashamM to sing 
Of violet8, and i-oses in the spring, 
Should tarry tił! the ftoWrs \fete, bldirtje aWay, 
And till tfte Muśe'8 f ife and heate decay ; 
Then is the fury siakM, the vigour lled, 
As herc in tóitte, sińce it with hcr was deftd ; 
Which still rtiay sparkle, but shall flame n6 morę, 
Because no time ćhAll ber to tis restore : 
Yet may llicse sparkś, thus kindlcd with ber famę, 
Sbine brighter and liue longcr than some flame. 
Hcre expeclAtiim vrgfeth mc to tell 
Her high peHfectións, wftich the unorld koew Weil. 
But they are farre bcjt)trd toy skill t» \'nfold, 
Thcy were poore ypitues if they might be lold. 
But thou, who farne wo«ld*st take a gen'rall vłew 
Oftimely fruites Which in tlns garden grew, 
On al! the Yertucs in mcn's aeilons tooke, 
Or reade thHr names writ in some morall booke ; 

And -rtimme tftettumber wLich thou thereshalt find: 
So many ImM, and triuYnphM in her mindc. 
Nor dwełt tbete grftces in a hóUse obscnre, 
But in a pftiace faire, which might allure 
The wretch who m) respećt to tertuc bote ' 
To Ioue it, for. the gattncnts which it worc. 
So that in hcr the body &nd the ioule 
Contended, which should most adorae the wholc 
O happy soule, fot iuch a body meete, 
How are ttic firtoe cbafńes of thkt vnión swecte, 
DfBS«oer'd \^ the twinkling of au eye ? 
And we amAfcM dare aske no reason why, ^ 
Bnfśłtent thińk, that Gód is pleas'd to shów, 
'Iliat he hath workes, whose ends we cannot know : 
Lct vs then ccase to make a vainc request, 
To leame whydie the fairest, why the bcst; 
i-m- ail theseUbingi, which mortals h<yid IMM 

deare. 
Most 8lłpp*'ry are, and yecld lesse ioy then feare; 
And being lifted high by mcn^s desire, ^ 

Are morc perepicuooa markes for heau^Dly fire ; 
And are laid prost ratę with the first asiault, 
Because, our Ioue oiakes their de»crt their fault, 
Then iustfce, ts to some amendt should mooiie 
For this our fruitcłesse, aay our hartfuli Ioue j 
We ni their ^onour piłcs of stone erect, 
With their dearc namM and worthy praysea deckt: 
But Since those faile, thwr gloriet we rebeane, 
In better marbk*, cuerlasting renę: 
By which we gather from consuming houres, 
Some partsof them> tbough time the rcst deoout^t; 



BE^Vr^QJ^T•g pob:M& 



Then if tbe Mus^s can forbid to die, 

As we their pk-iests suppose, wby may not 1 ? 

Ahhough tbelcastand boarsest in the quire, 

Cieare l>eame8 of błessed immortality inspire 

To k epe thy bl6st remembrance euer youąg^ 

Still to be frcshly in ail ages sung: 

Or if my workc in this vnable be, 

Yet sball it euer liue, vpheld by thee : 

For thou shalt liue, tbough poems should decay* 

Since parents teacfa^Ueir sonnes, thy prayse to saiy ; 

And to posterity, from hand to hand 

Conuay it with their blessing aod their land. 

Thy quiet rekt firom death, ihis good deriues 

Instead of one, it giues thee many liues : 

While thcse liues last, thy shadow dwelletb berę, 

Thy famę, it sdfe extcndeth eu'ry where \ 

In Heau'n our hopea liaue plac'd tby better part : 

Thiue image liues, in thy sad husband's beart: 

Who as when be enioy^d thee, be was chieftf 

la Ioue and comforfc, io is he now in grtefe. 

rrsBsssaaaet 

▼ran TH DfeATR óf TUB MOST WO»ŁB 

LOJRP HENnY, EARLE OF SOtlW AMP70N, 

1624. 

When now the life óf grcat Soutbampton ends. 
His fainting seruants, and astonishM friends 
Stand like so man^' weeping marble stones. 
No passage left to vlter sighes, or groncs : 
And must I (irst dissolue the bonds of griefe. 
And strainc forth words, to giue the rest reliefe ? 
I will be bold my trembliug voyce to tric, 
That his dear name, BMy aot ia silence die. 
The world must pardon, if my song bee weake i 
In such a case it is enough to speake : 
My Yerses are not for the present age : 
For what man liues, or breathes on England's stage, 
That knew not brane Southampton, ih whose sigbt 
Mo.st placM tbeir day, aml in his abcence night ? 
I striue, that vnbome children may conceiue, 
Of what a iewell angry fetcs bereaue 
This moamefuU kingdome, and when heauy voes.« 
Oppi esse their heaits, thinke omrs as great as tboae : 
In what estate sball I hkn first expressv, 
In youth, or age, ro ioy, or in distrcsse ? 
When he was young, no ornament of youth 
Was wanting in him, aciing that in truth 
Which Cyrus did in shadow, and to men 
Appear'd like Peleus* sonne from ChiiY>n's den ; 
While throttgh tbis islaiid famę bis praise reporta, 
As best in martial deedes, and courtly sports : 
When riper ąge witfa wingcd fcetc repaires, 
Graue care adomes bis bead with sjloer hairee ; 
His valiant fęruour was not then decaide. 
But ioynM with couasell, as a further aide. 
Behold his constaut acd viidaunted eye, 
In greatest donger when coademn'd te dye, 
He soomes th' insulting adiiersaries broatb. 
And will admit no feare, tbough neere to death i 
But when our gracious soueraigne had regaia'd 
This light, with «loud8 obsciir'd in walls detaio^d : 
And by his fHUonr plac^d this starre on bigb, . 
Fixt in the garter, £uglaud's azure skic ; 
He pride («bich dimms such change) as much did 
As base deiectioo in his formcr statek ' [hate,' 
When he was ćeird to sit, by loues command, 
AmOng the demigods, that rulc this łi^nd. 






1VVSNAL. SAT. X. 



43 



Kb po^r, no «wfeg p«rt^rfbndii tóM bim ^rtW 

Fram thai, which he cohcciu^d as tight antl law. 

WbM ah^ll we io Ihis realme a fathcr flnde 

So tniły swe*', or husbaod halfe 90 kinde f 

Thos he eńioyde th«r best coiltents of lite, 

Obedient rbiklren, aiid a louing wife 

Tbtte were his parta Jn peace; but O how farre 

TlB« noble soule txce\\\\ it selfe in warre : 

He wu direrted by a nat'ra!l va!ne, 

Trv! hooonr by this painetuU wAy to giine. 

Let Iretaori witnessc, wherebe first appc^rw, 

.And to the fighl his warlike rnagnrs beares. 

Ani thołi O BelgA, wert io bope to see 

Tbe tfophees of hia cohque«ts wrooght in tbee. 

Bot Death. who diint not mecte him m the tiew, 

h pnoate by close trcih'ry madc hioi yeeld. 

1 keepe tłiat glory lasl, which iś the best, 

The loue of learnin^, whirh he oft cxpreŁt 

By ćcmoersaUon, and respeck to those 

Who had a name io artes, in yerse or prOse : 

Shall ener I forgcl with what dellght, ' 

He od my ihople lines would cast his sijrht f 

His oiłdy ińem^ry my poorc worke adorrtes, 

He is a fisaber to my crowne of thomes : 

Hhw afnce bi^ dr ath how can I euer looke, 

Withot&t aome teares, ^-pon tliat orpban booke f 

Ye sacred Moses, if ye ^11 admlt 

My Damę into thr roli, whicb ye haue writ 

Of all your aeruants, to my thouglts display 

Some ricb conceipt, some vnfrequented way, 

Whilch may ber«after to the worfd comtfachd 

A pictnre fit for this my noble friend : 

Por tb» Bf ńotbing, all thesc rimes 1 scome j 

Lrt p*ns be broken, and the paper tome : 

And wftb his last breath let my musick cease, 

Ynlesw my lowly poem could increasc 

Io trne description of immortall things, 

And T&ys*d aboue the Earth with nioible wings, 

nyłike an eogle from his łun'rall fire, 

jkdiiiir^d by all, as ali did him admire. 



■MMi 



AN EPtTAPn 



THE ŁOaO 



TPOM TBAT HOPBWL YOONC CENTIBM^N, 

waioTHCSŁar. 

Hkei lies a sóuldier. who ih you.th desir'd 
His raliańt father^s noble ńteps to tread,| 
Atid swiftiy from his fricnds and countrey fled, 

While 10 Ibe beight of glory he aspirM. 

The crwll Fates wHh bitter enuy «r»d, 
Td aee waiYe^s frodence in bo yowiłg a head, 
Seotfn>m theirdaiky eanea, toitrike him dead, 

A rtiwig diiCMC in peacefall robea attir»d. 

This mnrdVcr kills him with a silent dart, 
A«i baaing diawne ithloody from the sonne, 

l^hrowes it againe into the father's heart, 
And to his lady boasts what he hath dooe. 

Wbat helpe ean men ata?ii«t pale "0(^1^ prouid^ 
Whcn twictó withio ftw day«8 SotithttM|i«óii dide ? 



iśmtm^ 



IPtEKAL SAT X, 



Is- aH the <!o«mtńe«, whteh fiwn 0*des eidctiA 
To Ganges, wherc the tacfrniiig^s %eama tórccńd. 



Pew men the cloudt of emmr can remooue. 
And know what ill t' awńde, what. good \A loue : 
tor what do we by rcason seche or leaue, 
Or what canst thou so happily concciite, ■• 
fiut straight tbon wilt thioc enterprt* repent, 
And blame thy wUh, when tłiou behold»H th' enent f 
The easie gods caiise hooses to deCay, 
fiy granting that, for which th€ ownei* prty ; 
In warre we aske for hurtfoll things, 
The copiows flood of speech to many brings 
Vntimely death ; another rashly dyos, 
\Vhile he vpon his wood^roas strengib T*łyei : 
feut most by heapes of rooney choked Are, 
Wbich thcy haue gatherM with too earhcśi cire, 
Till othen they in wealth aa much eso^, 
As Rritish whalcs above the dolpbins •wdU 
In bloody times by Nero'* fielroe cuuuiands, 
The arroed troope abontIx»ginu8 standa, 
tlich Seweca»s iarge gardeos cłrcling i«uad. 
And Lateranus palące mnch renowttU 
The greedv tyranfs soałdier seWome com^4 • 
To ransack beggers iń the rpper roomes* 
tf siluer v»sel8, thottgh but few thou *>«»^f » 
Thou in the night the sword and trunchion A!ar'tŁ ; 
And at the shadow of each iWsd wilt quttke, 
When by the moonelight thou peroeiu^stit shake : 
but he that trauailes empty feelea no griefr, 
And boldly sings in prwence of the thiefe : 
The first desires, and those wbich best we know 
In all our temples* are tl»t weallh may grow, 
That riches may increasc, and that our chesŁ 
In publikę bankę may faire exceed the rest ; 
But men in eartben ve8sels neuer drinke 
Dyre poysons : then thy selfe in danger tbinke, 
When cups bcset with pearłes thy band doth hołd, 
And procioos winę bumcs brtght in ample gold : 
Dost thon not perceiue aufflcient canse, 
To giiie those two wlse men deseru'd applanse, 
Who when abroad they from their thre^hohJtf 

stept, 
The one did alwaies łaugh, the other wept ? 
But all are apt to laogh vci cwery płace, 
And censurc actioos with a wrinkled face ; 
It is morę marucll how the othcr's eyes 
Cooid moysture find his wceping to sufAce. 
Democritus did cuer shake nis spleene 
With langhtcr»s force; yet had there neoer \feeA - 
Within his natiae soyle such garments iM-auc, 
And such vaine signes of bonour as we honc. 
What if be saw the pretor sUnding out 
From lofty charlots in the thronging ront, 
Clad in a coate włth noble palme*trees wrowęht, 
A signe of trinmpb, firom Ion6»s tempie brought,^ 
And deckt with an Imbrodred pnrple gowne, 
Like bangings firom his shoulders trailing downe r 
No necke oan lift the crowne which then he-weare», 
Fur it a pnblfke seniant sweating bearcs ; 
And lest the consnll ihould exceed i A prkle, 
A siane with him in the mw.c coach doth rWe. 
The bird wbich on the iu»ry scepter stands, 
The cometa, and the łong ofBciOus bands 
Of those that walkebefoie to grace the tfight, 
The troope of semile Komtns cloth'd in white, 
Which all the way Tpon thy hofse attcnds, 
Whom thy good cbeare nńd pune bane ma^e thy 

friends ; 
To him eachthing he meets occasion moones 
Of eamest łanghter, and his wisdome producs, 
That worthy men, who great ocamples gfi»e, 
In borb'rous countrie* and thicke ayre may liue : 



44 



BEAUMONTS POfiM^. 



He Uuf ht at eonmon peo|>le*t ctrei and fearei ; 
Oli at tbeir joyes, and wNoetimei at their tearei, 
He m oontempt to threatning fortnne Łhrowes 
A lialter, and hia acornefuU finger showes. 

We rub the koees of gods with waxe, to gaine 
From them fuch tbingi as hurtfaU are, or Taine ; 
Pow'r sufaject to fleroe spite, easts m^anjr downe, 
Whom their laige stiles, and ikmous tttles diowne. 
The sjtatues fali, and through the itreet are roIlM : 
The wheełs, whicb did the chariots weightTpboId, 
Aro knockt in pieces with the hatchets stroke : 
Tbe hamielene horses legs are also broke : 
The firei inake hissing eounds, the bellowes blow, 
That head diiiolnM, must in the fornace glow, 
Whicb all with honouis like the gods did grace. 
The great Seianus crackes, and of that face, 
Which once the second in the world waa namM, 
Are baions, frying-pans, and dishes framM. 
Place bayes at borne, to Ioue'schieie tempie walkę, 
And leade with thee a great oze» wbite as chalke. 
Behold Seianus drawne upon a hooke, 
AU men reioyce, what lips bad he, what looke ? 
*' Trust me*> (aaith one) *' I never coald abide 
This iellow ;" yet nonę askes for what he dy'd : 
Kone knowcs who was tbe man that bim accus*d ; 
What proofet were brougbt, what testimony TS'd ; 
A large epistle fraught with words great storę, 
From CapretB comes : 'tis well, I seek no more» 
The waa'rif>g pcople follow fortane still, 
And bate thoae whom the stete intends to kill. 
Had Nurtia feuor'd this ber Tuscan chiM : 
Had he tbe aged careleae prince beguild ; 
The same base tongnes would in that Tery hoiire 
Haue rays*d Seianus to Augustus' pow>r. 
" It is long sińce that we forbidden are, 
To sell onr Toyces free from poblike care : 
The people which gauepow'r in wai-re and peace, 
Kow from thoae troubles is content to cease, 
And euW wish for these two ends bestowes. 
For bread in plenty, and Ciroensian sbowes. 
1 bearo that many ara condemnM to djre ; 
Ko doiibt the flame is great, and swelleth high. 
Bnitidius looking pale, did meet me neero 
To Mars bis alter, therefore much I feare, 
Lest ▼anąatsbt Aiax llnd out some pretence. 
To punisb tboae that fiuld in bis defence : 
lei os mn headlong, trampling Craar's fce, 
MTbile on the bank he iies, our fury show : 
Let all our seruants see, and witeesse beare, 
How forward we againtt the traytor were, 
Lert asy aboiiM deny, and to tbe law 
His liMnlull master by the necke sboold dnw." 
These wera the speccbes of Seianus tben, 
Tbe secrel mliminrcs of the basctt men. 
WottM>st tbou be lbtter*d, and adoed by soch 
As boWd to him } Wouki*st tbou poaseas as much? 
Woald*6t tbou gioe ciuill dignitiea to these ? 
WouMlt tbou appoint them gen'rals wbo thee 
Be tutor of tbe prince, who on the lOck [^ease? 
Of Capccs sita with bis Cbaldean llock : 
Tbou mrdy aetk*st it as a great reward, 
T enioy high plaoes in the lidd or guard. 
Thk tbou d tfmJ ^ lor those that haue no will 

To make men die, wouM baue tbe power to kill : ^ 
Yet wbat snch hmt or fortunę can be fonnd, 
Bul still tbe woes ahoratbe ioycsaboond } 
Bmtd. tbou tbennthcrcbuse tbe rich attiro 
Oflbkgnal lofd,nuw dimwae tbroogb oommoo mtre, 
Or bearaaouM cAcu in tbe wretchcd state 
Of Gab«v er Fidena, and rełate 



The lawes d n^tfares la a ragged gowną 
And breake smali Teasels in an empty towoe ? 
By this timc I perceiae thoo hast confeit, 
Tbat prond Seianus could not wish tbe beit : 
He tbat for too much wealth and bonour carea, 
The heaped lofts of raysed towres prepares, 
Whence from tbe top bis foli declioes morę iteepe. 
And headlong ruinę drawes him to tbe deepe. 
1*his done, rich Craseus and the Pompeys tbreirj 
And him wbo Romanę freedome could sobdoe, 
Because to beight by cunniog they aspire. 
And enuioos godi giue way to their desire. 
Few tyrants can to PIoto*8 oourt deacend, 
Withoot fierce slaoghteir, and a bloody end. 

Demosthenes' and Tully's famę and speech, 
Each one that studies rhet*rike, will besencb 
At Pallas' hands, and doring all the dayes 
Of ber Qainqoatria for this ooely prayes, 
Tboogh worabipping ber pictnre basely wrooght» 
Soch as with brazen money he hath falougbt, 
While in a littłe chest his papers lie, 
Whicb one poore seruant carriea waiting nigb : 
Yet both these orators whom be admires, 
I>y'd for tbat eloquence whicb be desires : 
What did thero both to sad destroction bring. 
Bot wit which flow'd from an abandant spring } 
The wit of Tully ćaoaM his head and band 
To be cut off, and in the court to stand. 
Tbe pulpits ara not moistned with the flood 
Of any meane vnłearned płeaden hlood. 
When Tully wrote ; O Romę most blest by fiite^ 
New-boroe wben I enioy^d tbe consiil's state : 
If he his proae had like his verses shapM, 
He Antony's aharpe aworda might haue escap*d* 
Let critikes bera their sharpe derision spend, 
Yet thoae harab poems rather I commeod, 
Tlian thee, diaine Philippicke, which in plaee 
Art next the 6rst, but hast the highest grace ; 
He also with a crnell deatb expir'd, 
Wboae flowing torrent Athens so admir'd, 
Wbo rord th* vnoonsUnt people wben be liiŁ, 
As if be held their bridles in bis fisL 
Ab wntebed man, begotten with the bate 
Of all tbe gods, and by sinister fote, 
Whom bis poora fotber, bleare-eyM with the soote 
Of sparkes whicb from the buniing ir*n did sboote, 
From ooałes, tongs, anoile, and tbe cntler'8 toolci. 
And durty IWrge, sent to tbe rbet*ricke scbooles. 

The spoyles of warra, some rosty ooralet placM 
On maymed trophees, cheekes of belroes defac'd» 
Defectiue chariots, oooqoer*d nanieś* decks. 
And capdues, who tbemselnes with aorrow Tcse, 
(Their faoes on trinmpbant arcbes wrougbt) 
Are tbings aboue the bliase of mortall tluoght : 
For tbese iucitements to tbb fruitlease end, 
Tbe Romanę, Greeke, and bari)'ronB capteines tend, 
This caus*d Uieir danger, and their willing paine, 
So much their tbirst is greater for tbe gaine 
OffometbanTertue: 1^ wbat man regards 
Bara Terlue, if we take awav rewards ^ 
In ages past the glory of a few^ 
Their oountrey raably to destroctaoBi drew» 
Desiring piayse and titles fuli of pride* 
In8crib'd on graue-stones whicb their asbes hide, 
Which perish by tbe sauaga fig-tree^ strength: 
For tombes tbónseloes must huTe their fote at 
Let Annibal he poQder'd in tby inind ; [length* 
In him thou sbalt tbat waigbt and ralue find, 
Whicb Gts a great commanider. Tbis is ba, 
Wbose spirit could not comprehended ba 



IWENAL. SAT, X. 



45 



bAfriek, f«9cUttfliroaitli>Atlnitickiti«UDei, 
1^ NUw iMMed «ith the sunny beauMs ; 
ABdnathwd ttreleiit as finrre as Ethiope feeds 
H^a Hrpha a ts , like thoae wbieh Iiiaia breeds : 
He ceaąoeis Spaine, which eaimot faim inclosa 
"Wkk l^jiifiiaaB hiilSp the Ałpes and snowes, 
WiMch natara annes against hioi, hedarideSy 
śań roefccs nade soft with Yineser diuides. 
He luly attaines, yeC striuca to numa 
Ob fwtker : " Notbmg yet," saith he, <• kdone, 
TBl PMńckc scmldien shałl Romes gates defiMe, 
AiadBaberimblertstreHsiiiineeosignes plaoa." 
Hev woaM this oae-ey'd fnmnl appeare 
WUh dat <9ecaliaa beast wbich did him beare, 
irtbejwereaetiapictare? Wfaatbecaine 
OTaHbiabokl attemptsKOdeaie-boughtfiuiie, 
He,TnM|aBbt, ioto exile beadlong flics» 
Whare <alJ mea woodriog) he ia bombie wise, 
Mnsl aft the pakce dooce attendance make, 
TUI tbe Bj^thimaa tyrant please towaka 
Ho v«rtike wcapons eod tbat lesUene life, 
Wbkh im tbe worid eaos*d sueh oonfossd strife» 
His jmĘ reoengeth all tbe Romaos dcad 
At Canue, and tbe blood wbich he had sbed. 

tbe sbaipe Alpes, that thy g]ory*s 

[tbeame. 

Mty scfaeole-beyes please, and be tbeir publikę 
Oae world cootents aot Alesaader^s raiad» 
He thdikes lumseile ia iiarrov boaods oońanM : 
It acens aa stiait as any littk isle, 
Or desart loeke to him, #bom lawes esile : 
Bat vfacii be oomes iato tbe towne, wbose walJs 
Wccemadeofday, bis whole ambitioD fidis 
lalo a graoip : desłb ooely can declare 
Barn baae the bodies of alJ oiortals are. 
1Ve lyiBg Greekes perauade ts aot to doubt, 
Tbat Penian naaies sailed roond about 
The moaotanie Athos seuerM from tbe maine. 
Soch stnfle thelr fibolous reports contaioe : 
T^ey tell vs what a passage framed was 
Of ships, that wheels oo solid seas migbt passe :. 
Tbat d e q> est rioers fiuled we must tbinke, 
Wbose floods tbe Medians at ooe meale could driok : 
And mast belceoe sacb ^ther wond*roos tbings, 
Wbich Soetratos lelates with moysfned wings. 
Bat that great king of wbom tbese talcs tbey frame. 
Tell me bow backe from Salamis he came, 
Tbat bar1»^roas pńnoe who vs*d to wbip tbe whids. 
Not ndTńng strokes when Aeolus them binds ; 
He who prottd Keptaae in his fetiers cbaio'd» 
And thoaght his rąge by raildnesse much rcstraiii'd, 
BccaoM he did not braad him for bis slaue ; 
Which of the gods woald such a master haoa» 
But how retam'd he with one slender bote, 
Wbich throągh the bk)ody waaes did sh>w|y flota, 
Oftstay'd withheapesofcarfcaSKs: thaiepafaies 
Heas tba fruits of kmg-wisbt giory gaines. 

"Gioe ieogth of li&, O loue, giae maay yeeres," 
Thoa prajrst with vpiigfat eoont^nance, pale with 



Not to be heafd, yet long oM a|e eomplaines 
Of gieat coDtinnall griefes wbich it coataipas : 
As lifst a fonie and a defonned foce 
Yolfte it seife, a ragged bidę in plaoe 
Offofterskia, looie cheekes, and wrinklesmadef 
Al laige as thoaa which in the woody sbade 
OfąkscioasThbfaca, the iHother ape 
Deepe funow'd in ber aged chaps doth tcrape. 
Gieat diff^rence is in perMiBS that be young, 
Ifime are mora beantifoll, and some moćr strong 



Than oibeia : bnt hi eneh oU maa we see 
The same aspect ; his tremlding limbs agree 
With sbaking voyce, and thon may^st add to thosa 
A bald head, and a childish dropping nose. 
Tbe wretcbed man when to this state he comcs, 
Most break bis hard bread with marmed gommes, 
So lothsome, that bis 4^ildren and his wife 
Orowwearyofbmi, heofhisownelife; . 
And Cossiis hardly can his sight snstaine, 
Thoogh wont to flatter dying men for gaine. 
Now his benambed paiate cannot taste 
His meate ordrinke, the płeasaies now ara past 
Of sensuall lost, yet he in boried flres 
Retaines ynable and Tnfit desires. 
What ioy can mosicke to his hearing bring, 
Though best mnsicians, yea, Seleucos sing, 
Who porcbase golden raiments by tbeir voyoe : 
In theaters he necds not make bis choioa 
Of plaoe to sit, sioce that bis deafned eare 
Can scarce the comets and tbe tmmpets beare : 
His boy most ery akrad to let him know 
Who oomes to see him, how the time doth goat 
A feuer oniy beates his wasted blood 
In eo'ry part asmolted with a flood 
OfalldiMaies: if theirnames thon aske, 
Thou mayst as well appomt me for a taske 
To tell what dose adulterers Hippia fooes $ 
How many sick-men Themison remones 
Out of this world within one antamn*s datę s 
How many poore confederates of oor state, 
HaTC been by griping Basilos distrest: 
How many orpbanes Tras hatb opprest ; 
To whajL possessioos he is now preferr'd, 
Who in my yoath scomM not to cnt my beanL 
Some feeble are in sboulders, loynes, or thigbes, 
Anotiier is depriu'd of botb his eyes, 
And enoies those as happy that haue ooe. 
This man too weake to take his meate ak>ne, 
Włth hifLpale lips must feede at otbers' hands, 
While he according |o his costome stands 
With gaping iawes łike to the swallowes brood. 
To wbom tbeir hungry mother carries food 
In ber. foli mouth : yet worse in him we fiod, 
Than these defects in limbes, a doting mlod ; * 
He cannot bis owne seroaots' aames recite. 
Nor know his firiend with wbom be supt lastiiight | 
Not those be got and brsd ; with cruell spoU 
Out of his will his doobUeme heires he bk>ti. 
And sli his goods to Pbiale beąueathes : * 
So sweet to him a common shrumpet breathes. 
Bnt if his senses sbonid not thns be spent, 
His cbikłren>s fan*ralls he most oft lament 
He his dearewioe^s and brotben' deatb bemone^, 
Andtees the wwa fuli of his ststen' bonefc 
Those that Hue long endoie tBis Ihigring palne, 
Tbat oft tbey find new causes to complaine, 
While they mishaps in tbeir owne bouse bebold, 
In woes and monmefuU garments growing okL 
The Pylian klog, as Homer^s Terses show, 
In length of llfe came nearest to the croir : fbeares, 
Thoo tbinkst him blest wbom deatb so long for- 
Wbo oo bis right band now aooounts his yeeres 
By hundreds with an ancient nam'rall signe. 
And hatb the fortunę oft to drtnke new winę. 
But now obieroe how moch be blames tbe law 
Of Fates, because too targe a thrrad they dmw«: 
When to Antifochus' last rites be came. 
And saw bis beard blase in tbe fttn'rall flame^ 
Then with demands to those that present are, 
He tbus his gia'apas nus'ry doth declara s 



biłaUmonts poe:% 



tlath I9»d^ |U9 TroftJiy of auch spaiiottt tiv^e i" 

Iii« voyee» P«|^u« ¥»M, wb«a be bewaiPd 
AcbilloD, whow yptiwety dsAth 9WftiVd : .^ 
Anc) mci la«rt^, who had <;»iue to watpe 
Ffl» bi« VUwf)^ ffwłnarokig on tb« deepe. 
"When Trpy w»s wfa, tbe« Priam eaigfat b«iie gone 
With stateiy acequie9 aptl splemne monę, 
T accompany ĄMąraous bis gbo^Ł, 
His fmi'raU berse, foriubt witb priacely coet, 
Whicb Hector witb bia otbar brótbeis bearea, 
Amć§i tb« fioo4 of lUan women^s teaiee. •»>- 
Wben first Ca49aadi» pracii8'd to lament) 
And faire PolyxeDa witb garnents mnt : 
If be bąd 4y*d ave Paris plao^d bis aaylea 
In veqtix>ii6 sbtps, see vbat loog age auailei i 
Thiseaus^d bim to hebold bis ruiaM tomie, 
The swords and fires wbieb ooiMiuer^d Asia drowne ; 
Tben be« a trembliog aouldier, off doth cast 
Hifl diad«iiia» takcsarmour; butatlast 
Palb at Ioiłe'9 altar, like ao oxa dacai^d ; 
Whoae pittifull thinae oecke is prostrate laid 
To his bard master^s knife, disdained now, 
Because not fit to drawe th* YogratefuJl plow x 
Yet dy*d be biimane death ; but bis curst vife 
Bark^t like a dog, ramaioiog sttU in iifie. 
To our eaaiaples williagly I baste, 
And tberefore Mithridates baue orepaat ; 
And Croes^s wbom iaat Solon bids t' attend, 
And not to iudge men bappy till the end. 
Tbis is the cause tbat baniabt Marina Aiea, 
Tbat be imprisonM is, and tbat be lies 
In close Mintnrne^s fenoes to hide his bead , 
And<iiQBK0 to conąuer^d Gaithage begs bis bread. 
"Wise natura bad not framM, nor Borne brought 
A Citizen morę noble for his worth ; [furth 

If baaing to tbe view his captioes led, 
And all bis warlike pompę, in glory spred ; 
Tben bistriumpbani sonie be fortb hsiid sent, 
Wben from bis Cimbrian ebariotdowne be went. 
Campaaia^did for Pompey^s good pro^ide 
Strong feuers, vbich (if be bad tben eą>y'd 
What iBo«Id emue) vere much to be dńir^d. 
But many ciUes' publikę Towes conspir^d. 
And this so bappy sieknesse conld de£sce, 
Reserntng him to dye with mora diagrace : 
Rome's and his fortunę ooely san^d bia hcad 
To be cnt off when ooercom'n be 6ed. 
This palne Uie traytor Lentulus doth scape : 
^ Cethegua not disfignr'd in bia sbape, 
£nłoyiDg alt his liabes vnmaimed lyes. 
And Catiline with his wbote caikase dyes. 

Tbe carefull Aother vfaen sbe easts her eyes 
On Yenus' tample in Soft Iow ly wise, 
Deraaads the gift of heauty for ber boyes, 
But askes ii for becgirias witb greater noyae, 
At common ioroiea ber wiab sha neiier statcss, 
But for the haight of deltcacy ptayes. 
And wby sbould^st thou reproue thia pnadentcbeśce ? 
Latona in fipr Phebe dath ceioyce. 
O but l4iCEetła's haplesse fisia deieires, 
Tbat oihers wish not sucb a fooe as beia ; 
Virxioła ber sweei fenture would fonake, 
And Rtttila's crook^d backe would gladly take. 
Where aonaes are beautifuU, tbe paranta, vext 
TYitb care aod feare, ara wretdied and peqpiext* 
So seldome an^Yacl coofieoi betweene 
Well-fisvoarM sbapea and cbaatiiy is aaene. 
For sbottld tbey be witb boly manncts iaogbt - 
^a bomely luMiws, Wfih as Sabinas wcpugfai : 



Sbeuld bounfeouB oaton^alib^młl band bastaw^ 

ChasŁ dispoaitioo, modett lookeS, whicb gi^w 

With śanguine biushes, (wbat morę happy thinp' 

To boyes cao ikuourabie naturę bring ł 

Wboaa loclinations farre morę pow'rfulł ai», 

Than many kaepers and continuall care :) 

Yet are tbey neuer sufieHd to possi i ss e 

The nama of man ; sucb foni corroptaia p ra ai e< 

And by the Ibcce of large espenoes trust. 

To make their parents Instruments of last* 

No tyrant in bis croell palące gett 

Defonned youtba ; no noble chiłd had Mt ' 

Fierce Nero'8 rapes, if all wry-leg'd had beeoe t 

If in tbelr necka foule sweiiings bad beea seene % 

If windy tumours bad their beljies rays^d ; 

Qr eamds' buncbes had their backes dispraia^d : 

Goe now with ioy thy young-man^s formę aftjct, 

Whom greater dangers, and worse fistes ocpeet | 

Perbaps he shortiy wtU tbe title beare 

Of a profest adulfter, and will feare 

To suffer iastly for bia wicked fisct, 

Such paines asangry husbands sball am'^ : 

Nor can be bappier be than Mars his starre, [warrw. 

T' escape tluwe snares which eaugbt the god of 

Yet oft tbat griefe to shaiper Fangeance drawea, 

Than is permitted by th* indulgent lawes ; 

Some kill with swords, otben with scourges cot^- 

And some th' offienders to foule tormenis |pnt. 

Butthine Eadymion bappily will proue 

Some matron'8 minion, wbo may merit loue ; 

Yet>hen Seruilia bim with money hires, 

He musi be bers against his owne dasires : 

Her richest omaments sbe off will take, 

And strip herself of ievels for bis sake. 

What will not HIppia and Catulla giue 

To those, tbat with tbem in adulfry liua : 

For wicked women in these base raspects 

Place all their manners, and their whole aifecta. 

But tbou wilt say, " Can beauty burt the cfaaste ?** 

Tell me what ioy Hippolitus did taste ; 

What good seuera Bdlerophon receiu'd, 

When to their pure intents they strictiy cleau^d. 

Both SihaaobBBa and the Cretan queene, 

Asbam'd of their repulse, stirr'd vp their teene : 

For tben a woman brcfe^s most fierce debatę, 

Wben sbame addes piercing stingś to cruell bate. 

How woald*st thoa cotmaell bim,whom tb' emp'ror'a 

Kesoloes to marry in ber husband'8 iife r \.^ify 

Tbe best and fairest of tbe lords most dye; 

His Iife is qoencht by Messallma^s eye : 

Sbe in ber nuptiall robes doth bim'expect, 

And openly hath in ber gardens deckt 

A purple marńage bed, nor will refiise 

To giue a dowre, and ancient rites to tk: 

The eonning wizzard wbo must tell tbedbome 

Of tbis snecesse, with notarics must come : [^&f, 

Thou think'st these things arehid from pubiflce 

And- but committed to tbe trust of few. 

May,' ahe will haue-her soleinne wedding drest 

With shew of law : tben teach him what is best : 

He did( ere ldght^illesae he will óbay ; 

Admii the crime, he gaines a little stay, 

Till that which now the common people hearęSi . 

May oome by romoof to the priiice^s eares : 

For heis surę to be the last that*knowefl 

The secret sbame which in his housbold growei :. , 

Thy selfc a while to her desirea apply, " " 

And łffofor some fcw dayeś so dearely buy.. ^ 

What way foeoer be as best shaH chuse^ 

'JOiat fisirc wbite neokehe by th« sWord moA lose 



A FUNERALŁ HVMNE OUT OF PRUDENTIUS. 

take, 
trmń Łhe htąm^wAf. powftf Uie ęioy^ %9t mak% 
Wkat shall b« mouofm^i9Kuu^ for our fąttN, 
Or bring moct profit to <Hir 4oąibifoU ftiiWf » 
Tlic prudent gocl« eu plac« Uieir f ifts ar^bt, 
Aad gnot Łni« fpodf ia «t«id «f v9Uhb df iigbt. 
A maa b Bmmtt to kiOMtlfe ao deącę, 
M rato th«nn wheo tfafy hw fortuM itoarei 
^e, carried with tbe fury of oor mMh 
And stroDf aSectio« whicb wg iuc^naiMt bliadf, 
Woałd husbaioda piDuc» and Iftitiera, but tbey foe 
What our wishlcbildrcn and ow w'm9s will bw : 
Yet tbat I «Mf to tbee toaie pray'ni aUow, 
Wbn to th« Mcfed tenples thoa do*st fOv, 
Dirinot entiailoa M wbito pockela i»UDd, 
Pny fin- a aound niad m a body Kwod t 
DeńrebrattafpirHfiRi^Irom Itweof d«BUl» 
Vr bicfa can estoeai iba latoBi boure of biiaatb» 
Aiiiaos tiba fiAt of aatwre wbicb ^oan baare 
Ali tonowcB firom d«nre aad aągar ckue. 
And tbinkcs tba paiaes of Beiculea nMrebl«it« 
Than wanton lust, th« auppaiy, aod soft tcat 
Wbereia Saidanapalus i^y^d to Uoe. 
I sbow thee what Umhi to Łby selfe jaayst f mc; 
If iboa tbe way to qa»ot life wUt to c ad e , 
No saide but v«rtiie can ibee thUber Wodc : 
No pow^ diuio« 15 euer abauit tbeie, 
\Vbere wisdome dweUs, and eqaall role dotb bcare. 
But we» O Fortuna, atiiue to nake tbee graaW 
Ptac'd aa a godde«a ao a boaa^oly aeato. 



47 



^ 



A FUNERALŁ BY^fNE OUT OP FRUDEN^ 

TIUS. 

O God, tbe loales pure fi'ry spring, 

Wbo diff*r«iit natares woaldst combine: 

Tbat man whom thoo to life didst briug , 

By weakenesse may to deatb decline, 

By thce tbey botb arc framM aright, 

They by thy band vnited be ; 

And whilc tbey ioyne with growing roight, 

Botb fiesb and spirit liue to thee : 

Bot when diaińoo them recals, 

Tbey bend their conrse to seu'rall ends, 

lato dry earth the body faHs, 

Tbe fenient aoulc to Heau'n ascendi : 

For all created things at length. 

By slow cormption growing old, 

M nst needs fbnake compacted itrength. 

And diaagredng webs Tofold. 

Boi tboa, deare I/ml, hast meanet prepar*d, 

Tbat deatb hi tbioe may nener reigne, 

And hast Tndonbted waies dectar^d 

How membcrs lost may rise agatne : 

Tbat wbile tbose gen^rons rayes are bound 

io prison Tnder fading things ; 

Tbat part may still be stronger fcmnd, 

Which from aboue directiy springs. 

If man with baser thongbts possest, 

Tfis will in earth ly mod shałl drowne ; 

The Bocde with soch a weigbt opprett, 

U by Łbe body carried downe : 

Bot when sbe mindfnl of ber birth, 

ller aeffe from rgły spots debarres ; 

Sbe łifU ber friendly bonse from earth. 

And beares it wttb ber to the starres* 

See how tbe empty bodies tyes» 

Wbei^ now no liuety toule rsmaines : 



Yet when short tłnvi «iiH iwJftiiMMun Af««i 
The height of sensęa it mgtbMfc 
Tbose ages flhaB he mob« ail hMd» 
When kindly heato ftb« Inmm wtaimm i 
Aod sball tba fiwwor bwwa nomwnpd^ 
Wbere liuing blood it ^laU ńtf UMU 
Doli carkases to dntt npw «onM» « 
Wbicb loof in granat cmmiptod lags 
Sball to tbe nimbie aiyae be bona, 
Wbere soules before baue led tbe «ap» 
Hence comes it to adonM tbe 
With carefull labonr man afint 
The limbes diM^u^d bat liooonr 
And fun*rall rites witb poni|pB aaa dde^; 
The customo ii to fpnńl ah«^d 
Wbite linoens, gmoHl with aptcndonr ęmm i 
Sabsaą myrrii (Mi bodies strow-d, 
Preseroes tbem frooi daeny at^ra. 
The holłow stonaa by eaAiers wsonght, 
Which in faire anonumeBls aae laid* 
Declare tbai piadgea cańtbar baongbi,*' 
Are not to deatb bwtialeopn naonay^d. 
The pious ChriotaMM^thia tr^rr^^ 
Beleeuing «ith a prodent aye, 
Tbat thoae afaail rise aod Kue agaiae, 
Who nofw io fiwesing alnnbeiaTye. 
Ile tbat tbe doad (diaperak in Mda) 
In pittao Udet, witb heapesnf ipolda. 
To his almigbty Samonr yeelds, 
A worke which be witb ioy bebolds. 
The samo bw wamaa vs ail to gront^ 
Whom one seuere eonditioo ties. 
And in another'8 deatb to monc. ^ 
Ali fun*rals, as of om aUica, ^ 

Tbat reu*reod man in goodnesse bred, 
Who blest Tobias did beget, 
Prcfnyd tbe boriall of the dead 
Before bis meate, tbough ready set ; 
He, wbite the seniants waiting stand, 
Forsakes the cups, the dishes leaties. 
And digges a grane with speedy haud, 
Wbicb with the bones his teares recetues. 
Rewards from Hean'n tbis worke rcąaite. 
No slender price is here repaid, 
God cleares tbe eyes tbat saw no light, 
While fisbes gali on them is laid. 
Then the Creator woold desery, 
How farre from reason they are led, 
Wbo sharpe anf) bitter things apply, 
To sooles on which new ligbt is spread. 
He aiso iaught that to no wight, 
Tbe hean'nly kingdpme can be seenc, 
Till vext with wounds and darksome night, 
He in the worId's rough waoes batb bcen. 
Tbe curse of death a blessing finds, 
Because by this tormenting woe, 
Steepe waies lye plaine to spotlesae miods, 
Wbo to the starres by sorrowes goe. 
Tbe bodies which long perisbt lay, 
Return to lioe in better yeeres : 
That vnion neuer sball decay, 
Wbere after-deatb new warmth appeares* 
The face wbere now pale cołour dwels, 
Whence foul infection sball a rise, 
The flowres in splendour then excels, 
When bloo<1 the skinne with beauty dies. 
No age, by times iroperioos law, 
With enuious prints tbe forebead dimmes : 
No drooght, no leanenesse then can draw 
Tbe moysture from the wither^d limmea. 



48 



BEAUMONTS VO%Ms. 



Diseasesy wtiich the body eate, 
Infected wtth oppreiting painet, 
In midst of tonneiitf then thall tweale, 
Imprison^d in & ttaoimiMl chaiDCt. 
The coiiqa'ring flesh immortall growei, 
Bebolding from Uie skiei abooe, 
The tnóieae grwiing of her foo. 
For torrowet which froin tbem did moue* 
Why are vndetxnt bowUogs mizŁ 
By Uaing men in micli a caie } 
Why are decraes ao sweetly fixtp 
•Reproa'd with discontented face ł 
Lei idl complamti and muramn faile ; 
Ye tender mothen, lUy yonr teares, 
Let nonę thetr ehildten deaie hewaile. 
For life reneir'd in dteth appeares. 
So baried aeeds, though dry and dead, 
Agnine with smiling greeneneae spring^ 
And from the hollow forrowet bred, 
Attempt new eares of come to bring. 
JBarth, takeihis manwith kind embrace, 
In thy floft boiome him conodoe : 
For humane membeia here I płaoe. 
And gen*f(ras parta in tratt I leane. 
This hottse, the sonie her gnest onoe felt, 
Which IrMn the Maker*! nionth prooeeda : • 
Here somettme feruent wiadome dwelt, 
Which Christ the prinoe of wiaedome breeds. 
A oou'ring ibr this body onake, 
The anthor nenerwill (brget 
Hisworkes; nor wiU thoae looket forsake, 
In which he hath hit picture set 
For wfaen the conrse of time is past. 
And all onr bopM fuUMrd shall ha> 



Thoa op'iHBg most restofe at laaty 
The limbea tu shape which now we aae« 
Nor if loog age with pow^rfiill reigne 
Shall tamę the bonea to aoatter^d doti 
And onely ashea shall tetaine, 
In eoitipasse of a bandfnll thrast: 
Nor if swift ikKids, or stroag command 
Of windes tbion^ entpty ayre bane tost 
The members with the H^ing saod ; 
Yet man is nener fUly loat 
O iGkid, while mortal bodiea aiw 
RecaU'd by tbee, and forni^d againe^ 
Wbat happy seate wilt thon prepare, 
Wbere spodesae sonles may safe remaina ł 
In Abraham'B boaome they shall tie 
Łike laaras, whose flowry crowne 
The rićh man doth fiurre off espie, 
While him shaip ilery tormeats drowne. 
Thy words, O Sanionr we respect, 
Whofe triumph drines black dcath to toasty 
When in thy steps th«m woa]d'st direct 
The thiefe. thy fellow on the croase. 
The fiiithfhl see a shining way, 
Whose leogth to paradise extc»dB, 
This can them to those trees conoay^ 
Lott by the setpenfs cnnnłng ends. 
To thee I pray, most certaine guide i 
O let this soule which thee obay'd, 
In her hin birth-place pure abide, 
From which she, banisbt, long hath stray*i, 
While we Tpon the ooaer*d bones 
Sweet Tiolets and leaues will throw i 
The title and the cold bard Stones^ 
* Shall with onr liquid odwrs flow* 



THE 



POEMS 



or 



GILES «• PHINEAS FLETCHER 



VOLVL 



THE 



LIVES OF GILES AND PHINEAS FLETCHER. 



BY MR. CHALMERS. 



Uafew dates are a11 that are now recoverabIe of the penonal character of tbesc 
■o poets, and as there is a strong reflemblance in the genius of their poeiry, it seema 
HMceaary to make a wparate article of eacb. 

Hieir fatber, Giles Fletcher, L.L.D. was a native of Kent, educated at Eton^ and 
11565 elected scholar of King^s College, Cambridge, where in 1569 be took the 
qpee of bacbelor of arts, master of arts in 1513, and doctor of laws in 1581. 
leoording to Antbony Wood be became an escellent poet} but be is better known 
w bis skłll in political negociation, wbicb induced queen Elizabeth to employ him as 
et commiasioner into Scotland, Germany, and the Low Countries. In 1588, the 
Knonble year of the Armada, be was sent to Ma8covy on affairs respecting the 
■agłiA trade with Itussia, and after overcoming the difficulties staited by a barbarous 
nrt sod a capricious Czar, be concluded a treaty of commerce bigfaly advantageoiis 
I tbe interests •f his country men. 

Soon after bis retom, be was madę secretary to the city of London, and one of the 
sntmof the Coort of Requests. In 1597 be was constituted treasurer of St Paufs, 
ondon. Bcfore Ihis be had drawn up the result of his obsenrations, when in Russia, 
apecdng the govemment, lawa^ and manners of that country. But as this work 
toumed facto too plain and disreputable to a power with which a friendly treaty had 
it been concluded, the publicalion was suppressed for the present It was, however, 
fńoted at a comiderably distant penod (1643), and afterwards incorp(»^ted in 
hkhiy^s Toyages. He wrote also a Discourse conceming the Tartars, the 
lycct of which was to pra^e that they are the Israelites, or Ten Tribes, which being 
ipkiTated by Salmanasser, were transplanted into Media. This opinion was after« 
mb adopted by Whtston« who pńnted the discourse in the firrt Tolume of his 

mooB Memoirs. 
Dr. Fktcber died in the parisb of St Catherine Colman, Fenchurch-street, and 

w probably buried in that cburcb*. 

'} Biog. Brit. Yot. VI. Pftrt I. tiopnblifheil and almott umętu, the impretaion ha^ing been deitroyeil 
Itke fin which latcly conaamed the Taloable titerary ftock of McMn. Nichob and Soa. C 



52 THE LiyES OF GlLES AMD P^^I^^EAS FLETCHER. 

He left two sons, Giles and Phineas. The eldest, Giles, bom, according iQ J 
Elli»'8 conjecture, in 1588, was educatcd atTrinity College, Cambridge*, whcre 
łook tbe degree of bachelor of divinity, and died at his living of Alderton, in Suftc 
in 1623. His widów married afterwards thc rcv. ■ Ramsay, minister 

Rougharo, in Norfolk'. Winstanley and Jacob, wbo in this case have robbed < 
anotber, instead of better authorities, divide the two brothers into tbree, and mm 
Giles^s poem of Chri8t'8 Yictory to two authors. 

Pbineas was educated at Eton, and admitted a scbolar of King^s college, Cambrid; 
in 1600, wbere, in 1604, he took his bachelor^s degree and his ma^er^s in 16( 
After going into the cburch, he was presenled, in 1621, to thc liying of Hilgay, 
Norfolk, by Sir Henry Willougbby, bart and according to Blomefield, the histori 
of Norfolk, he held this liying twenty-nine years. Mr. EUis conjectures ti 
he was bom in 1584, and died about 1650. 

Besides the poems nov reprinted, he was the author of a dramatic piece, entitl 
Sicelides, which was performed at King's College, Cambridge, and printed in 165 
A manuscript ropy is in the Bntish Museun). The editor of the Biographia DramaU 
informs us that *' it was intended originally to be performed before king James the Fii 
on the thirtęenth of March, 1614; but his mąjesty leaying the uni?ersity sóoner, 
was not then represented. The serious parts of it ąre mostly written in rhyme, wi 
choruses between the acts, Sbipie of the incidents arę bom)wed from Ovid, and son 
from the Orlando Furioso." 

He published also, at Cambridge, in 1632, some account of the liyes of ti 
founders and other learned men of that unirersity, under the title of De Litera] 
auUqus Britannia;, pnesertim qui doctrina clarueruDt, quique collegia CaAtabrig 
fundarunt 

Such are the very scanty notices which we havc been able to coUect respecting tbe 
learńed, ingenious, and amiable brothers ; but we are now ąrrived at that period 
national confusion which leil fieithcr Idiure nor inclination to study polite literatur 
or reward the sons of genius. 

The only production we h^ye of Giles Fletcher is entitled Chri8t's Yictory ai 
Triumph in Heaven and Eąrth o?er and after Death, Cambridge 4to. 1610, in foi 
parts, and written in stanzas of eight lines. It wąs reprinted jn 1 632, again in 164< 
and in 1783, aUng with Phineas Fletcher's Purple Island: but many unwarrantabi 
liberties haye been taken in modemizing tbe ląnguage of this last edilioa M 
Headley, who bas bestowed morę attention than any modem criiic on the worb < 
tiie Fletcher^, pronounces the Christ^s Yictory to be a rich and picturesque ^oea 
and on a much happier subject than the Purple Island, yet uneplivened by personificatiw 

* In the dedication of bis poem to Dr. Nevyle, master of Trinity College, speaking of tbat ooWąi 
he says, " In which. being placed by your fayour only, most freely, witbout cither any meaiu fitH 
pther, or any desert in myself, being not able to do morę, I could do no Irss than aoknowfctij 
that debt which I shall never be able to pay." C. 

» Iloyd*» State W.ribJcs, Vo?. I. P, 552. Whitworth's cdit C. 



THE LIVES OF GILES AND PHINEAS FLETCHEIl. Śi 

He bas ako very ingeniously pointed out aome resemblances iitrhich prove tUat Milton 
Oved considerable obligations to tbe Fletcbers^ 

The works of Pbineas Fletcbcr, including the Purple Island, or the h\e of M an; 
Ae Piscatory Eclogues and Miscellanies, were published at Cambridge in 1633, 4to. 
The oniy part tbat bas been corrcctly reprinted is the Piscatory Eclogues, pub- 
Sihed at Edinburgb in 1171, by an anonymous editor, tbe most of whose judicious 
DoCest, prefkce &c are here retained. 

Thcre are few of tbe old poete whom Mr. Headley seems morę anxious tó revive 
dian Phlneas Fletcber and be bas examined bis clairas to lasting famę witb mUch 
scutenessi, yet perbaps not witbont somewhat of tbat peculiar prejudice whicb seems 
to perrade many of the critical essays of tbis truły ingenious and amiable young man. 
Hara^ at a very early period of life coramenced tbe perusal of tbe ancient Englisb poets, 
bia entbosiasiD carried him back to tbeir times, tbeir babits and their language. From 
pwdoiung their quaintne88es, be proceeded to admire tbem, and bas in some in- 
•Kances placed among tbe most stńking proo& of invention, manyof those antitbeses 
and conceits wbicb modem refinement does not easily tolerate. Still bis taste and 
jodgineDt are so generally predominant, tbat it i^ould be presumption in tbe present 
d^tor, or perbaps in one of superior autbority, to substitute any remarks of bis own 
in room of the following animated and elegant cfaaracter of Fletcber^s poetry. 

"Werę the cdebrated Mr. Pott compelled lo read a lecture upon tbe anatomy of tbe 
faonian frame at large, in a regular set of ttanzas, it is much to be questioned wbetber 
be cocdd make himself understood, by tbe most apprebensive autbor, without tbe ad- 
nntage of Professional knowledge. Fletcber seems to bave undertaken a nearly simi- 
hr task, as tbe fivefirst cantos of tbe Purple Island, are almost entirely taken up with 
an esplauation of tbe tille; in tbe course of wblcb, tbe reader forgets tbe poet, and 
is ńskentd witb tbe anatomist Sucb minutę attention to tbis part of tbe subject \ras 
a materia! errour in judgment : for wbicb, bowever, ample amends is madę in wbat 
IbDowa. Nor is Fletcber wbolly undeserving of praise for tbe inielligibility with 
vfaidi he bas struggled tlirougb bis difficulties, for bis uncommon command of words, 
and ^ctlity of metre. After de^cribing tbe body, be proceeds to personify the pas- 
Moiis and intellectual faculties. Here fatigued attention is not merely reliered, but 
iascinated and enraptured: and notwitbstanding bis figures, in m«iny instances, are 
too arbitrary and fantastic in tbeir babiliments, oflen dispr<^rtioned and overdone, 
lometiaies lost in a superfluity of glaring colours, and the several characters, in 
geDcral, by no means sufficiently kept apart; yet, amid sucb a profusion of images, 
many are distinguisbed by a boldness of oudine, a majesty of manner, a brilliancy 
oTcolouring, a distinctness and propriety of attribute, and an air of life, tbat we look 
for in Tatn in modem productions, and tbat ri^^al, if not surpass, wbat we meet with 
of tbe kind even in Spenaer, from wbom our author caugbt bis inspiration. Afler 
aerting his creative powers on tbis department of bis subject, tbe yirtues and better 
ąnalities of the beart, under tbeir leader Eclecta, or Intellect, are attacked by the 
I tbe Ticea: a batde ensues^ and the latter are vanquisbed, afler a vigorou8 opposition, 
through tbe interference of an angel, wbo appears at tbe prayers of Eclecta. Tbe 
poet here abruptly takes an opportunity of paying a fulsome and unpardonable cem- 

^ Sapplement, toI. II. p. 183, &c. C 



54 THE L1VES 0¥ GlLES AND PH^NfAS FLETCHER- 

pliment to James the fint (stanza 55. canto 12) oo ^hat accountpolu^ tfae moit n 
palatable paaage in the book. From Flelcher^s dedication of tbis his poem« with t! 
Piscatory Eclogues and Miscenanies to his friend Edmond Benlowes, it seems tb 
tbey weie written Tery eariy, as he calls them ' raw cssays of my very unripe yeai 
and almost childhood.' It is to his hoDour diat Milton read and imitated him, 
every attenti?e reader of both poets mnst soon discorer. He is eminently entitled 
a Tery high rank among oor oM English classics. — Ouarles in bis Terses prefized 
the Purple Island bints that he had a poem on a simikr siibject in agiutioo^ but w 
prerented firom pursuing it by finding it had got into other bands. In a map to en 
of his Emblems are these namesof places, London, Fincbfield, Rozwell and Hifgti 
edit. 1669/' 

That Mn Headiey is not blind to the defects of his fiiTourite will fiurtber appe: 
from his Rmaiks on Orpbeos and Euridice in the Purple Island. 

" These Itnes of Fleteher are a paraphrase, or rather translation firom Boediia 
The whole description is forcible : some of the circumstances perhaps are beightene 
too much : but it is the fiiult of this writer to indulge bimself in eTery aggraTation thi 
poetry allows, and to stretch his pren^atiTe of ' ąuidlibet audendi' to the utmost.'' 

In the supplement to his second Tolume, Mr. Headiey bas demonstrated at coo 
siderable length how much Fleteher owed to Spenser, and Milton to Fleteher. Fo 
this he bas oflfered tfae apology due to the high cbaracters of those poets, and althoag] 
we bare been accustomed to see such researches carried too far^ ^^yet it must be ownci 
that there is a certatn degree to which they must be carried before the praise of iO' 
Tention can be justly bestowed. How fiir poets may borrow fix>m one another witbou 
iiyury to their fiimą^ is a ąuesiion yet undetermined. 

After, bowcTer, erery deduction of this kind that can be madę, the Fletebers will 
still remain in possession of a degree of inTcntion, imagination, spirit and sublimity, 
which we seldom meet with among the poets of the seTcnteenth century before V( 
arrife Ht Milton. 



TO THB BiaHT WOHSHIPFtJŁ AV3 ECYEREMD 



MR. DOCTOR NEVILE, 



PBAN OF CAKTEBBUKY, AKD THE MAStEll OP TUWITY COLLEGE IN CAMBRIDGE. 



BIOBT WORTHY AND REYEREND SIR, 

As I haye always thought the place whereid t live, after Heaven, 
principaUy to be desired ; both because I most want, and it most abounds 
iritb wisdom, which is fled by some with as much delight, as it is j>bŁaided 
by others, and ought to be followed by alł : so I cannot but next unto God, 
for eyer ackaowledge myself most bound unto the hand of God, (I mean 
yonrself,) that leached down, as it were, out of Heaven, unto me, a benefit 
of that naturę and price, thdn Which 1 could wish nonę (only Heaven itself 
eicepted) either morę fruitful and contenting for the time that is nour 
presenty or morę comfortable and encouraging for the time that is already 
past, or more hopeful and promising for the time that is yet to come. 

For as in ail men's judgments (that have any judgment) Europę ii 
worthily deemed the queen of the world, that garland both of leaming and 
pure religion being now become her crown, and blossoming upon ber head, 
that hath loog sińce lain withered in Greece and Palestine : so my opinion 
of this ialand hath always been, that it is the Tery face and beauty of all 
Europę; in which both true religion is faithfully professed without super 
itition, and (if on Earth) true leaming sweetly flourishes without ostentation. 
And what are the two eyei of this land, but the two uniyersities i which 
teinot but prosper in the time of such a prince, that is, a prince of leaming, 
as well as of people* And trały I should forget myself, if I should not cali 
Cambridge the right eye : and I think (king Henry VIIL being the uniteg 
Edward III. the founder, and yourself the repairer of this college wherein 
I li^e) nonę will blameme, if I esteem the same, sińce your polishing pf it, 
the fairest sight in Cambridge) in which being placed by your only fayour. 



56 DEDICATIOP^- 

most freely, withoui either any means from other, or any desert in iny»cŁ 
being not able to do morę, I could do no less than acknowledge that del 
which I shall never be able to pay, and with old Silenus in the poet (upo 
whom tbe boys — injiciunt ipsis ex vincula sertis, making his garland h 
fetters) finding myself bound unto you.by so many benefits, that were givc 
by yourself for omaments, but are to me as so many golden chains to hol 
me fast in a kind of desired bondage, seek (as he doth) my freedom with 
song : the matter whereof is as worthy the sweetest singer as myself, th 
miserable singer, unworthy so divine a subject; but the same favour thtf 
before rewarded no desert, knows now as well how to pardon allfaults ; thą 
which indulgence, when 1 regard myself,. I can wish no morę; when I rc 
member you, I can hope no less. 

So commending these few broken lines unto yours, and yourself into tb 
hands of the best physician, Jesus Christ; with whom the most iU-afFecte< 
man, in the midst of his sickness, is in good health ; and without whom th< 
most łusty body, in his greatest jolUty, is but a languishing carcase : 1 
humbly take my leavc, ending with the same wish that your devoted obsenrei 
and my approved friend doth in his yerses presently sequęnt, that yom 
passage to Heaven may be slow to us that shall want you here, but te 
yourself that cannot want us there, most secure and certain. 

Your worship's 

in all duty and seryice, 

G.FLETCHER- 



a* «« 



THOMAS NEVYLE 
MOST HEAYENLY. 



As vbeB the Captain of tbe bearenly host, 
Orefae that glorioas army doth appear; 
b «aten dnnrn'd, with raiKiDg billowi toatM, 
We faMw tbcy ara not, wfaera we see they are; 
We Me them io tbe deep, we fee them moTe, 
We bnow tbey fixed are in Hearen above : 
So did tbe Sod of rigbteoosneas come down 
Cknded in fleab, and seemed in tbe deep : 
So do tbe many waters seem to drown 
Tbe tan hu taiots, and they on Earth to keep, 
Aad yet thia Sun firom HeaTen never fell. 
And yet tbeae eartbiy stan in Hearcn dwell. 
Whet if tbeir aools be into prison cait 
h eirtbiy bodies? yet tbey long for Heaven. 



Wbat if tbis worldly sea tbey baTe not patt ? 

Yet &in tbey would be brougbt into tbeir ba^ea, 
They are not berCi and yet we berę tbem aee. 
For erery man is tbere, wbere be wonld be. 

Long may you wisb, and yet long wish in Tain, 

Hence to depart, and yet thafwisb obtain. 

Long may you here in Hearen on Barth remain. 

And yet a Hearen in Hea^en bereaftcr gain. 
Oo you to Heayen, but yet, O make no baste !' 
Go siowly, dowly, but yet go at last 

But wben the nightingale lo near doth sit, 

Silence the titmouse better may befit. 

Fr NSTBBIIS0ŁC». 



TO THE READER. 



'- 



Tka* are but few of many that ctn rightly jiidg« of poetry, and yet there are many of tlioae fetr 
that cany* so left-banded an opiakm of it, as tome oftłrein thiok it balf iaerilege for profitne poetry 
to deal with dmne and beaveii1y matten; as though David wen; to be sentenoed by them, for 
uttering his grave matter upon tbe baip; others, sonething morę violeiit in their oensore, bat rare 
len reasonable (as tboagh poetry oompted all good wits, when indeed bad wits corrapt poebry), 
banish it, witb Plato, out of all well-ordered commonwealths. Both these I will strite rather t» 
satisfy, then refute. 

And of the flrBt I woold gladly know, whether tbey suppose it fltter, tbat tbe sacred songs m the 

scńptore of those heroical saints,' Moses, Debofah, Jeremiab, Mary, Simeon, David, Sdonioa, 

(tbe wisest scboolman, and wtttiest poet) should be cjected ftom tbe canon for want of grafity, or 

rather this errour erased out of tbeir minds, for want of trutb. But« it may be, they will give tbe 

Spirit of God leaTO to breatbe tbrough wbat pipę it please, and will coofess, because tbey must needs^ 

tbat all the songs dittied by bim, must needs be, as tbeir fountain is, mostbolyi bot tbdr commoa 

clamour is, ** Wbo oiay compare with God?" Tme; and yet as nonę may compare without presump- 

tłon, so all may imitate, and not without commendation; wbicb madę Nazianzen, one of the stacs 

of tbe Greek churcb, tbat now shines as bńght in Heaven, as be did then on Earth, write so many 

dłvine poems of the Genealogy, Miraclcs, Passion of Christ, called by him his Z^iftf in(;^«v.— 

Wbicb, %ben Basil, the prioce of the fathers, and bis chamberfellow, bad seen, bis opinion of them 

was, that be could baTe devised nothiog either morę fruitful to others, because it kiodly wooed 

them to religioo; or morę bononrable to himself, 'Oi4^ yik^ fuuim^tmn^ Wt rm tw A^^IJU** x*fP^ ^^ 

r$ y^^AfuuUu* because, by imitating the singing angels in Hcaven, himself became, though before his 

time, an eartbly angel. Wbat should I speak of Jurencus, Prosper, and tbe wise Prodentios ? tbe 

last of wbicb living in Hierome's time, tweWe bondred ycars ago, brought forth in his declining age, 

so maoy, and so religious poems, straitly charging bis soal, not to let pass so much as one either 

night or day without some di^ine song: Hymnit continneł dies, nec nox uUa tacei,.^n Dominttm canai* 

And as sedulous Prudentius, so prudent Sedulius was famoits in this poetical diviaity, the ooetaa of 

Bernard, wbo snng the bisiory of Christ with as much devotioii in himself, as admiration 19 

others; all which were followed by the choicest wils of Christendoms Nonnius tnuisl;iting all St. 

Jobn's gospel into Greek Tene, Sanasar, tbe late living image, and happy imitator of Yirgil, be- 

stowing ten years upon a song, only to celebrate tbat one day when Christ was bom unto os on 

Earth, and we (a happy change) unto God in HeaTens thrice honoored Bartas« and our (I know 

BO otber name morę glorious than bis own) Mr. Edmund Spencer (two blessed sools) not tbinkii^ 

ten years enough, laying ont tb«r wbole lircs upon this one stody. Nay, 1 may jmtly say that tbe 

princely fotber of our couotiy (though in my conscience God hath madę him of all tbe learned 

prioces that ever wrre, the most religious, and of all the religious prioces, the mott learned i that 

so, by the one be might oppose him against tbe pope, the pest of all religion^ and by the otber, 

agsinst Bellarmine, the aboser of all good leamiog) is yet so far enamoured witb this celettial mose, 

that it shall oe^er repeot me— ca/aaw trnutt Utbelhcm^ whensooTer I sball remember H«k eade mt sci- 

rtł qwd non faciebat Amyniasf To name no morc fn soch płcnty, where I may find how to bcgip, 

Moner then to end, St Paul by tbe example of Christ, that went singing to moont OliTet, with 

his disciples, after bis last supper, exciteth the Cbristians, to solaoe tfaemselves with hymns, and 

psałms, aod spiritual songs; and therefolre, by tbeir learcs, be it aa eiroor for poets to be di^ioes, I haś 



TO THE READER. 5f 



ntbcr etr with the fotiptnre, tluui be rectified by tbem : I had nther ttdore the Mqp0 of NaBiameD, 
Pradcatiw, SedaHosy tbcn kXkm tbeir iteps to be miflguided : I bad ntber be the defout admirer of 
yti—wi, Bntas, my ncred lOTereigD, and othert, tbe miiaclei of oar łatter afe, tfaan the fclse ieot»» 
17 of thcae, that baYe notbing at all to Ibllow, bat tbeir own naked opinioni. To oooctude, I bad ra- 
tfccr «ith mj hotd, and bit most diTine apoatle, ting (thongb I nng torrily) the loTe of HeaTen and 
lBtb» than pimiae God (as they do) with the woithy gili of silence, and sitting still, or think I 
diqpims'd him with tbis poetical disooune. It seems they baYe cither not read, or clean Ibcgot, 
tbat it k tłie daty of the Mnses (if we may beliere Pindar and Hesiod) to set always under the throne 
sf Jwpitcr. eyos et laodes, et benefieia i f tnm ^u whicb madę a rcry worthy German writer eon** 
it. Certo statnimos, propriam atąoe pecoliare poetamm mnnns esse, Christi gloriam illastrare, 
good leaaon that tbe beaYenly infosion of such poetiy ihoold end in his glory, that bad 
ftom his goodness, fit orator, nascitnr poeta. 

Por tlw aeoond sort therefbre, tbat elimioato poets oot of tbeir city gatei, as tboogb they wero 
growB so bad, as they could neitbef grow worse, nor better, thoagh it be lomewhat bard for 
tboee to be the only men shoald want dties, tbat were the only caosers of tbe boilding of tbem ; 
sad mnewhat inharaane to tbnist tbem into the woods, to live amoa|; the beasts, wbo were the 
Ast that called men out of tbe woods, fiom tbeir beastly, and wild Iłfe ; yet sinoe they will needs 
shoalder tbem oot for the only firebrands to inilame lust (the lanlt of earthly men, not bearenty 
poetiy) I wonld gladly Icam, what kind of profesuons these men wonld be entreated to entcitain, 
that so deride and disafiect pofsy : woaM they admit of philosophen, that after they bare buint 
soi tbe whole candle of tbeir life io the drcnlar stody of sdences, ery out at length, ** Se nihil prorsos 
sne?" or shoald masicians be welcome to tbem, that Dant sine mente sonum — bring deltght with 
tbem indecd, oonłd tbey as well express with tbeir instmments a Yoicei as they can a soond ? or woold 
tbey most approre of koldien tbat defend the life of tbeir coantrymeo, either by the death of them- 
scItcs, or tbeir enemies } If pbllosopbers please them, wbo is it thftt knows not, that all the lighti 
sf eaunple, to elear tbeir precepts, are borrowed by pbilosophers from poets? that without Homer'8 
snnples, Anstotle woald be as blind as Homer? If they retain masicians, who erer doobted, but 
tbat poets infuaed the rery soul into tbe ioarticalate sounds of musie ? that without Pindar and 
Hoiace, tbe I jrics bad been silenced for ever ? If they must needs entertoin soldieis, who can bat 
eoofeas that poeta reitore agaiu that life to soidiers, whicb they before lost for tbe safety of 
tbeir eoootry ? tbat without Yirgil, ^Sneas bad never bcen so mach as beard of ? How then can 
they for shame deny commonwcalths to them, who were the first authors of tbem ? how can 
they deny the blind pbilosophcr tbat teaches tbem, bis light ? the empty musidan that delights them, 
his sool ? the dying soldier tbat defends tbeir life, immortality, after his own death ? Let philoso- 
pky, let ethics, let all the arts bestow upon os this gift, that we be not thoaght dead men, whilst we 
in amoog the living, it is only poetry that can make os be thoaght liYiog men, when we lie 
the dcad ; and therefore I think it unequal, to throst them out of our cities, tbat cali os 
oot of our grares ; to think so hardly of them, that make us to be so well thought of ; to deny tbem 
10 live a while ninoag us, that make us 11 ve for erer amoug our posterity. 

So being now weary in persiaading those tbat bate, I oommend myself to tbose that lore^ sach 
poets, as Plato spcaks of, that siog dirine and heroical matters. 'O* ym^ Urm uVi» ii tmmw kiymrttf 
ixx' • 9Mf » Jk^TH Wt9 i Ai>^» recommending these my idie boars, not idly spent, to good scholarsy 
and good Christians, tbat bavii orercome their ignorance with reason, and their reason with religion. 



RECOMMENDATORY POEMS. 



DEFUNCTO FRATRL 

Trink (if thou canst) ho«r moanted on his sphere, 
In Heaveii now he sings : thas sung he here. 

Phin. Fłitcbsr. RegaL 



Quro d quid Yeneres, Cupidineaque, 
Tarturesąoe, jocósąue, paatertsąue 
Lasctvi canitis greges, poctsB } 
£t JRm laoguidutos amantum ocellos. 
Et mox turgidulas siau pupillaa 
Jam fletui teneros cachinnulósąae, 
Mox suspiria, morsiuncuI&sque, 
Milie basia: mille, miDe nugat? 
Et Tuitiu paeri, paellalaeve 
(Heu fusci poeń pueUuleque!) 
Pingitis Diviba8, roaniiculisquc, 
• (MentiŁis nivibus, rosunculisąae) 
Que vel primo byemis rigore torpent, 
Vel Phcebi iatuitu statim relanguent. 
Hea stulti nimii!km gregea poets ! 
Ut quas sic nimis, (ah !) Dimis stupetis, 
Nive8 caadiduIsB, et rosas pudentes ; 
Sic vobis pereunt statim labores; 
Et solem fugiuDt scverłorem, 
Vel saltem gclidd rigent senectft. 

At tli, qui clypeo haud inane nomen 
(Minerra clypeo Joyisque) samcns 
Victrices resonas Dei triumpbos, 
Triiimphos lacrymis metuąue plenos, 
Plenos IstitisB. et spei triumphos. 
Dum rem carmine, Pieróqtic dignam 
Plenos militia, labore plenos, 
Tuo propitius parat labuń 
Quin ille ipse tuos Icgens triumpbos, 
Plenos militia, labore plenos, 
Tu5 propitius parat labori 
Plenos Istitiae, et spei Łriumpbos. 

PHIK. Fłbtchbr. RegaL 



Mn (lum^ 



Bbatissima Yirginum Maria; 

Sed mat^rqu« simul beata. Perqiiam, 

Qai semper f uit, ille c<0pit esse ; 



Qu» vitse dedcrisąoe inire Titam; 

Et Luci dederis videre lucern ; 

Quae fastidia, morsianculasąue 

Passa es qaas gravide solent, nec anqaam 

Audebas propicM* Tiro venirc : 

Dam clausus penetralibus latebat 

Matricis tunica undique iuvolutus, 

Quem se posse negant tenere coeli : 

Quse non virgineas premi papillas 

Passa, Yirgineas tanien dedisti 

Lactandas puero tuo papillas. 

Etu, dic age, dic, beata virgo, 

Cnr piam abstineas manuni timeaque 

Sancta tangere, sanctariunique 

Insołens fugias. An inquińari 

Contactu metuis tuo sacrata ? 

Contartu metuis soo sacrata 

Pollui pia: cemis (en !) ferentem. 

Lenimenta Dei furentis, illa 

Focdatas sibi ferre que jubebat. 

Sis felix nova virgo-mater opto, 

QaaB mollire Deum paras amicam, 

Quin b!c dona licet licet relinqua8, 

Agnellumqne rcpone Turturec)qae, 

Audax ingrediare inauis sedes 

Dei, tange Deo sacrata, tange. 

Quae non concubitu coinqainata 

Agnellum pepentque, Turturemque 

Exciu8it, ^cili Dco litabit 

Agnó cum Deus insit, et columbazw 



Nor can I so roncli say as much I onght. 
Nor yet so litlle can 1 say as nought, 
In praise of this thy work, so heav'nly pcDD^d, 
That surę tbc sacn^ dove a qutll did lend 
From her high soaring wing: certes 1 know 
No otber pi u mes, that makes man seem so Iow 
In his own cyes, who to all others' sight 
Is mountcd to tbe hichcst pitch of heigbts 
Where if thou seem to any of smali price, 
The faułt is not in thee but tn bis eyes. 
Bat what do I thy flood of «it restrain 
Within the narrow banks of my poor rein ? 
Morę I could say, and woultl, but that to praise 
Thy verses, is to keep them from their pruse. 
For them who reads, and doth them not adTaoce, 
Of envy doth it, or of ignorancc 

F. NlTHUSOŁI. 



POEMS 



OF 



GILES FLEtCHER, 



CHRISTS riCTORY IN HEAVEN, 



TIJE ARGUMENT. 

Tbe argument propounded in geoeral. Our re- 
dcmption by Christ, ver. 1, 2. Tbe autbor^fl 
MTOCatioD for tbe better handling of it» yer. 3, 
4. Mao's redemption, froui the cause. Mnrcy 
dwelling in Heaven, and pleading for men now 
gniłty, witb Justice described by ber qualitie8, 
Tcr. 5 — 10. Her retioue. Ter. 12. Her »nb- 
ject» ver. 15. Her accusation of nian's sin. Ter. 
17. And Ist, of Adam*8 first sin, ver. 18, 19. 
Tben of bis posterity^s, in all ktnd of idolatry, 
ver. 20 — ^24^ How bopeful any patronage of 
it, ver. 25—27. Ali the.creatnres baTjngdis- 
ksgoed tbemselve8 witb him for bis exŁreme 
nntbaakfułness, rer. 28 — 33. So tbat being 
dettitute of all bope and remedy, be can look 
lor notbing bnt a fearful sentence, ver. 35-^0. 
Tbe efiect of Justice ber spcecb : the inflamma- 
tion of tbe bcayenly powen appeased by Mercy, 
wbo is deacribed by ber cbeeiłolness to defend 
man, rer 40—42. Our inability to describe ber> 
Ter. 43, 44. Her beauty, resembled by tbe 
creatures, which are all frail sbadows of ber 
csBential perfectioo, ver. 45, 46. Her atten- 
dants, vcr. 46, 47. Her pecsaasire power, Ter. 48 
—50. Her kind offkes to man, ver. 51. 52. 
Her garments wrougbt by ber owo bands, where- 
with abe clotbes berself, composed of all tbe 
creatnrcs, Ter. 53. Tbe eartb, Ter. 54. Sea, 
rer. 55^ 56, Air, ver. 57, 58. Tbe celestial 
bodies. Ter. 59, 60. Tbe tbird Heayen, Ter. 6], 
€2. Her objects. Ter. 63. Repentance, Ter. 
64—66. Faith, Tcr. 67—69. Her depraca- 
tiTe speech for man : in wbicb sbe translates fbe 
principal fiiult unto the deTil ; and repeating 
JutŁlce ber aggraTation of men^s sin, mitigates 
it ; Ist, By a oontrary infercnee : 2d, By in- 
ferceasing berself in the cause, and Christ, Ter. 
70 — ^75. Tbat is as snfBcient to sAtisfy, as man 
va9 impotent. Ter. 76, 77. Wbom sbe cele- 
brates limm tbe time of bis natiTity, Ter. 78. 
From tha cfiects of it ia himself. Ter. 79, 80. 



Egypt, Ter. 81. Tbe angels and men. Ter. 8C» 
8:5. Tbe effeot of Mercy's speech. Ter. 84. A 
transition to Cbrist*s second Tictory, Ter. 85. 



The birtb of Him tbat no beginning knew, 

Yet giTCS beginning to all tbat are bom. 

And bow tbe Infinite far greater grew. 

By growing less, and how tbe rising mom, 

l'bat sbot from HeaT'n, and back to Heay'n return, 

Tbe obsequies of bim tbat could not die. 

And deatb uf liie, end of eternity, 
How wortbily be died, tbat died unworthily ; 

How God and man did botb embrace eacb other. 
Met in one person, HeaTcn and Eart^ did kiss. 
And bow a Tirgin did become a motber, 
And bare tbat Son, wbo tbe worłd*s Father is. 
And maker of bis motber, and bow bllss 
Descended from the bosom of the High, 
To clotb^ bimself in naked mnery, [antly, 

Sailing at lengtb to HeaT^n, in Eartb, triumph- 

Is tbe first flame, wberewith my whiter Mose 
Botb bum in heaTenly lorę, such Iotc to tell. 
O thon tbat didst this holy fire infusc, [Hetl, 

And tangbfst this breast,' hut late tbe graTe of 
Wberein a bKnd and dead heart HtM, to swell 

Witb better tbougbts, send down those ligbta 
tbat lend 

Knowledge, bow to begin, and bow to cnd 
Tbe loTe, tbat neTer was, nor eTcr can be penn*d. 

Ye sacred writings, in wbose antiąne leaTea 
Tbe memorics of HeaTen entreasur'd lie, 
Say, wbat migbt be tbe cause that Mercy beaTea 
The dust of sin aboTe tb* industrioos sky, 
And let$ it not to dust and asbcs fly ? 
Could Justice be of sin so OTer-woo'd, 
Or so great ill be cause of so great good, [Uood f 
Tbat bloody man to saTe, man's SaTiour sbed bia 

Or did tbe lips of Mercy drop soft speech 
For traifrous man, wben at th* EternaPs tbrone 
Incensed Nemesb did HeaT'n beseecb 
Witb tband'ringToice, tbat justice migbt be sbowa 
Agaiust the rebels that from God were fiowii } 
O say, say how could Mercy płead for those 
Tbat, scarcely madę, agaiust their Maker tose ? 
Will any slay bis friend, tbat be may spare bift foes? 



t6 



G. FLETCHER*S POEMS. 



Tbere is a place beyond tbat ftaming-hill 
From whenoe the stan tbeir thin appearance ibed, 
A plaoe, beyood all place, vhere nerer ill, 
Nor impure tboogfat was ever barbourad ; 
Bat saintly beroes are §or erer sii'd 

To keep an everlastłng Sabbath*8 rest ; 

Still wishiDg tbat, of wbat th' are stUl poswst; 
JE^joyiDg but one joy, but one of all joys best. 

Here, wben tbe min of that beauteous frame, 
Wbose goldeii building shioM witb erery sUr 
Of esoellence, deformM witb age became : 
Mercy, reinemb'rhig peace in roidst of war, 
lift up tbe masie of ber Toice, to bar 

Etemal fttte ; lest it sboald ąoite erase [grace, 
Tbat from the worid, wbicb was tbe first worki'8 
And all again intp tbeir (notbing) cbaos cbase. 

For wbat had all this all, wbicb man in one 
Bid not naite ? tbe eartb, air, water, fire, 
life, sense, and spint, nay, tbe pow'rfuł tbroDC 
Of the diTinest CMence did retire. 
And his own image ioto clay inspire : 
8p tbąt tbis creature well migfat called be 
Of tbe great world tbe smali epitomy, 
Of the dead world the live and quick aoatomy. 

But Jostice bad no sooner Merey seen 
Smootbing the wrinkles of ber father^s brow, 
But up sbe starts, and tbrows her^lf between ; 
As wben a yapour from a moory slough, 
Meeting with fresh Eoiis, tbat but now 
Open*d the world wbicb all in darkness lay, 
Dotb HeaT*A*sbright fince of bis rays disarray. 
And sads the smiliog orient of tbe springing day. 

Sbe was a virgiu of anttere regard : 
Not as the world esteems ber, deaf and blind ; 
But as tbe eagle, tbat batb oft compar'd 
Her eye with Heav'n's, so, and morę brightly shinM 
Her lamping sight : for she the same oould wind 
Into tbe solid heart, and witb ber ears, 
The silenceof the thought loud speakiog bean, 
And in one band a pair of even scales she weafs. 

>Ko riot of aiEectioa revel kept 
Witbin ber breast, but a still apathy 
Possessed aU ber sool, wbicb sofUy slept, 
Seeurely, without tempest ; no sad ery 
Awakes ber pity, but wrong'd poverty, 

Sending bis eyes to Heav'n swimming in tean, 
With bideous clamours ever struck ber ears, 
Whctting the blazing sword tbat in ber band she 
bears. 

Tbe wioged ligbtniog is ber Mercory, 
And round about ber mighty thunden ioiind : 
Impatient of bimself lies pining by 
Pak Sickness, witb ber kercher'd bead up wound, 
Ano tbousand noisome plagues attend ber round. 
But if ber doudy brow but once grow foul, 
The tiints do melt, and rocks to water roli, 
And airy mountains shake, aod frigbted shadows 
bowL 

Famine, and bloodless Care, and bloody War, 
Waqt, and tbe want of knowledge bow to use 
Abundanee, Age, and Fear, that runs afor 
Before bis feUow Grief, that aye pursues 
H^ winged steps ; for who would not refuse 
Gri^'s company, a duli, and raw-bon'd spright, 
Tbat Unka the cheeks, aod pales tbe fresbcst 
•łgbt; 
Tnbosoming tbe cheerful breast of all delight ł 



Refore this cursed tbrong goes Ignorsnoe, 
Tbat needs wiii lead tbe way be cannot seei 
And, after all, Death doth his flag adranoe. 
And in the midst, Strifie still would rogiiing be, 
Whose FBgged fleih and clothcs did well agree : 
And round about, amazed Horrour flies, 
Aiid over all, Shame veils lib giiilty cyes, [Ii4 
And uodcmcaUiy HelPs huogry tbroatstiii yawnio^ 

Upon two stony tables, spread befbre her, 
She lean'd her bosom, morc than stony hard, 
There slept th* impartiai judge, and stncŁ reatorer 
Of wrong, orrigbt, witb pain, orwith reward, 
There hung tbe score of all our debts, the card 

Wherc good, and bad, aod life, and dcatb, were 
painted : 

Was never heart of mortal so untainted. 
But when tbat scroll was read, with tbousand ter- 
rours fainted. 

Witness tbe tbunder that mount Sinai beanl, 
When all tbe hill with fiery clouds did flame. 
And wand*ring Tsrael, with the sight afear^d, 
Blinded witb sceing, durst not touch tbe same. 
But like a wood of shakidg Ieavc8 bocame. 

On this dead Jostice, she, the liTtug law^ 

Bowiog herself with a majesitic awe, 
All Heav'n, to hear ber speech, did intosilenće draw. 

" Dread Lord of spirits, well tbou didst deriae 
To fling the world'8 rude dungbill, and tbe drosa 
Of the old chaos, farthest from the skics, 
And thtne own seat, that here the chi Id of loas, 
Of all the lower heav*n, the curse, and cross, 

That wretch, łieast, captive, monster man, might 
spendy 

(Proud of the raire, in wbich bis sool is pen^d) 
Clodded in lumps of clay, his wenry life to en<L 

" His body dust : where grew such cause of pride } 
His sool, thy image: wbat conld be enry ?) 
HImself most happy, if be so would bidę : 
Now grown most '^retchod, wbo can remedy ? 
He siew himself, bimself the enemy. 
That his own soul would her own murder wreak, 
If I were silent, Heav'n and Earth would spcak ; 
And tf all fail*d, these Stones would into clamours 
break. 

" How many darts madę furrows in his side, 
When she, that out of his own side was madę, 
Oave featbers to tbeir fligbt ? where was the pride 
Of tbeir new knowledge ? whither did it fade ? >^ 
When. running firom thy voice into tbe shade, 

He fled thy sight, himself of łight bereav'd ; 

And for bis shiekł a heavy armoor weav'd, 
Wilb wbicb, min man, be thought God'6 eyes to 
bave deoeivM ł 

" And well be might delude those eyes tbat see. 
And judge by oolours $ for who ever saw 
A man of leaves, a reasonable tree ? 
But those that from this stock their Ufe did draw, 
Sooo madę their fsther godly, and by law 
Proclaimed trees almigbty : gods of wood, 
Ofstocks, and Stones, witb crowos of laurel 
stood, [blood. 

Templed, and fed by fathers witb their cbikłren's 

" The sparkling fanes, that bom in beaten gold. 
And, like the stara of Heav*n in midst of nii^t, 
Black Egypt, as her mirrora. dotb behold, 
Are but tbe dens wherc idol*snakes delight 
Again to cofer Satan from tbeir sight : 



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T«t thaeareall their gods, to wliooi tliey Tie 
Thecfooodile, tbe cock, the rat, ihe fly, 
fksodsy imtoed, for sach mea to be served by. 

" Hm fire, the wind, the sea, tbe Sun, and Moon, 
Ihe Aittkig air, and the swift-winged bours, 
ind all the watchnien, tbat so nimbly run, 
ind aentiDei abont tbe walled towere 
Of the «ocid*s city, in their beavenly bowen. 
And, lest their pleasant ^ods should want deligbt, 
Keptone simes oat the lady Aphrodite, [ligbt. 
And bat in HeaT^n proud Jano'8 peaoocłu scorn to 

* The leotełcfli eartb, the serpent, dog, and cat, 
iad wone than all tbese, man, and worst of men 
lEMwpiiMr Joive, and swelling Bacchas fat, 
Aad dnmk wth the ▼nie'8 purple blood, and tben 
Tht iead himself they coojure from his den, 
Became be ooly yet reoiainM to be 
Wone than the worst of men, they flee from 
thee, [knee. 

And wear bis altar-stones out with their pliant 

** AU tbat he speaks (and all be speaks are lics) 
Areocada; tisbe (tbat woanded all) 
Gors all their wonnds ; be (that put out their eyes) 
TbatgiYesthemlight; be (tbat deatb firtt did cali 
falo the world) that with bis orisal, 
hapirits eaith : he Heav>n's all-seeing e3re, 
He Baith*a great propbet, he, whom rest doth fly, 
Tbat on salt hillowB doth, as pillows, sleeping lie. 

** Bat let hioi in his cabin restkss rest, 
Tbe dangtcHi of dark flames, and fireeziog fire, 
Jflsliee Hi Heav^ against man makes reąneH 
To God, aad of his angels doth require 
Sio^B pooiahDient : if wbat I did dfśire, 
Or wbo, ar against whom, or wby, or wbere, 
O^ or hefbre whom ignorant I were, 
TbcB shonld my speech their saods of sins to moon- 
tains rear. 

" Wrre not theI]caT'ns pure, in whoae oourts I sue, 
Tbejodge, to whom I sue» just to reąnite bim, 
Tbe canse for sin, the punishment most due, 
Jostice hetseif, the plainli^ to endite bim, 
Tbe angels holy, before whom I cite bim, 

He agaiost whom, wicked, nnjust, impure ; 

Then might he sinful li^e, aod die secure, 
Or tital might escape, or irial might eodore. 

" the jodge might partial be, and orer-prayM, 
Tbe place appealM from, in wbose courts he sues, 
The &uk exicus'd, or punishment delay*d, 
The partaes self-aócos^d, that did aocuse, 
Aogels for pardon mtgbt their prayers use : 

Bot now no star can shine, no hope be got. 

Most wfetebed creatore, if he knew his lot, [not. 
And yet morę wrelched for, becaose be koows it 

'*¥nHit shonld I tdl how barren Earth bas grown, 
AU for to starre ber cbiMren ? didst not thou 
Wster witti heaT'nly show*TS ber womb unsown, 
Aad drop down clods of Aow^rs? didst not thou 
Thine easy ear nnto the plo«ighman*s vow ? [bow 
Loag might he look, and look, and long in Tain 
Młf^tload his harrest in an empcy wain, [grain. 
Aad beat the woods, to find the poor oak*8 hongry 

** Tbe swefliag sea s^bes in bis angry wares, [risb; 
AhI smites Uie earth that dares tbe traitors nou- 
Yet oft his thnnder their ligbt cork oatbnves, 
Mowśig tbe monotains, on wbose temples floorish 
Wbole woods of garlańds j «nd, their pride to 



Ploagb throagh the tea^s green fieldt , and neta 

display 
To catch the flyiog wiods, and steal away, [prey. 
CQ8'oing the gieedy sea, pris'njng their nimbie 



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How often ha^e I seen the waving pine, 
Toss'd on a wafry mountaio, knock his bead 
At Heav'n'8 too patient gates, and with salt brine ' 
Quench the Moon'8 buming boms ; and safely fled 
From Hea¥en*s revenge, ber passengers, all dead 

With stiff astonishment, tumbie to Heli ? 

How oft the sea all earth would ovenwell, 
Did not thy sandy girdle bind ibe mighty well ł 

" Would not tbe air he fiUM with streams of deatb. 
To poisoa the quick rivers of their blood ? 
Did not thy winds fon, with their panting breath, 
The flitting region ? would not th' hasty flood 
Empty itself into the sea'8 wide wood : 
Didst not thou lead it wand*riog from his way, 
To gire men drink, and make his waters stray. 
To fresb the flow^ry meadows, throngh wbote 
fieids tbey play ? 

'* Who makes ihe souroes of the siker foontains 
From the flint*8 mouth, and rocky vailies slide, 
Thick'ning tbe airy bowels of tbe mountains ) 
Who hath the wild herds of tbe forest ty'd 
In their oold dens, making them hungry bidę 
Till man to rest be laid ? can beastly he, 
Tbat should ha^e most sense, only senseless be. 
And all tbings else, beside bimself, so awful see ? 

" Were he not wilder than the sayage beast, 
Pfouder than baughty bills, harder than rocki, 
Colder than foontains from their springs releast, . . 
Lighter than air, blinder than senseless stocks. 
Morę cbangtng than the riyer^s curling locks : 

If reason wonld not, sense would soon repróre 
bim. 

And nnto sbame, if not to sorrow moTe bim, 
To see oold ikiods, wild beasks, duli stocks» hafl 
Stones out>loTe him. 

** Under the weight of sin the eartb did foli. 
And swallow*d Datban, and the raging wind. 
And stonny sea, and gaping whałe, did cali 
For Jonas : and the air did bullets find. 
And sbot from Heav'n a stony show'r to grind : 
The fiye proud kings, that for their idols fonght, 
The Sun itself stood still to fight it out, 
And fire from Heay'n flew down, when sin to Heay*n 
did sboot. 

" Should aoy to bimself for safety fiy ? 
The way to sare himself, if any ^-aw, 
Were to fly from himself : should he rely 
Upon the promise of his wife } bot there 
Wbat can be see, but that he most may fear, 

A Siren, sweet to death ? upon his friends ? 

Who that he needs, or tbat be hath not lends f 
Or wooting aid bimself aid to another sends ł 

" His stiength ? butdnsti hispleasore? caoseofpain 
His hope ? false courtier : yootb or heaoty ? brittle : 
Entreaty ? food : repentanoe } late and rain : 
Just recompence ? tbe world were all too little : 
Thy love ? he hath no title to a title : 

Hell'8 foice ? in vain her fories Heli sball gatber t 
His serrants, kinsdłen, or bis cbildren rathftr ł 
His chUd, if good, sball judgei if bad, rtiall cnrte 
his fother. 



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Hit life ? thai briogi bim to his end, ftod leavet 
Hit tsnd ? that lea^es him to begin hit wo: [him : 
0it g«xidt ? what good io that, that so deceiv6t bim } 
Hit godt of nood ? thetr fect, alat ! are tlow 
To go to help, that most be help'd to go : 

HoDOur, rreat worth ? ah ! little worth they be 
Unto their owoen : wit ? that maket him tee 
He wanted wit, that thought be had it, wanting 
thee. 

" The tea to drink him qatck ? that castt his dead : 
Angdt to tpare > tbey punith : night to hide ? 
The worMshall buni in light: the Heav'D8 to spread 
Their wings to save him ? Heay^n itself shail tiide, 
Aad loU away like melting sUrs that glide 
Aloog their oily thieadt : hit miód pdrsoes him : 
Hit boote to thnnid, or hillt to foli, and bruite 
hfan? 
As teijeantt both attaeh, and witoesiet aecnte him. 

** What need I ui^ge what they most needt confess ? 

Sentence on them, oondemn'd by their own lott ; 

I crave no morę, and thou can'Bt give no lett, 

Than death to dead men, justice to uijutt ; 

Sbame to mott thamefal, and mott thamelem dott : 
But if thy mercy needt will tpare ber friendt, 
I^ mercy tbere begin, where juttice ends. 

Tu croel mercy, that the wrongfrom right defendt." 

She ended, and the beaT^nly hierarchiet, 
Buming io zeal, thickly imbranded were ; 
Łike to aa army that alarom criet. 
And every one ibakes bit ydreaded spear, 
And the Almighty't telf, at be wouid tear 
The Eartb, tnd ber firm batit quite in tonder, 
Tlam*d ali in jutt rerenge, and mighty thonder : 
Heav'n ttole ittćlf from Eartb by cloodt that moitt- 
ea'd under. 

As when the cheerful San, elamping wide, 
Gladt ali the wurld with hit npriting ray. 
And wcot the widow'd Earth afireth to pride. 
And paintt ber botom with the flow'ry May, 
Hit tilent titter tteals him qaite away, 
Wrapt in a tahle doud, linom mortal eyet, 
The batty stan at noon begin to rite, 
And beadlong to hit early roott the tparrow fliet : 

Bot toon at be again disbadowed it, 
Rettoring the blind world his blemtth'd sigbt, 
At tbough anotber day were newly hit, 
The coz'ned birdt bai»ily take their fiight, 
And wonder at the thortnest of tbe night : 
So Mercy onoe again hersclł ditplays 
Out from ber titter^t cloud, and open layt 
Thote tuntbine lookt, whote beamt would dim a 
tbootand dayt. 

How may a worm, that crawlt along the dust, 
Clamber tbe azure mountains, thrown so higb. 
And fetch from tbence thy fair idea just, 
That in tbose Auony conrtt doth hidden lic, 
Cłoth^d with tuch ligbt, at blinds the angelt* eye ^ 
How may weak mortal ever hope to fili 
Hit uDsmogth tongiie, and his depraitnite ttyle ? 
O, raise thou from his corse thy now entomh*d 
exile! 

One tonch would roose me from mv sluggish hene, 
One word would cali me to my wished borne, 
One look would polish my afliicted verse, [lome, 
One thoDght would tteal my soul from ber thick 
And foroe it wand^ring up to Heav*n to-cojnc» 



Tbere to impdrtune, and io beg apaee 
One happy &Tour of thy tacred grace, [fiaee 
To tee (what though it lote her eyet ?) t9 aee thi 



If any atk wby rotet pleate the tight ? 

Because their learet upon thy ćheekt do bow*r : 

If any atk wby lilies are so wbite ? 

Because their blossomt in thy band do flow'r : 

Or why tweet plantt to grateful odourt tbow'r ? 
It b because thy breath to like they be : 
Or why the orient Sun to brigbt we sce ^ [tbce ł 

What reaton can we give, but fh>m tbine eyes, aa^ 

Ros'd ali in live1y crimson are thy cheekt» 
Where beautiet indeflourithiog abide, 
And, at to pass his fellow either tedct, 
Seemt both to blotb at one another*t pride : 
And on tbine eyelidt, waiting thee betide. 
Ten thoutand Gracet tit, and when tbey morę 
To Earth their amorout belgardt from ubore, 
They fly from Heav'n, and on their wingt coorey 
thy love. 

And of diacolonr^d plnmet their wingt ara oimIc^ 
And with to wond*rout art the quillt ara monglit, 
That whentoe^er they cut the aiiy glade, 
Tbe wind inio their bollow pipet it caught : 
At teemt, tbe tpheret with them th^y dowa bawe 
Łike to the tcTen-ibld reed of Ansady, [bnMtgfat : 
Which Pan of Syrinx roade, when tbe didliy 
To Ładon tandt, and at hit tight tang merrily. 

At melting honey dropping from tbe oomb, 
So ttill tbe wordt, that tpring between thy lipa, 
Thy lipa, where tmlling tweetnett keept her boine^ 
And heaT'uly eloquenee pnre manna ttpt. 
He that his pen but in that fbuotain dipt, 
How nimbly will tbe golden pbratet fly. 
And thed fortb ttreamt of choicett rbetóry, 
Wailing celettial torrenu ont of poety ? 

Łike at the thirsty land, in tummer't beat, 
Cailt to tbe cloudt, and gapes at erery showV, 
At though her bungry clifi^ ali beaT^n woold eat; 
Whicb if high Cod unto ber botom pour, 
Though much refretb'd, yet morę the could deroiir! 
So hang the greedy ean of angeb tweet, / 
And erery breath a thoutand Cupidt meet, 
Some llying in, tome out, and ali about her fieet 

Upon her breatt Delight doth tufUy tleep. 

And of Etemal Joy it brooght abed ; 

Thote tnowy mountlett, thorough which do ontp 

Tbe milky rivert, that are iniy bred 

In silver citternt, and themteWet do thed 
To weary travellers, in beat of day. 
To quench their fiery thirtt, and to allay 

Witb droppmg nectar floodt, the fury of their «»y. 

If any wander, thou doat caU bim back : 
If any be not forward, thou indttt bim : 
Thou dott expect, if any tbould grow alack : 
If any teem but willing, thou invit^ him t 
Or if be do oftod theb, tbou aoquitt'tt bim : 
Thou find'tt the lott, and folloWst bim thai fliet, 
Healing the ńck, and qaick'ning him that diet : 
Thou art tbe lamę man't friendly ttaff, theUte^ 
man^s eyet. 

So &ir Łboa art, that ali wonid thee bebold ; 
Bat nonę can tbee bebold, thou art to fiur : 
Pardon, O pardon then thy Taital bołd, 
That with poor tbadows itrivet thee to compart, 
And match the things which heknowimatchłesitre. 



CHRISPS YICTORY AND TRIUMPH. 



© <*»« ♦ile mirroar of celcstial grace, 
. Po» cąa firmil colours pourtray out thy face, 
Orpaint ki ilesh thy beaoty, in sacli scmblance base ? 

• 

Ber apper gannent was a silken lawo, 
Wrth needle-work richly embroidernl; 
Wbich ihe bereelf with ber own band bad drawD, 
And all tbe worid therein bad póurtrayed, 
Wi(b threada so fresh aod li^Iy coloufcd, 
'fb»Ł^9ntn*ó the world che new created there 5 
•Aod tbe nistakea eye woald rashly awear 
neiiłkeo treeadid grow, and thc beasŁs liyingirera. 

Łow at her feet the Earth was capt alone 
(Ai tboogh to ktsp her foot it did aspirc. 
And gave itself for her to tread upoa) 
With M ttnliloe aod diUereot attiiw, 
Ihat every one tbat saw it, did admire - 
WhAt it niii^ht be, was of so Tarious hae ; : 
ftr to itaeif it oft so diverse grew, [new. 

UtaŁ stUI it aeeniM the same, and still it eeem*d a 

lad h«re aod there fcw men she seattered, 
(That in their thonght the world esteeoi bot smali, 
Aad thenselTes great) but she with one fine tbread 
^ thort, and smali, and slender wove them aJl, 
That Ifte a ^ort of bnsy ants that crawl 
Jlbóot some roole-hiU; so thcy wandered ; : f 
Aad reoDd about the wavtng sea was shed': 
Bat for tbe silver sands, smali pcarls were sprinkled. 

So cariottsiy the ooderwork did creep. 
Aad earting circlets so well shadowed lay, ' ' 
Hat afiir oflT tbe waters seem'd to sicep ; ' 
iot those that cear the margin pearl did play, 
Ibanely eBiraved were with hasty sway; 
Am tfaoi^h they meaot to rock the gentle car, 
Aod b«sh the fonner that enslomber'd were : * 
Aad hen a dangerous rock the flying ships did fean 

High ia the airy element tberę hnog 
Aaother doudy sea, that did disdatn ' 
(Asthoogh his porer wavesfrom Heay^sprung) • 
To erawl ón Earth, as doth tbe sluggish main : 
Sot it the Earth would water witb.his rain, £would^ 
That ehVdy and fłow*d, as wind, and seasoti 
Aod oft Uie Sun would cleave the limbcr mould* 
To alabaster rocks, that in thc liquid rolPd. 

BeBeath thoae sunny banks, a darker cloud, 
^^PPńig with thicker dew,. did melt ąpaoe, 
Aad beat itacłf into a hollow shrond : - . ^ 
On wbieh, if Merey did bat east her lace, 
A tboBsand eokrars did the bow enchace, 

That woodcT was to see the silk distain'd . 

With the re^plendenee from her beauty gainM, 
Aad Iris paiat ber loćks with beams, so lirely 
fdgn'd. 

Aboat her head a cypress heay'ii the wore, 
Spread like a Teil, npheid with 8i!ver wirc) • 
Ib whieh tbe starg so humt in golden ore^ 
As seem'4 tbe aznre web was all on fire : 
Bat bartily, to c|aench their sparkling ire, 
A iood of milk came rolling up the sbore, 
That on his carded ware swift Argns wore,- 
Aad tbe imniortal swan, ttiat did her life deplore. 

Tet stiange 1% was, so many stars to see 
Witboat a snn, to gire their tapers light : 
Yet strange it was not that it so should be t 
For, where tbe Son centres hhnself by right, 
Her Hce, and locks did Aame^ that at the sight, 

VOL, VŁ 



es 

The heaT^nly ▼eil, that eise should nimbly moTe« 
Forgot bis flight, and all inceasM with lote, 
With wonder, and amazement, did her beanty 
proye. 

Over her hung a canopy of state. 
Not of rich tissue, nor of spanghad gold. 
But af a snbstance, though not animate, 
Yet of a heaT^nly and spiritual mould, 
That oniy eyes of spiriU migbt behold : 
Snch light as from main rocks of diamond, 
Shoottng their sparks at Phiebus, would rebound c 
And little angels, holding bands, danc>d aU a^und. 

Scemed those little sp'rits, tbrougli nimblet bold, 
Tbe stately canopy borę on their wing» ; 
But them itself, as pendants did uphold, 
Bcsidcs tlie crowns of many fiunous kiugs: 
Among the rcst, there Darid evcr sings : [lays 
Aad now, with years grown yooog, renews his 
Unto his golden harp, and dittięs plays, (praise. 
Psalming aloud in well-tun'd songs his Makci-'6 

Thou self-idea of all joys to come, 
Whose love issueh, woald make the rtidest speak, 
Whose lore is such, would make the wisest damb ; 
O whcn wiłt thou thy toolong siłenoe break, 1 
And overcome the strong to save the weak ! . 
If thou no weapoos hast, tbine eyes will wotind 
Th> Aimighty's self, that now stick on the 
<>'f'>Qnd, . . [impound. 

Ab though some hletfied object there did them 
Ab, miserąble.olject of c|isgrace, 
Wbat happiness is in thy misery .' 
f both must pity^ and envy. thy case ; \L 

For she,. tbat is the glory of tbe sky, ' 

Łeaves HeaTen blind to iizon thee het eye : 
. Yet ber (tbough Mercy^s self esteems not smali) 

The world despis^d, thcy her Repentance cali, 
Aad she heraelf despises, and the world, and all. 
Deepty, alas * empassiohed she stood. 
To see a flamirig brand to8S*d up from Heli, 
Boiirpg ber heart in her own lustful tlóod, -w. 

Tbat oft for torment she would loudly ycll, '^ 

Now she would Sighing sit,* and now she fell 
Crouching upon the ground, in sackclotb trnst: 
Early and late she prayM ; and fast she must ; 
And all her haic bung fuU of ashes, aud of •dust 

Of ay most bated, yet hated most of atl 

Of ber own self she was ; disconsólate 

(As though her flesh did but infuncral 

Her buried ghost) slie in an hArbour sat •• 

Of thomy briar, lifei^ing her cursed state s 
And her before a bałrty riv6i- fled,* 
Which her blind eyes with fiiithful pcnance fed. 

And all about,. ^e grass with tea^s hung dovB bis 
head* * . 

Her eyes, though blind abnoad^ at borne kepC fast, 

Inwafds they tum*d, and lookM into herhead, 

At which she often started, as aghast,^ 

To see so fearful spectecles of dread ; 

And with one band her breast she mattyred, 

Wounding ber heart,' the eame to mortify,- • 

The oiher a fiir damsel held ber by : 
Whicb if but once let go, she siink im>3?ediatcly. 
Bot Faith was ouick, aqd nimbie 9S theDeay^ii^ 
As if of love and life she all had been. :- . 
And though of present sigbt ber sen^ wej^ i^afW, 
Yet she could see the things could not be seen« 
Beyond the stan, as notbing were between, 

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Into the f<5a»he cwijld a mounUun throw^ L"®^ 
Ąl^ inak«: thi Sun ip staiia, ^nd witeii backwarti 



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Such whcn as Mcrcy hcr beheld hom hnch; 

In a dark yalley, dtt>»rn'd .with her own t«art. 

One of hcr Oradet^he ąent hastily, 

SmiliiK RyiToe, tliat a gariand weaW 

Of gtiildcd olive on ber fajrer hairti 
To crown tbe feiilUi* sonPe trtie aacrifice i 
Whooi wbćii a& iad Re|ienun<Jił oomiDg epi«i, 

Tbe hdy dcipejtdo frlt>'d beł- swoUeo eyi*. 

T1iU!Vrercyłeltakiii<lTemor»r^*torun 

Throajb łler soft yeios, and thcrefiire hymg tot 

To j;ivc an cud to siłence, tbus bc^on : 

" Avc hQnour'd falber, if no joy thou hast 

Butto ravaid deseji, rewanł at la«t 
UTie devir8 Voice, ą>oke witb a aprpent s imigu*. 
Fit to htss 9at tbe wwrds ao deadlf Btung, [sOog. 

And L6t bim die, deaih^s bttter cbarms to aweetly 

" łłe ł^as tlic father of tliat hopelesś season, 
That, to serre otber gods. for^t Iheir o*». 
The reśsob w»i, thou wait abore tbeir reasen. 
Tbey would havc other god».. rather tban nonę, 
A beastŁy ierpent, or a seoidcBS atooe: 

And thcae, as Justice hat«r, sa I *JPM«. 

But tbe np-płougbcd heart, a|l rent aod tojr, 
Though wounded byitidf. 1 glaUły Woałd nstóre. 

«' rte was but dust ; why fe?/4 he fiot Vo fcU? 
And bcYn? fan^n, bow Cąn be tiope to live ? 
Cannot tbe band destroy bim*, that madę ml! ? 
Could he not take aWa^ as Weil f^T^ ' . . 

Sbould man decrave, kHń should not ttod d^riyc ? 
Wo9itnotalltbeWoVM**;decciVintrfcintJ^ . , 

(Tbat, WhAdWM yip <ritb pride ofj^l?^^'!!!"^ ^ 
feh In Itfs rfsć) that bim óf 1*eaV'n dW diwnb<^rtt ? 

«' Hę ais bit 4u«t : bow couUJlhe stand httwę bim ? 
And being^irn, why sboul^ W fear to d« ? 
Cannot ihe Tiand that ipade him first, restore bim t 
DepraVM of sin, ^lo^dd he dpj)rived Iie 



Too hardy jKml. wilh no t&efteU Ipirf r 
Tbe only way tb conqqcr. ^'ąs w fly ^ _ 
But thus tohg deatb batb li^d, śod »«v 
aeir sbali die. 



Of jcrace ? cau hc not find infirmity, 

That ga.ve bim strcngth ? nnwortby tbe tor- 
He'l8, wbo ever Weigbs, without mistak.n|jj 

Ór maker of tbe inan, or manner x>f bis makiog. 

*f Wbo sbaił tby trt»ple «n«3en»e wiy nwro i 
Or to tbv aUar cnjwn tbe samfice ; . 

Or strcw witb idlc tlów'« tjie h|jllow!d floor? , 
Or what sbould prayer deck wjth berba, and spice, 
Hcr vials, breathiwK orisons of price ? 

If all must pay iŁąt whidi a!l Cannot pay, 
O drst^begin with n\e. and Mercy ą ąy. t^ray. 
And Iby thrice honourM Son. that uowbencatbdotb 

•♦ Btot If or be^ br I Wmy K^. a"d if^. 
And Heat^n can joy to see a sinncr w*Jp7 
Ob* If t not Jułtłcfc' irotł aceplre bręaą 
A biart already brok«, thąt Iow doth efetp. 
And with 1^^^ »^«mWe» ber fbet'. dwt^doth 

Mnst all go by Awert ? is notbing.free? 

Ab I if bat tb«« thąt only wor^hy be, ^fsce. 
Nonę sboaUl tbee eveT łee, aDWł łbould thMi wer 
' What biitb hłati doiic, tbat miibsKiiłlWfab&o, 
SiDće God tb bitti te "groi*n aoiiear b^kin ? 
Dłd bis foe slay bim? life sball ^at hfe «©i 
IMbbB W.t all ? ha all •gato *hill tfm : 
I^ Mb Iłls master > -he istoH nilstfr tm s 



*« He is a patb, if bny t« lobiled ; 
He is a robę, if ahy iiAltćd Be j 
If any chaiłć^ to bahger, be is brełd | , 

If any be i. bbndkńiih, be ii freć j 
If any he bat *cilk, bow śttodg U be f 
To dtod men łilfe ^ U, tó rftk iben Wemltli f 
Ib Wind men sight, and to tbe beedy wekltb jf 
plbśsure *łtbobt Ibss, k titóoioi* withdat ttćftU& 
Wbo cm finrget, tiefer to be forgot, 
The time, that all tb«» world in rtainhter In* s 
Wben, like tbe fUn. ihe singing angrfi shc* 
To Earth, and Heav*n awaked aII hit cyea* 
To see anotb^ Son ai midnight Hwb ^ ^ 
On E4rtb ? was ne^^br ilgbt rf Pfj!i.*^"* « 
for God befow, man liltc bimself did ™">*r. 
Bat God hitt^f now like a mortal maa MC«Mi 
«« A child be was, and bad not IrarnM to •P«|^K 
Tbat witb bi»woid tbe world before did m^ : 
His motber^s arms binfi borę, be w>b ao w««k, 
Tbat wUh one baM tbe vaults óf Heav o cołłltf 

sbaką. 
See bow smalł room my. infant lord dotb t»»c, 
Wbom.aU tbe world is.wt enous^ to l>?m- 
Wbo of. bis years, or of bis age hath told ? 
NeTcr such age so young, never a chiW bo oW. 
** And yet bu| nęwly hc wa» infanted. 
And yet ilready be was ęópgbt to die i 
Yet sparcely bom, already banished j 
Not abić yet to go, and forCd to tty ; 
But scf rcely fled aw;iy, when by^rij ny, 
Tbe tyranfs sworA witb blood w ^tl cleffl 4, 
Aad Rachel, for ber sons with fnry *'"» . „j,,, 
Cries, 'O thou cn*l king. and O my sweeteat ćbfM} 
" Kgypt bis nmie became, ^bere Wlrt ^q»risig», 
Wbo straight, to entęrtst\n tbeifeiag Sun, 
Tbe ba^y har^est ft bis bosoto brings ; ^^ 
But Tiow for di^gbt tbe llclds wei>e ill «o*y*^ 
AHdiiowVithwatcrSainsóveftnń: i*?^ 

So faA tbe t^nthian móntital* pon ry th cjr 
WTicn onće tbey ffeft tbe 8mi ^neatl OKt^i ńo^, 
Tbat ffttósBjypt lo*t, tod to a sca did fpwar. 

" The wigeh\*rdll»d Umd tbeh-«mg of pcace, 
TbcccffsedorkcIeswere^ndtebdtfBb, 
To see tbeir Sbepherd, thepoor shepta«W»«pi*i^ 
To see thefr «ibg, tbe tóngly *>!*** ^^^ 
And them tOftiWe nńto bis Mastera MnaOy 
A stiirrotties danoiiłg «P tho orient, 
Tbat«prifigsfwjoyovertheib»wyt^ 
Wberegold, toinAothdirpnnOe a ta«#B, th^r 

all present. 
« Young John, gł?id obild» befoio hę caUd be >ort. 
Leał>t in tbe wo»b, biajoy to propbesy : 
Old Anna. tbojigb with age all »pent aud woro, 
Proclaims ber SayUmr to porterity : 
And Siroeon fint bis ąyingnoteg^ dotb pły. 
Ob, bow tbe Wessed souls about bim tracc I 
It IS tbe Ore of Heav'n tbou dost cmbraoes 
Smg Simeon, aing. aing SUwn, tm •!»«»•" 



With tbaithe migoty tłąunder dcpt . , 
From God*8 unwary arm, ROw wilder grown, 
And mejted into tears ^ aa if to pray 
For n^rdop^ and. for pity. it had known, 
TbatsboMld baWbeeąfiwriwaed YepgcąiioetkWi*: 



CHRISTA TRIUMPH ON ĘARTH. 



81 



Tkof tDo tlie armict ai^lie devow>4 
Thor fonner ragę, and al] to Mercy liQir'd, 
ncir bniken ««a|0Bs at lięr feet thęy 8lt% 
aUim'(L 

I^Bri ^, briaf , ye Ocaces, all yoar iiilver fla»|ięt^ 
J^IÓBted with erery cbokest flow'r that growff, 
"I*"* I łMiy tooo tułflo^*r your frp^Tapt b9»V«(9y 
Tofttnw tbe fields wHh odoars wbere be gpftf, 
I«t wliaxaoc'er he treads od be a rosę."" 
So dowD ibe let lier eyelids fali, to śhm 
JJpoo the n^ere of bright Paleatioe, [fRine. 

m>ds drop boney, aad ber nv€if sMp wMb 






CMB^ST^ THtUMPB OH MdKm. 



Christ bnmg hi into tbe place of combat, ibe wil- 
doMM, maamą Uw vild bnflci, IHrk i. .10. 
YCR. 1. DcBcribad by bis proptr atlribatei tbe 
Bercy of CM, iner. ^ 3. ; vboin tba cręataies 
eaMMt boiadbfir, ver. 4, ^. By his osky nieb 
IbB GodłMMd, ver. ^ »»pf!0per pbue, »er. 7. 
Tbe bmity «f kia bady, Ca«t v. II. Ptal. xlv. 
& Cen. jdR. 14. OattC v. Vk ani iMi. lin. 2. 
«cr. a^l3. By i^seipariog binadf 4e tbe eotn- 
bat włth bis adversary, that seemed what jde 
was BOt. Ter. 14, 15. fiome derout esseoce, 
«er. 18 — 19. {Closely tcmptiag bim to dopair 
^f Ood^is proTidenoe^ a^d proride for bńnself) 
Ter. 90. Sat was wiwt be seemetb not, Satan, 
and woidd laia liave 4ed btm, lut. To despera- 
tien; cbaractered by bis płace, eounteoaDce, 
appwel, borrible apparitkrns, fcc. Ter. Si — 30. 
4d, T« YreaiHnptioa ; ebanutocd by iier place, 
atteodants, &c. vcr. 31 — 36.$ and by ber 
teiqpt»twa, %1^ ; to raln |;lpry, rer. $8. ; 
poedcaUy deseribed fram tbe place wbere .ber 
ecwrt siood i a garde^. y«« 39—^9.; frpoii ier 
conrt, and eourtierg, ^er. ^0. ; pleąsose in 
driakiąg, «er. .>!.; io luxury« yer. .d2. Sd, 
^jrsirioe. Tej*. 53->!:55. 3d, ĄmUtioy^ bo^our, 
vcr. .5^; froai b<^ Ibróne, and fropi ber 
(empetalio*, yer. 57^>5fiU The eflRxt of this 
Tictory in Satan, ver. 60. ; tbe angels^ yer. 61. ; 
tbe creatures, ver. 62. 



Tsza^ all ąlooei «be spyM, al«ą, IttkSwhile! 
bi jlady darkness, apoor.desoiaij^j 
Tlkatjiow bud tneasur^d inany a wearyrpiU^, 
Tbpongb ^ waste desery, whiŁber heav'nly fate, 
wMbisown will, bim broąght : be prąyji^.sąt, 
Aad bim to prey, as he to pray begjip, 
The citizeas of the wild fbrest ran,' [man. 

IndnU Wfth-afMi lbfoaii?QU<a!<Hv«itt<«r ji^bple tbe 

SoM dfd tbe lady to ber Orecęs ery, 
hń no tbor wwgs Jiejself did nioably st^ow. 
^dte ber coBch a tbonsaod Lores did |ly. 
Sodowo into the wlldemess they tbrow : 
Wbere sbe, and Mli^ber tcnin, that witb ber (km 
Tboroogh tbe airy wave, with soiłs to gąy, 
Siaking into bi» breęst that weary ,lay, [away. 
Hide ibipweck cf theiDsaH«S| and Tanlsb'd qane 



Seemed tbat man bad tban defomad all, 
Wbom to deroor tbe beasts did BMke pretaaaa ; 
''Qt bJB tbPir sahrage tbinl did aoaghi appai, 
Though weapons nonę he had for his defeace : 
What arms kg iaaoo^ca, but inaooence ? 
For alien th<y saw tMr Laid^s bri^bt ongf«iza«P^ 
Shine io bis lace, sc^ofi dkl |bey ^isadfamse. 
And s^we un^ blp kf^t^, anfl ^om^ ab«m| jbin 
danoe. 

' Down fen the lordly liaą»8 angry mqod. 
And be hiniself fćlldo^n in cóngies Iow ; 
Bidding bim wdcome to bis wast^al wopd. ■ 
Sometinie he kist the grass wbere he did go. 
And, as to wash bis fest h« well did know, 
Witb fcwniBg toogoe be liokt away tbe dpsC, 
And erery one «oald acarest to bim tbroft. 
And ersry one, witb new, forgot bis formęr Inst 

Uon>ii|dfu] of bio^If, to mii)d bia Łonl, 
Tbe laaib stood gazjag by tba tyg«r's pjde, 
A« though b«tweeo Łbem tbey ^ ib^« mml* 
And on th^ lion's back tbe goat djd rj^,* "" " 
Forgetfiil of the roughipesś pf tbe bidr. 
If be stopd still, tbeir eyes upon bim bAJte^, 
If waikt, Jbey ^W in order on biip ^fitr^, 
And when bf «lept, the^r fĄ )ib w^t^ ^ai^ji^ 
conofit^. 

WoiMferdatb eall aw «p toasas O ao, . 
I^aaąst jae, and tharefora snk in yaoder, 

Forfiodhe^błiinielf, th|t ctose iief wder 
That man, tą olose, tbfi |3K) ^Xnm cap f'ffii D|ift i^ 
That band j yet not ao ćlcfc, byt ^sd biip hf$i^ 
Such beaj;na, «s omj^ ey^ a«e^ ^oo ^.«^ 
Socb^bt^iee, or it, ^ibey«h«Mil4 w, nisp^k. 

Upon a grassy hrilock be was laid, 
Witb woody primroses befreckled^ : 
Orer his head the wanton shadows played 
Of a wild olive, tbat ber boughs so spread, 
As with ber Jea^esabc seem'd to crown bis bead. 
And ber ^reea *gm* t' ambrace-lbe Priace of 



The Sunao near, aeeds most (be wioter ceasa, 
Tbe Sun 80 near, anotber spring 6eeai'd to ineiease* 

His hair was black, and io sipaU cucis did Łw,iiie, 
As thoagh it were the shadow of some j(ght, ' • ' 
And undemeath his face, as^ar, did shine; 
Bot surę the day shined not h^f w bright, 
Nor the Sun'8 shadow madę so dark a night. 

Under his lovely locks ber head to shiood. 

Did make Humility hecself grów proud:' 
Hither, to light tbeir lamps, did all tbe .Gnusea 
orowd. 

One of ten tbonsand sonls I am, and mma, 
That of bis eyes, and tbeir sweet woai|ds, ccnaplfiią; 
Sweet aie tbe wounds of LoTe, never 90 soce. 
Ab, might be often slay me so agaio J 
He never Uves, tbat tbus is neyer sląin. 
What booU it watcb \ Thoae ey^, for ą^I my aąt, 
Bline owo eyes looking on, ba^e stole .ąiybeart: 
In ^em Łovę bepds bts.bow, aad dips b^ bmning 
dart 

As when tbe 6aa» eanght in an adterBe dood^ 
Flies cross tbe world, aad tbem anew begets 
Tbe watry pietare of bis beauty pnmd, 
Throws ąllabroad hw spaduUng spanrieU, 
AndAb«.włM4a tfwM.ia dis^ 



68 



G. FLETCHER'vS POE^fS. 



To see iwo dayi abroad al bnće, and all 
Doubt whether now he rise, or now v'iU falJ : 
80 flamM Łhe godly flesh, proud of bia beav'iily 
thnUI. 

His cheeks, as snowy apples sopt in witie, 
Had Łheir red roscs qaeDcht with liliŁ-s wbite, 
And like to garden strawberrieii did shine, 
"Washl in a bowl of mjlk, or rose^buds bńght, 
Unbosoaiiog Łhcir breasts against tbc łighl. [madę 
Herę loye-sick souls did eat, there drank, and 
Sweet smclling posies, that could never fade. 
But worldly eyes him thougbt morę like some Uving 
shade. 

For laughter never lookM upon his brow/ 
Thougb in his fisce all smtUng joys did bidę : 
No silken banoers did about him flow, 
Fools madę their fetters ensigos of their pride : * 
He was best cloth'd when naked was bis side. 
A Lamb he was, and woollen flecce be borę, 
Wore with one thread, his feet Iow sandals wort; : 
Bqt bared were his legs, so wen: tbe times of yorę. 

As two white marble pillars that uphold • 

God^s holy place where be in glory scts, 
And rise with goodly grace and courage bold, 
To bear his tempie on their ample jets, 
VeinM every where with azure rivulcts, 
Whom all the people, on some holy mom, 
With boughs and flowry garlandp do adom i 
Of sucb, though iairer far, this tempie was upborne. 

Twioe bad Diana bent her sx)lden bow. 
And shot fh>m Heav'n lier silrer shafts, to ronse 
Tbe slnggisb salyages, that den below', 
And all the day tn lazy covert drouse, 
Since him the silent wiłdemess did honsę ; 
Tbe HeaT'n his roof, and arbour harbour was, 
The gronnd his bed, and his moist pillow grasb : 
But fruit there nonę did grow, nor i-ivers nonę did 
pass. 

At length an aged sire far off he saw 
Come slowly footiug, cvery step be gńest 
One of bis feet he from the grare did drew. 
Tbree legs he had, Łhe woodcn was the best, 
And all the way he went, he ever blest 
With benedicities, and prayers storo, 
But the bad ground was bless«Ki ne'er the morę, 
And all his bead with snów óf age was waxcn hoar. 

A good old hermit he might seem to be; 
That for devotion had the world forsaken. 
And now was travellłng sojode saint to sce, 
Since' to his beads he had bimstlf betaken, 
Where all bis formcr sins he nii^ht awakeni 
And them might wash away ląfith dropping brine, 
.And alms, and fasts, and ohurch's discipline ', 
And dead, might rest his bones under the holy 
shrine. 

But when he ncorcr camp, he lowted Iow 
With prone pbeisance, and with curtsey kjnd, 
That at bis fect hic hcad he scemM to tbrow ? 
Wbat needs him now another saint to find ? 
Affectaoosare the sąils^ and faith the wind, 
That to this Saint a thousand soułs conrcy 
Each hour : O happy pilgrims, thither stray ! 
Wbat caren they for beasts, or for the weary way ? 

Sooatbe old pałmer his devotions snng, 

Like pleasing anthems modcllcd in time j 

Fęr well that aged sire oould tip his totigne 

With troMen Ibil of e]oqacnce, and limę, 

And lick hb rngged speech wtih i^rases prinie. • 



" Ay inc,» qi,oth he, " how many ycars ha^e 
bccn, / •. 

Since theseiold eyes the Sun of Hcav'o haVe seen ! 
Certes the Son of Heav'n they now behold, I 



« 



Ab ! mote my hnmble celi so bicssed be 

As Hfcav'n to wclromc in bis lówly roof. 

And be the tempie for thy deity ! 

Ix>, łłow my cottage wor^hips thcc aloof, 

That under ground hath bid his beail, in proof 
It doth adore thoe with the ciclińg Iow, 
Herę houey, milk, and che»nuts, wild do grow, 

The boughs a bed of leaTes upon thee shall bestoir. 

" But ob !'* he said, and thercwith sighM fuli deep, 
** 'ITie Heav'n< a las ! too cnvious arc grown, 
Because oor fields thy presenec from them keep ; 
For Stones do grow where com was lately sowli :" 
(So stCQping down, he gather^d up a stonc) 

" Rut thou with com canst make this stone to eas. 

Whatneeden we the angry Heav*DS to fear ? 
Let them enry us still, so we eąjoy thee berę." 

Thus on they wandred ; but these holy weeds 
A monstroiis serpent, and noroan, did coTer.. 
So under grecnest herbs tbe adder feeds ; 
And round about that stinking corps did boTcr 
The dismal prince of gloomy night, and OTer 
His ever-4Śamned bead the shadows err*<l 
Of thousand peccant ghosts, unseen, unhieard. 
And all the tyrant fcars, and all the tyraot fear^d. 



He was the són of blackest Acheron, 
Where many frozen souls do chattVing lir. 
And ruPd tbe buraing waves of Pblegethoa* 
Where many morę \(i flaming sulphnr fry. * 
At oncc compeird to live, and forc'd to die, 
Where not^ing can be beard for the loud ery 
Of " Ob !" and " Ab !» and •* Out, olaa ! that t 
Or OBce again might live, or once at length naigUt 
dic I" 

Fre long they came near to a baleful bower. 
Much like the mouth of that inferaal care^ 
That gaping stood all comers to de\'our, 
Dark, dolcful, dreary, like a greedy graTe, 
That still fnr carrion carcases doth crave. 
The ground no herbs, but Tenomous, did bćar, 
Nor ragged trees did karę ;' but evcry włft^e 
Deąd bones and skulls were cast, and bodics hangod 
were. 

Upon the roof the bird of aorrow sat, 
KloDging joyful day with her sad notę, 
And through the shady air the fluttering bat 
Did ¥rave her leather sails, and blindly float, 
Wbile with ber wings the fatal ^roich owi smote 
Tb* unblcssed house : there on a craggy stone 
Celeno huog, and madę his direful moan. 
And all about the murdercd ghosts did shriek and 
groan. 

Like ckwidy moonshine in some ibadowy grore, 
Such was tbe light in yrbich Despair 4id dwell ; 
But he himself with night for darkącss stroye. . 
His black uncombcd locks dishetellM fcll 
About his face ; through wbich, as brend^' of HcD, 
Sunk in his skuli, his starlpg eyes did g^owy V 
That madę him deadly look, their glimpse did 
show 
Like cockatricc'B eyes, that sparks of poison thrqir, | 



CHRISPS TRIUMPH ON EARTH. 



69 



Hb dotbei were n^ged cIcniU, with thona pionM 
Ami Bs be musin; lay, to stony fright [fast j 

A Ihousand viiJ cfaimeiBs wonld Lim cast : 
At wheo a fiearful drcam io mid^t of oight, 
Skipt to th« brain, and phansics to tbe sight 
Some vinscd fury, ttraight the hasty fool, 
Eager to tr, cannot plack up his ruot : 
Tbe voice dies in the toague, and mouth gapes. 
vitboQt boot. 

Now be woald dream tbat be from Ilearen feJI, 
And then wold soatcb the air, afraid to fali ; 
Aod aov he thoufbt he siukiDg was to Heli, 
Aud tben wocild giasp the eartb, aod now his stall 
Uim seemed Hdl, and then be out irould craul : 
And ever» as he crept, woułd 8quint aside, 
Lest him, perbaps, some fury bad cspied, 
iad tfaea, alas I he sbouki in chałos for ever bidę. 

Tbeniore be softły sbrank, aod stole away, 
Heevcr dani to draw bis brcath for fear, 
nu to the door he came, and there he lay 
Psatinif fer bceath, as tboufh be dyio; were ;' 
Aad still be thoagbt Jie felt their craples tear 

Him by the beels back to his u^ly den i. 

Out &hł be wottld hare leapt abroad, out then 
Tbs Oear^, a* H6l!^ be fear'd, tbat punish guilty 



Within the gloomy hole of this pale wigbt 
The serpeat wooM him with his channs to inn, 
There be migfat bait tbe day. and revt the njght : 
Bot nader tbat same bait a fearf ul grin 
Was ready to entangle him in sm. 
Bot he upoo ambrosia daily fed, 
Tbat ffrew io Eden, thos he answered : 
9o both away were canght, aod to the lemple fled. 

Wdl knew onr SaTiour this the serpent was, 

Aad tbe óld serpent koew oor Saviour well ; 

Nererdłd aay this infalsebood pass, 

Vef&' dkl aay him in truth excell i 

Witk him we fly to HeaT'D, from HeaT'n we fell 
With him : but now they both togetbcr met 
Upon the sacred pinnacles, tbat tlireat, 

Włth their aspiring cops, Astraea*s starry seat 

Heie did Presumptioo ber pavilion sprekd 
Orer the tempie, the biight stars amoog, 
(Ab, tbat ber Ibót sboald trampie on tbe head 
Of tbat DMwt lererend place !) aod a lewd throng 
Of waoton boys sni^ ber a pleasant song 
Of knre, kmg life, of mercy, and of grace. 
And erery one ber dearly did embrace, 
Aad sbe henetf enamour^d was of ber own &0f. 

A painted face, belted witb rerme^l storę, 
WUeb light Euelpis every day did trim, 
Tbst io one hand a gilded anchor wore. 
Kot ftaed on the rock, but on the brim 
Of the wide atr, sbe lei it loosely swim-! 

Her otber hand a spnnkle carried, 

And ewtT when ber lady wavered, 
Cnit holy-water all upon ber sprinkled. 

"hor ibol ! sbe thonght berself in woodrous prioa 

ITttb God, as if in Paradise ^he were : 

Bot, were she not io a fool's paradise, 

!Hie oaight haTe seen morę reason to despAir ; 

Bot him she, like some ghastly fiend , dtd fear. 
Aid therefore as tbat wretch hewM OQt his celi 
Under tbe bowels, in tbe beart of Heli , [dwcll. 

ft die aboTe the Moon, amid the stars, would 



ller tent with sanny clouds was ciel*d aloft, 
Aod so esceedihg shone with a false ligbt, 
That Heav'rt itself to her' it seemed ofŁ, 
HeaY^n witItouŁ clouds to ber deluded sight ; 
But clouds withouten Heav'n it was aright : 
'And ais her hoase was built, sd did her bcaiil 
Build castles in the air, with idie pain. 
But hcart she ncrer had in all her body TaiQ» 

Like as a sbip, in which no balance lies, 
Without a pilot on the sleeping waves, . ^ 
Fairly aloog witb wind and watęr flies, 
Aod painted masts with siiken sails embraves, 
Tbat Neptune's self the bragging vessel 8avcs, 

To laugh a wbile at her so proud array ; 

Her waving streamers loosely she lets play, 
Aod flagging colours shioe ąs bright as smiling dAy : 

But all so soon as Heav'o his brows doth beod, 
Sbe veils her baooers, aod pulls io her beaois, 
The empty bark the ragiog billows send 
Up to th* Olympic wotcs, and Argas seems 
Agaio to ride upon our lower streams : 
Right so Presoinption did berself behara, 
Tottsed aboot witb every stormy wave, [brare^ 
And io wbite lawn she went, most like anangel 

Gently,our 5«aTiour sbe bcgan to shnire, 
Whf ther he were the Soo of God, or no ; 
For any otber she disdainM to wife : 
And if he were, she bid bim fearless throw 
HJmself to gronnd i and therpwithal did show. 
A flight of little angels, that did wait 
Upon their glitteriogwiogs, to latcb bim straight; 
Aod longed oo their backs to feel his glorious 
weigbt. 

But when she saw her speech prerailed nougbt, 
Hcrself she tumbled beadlong to the floor : 
But him tbe aogels oo their feathers caoght» 
And to ao airy inountaio otmbly borę, 
W bose snowy shoulders, like sonie chalkysbore, 
Restless Olympus sccmM to rest upoq 
AVith alł his swhnming globes: so both are gpne, 
The Dragon with tbe Lanib. Ah, unoieet paragon ! 

All suddenly the hill bis snów derours, 
Io licu whereof a goodiy garden grew^ 
As if tbe snów had mclted into fluw*r4, - - 
Which their sweet breath in bubtłc Tapoon threw>: 
That all about perfumed spirits Hew. > ' 

For whatsoever might aggrate the sense, 
In all the world, or please the appetence,- 
Here it was poured out in lavish ąfflueoce. 

Not love]y Ida might with this coropare, 
Though many streams hiA banktbestiTered, 
Thouffh Xanthus with his eolden sands be bare : 
Nor Hybla, though his thyme d(*pasturcd, 
As fast again with honey błossomed*: 

No Khodope. no Tempc'8 flow'iy plaio : 

Adonis' garden a:as to this but vain, 
Though Plato on his beds a flood of praise did rain. 

For in all these some one fhing most did grow, 
But io this one grew all thiogs else besidft j 
For swee^ Yariety herself did throw 
To every bank, here all the ground she dide 
In lily wbite, thcre pinks eblazed white, 

And dama^k all the earth ; and here sbe shed 
Blue vip4ets, apd there came rosei red : 
And ev«ry lighi tbe yieldiog sense as captite Ifd. 



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d. tLEftcttfeA>ś ^ms. 



Tbe garden lik« k la<Sy ^ir Ifkt cut» 
That lay as ff s^e'8li:i'ińb€fr>^ io aefi^t. 
And to tbe opeo skics beV eyes did fhut^ 
The ą^ire fieldft 6T Hcav>Q %e?« ^^eiAbtćd rig^t 
In a lam rodiid, 'set <ritli 'tTie flO'^*ń óTTig^t:. 
The <fów'ra-de-1uce, adfl the róóad tfiMiidt itw^ 
That bung itpoń their ażure 1eaves, did shólr 
Like twinklhig 8taVi, thftt fparkle hi the erenlń^ 
blu& 

Upon a hillytńMIrtirYfM !^<NatY 
On which tbetKHrir of VWii^Mqrht #« trafilt 
Wbite khd Yea rd«^ ibr N<Ar '&oe #«i«vlacH, 
And fićlr W tresies Marf^dt #ere sfAft : 
Tbem broadTy 8be'^ś|/laved, fif^^iai^ifig g^t, 
Till Ih the dccah tbe AhA dar ^"^erć droNmMi 
ThAi ap kpAU her yc4l<r«r locKs she woiiM, 
And irith green fiUeCsta their yrettj oauls theia 

boand. 
What Bboold 1 1wit depriiit ber łily htnd, 
Her veitii of "ykileift, ber emnne bnait, 
Which there in orient «otoan Irrlng titand : 
Or how H«r gOwn with sifken lewea if dreat, 
Orlidir herwatcbmmi, arniVI with bon^y er^, 
A wali of pńte bM m his bosbea bears, 
Shaking at every wind their leary spears, 
While she sdi^kdy sl^(^ be to be wakćd inn ? 

Over the hedge depends the grbping elm, 
Wliofe grMer bM, empanluled io winę, 
SeeiiledVwodd^«t'his bloody heim, 
And half sMtpećt ^the buoches of the vine, 
Ijm iJtOy, peńULpg, his-wltshobkl und^rmine, 
FOr weilbe kn^iueh frok be. ncver borę : 
But her weak artns embraced him the liiore. 
And her with roby grapes laughM at ber paramour. 

Under tbefltoaddw of th<f*e drttnken elois 
A foudtkłnnrte, kfYkłn PanglówUa iises 
( When ber łome flodd bf fttncy ovi?rwhelmf, 
And dne of all her laybUriieft she diooses) 
To bathe hrtself, whom*she in lust aboses, 
Abd ftotłi his wanton boily sucks bis sotil, 
Wbieh, drOwn*d in pleajure in tłwt shaliuw bowi. 
And swimniing In delight, doth aniorously roli. 

The font of 8ilver was, and so his showers 
In silver fell, oniy the gilded bowls 
(like to a fumace, that the miu^ral powcrs) 
SeemM to have moFt it in their shlning holes : , 
And on the watcr,. liketo bumihg coals, j 

On liquid silver Icarcs of roses lay : 
But when Paaglojy here did list to ptay, j 

Rose-water thcn it ran, and milk it raSnM, ihey s* y. i 

The roof thifćk douds did paińt, from which threet 

boys 
Three gaping n\«Tmaid« with llicir ewenifid feed, • 
Whose brcasU Ict fiall the sireaois, witłi słeepy nó1fc,i 
To lions' nouths, from wliencc it leapt with speed,' 
And in the rosy lavcr seeta'd to blecd, 
The naked boys unŁo tlie water's fali, 
Their stony nighlingales liatf tau^t to dali, 
When Zaphyr breathHI into their wat*ry iutcraiL 

And all about, embaycd fn soft sle^, 
A hcrd of cbanncd beasts a-ground w«?rc'^|iVferfd, 
Which the feir wrtch* in gofden chahis did ke^. 
And thcm in wiTTing boritface fettered : 
Ooce men thcy |iv'd, but mvf the rneirWfreJdead, 
And tttm'd to lieasts, *o fabled łłomer oW, 
ThatCircewifh her potioa, ćhann»am jołd, 
Wd manly toads in bcaatly bodies to immould. 



Thróu^h this fitse Bleb, to hh f(«M&'s boiKr, 
( Wh<!ito thousand souU detootly idoRse) 
Our first destroyer led oar Sayiour, 
There iń the lowćr róóm, in śOTcmn wise, 
They dan^d a rOand, and pdurM their sacriBc^ 
To plump LysMis, kod amoAg the rest, 
Tbe joHy prieiit, in Uf garlafkds drest, 
ChaJiled wfld OrgiaTs, hi hondur of the feaft. 

Others within their arboon swllling sat, 
(For bA the room alibM wfts aitNMirad) 
With isb^bbiig Bifćcirai, (IM wm gra#D •» ftft* 
That stand he dMld «0t, btft wfti«iMTie4, 
ktfd every e«vMiiig fMtflily walered, 
To ^oench his tiorf etieeks, and all rtKW i t 
Smali o<icks broke througU tbt wali, iiA aftUied 
o«t 
HkćflpMto of wiiie, to s«t on #M that tpiriiit rouft* 

This their inhiwied souls «ste«D'd their 
To crown the bonsiog cao ftom day to nig^ 
And sick to drink tbetosalTea with drinkiof 
Some Yoniting, all dmolien with dalighfe. 
Hence to a lo^, carv*d all in i^ory wbitej 
They oame, where whittfr ladiea mdied 
Bielted in pieastire and aoft iaagwshiiiecit^ 
Aad suok in beds of rosas, MBorons glanoaa 

Fly, fly. thou holy Child, that wanton kmMi, 
And thon, my chaster Muse, those harlota sboo* 
And with him to a higher story come, 
Wheris mounts of gold and AocmIs of silrer run, 
'llie while the ownera, with their wealCh undone, 

Star>'e in their storo, and in their planty pine. 

Tumbling thenwelves npon thetr heaps of mioe, 
GloUing their famiśh'd souls with tbe dec<dtfi:il 
sbine. 

Ab ! who was he such prccious berils foond ? 
How stroogly Nkturedłd faer'tt«nuf«a hide» 
And threw upon thom mounoilns of Chick gnMnfl. 
To dark their Ofy loMre ! but qMiint Pride 
Hath taught her Sons to wound their mother^a «Me^ 
Ahd'gage'the di^i^th, to settrch for iłarhig sbells, 
Ib Whose bright bosOtta »pamy Dacchns sw«lls, 
That neith^r Heiiten oor Bifth h«iieefofth łn aafeCf 
dw^ls. 

O sacred iHinger.of the grtfedy e]^ 
Whose need hath end, bdt no end teo^etise, 
Emt>ty in fillii^fls, rich In por«ty, 
That laiYing all thinj^, nothiag ean sofiioa, 
How thon befieteciest tbomen moat wise ! 
Theiiooi'ttAn wottM be rich, the rich immi grtśt^ 
The grent mian' kiag, the king in Ood'» owu aeat 
Enthrftifd, witb aiortal tam daies flaiH(Bs» mwł ' 
thunder tbreat. 

Thcrefore above the rest Ambttioii flate. 
His court with glittćrant pearl was aU>iowan'd, 
And round ttb«»ut i łie waU, in' chairs of state. 
And moKt ntftjeslio splendour, were instalPd 
A hundrfed kiag5^ whose femples were impaird 
In golden diahicms, set here and there 
With diamonds, and gemraed cvery wbare, , \ 
And of their golden virgi» tione disceptfed werer 

High over all, l^nglory V blajsing throne, 
In her brifeht tarret, a]] of crystai wraught, 
LikePhoebos* lamp, in roidst óf lleavco, tdione: 
Whose stArry top, with pride infemal franglit, 
delf-arobing coUiMna to t^bold were tanght : 
In which hOr image stAl reflećted w«i 
By tbe smoolh crystai, that, most likó her^l 
In beaoly and in (rallty did all ótbecs pass. 



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CHRISPS TRIUMPH OVER DEATH. 



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Aad, ibracnwnofgoM^ hęr faair tha »oce ; 
Oiiy gwiiaid o£ r uiti l M ri i did play 
Aknt ber locks, and in her band tbe borę 
A bonów globeof flaap, tb«l loiif bęfbr^ 
Sbe fiiU of 999tiaBę$ had Uaddered, 
And all the wojdd tberein dępictiMped : 
Wfaow ootonia^ 13^ itba wtibqm, ewet yamabed. 

Sacb Ysery ovbieics ytmor boys do bl6if 
Oot lirom ^eif soapy sbęllB, add rnucl^ admire 
Tbe swnmniog frond, vhic& tend^ly t^ev ro« 
1^ eavf bteatbtill it be Waved bigber : 
Bot if tb^ ebance bat roagbly oaee atpire, 
Tbe painted bnbble iw^nt]y doth fidL 
Heie wbeo tbe came, ilie 'gąn fbr muńc cali, 
Aadtnof tMs wooiogsoog, to wełoóme bim wUlial 

" Ławę is tbe bioM»iA wbere there lAcmt 
Ereiy tbio^ that liTes ór grows : 
Xiy«« doth naake tbe HieaT*DS tó moreg 
Aad tbe Sun dotb barn io lorę : 
Łove tbe ttroog' and wealc dbtb yoke, 
Aad makes tbe iTy climb tbe oalc ; 
Under wl»ose shadows lions wi!d, ' 
SbfltenM by loye, gnm tamę and mij(d: 
Ii>ve DO ined'cińe cąn anpęase, " 
He bnn^ tbe fishes in tbe seasf 
Kot all Uie skill bis wouodt can stench, 
UkA all tibe sea bis flre can <][bencb : 
tarę did make tbe bloody speair 
Onoe a Ifayy coat to wear, 
Wbtfe' m bift łeaVes tbefe AirtHided lay 
Sveet bieda, for 1^, tbat mf aod p^^JT i 
And of all loye^sjoyfąil Bame^ 
I tbe bod and blocso^i ęm. 
Oidy bend tby knee tp n^ 
ITiy woośąg sUall tby trinaiog lie. 

'"^eo^ iee«beAo«ranttiiat^Mo«r, 

Ko« asftcah as momingSIbir, 

l^dof aU, tbe^l^aroMk 

That as bright Aarora sbows : 

How tbey aU miłeayed ^ 

Losing their vifgułity ; 

like uoto aambiner-sbade^ 

Bot no« bom, and no* tbey M& 

K««ry tboAgdotbpetsaway, ^ 

Tbeft is danger iń delay :' 

Gome, come gatber tben^be ros^ 

Gather it, or it yoa lose. 

All tbe sand of Tagns' shore 

lato my bpsom cąsto his ore ; 

AU tbe T«|!eys' siriiniiitpg com 

To my hoose isyeaHy bortie': 

^f ery grapę of every v\i^ 

b ifladfy brotsM to make me trtn^, 

Wbile ten tbonsand kihgs, ta protid> 

4*0 carry np my traio bare bOir'd, * 

Aad a world of ladies send me 

Id my cbambers to attehd o|ć. 

Jn tbe sUrs m Heav*n tbat shiite, 

And ten tbonsand morę, are minę : 
Only bend tby knee to me, 
Tby woOiog AatI tby widoing 1^^^ 

Thossei^Ubed«VP«ncbąun](T^ ui.bv^młf]id 
l|frgMil«|nl bait to haye embosfun^: 
Bot be ber.cbanns dispersed into. windi 
iail ber ipf'imio|epce ą<|mo|iisbea« 



So witb ber 9iito to Hełl sbe look bitr flflfbt, 
(The startmg «ir ilear fhmr the damned tpH|f5t) 
Wbere deepiyboCb ai^ria^d, pianfed Łtenn^hręii 
itf il^^t* 

: Bot to their li^y jififf pausiog ^ |ti9 tboogh^ 
A Heavenly yollęy pf ligbŁ ań^s Qew» 
AęA from bis Fątbęr bigi a ban^uet broogb^, 
Throtigh the fine element ; for welj tbey kjaew, 
After his Lenten fast, be hungry grew : 
And, as be fod, tb« boty guires' combioe 
To siog a hymn of tbe celestial lYme ; 
AU tbongbt to pass, and each #as past all thoofbC 
divm^. 

Tbe birds sweet notes, to sonn^ out tbeir joys* 
I Attemper^d to tfie Jays angełical i 
Aad to tbe ^ir^s tbe wipds attuoe thetr ncfit^ ; 
And to the winds t^e watere hoarsely cffl. 
And echo back again revołCcd all ; 

That tbe whól^ mlley rang witb Tictoiiy. 

But now onr Lord to rest dotb bomewards liy ; 
See how tbe nigbt ćomes stealiiq^ ftom tbe motin- 
taiBtbł|k 



CITItISTS TRIUMPH ÓVER DKATff. 



'tat ABOÓMEUTi 

Cbrist'8 triuQ!)^ QVer death o^ tbę cross, ęx^ 
prąped, tst, To generał by his Joy to uńdeigó 
it; spiginc .before ^ie went' to tbe garden, y^r, 1, 
2» 3. Mat. 26. ' ^0 ; by his grief^Tn .t!He undcr- 
going i£, ver. 4 -—6. ; by the*obsciyp fables of 
tbe.Oentiles typing it. Ter. 7, 8. ; by tbe cause 
of it in bioń, iB»rove, ver. 91 ; by tbo efSect \t 
staooUl bat^ in us, ver. 10 — 152. . by the instru- 
ment, tbe cnrsed trrc, v«»r. 15. 2ił, Kxpr(U!crd" 
in particolar; 1^^ by hłsfore-passion in tbe 
garden, ver. .]4-^85.; by his passion itsełf, 
amplifiódt Ist, Jrom the generał canses, ver. 
25, 27. ; paiits, and effectfe of it. riir. 28, 29. 
dd, From tl^e' particolar causes, yer. 30, SI.; 
parts, and efibcts of it in Heaven, fer. 32 — 36 ;. 
in tbe beavdnly spiritś, ver. '3*f ; in the ćreaturps 
snbceiesitia}, ver. 38; in th^ wicked Jews, v6r. 
39; in Jiidas, ver. 40-^51'; in- tb« blcssed 
saint^ Joseph/ &cl ver. 52— =-67. 



So tlown tbe sUv]er streams of £ridan, 
On eithor side bank*t with a lily wali, 
Wbiter thaa both» rides the trf umphWnt swan, 
AmI siflgsbbdirge, andprophecies Ms ftdł, 
Diving ińto b|s wntry fbneral ! 
Bnt Bridan to Cedron must stibmit 
His flowery ibore ; nor caii be en^y it, 
If, irtien Apollo tings, bis swans dosiledt sit 

Xhat hrąv*qly voice I morę delight to J|,far, 
Tiiah geiftleaira to brcathc, or swellmy.wayes 
Against the sounding rocks tbeir bofloms tćistr, 
Or «bist|ing reCds, that riitty Jordati lav^, 
And with.tlieir vonlur<l bis w|iit'e bead embra^es^ 
To chide the wtpds, or<hi\-ing bees, that ily- 
About the laugbing blossoms ofsalloiiry, 
Rockiog.afleep tbe fdl^ grooms that lazy ly; 



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G. FLETCHER'& POfiMS. 



And jet hcfw ean I hear thee singing go, 
When aien,iiioeni'4 ▼Hh bate, thy <l«atb fbrewt ? 
Or elsę, why do 1 hear thee sighing co, 
Wbep tbou, 'mflam'd with lorę, their )ife dost get! 
That love and hate, and sigbs and songs are met ? 
But thu«, and only Łhus, thy love did craye. 
To ^cnd thee singing tbr us to tby gTave, 
Wbile we Boogbt thee to kill, and thou sooghfat ' 
us to sare. 

Wben I remember Christ onr bnrden bcurs, 

I look for glory, but find misery; 

1 look for joy, but find a pea of tears ; 

I look tbat we should lirę, and find bim die ; 

I look for angels' tongs, and hear him ory : 

Thns wbat I look, I cannot find ao well; 

Or rather, wbat I find 1 cannot tell, 
Thesc banka so narrow are, ttaose streams so bigbly 
swclK 

Christ suffers, and in tbis his tears bcgin, 
Saffers for us, and ourjoy springs in tbis; 
Safifin« to dęath, bcre is his manhood set-n ; 
SufTers to Hm, and here bis Godbead is, .^ 
For man, tbat coiild not by himself hare rise, 
Out of the grave doth by the Godbead rise, 
And God, Uiat couki not die, in manbood dies, 
Tbat we iu both migbt live by tbat sweet sacrifice* 

Go, giddy brains, wbose wits are thonębt so fresb, 
Pluck al I the flow^rs that Naturę forth doth throw; 
Go, stićk them on the cbeeks of wanton flcsb : 
Poor idol (forcM at once ^o.fall and grow) 
Of fading roses, aud of melting snów : 

Yotkr Bońgs exceed your matter, tbis of minę, 
Thć' matter which it sings sball make dirine ;. 
As stars dnll puddles gild, in which their beaułies 
shine. 

Who,doth notsee drownM in Deuca1ion*s name • 
(When tatth bis men, and sea had lost his shore) 
Old Noab? aftdin Nisus' lock the iame 
Of Sainaoo yet aUire?- and long before 
In PbaethoH's, oiioe own fali 1 deplore ; 
But be thatconąuer^d Heli, to fetch again 
His-vii^iit widów, by a setpent-slaitf, - 
Anotber Orpbeus was then dneaming poeta feign. 

Tbat tanght the stones \o melt for pa^ision, . 
And dorrpant sea, to heąr bim,. silent hic ; 
And at.bis yoice, the wafry nation 
1*0 flock, . as łf tbcy dermM it cbctip to buy 
With their owndeatlis his sacrcd barmony-.:.. 
The wbile the waves stood stiii to hear bis son?, 
And steady shore wav*d with tbc rccling tbrong 
Of tbirsty souls, tbat hung upon his huent tonguc. 

Wbat better friendsbip, than to corer shamc? 

Wbat greater jove« than fot a friend to die } 

Yet this is better to asself the blame, '< 

And tbis is greater for an enemy-*. 

But morę th^n this, to die not snddenly, 
Not with some comnion death, or easy pain. 
But slowly. and with torments to be slain : 

O depth withoot a dcptb, far better setn than 
say*n. 

• . • ■ • 

And yet the Son i« bumbled ibr ibe slare, 
And yet the slare is proud before the Son : 
Yet the:Crca.tor for his creaturc gave 
Himsrlf, and yet tbecreature faastes to run - 
FfORi bi.% Creator, and sdf-good dQ]Lh shua : . 



And yet tfae Prince, and God hinself doth 
To roan, his traitour, pardon not to fly ; 
Yet man is God, and traitour doth hia Prince defy- 

W ho is it sees not that be nothing is, 
Rut be tliat nothing sees ? wbat weaker brea«t» 
Since AdamVannour faiPd, dares warrant his ? 
That madę by God of all his creatunss beat, 
Straight madę himself the worst of all the 
'* If any strcngth we ha^e, it is to iii, 
But all the good is God's, both powV and will r** 
The dead roan cannot rise, tbougb be himself may 
kiJl. . 

But let the thomy schoól these punctnals 
Or'wilIs, nil good, or bad, or neuter diss ; 
Such joy we gaincd by our parentals, 
lliat gciod, or bad, whetber I cannot wisb. 
To cali it a^mishap, or happy miss, 

Tbat fell from Eden, and to Heav'n did riie : 
;Alber the mitred card'nai niore did prtzc 
His part in Paris, than bis part in Paradita. 

A tree was first the instrument of strife, 
Where Eve to sin ber soul did prostitute ; 
A trec is now the instrument of life, 
Thou^ph all that tnink, and tbis fair body suR r 
Ab cnrsed tree, and yet O blessed fruit f 
That death to bim, this life to us doth gi^e : 
Strange is the cure, when tbings past cure re- 

vłve, 
And the Pbysician dies, to make his patient Ure- 

Sweet Eden was the arbour of delight, 
Yet in his honey flow'ra our poison blew ( 
Sad Getbseman the bowV of baleful night, 
Where Christ a healŁh of poison for us drew, 
Yet all our honey in tliat poison grew : 
So we from sweetest flow^rs coald suckoor bn*. 
And Christ from bitter renom could agaia 
Kxtract life out of death, and pleasnre out of paiu. 

A man was first the autbor of our fail, 
A man is now the antbor of our rise : 
A garden was the place we perishM all, 
A garden is the place be pays our price : 
And the old serpent with a new dertce, 
Hath found a way Limselfe for to beguile: 
So be tbat all men tangled in his wile, 
Is now by one man caught, beguiPd with his owa 
guile. 

11)0 dewy night had with ber frosty rhade 
Immantlcd all the world, and the stiff ground * 
Sparkled in ice, only the Lond, tbat madę 
AIJ for himself, himself dissolYcd found, ' ' 

Swcat witbout beat, and bied withont a wound ; 

Of Heav'n, and Earth, ^d God, and msH^ 
forlore, 

Thrice begginj; help of those, wbose sins be borę. 
And thrice dc-nicd uf those, not to deny bad swore. 

Yet had be bcen alone of Go<l forsaken, 
Or bad bis body becn embroird alonc 
In fierce assault ; he might, perhaps bare takea 
Some joy in soul, when all joy eise was gone^ 
Bot that with God, and God to Heav*n is flown; 
And Heli itself out from ber graye doth riie, 
I Black as the starless night, and with them fiteSj 
J Vet blacker than tbey bpth, the wn of blaspbeiiiiesi 



CHRIST^S TRIUMPH OVER DEATH. 



15 



Afl wbea the planeti, with tmkind atpcct, 
Caii ffom her caTa tbe moagre pettilence ; 
The ncred rapoar, eager to infeet, 
Obeys tbe Toice of the sad influence. 
And ToniŁU up a thouaand mmaomt aceats, 
The well of IHe, flamiD^ his goMen flood 
Whh tbe tiek air, fe^enthe boiling blood, 
AAdpoboos all tbe body witb oootagiotts food. 

The V(Ad ph]riician, too incautelous, 
Bf thoBe be cnres himself a murdered : 
Kindtoets infSecta, pity is dangcrous, 
Aad tbe poor in^t, yet not fuUy bred, 
Tbere wbere be tbould be boro Jies buried : 
So tbe darfc prioce, fram bis ioferaal cell> 
Casts op bis grisły toituren of Heli, [spell. 

And vbets tbem to rerenge tritb this iosulling 

*' See bow tbe world smiles in etemal peace, 
Wbile «e, tbe barmiesa brats, and nisty throns: 
Of Btgfat, onr siakes in curls do prank and drcss: 
Wby ileeji onr drowsy scorpions to long ? 
Where b oar w onted mtue to do wrong ? 

Are ve onraeWes ? or are we graces grown ? 

Tbe aoDS of Heli, or Hea¥'n ?• was never known 
Our wbipa so oTcr-mossM, and brands to deadly 
blown. 

" O long desired, never hop'd-fbr hour, 
Wben onr tormentor shall our torments fee\ ! 
AiiD, arm your8e]ves, sad dires of my pow'r, 
And make our judge for pardon to os kneeł : 
Sike, laneb, dig, tear him witb your whifiS of 
Steel, 
Ifyself in bonoor of so noble priae, [crics 

Will pour yoa reeking blood, sbcd with the 
Of hasty beirs, who Łbeir own fatbers sacrifice." 

Wltti tbat a flood of poison, black as Heli, 
0«t ffom his filtby gorge tbe beast did spue, 
TbataU abont bis blesscd body fell. 
And tbontand flaming scrpents bissing flew 
Aboat bis son], from bełłish scipbor threw, 
And erery one brandish'd his fiery tongne, 
And worming all about his sonl they clung; 
Bat betbeir stlngs'toreoat> and to tbe groond 
tbem flnng. 

So hare I seen a rock*8 heroic breatt, 
Against prood Neptune, that his ruin thrcats, 
Wben all his wave8 he bath to battle prcst, 
And witb a tbousand swelliug biibws beats 
Tbe itjbbom stone, and foams, ańd chaf& and 
frets 
To beare bim from his root, unmovcd stand;' 
And morę in hcaps tbe barktng surgcs band, 
The morę in pieces beat, fly weeping to tbe straod. 

Hd may we oft a Tent^rous father see. 
To please his wanton son, his only joy, 
Oast all about, to cateh the TOving bee, 
And sŁang himself, his busy hands empioy 
To sare the boney for the gamesome boy : 
Or from the snake her ranc*rous teeth erazf , 
Makiag hb child the toothless serpent chace, 
Or with bu little hands her tim'rous gorge em- 
brace. 

Thus Chnst himself to watch and sorrow gives, 
* While, dew'd ineasy sleep, dcad Peter lies: 
Thos man hi bis own grave securely Ures, 
Wbye Christ alire, with tbousand hortoun dies, 
Yet Dors £nr tbairt, tbaa bist»wa pardon cries : 



No sins he had, yet all óm siothe bare^ 
So much doŁb God for otberi' evib care. 
And yet to carelen men for their own entlB arsl 

See drowsy Peter, see where Jadas wakes, 
Where Judas kiases him whom Peter flies : 
O kiss morę deadly than the sting of snakes ! 
False )ove morę hartfuł than true iitjuries ! 
Aye me ! how dearly Hod his senrant buys ? 
For God his man at his own blood doth hołd, , 
And man his God for thirty-pence bath sold. 
So tin for silver goes, and dunghill-dross for gold. 

Yet was It not enough for Sin to choose 
A serTant, to betray bis Lord to tbem ; 
But that a subject most bis king accuse. 
But that a Pagan mnst his God condemn. 
But that a Father must his Son contemn. 
Bot that the Son must his own death desire, 
Thnt pridće, and peopłe, ser^rant, ond the sire, 
Gentile, and Jew, and he against himself eon- 
iiipire? 

Was this the oi], to make tby saints adore thee, 
The frotby spitUe of the rascal throng ? 
Are these the virges, that are borne biefore thee^ 
Base whips of cord, and knotted all along ? 
Is this thy golden sceptre, against wrong, 
A reedy cane } b that the crown adoms 
Thy sbining lock?, a crown of spiny thoms? 
Are these the angels' bymns, tbe priests' blasphe-i 
mous scoms ? 

Wlio ever saw honour before ashamM ; 

Afflicted majesty, debased height, 

Innocentę guilty, bonesty defamM ; 

Liberty bound, healtb sick, the Son in night ł 

But sińce such wrong was offer^d unto right, 
Our Yiight is day, our sickness bealth is gtown^ 
Our shame b reilM, tbb now remains alone 

For us, sińce he'was oors, that we be noc our 
own. 

* » 

Night was ordainM Ibr rest, and not for pain ; 
But they, to pain their Lord, their •rest contemn, 
Good laws to save, what, had men would hare 

slain. 
And not bad judges, with one breaUt, by tbem 
llie Innocent to pardon, and condemn : 
Death for rcTfuge of murderers, not decay 
Of guiltless blood, but now all hcadłong sway 
Man's murderer to save, man's Saviour to slay. 

Frail multitude ! whose giddy law is list, 
And best applau^ is windy flattering. 
Most likc the b^ath of which it doth consist, 
No.sooner blown, but as soon vanishing, 
As much desirM, as little profiitiog, 
That makes the men that have K oft as ITghf, 
As those that give itj which the proud invite, ^ 
And fear; tht bkd man*8 friend, the good man*t'' 
hypócritc. 

It was bot now their sonndtng clamours sang, "' 
'^ Blessed is hethat ooniesfrom tbe Most High,'"^ 
And all ihe mountains with ** Hosannah" rung ; 
And now, " Away with him, away," they ery, • 
Add notbing can be heard bnt " Crucify i" 
' It was but new, tbe crown itself they sare. 
And golden namcof king uuto him gare ; 
And now, no king/but only Cssar^ they will barSi 



74 

It vM b«t ■•« tlN^r gMiiktnd Uoottikg M^, 
And of Ul wnu diffobM the kraachiog trtt. 
To ńnm witl^ booglMud bloMona ali thy ««y-s 
And iiow the branchleM trunk a crosf for thee. 
And May» dfatmayM, tky oofonet miut Im: 
It was bnt now they wem ao kind to tknw 
Tbeir oim beat gannenU, where tby fbelfllMMld 

And nów thyself tiiey atrip» a«d faleeding woandy 

See wbere tbe Author of ąll lilb ia dymg : 
O foąjf^l day '. bedead, wfaat bope of liTiog ? 
See wbere tbe bopea of all onr livea are baying t 
O cbeerfal d»y ł tbtey boufbt, wbat fear of grier- 

ing? 
Łore, love for bate, and denth for life is giTing : 
Lo, bow bis araif aie stretchM abroad to grace 

tbee. 
And, •• tbey open s(wid» cali to embrace tbce: 
Vfay atay'8t thoa tben, my aoul! O fly, fly, 
tbjtbor baste tbee. 

His radioiM bead witb sbamefal tboms tbey tear, 
His tender back witb bkx)dy whips tbey reot, 
Hii side and heart tbey fnrrow witb a spear, 
His bands and fect with timing awis tbey tent, 
Aad, as todisentraH bk sonl tbey meaiit, 
Tbey jeUy «t hit giief, and nmke tbeir gMue, 
His nakAd body to eatpoic to shauM, 
Tbat all migbt oome to<sec» and ail aiigbt see Chat 
eame. 

Whcrcat the Heav*n pnt ont bis guilty eyc, 
Tfaat durst behold so execrable sight, 
And sabled all in black the sbady sky. 
And the pale stars, strack witb upwonted frigbt, 
Quencbed tbeir ^ą^lasting lamps id nigbt: 
And «t bis birth, as aU thestars HeaT'n bad 
Werę not.enow, bat a new star was madef 
So now, Mb new, .and old^ ąnd all away did fis^e. 

The Macad aagela shook tbeir toy wiugs, 
Bcadgr U> ligbten yengeanoe |<om <3od's tbrone $ 
One down his eyes upon tbe manhood flintf^, 
Anothcr gazes on the Godhead, nono 
But sare^r thoa«bt bis wMs were not bis own; 

Some flew to look if it wese Tery be ; 

But wben God^ asm unarined they did -Me, 
Albą they saw it was, tbey vow'd it conki not be. 

The sadded airlinng all in chęerless black, 
Through which the gentle winds soft sif^hin^f flew. 
And Jordan into snch hnge sorrow bmke, 
(As'if bis boly stream no measure knew) 
Tbat all his narrow banks he o^erthrcw ; 

The trepibling ęarth with borrour inly shook. 
And sŁubbom stosies, s^ch grief aniisM to brook. 
Bid burąt, .qnd gbosU.ąwakipg from tbeir gn^es 

'gan look. 
Tbe «is« phi1osophęf!>orifd, all«gbast, 
** Th« God of nató^e s«iTely languisli^ }*' 
The sad Centurion crięd out aafii^t, 
« Tbe 9qp of ^od, the Soo of God iras dttad;"' 
The headlong Jcw hung down his pmisiw bead, 
And homewards farM ; and ever, as be went, 
He^sBiatehis.bifaft, -4M|f dafp#r«bs^ ))ent ; 
*nie<ve«y ivQ9da^«iid:lMWl^d|^ <ąan,bis.d«iilb>' 

menu 
Tbcgintelcn t««ito<irfroiHid:«bottt dM look, 
(He look*d noliontę, tbodovil ąniekiy-.inetbani) 
To du^ htitar, .Whiph'be1bi»d, -and^took, 
Only a gibbetnow hr-ofleda mostint-tatai | 
^•on »sfitM*d.t«Mihe«fkirly s«t^kn; 



O. »LETCHER»S v0^ka. 



And belp^d bim iU tte mpe, nAiaMitlMMgfct 
Athoufand forics, with tbeir wb^Wt bebronsl^ r 
80 there be itanda^ rea^ to Hall to naka hit vft«k* 



For bim a wnking bloodbonnd, yeUing kmd, 
Tbat in bis boaom loog bąd sleeping laid, 
A guilty conacience, bsirking afker blood> 
Pursoed eagerly» nay, never stay*d, 
Till tbe betrayer's self it bad betray^d. 

Oft cbang^d be place, in hope away to wind ;^ 
But cbange of piace coold neter cbange hi^ 
mind: 
Himaelf he ffies to lose, and folfows for to find. 

There isbitt two ways for this sonl to bare, 
Wben parting from tbe body, foitb it pntffft ; 
To §ie €0 HeaT*n, or fali inlo tbe graTe, 
Where whips of soorpkMia, witb tbe gtingwi^ 

sooufges, 
Feed 00 the bowling gbosts, and ^ry soi^et 
Of brimstone roU aboat tbe caTe of nigbt, 
Wbere flames do bum, and yet no spark c^ ligbt. 
And llre hoth fries, ąnd freezes tbe blaspbemiB^ 
sprigbt. 

« 

There lics the captlrt* sonl, aye-sigbing sore, 
Reck*uing a thousand years sioce ber first banda ; 
Yet stays not tl^eie, but adds |i thoossnd raore. 
And at aoother thousand ne^er staads, 
I But teUs to tbeni tha stars, and beaps the sanda ; 
And now the stars are tó^d, upd swida are aui»» 
And all those t^>usand thousand piyńadp dosM^ 
And yet but now, alas ! but now all is begun ł 

With tbat ą fląmio^; l^rand a fury catcb^d. 
And shook, and tos8*d it rouod in his wild thoogb^ 
So from his beart all joy, all comfort snatch'd, 
With every star of hope ; and aa be soogbC 
(With present fear, and fotun grief diatraagbf> 
To fly from his owtf beart, and aid imploi« 
Of him, themote be gpve8, tbat hath the inove^ 
Wbose storeboose ii (ha Hcar^ns, too litlle for biSs 



<* atoy wretoh on Kartb,^' eried 9atan> ** restleii 

rcst: 
Know'st Ihou nQt justicc lires in Heav^n ł or.caia 
The worst of creatures li\'e aoionj;; the best : 
Among the ^Icsscd angels curscd roąn } 
Will Jurlas pow becomc a Christian ^ [miód ? 
Whither wjll hppe*s lonjr wings trunspiirt tbj 
Or canst tliou not thyself a sinner,fi'ml) 
Or cruel -to thyself, wouldst tliou bare m&c^ 
kind? 



M 



H^ gav& titee lil^; wby shonid thou seek tosl&j 
him ? 
lYc lent tbee wcąl^ ; to fced tby-^ąrice ? 
He caird ,tl)ee.iri«n^ ; wliąt, thAt t^hąu sbqoI^ 

bsti^y (aifn-^ 
He kissM th.4$e, lboimb'bc,kii«w l^is life tbeprice ; 
He wasbM tbj-feot : .j|hoii1cl'«t.^t^ou bis sacriiice ? 
Hsfąye th«cj)(aafl, ąnd.wUie, his^body, blood, 
^ad-ąt thy bcnat-U^^ar in he stood ; 
But then I coter'd iii, and all my snal^ brood." 

As wh«fr:Ffkl^9MithaQa iMs^n .mad with rfear, 
I Whole troofw of halKahbaga a|Mothiin spiea^ 
Two bloodysnnMta4ktog4bft dusky.s|>beiw, 
AihI fiMrfoki Tbebes runs> rolling in ibis eyea t 




CHRISrrS TRIUMPH OYER DEATH. 



ns 



Wkh cym ttn^bscic tfpon bii motlin^t gfaoit, 
Tbat, with mfernal sapents alt rmbait'd, 
iad tofchcs qiMnch*d ia bJood, doth lier iteni ton 



Soch liorrjd gof^rtes, and mislbmed fenni 
Of dunned fiaid^ flew dandiig In his beait^ 
That Bov« uaable to endiire their atorms, 
** ny, fly," he cries, " thyidf, «late>er thoa ut, 
Hdi, Bdl aiready tranu m e^ery part." 
So dowB into fais tortoren, arms be fell, 
Tbat Rady stood Ua fiiaerals to yeU, 
Aad in a cload^ night to waft bim qaick to Heli. 

Tel oit be awtch'd, aod itarled as fae hoag : 
So Yhen tbe leMes half eatlumberM lie, 
Tbc hcadkmg body, nady to be ituig 
By the delodiaf fcocy finom sooie bigh 
ikad Cfaggy rocl(, reoovenfreedily, 
Aad raiapa tbe yieldiop pilloir, balfasleep^ 
Aad, aa fimn Heav'a Jt tumbled to tbe deep, 
Fceb a caU aweat throngh every trembliog Dien»- 
bercreep. 

Tba« let bim hang emboweHed ia blood, 
Wbere aerer aoy geotle shepberd feed 
Hm bteioed flooks, nor etrer beaf*Dly flood 
Ml on the coned grouod, nor wbolesome ieed, 
Tbat may tbe leaat delight or pleasure broed : 
let nerer spring Tisit bis babitation, 
Bot aettles, kix, and alJ the weedy nction, 
With empty elden grow, sad sigos of desebtion* 

Tbere let tbe dragon keep his babitanoe, 
Aad atminag eareasea be tbfown affaimt, 
Fauns, sylvans, ond defbrmed ntyrs danee, 
Wildcata, wf)lvea, Undi, and ferep(ik-o«is tRrrfy 
Tbere ever let aome restłesi spirit bamit, f ehant ; 
With boUow-flonad, and desbing chains to acar 
Tbe posenger, aa d'eyg s like to the star, 
llMtt^riileB in Ibe cicit oF aagry Mam alkr. 

Bat let the bfessed dews lor ever 8bow> 
l^pon that grouod, in whose fair fields I spjr 
Tbe bloody eanga of Oor Sonoitt. 
Stiange coaqncBt «bete tfae a u uq u e m mnat die, 
Aad lKinlaii^ Jtbat wiaa the ństoiy : 
Bat be, that liviagr bad ao bouae to owa it, 
Ibnrbod-ao gan^e* but Joseph fnast beatow it: 
O mn «e saiata apoee, aud vitb awcet flowets be- 



Aad T« glad spisits, tbat nov aaintcd sk 
On jrour celestial thrones, in beaiity drcst, 
Tbough IjpHur tears recooiit, O let it not 
Witb alter norrow woond your .tender breast, 
Or with new grief aaqoiet your foh rest : 
Enoogh b me yoar plaints to sound again, 
Tbat neaer conid enough myself oomplaio. 
iSqg.lheD, O siqg aloud thoą Arimathean swain. 

Biit>lia|rlKttHod. iabirlBiataniirnpMdł^g 
Tbe fiureit^«paifr Hea^^' evei<ibrMt«l , 
With «iidi a silent pasńan gńcT aitfoldhig, 
Tbat, bad the sbeet but en bimscJf been sipread 
He for the-corse migbt iMV8 been buried : 

And witii bim staod the bąppy thief tbat stole ; 

By aigbt hi$ owo 9alvation, and a sh>al j 

Of Mones drowoed, roood about bim, sat iaJdofe.* 



At ^nąth (fcisMg his ItpsthefoashB spiht, 
As.if hem, thcaec be- fetcb'd ągaiąfaiaf bo^ 
To Mciy tbat with teaia hia-iiience bialDa: 
" Ab, woful soul ! wbat joy in all our osast, 
Whta bim we bold, we bare already iost I 



OncedidstthoakiaethysoOy hot fcuidttagaiii • 
Now And*st tby Son, but ifaid'st bim Iost and slaio. 
Ab me ! tboogb be could death» bow can^st Oio* 
Ufe snstain ? 

" Wbere^er, dear Łoaś, tby sbadow boi ra wll ^ 
Blessing the place, wharehi it deigna ahide | 
Look how the Karth daifc hommr oomrath, 
Clotbing in moomfhl blade ber naked 
w^almg her shadow np to HcaTni t/^ 
To see, aad if it naeC thee waad'i4ng thws^ 
Tbat so, and if bemICmast miss thee bera, 
At least ber sbadow oray her daty to thee bear. 

*< Sca b0w the Sun m daytine doudb hia taca^ 
And lag^mg Yesper, loośing his late tean, 
Foi^gets m Heavea to ran his aighiiy iaos>: 
But, sleieping on bright CEta'8 top, doth dream 
The worlcl a chaos is, no joyful beam [moan^ . 
Loofci from bis starry bower, tbe Hear^ns do 
And <lkees drop tears, lest we shouM griere alon^, 
The Widds bave leam*d to sigb, aod wateis faeafsdly 
groan.^ 

" And yon sweat flow'rs, tbat in tbis gaaden gsow, 
happy atataa a tboasand soalt eaty^ 



Did yon yonr oaa felieities bot ki 

YoorwlTes upplack*d woald to his foaeial hie, w. 

Yon noTer coold in better season die : 
O tbat I migbt iato yoor plaoes slide f 
Tbe gates of Heay*n stands gaping in bb fide. 

Tbere in my ^ooł sboold steal, and all her ftinhs 
shoulJ hide. 

« Are tbeae the eyes that aiade aU otbeia bliadt 
Ah I why are th^ theraseWes-now błemisbed ! 
Is tbis Ibe ftKX. in wbich all beaitiy sbin*d^ 
What blast hath thos his flowers debeliished ? 
Are tbeae tbe fset, that onihe wat'ry head 

Of tbe uniaitbftił ooean pasaage Ibiaid'? 

Wby 90 tbey now so lowly uadcr gnmndy 
WaaVd witb our worthleas teaia^ aad ihair owa 
precions woond ? 

V One hem but of tbe garroentt that be worc, 
Could medicinc whole couotries of their paio t 
One tottch of tbis pale haod could life restoiie. 
One word of thcse cold lips revtve the slain : 
W«>11 the blind man thy Godhead oiight maintain, 

What tboiigh thesnilen Pharisees nrpin^d ? 

He that sbould both compare, at lengtb woald 
find 
Tbe blind man oniy saw, the seers all were blind. 

« Why sitonid tbey tbink thee worthy to be slain ? 

Wat it because thoo gav*st thetr blind men eyes \ 

Or tbat thoa mad'8t their lamę to Jtalk agaio ? . 

Or (br thoa bflald'st their aiok iiien's maladiss ? 

Or mad^st their damb to speak, and dffad to rise ! 
O Gonld all these but aay graoe bave won, 
Wbat woQld'they not to saTe^by.lifc have dane ? 

Tha dumb mas 4«M]ld.baie jspohe, wid Una jpan 
wouki bave>nii}. 

"*Bet mc, lyiet me-near^some^lbmitain Iie^ 
Hnfthrottglrthe lodc hea<m uphb sandy łMwl> 
"Or lec me dweltnpon toniemountain high, 
Whose^-hollow root, and baaer parts are spretfl 
On ieetiog waters, in hisboweb bred, 
*Ffaat'I tbeirstnama, aadłbi^y my tears nMiyfcedt 
Or elotbed in^ome^bennit^s rngged weed, 
Op s irt Al lipydays itt w et p i ng for thiacarseddeed. 



1Ó 



G. FLETCHER^S PÓEMS. 



" The li£:, tke which I (mc« did Iotc, I leaYc ; 

Tłie Iove, in which I once did tive, I lotbe ; 

I -faate the light, that did my light bereave ; 

But loye, and life, I do despise you both. 

O Łhat one giwe migbt both our ashes clothe ! 
A lotre, a life, a light L how obtaln, 
Able to make mj age grow yoang again, 

Able to save tbe nck, aod to revive the slain. 

*' Thus speod.we teara thatnever can be spenti 
On bim, tbat sorrow now no morę shall sce ; 
Tbas sead we sigbii, tbat never can be scnt, 
To bim that died to IWe^ and would not be. 
To be there where be would : here bury we 
This heav*nly earth ; berę let łt softiy sleep, 
The fairest Shepberd of the fatrctt sbeep." 
So aJl the body kiu*d, and bomevards vent to 
wecp. 

So home their bodies went to scek repose ; 
But at tbe grave tbey left their souls bebind : 
O who the ibrce of love celestial knows ! 
Tbat can tbo cbains of Natare's self unbind, 
Sending the body home mritbont tbe mtnd. 
Ah, blesMrd virgin ! what high angert ail 
Can eyer coant thy teara, or sing thy smart, 
Wben every nail, that pterc'd bit band, did pterce 
thy heart? 

So Philomel, perchM on an aspin sprig, 
Weep& all the night ber lost virginity, 
Aod sings ber sad tale to tbe merry twig, 
That dances at such jojrful miaery, 
Ne ever lets sweet rest in^ade ber eye : 
But leaning on a tbom ber dainty chest, 
Tor fcar soft sleep should steal into ber breast, 
Eypreaam in ber song grief not to be express*d. 

So when the lark (poor bird !) afar espy^th 
Her yet unfeather^d children (whom to $ave 
She stri?et in Tain) slain by the fatal scythe, 
Which firom the meadow ber green locks doth 

shaTe, 
That their warm nest is now become their gra^e ; 
The woeful motber up to Heav'n springi. 
And all about ber plaintire notes she flings. 
And their untimely fate most pitifuUy siugs. 



CHRISTS TRIUMFH AFTER DEATIL 




THB ABGUMEMT. 

€hrist*8 triumph after death, Irt, In his resur- 
rection, manlfested by ita effectB in the crea- 
tures, Ter. 1 — 7. ; in bimself, ver. 8—12. Sd. 
In his ascension into Uearen, whose joys are 
described, ver. 13 — \6. ; Ist, By the access of 
all good, the blessed society of the saints, angels, 
&C. Ter. 17— '19. The sweet quiet and peace 
enjoyedunderGod, ver. 20.; sbadowed by tbe 
peace we enjoy under our soirereign^ ver. 21— 
26. The beanty of the place, yer. 27. ; the 
carity (as the school calls it) of .tbe saints. 
bodies. Ter. 28 — 31.; the impletion of the 
appetite, Ter. 3i}, 33.; the joy of the senscs, 
&c. Ter. 34. 2d, By the amotion of all eTi), 
Ter. 35, 36.; by tbe access of all good again. 



vcr. 37. in tbe glory of tbe boly city. Ter. dS« i 
in the beatifical vision of God, ver. 39* 



But now the second moming from her boWr 
Began to glister in her bcams, aYid now 
Tbe roscs of the day bcgan to flow*r 
In th' eastem gardea; for HeaT'n'8smilnig bro«r 
. Half insolfent for joy bcgun to show ; 

The eariy Sun came liTely dancing out, 
And the brag lambs ran wantooing about, 
That HcaVn and Earth mtght seem in triumpk 
both to sliout 

Th* engladdenM spring, forgetfnl now ió woep^ 
Began t' enblazon from ber leaTy bed : 
Tbe waking swallow broke her half year*s sleep. 
And evcry bush lay decply purpured 
With TJoleŁs, the wood*8 late wintry head 
Widc flaming primroses set ali oń fire^ 
And his b:tld trces put on their green attire, 
Among whose infant lcaves the joyous birda cosi- 
spire. 

And now the taller sons (whom Titan warms) 
Of unshom moimtains, blown with easy winda, 
Daudled the moming's childhood in their amis^ 
And, if tbey chancM to slip tbe prouder pines^ 
The under corylets did catch the shines. 
To giid their leaves ; saw nerer happy year 
Such joyfal 'triumph and. triumphant cheer,. 
As thoogh the aged world anew created were. 

Say, Earth, why hast thou got thee new attire; 
And stick'st thy habit fuli of daisies red ? 
Seems that thou dost to aome high thought aspire* 
And some new-found-oot bridegroom mean^st t^^ 
Tell me, ye trees, so fresh apparelled, . [wed i 
So never let the spiteful canker waste you, 
So never let tbe HeaT^ns with lightning blast yoo^ 
Why go you now so trimly drest, or whither hast& 
yon ? 

Answer me, Jordihi, why thy crookad tide 
So often wanders from his nearest way, 
As tliough aome other way thy stream would Blidę, 
And fain salutc the placewhere somethinglay. 
And you swaet birds, that, sbaded from the ray. 
Sit caroling, and piping grief away, 
Tbe while the lambs to hear you dance and play. 
Tell mc, sweet birds, what is ic you so fain would 
say? 

And tliou fair spouse of Earth, that etery year 
Gett*st such a numerous issue of łby brtde, 
How chance thou hcttcr shin*st, and di«w*st niCwe 

near? 
Sute thou somewhere some wortby sight hastapyM, 
Tbat in one place for joy thou can^st not hide ; 
And you, dead swailows, tbat ao,.liTely now 
Through the fleet air yoor winged passage row, 
HoW could new life into your froeen a»hes floir ^ 

Ye primrosc?, and purple Tiolets, * 
Tell me, why blaze ye from your leaTy bed, 
And woo men'8 bands to rent ycu from yOur set^ 
As thoiigh yon would somewhere be carried, ' 
With fresh perfumes, and vełTets gamished ? 
But ah ! I need not ask, 'tis sorely ao, 
Yon all would to your SaTioar^ triumphs go. 
Thers would ye allawait,- aodhamble bomagar 
dow 



CHRISrrS TRIUMPH AFTER DEATH. 



Ii 



Ttare riioaia the Earth berself with garJandt new | 
Aod lorely flow*n embellishcd adore : 
SDcb roics never in hcr garland grcw. 
Soch Ulies nerer ia ber breast sbe wore, 
like bcaaty never ytt did »bme before : 
Thrre sfaóuld the Son anoiher Sun behold, 
Frmn vhence himielf borrows bis locks of gold, 
ThsŁkiiKlIe Hear'n and Earth with beauties mani- 
Ibid. 

Hierc mi^t the nolet, and primTDse sweet, 
Bemns of mora lireły, ind morę loTely grace, 
Atmmg liroan tbeir beds of incense, meet ; 
Tbere sbouM the iwaltow see new \tft embrace 
IkaA ashes, and the grave unheal bis face. 
To łet tbe Krin; firom bis bowels crecp, 
Unftble loagfr his own dead to kecp : 
Tbei«,IieaT*D aod Eartb sbould sce tbeir Lord awake 
frtMD slecp. 

Tbeir loid, belbre by others jndgM to dio, 
Ko» jodge of al I biińself ; before fontaken 
Of all the worM, tbat firom bis aid did ily, 
Now by tb« taints into tbeir armies taken ; 
BefMie for an unworthy man mistaken, 
"Som woithy to be God confrasM ; before 
With blasphemi«s by all the basest tort. 
Kaw wonbipped by angels, that him Iow adore. 

WhoK garmaat was before indipt in blood, 
B«t nonr, imbrigbt^ned into hear'nly flamc*, 
The Sun itself outgiittcrs, thoagh be should 
Climb to tbe top of the celestial frame, 
And foroe tbe stan go bidc themselves for sbame : 
Before, that omler earth was bnricd, 
Bat nowabo^e the HeaV'ns js carried, 
AaA there forever by tbe angels heried. 

So fairpst Pbosphor, tbe brigbt moming star, 
Bnt iievty washM in the ercen element, 
Before the drowsey night is nalf aware, 
SbootiojT his flaming locks with dew bcsprent, 
SpnDgs» live)y up into tbe orient, [chaces 

Aod tlie brigbt drove, ilcecM all in gold, he 
To drink, tbat on the Olympic mountain grazes, 
Tlie whtle the minor planeta forfeit all tbeir faces 

So loag be wandVed inonr lowcr sphere, 
That Heav*n bes^an his cloudy stars despise, 
Half envious, to sec on Eartb appear 
A greater light tban flam'd in bis own skies : 
Atlengthlt burst.for splŁe, and out there flics 
A globe of winged angels, swifl us thought, 
That on thfifr spolted feathers llvely caoght 
The sparkling eartb, and to tbeir azure fields it 
brought 

Tbt rest, tbat yct amazed stood below, 
With eyes cast ap, as greedy to be fed, [Łhrpwi 
Aod hands upbeld, themselrc^ to ground did 
So aben the Trojan boy was rayis^ed, 
As thnNigh th* Idalian woods they say he fled, 
His aged gaardian stood atl dismayM, 
Some iest,hc sbould bave fallen, back afraid. 
And iDme their hasty tows, and tijąely prayera 
Mid. 

• « 

** Ton op yoor beads, ye e\'eTlastiDg gates, 

Aod let tbe Prioee of Glory enter in : 

At wbose bra^e voIley of sidcrial ctates, • 

Tbe Son to, blusb, and stars grow pale wcre seen ; 

Wheo, leaping mrst from Eartb, hę did begiu 



To climb bis angels' wings, then open hang 
Your ery stal doorsj" so ali the chonis sang 
Of heav'nly birds, as to tbe stan they nimbly 
sprang. 

Haik how the floods dap their applaudlog hands, 
The pleasant ralleys singtng for deiigfat. 
And wanton monntains dance abont the lands, *- 
The wfaile the fields, slruck witb the hear^nty light. 
Set all their (low*rs a smiling at tbe sigbt ; [sound 
The trees laugh witb tbeir blonoms, and the 
Of the triumphant shout of praise, that crowaM 
The flaming Lamb, breaking tbrough HeaT'n hatk 
passage found. 

Out leap tbe antique patriarcha all in iiaste. 
To see the poWrs of Heli in triumpb lead. 
And with smali stars a garland intercba'sŁ 
Of olive'leaves they borę to crown his head, 
That was before with tboms dęgloried : 

After them flew the prophetf, brightly stoPd 
In 8hining4awn, and wimpled manifold, [gold. 
Striking their iTory barpa, strung all in ooidt of 

To which tłie saints yictorions carols sung. 
Ten thousand saints at once, that with the sound 
The bollow Taults of HeaT'n for triumpb rung : ' 
The cherubims their clamoars did confbond 
With all the rest, and clapt their wings around i 
Down from their thrones the domioations ftow 
And at his feet their crowns and scepters throw 
And all the prtnccly souls fell on their faces Iow. 

Kor can the martyrs' wounds them stay behind^ 
But out they rush among the heaT'nly crowd, 
Seeking their H6av'n out of tbeir Heay^n to flnd, 
SOunding their sil Ter trumpets out so loud, 
That the shriil noise broke tbrough the starry clo«d. 
And all the Tirgin souls in pure array, 
Came dancing forth and making joyoos play ; ' 
So him- they led along into tbe courts of day. 

So him they led into the courts of day, 
Where never war, nor wounds abide him morę, 
But in tbat honse etemal peace doth play, 
Acąuieting the eon la, that new bosoiw [«core, 
Tbeir way to łlea:v'n tbrough their own blood did 
But now, estranged from all miiery, 
As far as Heav'n and Earth discoasted lie, 
SwelŁer in quiet wkves of immortality. 

And If great tbings by smaller may be guest, 
So, in the mid'st of Neptune'8 angry tide, 
Onr Britain islarid, like the wcedy nest 
Of true halcyon, on the wayes doth ride. 
And softiy failiog, scorns the water's pride: . 
'While all the rest, drown-d on tbe contincnt. 
And tosjŁ in bloody wares, their 'wounds lament. 
And stand, to 9ee our peace, as struck with won- 
dcrment. ... 

The ship of Friaince religioos wares do tosi. 
And Greece itself it now grown barbaious ; . 
Spain's chiidren hardly dare the ocean eron» 
And Belge'8 field łies waste, and ruinous; 
That unto those, tbe heay^ns are envłous. 
And nnto them, themseWes are strangcrs grown^ 
And unto these, the seas are faith.lcss known. 
And unto ber, alas ! her own is not ber own. 

Herę oniy shut we Janus' iron gates. 
And cali the welcome M.iises to óur springs, 
And are bnt pilgrims from our hćav'nly states, 
Tbe while the tmsty Eartb stfre plonty brings, 
And sbips tbrough Neptuna safcly spread their 
wiags. 



w 

Go bkiked island, wander where tboa ptlease, 

Unto thy Ood, or menV Heav'n, lands, br seaa : 

Tboa CADSt not 1<Me thy way, thy king witk all 

' bath peace. 
* 
Dair priaoei tl^ ml^ecia' joy, liopa of tbeir heln, 

PjcŁura of Peace, or breathiog image FaUier, 

Tlie certain argunaot of all our pray^n, 

Tby Harriea, aod iby ooaotry^s lovely fatber^ 

JM Peace ia eodlesa joys foreTor balbe ber 

Witbui tby lacred l^raast, that at my birth 

Bi«ughi'st ber witb tbee from Uoav'o, to dwell 

ooEartb. 

MakiDg our £artb a UeaT'o, and paradise of mirtb. 

Lei not my litge toMum tbeee bumble lays, 
M ]ick't «i4tfc wit and tapple Mandisfameoty 
Or spoken lo dhparagan bli praiae ; 
Tor thottfli pal» CyiMhia, near ber brother*! leot, 
Soon disappean in tbe wbita irmameat, 

And gltee Ma baek tbe beaoM, bafbre ivere bn ; 

Ytt wben-ha ▼erge^ or ie bardty rii, 
fkn knaga af ber atoeat brotber ia. 



G. PLETCHER'S FP^MŚ. 



Kor let tbe Printie of Peace bis beadsman bUme, 
Tbat with tbe steward dares bis Lord compare. 
And heaT*n1y peaoe witb eartbly quiet sbame : 
So pines to Jowly plants compared are^ 
Aap Ughttnng Phobos to a little star : 
And well I wot, my rbyrocj albe ansmootb, 
Ke says but wbat k meaos, ne mcans botsootb, 
Ne barms Ibe good/ne good to baim^l person 
4otb. 



GaM.bat opon tba hoose w ber e aran «tfbow'sa : 
Witb fkm^n aad nisbas pa^ed w bis «ay, 
Wbffw aU tbei»aat«NB aie liis aery i U Hi n, 
The winds 4o «veep bis cbaafibefa erery dśiy« 
Aad «loiida do warfi bis ffoana^ tfie cietti^ gay# 
Stairad aioft, tbe gildod kooba embsafo : 
If sacb a boase God to anotber garc;, 
How sbine tboseglitteriiu; courta, be for bimsdf 
winiiave? 

ind tf«i sullaft «loiid, aa aad aa «igtat, 
loiilńdb 4lM «oo ciay aaeai anteodied, 
0epurM of alt liii ńtsn, no aaa ao white, 
Bumiag io ^ rt led gaW bis ^mtery hoad, 
Or round witb i«ory odgea ciioarwt ; 
Wbottatye aąper-eacoUeat will ibe 
Lighteo op tbosa tbot abail his aonsbina sao 
In tbat all gloriom oaur^ m wbiob^l^lonestef 



If but ono imfi iHAi life dUAiBive fires, I%hi, 

Caq paint ibe -stars, -and tfae wbole irorM wi£b 
And joy ml llfe hito eatfh lieart ioąpires. 
And ^vm tBint sbaffi riiine in HieaT'n« aslin^t 
As tOtb^he San in bis tramcendent might, 
(As iaitb m^y well beliere wbat trufli ooce 

Wbat ihMlI «D wany tam' oaftoił <nyB, 
Bat daaile adttbe ^eyos, tbat «ewt HaaY*n we 
praiafr? 

Herę Jet^ny lord bangup bis conqn«nag lanoe. 
And Hloody armour witb late alaugbler wano^ 
Aiid lookiog dooti on his weak miUtantf,. 
Behold his saints, mid^st of tbeir hot alarm, 
Bang all their golden liópes upon^hn arm. 
And in thh towerifldl8'dąpachg wide, 
ThtfOUSh windy thongbts, fliat-iionUl thcir salb 
tnisgitide, 
koamrOMir ikslily ihipa^rit hi^bii wounded side. 



Herę maj tbe band, tbat now in triuoipb 
And tbat (before they were ioyesŁed tbus) 
In eartbly bodies carried bear^aly minds, 
Płtcht round about in urder gloriouSf 
Tbeir sunny tcnts, and houses luminous, 
Al] their ete mai day in aoogs emplt^fing, 
Joyiog their end, without eod of tbeir joyiof, 
While their Almighty Prince destroction m ds- 
stroytDg. 

Foli, yet without satiety, of tbat 
Which whets and ąniets greedy appetite, 
Where nerer sun did rise* nor ever sat« 
But one etemal day, and eodleas light 
Give8 time to those, whosc time is iofinite, 

Speaking with thougbt, obtaiaiog witbOHt #Be, 
Bebolding him» wbom neirer eye conld seOf 
And magnifyiug him, tbat cannot grealor be. 

How can sucb joy as thts want words to speak ? 
And yet wbat words can ą»eak sucb joy as tbia ? 
Far from tbe world, tbat ougbt tbcśr quiet bradk^ 
Herę tbe glad sonls tbe £ioe of bemty kim, 
Pour'd out in pleaaure, on tbeir beda oC bli» 
And dronk witb nectar torreots, over bold 
Tbeir eyes on bim,. wboie gmoes manifoU 
Tbe morę they do bc:bold, tbe morę tbey woadd 
beboUL 

Tbeir sigbt dńnks lavely fires in at tbeir «y«^ 
Tbeir braio sweet in^**w}ęM i^itb ine breatb «c« 

doys, 
That on God^s awoating aJtar boroisi; jies ; 
Their bungry ears ieed on tbe beav'aly ooiae, 
That angels sing, to tell tbeir UBtoM joys; 
Their nnderstamliBg naked trutb, tii^ wńik 
Tbeali, and self sufficieat goodóess liUi. [iljbi. 
That noihing here is wantiug, but tbe want of 

Ko sorrow now hangs dondiog od tbeir bcow. 
No bloodless nialady empajes tbeir face. 
No age drops on their hairs his silver soow. 
No nakednesB their bodies doth embase, 
Wo poTerty themselves, and theirs disgrace^ 
No fear of death the joy of life deTours, 
No^incbatte sleep tbeir prccious time deflowoio, 
No losB, no gricf, no change, wait on tbeir winged 
boun. 

But now Iheir naked bodies soom tbe cdld« 
And fron tbeir eyes joy looks, and laughs at poio; 
The infant wonders how be came so <4d» 
And old man how be came so young again ; 
Still resting, thou^ from sleep they still restinain, 
Where ail are rich, and yet jno gold they owo i 
And aH are kings, and yet no sobjects knóirf 
All fili], and yet no time on food tbey do bestM^. 

For thmgs tbat pa» are past, and in tbis field 
Tbe indeflcient sprmg no winter feacs ; 
The-trees togetber fruit and bkMiom yield, 
Th' nniading lily leayes ofaiber beais. 
And crimson rosę a scarlet garroent waars : 
And all of these on ffae saints* bodies^grow. 
Not, as fhey wont, on baser earlh below ; 
Tbree lirers here df milk, and winę, and boney 
flow. 

About tiiahoły. city rotls ailood 

Of raolten cbryttal, Itke a sea of.glaff. 

On which weak^stream a itnmg fouiaiatitOD .stood^ 

Of liring diamonds thebtiilding wa9, 

Tb«t all tbingi else, besidcs itselT, ^id pam 



CHRISPS TRIUMPH AFTER DEATH. 



19 



ll«r 8tr«et% iośtemA of itones, the itars did pave, 
AmA little pearb. Iw* dost, it Kein*d to have, 
Oo vkich toft-ctrewning manna, like parę mow, 
did wave» 



In mid*9t of this city celeatial, 

Wberc the etenul tempie should ha^e ro^, 

IJshfned th' idea beatifical : 

End. and beginning of eacb tbing that growt, 

Wboae aelf no end, nor yet beginning knows, 

llmt bath no eyea to see, nor ears to hear ; 

Yet Mes, and bean, and ii ail eye, all ear, 
That nowbeie is oontainM, and yet is evcry where. 

Chaaser of all thiags, yet immntable; 

Bdbre, and after all, the first, and last: 

That moTing all is yet ininioveable; 

Gicat withouŁ qaantity, io wbose Ibracast, 

Tbings past are present, tbings to come are past; 
Swift vitbout motJOD, to wbose open eye 
The hearts of wicked men unbreasted lie ; 

At ODOe absent, and present to tbem, fttr, and nigh. 

It is no flaming Instre, madę of ligbt; 
No sweet ooosent; or well-titnM barmooy; 
Ambrosia, for to fe9&t tbe appetite; 
Ot flow^ry odoor, mixt with spicery ; 
No soft embrace, or pleasure bodily : 

And yet it is a kind of inward feast; 

A barmony, tbat sooncU witbin tbe breast ; 
An odoor, ligbt, embrace, in wbicb tbe soul dotb 
rest. 

A beaT^nly feast no bunger can consame ; 

A light onseeti, yet sbioes ia ev*iy place; 

A Boond no time can ifteal ; 'a sweet perfame 

No wtnds can scatter ; an entire embrace, 

Tbat no satiety can e*er unlace : 

lągracM into so high a favour, tbere 
The saints, with their beau-peera, whole worlds 
ootwear; [hear. 

And tbings nnseen do see, aoU tbings unheard do 

Ye blessed souls, grown richer by yonr spoil, 
Wbose lo6S, thoogb great, is cause of greater gaios ; 
Herę may your weary spirits rest from toil, 
^pending yoar ^leaa evening that remains, 
Amoogst those whitc flocks, and celestial trains, 

Tbat feed upon their Shepberd's eyes ;' and 
fnune 

Tbat beaT^nly musie of so wood^roas hme, 
Psalming aiood tbe \:o\y hooours of his name ! 

Rad I a Toice of steel to tonę my song i 

Wcre every reise as smooth as smoothest gla» ; 

And erery member turaed to a tongae; 

Aod evcry tongue were madę of sounding brass ; 

Yet all tbat skill, aod all this strength, alas ! 
Sbould it presnme t' adom (were mi6advis'd) 
The place, where Davłd bath new songs devis'd, 

As in bis bamiog throoe be sitt emparadisU 

Most happy prinee, wbose eyes those stars bebold, 
Treadiiig oun nnder feet, now may'st thou pour 
'*^al OTerłlowmg skill, wherewith of old 
Tboo wont*st to smooth rough speech ; now mayst 

tboo sbowV 
Ffesh stieams of praise npon tbat boly bo«'r, 



Which well we Heav'n cali, not that 'trolls. 
But that it is the Heaven of our jouls s 
Most happy prince, wbose sight so heav'nly sigbi 
beholds! 

Ab foołisb shepherds ! who were wont t' esteem 
Your God all rough, and shaggy-hair'd to be ! 
Aod yet far wiser shepherds than ye deem. 
For who so poor (though who so rich) as be, 
When sojoamiog with us in Iow degree, 

He wasbM his flocks in Jordan's spotless tide ; 

And that his dear remembrance might abide, 
Did to us come, and with us Lv>d, and for us died* 

Rut now snch lively ooloars did embeam 
His sparkling forehead ; and soch shining rays 
Kindled his flaming locks, that down did stream 
In curls akMig his neck, where sweetly plays 
(Singiog his woonds of ]ove in sacred lays) 

His dearest Sponse, Spouse of the dearest lorcr, 
Knitting a thousand knou orer and over. 
And dying still for iove, but tbey ber still recorer. 

FairesŁ of Fairs, that at his eyes doth dress 
Her glorious face; those eyes, from whence are 
Attractions infinite; where to express [shed 

His loTe, High God ! all Heav'n as captire leads. 
And all the banners of bis grace dłspreads. 
And in tbose windows doth bis arms englaze. 
And 00 those eyes, the angels, all do gazę. 
And from those eyes, the lights of Heav'n obtain 
their biaze. 

But let the Kentish lad *, that lately tangfat 
His oaten reed the trumpefs siber soond, 
Young Tbjrrsilis ; and for bis musie brougbt 
The willing spheres from' Heav'n, to lead aroand 
Tbe dancing nymphs and swains, that song, and 
crown*d 
£clecta'8 Hymen with ten thousand flcfw^Tt 
Of choicest praise ; and hung ber beaT'nly 
bow>rs [moarw 

With .saflron garlands, dreis*d for nnpŁial para- 

Let his abrill trompet, with her sllrer blast 
Of fair Eclecta. and her spousal bed. 
Be the sweet pipę, and smooth enoomiast: 
But my green Muse, biding her yonnger bead, 
Under oM Camus* A^ggy banks, tbat spread 
Their willo w locks abroad, and all the day 
With their own wat'ry shadows wanton play : 
Dares not those high amours, and love-sick songa 
assay. 

Impotent words, weak lincs, that striTe in rain : 

In rain, alas, to tell so heaT*nly sight ! 
To heav'nly sight. as nonę can greater feign, 
Feign wbat be can, that seems of greatest might: 
Coułd any yet compare with Inffaiite ? 
Infinite surę those joys; my words bdt light ; 
light is tbe palące where she dwells.-— O tben, 
how bright ! 

* Tbe aotbor of the Purple Island. 



8i 



coMMendatory vjerses. 



TO THE ŁEARNED AUTHOR, 



TOm, HIM- 
KITHSa. 



BON AKD BBOtBU tO TWO JUDICIOUt 
•BŁF THB THIBD^ HOT StCOSD TO 

Gbatb fiitber of this Muse, thoa deein'Bt too light 
To wear thy name, 'cause of tby yoathful brain 
It seems a sportful cbild $ reaembliDg right 
Tliy witty childbood, not thy graver strain, 
Whicb DOW esteems these works of fency Tain ! 
Let not thy child, thee living, orphan be; 
Wbo, when tbou'rt dead, will give a life to thoe. 

How many barren wits would gladly own, 

How fćiw o' th** pregnantest own such aoother ! 

Thou lathcr art» yet blushest to be kńown ; 

And though 't may cali the best of Mases mother, 

Yet thy seyerer judgment would it smotber. 

O jadge not thon, let readen judge thy book.: 

Such cates abould rather please the guait, than 
cook. 

O ! but thou fear^st 'twilt stain the reverend gown 
Thou wearest now ; nay then fear not to show łt 

Por were^t a stain, 'twere Nature'8, not thine own 
For thou art poet-born ; wbo know thee know it 
Thy brother, Bire, thy Yery name'8 a poeL 

Thy very name will make thete poemi take, 

These very poems dse thy name will make. 

w. BENŁOWBS* 



TO TBB TMGBltIOVS COMPOtEB OV TH U PASTOBAŁ, 

THE SPENSER OF THIS AGE, 

vow (sweet stranger) if my lazy quill 
Had not been disobedient to fu 161 
My quick desires, this glory, wbich it thine, 
Had but the Muses pleased, had been minę. 
My genius junipt with thine ; the Tery same 
Waa our foundation : in the very frame 
Thy genius jumpt with mioe ; it got the start 
In nothing, but prioriŁy and art. 
If (my ingenious rival) these duli timcs [rbymes, 
Sbould want the present strength to prize thy 



The time-instructed children df the ocit 
Shall fili thy maigin, and admire the test : 
Whose well-read linea will teach them how to be 
The happy knowert of themselTes, and thee. 

PBAN. aUARŁBa» 



Maii's body's like a bouae : his greater bones 
Are the maio timber ; and the lesser ones 
Are smaller spUnts : his ribs are laths, daaVd o'er, 
Plaster*d with fiesh and blood i his moath'8 the 

door, 
His throat'8 the narrow entry ; and his heart 
Ts the great chamber, fuU of curious art : 
His midriff is a large partition wali 
'lNvixt the great chamber and the spacious hall : 
His stomach is the kitchen, wbere the mcat 
Is often bnt balf sod, for want of beat : 
His splera^s a yessel naturę does allot 
To take the scum that rises from the pot: 
His Inngs are like the bellows that respire 
In ev*ry office, quick'ning er^ry fire : 
His nose the chimney is, wheieby are Tented 
Such fumes as with the bellows are augmented : 
His bowels are the sink, whose part*s to drain 
AU iiołsome filth, and keep the k:tchen clean : 
His eyes are crystal windowa, elear and bright ; 
Let in the objcct, and let out the sight. 
And as the timber is, or great, or smali, 
Or strong, or weak, 'tis apt to stand, or ISall : 
Yet is the likeliest buildjng sometimes known 
To fali by obvious chances j o^ertbrown 
Ofttimes by tempests, by tiie fulUmouth'd blasts 
Of Hear'n : sometimes by fire ; soitaetimes it wastes 
Through uBadvt8'd neglect: putcase, the stoff 
Werę ruin-proof, by naturę strong enough 
To conquer time aiid age ; pot casc, it shoold 
Ne*er know an cod, alas ! our Icases would. 
Wbat hast thou then, pnmd flesh and blood, te 

boast? 
Thy days are evil, at best; bnt frw, at most : 
But sad, at merriest ; and bnt weak» at stnmgest ; 
Unsure, at surest ; and but short, at loogest. 

ftAH. QOABŁSS. 



POEMS 



OF 



PHINJBAS FLETCHER. 



TBB PURPLE ŻSLAND; 

OB, niB IBŁB OF lIAlk 



CIANTO 1. 

Tbi waimer Sun tbe gold^n BuU ontraii, 

Aaiwitlitiie Twiiis i&ade iiaste to inn aad play : 

SfeitfńDg ten thottsand flow'n, be new beęuk 

To punt the woiid, and piece tbe length'niDgday : 

(Tbe world.more aged by new yoath'saccniing) 

Ah,wKi(cbediiuai! thiswickedworldparsuing, 

WUch styj growa woiae by age, and older by re> 

newmg* 

Tbesbepbeid-boys, wbo with the Moses dwell, 

Met m tbe plain their May-lords new to cho(Me» 
(For tao tbey yearly cbooae) to order weli 
Tbeir raral tporta, and year tbat oext ensues : 
Now were tbey lat, where by the orchard walk 
Tbe leamed Chame with stealing water crawlt, 
lad loaly down before that royal tempie fa\U, 

ABKngtbe ront tbey uke two gentle swains, 

Wiioaesprouting youth did now butgfeenly bod t 

Wdl eoald tbey pipę and sing, biit yet their atrains 

Were ooly kńown nnto tbe silenŁ wood : 

Tbdrnearest Mood from self-same fountabs 

ilow. 
, Their soub eelf-aame in nearer lorę did grow : 
SsfMoi^d two join'd in one, ór one disjoinM in two. 

Kof vheo tbe sbepberd ladt, with common voice| 

their first oonsent had firmly ratifyM, 
A gcotle boy thnt 'gan to vaTe their choice : 
" Thinil," said be, " tbo* yet tby Muse un^'d 
Hatb ooly learaM in pnrate sbades to feign 
Soft sigfas of iove anto a looaer strain. 
Ot tfay poof Theigon*! wnmg in inoumfui rerwe to 
*plain : 

" Yet 9oce theshepbeni swains do atl consent 
To make thee lord.of them, and of their art ; 

Aod that choice lad (to giTe a ftill cont* nt) 
Hitfa join*d with tbee iao^ice as in beart : 



Wake, wakethylong, tby too ioog, tleepinl^ 

Muse, 
And thank them with a song, as is the use : 
Sncb honour, tbus coOferr^d, thoo may'8t not weli 
refiue. 

" Sinr what tbon list, be it of Copid'8 spite, 
(Ab, loVely spite, Und spitefql loyeliness!) 
OrGcmma^s griof, if sadder be tby spite j 
Begin, thou lovcd swain, with good success." 
** Ab !» said the bashfnl boy, *' sucb wantott 
A better mind and sacred vow destroys, [tojrs, 
Since m * błgber Jove t settted all kny joyś. 

** New ligbt, new loTe, new loye new life hatb bred ; 

A life tbat liyes bv love, and ioves by light : 
A love to bim, to whom all loYes arc wed ; 
A ligbC, to whom Łbe Sun is darkcst nigbt : 
£y6's light, heart'8 loTe, souPs only life he is: 
Life, soul, 1ove, beart, Hght, eye, and all are his: 
He eye, light, beart, love, soal j -be all my joy and 
bKss. 

" Bat if you deign my ruder pipę to hear, 

(Rude pipę, unus^d, untun'd, unworthy bearing) 
These in&ntioe beginnings gently bear, 

Whose best desert and hopc mast be your bearing. 
Bot yóu, O Mnses ! by soft Chamus sitting, 
Your dainty sonss onto his murmurs fitting, 
Whicb bears the under-song unto your cbeerful 
dittying. 

'^ Tell me, ye Muses, what our lather-agcs 
Have left succeeding times to play upon : 
What now remains Unthougbt on by those sagcs, 
Where a new Muse may try her pinion ? 
What Itghtning heroes, tike great Peleus' heir, 
(Darting his beanis thro* oUr bard frozen air) 
May Stir op gentle beat, and virtae*s waue repair ł 

" Wbo knows not Jason ? or bold Tiphys^ hand, 

That durst onite what Nature^s sclf would part ? 
He makes isles continent, and all one land ; 
0*er seas, as earth* he marehM with daogcrous art: 
He rides the white-mooth*d waTes, and sconr- 

cthatl 
Those thousand deaths wide gaping for bis fiill : 
He deaih defies, fenCd with atbin, Iow, wooden wali. 



84 



P. FLETCHER''S POJiMS. 



*€ 



Who has not oflen read Troy's twice sunę fircs. 
And at tho sccond time twłce bcttcr siing ? 
Who has nothcaid th* Arcadian sbrphen!'sqnirca, 
Which now have gladiy chang^d thcir native 



tpnprue 



A\u\, siltiufi: by slow Minciua, sport th^irliir, 
With s«reetervoice and ncver-equali'd skUl, 
Cbanting their araorous lays uulo a Roman quill * 



(C 



And thou, choice wit, Love's scholar, and Love*s 

master, 
Art kno\rn to all, wherc Lovc hims^lf is known : 
WhethtT thou did'st Ulyssps hic him faster, 
Or dost thy fault and (listnuc e?cjie moan ; 
Who has not scŚn iipoil Inc njouri.iin^t; 5tą|e, 
Dire Atreiis' fca:iŁ, and wrong d Medea^s ragc, 
Marching in tragic state, aud bui>ktn'd eąuipage ? 

" And now of latP th' Italian fisher swain * 

Sits on the skore, to watcli his treniHnnjj Tnie, 
Therc teaches rocks and pronder seas to plain 
By Ncsis fair, and fairer Murgiline : 

While his thin net, upon bis oars twin*d, 
With wanton strife catchcs the Sun and wind ; . 
Which stłll do &Jip away, and still remaio bchind. j 

** And that French Miise's,* cagle eye and winy, • 
Hath soarM to Heaveu', aud there batb learu^d 
the art ; 

To frame anicelic strains, and canzons sing : 
Too high and deep for erery shallow beart. ; 

Ab, ble^sod sool ! in those celcstial rays, ' 

Which gave Ch(;e Irght, these fower workś to 
blnze, 
Thoa sitt^st imparadls^d, and chanfst etemal lays. 

** Thrice happy wit«, wbicb in yoar springing May, 
(Waru»*d with tbc Sun of well de«erved fiivours) 
Bisciose your buds, and yoór fl^if blooms display, 
Perfumetbfe alr with yonr rich fraV^nt savours ! 
Nor may, nor ever shall, those honour*d flow*rs 
B<^ spoird by snmmer^s beat, or winter^s 8how'rs, 
. But last, when bating time shall gnaw the proudest 
tow'r9. 

. t 

" Haippy, tbricc happy timcs, in silvcr age ! 

Wbeo generous plants advancM their lofty crest; 
When Hbnour8toop*dtobelearn*d Wisdom^s page; 
Wlien baser wee<l8 starv*d in their fit»zen nfst ; 
When tb' higbest flying Masę still bighest 

• climbs ; 
And virtne's rise, keeps down all rising crimes ; 
Happjr,' thrire happy age ! happy, thrice happy 
times ! 



'* But wretchcd we, to wbom these iron days, 

(Hard days !) afFord hor roatter, nor reward ! 
Siilgs Maro ) Men deridc liigh Maro^s lays, 

Their hearts with Icad, witk st«el their sense is 
barr'd : 
Sing Linus, orbis fathcr, as be uses, 
Our Midas' ears tbdr weli tua'd ver8C refuses. 
What cares an ass for arts ? be brays at sacrcd 
Muses. 

" But if fond Bavias vent bb clonted song, 

Or Mcvius chant bis tłiougbts in brothel charm ; 

The witless Yulgar* in a num^rous tbrang, 
Like sammer flies about their dungbiU swann : 



Tlicy sneer, they grin.— * like to bi» like will 

inove.' 
Yet ncvrr Ict them prcater młscbicf pTOVC 
Tłiat tb:s, * Who hatcs not one, may be the otbei 

love.' 

« f^AeSs onr Colin»; wbom tbo' all tbc Graca 

And all the Muses nurs^d; whose wełl taught 

Parnassus' Kcif and Glorian tmbraces, l.«ong 

And all- the learnM. and all the shcpherd's throog i 

Yet all his hopes were cross^d, all suita dcny a; 

Di8courag»d, 8Corn'd, bis writings yiłifyd - 

Poorly, poor man, be livM: poorły, poor man, be 

d.cd. 

" Ańd ^iid nit fb&t %rM Hak (whose honourM 
bead, 
Ah ! lies fuSl Iow) pity'd thy woful pligbt ; 
Therc had»st thou lain unwept, unburitd, 

UęblcssM, n©r gra(;'d wiih any comnion ritc : 
Yet sbalt thou live wbcn thy great foe shall 
sink, [atiok: 

Beneath hismountai.i tomb, whose fanie sUall 
Aad time bis blacker name shall blurre with black- 
est ink. 

*' O let tb' lambic Mnsc rercngc that^rong^, 

Which cannot slumber in thy sheets of Icad : 
Let tby abused honour ery as loiig 
As thcre be quills to write, or eyes to read - 
On his rank name let thine own vote8 be turnM, 
« Oh. mav that man that hath the Muses 
scorn^d, 
Alive, nor dead, be €ver of a Musc adorn'd.' 

" Ćfi therełbre havfe I chld my tender Mdse ; 

Ofl ihy chill breast beats off ber flottMa^ wńct 
Yćt when new Spring ber gentle rayslnfose, 
All stórnis are laid, ^gain to chłrp aod ain^t 
At lensfth soft flres, diśpc«'d ia every vcłn, 
Yield open passage to the throoging train, 
And swelling numbers' tide rolls like the surgiof 
maiD. 

" Sb wbere fair Thames, and cnooked Isis' san, 

Pays tribute to his kirig, tbe ttiailtling streain, 
Encounter*d by the tides, (łiow rUshiog ćn 

With eqnal force) of *s way doth doubtfal secm, 
Ątlcngth the fuli ^rown sieaand watcr's Wog 
Chid the bold waves with hoHow muMnarińg : 
Back fly tbe strcams to shroud them io their mother 
spring. 

*' Yet tboit, sweet numeroas Mose, wby sboQkl'sl 
tbon droop, 
That eTcry vulgar ear tby musie scorns ? 
Nor can they rise, nor thou so Iow canst stoop ; 
No sced of Hcav'n takes rool in mud or thóros. 
When owls or crows, imping their flsggy wii^ 
With tby stoFu plumcs, their notes throiigb 



^ Stnnazmr. 



' Bartas. 



tb* air do fling ; fstrain tosiog. 

Oh shame ! they howl and croak, wbilst fond the^ 

" Enough for tbefe in IIeav*n to boild tby ne^; 

(Par be duli thoughtsof winningduiighill praise} 

Eoough, if kin^ entlirone thec in their breait. 

And crown their goldeo crowns with higher ba^! 

Enough that those wbo wear the crown of kiogs, 

(Great IsraePs princes) strike thy sweęŁest 

strings: . [beąv'nly win^ 

Heaven^s dove^ wbcn high'st he filcs, flies with tbj 

' Spenecr. 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO I. 



S5 



** Ł«Ł oMien trust the seas, dure de«tb and Heli, 
Se«xvh cither lod*, vauot of tbeir scart aad 
woonds : 
Łet otbers their dear breatb (n%y, silence) sełl 
To fooU, and (sworn, not rich) stretch out their 
bonnds, [d^ad j 

By spoiling' those that liv<», and wronging 
Tbat tbey m«y drink ia pearl, and courh 
tbcir b«id [bed. 

htoh, bat sieepłess down; in ricb, bnt restlcss 

*' O, kt tbem in their ^Id quafrdro])sies down ! 

O, let thero surfeits fcast in silver bright ! 
Wmistsogar btres ihc taste the brain to drown. 
And bribes of sauce corrupt falsc appetite, 
His master^s rest, health, beart, life, sou), to 

seli; 
T^us plenty, fulness, sickness, rinp: their knell. 
Deatb weds, and beds them ; firsc in grave, and 
then in Heli. 

" But, ah ! IcŁ me, undcr some Kentish bill, 

Near rolHn; Medway, 'motig my shephcrd pccrś, 
With fęarłe&s merry-make, aiid pipiog still, 
SecareJy pass my few and slow-pac^d years : 
While yet Łbe great AugiisŁus of our uation 
Shats up iAd Janus in tbis long cessation, 
Streogtb^ning our pleasiog ease, and gives us surę 
Tacation. 

" Tijcrc may I, master of a little flock, 

Ff«ł my poorlambs, and oftcn cbange their farę : 
My l<łvely matc shall tend my sparing stock, 
iod nurse my little ones writh pleaiiing care ; 
Whose Ipve, and look, sliall spcak .their father 
plain. [gain ; 

Health be my feast, Heaven hope, contcnt my 
Soia my liiUe house my Icssćr bcart shall reign. 

* The bceeb sball yieM a cool, safc canopy, 

WhIlcdowTa I sit, aud chant to th* echoing wood: 
Ab, siofing mitrlu 1 live, and singin:^ die ! 
So by fair Thamcs, or siher Medway's flood, 
Tbcdying swan, when years her tcmplcs piorce, 
lo nuisic^s strains breathes out her life and 
verse, [bearse. 

ind, cbanting her owo dirgc, tides on her wafry 

" What shall I then need seek a patron out ; 

Or beg a favonr from a mistress* eyes, 
To fcace my song against the Tolgar rout : 
Orshine upon me with ber gcminines? 
Wbat care I, if they praise my slender song ? 
Or reck I, if they do me right or wrong ? 
A sbepberd*s bliss, nor stands, nor falls, to evVy 
tonguc. 

" Great Prince of Shepherds, tban thy Heav'ns 
morę high, 
Ldv as our Earth, here^rring, ruling tbere ; 
Wlio taagbt*stonr death to live, thy life to die ; 
Wbo, when we broke thy bonds, our bonds 
woald^st bcar ; [Heli ; 

Wbo reigned'st in thy Heaven, yet felt*st our 
Who(G«l)boncht'sŁman,wbom tnan (thout^h 
God) did sell, [wouWst dwell. 

Wbo iuonr fifc&h^oor gravcs» and worse, our bearts, 

" Grut Prince of Shepherds, thou who late dldst 
deign 

Tolodge thyscif within this wretched hreast, 
(Most vretched breast, such guest to entertain, 

Yet, ob ! mott b«ppy todge in such a guest !) 



lliou First aad Last, inspire thy sacred skill ; 
Guide thou my hand, grace thou my artless 
qoiU; 
So sball I ńtst begin, so last sball end thy wiH. 

" Hark tben, ah, bark ' yoo gentle shepherd crcw ; 

An isle I fain wou-d sing, an island fair , 
A place too seldom vłew'd, yet still in view; 
Near as ourselves, yet farihest from onr care ; 
Which we by leaving Bod, hy seeking lost ; 
A foreign home, a strange, tho^ natire coast ; 
Most ob*'ious to al i, yet most unknown to most. 

" Cooval with the world in ber nativity, 

Which tho' it now hath pass*d thro* many agcs, 
And still ret8in*d a natural procliv]ty 
To ruin, compass'd with a thoiisaiid rages 

Of foe-Dieu'3 Epite, which still this island tos9es> , 
Yetever grows morc prosp'rous by ber crosses. 
By withVing, springing frcsb, and rich by often 
losses^ 

" Vain men, too fondly wise, who plough the scas, 

Wilb dang'ri)us pains anpther carth to find j 
Adfling new worids to th' old, and soorning ease, 
The earth*s vai.t lioaits daily morę unbind ! 
The aged world, tbough nuw it falling shows. 
And baiites to set, yet still in dying grows : 
Wbole lives arc spent to win, wbat one deatb's 
bour must lose. 

** How like's the world unto a tmgic stntre ! 

Where ev'ry changing scenę the actors changc* ; 

Some, subject, crouch aud fawn ; some reign auil 

ragc : £strange. 

And new 8tran<;e plots bring sccnes as new and 

Till most arc slain ; the rest their parts havc 

done : [groan, 

So herc, some laugh and play, some weep and 

Till all put oflf their robcs j and stage and actors 

gonc. 

" Yet this fair isle, scited so nearly near, 
That from our sides, nor place, nor time, may 
8ev»r ; [dear, 

Though to yourselycs yourscWes are not morę 
Yet with strange carelessncss you tiavcl ne^r: 
Tbus while yoursehes and native home for- 
getting, [swcating, 

You search for distant worlds, with needless 
You never find yoursclyes j so lose ye morc by 
getting. 

** When tbat Great Pow*r, that All far morę than 
all, 
(When now his time fore-set was fully come) 
Brought into act this indi;rested bali, 
Which in himself, till then, bad only room ; 
He labourM not, nor snfferM pain, or ill ; 
But bid cach kind tbvńi[- sevcral pjaces fili : 
He bid, and they obeyM, their action was his will. 

" First stept the Iight, and spread bis cheerful ra}« 

Through all the chaos; darkness headlong feił, 
Frighten'd with sudden beams, and new-bom days ; 
And plungM her tigly head in deepest Heli : 
Not that be meant to help his feeble sight 
To frame the rest ; he madę the day of night : 
All else but darkncss ; be the tnie, the only Iight. 

*' Flre, water, earth, and air, (that fiercely strove) 
His soT^reign band in strong alliance ty'd, 

Binding their deadly hate in constant love : 
So tbat Great Wisdoni teroper'd all tbeir pridct. 



»6 



P. FLETCHER'S POllMS. 



(Gomraandiog sirifc aod love thould iiever 

ceate) [peaoe, 

That bv thetr peaceful figbt, aod fighting 
The worid might die to łive, and le«en to increaae. 



« 



Thaseartb^a cold arm, cold water fnendly holds. 
But witb bis dry tbe otbeHs wet defies: 
Warm air» witb mutual loTe, bot fire unfoldi, 
As moist, bis drought abbcrs, dry earth allies 
Witb fire, bat beat* witb cold new wars pre- 
pare : [taras air ; 

Yet eaitb drencbt water proves, wbicb boird 
Hot air makes fire: oondeasM, all change, and 
bome repair. 

*' Now whcn the first we k*s life was almost spent ; 

And tbts world built, and richly fumisbed ; 
To storę Heaven's coarts, and btcer £artb*8 regi- 
ment, 
He cast to fraine an isle, the beart and bead 
Of a]l bis works, composM witb curioas art; 
Which like an index briefly should impart 
Tbc sum of all ; tbe wbole, yet of tbe wbole a part. 

" That Trine-one witb bimsf^lf in connęil sits, 

Aod purple dust takesfrom tbe new-bora eartb ; 
Part circolar, and part triang^lar fits ; 
Endows łt largely at the iiubora birtb ; 
Beputes his favourite Ticeroy \ doth invest 
Witb aptocss thcreto, as seem^d łiini bt»t ; 
And lov*d it morę than all, and morę tban all it 
bles8'd« 

*' Then p1ac*d it in the calm paclfic seas, [tt^ 

And bid nor wave8, nor troublous winds, ofTend 
Then pcopled it witb suhjects apt to please 
So wise a Prince, madę able to defend it 
Against ail outwurd force, orinward spite; 
Him framiog, like himself, all shining bright , 
A litŁle liTing Sun, ton of the living Łight. 

*' Nor madc be thislike otber bies; but gave it 

Yłgour, scnsc, rcason, and a peifect motion, 
'J'o move łtself whither itself would bave it. 

And know what falls within the verge of notion : 
No time might change it, but as agcs went, 
So slill retum^d ; still tipc^ndiiig, neA-er spoiit : 
Morc risiug in theirfall, iiturc rich in dcttiment. 

'* 55o once the cradle * of that double light, 

Whereof one ruleathe nJgbt, the otherday, 
(Till »ad Latona flying Juno^s spite. 
Her double burtbeu there did safciy lay) 
Not rooted yet, in evf ry sca was rOYipg, 
Witb eveTy waw , and every wind removing : 
But sińce, to thosc fair twins hath left ber ever 
moving. 

** Łook as a scholar, wlio doth closely gather 

Many large volumes in d narrow place ; 
So that great Wisdom, all this all together, 
Confin*d untD this is1and's little space ; 
And beinj^ one, soon into two lie fram'd it ; 
And now madę two, to one again reclaim'd it : 
The little Isle of Man, or Purple Island, nam'd it 

*' Thrice happy was the world^s first infancy ; 

Nor knowing yet, nor curioas, ill to know : 
Joy withont grief, lorę without jealousy : 

Nonę felt bard laboor, or tbe sweating ploagb : 

* Delos. 



The willing earth bronght tributa to ber 
Baocbus uubora lay bidden in tbe cliog 
Of big swoPn grapes ; tbeir drink was every 
spring. 

'* Of all the winds tbere was no difierence : 
Nooe knew mild Zepbjrrs from cold Eunis* 

Nor Oritbya*s łover's violenoe [moutb i 

DisŁinguisb'd from tbe ever-dr(^iping south s 
But eitber gentle west winds reign'd alone, 
Or eise no wind, or barmful wind was nooe r 

Bttt one wind was in all, and all the winds in one. 

*' Nonę knew tbe sea: ob, blessed ignorance ! 
Nonę nam>d tbe stars, tbe nortb car*s coostaunt 
race, 
Tanras' bright boras, or Fisbes* happy chance : 
Astrea yet cbang^d not ber itame or place ; 
Herev*npois'd ba lance Heav'n yet never Łry *d ; 
Nonę sought new coasts, nor foreign ląnds de- 
sopyMj [•Jy'*l- 

But in tbeir owa tbey livM, and in tbeir own they 

" Bat, ab ! what livetb long in bappineas ? 

Grief, of an heavy naturę, steady lies^ 
And cannot be remov'd lor weightiness ; 
But joy, of ligbter presence, easMy flies. 
And seldom comes, and soon away will go : 
Some secret powV berę all tbioga ordeis so* 
That for a sonshine day, fgllows an age of woc 

" Witness this glorions Ule ; wbicb, not oontent 

To be confin*d in bounds of bappiness, 
Would try whate*er is in the continent; 

And seek out ill, and scarch for wretchednesa. 
Ab, fond to seek what then was in thy will ! 
That necds no curious search ; ^m ncxtus Ktill. 
'TłS grief to know of grief, anJ ill to know of ilL 

" That old sly Serpent, (sly, but spitcful morę) 

Vex'd witb the glory of tbis happy isle, 
Allurf« it subtly from the peaceful shore. 
And witb fair painted lieft, and colour^d gnile, 
Drench^d in dcad seas ^ ; whose dark streams, 

fuUoffright, 
Empty tbeir sulphur waves in cndhss nigbt ; 
Whcre tbousaud deaths, aud helis, torment the 
damned sprite. 

" So when a fisher swain by cluince hath spy*d 

A big-grown pikę pursue the lesscr fry, 
He sits a withy labyrinth beside, 
And witb fair baits allures his nimbie eye ; 
Which h'e invading witb outstretched fin, 
All suddenly is compass'd witli the gin , 
Wbere tbere is no way out, but casy (ussage in. 

* 

I* That deatbful lakę hath these three properties : 

No tnrning path, or issue thcnoe is found : 
llie captive nerer dead, yet ever dies ; 

It endless sinks, yet never comes to ground : 
Heirs self is picturM in that brimstooe wa^e; 
I For what retiring from that bellish grare ? 
' '^Or wbo cau cnd in deotb, wbere deaths no ending 
hare? 

<< For ever bad this isle in that foul ditcb 
Witb cureless grief and endleas enronrstray'd» • 

Boiling in sulphur and hot-bubbling pitcb ; 
Had nc«t tbe ^ipg, wbose laws be (foot ! } betray^d^ 

* Marę mortuaiD. 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO IL 



87 



ITiwiarl*d that chain, tben firm tbat lake fe- 

cur'd; 
For whieh ten thoannd tortores he endnr^d : 
Stt bard wat tbis lost isle, io hard to be recor*d. 

" O thoo deep well of life, wide stream of love, 

(Moredeepfiaore wide.than widest, deepe^t seas) 
Wbo djrin;, death to endlen deatb didst prove» 
To work tbis wilfn] rebel Uland^s ease j 
Thy loTe no time began, no time decays ; 
Bat still incrcasetb witb decreasiog days : 
Wheretben niay «e begin, wbere may we end, tby 
praise? 

" Mj eaUov wing, tbat newly left the nett, 

How can it make so high a tow'ńng flight ? > 
O depth witboat a deptb ! in bumble breast, 
With praises I admire so wondrous height : 
Bot thotty my sister Muse *, may'st well go 
bigh*r, [tire: 

And end tby flight; ne'er may thy pinioos 
Tbereto may be bis grace and gentle beat aspire.' 

** Then let me end my easier taken story. 

And siag tbis island's new recover*d seat : 
But see, tbe eye of noon, its brightest glory, 
Teaching great men, is ne'cr so Httle, great :. 
Onr paotjng flocks retire into the glade ; 
Tliey cTooeh, and close to th* eartb tbeir borps 
bave laid : [shade*" 

Vain we our soorched heads in that Łbick beecb'8 



* A book called Chrisfs Yictory and Triumpb. 



CANTO n. 



DccŁniiV6 Pbaebus, as he larger grows, 

(Taxing proud folly) gentler waxeth still ; 
Kerer less 6erce, tban wben be greatest sbows : 
Wben Tbir&il on a geotłe rising bill 
(Wbere all his flock he rouod migbt feeding 

view) 
Sits down, and, circied with a loTely crew 
Of nympba and shepberd-boys, tbus 'gan his song 
rcnew. 

** Now was this isle pulfd from that horrid main, 
V Wbich bean I he fcarfnl looks and name of Death; 
Aod setlled new with blood and dreadful pain 
By Uimwbo twice bad giT*n(once forfeit) breath : 
A baser state thau what was first assignM ; 
Wbereio (to ciirb tbe too-aspiring mind) 
The better tbings were lost, tbe worst were left 
bebind : 

'* Tbat glorious image of bimself was raz'd ; 

Ab ! scaroe tbe place of tbat best part we find : 
lad tbat bńght sun-like knowledge much dcfac^d ; 
Oniy some twinkling stars remain bebind ; 
Theo mortal madę ; yet as one iainting dies, 
Two otber in its place sncceeding ńse ; 
And drooping stock, witb branches fresh immor- 
talize. 

" Sb that lone hird, in fruitfol Arabie, • 
Wben now ber strength and waning life decays, 

Upoa some airy rock, or mountain high, 
bi fpicy bed (firM by near Pboebas' rays) 



HerseJf, and all ber crooked age consumes: 
Straight from th« ashes, and those rich per- 
fu mes, [snmes. 

A new-bom phoenix flies, and widow'd place,^ ""'^ .• A 

** It gronnded lies upoo a sura fonndation *, 4/^^^ 

Compact and bard ; wbose matter, cold and dry, 
To marble loms in strongesŁ oongelation ; 
Fram'd of fat eartb, wbich fires together tie, 
Through all the isle, and erery part esctent. 
To give just form to ev*ry regiment ; 
Imparting to each part due strength and 'stablisfa* 
ment. 



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Whose looser ends are glew'd witb brother 
Of naturę like, and of a near relation ; [earth ', 
Of self-same parents botb, at self-«ame birth ; 
That oft itself stands for a good foundation ' : 
Both these a third * dotb solder fast and bind : 
Softer tban botb, yet of tbe sęlf-same kind ; 
Ali Instruments of motion in one league oombin'd. 

" Upon this bose * a curious work is raisM, 

Like undiyided brick, eotire and one, 
Though soft, yet lasting, with just balance pais*d ; 
Bistributed with due proportion : [^oen. 

And that the rougher frarae migbt lork nn- 
AIl fair is hung with coverfng8 sligbt and thtn ; 
Wbich partly hide it all, yet all is partly seen : 

*' As when a virgin ber snow-circled breast 

Displaying hides, and hiding sweet displaysi 
The greater segments cover*d, and the rest 

The vail transparent wiłlingły displays: [light; 

Thus takes and gives, thns lends and borrows 

Lcst cyes shoold surfeit with too greedy sight. 

Transparent lawns with-bold morę to increase de- 

ligbt 

"^ Nor is there any part in all tbb land, 

But is o little ide : for thousand brooks * 
In azore channels glide on silver sand ; « 

Tbeir serpent windings, and deceinng crooks, 
Circling about, and wat*ring all tbe plain, 
Empty tbemselrcs into th' all-drinking main ; 
And creeping forward slide, but nerer tum again. 

' The foundation of the body is the boncs. Bones 
are a similar part of the body, most dry or cold ; 
madc by the virtue generative through beat of 
the thicker portion of seed, whicb is most earthy 
and fat, for the establishment and figurę of tbe 
whole. 

* A cartilage, or grisle, is of a middlc nątnre, 
betwixt bones and ligaments, or sinews, madę of 
the same matter, and in tbe same manner, as 
boncs, for a variety and safety in motion. 

^ Some of these (even as bones) sustain and np- 
hold some parts. 

* Both these are kntt with ligaments : a liga^ 
ment, or sinew, is of a naturę between grisles and 
nenres, framed of a tough and clammy portion of 
the seed, for hitting and holding the bones toge- 
ther, and fitting tbem for motion. 

^ Upon the bones, as the foundation, is boilt 
the flesh. Flesh ut a similar part of tbe body, soft, 
ruddy, madę of blood, and difier^tly dried, oo- 
vered with the common membnae of skin. 

* Tbe wbole l)ody is, as it were, waiered with 
great plenty of riTers, Teins, arteries, and nerres. 



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P. FLETCHER'S POEMS. 



*' Three diffrent &trcams, fromfountaiiudiiTerciłt, 

Neither in natiire nor in chnpe agrceing, 
(Yet oach with other friei dly ever went) 
Give to this i»lc his frnilfuiuf ss and being:; 
The first in single cbanncis ', sky-like blue, 
'With lukr-warni waters dyM in porphry hue, 
Spriiikle this crimson isle wiili purple-coloui^d dew. 

** The next •, though from the same spi ings first 
it rise, 
Yrt passing thronich another jcrratpr fountain, 
Doth los<' his former name an«i qualitics : 
Through many a dale it flows, and many a 
mountain : 
Morę fury lijrnt, and n-^fdful morc than all ; 
And iherefoiu Icnocd with a double waH : 
^11 froths his ycilow strcam.s, witU mauy ą suddcn 
fali. 

«* The last \ in all thinga diff 'ring from Ihe óther, 

Fali from an hill, aiid ciosce totrether go, 
Embracing as they run ', each with his brother 
Giiarded with double treiiches surc thcy flow : 
The coid<'st sprintr, yet natarć, hr<it they have j 
And likethe Jactenl stones whirh Heaven pavc, 
8lide down to ev'ry part with their thick milky 
wave. 

"These with a thonsand streams'** through th*- 
islaad roviitg, 
Bring tribute in : the first givcs nourishment; 
Next life, last sense, and arbitra ry moYing: 
For when the prince hath now bis mandate sent, 
The nimbie posts quick down the nver run, 
And cnd their jon rney.tboagh but now begun : 
But now the mandate canie, and now the mandate*s 
jdone. 

** The whole isle, partcd in three regiments ", 
By three n^etropolis^s jointly sway*d ; 

Ord'ring in peacc ami war their governments, 
With loviog concord, and with miitual aid : 

' A vcin is a ressel, long, round, hoUow, ris:. g 
from the Iiver, appointed to contain, concoct, and 
distribute the blooŃd : it bath but one tunide, and 
tbat thin ; Łbe colour of this blood is purplc. 

* Ań artery is a veBscl, long, round, hollow, 
formed for convł»yance of that morę sprigbtly 
blood, which is elaborate in the heart— This blood 
is frothyt yellowish, fiill of spirits, therefore com- 
passed with a double tunicle, that it might not cx- 
bale or sweat out by reason of the thinncsts. 

9 A nerve is a spernmtical part rising from the 
brain and the pith of the back-bone : the outside 
skin, the inside fuli of pith; carrying the aniinal 
spirits for scnse and motion, and Łhcrefure doubly 
skinned, as the brain ; nonę of them single, but 
run in couples. 

'** The veins convey the nonrishment from the 
lirer; the arteri*'S, life and beat from the heart; 
the ncrves, sense an<l motion from the brain : will 
commandfl, the nen'e brings, and the part exe- 
cutes the mandate, all almost in an instant. 

** The whole body may be parted into three 
re^ions : the lowest, or btlly ; the middle, or 
breast; the highest, or head. In the lowesr the 
liver is sovereipn, whosc r<^;riment is the widest, 
but' nieanest In the middlo, the heart reigns, 
most necessary. The brain obtains the highest 
place, and is, as the Icast in comiiass, so the 
'greatest in dignity. 



Tlie lowest bath the worst, l^ut largest 
The middle less, of greater dignity : 
The highest least, but hoids the greatest 8ov'rei^iity. 

'* Deep in a Tale doth that flrst prorinee Ile, 
With many a city grao'd, and fairly town*J ; 

And for a fence from foreign enmity, [round ; 

With fivc 8tro:ig builded walls " encompa*s'd 

, • Whicli my rude penril will in limnin^ stain s 
A work, merc curious than which poeta feigrn 

Neptune and Phocbus biii t, and pulled down again. 

" The firstof these^is that round spreoding feace". 

Which, like a sea, girts th' isle in cT*r}' part ; 
Of fairęst buiiding, quick, and nimbie sense. 
Of common matter frain'd with sptrci&l art ; 
Of middle temper, outwardest of afl. 
To. warn of ev*ry chance that may befali s 
The same a fence and spy ; a watchman and a wali. 

'* Ilis native beauly is a lily wbite ** ; 

Which stiii some other colour^d strcam infcctetb^ 
Lest, like it«elf, with divers stainings digbt, 
The inward disposltion it detecteth : 
If wbite, it argues wet i if purple, fire ; 
]f black, a heavy clieer, and fix'd desirc ; 
Youthful and blitbe,* if suited in a ro^ tire. 



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" It roverM staiids with silken flourishing 

Which, as it oft docays, rencns agaili, 

The other^s sense and beauty perfecting ; 

Which eUc would feci, but with unusual pain : 
Whose plcasing swcetness and respr^odeDt 

shine, r**y'*^ 

-Soft*ning the wanton touch, and waDd'nDg 
Doth oft the prince bimself with witch*ries un« 
dermine. 

" The second '* rampior of a softer matter, 
Cast np by the purple rivcr*8 overflowing ; 

Whose airy wave, and swcHing water^, fatter 
For want of beat congeal'd, and tbickcr growiog^y 

" The parts of the lower region, are cither the 
containcd or contnining : the containing cither 
common or propcr ; the common are the skin, 
the fleshy panicle, and the fat ; tbc propcr arn 
the muscles of the belly-piece, or the inner rim of 
the belly. 

'^ The skin is a membranę of all the rest the 
most large and thick, ibrmed of the misture of 
seed and blood ; the coveriiig and ornament of 
parts that are undcr it : the temper moderatc, the 
propcr organ of outward touchiog (say ph}'- 
sicinns.) 

** The native colour of the skin is white, but 
(as Hippocrates) changed iato the same colour 
which is brought by the hnmour predominant. 
Where melancholy abounds, it is awarthy ; where 
phlegm> it is wbite and pale ; where choler reigns, 
it is red and fiery ; but in sanguine, of a rosy 
colonr. 

'^ The skin is covered with the cuttcie, or flourtsh- 
ingof the skin{ itis the mean oftouching, without 
which we feel, but with pain. It polishetb the 
skin, which many times is changed, and (as it is 
with soakcs) piit off, and a new and morę amiable 
brought in. 

'• The fat cometh from the airy portion of ths 
bloo<1 ; which when it flows to the membrancs, by 
their weak hcat (which physicianc account and cali 
cold) grows thick and rlo«e. 



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Tbe waiid'riBg baak*' (which quieŁ nc^er sub- 

Tsisteth) 
Sends back a^in to wbat confine it listcth ; 
And oaŁward enemies, by yielding, most resisteth. 

* Tbe thinl morę inward ", ^nner than the best, 
May seem at first, but Ihinly bailt, and sUght ; 
Sot jet of mon; defence tban al I the rest ; 
Of tbick and stubbom stibstance sŁrongly dight. 
Tbese tbree (three common feoces round im- 
This regiinent, and all tbe other isle ; [piU) 
ibid saviQ:7 inward friends, tbeir ouŁward focs be- 
gaile. 

" Beftide tbese tbree, two '* morę appropriatc 
guards, f mcnt : 

With constant watch rompass this gorern- 
The first eight companies in several wards, 
(To each bid station in this reciment) 
Oo each slde four continual watch ol>scrve, 
ADd under one great captain jointly s^rre ; 
Tiro fore-right stand, two* cross, and four oblicjucly 
swcrre. 

" The othcT ^ fram'd of common matter, all 
This lower region girts with strong defence ; 
Morę lonc than round, with doublc-buiłded wali, 
Tbougli single oftcn seems to slighter sense ; 
With many gatcs, whos^ strangest properties 
Protect this coast from all coospiracies ; 
AdffiitUng arelcome fricnds, excluding enemtes. 

" Betwccn this fencc's double-walletl sides **, 

Four slender brooks ran crecping o'cr the lea ; 
The first is cal IM the nurse, and rising sljJcs 
Frotn this !ow region's metropolie i , 

Two from th* hearl-city bend tbeir silent pace ; 
Thv. last from nrine lakę with waters base, 
In the allantoid sca eroptics his flowing race. 

•* Down in a Tale ", where these two partcd walU 
JKffer from each with wide distending space, 

" The fat incrcasetb inward beat, by kecping 
it from outward parts ; aod defends the paru sub- 
ject to it from brnises. 

" Tbe Hefhy panic le, ii* a membranę vcry tbick, 
llnewy, woven in wilh little veins. 

'^ The prof^er parts in folding this lowcr region, 
ate two ; tbe first, the muscies of the belly-piecc, 
which are cight ', four side-iong, two right, and two 
across. 

** Peritoneum (called tbe rim of the belly) is 
a tbin membranę, taking his namo from com- 
pasing the bowcls ; round, bot longer : every 
wbere double, yet so tbin that it seems but single. 
k hath many hohs, that tbe veins, artcries, and 
oŁhcr needfuł Tesscłs might havc pas&age both in 
aod out. 

" The donble tunlcle of the rim, is plainly 
partnl into a laige space, that with a double wali 
it might fence tbe biadder, whcre the vessels of 
the na vel are contained. These are four, first the 
norsc, which is a Tein nourishing the infant in the 
womb : second, two arteries, iu which the infant 
breathcs; thefourth, thcourachos, apipewhereby 
(while the chiłd is in the womb) the urine is car« 
lied into the allantoid, or rather amuion, which is 
a membranę receiring the sweat and urine. 

" The passages canrying the urine from the 
kjdoeys to the biadder. Some affirm tbat in the 
pasage stasds a curious Ud or cover. 



Into a lakę the urine-river falls, 

Which at łhe nephros hi 11 begins his race : 
Crooking his banks hc ofttn rnns astray, 
Lest his ill strcams might backward find a 
way : 
Thereto somc say, was built a carious framed bay. 

" The urine lakę *' drinking his colour*d brook. 
By little swcHs, and fills his stretching sides : 
But when the stream the brink *gins orerlook, 
A sturdy groom empties the swelling tides ; 
Sphincter some cali; who if be loosed be, 
Or stiifwith cold, out flows the scnselcss sca. 
And, riishing unawares, covers the drowned lea. 

" From thence with blinder passage^^ (flying 
name) 
These noisome streams a sccret pipę conreys ; 
Which though we term the biddeo parts of shaniei 
Yet for the skill deserve no better praise [part. 
Than they, to which we honouiM names im- 
O, powerful Wisdom ! with what wood^rous 
art [vi lest part. 

Mad'ftt Łbou the best, who thus hast fram*d tbe 

" Six goo<)ly cities**, built with suburbs ipund. 

Do fair adom thiś lower region ; 
The first Koilia", whose extremest boucd 
Oo this sitlo'8 borderM by the Splenion, 

On that by soverpign Hepar'slarge commands, 

Tbe morry Diazome above it stands, [bands. 

To both these join'd in league, and never failing 

" The form (as when wilh breath our bagpipet 

rise ", [roore ; 

And swell) round-wise, and long, yet long-wiae 

Fram'd to the most capacious fi.rure'« goise j 

For 'tis the island's garncr : herc its storę 

Ijpd treasurM np, which well prrpar'd, it sends 

"By secret path, tfiat to the arch-city bends ; 

Which, making it morę fit, to all the islc dispends» 

" But hcnce at foot of rocky CcphaPs hiiis, 

This city^s steward'' dwelis iu vaultcd stona ; 
And twice a day KoiłiaVs storehouse fills 
With certain rent and duc provision : 
Aloft hc fitly dwells in arched cave, 
Which to describe I better time shall have, 
When that fair mount I sing, and bis wbite curdy 
wave. 

" The biadder endctb in a neck of flesh, and is 
girded with a muscle which is called sphincter : 
which holds in the urinr, lest it flow away witbout 
our permission. Iftbis be loosened, or cold, the 
urini) gocs away from us, of itself, witbout any 
feeiing. 

'* Uence the urine is conveyed through the ordi- 
nary passages, and cast out. 

** Besides the biadder there are six special partft 
contained in this lower region; the ltver, the 
stomach, witb tbe guts; the gali, the spleen, or- 
milt ; the kidneys and parts for generation. • 

^ Tbe stomach (or Koilia) is the first in order^ 
tbongh not in dignity. 

" Koiła, or the stomach, is long and round 
like a bagpipe, madę to rtceive and concoct the 
meat, and to perfect the chylę, or white juice 
which riseth from the meat concocted. 

^* Gustos, the taste, is the caterer, or steward 
I to tbe stomach, wbich bas its place in Ccphal, 
i that is, the bead. 



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P. FLETCHER'S PO^MS. 



At that caTe*t mootii, twice ststeen poiten ttand*', 

Receivera of the customary rent ; 
Od each side four (the fbremost of the band) 
Wbose Office to divide wbat in is aent ; 

Straight other four break it in pieces smali ; 
And at each hand twice five, whicb grinding 
Ht it for conToy, and this city'6 arsenał. [all, 

'' From thence a groom ^ of wondrous Tolubility 

Delivers all anto near offioers, 
Of naturę like himaelf, and like agility; 
At each side four, that are the govemors 
To see the victiials shippM at fittest tide : 
Which straight firom thence with prosp^rons 
channel slide, 
And in Koilia.'s port with nimbie oars glide. 

" The haTen " fram*d with wondrous sense and art, 

Opcns łtself to all that entrance seek ; 
Yet if ought back would tum, and thence depart, 
With thousand wrinkles shuts the ready creek : 
But when the rent is slack, it rages rife, 
And mnfnies in itself with civil strife: [knife. 
Tbereto a little groom ^ eggs it with sharpest 

*' Below dwells ^ in this Cłt?'s market-plaoe, 

The island'8 common cook, concoction ; 
Common to all, thcrefore in middie space 
Is quarter'd fit in jnst proportion ; 
Whence nerer from his labour be retires, 
No rest be asks, or better change requim : 
Both night and day he works, ne^er sleeps, nor 
sleep desires. 

" That beat**, which in his fumoce e^er fnmeth, 

Is nothing like to our hot parching fire ; 
Which all consuming, sełf at lengtb consumeth ; 
But moisfning flames, a gentle beat iaspire ; 
Which surę sonie inbom neighbour to bim 

lemleth ; 
And oft the bordVing coast fit fue! sendeth, 
And oft the rising fuine, which down again de- 
scendeth: 

*' Like to a pot, where under horcrlng 
Divided flames, the ir«n sides entwining, 

Above is stoppM with close laid covering, 
Exhaliag fu mes to narrow straights confining : 

'* In eitber chap, are sisteen teetfa, four cut> 
ters, Łwo dog-teeth, or breakers, and ten griuden. 

*** Tbc tongue with great agility deliTers up the 
meat (well chewed) to the imtmments of swallow- 
Jog : eight muscles senring to this purpose. which 
instantly send the meat througb the oesc^bagus or 
meat-pipe into the stomacb. 

'^ The upper mouth of the stomacb hath little 
▼eins, or circular strings, to shut in the meat, and 
keep it from retuming. 

" Vas brevc, or the short vcssel, which, sending 
in a melancholy bumour, sharpens the appetjte. 

*' In the bottom of the stomacb (which is placed 
in the middie of the belly) is concoction per- 
fected. 

** The concoction of meats in the stomacb is 
perfected as by an iomate property and special vir- 
tue ; 80 also by the outward heat of partit adjoio- 
ing, for it is on CTery side compassed with hotter 
parts, which, as fire to a cauldron, helps to seetfae, 
and concoct ; and the hot steams within it do not 
a little further digestion. 



So doubJlng beat, his daty doably speod^th ? 
Such 16 tbe fire concoction*8 yessel necdetli, 
Who daily all the isle with fit provision feedctb. 



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There many a groom, tbe busy cook attends 
In under offioes, and sereral place : 
This gatbers up the scum, and thence it sends 
To be cast out ; another, liąuoHs base; 
Anotber garbage, which the kitchen cloys ; 
Anddivers filth, wbose scent the place annoys. 
By diver8 secret ways in under sinks conroys. 

" Therefore a second port »* is sidelong fram'd. 

To let out wbat unsarory there remains ; 
There sits a needful groom, the porter nam'dy 
Which soon tbe fuli grown kitchen clcanlydrain^. 
By dirers pipes with bundred tumings girio^, 
I^t that the food too speedily retiring, 
Shou'd wet the appetite, still c!oy'd, and stilldeńr- 
ingj 

" ' So Erisicthon, onoe fir*d (as men say) 

With bnngry ragę, fed nerer, ever feeding ; 
Ten thousand disbes scver'd in ev'ry day, 

Yet in ten thousand thousand disbes necding ; 
In Tain his daughter bundred sbapes assumM : 
A whole camp's meat he in his gorge inhuoiM s 
And all coa8um'd, bis hunger yet was uncoDSUin'd. 

*' Such would tbe sUte of this whole isłand be, 

If those pipes windings (passage qttick delaying) 
Should not rełrain too much edacity, 
With longer stay fierce appetite allaying. 
These pipes ^ are 8cven-fold longer tban the 
isle, 

Yet all are folded in a little pile, 
Whercof three noble are, and tbin ; three thkk, 
and vile. 

•* The first » is narrow'st. and down-iigfat dotli 

'oo^» [Ure; 

Lest that his charge dischargM, might back rc- 

And by the way takes in a bitter brook, 

That when the channePs stopt with stifliog mirc, 

Through th' idle pipę, with picrcing watcrs 

soaking; [jn^^ 

His tender ^ides with sharpest stream prorok* 

Thrusts out the muddy parts, and rids the miry 

choaking. 

" The lower orifice, or mouth of the stomacb, 
is not placed at the very bottom, but at the side, 
and is called the Janitor (or porter) as sending 
out the foofl now concocted, through ihe entrails, 
which are kuotty and fuli of windings, lest tbe 
meat too suddenly passing through the body, 
should make it too subject to appetite and greedi- 
ness. 

» It is approred, that the entrails. dricd and 
blown, are seven times k>nger than the body, they 
are all one entire body ; yet their difibring sub- 
stance hath distinguisbed them into the thin and 
thick : the tbin have the morę noble office. 

*' The first is straight, without any winding, 
that tbe chylę may not return ; and most narrow, 
that it might not find too hasty a passage. It 
takes in a little passage from the gali, which 
there purges his choler, to provoke the entrails 
(when they are slow) to cast out the excremcnts. 
This is called Duodcnum (or twelic fingers) from 
his lei)^h. 



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J » lem and lank. stlll pil*d, and bar- 
I^ mi^ty bonl*rer6 oft his bania inrading : [ried 
Awaj bit food, and ncw-mn^d storę is carried; 
Tbcrefere an angry colour, Dever fiading, 
PDrpl«« his cheek : tbe tbird ** for lengtb ez- 
eiseds, [leads : 

And down his stream in bundred turnings 
Thoe tbree moat noble are, adofoed witb stiken 



" The feremoat ^ of the base balf blind appears ; 
And wbere bis broad way in an istboius ends, 
Tbere be ezaminet all his passengers. 
And tboae who ought not 'scape, be backward 
sebds : [ingr, 

Tbe second ^ .£fo's coart, wbere tempesU rag- 
Sbnt close witbin a cave tbe wiods encaging, 
Włib eartbquakeB sbakcs tbe island, tbonders sad 
pre^iging. 

<* Tbe last ^ downright falls to port E8qui1ine, 
Morę straight above, beneath still broader grow- 
ing, 
SboD aa tbe gnte opes by tbo king^s aasign, 
Eoptiea itaelf, fkr tbence the filtb out^throwing : 
llils gate óidow'd with many properties, 
Yet ibr his office, sight, and naming, flies : 
Thercfbre between two bills in darkest ^alley lies. 

•* To tbat arch-city ** of tbis goYemment, 

Tbe tbree lirst ptpes the ready feast conYoy : 
The other three in baser office spent, 
Flingont the dregs, vhich eUe tbe kitcben cloy. 
In every one^ tbe Hepar ke«pt bis spies, 
Wbo if ongbt good, witb evil blended lies ; 
Hienee bring it back again to Hepar*s treasaries. 

" Trosereral cover5 fenco thcse twice tbree pipes : 
Tbe flftt from o^er swimming^^ takes his name, 

like oobwelKlawn woven with bundred stripes : 
'Fhe second ^ strengtben'd witb a double fraroe, 

" Tbe second, ia called tbe lank, or bungry gut, 
SI being morę empty than the rest ; for tbe ]iver 
beiag ne^r, it socks out his juice, or cream ; it is 
kaown from the rest by tbe red colour. 

^ Tbe third is called Ilion (or winding) from 
kil many Iblds and tnmings, is of all tbe longest 

^ Tbe first, of tbe baser sort, is called blind, 
at whose end is an appendant, wbere if aoy of tbe 
ikinner ebyle do chance to escape, it is stopped, and 
by tbe Teina of tbe midriff suckt out. 

^ The second is Colon (or the tormentor) be- 
anse of tbe wind tbere staying, and yexing the 
lody. 

^ Tbe last, called Rectiun (or straight) hath 
Bowindings, short, larger towards tbe end, that 
the escremmt may morę easily be ejected, and 
Rtaiaed aiao npoo occasion. 

*^ Tbe tbin entrails senre for the carrying and 
the thoroagh conoocting the chylę ; the thicker 
ibr the gathering, and containing the excrements. 

^* Tł^y arc all sprinkled with nnmberless little 
Trini, tbat no part of tbe chylę migbt etcape, till 
all be brought to tba liver. 

* Epiploon (or o^er-swimmer) descends below 
tbe Davel, and ascends abov« the bighest entrails ; 
cf Kkinny snbstance, all inter'aced witb iat 

* Tbe Meaenterium (or mid^t amongst the en- 
tfiSii) wbence it takes the name, ties and knits 
Ihe entrails togetbi^ : it batb a double tanicle. 



From ibreign enmity the |>ipes maintains : 
Close by tbe Pancreas/' stands, wbo ne'er 
oomplains ; 
Thougb prcss^d by all bis neigbboors, be their 
fltate sustains. 

" Ncat Hepar, chief of all these lower parts. 
One of the three, yet of the tbree the least. 
But see tbe Sun, like to ondaunted bearts, 
Knlarges in his fali hia ample breast 
Now bie we borne ; tbe pearled dew ere long 
Will wet tbe mothers and their tender young. 
To morrow witb tbe day we may renew our song." 

^' Pancreaa (or all flesb) for so it seema, is laid 
as a pillow nnder the stomach, and sustains tbe 
▼eins, that are dispread from tbe gate Tein. 



CANTO Ul. 



Tbb moming fresh, dappling ber borae with rosea, 
( Vezt at tbe ling'ring shades tbat long bad left 
ber, 
In Titbon's freezing arms) tbe ligbt discloses ; 
And chasing night, of rule and beav*n bt^reft ber: 
Tbe Sun with gentłe beams his ragę disguiscs. 
And like aspiriog tyrants, temporises ; 
Ner^ to be endur^d, but wben be falb, or rises. 



Thirsil frDm wttby prison, as be ni 

Lets out his flock, and on an hill stood heeding, 
Wbich bites thegrass, and which his meat refusea; 
So his glad eyes, fed with' their greedy feeding, 
Straight flock a shoal of nympbs, and shep- 
herd>swains, [plains ; 

Wbile all their lambs rangM on tbe flow'ry 
Tben thus the boy began, crownM witb their cir- 
cliog trains. 

" Yoo gentle sbepberds, and yon snowy sires, 

Tbat sit around, my rugged rhymes attendiog ; 
How may I hope to quit your strong desires, 
In yerse uncom*d, such wonders oomprebending ? 
Too welł I know my nideness, all unfit 
To frame tbis carious isle, wbose ftamini^ 
yet 
Was never thioughly known to any haman wit 

" Thou 8hepherd'god, wbo only know'st it rigtat, 
And bid'8t that art from all the world beside ; 
Shed in my misty breast thy sparkling light. 
And in tbis fog, my erring footsteps guide : fit. 
Thon wbo first road'st, and nerer wilt forsake 
Elsę how sball my wcak band dare undertnke 
it, fit. 

Wben thou tbyself ask^stcounsal of thyscif to make 

" Next to Koilia, on the right side stands, 

Fairly dispread in large doroinion, 
The arch city Hepar \ stretcbing ber oommands. 
To all witbin this lower region ; 

Fonc'd witb snre bars, and strongest situation ; 
So never fearing foreigners* iuTasion : 
Hence are the walls', sligbt, tbin ; built but for 
sight and fasbion. 

I Of all tbis lower region, the Hepar, or lifer, 
ia tbe principal. The situation strong aod safe, 
walled in by the riba. 

> It is ooTered with one single tonicle, and that 
rery tbin and sligbt. 



** To Ul* bCart, and to th' hęad city sur^ly tied ' 

Witb fIriiiesŁ league, and oantual rcfcrcnce : 
His liegere there, thcirs ever hcre al)iclc, 
To takc up strife and casual di^Tcrenoe : 
Built ałl alike*, seeniinc like rwWus stieen, 
Of sonie peculiar matier ; such I « ecn, 
As ovcr all thc world, may uo where clse bi scen. 

Much like a mount S it <>asily ascendcth ; 

Tbe uppcr parts all smooth a» 6lipp'ry glass : 
Bttt on the lower many a crajj depłudrih ; 
Like to thc hangings of «otiie rocky n-ass : 
Herę firn tbe purple fountain ^ makmg vcnt, 
By thousand mcrs throngh the islc dlspent, 
GWo8Ćvery part fitgrowtb, and daily nouiishii.ent. 

'* In tbis fair town^ thc isle'8 prt-at ste^rard dwells; 

His porphry house glltters in purple dyp, 
In purple clad himself : from hence he dcals 
His 8toVe, lo all the isl<;'s n^ cessity : 
And though the rent he daily, duły pay, 
Yet doth his Aowing substanre ne'er dt cay ; 
All day he rent rcceives, retunis it all tbe day. 

" And like that golden star, which cuts his way 
Throogh Satunrs ice, aud Mars his fi ry bali ; 
Tenip'ńng their strife with his morę kindiy ray : 
So *twren the Splcnion*s frost, and th* anpry gali, 
The joYJal Hepar sits ; with jsrcat expence 
Chcering ths isle W his sweet influence ; 
9o slakes their envious ragę, anćl endless difTerencc. 

" Withiu, sonie Kiy, Love* hath his liabitation, 
Not Ci»pid*s self, but Ciipid*s bet ter brother ; 
For Cupid'8 self dwells with a lower nation, 
But this, morę surę, much chastcrtlian theothrr; 
By whase conimaod, we riŁhcr love our kind. 
Ot with most pcifett luve affect thc mind ; 
Witb such a diainond knot, hc oftcn souls can bind. 

** Two purple strcams', herc raise their boiling 

heads ; [iiie; 

Tbe firsŁ, and least, in tb* bolłow caveni brecd - 

' The liver is tied to the beart by arterics, lo 
the bcad by norve8, and to both by Teins, dis- 
persed to both. 

* Tbe Iiver consists of no ordinary flcsh, but of 
a kind proper to itself. 

* The liver'8 upper {lart rises, and swells gent- 
ly ; is very smoothr and evcn ; the lower in the 
/butside like to an hoUow rock, ruggrd and crag^y. 

* Froni it risc all the spriugs of blood włiicb 
rnns in thc veins 

' The steward of the whole islo, is here fitly 
placed, becausc as all (thatis brought in) is herc 
fłtted and disposed, so from hcncc returncd and 
^lispenscd. 

• • Here Plato disposed the seat of lovc. And 
certainly though i ust (wbich uome perverscly cali 
love) be other«rhere seated, yet tliat atTection 
nhcrbhy ve wish, and do well to otbers, may seem 
to be better fitled in the iiver, tban in the beart, 
(whara most do p»laoe it) because this moderate 
^cat appeais morę apt for thts aifection ; and fires 
of the heart where (as a salamander) anger lives, 
seems not so fit to entertaio it 

* Hence rise the two great rivers of blood, of 
vhidi all tbe rcst aro lesser ttreams ; tbe first is 
Porta, or the gate Tein issuing from the holłow 
part, and is shed toward the stomacb, spleen, 
prułs, aad the epiplooh. The second is Cava, Kbe 
hollow Ycin, sprcading his river over all tbe body. 



P. FLETCHEU'S PO^Ms. 



His wavc> on divcrs nci^hbour groonds dispreaH» : 
The ncxt fair rłvcr ałl the rcst cjt«;et diog, 

Toppiiig tUo hill, breaksforth in fierce ei-asioo. 
And shedsabmal his Nile-like inundaŁiun ; 

So gives to all thc isłe their food and Ycgłtation ; 

" Yet thesc from oihcr stream<; much difTfrent ; 

For otbers, as they looger, bruader grow ; 
Thcse as thł-y rim in narrow banks intp* ot ; 

Are then at least, whcn in ihe main they flow r 
Mnch like a lice, wUioh all his rooŁs so ^iiiJes, 
That all Ihe trnnk in bis fuli bjdy hidcs ; 
Which strnight, his stem to thousand branchcs 
subdJYidcs. 

*' Yet lest thcsestreams'" mipht hap to b«* infected, 
With Oiher i:quors in the well al}oundin?; 

Bfrfore their flowing channels are detectwi, 
Some lesser dl- i fts, ihe fountajns bottom»>un«lłDp, 
Suck out thc baser strcams, the springs annoy- 

An liiiiKircd pipes unto that cnd employln^ ; 
Thence ri n to Cttcr place, thcir noisomc Icad eon - 
roying. 

** Such is fair Hcr^ar^^ Trhirh tiith grcat disscn- 
Of all the rcst plf.i 's most^antiąuity ; [^frioa 

But vet ih' heart-citv with no less contcntion. 
And jiistest ehallongc, claims priopity : 
But suie the fłcpar was the tUler borc ; 
For that sniall rivcr chIIM the nurse, of yorc, 
rA'd both's lbun'iation, yet Hcpar builŁ afore. 

** Thrce pois^nous liquots from this purple well 

Pisę Mith thc nativc strcams" ;' the lii-st like fire 
Ali flaming hot, red, ftirious, and fełl ; 
The spr n;- of dire debatę, and civil irc ; 

Which, wcr't not surciy hcld uith stron^^ rc- 

tention, 
Would stir domcstic strife, and ficrce contcn- 
tifu, [isciiśion. 

And vaste thc weary isle with ncvcr ccas^d dis- 

'* Thcrtfore clo^e by, a littlc conduit stands, 
Chuicdochus**, that drags this poi.son ticnce, 

*® TTie chylę, or juice of meats, concocted in 
the stomach, could not all be turned into sweet 
blood, by reason of the divers kinds of humoiirs ia 
it ;' therefore there are tbrec kinds of excremcntal 
liquors suckt away by little vessełs, and carried 
to their appointed placcs; one too light and fiery ; 
anuthcr too carthy, and hcavy ; a third wheyisb and 
watery. 

' ' Famous is the controversy bctwecn the peri- 
patetirs and physicians ; one holdin? the heart 
theoiherthe liver to be first, That the liver is 
first in time, and makihsr, is maoifost ; because 
the nursc (the veitt that feeds thc infant yet in tbe 
womb) cmpties itself upon the livpr.- 

" The first excremeut drawn from tbe Uver to 
the gali, is cholertc, bitter, like Hnmc incoloar; 
which, were it not remorcd, and kept in due 
place, would fili ali thc body with bitterness and 
gnawing. 

" Cholcdochus, or the gali, is of a membrane- 
ous suhstance, haring but one, yet that a strong 
tunicle. It bath two passages, one drawing tbe 
humour from the lirer, anotfaer conveying the 
overpius into the first gat, and so emptyiKg the 
gali ; and this fence hath a double gate, to keey 
the liąuor. from retnming. 



THE PUftl^t telANb. CANTO III. 



m 



Łni safely Idciń U «p M ^ison bandś ; 
TItfnce gently drains it througli n nirrow fence ; 
A oeedfiil fence» attehded with A sruard, 
Tttat vatche& iu the stnuts, uil dośely 
ban-M, [pri&on wanl. ' 

Łcit some oii^ht back escapc, and break the 

" The ńest iH sti«am »♦ the wholesome tÓfAii of- 
feaclinsTf 
Ali dreary, b!ack, and frłghCftil, hencc rt)nv<»y'd 
By ^en draios, unto the Splenion teudiitpr, 
Th^ Spieniam o'er a^lnst tho Hcpar laid, 
Bnilt lon^, aad 8quare : some say that laugh- 

ter berę 
Keeps rcsidencŁ'; but lan^rhter fits not therc, 
Whcre darkncss e^r dwelfs, and melancholy fear. 

*•' And fthoiiM these tfuys^^, stopt by iii accident, 
Tb th* Ife^r^ fc^rcftOis tum t>ack tbeir muddy 
bomooni, 
Tte doody isle with hellisb drcartment [moars : 
Woald sooa be jill*d, and thóosand featful ru- 
Four-hidcs him here, lock'd deep in earthy celi : 
Dark, doleful, deadly duli, a iittle heli; 
fTbere viŁb bim frigbt, despair, and thousand hor- 
roun dwcll. 

'* If tbis bUck town in orer g«wrth increases-* 
With too much itrength bis nefghbonra over- 
bcsrinf: : 
Tbe Hepar d.iily. and whole isle decreases, 
Uke gbastly snade, or ashie ghost appcarin? : 
But when it pines, th' isle tbńves , its ourae, 

bis blessing ; 
So wben atyrant raves *', bis subjćcts prcs^jinc. 
His gaining a tbeir loss, bis treast:re tbeir dis- 
tressing. 

•• The tbird bad water *», bnbbling from tbis foun- 
tain, 
Iswheyish cold, whicb with good liquoi:s ment, 
Is drawn into the double Kephro^s moiiutain ; 
Wbich suclctbe best for growtbandnourishment: 
The worst as tbrough a Iittle pap " distiliing 
To divers pipes, the pale cold humour swiUing, 
Rons do«rn to tb* urioe lake, his banks tbrice daliy 
filling. 

^* The aecoiid ill bomour is eartby and heavT, 
vhłch is drawn from the liver, by Iittle Tossels 
nnto tbe spleen ; the native seat of melancholy, 
terę soroe bave placed laugh ter : but the spleen 
leems ratber the seat of malice and heariness. 
^ *^ If the spleen should fail in this office, the- 
whole body would be filled with melancholy fan- 
des, and vain terrouin. 

^ Wbere the spleen flourishes, ali .the body dc* 
cayi, and withers ; and wbere the spleen is kept 
doWn, tbe body flourisbes. Hencc Stratonicus 
nerrily said, that in Crete dead men walked, be- 
cktae thcy were śo splenetie, and pale coloured. 

" Trajan comparód the spleen to bis exchequer, 
becaose, as his cofiers being fuli drained his sub- 
jfct^s porset ; so tbe fuli spleen makes tbe body 
npless. 

" Tbe watry bnmonr witb some góod blood 
(wbf<fb ii spent for tbe noorishment of tbose parts) 
b drawn by the Icidneys. 

'' The nreters receires tbe waten ^epirated 
ibm ilUnod, as distilled from tbe Iittle flćsby sdb- 
ttaaces In the kidneys, like to teatn. 



*' Thcsc itidmftfttm'^ itWFt bat « ttltuat^Od, 

lu ferm «nd ihutter tHte ; tbe teft Is h1^\i€e, 
Lest even height might siack thcir d{)ertition : 
Botli lite tbie Mwn (wtticb nbw imnts tialf fflir 
frre) 
Yrt Into tAłO óbtn^er angles bendfe^, 
Botb Rtrongfy wfth H double wati dbfefided ; 
And Iłoth hhv^^«if«t1s of onidb^fbretlKite ifllA 
exteiided. 

" l^he sixtb and last town in this region, [wide, 
With largest stretchM precincts, and compan 
Is that, wbere Yenus and ber wanton son 
(Her wanton Cupid) will in youth n>side ; 
For thougb bis arrows, and bis goUlen bow. 
On otber hills be frankly does bestow, 
Yet berę hc bides the fire, with wbich each bent 
doth glow. 

" For that great Providence, tbeir course foreseeing 

Too easily ied into. tbe sea of death ; 
After this first, gave thcm a second being, 
Which in their ofiiupring newly flourishetb : 
He. tberefore, madę tbe fnrc of generatroo. 
To bum in Yenus* courts without ccssation ; 
Out of whose ashcs comes anotber island nalioa. 

" For from the first a fcllow isle be fram^d, 

(For what aione can live, or fruitful be ?*) 
Airen the first, the second Thelu namM j 
AVeaker the last, yet fairer much to see : 
Alikc io all the rcst, herc disagreeng, 
Wtiere Yenus and hf;r wanton bave tbeir being: 
For nothing is producM of two, in all agreeiog. 

" But though some fcw in the^e hid parts wodld see 

Their Maker*t> glory, and tbeir juśtest shame ; 
Yet for the most would tum to luxury. 
And what they should lament, would mikę t^eir 
gamę : [scryM ; 

Fly tben tbose parts, whicb best are unde^ 
Forliear, my maiden song, to blazon wide, 
What tb' isle, and naturę' s self, doth ever strivc t* 

hide. 
*' Tbese two fhir Ssies distinct in tbeir ereation, 

Yet c»ne extractea from tbe other*8 side, 
Are oft madę ouc by love*s firm combinotion j 
And from this unity are muliiplyM : 

Strange it may secm, such their condition, 
That they are morę dispread by union : 
And two are tweaty madę, by being madę in one* 

" For from tbese two łn love*s deligbt agreenig, 

Anotber Iittle isle is soon procecding ; 
At first of unłike frame and matter being, 

In Yenus* tempie takcs its form and breeding; 
Tli I at fuli timc the tedious prison flying 
It brcaks all lets, i^s ready way denying j 
And sbakes tbe trembling isle witb ofteo painftif 

dying. 
" So by the Bosphorus' straits, in £uxine seas^ 

Kot far from oid Byzantum, closely stand 
Two neighbour islands, cal Pd Symplcgades, 
Which sometime secm but one combined land : 
For often meeting on tbe waŁVy plain, 
And parting oft, tost by tbe boisfrons main, 
Tbey now are joinM in one, and now disjoinM 
again. 

'*** Tlie kidneys are botb aljke ; the left some- 
wbat higher : both bave d double »kin, and botk 
bmpassed witb fat. 



94 



P. FLETCHERS POEMS. 



" Herę oft, n6t lott, Irat nreeier chaatit^, 
Coupled soiiieCimes, and sometiines nngle, 
dwelb; 
Now link'd witb loTe, to ąuench luifs trmmj; 
Now Pb€eiux-like, alone in narrow cells i 
Soch PhoBoiz one, buk one at onoe may be; 
la AIbkm'1 biUs, tbee *>, Baalina, thee. 
Soch only baTe I ieen, sacb sball I nerer tee. 

" Wbat nymph was tbis, aaid fiuiest Ronleea, 

Wbom thou admirett tbus aboTe to many? 
Sbe, wbile she waa, ab! was tbe sbepherd's 
qQeen; 
Surę sacb a sbepberd^s ąoeen, was never any : 
Buty ab ! oo joy ber dying beart oooteotod, 
Since sbe a dear Deer's side anwilling reated; 
Wbose deatb sbe all too late, too mucb repeated. 

" Ab, royal inaid ! wby abould'st thou tbus lament 
thee? 
Thy little fault, was but too mncb beUering : 
It is too much, so mocb tbou sboa]d'st repeot 
tbee; 
His joyous soul at rest deserres no grieruig. 
Tbese words (yain words !) fbnd oomibrters did 
lend ber ; [bend ber 

But, ab 1 no words, no prayers, migbt ever 
Tb give an end to grief; till endless grief did end 
ber. 

*' But bow sbould I those sorrows dare display ? 
Ot bow limme fortb ber Tirtues* wonderment 1 
Sbe was, ay me, sbe was, tbe sweetest May, 
Tbat ever flowVd in A1bioo's regiment : 
Few eyes fisU'n ligbts adore: yet famę sball 

keep 
Her name awake, wben otbers silent sleep; 
Wblle men bave ears to bear, eyes to look back, 
and weep. 

''* And tbougb tUe cors (wbicb wbclpt and narB'd 
in Spain, 
Leam of fetl Oeryon to snarl and brawl) 
Have ▼ow'd and stiove ber Tirgin tomb to strain ; 
And grin, and ibam, and ragę, and yelp, and 
bawi : (light 

Yet sball our Cyntbia's bigb triumpbing 
Beride tbeir bowling throats, and tootbless 
spite : [in endless nigbt 

And sail tbrongb Hea?'n, wbiist tbey sink down 

" So is this istand*s lower region : 

Yet ab ! mocb better b it surę than so. 
But my poor reeds, like my condition, 
(Low is tlie shepberd^s state, my song as Iow) 
Mar wbat they make.— But now in yonder 
sbade [madę: 

Best me, wliile suns ba^e longer sbadoirs 
See bow,oar panting flocks run to tbe cooler glade." 

'* Qaeen Elizabetb. 



CANTO IV. 



Tbb sbepbeids in tbe sbade tbeir bonger feasted, 
With simpłe cates, such as the country yields ; 

And wbile fram soorohing beams secure tbey 
rested. 
The Bympbs, dispers'd along tbe woody fields, 



PnlPd from tbeir italks tbe blabiag ttrmw^ 



Wbicb lurk close sbrouded from bigh-kwluiic 
Shewing that sweetnessi oft botb Iow, aod hiddeB 
lies. 

Bat wben the day bad bis meridian ran 

Betweeu his higbest tbnme and low deelinuąff s 
Tbirsil agaia bis forced task begun. 
His wonted audience bis sides entwining, 
" Tbe middle promce nert this lower etaiwh ^ 
Where th' isle's beart-city spreads bis Imrge 
commanda, [friendly bsoda. 

Łeagu'd to the neigbbour towns with saie aod 

" Such as tbat star, wbicb sets bis glorioua chair 

In midst of Hearea, and to dead darkneas, berę 
GiTes light, and life; such is this city fisir: 
Tbeir ends, place, office, state, so aearly near, 
Tbat those wiseancients, from tbeir natnre^s 
sigbt, [aright. 

And likeness, tara'd their names, and caU*d 
The Soo, the great world's beart, tbe beart tbe 
less world^s light. 

" This middle coast *, to all the Isle dispends 
Ali beat, and life : bence it anotber guard 
(Beside tbese common to the first) dcfends: 
Boilt whole of massy stone, cold, dry, and hard, 
Wbich stretehing round about his circling 

arms, 
Warrants tbese parts from all exterior baims $ 
Repelling angry force, securiog all alarms. 

" But in the front * two iair twin-bulwarks rise $ 
In th' Arren built for strength and ornamenty 
In Thelu of morę use, and larger size; 
For bence the yoong isle draws his noarishment : 
Herę lurking Cupid bides his bended bow$ 
Herę milky spriogs in sugar'd riTcrs flow; * 
Wbich first ga^e th* indbnt isle to be, and then to 
grow* 

" For wheo tbe lesser island (still increasiog 

In Yenus' tempie) to some greataess swells \ 
Now larger rooms, and bigger spaces seizing, 
It stops tbe Hepar rirers: backward reels 
llie stream, and to tbese bills bears np his 

flight, [migbt) 

And in tbese foonts (by some strange bidden 
Dies his fair rosy wares iuto a lily white. 

" So wbere fair Medway down the Kentisb dates. 

To many towns ber plenteons waters dealing, 
Łading hcr banks into wide Tbamis falls ; 
The big-grown main with fbamy billows swelling. 
Stopi there the suddcn stream : ber steddy 

race 
Staggers a whilc, at length flows back apace; 
And to tbe pareot fount retums its fearful pace. 

' The heart ib the seat of beat and life; tbere* 
fore wail d about with the ribs, for oiore safety. 

* The breasts, or paps, are giveo to men for 
strength and ornament; to women for milk and 
nursery also. 

' Whi o the infant grows big, the blood Tessels 
are so oppressed, that partly tbrough tbe readioess 
of the pamage, but espticially by tbe pioyideaot 
of God, the blood tums back to the breast; aod 
then*, by an innate, but wonderful facuUy, ii 
turned into milk« 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO IV. 



96 



iwo fut moiiiitB * ara like two hemis- 
1>heres, 
IwdowM with goodly gifts and ąoalitics; 
WbiOGe tops too litUe porple hillocks rean, 
Mach like tbe połes in Heaven*8 aseltreet : . 
And lOttod abouŁ two clrcling alUrt gire 
In blosfaing red, the mt in mowy tire, 
like Tłumdaii Hoeraiis looki, which iie'er feeU 
PhflBbaa* fiie. 

" That iBighty hand, in thete dissecied wreatbs, 
(Wlicffe mo^es our San) his tbrooe^s feir pictare 



The pattera bnathlen, but the picture breathes ; 
ffii highest heav*n is dead, oar k»w hea^^n Htcs: 
Nor lOORis that lofty One, tbia k>w to dwell : 
Here bis best stan be teta, and glorioos celi ; 
And filia with laintly spirits, so tnrat to HeaT'D 
finom UelK 

'* About tbb region round in compass ttanda 

A guard, botb for defence, and respińtioa, 
Of sisty-loar *, parted in KYeral bandi ; 
Half to let oot the imoky ezbalation ; 
Tbe otber balf to draw in fresher winda : 
Beaide both tbese, a tbird of both their kinds, 
Tbat lets both ont, and in ^ which no enfbrcement 
biads. 

" Hus third tbe merry Diazome* we cali, 
A boideF-city thcfle two coasts renłoving : 

Wbicb like a balk with bis cross-builded wali, 
Dispartfl tbe terms of anger, and of loviog : 
Keepe from th' heart-dty funung kitcben 



And to his neighboiir^s geoUe winds iospires ; 
Inoie 'when be sueks in air, oontract whcn be 



" Tbe Diazome * of 9ev'ral matters fram'd : 
The fint, moist, softj harder the nesct, and 
drier: 
Hi» fiashion like tbe fisb a rmia nain'd ; 
FencM witb two walls, one Iow, tbe otber 
higher; 
By eight streams waterM; two from Hepar 

Iow, 
And from th' heart<town as many higher go ; 
Bot two twiee told, down from the Cepbal moun- 
tatn flow. 

* The Breasts are in figurę hemispherical ; whose 
tops are crowned with the teats, about which are 
reddish drclea, called (Areoloe, or) little altars. 

^ In tbe Tborax, or breast, are sixty-five muscles 
ibr respiration, or breatbing, which are either free 
or foroed: the instruments of foroed breathing are 
ŚKty-foor, whereof thirty-two distend, and as 
many a>atract it 

* Tbe instrument of the free breathing is the 
Biazome or Diaphragma, which we cali the 
Midriff, as a wali, pąrting the heait and liver: 
Plato afRrms it a partition between the seats of de- 
sifc and aoger: Aristotle, a bar to keep tbe noi- 
«Mie odour of the stomach from the hearL 

'The Midriff dilates itself wben it draws in, and 
eootrscts itself when it puffii out tbe air. 

* The Midriff consists consistA of two circies, one 
ikiany, the otber fleshy ; it bath two tunicles, as 
naoy reins and arteries, and fbar ner? es^ 



*' Here sportful * laughter dwelts, bei^ erer sitting^ 

Defies all lompisb grie&, and wrinkled cai«i 
And twenty merry>mates mirth causes fitting, 
And smUes, which Iaughter*B soni^ yet infiuits 
are. 
Bot if this town be fir^d with bumings nigh, 
Witb self-same flames high Cephal's towers 
fry; 
Sucb is their feeling lorę, and loving sympatfay. 

'* This coast stands girt with a peculiar *^ wali, 

The whole precinct, and every part defending : 
The chiefest " city, and imperial, 

Is fair Kerdia, hr his bounds eztending : 
Which fuU to know, were kaowledge infinite : 
How then sboold my rude pen this wonder 
write, [aright ł 

Which tbou, who only mad*st it, only know^st 

*' In middle of this middle regiment 

Kerdia seated lies, the centrę deem'd 
of this whole isle, and of this govemment : 
If not the chiefest this, yet needfoirst seem'd» 
Therefore obtainM an- eqnal distant seat. 
Morę fitly hence to shed bis life and beat. 
And with his yellow streams the fruitful island wet. 

Flattk'd " with two seTcral walls (ibr morę de- 
fience); 
Betwizt them ever flows a wheyish moat ; 
In some soft wares, and circling profiuence, 
' This city, like an isle, might safely float : 
In motion still (a motion fixt, not roving) 
Most like to Heav*n, in his most constant 
moving : (loving. 

Hence most here plant the seat of snre and actire 

** Buitt of a substance like smooth porphyry ; 

His matter bid ", and, like itself unknown : 
Two rivers of his own ; anotber by, 
That from tbe Hepar riaes, like a crown, 
Infblds tbe narrow part ; for that great All 
That his works glory madę pyramieal, 
Then crownM with triple wreatb, and clóth'd in 
scarlet palL 



tt 



The city's self in two ^4 pertitions reft, 
That on the right, this on the otber side : 



* Here most men have placed the seat of laughter ; 
it bath much sympathy with tbe brain, so that if 
the Midriff be inflamed, present madness ensues it. 

>^ Within the Pleura or skin, which clothetb the 
ribs on the inside, compasses this middle region. 

" Tbe chiefest part of this middle region is the 
beart, placed in the midst of this province, and of 
the whole body : fitly was it placed in the midst of 
all, as being of all the most needful. 

" Tbe heart is immured, partly by a membranę 
going round about it (thence receiving his name), 
and a peculiar tunicle, partly with an humour, 
like whey or urine ; as well to cool the heart, as 
to lighten the body. 

" The flesh of the heart is proper, and peculiar 
to itself; not like otber muscles, of a figura 
pjrramical. The point of tbe heart is (as with ą 
diadem) girt with two arteries, and a rein, called 
tbe crowns. 

*^ Though the heart be an entire body, yet it is 
8evered into two partitions, the right and left ', of 
which, the left Is morę esceUent md noble. 



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P. FLETfcHEIl'S POEMS. 



N 



Ite right » (mk&t trłbutary to the Icft) 
Brinęt itł his ptiosion at his ceitain tide, 
A potision of Hquors stran^cly wrought ; 
WHich fint by Hepar'8 sŁreams are hither 
brought, 
AiM berę distiii'd with ctt, beyofid or words, or 
thooght. 

" The inroBser ** wavet of tbese life-streimi (wfakh 
here 
With much, yct much less laboar U prcpar*d) 
A ddubtful channel doth to Pncumon bcar : 
But to the left those labourM cxtracts sharM 
As throogh " a wali, with hiddcn paS&age 

' slide; 
Where many secret gates (gates hardly spyM) 
"^ith safe conroy, givti passage to the other sidc. 

^ At each band of the left, two strcets *' stand by, 
. Of seyeral sŁuff, aud 9evcral working fram'd, 
With hundred ctooks, and deep wrought cavity : 
fioth like the cars io form, aod so are nam'd, 
V th' right-hand street, the tribute liqttor sit- 

tetb: 
The Itft, forcM air into his coacave getteth ; 
Which subtle wronght, and thin, for futurę work- 
men fitteth. 

** The city»8 left »' *ide (by somc hid direction) 
Of thb thin air, and of that right side's rent, 
(Compound together) makes a strange confection ; 
And in one res^el both together meint, 

Stilis tbem with cqual, never quencbed firing: 
Then in smali streams (through all the isle 
wiring) 
Sends it to erery part, both heat and life inspiring. 

" In this heart-city, four main strcams appoar *> j 
One from the Hcpar, wherc tbc tribute landetb, 
Largciy pours out bis purple rivcr here; 
At whose wide Ynoutb, a band of Tritons 
standeth, 
(Three Tritons stand) who with thcir threc- 

fork'd mace, 
Drive on, and speed the river*s flowing race; 
.3ut strongiy stop the wave, if ouce it back repasa. 

*^ The right receives into his hollowness, the 
blood flowing from the liver, and concocts it. 

** This right side srnds down to the Kings that 
part of the blood wbich is less labourcd, and thickcr; 
but the thinncr part, it swcats through a flesby 
partitłon into the left sIdc. 

" This flesby partitioo scrers the right side froro 
tT^e left ; at first it sccms thick, but if it be well 
Yiewed, we shall sce it fuli of many {)ores or 
passages. 

" Two skinny additions (from their likeness 
called the ears) receive, the oue the thickcr blood, 
that called the right ; the other, called the Icfit, 
takes in the air sent by the lungs. 

^' The left side of the beart takes in the air and 
blood ; and coooocting them both in his hollow 
bosom, sends them out by the great artery into the 
ithfiiie body. 

*^ In the heart are four great Tessels; the 6r$t 
is the hollow vein, bringing in blood fi om the 
IłTer; at whose mouth stai^ three little folding 
dóota, with three forks, giving passage, bat no re- 
tom to the blood. 



*' The second *< is that donbtfnl channel, lendim 

Some of this tribute to the Pucumon nigh j 
Wbo&>e springs by carefni goards are watch*d, thi 
Se ding 
From thence the waters, all regress deny. 
The third '^ unlike to this, finom Pneumc 

flowing, 
And is due air—- 'tribute here bestowing» 
lis kept by gates, and bars, wbich stop all back- 
ward going. 

" The last <> fuli spring, ont of this left side rise^ 
Whcre thre^ fair nymphs, like Cyatbia^s self 
appearing, 
Draw down the stream which ali the isłe snflices; 
Bot stop backways, 5ome i II revolture fearing. 
This rherstill Uscif to less dividinir, 
At leni^h with thousand little broolcs mos 
slidiny [guiding 

His feliow course aTong with Hcpar cbannels 

" Within this city i? the palące " fram*d, 

Whcre life, and life*s companion, heat, ahióethi 
And their attcndants, passions untam'd : 
(Oft very Helt, in this straight room resideth) 
And did not neighbouring hills, cold a^rs in- 
spiring, 
Allay their ragę and mutinoiis conspiring, 
Heat, all (itself and all) would bum with quench- 
less firing. 

'* Yet that gr«it Łight, by whom all Hearen shlnet 
With bormwVł beams. oft leaves his lofty skies. 
And to this lowly seat himself coafines. 

Fali then again, proud heart, now lali to rise: 
Cease Barth, ah ! cease, proud fiabel Eartb, 

toswell : 
Heav*n blasts high tow'rs, stoops to a locr 
roof M celi ; 
First Heav*n must dwell in man, then maa in 
Heav'n shall dwell. 

" Close to Kerdia, Pnenmon ** takes his seat, 
Buiit of a lighter frame and spongy moald : 
Hence rise fresh airs, to fan Kerdia's beat, [cold ; 
Temp'ring those baming fiimes with mpderate 
Itself of larger size, distended wide, 
In divers streets, and ontways multiply>d : 
Yet In one Corporation ał] are jointly ty*d. ' ■ 

'^ The second vcssel is called the artery rein; 
which ri^ing from the right side of the heart, 
carries down the blood here prcpared to the lungs, 
for their nourishment: here also is the like thrc-e 
folding d(X)r, madę like balf cles, giving passage 
from the heart, bift not backward. 

" The third^ is called the veiny artery, risiog 
from the left side, which hath two folds three- 
forked. 

^' The fourth is the great artery : this hath abo 
a flood-gate, and madę of three semi-cirrular 
membranes, to give out load to the vital Spirits, 
and stop their regress. 

** The heart is the fóuntain of Itfe and heat to 
the whole body, and the seat of the passions. 

*^ The Pueumon, or lungs, is nearcst the heart; 
whose flesh is light and spongy, and very large. 
It is the instrument of breathing and speąking, 
dtvfded into many parccls, yet all ońited into one 
body. 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO V. 



MMy His clothM with hlBtngiogs ^ thin and ligbt, 
^\M too much V6fght might binder motioo : 
Bbchieiieit nie. Co fniroe the voice arightj 
(The Toioe wbich pubitehet each hidden tootton) 
And for that ead a \oag pipę " down desobiids 
(WThicb berę itadf in manjf IdMer spends) 
Usta, ho« at tbe fooi of Cephal moant it ends. 



M pipę was bnih for Łh' air^s. lafe purreyBućt, 
To fit each sereral yoioe with perfiect sound : 
befcCoR of dilera matter tbe conreyaiioe 
h fineły firaiii*d; tbe fint in circies roond, 
In hóndred circies beoded, bard nnd dry, 
(Tor watiy foftuea is aound'8 enemy) 
ht tlto^etber dose, yet meeting ^ery nigh. 

'Tte koocmTs drith and bardness aomewbat less, 
Bot siMotb, and pliable, madę for exteóding, 
m up tbe distant ćircle^s emptinew ; 
111 in one body jointly ćomprebendin^i 
Tbe Ust " most soft, wbich wbere^ tbte circle^k 

tcaoted. 
Not folly met, sapplies wbat they have wantedi 
Rń. buting ondcT paits, wbich neit to tbis are 
paiotod. 

'Cpoa tbe top there ataods the pipe's oafe '* oo- 
. Utilelbr tbe Toice'8 bettct modalation: £veriag, 
lkve it ibarteea carefnl warders bov'ring, 
Wtich shiit and open it at all occasion : 
Tho coT'r in Ibur parts itself dividing, 
Of ubstaoce bard, fit for tbe voice'8 guidiag; 
Ole stin QiiiDOT'd (in lliela double oft) residing. 

'doM^by this pipę, rans that great channel 

down, fday 

Wtieh from high CephaFt monnC, twice erery 

Kig< to Koilia diie provision : [tbe way, 

fibaigbt at wbose mouth ^ a flood-gate stopa 

Madę like an ivy leaf, broad, angle fasbion; 

.Ofoiatterhard, fitting his operation, [tion. 

Fff soallowiDg, soon to €all» aad rise for inspira- 

'fiotne, tbe smoke mounting In ^illage nigb, 
With folded wieatha, steals throogh the ąuiet 
air; 

lid nn^d with dnsky shades, in eastem sky, 
ftgio< tbe night, ftnd wttms os bome repair : 

* The lungs are coTpred with a ligbt, and Tery 
&B tonicle, lest it mfght be an bindrance to the 
botion. 

" The wind-pipe, w6iCh is framed partly of car^' 
Bicf, or gristly matter, bećause the voice is per* 
[{tedvith bard and smooth thhiga(tbese cartilages 
He compafled like a ring) and partly of skin, 
riiidi tie tbe gristles togetbrr 

"And becaose the rings of the gristlevdo not 
•hoDy mcet, tbis apace is madę up by mnsclea, . 
Alt 10 the meat-pipe adjoińing, might not be 
pBed or bnrt. 

"The larynz, or eo^«ring of tbe wtnd-pipe, is 
I jĘristiy inbstftDce, parted into foor gristles i -of 
■ttrh the first is erer mimoYed, and in women 
An double. 

* Adjoioing to it, is the ocsopbagns, or meat- 
pipe, coorejing meats ami dńoks to the atomach. 

* Al Yhose eod iś the epiglottis or coVer of tne 
(hrott; tbe principal instrument of tuning, abd 
^^ tbe TOłce; and thetefore gtte^ly. that it 
męhtsnoer fiiH wben ve $w9\\qw, atid rise wheii 
•wimatbe. ■ • . 



97 

Bright Yesper nowhaćh ćkang^d his uame, 
and place, [facet 

And twinkłes in tbe HeaT*n with doubtful 
Home theo, my foli frd lambs; tbe night comas, 
home apaoe." 



CANTO V. 



Bt tbis the old night^s head (grown hoary gray) 
Foretoid that her approacbing end was near;. 
And gladsome birth of young succeeding day 
Lent a new glory to our bemisphere; 
The early swains salute tbe infant ray, 
Then drove the dams to feed, tbe lambs ta 
play: [ing lay. 

And Hiirsil with nigbfs death. retiyes his moura* 

" The highest region, in this little iste, 

Is both the island^s, and Creator^s glory : 
Ah ! then, my creeping mosej and nigged style, 
Uow dare you pencil out this woad^roos story ? 
<1h Thoił ! that mad^st this goodly regiment 
So bear^nly fair, of basest element, 
Make tbiringlorioos yerae thy glory*8 instrument 

" So shiill my flagging Muse to Heav'n aspire, 

^''herc with thyself, thy fellow-shepherd sits; 
And warm her pinioos at that heav*nly fire ; 
But, ab ! such height no earthly shcpbenl tU : 
Conteot we here Iow in this hurnble Tale, 
On slender reeds to sing a slender tale : 
A li: tle boat will need as little sail and gale. 

" The tbinl preciact, the btet and chief of all,- 

Thougb least in compaw, and of parrow spaoe, 
Was thprf*forc fram'd like Hear'n spbcrical, 
Of iarge^t figurę, and of loyeliest grace : 
Though KhapM at first, the least * of all tbt 

three ; 
Yet bighcst set in place, ka \n degree; 
And oTer all the rest borę rule and 80vercignty. 

*' So of thre« pirts, fair Europę is tbe least, 

In which this earthly bali was first divided; " 
Yet stronger far, and nobler than the rest, 
Where victory, and leamed arts resided ; 
And by the Greek and Roman mOuarchy- 
Sway'd both the rest , now prest by slarery 
Of Moscow, and the tig-swoln Turkish tyranny* 

«* Here all the senses * dwell, and all* the arts; . 

Here leamed Muses by their 8ilvcr spring ; 
The city * severM in two diver8 pirts, 

Within the wails, and suburbs nbighbouring: 
The suburbs girt but with the common fencr, 
Founded with wondrous skiłl, and great ex- 
penoe; [dence. 

And therefore beauly hefe, kecpf her chief resi- 

« And surć for ornament, and UnildlniES rare, 
Lorely aspect, and ravnbing deligbt, 

■ The head, of these three regioos is the least, 
bot noblest in frame and offioe, most like to 
HęaTen, as wcII iir site, being highest in tbis little 
w«>rld. as a^so, m rtgiire; being round. 

* l*he brain is the seat of the mind and senses. 

> Th^ hesd Wditided into the' city and subnrbh ; 
the brała witbłn l^eWU «f the shulł, aod the facf 




98 



P. F,LT£TCHER*S POEMS; 



Kot aU ŁhQ blc or world, vritU tbł» ean pair ;. ; 
But in ibe Thciu is thę fairer. sigrht :. . 

Thc«e siiburbs many cali tbe island^^ fftce ; 

Wbose charfflingbcaaty»aiiHbewiii:hitig pracc^ 
Ofticnes thc prince bimself iuihrałls in ivtter8 baae. 

*' For as thii isle is a short summary 
.Of all that in tbis all T? widć disprcad ; 

So th' island^s face is tbc isle's epitome, 

' Wherc cv*u the prince's thoiigbts are oftcn read : 
For wben tbat ai^ bad finishM cvery kind, 
And ślł his Works wduld "in loss rolume bind, 

Fair on tbfe face hc wrote the ind ex of thc mind. 

** Fair arc the subarbs ; yet toclearec sjgbt, 

llie oity^aself.more iJaijr and eMcelleat » 
A thick-grown wood, not picrc!d wiLb auy ligbt, 
Yields' it some fence, but greater ornament : 
, Tbe diver8.i!o]our'd tKcs and ftiesh «rray 

Mach grace tbe town, but most the Thelu gay : 
Yet all in winter turn to snów, and soon decay. 




Whwe beauty much noro wins h> ravi$h'd' 
Tbat now be only thioks thc outwanl part, 
To be a wortby cov'ring ofso fair an art 



C( 



Four 8ev'ral ^ walls, beside thc common guard, 
* For morę defence the city round embracc : 
The first tbick, soft: the second, dry and bani ; 
As when soflkedsCh before bard ttone we place : 
Tbe second all that -citsr roand cnlaoes, 
And, like a rock with thicker sides, embraccs ; 
For herc tbć prince, his court, and standing palące 
-places. 

" Tbe other * tvo, of matter thin and ligbt ; 

And yet tbe Grst much harder tban the otber^ 
Both cherish all the city : therefore rigbt, 
They cali that tb' bard, and Łhis tbe tender mo- 
ther. [writ^s, 

The iirat * with divers crooks, and tamiogs 
Cutting tlie town in fbur qtiatemitics ; 
But both join to resist invading encmieś. 

'* Next these, tbe buildings yield theiiiselves to 
siglit ; 
'Tbe outward ' soft, and pale,- like aęhes look ; 
Tbe inward parts morę bard, and curdy wbite : 
Tbeir matter both, from th' islc's first matter 
took; 
Nor cold, nor hot : heat<t, needfnl tflećps infest, 
Cold numbs tbe workmeti; middłe tempers 
best; [tiinely rest 

Wben kindly warmth speeds work, and Co6l gives 

* Beside the common tunicles of tbe wbotc body, 
the brain is coveied, ftrst with the bonc of the 
skuli ;.secondly, with tbe pericranium, or nkin, 
cwering the skuli ; and tbirdly, with two' inward 

skins*. 

* Tbcse twa are called the bard and tender 

motber. 

* The whoie substanco of the bcain is dirided 
into fbur parti, by divers fi>lds of the inward 
skin. 

' llie outside of the bnrhi is softer, and of ashy 
oolour ; the inwud part wbite and harder, framed 
af seed. 



«* Witbinrtheccntre* (as a marketr-pUcc) [apeot; 
Two caverns s^.nd, madc likę the. Moon baU 
Of special use, for in their bollow space 

AU odours to tbeir judge tbemselves present: 
Plere ^rst are bom tbe spirlts animal, 
Wbose ufiattęr, almost unmatcrial. 
Resęmblcs Heavea*ś pMt^r ąaintesfcrotiaL ' 

*' Hani by an hundred ^.nimbie worlci^ea stasdj^ 

Theso noble spiriu readUy preparing ; , 
Lab'ring to make tb<%m tbin, and fit to bapd, 
With never ended 4vofki and sleepless cariog: 
Hcreby.two Jłttle billocks jointly.riac, 
Whcre sit two judges clad in seemly guise, 
That cite all odours here, as to their juat aasize. 
" Next thcse a wali »\ built all of sappbircą^shinini 
As fair, niure precious ; hence it takes his namć 
By which the third " cave lies. his sjdcs comblninj 
To th' other two, and from ihem hath hisframe 
(A meeting of thosc former caviues) 
Yauited by three fair arches safe il lies ", 

or falling tyrannica. 

city dratos 
Iky str«ets an- 

noymg ; 
And throngh a widc mouth^d- tunnel dUly strains, 
Cnto a btbbing subsfcancc down convoying; 
Which tlicse foul dropping humours largcl; 

swills, 
Till all his swclling sponge be groedy fiUs, 
And tben t^rough other sinks, by liltlc, sofl 

distils; 
" Betwcen^this and the fourth caT« lies a Tale, 
(Tlie fourth ; the first in worth, ia rank tbe l&sl 
Where two ronnd hilis shnt in tbis pleasing dale, 
Through which the spirits tb*>ther safe are pasł 
Those here rcfm^d, their fuli perfection haT< 
And thei^ore close by tbis foarth '^ wondrm: 
caye, 
Rises that siWer well, scatl^ring his milky way. 

" Not tbat bright spring, where fair Hcrmapbrodi) 
Grew into one with^wanton SaUnasis; 



" Almost ia the midst of tbe bram, arp ti 
bollow places, like half moonsi of much ose fi 
preparing the spirits, emptying rheum, receiTii 
odours, &c» 

* Here is a knot of veins and arteries.weaved U 
gether; by which tbe animal spirits are cm 
coctcd, thinned, and fitted for service ; and cios 
l>y, aro two little bunches,' like tfsąts, the instn 
ments of smelling. . 

'°Next is that Spectom T^ucidumt or bri^ 
wali, serering tbesc bollow cavcms. . 

^' The tliird caTJty is notbiog Qlsę bat a meeti£ 
of tbc two former, . 

" it. lies undcr Corpus Cameratum, or ń 
chamber siibstancc, which with three arches, be« 
up the whołe weigbt of tlie- brain. ^. . 

*' ^y the tbfard cavity are two passages. and i 
the eiid of the first is thc' (infondibulum or}.tuonc 
onder which is (glans pituitaria, or) rheum kent 
as a tppnge sucking the rheum^und distiUing the 
into thc j^ate. t 

^* llie other paraago reaobes to the Iburth cavit; 
wrfaich yields a safe way for tbe spirits. 
• *^ The fourth carity. is most noble, wbere all ti 
spirits arb perfectecL By it isthe pitb, orms 
row, the fountaii#of these spirits. 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANtO V. 



9<f 



Jtw tiiat where Bibl» dropt, too fondly ligrht, 

iLS?" *"** ^^^' °**.y ^^^^ compare with tbis; 
Which btre beginning **, down a lake de- 

soMid*, [fends, 

Who&e rockf chaoncl these fair streams de- 
"U «« ihe precioiis vrave ihrough all the isle 

dispends. 

- ^oy lair rirtn " take their heade fwm citber, 
(Both from the lake, and froai tbe milky well) 
Which stłU m foring cbannels run togęther, 
Each to hb matę, a neighbour paraild : 
'Vhva widcly spread with friendly combination, 
Thcy fling about their wondroas operatioo, 
AW give to crery part both motioo and seiisation. 

**Thit ftlTCT lake**, fint from tb» head-dty 

To that bright fonnt four liule channels scnds j 

Iwough whksh it tbither plenteous waterbringing, 

Straigbt all agatn to every place dispcnds: 

Such is th' head city, snch tbe pńnce'g hallj 

Sacb, and much more, which strangeiy liberał, 

iWM^h leiae it nercr had, yet gives all sense to all. 

•' Of otherstaffthe snbnrbs have tbeir framing; 

May Kem soft marinie, sjiotted red and white: 
Krat ** stends an arch, pale Cynthia'8 brigotness 
shamiog, 
The chy'8 for^front, cast in silvjer bright: 
At whose proud base, are built two watching 
iow'n, [pow'rs, 

Whepce hate and love skirmish with equa] 
Wbea smiling gladoess shines, and sadden sorrow 
sliow^n. 

** Hcre *»siU retir'd the silent reverence ; 

And wbcn the priuce, incens^d with anger^s fire, 
Tbiindtts alottil, he darts his lightoing hence: 
flere dosky reddisb clouds foretei his ire; 
Of Dothing can this isle more boast aright : 
A twin-born tan, a double seeing light; 
With mach delight they see ; are seen with much 
deligbt. 

" That Thracian shepheid '* calPd them nature'8 
glass; 
Tet than a glass, in this mnch worthier bęjng: 
Blind glasses represent some ncar set face. 
Bat this a living glass, both seen and seeing: 
like Hear^n ** in moving, like in h(«v'nly 

fifing* [spiring : 

Sweet beat and light, no burning iflame in- 
Yet, ab ! too oft we find, they soorch with hot 
desiring. 

« 

** This pith, or marrow, springing in the brain, 
ńomt down tbrougb the back bonę. 

'' An the nerve8 imparting all sense and motion 
to the #hoile body, bare their rout partly from the 
brain, and jrartly from thć back bonę. 

*• Tbe pith of the back bonę, springing from the 
train, whence, by fonr possages, it is con^eyed 
intó the back ; . and there all foor join in one, and 
agam are thence di^ided into di^ers otbers. 

'* Th« first part of the fkce is the fordiead, at 
whiose base are tbe eycs. 

* Titeeyń are the index of the mind, diacover- 
lagerery afieetion. 

** Ofpbeiis; called the looking glass of naturę. 

** PhLtó aiBrmed them lighted np with beaTenly 
fire, not buroing bat shining. 



** They, mounted high, sit on a lofty hi!l ; 
(For they the prince^s best intelligence. 
And qaickly warn of futurę good, or i fi) 
Herę stands the palące of the noblest sonse: 
Herę Yisus*' keeps, whose court, than crystal 
smoother, [brother,- 

And clearer seems ; he, tboogh a younger 
Yet lar more noble is, far fairer than the ether. 

" Six bands " are set to stir the moving towV: 
The firsŁ the proud band caird, that lifts it 
high V ; 
The next the humble band, that shoves it low*ri 
The bibbing thij-d, draws it logeŁher nigh'r; 
Tlie fourth dibdainfiil, oft away is moving: 
The othcr two, helpiiig the compass rovinc, 
Are called the circling trains and wantoa bandi of. 
Joving. 

** Above, two compass groves ** (loTe's bendcd 
bows) [place: 

Which fonce Ibe tow'rs from floods of higher 
Beforc, a wali**, dcluding rushing foes, 
That shuts and opens in a moment*s space : 
The Iow part fix'd, the higher quick de- 
scending; [tending, 

Upon whoRe tops, spearmen their pikes in- 
Watch there both night and day, the caslle^s port 
defending. 

** Three divcrs lakes " within these bulwarks lie, 

Thf; noblest parta, and Instruments of sight : 
The first, receimg forms of bodies nigh, 

Convey8 them to the next, and breaks the light^ 
Daunting his rash, andforcible invasion; 
And with a elear and whitish inundation, 
Restrains tbe nimbie ttpirits from their too quick 
erasion. 

*• In midst of both is placM the crystal *• pond; 

Whose living water thick. and brigbtly shining, 
like sapphires, or the sparkłing diamond. 

His inward beams with outward light combining, 
Alfring itself to every shape's aspect ; 
The dircrs forms doth further still direct, 
Till by the nimbie post thcy're bronght to th' 
intellect. 

" The third**, like molten glass, all elear and 
white, 
Both round embrace the noble crystalline. 

" Visos, or the sight, is the most noble abo?a 
all the senses. 

** There are six muscies moving the jej-e, thus 
tcrmed by anatomistsw 

" Above the eye>brows, keeping off the sweat, 
that it fali not into the eyes. 

** The eye-lids shutting the eye are two ; the 
lower ever unmoved in man ; and hairs keeping oflf 
dust, fiies, &c. 

*' There are three hnmomrs in the eye? the first 
the watery, breaking the too rehement light, and 
stopping the sphrits from going out too fastr 

*" The secood is the crystalline, and most noble, 
•eated and compassed betwecn the otber twO) and 
beiBg altered by the entering ihapeą, is the chief 
instrument of sight. 

^ The thifd» from the likeness, is called the 
glassy bumour. 



100 



P; FLETeHER'S POEMS. 



Six inwani waltt ^ fenee in this tnwW of sight : i 
The iirst, most tbick, doth all Łhe frame eo- 
shrine, 
And girts the castle with a closo cmbrace, 
) 5vave in the roidst, is lefl a circie^s s|>ace, 
Where Hght, and hundred shapcs, flock out and 
in apaoe. . 

" Tfie second *' not so inasiy a* the alh*r, 

Yet thicker tban the rest, and toughcr fram*d, 
Takes hit beginnin^r from that harder moth V ; 
. The outward part tike horii, and thence is nam'd ; 
lliroiigh whose transluceut sides much light 

is borne 
Intothe tow'r, and mnch kcpt ont b^ th* horn ; 
Makes it a pleasant light, much like the ruddy 
mom. 

• 

•* The third ** of softer mold, is like a grapę, 
Which all entwines with his encircling side : 
In midst, a window lets in eyery shape ; 
Which with a tboitght is narrow madę, or widc : 
His inmost side inore black tban starless night j 
But outward part (how like an hypocrite ! y 
As painted Iris looks, with varioiis colours dight. 

" The fourth *• of fincst workj morę slight and tliin, 

Than, or Arachne (which m fcilken twinć 
With Pallas 8tn>ve) or Pallas* self conld spin : 
This round enwraps the fonntain crystalline. 
l*he next ^ is madę out of Ihat milky spring, 
That from the Cephal mount his wavcs doth 
. ' fl«ng, 
Uke to a curious net his substance scattcring. 

*' His suiKtance as the hcad-spring pcrfect wbite ; 
Herę tbousand nimbie spies are round dispread : 
Tlie forms caught in this net, arc bru«i;;ht to sight. 
And to bis cye are lively pourtfilyed. 

'fhp latft ^ the glassy wali that mnnd cncasing 
Thtr moat of glass, is namM from that enlacing, 
The white and glassy wells parta «ith his stricŁ 
embractng. 

'* Thus Uien is fram^d the noble Visus' bow*r ; 
'II)* outward light by the iirst waU's cirele send- 
ing 
Jlis brams and bnndred furms itito the towV, 
The wali of horn, and that blnck srate transcend- 
Is light'iic<l by the brigbti-st crystalline, [Ing, 
And fiilly vie\vM in that white n'.nty shine 
From thence with speedy hastę is po&ted to thu 
miiKl. 



**. Thcre are j!ix tuniclA belonging to tlic cye ; 
the first, called the corijoncilve, solid, thick, com- 
passing the whole eye, but only tlic black window. 

^ The second is comte or homy tuuicic, trans- 
parent, and madę of the hard mother. 

*^ The third is ufVea, or grapy, madę of the 
tender mother, thin and pervious by a little and 
round window ; it is diver8ely coloured without, 
butezceediogly black within. 

" The fourth is morę thin t han any cobweb, and 
thence so called, immediately companing the 
cr5'stalline hnmour. 

^ The iifth, reticularis; it a netty tunicle, 
framed of.thc substance of the braiu : this 
dilTuseth the vi8ai spirits, and perceires the 
alteration of the Crystalline ; and hcre is the meau 
uf »ii(ht. 

^^ 1 he słscth ia calhed the glassy tuoicle, clasping 
IR the glassy humour. 



" Much as an one-eyed room, linng all wtth ałgUty 

(Only that side, which adversetohis ejie 
Gives but one narrow passage to the light, 
Is spr^ad wtth some wbite shiuing lapestry) 
An hundred shapes that tUrougb flit ayer* 

str.*y, 
Show boldly in, crowding thal narrow way. 
And on that brłght-fac*d wali obscurely daocmg 

p»«y- 

" Two pair * of r!vcrs from the hcaJ-spring flow. 
To these two tow'rs, the Grst in ihcir uiiJ-race 
(The spics ronveying) twistcd jointly go, 
Strength^ning each oŁher with a firm embraee. 
Tho other pair ^\ these walking tow^rs are 

moving : 
At Orst but one, then in fwo channels roving ; 
And therefore both agree in standing or remo^ing. 

*' Auditos ", second of the pcntarchy, 

Is nezt, not all so noble as his broUier; 
Yet of niore nced, and morę commodity : • 
His seat is plac*d somewhat bclow the othcf : 
Of eiich side of the tDount a double care ; 
Both which a goodly portal doth embrave. 
And winding entrance, like Msander^s erring «ravtf. 

** llie portal " hard and dry, all hung around 

M'ith silken, thin, carnation tapestry ; 
Whose opcn gate drags in each yoice sndsound, 
That throngh the shakcn air passes by : 
The cnttancc winding, lest some ^ iulence 
Mightfright ttn^judge with sudden influence, 
Or some uiiwelconie guest uiight vex the busy scnaa. 

** This cave's** first part, fram*d with a stecp 
(For in fonr parts *tis fitly severc'.I) • [ascent 
Makes th* entrance hard« out casy the dcscent : 
Wł^ere stands a braced druro, whose souuding 
hcad 
(Obliquclv.placM) struck by the ctrcling air, 
iTives instant warning of each sountPs repatr, 
Which soon is thence conrey*d into Uie judguient 
cbair. 

** Tho drum*^ is mnde of snl»stanco hard and thin; 

Which if some fallin«; moisture chanr*c to wet, 
The londc5t sound is bardly hrard within : 
But if it oncc growS thick, with stubboni let, 
It bacfi nil passage to the inncr room ; 
No sounding voiie unto his seat may come : 
Tlic Inzy srnse stlll sleeps, unsummonM with his 
druoŁ. 

* Tlic eyc hath two ncrvcs, the optic or secing i 
ncrve, and moring. The optic separate in their 
root, in the midst of their progress raeet, aud 
birengthcn one the other. 

'' The moviog, rising from the same stem, nre 
at length severed, therefore as one moye, so uiovet 
the other. 

" Hearing is the second sense, less noble tban i 
tbe eye, morę needful. | 

'' The outward car is of a grii-tly matter, 
covered with the common tunicle ; it is framed i| 
wtth many crooks, Icst the air should enter too ^ 
forcibly. • 

^ The inward ear consists of four passages ; tbe 
dtit is steepy, lest any thing sfaould creep in. 

*^ If thu dram be wet with falling of rhenm 
•we are iiard of hearing; but if it grows tbick, we 
are irrcGOYorably dcaf. 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CjIŃTO V. 



}0\ 



** This dram *' divi(]c8 the fint and secood part, 

Id wbkh tfarcchearinig iiutruments reside ; 
Threc iostrumenU compact by wondrous art> 
With sleoder strin^ knitto th* dram^s iDnersidc ; 
Thtir natiTe tctnper being bard and dry^ 
Fittinc tho aouiKl with Iheir firm ąuatity, 
Gootimie still the laaie in age and iufancy. 

" Tbe fint an hammcr^' całPd^ whose out-grown 
»des 
lie on the dnim ; but with his swcHing end, 
FUM in the hol Iow stithe, there fast abides : 
Tfae 8titb«;*$ short foot, doth on the druni depend, 
His loażer in the stirrup surely plac*d .* 
The stłrrup** &harp ftide by the «tithe em- 
BntcM ; 
But biś broad base tyM to a little window fast 

** Two litUe windowa ** ever open lie, 

The soaad nnto the cave*s third jiart conveying j 
Aad sleoder {Mpe, whose narroW cavity 
Doth pur^ the inborn air, tbat idie BUyinr, 
Wuuld elfic corrupt^ liod still suppłiet the 
f pending : [^^gt 

The Gavc'8 thifd part in twenty by-ways bend- 
If caU'd the labyrinth, in haudred crooks ascend- 
iug. 

" Such whłlome was tbat eye-decciring fratne, 

Wbicfa crafty Daidal wiih a cuoning band 
Błttit to enuponnd tbe Cietan prince^s shame : 
Sttcb waB tbat Woodstock cayf*, where Kosa- 
Fair Roaamond, fled jeaious Ellonure, [mond, 
Wbom late a shepherd taught to weep so sore, 
Tbat wood& and hardett rocks ber harder fate de- 
plurc. 

" Tbe thiid part with Iiis narrow roeky straitu 
Perfecta tbe sound, and gives morę tharp ac- 
centing; 
Tben senda it to tbe Ibarth ^^ ; where ready waits 
A aimbic post, wbo neVr bis hastę relenting, 
Winga to tbe judgment seat with speedy 
flight; [night, 

There the rqual judge attending day and 
Beceifes tbe ent^ring souuds, and dooms eaeh 
^ce arigbt. 

** As when a stone troubliilg the qoiet watcfs, 
Pnnts in the angry streatn a wrinklc round, 
Wbkb soon another and another scatters, 
TiU ail tbe lakę with circles now is cruwnM : 
Al! so the air, struck with some violence nigh, 
Begets a world of circles in tbe sky ; 
AU whicb infected move «ith sotinding qaality. 



^ The dram parteth the first and aecond passage. 
To tt are joined three little bones, the instrqments 
ef bearing ; wbich nerer grow, or decrease, in 
Hsikibood or age; tliey are all in the second 



« 



*^ Tbe first of these bones is called tbe hammer, 
tbe Mcond the stithe, tbe third the stirrup : all 
takjog tbeir namcs from tbeir likeness, aJl tied to 
tbe drom, by a little string. 

** Tbese are two smali passages, admitting tbe 
sooods into tbe head, and cleaosing tbe air. 

** Tbe laat paasageis called theCocblea (snail, 
orperiwinkle) w berę tbe nerves of bcaripg plainly 



These at Auditus' palące sOon arriying, 
Enter the gate. and strike the waming drum ; 
To thosn, threc instrumcnts fit motion giTing, 
Which every voic6 discem ; then that third 
rooui [it thcnce; 

Sbarpens cach souod, and quick conveys 
TiU by the fiytng post *tis huiTy'd brnce, 
And in an instant brought unto the judgrng scose. 

" This sense is raade the master of request^ 

Prcfcrs petitions to the prince's ear ; 
Adniits w bat best be likes, shuts oot the rest ; 
And sometimes cannot, sometimes wili not hear : 
Oft limes he lets in anger-stirriog lies, 
Oft roelts tbe prince with oily fiatterie<i. 
Ul mought he thri^e, tbat Ioves hia masteWs ene- 
mieś ! 

** 'Twiat Visus* double conrt a tower stands, 

Plac^d in the snburba' centrę ; whose bigb top. 
And lofty raised ridge the rest commands : 
Low at his foot a doubletloor standsope, 
Admitting pa&sage to the air*s ascending; 
And dirers odours to -the city sending, [ing. 
Re^iTes the heavy town, bis liberał sweets dispend* 

"This Taulted tower*^ balf built of massy stone^ 

Tne olher half of stuif less hard and dry. 
Fit for distending, or coiTipression, 
The outward wal! may seem all porphery. 
Olfactus ** dwells within his lofty fort ; 
But in the city is his chief resort, fcoort. 
Where 'twixirtwo little bilis he keeps hisjudging 

** By these two great caTea are placM these littla 
bills ♦', 
Most likc the nipples of a Wrgin^s breast ; 
By which tbe air tbat th' holiow tower fiUs, 
Into tbe city passeth : with the rest 
The odoors prf ssing in, are here all stay*^; 
TiU by the sense impartially weigh'd, 
Unto the oommon judge they are with speed con- 
vcy*d; 

• - * 

** At each side of that tow'r, stand two fair plaini^ 

Morę fair than that which in rich Tbessaly 
Was once frequented by tbe Muse^f trains : 
Here ever sits sweet blosbing modesty ; 
Here in two colours beauty shining bright»- 
Dressing ber wbite with red, ber red with 
wbite, [wand*ring-sigbt. 

With pleasing chain entbrali, and binds loose 

*' Below a caTe, rooTd with an heav'n-like plaster. 

And nnder strewM with purple tapestry, 
Where Gustos^ dwells, the isle*s and prince^s 
Koilta's steward, one of the pentarcby ; [taster, 
Whom Tactus^ (so some say) got of hit 

mntber * « 

For by tbeir nearest likeness one to tb' other, 
Tactot may easMy seem his father, and bis brotbcr. 

^ The sense of smelling. 

^' These are two little banehet llke paps or teata 
spoken of ia the XTtli staaaa of thia canto. 

. ^ Oustns, or the taste, is in the palate, whidi 
iń the Greek is called the lieaTen. 

. ^ Taiteis a kind of toncb, nor caa it etist bśt 
by tottching. 






'' WtŁh Gu&Łus, Lingua dw«lU, hu praUling wife» 

EndowM wiih srrange and a<lverse r]ualitie8 : 
The Durse ot hate aud love, of peace aod stńfe ; 
. Motber of faircsŁ trutb, aod fouicst lies ; 

Or best, or worst ; no inean ; madę all of iire, 
'Which.sometimett iicll, and sometimrs Hm- 
v'ns inspire, fd'nng liar. 

By wbom oft ŁruŁh sclf speaks, oft thal iln>Ł mur- 

" The idle Sun stood btill at her command, . 

Rreathiug liU fiery steed& in Gibeon : 
Aod pale-fac*d Cynthla at ber word niade stand, 
Besting her coucb in vales of Ajalon. 

Her yoice oft opeo breaks Łhu n^tubborn skici;, 
And holds th' Alniigbty'8 bands wiŁh suppli- 
antcries: 
Her %'oicc tears open Heli with horrid blasphemics. 

" Therefore that great Cr^eaŁor, well.forescemg 
,To what a monster sbe would sooa be cbangiog, 

(Though IoveIy once, perfect aod glorious being) 
CurbM wiih her iron bii^\ and held from 



Frótn 



loa . : /: •/: :'• ';: : : ,.-p/ F.LETCHEII^S POEMS, 

"' Tactus*®' tbć last. but ytt lhe*eliett brolher 5 . ** T^cTe what his mother, fair Calliope, 

(Whose ofiice mcancst, yet of all thc race " -^. - . . 

Tbe first and lasŁ, morę necdful thaii Ihe other) 
^Hath his abode in uouc, yet every place : 

Through ali the isle distended is his dwcjHng, 

He rules tbe streams tbat froui the Cephal 

swe] ling, [dealing. 

Rou all along tbe islc/both sen3e and moUon 



Phccbub' harp and Muses' spring had 
brought bim ; 
What sbarpesi gri«f for his Euridke, [him. 
And lorę, redoubliug grief, had newiy taught 
He lavif hM out. and. witb hii poteot spell 
Beut all the rig'rous pow'rs of stubbom lieJI i 
He first brought pity down with rtgid ghosts to 
dwelL 



ranging, 



[choining, 



" Th' amazed shades came flocking round aboat. 

Nor carM they now to pass the Stygian IbrcI ; 
All H«H came nmningthere (an hideous rout) 
And droppM a silćnt tear for ev'ry mord : 
The a^^ed' ferry mat) 8hov*d out his boat ; 
Bnt that without his help did thithcr float. 



And b&ving ta*en 
moat 



him in, came dancing oa the 



And wiih strong bonds her looser steps en- - 
Bridled licr cburse, too many words refrainin^'. 
And doublcd aU lijs guąrds^ bold liberty restrainjng. 

•* For clpse wiihin heset9 twięc Bixteen guardcn", 
Whosebardęn^d temper could notsoon be mov'di^ 

Wiihoutthe gatc he ]>lu(;'d two other warders . 
To shut and ope tbe door, as it behov'd : . 
' But such straoge force bath ber enchanting 

That she hath mtde her keepers of her part, 
And they to all ber flights all furlherauce impart. 

<' Thus (witb tbeif help) by lier thc sacred Muses 
Rcfresh the prtnce, duird wlth much businest; . 
3y ber the prince, unto his prince oft uses, 
In heav*nły .^uune, from Heli to finc) access. 
She HęavSa to Bartb in musie oftcn brings, 
And F^rth to Heav'n: — but, ob! how sweet 
sbe&iogs, [stritif^ 

When, in rich Grace's key^ she tuncs poor Natttre's 

" Thus Orpheus fKHft l?is Iwt EurUice i , [hear, 
. Wbpm K>me dęaf snake, that ćouM no muajc 
Or iome bUnd newt, that could nobeauty sei;, 
. . Thinkiogtpkłst, kiłPdwiikhis.forkedspe^r: 
He, when his *plaint8> on Eartb wfere vainly 
Dowirto ATCrnufl^ mer boldły went, [spent, 
And cbarra'4 tbe oeagre ghosts wit)i moi^rofol 
blandishment 



1 ♦ 



*< The hungry Tantal might have ń\M bim now. 
And witb farge draughts swilPd in thettaiMliD^ 
pool: 
Tbe firuit bung list*ńing on the wond^ing bou^b, 
Forgctting Heirs command-; but he (ah, fbol !) 
Forgot his sŁarTcd tastc, his ears to 611 : 
Ixion*s tiiming wbecl unmovM stood sttll : 
Biit he was rapt as much with pow'rful music^a 
skill. 

" Tir'd Sisyphus sat ob his rftting stoce. 

And hopM at Icogth bis labóur done forevcr ; 
The rulture feediug on bis pleaftog moan, 

Glutted with musie, scoru*4 grown Tityas* liver. 
llie Furies lluiig their snaky wbips away» 
.And meit in tears at bis enchanting lay ; 
No shirieks now wtre heard ; all Heli kept holiday. 

" That trcble dog, wbose roice nc'tr qutet fears 
AU that in endlets nighCt sad kingdom dwell, 
Stood pricking up bis tbri^ two lisfning eais, 
With greedy joy drinking thc sacred speli ; 
And softly whioing pity'd mach hit wrongs 1 
And now fin^silent at thoae daioCy aonga, 
Oft wisii'd bimself pnore ears, and fewer mioutbs 
and tongues. 

*f At length return'd with hiś Euridice ; 

But with this law, not to return his eycs, 
HU he was past the laws of Tartary : 
(Alas! whogiyestpyelawsiomiseries? 
lpve is lovc's law ; lorę but to love is tyM) 
Ńow when tbe dawnś of neigbbour day he 
spy'd, [ditd. 

Afa, wrctcb I;— Euridice be saw, — and lost, — and 



*° Tactu4„.or-t^ę-ifense pCtouching., . , 

^* The.toi^o(afti8 faeki «itb a ligąpseii^, ordiMsily | 

. called tb*e bridlei r < • < < 

^* The tongue is giianlrd'with thirty-two ^th, j 

.and "with tbę lipS) all wMch do n^t a Utti^.bclp| 

tbe speech, and sweeten ihe voice. ' , ' 



" All.sp who strires from grav^ of hclUsh night. 

To bring bis dead soul to the joy ful sky ; 
If when he comes in view of beaT>nly light, 
He tums again to Heli bis yielding eye, 
And longs to see what be bad Icft; his sore 
Growa desp*rate^ deeper, deadlier tban afore. 
His belps and hopes inucb le8s,l)is crime and judg- 
ment morę. 

" But why do I eniarge itiy tedious song, , 

And tire my f!a|:ging Mute witb w'eary ((Ight ? 
Ahl much- 1 fear, I bold you much too long.^f^^^ 
The-outward parts be plainto etery sight : 
' But to describą the peopte of this isle, 
; And' that great prince, these rećds are all toa 
vile. f style, 

Some bigher yerse may fit, and sóme morę loily 



THE PtTilPLE ISLAND. CANTO VI. 



1QS 



** Sn, Phlegon, dceoehed in tbe hizzifig maio, 
AiUys bis thint, and coelt th« flaming car; 
Yeper fair Cynthia oshers, and bertrain : 
See, th' apśsh E^rthbath ii^hted manf a star, 
Sfiarkling- in dewy gtobes^--«11 borne iaritc i 
Home, tbcn, my flocks, home, shepberds, 
borne, *tisnig:bt: flight." 

My sonę viUi day is done ; my Mtise is set wifh 

By tbis tbe gratle boys had framed well 

A myrtle garland mixM with concj^riog bay, 
FroiD wbose iit roarrh is5u'd a plca^ing smcll, 
And all cnatDćird tt with roses gay ; 

Witb ahich, they crowaM their honourM 

Thirsirsbcad; 
Ab, bitissed sbephcrd Bvaln ! ab, bappy mced ! ^ 
"Wbiie nil bis fe11ows<:hanŁ on slcnder pLpes of rced« 



Ci 



CANTO VI. 



Tn Honrs bad now nnlock^d tbe gate of day, 

W ben fair Aurora leave8 ber frosty btd, 
Hasting witb youthful Opbalas to pfay, 
UnmsbM ber face, aad roay beanties spfeadj 
T&tbonns' silTerage was muob despisM. 
Ab ! «bo in lorę that cruel iaw deyis^d, 
That oM loTe's' little worth, and new too faigbly 
priz^d. 

Hie gestie ahephenis on an billock placM, ' 

(Wbose abady head a beechy garlaod icrovn'd) 
yiew*d all tbeir flocks that on tbe pastures graz'd: ^ 
Thcn down thcy sit, whilc Thenot 'gan the 
ronnd ; 
Tbokot ! was never faircr boy among 
Tbe centle lads, that in tbe Muses' thrón^ 
Ey Camus* yellow streams, Icarn tune their pipe 
and song. 

*• See, Tbirsil, sce tbe sbępberd^s expectations } 

Wby tben, ab ! why sitt^st thon so silent tbere? 
We hmg to know that island's bappy nation ; 
Ob, do not leaw thy isle:unpeopled here. 
Tell ns wbo brongbt, and wbenee tbese co- 

looies^' ' 
Wbo is tbełr king, wbat foes, and wfaat allies ; 
"Wkat lawsroaintain their peace ; wbat wars, and 
Tictories ?** 

* Tbenot, my dear ! tbat simple fisber-twain, 
Wbose little boat in sonie smali rirersŁreys ; 
Tet Ibndly lancbes in the swełling main, 
Soon, yet toolate,, repentshisfoolisu playst 
How d^ię^ 1 tbeńforsakemy wclUset boiinds, 
Wbose new-^nt pipe as yet bot barshly sounds ; • 
> naiąow oóp^pass bist my nogrowa Muse em- 
powods. . 

, • » 

•• Two sbepherds most I )ove,f with just adoring, 
Tbat Mantoan swain, wbo cbangM his slender 

To tnintpefs martialToSćte, and wai^slond rokring, \ 
Froói Corydop to Tamus* daring- dced ; 
■ And next our bome-bred 0>\ \u swteetert flring ; 
•fbicif! steps not follb^ihg close, bot far ad- 
miting : 
Toy^tćy ónć of thei^, batt my {mde^ a^tting. f 



Tben yon, my peers, wbose qaiet escpectation 
Seemeth my backward tale would fain in^ite ; 
Dcign gcntiy, bcar tkis Purple Island'ft.Dat1oD, 
A people never aeen, yet still in sigbt ; 

Our daily guests and nativcs, yet unknown : 
Our senrants boru, but now commanders 
grown; [own. 

Ourfriends, and enenies; aliens, — yet still our 

** Kot Hke those beroes, wbo in better times 
' This happy island first inhabited 
In joy and peace ; — when no rebellious ćrimfs 
• That godłike natioa yet dispeopled : [light, 

Tlłose cłatmM tbeir birtb from tbat eternal 
lleld thv isle, and ruPd it in tbeir fathcr's 
rigbt; 
And in their fuoes borę their parent^s image brigbt* 

*' For when tbe isle ibat main wguld fond forsakc, 

In wbich at first it found a happy place, ' 
Anddeep was plung'd i n that dead hellish lakę ; 
Back to their father flew tbis heav'nly race. 
And ieft the isle forloni and desolate ; 
That now witb fear, and wisbes all too late, 
Sought jii tbat biackest wave to bidę his blacker 
fate. 

" IIow sball a worm, on dust tbat crawla and feeds, 
Climb to tb' empyreal court, where tbese States 
reign. 
And tbere take view of wbat HeaT*n*8 self cxreeds ? 
The sun-Ie^s stars, tbese lights tbe Sun distaint 
Tbeir beams dińne, and beanties do excel 
Whatbere «n Earib, in air, or HeaT*n do 
dwell : 
Sncb never eye yet saw, sucb neTor tongue caa tell. 

<* Soon as tbese saints the treach'rous isle forsook,^ 

IlushM in afalsc, foul, fiend-like company, 
AodeTery fort, and every ćasile took, . 
All to this rabble yieid the 80v'reignty : 

The goodly temples wbicb those heroes plac'd, 
By tłiis foul ront were ntterly defac'd. 
And afl tbeir fances strong, andaU tbeir bulwarks 
raż^d. 

*' So wbere tbe neatest badger most abides, 

Deep in tbe eartb she frames ber pretty celi. 
And into balls and closulets divide8 : 
. But when Ihe stinking fbx witb loatbsome smell 

Infects her pleasant cave, the cleaoly beast 
, So bates ber inmate and rank smelltpg guest, 
That far afway she flies, and ]eaves.her loathed 
nest. 

" But when tbo9G graces (at their father's throne) 

ArriT^d in Heav'n^8 high court to jusUce piain'd, 

Uow they wcrc wrongM and forced from tbeir own. 

And wbat foul people in their dwellings reignM; 

How tb' Eartb mncb wax'd in ill, nimeb wan*d 

in good ; 
So foli ripe' Tioe ; bow blasted ▼iitiie'a bad: 
Begging sucb riedcms weeds might sińk iu Tengeful 
flood': • 



(( 



Forth 6tepp'd tbe just Dicaea fuli of ragę 
(The first born danghter of th' Almi.^hty King); 
Ab, sacred maid 1 thy kindled ire assuage ; 
Who dare abide thy dreadful tbundering ? 
Soon asr her Yoice, but father only.speke,- 
Tbe faultlesi HeaT'nB, likelearea in a»tumn, 
shake; [quake: 

And all tbat gloriouS throng, witb borrid palai^a 



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P. FLETCHER'S POEM& 



" Heaid you not. lale', vkitVi «bat loud trumpets 

flound, 

Her breath awak'd her fathcr'K sleepinr ire ? 

Tbe h«av'n]y armics flaoiM, Earth shook, Ue8v'n 

frown'd, [firc I 

And Heav'n'sdFeadking callM forb'Mthree-fork*d 

Hark ! bow tbe powViul words strike tbruugh 

Ibe ear : 
Tbe frigbtenM seiisc shoots up tbestnring hair, 
Ahd shakeg tbe treoibling soul w^tb frigbt and 
shadd^ring fcar. 

*' So bave I seen tbe earth, strong wiods dftaining 

In prisoii clof e j tbey scorning to bt: under 
Her duli 6U^ jcction, aod ber pQw'r disdałning, 
V\ jili horrid struggliogi tear tbeir bonds io 
sunder. [tbeir stay, 

Mranwliile tbe wounded eartb, ' Łbat furc*d 
With tenour reels, tbe bitis ran far away ; 
Ani frigbtod «orld fear^ Re\\ breaks out upoą 
the day. 

*' But see, bow 'twixt ber tister and ber sire, 

Soft hearted Mercy nwectly interpotting, 
Settles ber paating brcast against bis fire, 

PJeadiiłg fur grace, and chains of deatb unlobs- 
ing: 
Hark ! from ber Iip« the melting boney flows; 
The strikin? Thunderer rccals his blows, 
And every armed soldier dowu bis wcapon tbrows. 

** So when tbe day, wrappM in a cloudy nigbt, 

Putt out tbe Suii, anon tbe rattling bail 
On Earth poiws down bis ahot witb fell dcspite ; 
His powder spent, tbe Sun puts oflT bis vail. 
And fair bis flaming beautics now unsteeps; 
Tbe plougbman fmm bis busbes gladly peepsj 
And bFdden traveller out of his covert creepa. 

" Ab, fiiirest maid I best essence of tby fatber, 

Eqnal unto tby never-€quall'd sirc ; 
How in Iow Yerse sball tby poor sbepberd gatber, 
Wbat a ii tbe world can ne'er enougb admire ? 
,^ben tby sweet eyes sparkle in cheerful ligbt, 
Tbe brigbtest day grous pale as leaden uigbt, 
And Ueav'n*8 brigbt buniing eye loaes bis bliuded 
. sigbt. 

*' Who tben tbose sugarcd strains can understand, 
Wbich calmM tby father, and onr desp'rate 
fears ; 
And charaiM tbe nimbie ligbt'ning in bis band, 
That aU unawares it dropt in melting tears ? 
Tben tbou dear sv»ain% tby heav'nly load 

^nfrangbt ; 
For she herself hatb tbce ber speech* s taught, 
So ncar ber Heav'n tbey be, so far from human 
thougbt. 

<* Bnt let my ligbtcr skiff return again 
Dnto tbat little isle wbicb late it left, 
Kpr dare to cmter in tbat baundleas main, 
Qr tell tbe nation from tbis iiland reft ; 
But siAg tbat civii strife and borne dissensión 
Twixt two stronę facUons witb like fierce 
contentioD, [mention. 

Where never peace i^ bcard ^or erer peace is 

* See that sweet poem,entitnledCbrist'sVictory 
•ndTrinmph, part 1. sŁanza i a. 

9 A.book entituled Chrisfs Yictory and Triumph, 
lic . ''• 



** For that fouł rout, wbicb fram tbe Sty^ian brook^ 
(Wbere 6rst tbey dwelt iu mid»t of death and 
nigbt) 
By force tbe left and empty island uiok, [right : 
Claim hence fuU con<|uest, and po«essioo*a' 
But that fair ba^id wbich Mercy sent an«w, 
1 h« a&bes of that Orat heroic crew, 
From tbeir forefa bers claim tbeir right, and 

islaud*s due. 
In tbeir fatr look Iheir parcnts' grace appea^. 

Yet thł ir renowncd aires wcre much morę glo- 
For what decays not witb decayiog ycat-a ? [rious, 
AU night, and all the day, 'wihtoil laboriotis, 
(In loss and conquest augry) fresb thcy figbt : 
Nor can the othc-r cease or day or night, 
Wbiłe Ib' isleis doubiy rent witb endlcss^ar and 
'right. 

*' As wben Ihe Britain, and Iberian flect, 
With resoiute and fearlesM expcctation. 
On tn^mbling seas witb equaT fury meet, 

The isbore resounds with diverse acclamatiOQ ; 
Tiil uow at length Spain*s fiery Dons 'gin 
sbrink; [si k: 

Down with tbeir sbips, bope, life, and couraj^e 
Courage, lifc, kopę, and sbips, the gapiug surgcis 
drink. 

** Bat wbo, alas ! ahall tench my roder breast 
The names and deeds of tbese heroic kings; 
Or downy Must* , which now bot left the ncst, 
Mount from her bush to Heav'n with ntw bwa 
wings? 
Tbou sacred maid! wbicb from fair Palestine, 
Tbrough all tbe world hast spread thy brigbt- 
est shine, [Cfn. 
Kindle tby shepherd-swain with thy ligbt flaming 

" Sacred Tbespio ! wbich in Sinai's gro^e 
First took^st thy being and iminortal breatb. 

And vaunl*st Łby ( ^spring frum tbe bighest Jove, 
Vct dcign'8t to dwęll with roortals bcre beneatU. 
Witb Yilest earth, and men morę ^ile rcsid- 

Comc, holy virgio, in my bosom sliding ; 
With tby glad apgel light my bliudfold footsteps ' 
guiding. 

*^ And thoo, dread spirit ! wbich at fint didst 
spread 
On tbose dark waters tby all-opening ligbt ; 
Tbou who of late (of thy great bounty head 
Tbis oeat of bellish fugs, aod Stygian nigbt^ 
t\'ith tby brigbt orient Sun habt fair renewM, 
And with unwonted day hast it endu^d ; 
Wbich late, both day, and thee, and most itsctf 
eschew^d. • 

Dread spirit ! do tbou tbose 9ev>ral bands nnloM ; 
Both which tbou scnfst, a needful supplefbent 
To this lost isle, and wbich with courage bold, 
Hourly assail thy rightful regiment ; [under. 
And with strong hand oppress and kecp tfaem 
Haise now my bumbłe Tcin to lofty. thunder, 
That Heai^n and Fjirth may sound, resonnd thy 
pralse with wonder. 

** Tbe island^s prince, of frame morę tban celestial, 

U rightjy cali d th' all-seeing Ii;i.tellect ; 
All glorioua bright, such notbing is terrestriął ; 
Wbose sun-like foce, and mosfdiTine aspect. 
No human sight may ever bope desery': 
For A hen himself on's aelf rcflects bis eye, 
DuU and amaz'd be standa 9.% ąo brigbt iniijcaty* ' 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. . CANTO VI. 



105 



** look as the Sap^ wbose ray and searchtog light 

Here, there, mud cwry whereiŁself dUpbys, 
Ko iiook or corner flira bis piercin; sight ; 
Yel oa himself wben he reficcts his rays, 
SooD back he flings Łbe too boU vent*ring 
gleam ; [stream j 

Ikuwu to the Earth the flames ail broken 
Sodi b thia lamous priuce» snch bis impierced 
beam* 

•• Hif s(rang«st body is not bodlly. 

But roatter without aiattcr ; iicvcr .flUM, 

Nor fiłlin? ; thongh within his conipaiis bigh, 

Ali II«av^a and Earth, and ałl in both are held ; 

Ytrt thoussind tboasand Heaven8 be could eon- 

Aod sttli as empty as at first reoiain : [tain, 

Aod wbea be takes in most, readiest to take agaio. 

** Thoa:!h trarelHng all placcs, changing nonę :" 
Bid bioi soar up to IIeav'n, and thence down 
thruwing, 
Tbe centrę search. and Dis' dark realm ; he*s gone. 
Rccuros, arrives, brforc thon 'saw^st him going : 
Asd wbile bis weary kingdom safkiy sleepu, 
Ail rćstlcss night be watcb and warding kecps: 
Nerer his carcful head on resting pillow steeps. 

** la eT»ry ąiiartrr of this blessed isle 

Himscif fjoth prcsent is, and prer^ident ; 
Nar oiic*c retires, (ab, happy realm the while, 
Iłiat by no of!ic('r'8 lewd larishme nt, 

Wilh greedy Jost and wrong, consumed art !) 

He all in ali, and all iu ev'ry part, [part. 

PoŁh kharc to cach bis due« and cqnal dole im- 

'* He knotrs nor death, nor yeats, nor fecble age; 

Hdt as his time, his strength and rigotir gruws : 
Aod wben bis kfogdom, by intestińe ragę, 
Ucs broke and wasted, open to bis focs ; 
And batter'd sconce now flat and evcn lies ; 
Sooocr than tbougbt to that great Judge be 
flies, 
Wko wci^hs biai just nsward of good, or iojurics. 

" For be the Judge^s vicfroy berę is placM ; 
Where, if he live, as knowing be inay die, 
Ik nerer dies, but with fresh pleasures grac*d| 
Batbeii bis crown'd head in soft eternity : 
Wbere thoiisand joys and pleasures ever new. 
And blessings thicker than the morning de«% 
Witb epdless sweets rain down on that itnmortal 
crew. 

^ There goiden stars set in the crystal snów ; 

Tbere dainty joys laagh at wbtte-beaded caring, 
Tbere day do night, dełight no end sball know • 
Sweets without surfett, fulness without sparing ; 
And by it&speoding, growing bappiness : 
Tbere God bimself in glory's lavisbness 
Diffas*d in all, to all, is all fali blessednest. 

** But if be here negiect his Matter*s law. 

And with tbose traitors 'gainst his Lord rebels, 
Down to the dceps ten thousand fiends him draw ; 
Deepa wbere night, deatb, de^nur, and borroar, 
dwełls. 
And in worst ills, still worse expecting, fears : 
M'here fell deapite for spite bis bowełs tears: 
4jiA still increasing grief and torment nerer wears. 

^ Pray*rs there are idle, death is woo^d in vain ; 

In midat of dcatb, poor wretcbes long to die: 
Kłght withoatday, ór rest, still doubling pain ; 

Won speoding stiU, yet still tbeir end less nigb : | 



The soul tbere restless, belplesSj, bope^ess lies, 
The body frying roars> and roaring frjes :* 
There^s life that nerer lives, there^s deatb ^at 
uever dies. 

. '* Hence^ wbile nnscttled hcre be 6ghting reigns, 

Shut in a tow'r whcre thousand cncmies 
Assault the fort ; witb wary care and pains 
Ue guards all cntranoe, and by divers spies 
Seai*cbeth into bis focs' and friends* de- 
signs: [minds: 

For nios£ he fears his subjfcts* wavering' 
This tower then only falls, wben treason uuder- 
mines, 

"Therefbre wbile yet he lurks in eartbiy tent, 
DisgiiisM in worthless robes and poor attire, 
Try we to view his glory's wondennent. 
And get a sight of what we so adAiire : 

For w hen away from this sad place heflies. 
And iu the skies abides, morę brigbt than 
skies ; 
Too glorions is bis sight lor our dim mortal eyes. 

'* So citrlM-bead llietis, water^s feared queen. 

Bot bound in cauls of saod, yields not to sight; 
Ąnd planeta' glorions kiug may best be seen, 
Wben some tbin cloud diuis bb too piercing 
light. 
And neitber nonę, nor ali his face discloscs : 
For w ben Im brigbt eye fuli our eye oppuses. 
Nonę gains his glorions sight, but bis own sight he 
loses. 

" Witbin the castle sit dght counsellors, 

That help him iu this tent to govem well ; 
£ach in his room a ser^ral office bears: 
Three of bis inmost private council deal 
In great aflairs : tive of less dignity 
Have outward courts, and in all actions pry, 
But still refer the doom to courts morę fit ąnd 
high. 

'* lliose fiTe fair brethren wbich 1 song of lat^, 

For their joSt nomber called the pentarctiy ';^ 
The otber three, three pillar* of the state : 
The firsŁ* in midst of that high tow'r doth lie, 
(The chiefest mansion of this glorions king) 
The judge aiid arbiter of erery thing, 
Wbich tbose tive bretbrcn's posl into bis oiiice 
bring. 

" Of middłe years, and seemly personage, 

Fathcr of ławs, tbe ruie of wrong and right ; 
Fonntain of judgmeiii,tberefbre wondrous sagę, 
Discreet, aod wise, of quick and nimbie sigbt: 
Not tbose sev'n sages might him parallel ; 
Nor he wbom Pytbian maid did whilome tell 
To be ihe wisest man, that then on Earth did 
dwelL 

*< As ?{eptunc*s cistern sucks in tribute tides, 
Yet never fuli, whioh every cbannel brings. 
And tbirsty drinks, and driuking, tbirsty bidcs; 
For, by some bidden way, back to tbe springi 
It seuds the strcams in erring conduits spread, 
Wbich, with a circiing duty, still are led; 
So evt:r fceding tbem, is by them ever fed : 



' Tbe five senses. 
^ The common sense. 



lOC 



V. FLETCHER*S POEMS- 



•* -Ev»n 80 the firsl of thesc tbrce countdlori 

GiYefl to the firfe W po«V of all deserying; 
Wbich Wćk to him with mtitnal doty bears 
AH their informings, and the causes t^ing : 
. For tbro' 8traigbtwa>-« tbe nimbie post asceods 
Unto his bąl) ; there up bis nieuage seods, 
Wbich to the ncxt, weJi scanń^d/ be ftraigbtway 
recommeods. ' 

'* Tbe neict tbat in tbe castle*s front is placM, 
Pbantastes' bigbt, bis years are fresh and 
green ; 
His vTsage old, his face too much dffacM 
Witb asbes pale ; his eycs dcep sankf n brcn 
WUh often tboughts, and never slackM in- 

icntion: 
Yet hethe fount of ipcedy apprehcnsion» 
Father of wit, the wcIl of arts, auU ^uick invcntion. 

** But in his private thoughts and btisy tirain 

Thoasand thin foitns and idłe fancics flit ; 
The three-9bap'd Sphinx, and direful Harpy^s train, 
Wbich In the world had lierer bcing yct; 
.Oft dreams of firc, and »ateri loose dclight, 
And'oft arrcstcd by some gha$tly spright, 
Kor can be think, nor spcak, ngr inove, for great 
afingbt 

•* Pbantastejcfrom the first all shapcs deriving. 

Iii new habilinhertls can ąinckly dight *, 
Of all materia] and grosS parts depnving, 
• Fltff them unto Ibo noble prince'8 stght j 

Wbich, soon as be lialb vjew'd witb searcb- 

ing eyc, 
He straight commits thcm to his trcasory, 
Wbich old Eumncslcs kecps, father of mctoory. 

" Eumnestes oM, who in his living sereeii 

(His miodfal breaśt)the rolls and records bears 

Of all the deeds, and men, which he hatb seeą, 
And keepA lock*d up in faiUifol rcgistera : 
Weil he recails Ninirod's 6rst tyranny, 



Weil 



And Babę)'s pride, daring the loftj s:ky; 
i he jreckllś the Ę?rth> twlcc growing infj 



ancy. 



** Therefore bis body weak, bis eyps balf blind, 
•Bat mind moro firesh and i^rong ; (ah^ better 
fetę!) 
And as bis carcaso, so his bouse declin^d ; 
' Yet werc the Walls of Orm and able state : 
Only CMI him a nimbie pagc attends, 
Wbo, wben for ought the aged grandsire sends, 
'\^*'itb swift, yet backward stcps, bis bejping aid- 
aucelends. 

'* Bnt let my song pass from these wortbr sages 

Unto airttae island^s l>ighest soTcreiim ^; 
Aiirl niosr. hard if\iH whieh all the yc^r he wiagcs : 
- For thcse three late a gctitle shcpherd swain 
Most sweełly snng, as be befbre had scen 
In Alma*s housc : his memory, ytt grecn^ 
Uves in his u<il tuifd songs; wbosc leayes im- 
niortat becn. 

*' Nor can 1 goess, whethcr his Mnse divme, 
Or gi«es to thoie, or takcs from them his grace; 

Therefore Eiinlnestcs in bis lasting sbrine 
llatb justły bim cDit>IPd in aeoond place ; . • 



* The fancy. 



* Tbe undentaoding. 



Next to onr Mantoan poet doth hc re«t ; 
There shałi onr Colin lirę ifoi' erer blest. 
Spite of those thousand spites, 'wbich living btia 
oppress'd. 

" The prince bis time in double oi&ce tpends : 
For first those fonns and fancies be adoaits, 
Wbich to his court busy Pbantastes sends^ 
And for the easier disccmiug fits : 
For sbedding round about his sparkling ligbt, 
He clears their dusky shadesand dondy night, 
Producing, like himself, their sbapcs all sbining 
briglit. 

•* As wben the Sun restores tbe ^lirt'ring dar, 

The world, latc cIotbM in night*fl black libery, 
Doth now n tbonsDnd cołours fair display. 
And paints iUelf in choice.variety ; • 

Which iate one colour bid, the cyc dcceiring, 
ATI so this prince tbose sbapes obacurc re- 
ceiring, fin^ 

Wliicli bis sutTuscd light makcs ready to conceiv- 

" This first, is callM t^be actirc fnciilly, 

Wbich to an higber pow'r the cibjrct leates : 
Tliat takes K in itsrlf, and cunningi}', 

Changing iUełf, the objert soon pcrcełvrs : 
For straight itselfin setf-satnc shapc adonnng, 
Bccomcs the ramc with quick and strauge 
traiisforming ; 
So is all things itsclf, to all iLself conforming. 

** Thus whcn the eye througb Yisiis* jctty ports 

Lets in the wand Ving shai>es, the crystal atcange 
Quickly it«clf to evVy sort consorts, 

So is whatc^cr ii secs by woodrous change: 
Tbrice happy tbeo, wben on tbat mirrour' 
bright 
. He cvcr fastcns bis unmorcd sight, [light. 
5h> is what there he riews, divine, fuli, glorious 

" Soon as the prince these forms bath dearly seen, 
Parting tbe iaise from troć, tbe wroog from 
right, 
He straight prescnts tbem to his beauteous queen, 
Whose courts are lower, 3ret of eqoai might ; 
Voletta * fair, wIm) with him live8 and reigns, 
W bom neitber man, nor fiend, nor Gad con- 
strains: 
Oft good, oft iU, oft both, yet evcr froe remains. 

" Not tbat great sovereign of tlw fairy land, 

^'hom late our Colin hatb etemized ; 
(Though Graces deckiog ber witb plenteont band, 
ThenweTvcs of grace harc all nnfumished ; 
Tho* in ber breast shcrłrttie^s toropie bare, 
llie Mreat tempie of a gnest so fair) 
Not tbat great Głorian's sclf whb this might e*er 
compare. 

*' Her radiant beanty, dazzling morta] cye, 

Strikes bliud the daring scnse ; ber spaildtng 
Her- bosband^s sclf now cannot well desery : [faca 
. Witb such strange brightoess, snch }m«ortal 
grace, 
- Hatb tbat great pareń^ in h^ cradle madę, 
Tliat Cynthia*t siłver cfaeek would ąnickly 
fade, [flhada. 

And light itsclf, to her, woold seem a paintsd 

, ' 2 Ćor, iii. 18. 
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103 



" Bat» ah ! eiitic'd hj her ovn worth and piidei 

Ste sUinM bet beauty irith most loathsoine spot ; 
Ber ]ocd'« fimt law aod spomw^s łi^ht deny^d, 
Sq filJM h«r ^wuae and aelf witb leprooa biot : 
And no«r all dark k thcir first mornin^ ray : 
Wbatv«rBe might then tbeir fortner light. 
dispUy, £day ? 

VbcB yet tbeir darkest nigbt outshineathebrightest 

* On ber a royal damsel sUlI attends, 
And &ithful co^psellor, Sjrnteresis * : 

tw tbougb Yoletta eter good intends, 
Yet by fair ilta sbe tĄt deoei^ed is. 

By ills so &irly dress'd with ciinDoig &Kglit, 
Tbat Virttte's self they well may seem to ^bt. 
Bot tbat brigbt Yirtae^s self offc seems not hall so 
bright. 

* Tbcrcfore Synteresis,'of nimbie sight, 

Oft bełp» ber doubtfui band and erring «ye $ 
Cbe mooght she ever, stumblini; in this uight. 
Tali down as deep as deepest Tartary. 
Nay, thence a sad fiiir maid, Repentance, 

rears. 
And M ber arma ber fainting lady bears, 
ITadiiojS ber Gften stains with eTer4aUing tear>« 

* Tbereto sbe adds a watcr 9overeign, 

Of woodrooa ibrce, and skilftil ooinposiŁion : 
For fiist tbe pricks ihe heart in tender vein ; 
Iben Srmn tboae precious drops, and deep oon^ 
trition, 
Witb lipa' eoofessłon, and with pickled cricSi 
Stiird in a broken spirtt, sad Tapours rise, 
bbafd by sacred fires, and drop tbrough melting 
eyes. . 

" Thne oordial drops, theie spirit-healing balois, 

Core all her sinful bruises, elear her eyes ; 
IJałock ber ears ; recoTer ftiinting quałms: 
And now grown frcsb and itrong, she makes ber 
rise. 
And glass of unmask*d sin she bright displays, 
Wbereby abe sees, ioaths, mends her former 
wayą ; [rays. 

So sooD rq»trs ker light^ trebliog her new*bom 

** Bnt, ah ! why do we (simpic as we becn) 

WiUi coriotts labour, dino and vailed sight. 
Pry in tbe natnre of this king and ąuern, 
Groping ia darkoess for sa elear a light^ 
A ligkt, wbich onoe could not be thongbt or 

toM, 
Bat now with blackest clouds is tbick cnrollM, 
pKit'ddown in captire chaina, and pent in earthly 
monld. 

" Ratber lament we this their wretched fate, 

(Ab, wretched fate, and iatal wretchedness !) 
Ualłke tboae former days, and flnit estate^ 
When be esponsM, with metting happioess,- 
To fiir Yotetta, both tbeir ligbts conspiring, 
He aaw whate^er was fit fbr ber rŁąntring, 
Aad abe to his. dearatght wonld temper her de- 
airing. 

** 'Wben both, replcńish^d witii celesUal light, 
All coming erilś could foresee and. fly ; 

Whcnbotb with clearesŁ eye, and perfect sigbt, 
Cooid CTery natare'8 diflSsrencc desery : 

t -I ■' 

* Oonscience. 



Whoce picturea now tbey scarcely aee with 

pain, 
Obecure and dark, Itke to those shadows vain, 
Wbich thin and empty gUde aloog Avemus! plain. 

" The £tow'r8 that, f(ighten'd witb aharp wiQler'a 
dread, 
Retire into their mother Tellus' womb, 
Yet in the spring, in troops new mustercd, 
Peep out agaia from their unfrozen tomb : 
The early Ylolet will fnah arise,. 
And spreading his flowVd purpIe to the skies ; 
Boldly the little elf tlie winter^s spite defiea. 

" The hedge, green satra pink'd and cnt, arrays ; 

'llie heliotrope unto cloŁh of gold aspirea^ 
In bnndred coloorM silks the tulip plays; 
Th* Imperial fk)w*r his neck with pearl attires ; 
The liły high her silyer grogram rears ; 
The padsy her wrought Te1vet garment beara; 
Tbe red ro«e, scarlet, and tbe provence, damask, 
wears. 

« How falls it) tben» tbat auch an bear^nly light, 

As this great king^s, should sink so wondroua Iow, 
Tbat acarce be can suspect his former height ? 
Can one eciipae ao dark bis ahining brow. 
And steal away bla beanty glittering fiiir ł 
One only biot, ao great a light to impair, 
Tbat never could be hopc hia waning to repair? 

, " Ah ! nerer conld he hope onoe to repair 
I So great a wane, ahoukl not tbat new .bom Sun 
Adopt hiro both his brother and his heir ; 
Wbo tbrough baae lifo, and death, and Heli, 
woułd run. 
To seat him in bis loat now aurer ct;IL 
Ihat be may meont to Heav?n^- be annk to 
Heli ; [be fell ? 

That he might lirę, be di«d ; tbat be might rise, 

** A perfect rirgin breeda, and bears a son, 

Th* immortal father of his mortal mother ; 
Earihy Heav*n, flesb, spirit, man, Qod, are met in 
one; [ther. 

His younger brother^s child, his cliildren'a bro» 
£tcrnity, wbo yet was bom, and died i 
His.own creator, Eath's aoora, Heav*n'a pride; 
Wbo th' Deity, inflesbt, aod man*a fleah deified* 

*' Thou uncrćatcd Stin, HfeaT>n's glory bright ! 
Whom we with hearts and knees, Iow bent, 
adore; 
At riking, jslerfecit, and now fallmg light ; 
Ah, what reward,tlrhat thonka, shall weicaŁore ! 
Thon wretched waat, that we might happy be : 
Oy all the good we bope, aud all we aee ! 
Tbat we thee know and lovte, comes from tby lova 
afld thec. 



(f 



Rec(>ive» wbich we.can only back return, 
(Yet tbat we omy return thou first must give), 
A heart, wbich iain wo«ld smeke, wbich fain would 
ibura 
In praiae ; for thee, to thee, would only tire : 
And thou (wbo aatt*8t in nigbt tu give us day) 
Light and enftaoie ua with thy glorious ray, 
That we may back rellect, andboihrowM light repay^ 

<' So we-beboldtif|p, witbfmmortat eye, 
Tbeij^oifouapfetttre bf tby bear*nly face, 

lir hia ftnt beanty and trae majeaty, 
. May sbdu ftom oor doli aMdsUwie fettera baae t 



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P. FLETCHER'S POEMS. 



And mounting up to tbat brtght crystal spliere, 

Wbencf tliou 6trik'sŁ fili tlie world with shud- 

d'riog fear, [dear. 

May not be held by Eartb, nor hołd vile Earth so 

•* Theo sbould thy shephcrd (poorcst shepherd) sing 

A thousand rantos in thy beav*Dly praise. 
And rouse his flagging Musc« and flijŁl'riiig ning, 
To chant thy wondcrs in immortal lays ; 

(Which onne thou wroiight*bt, wbeu Ki!ns' 

slimy sliore, 
Or Jonlan'B banks, thy mlghty band adore) 
Thy judgments and thy mcrcit-s; but thy mercies 
morę. 

\ 

V 

" But 8f:e, tłie stcaling night with soliły pace, 
To fly tbe western 8un» crec^ up the ea&t; 
Cold Hespar 'gins unmask his cveniugface, 
And calls tbe winkiog slars from dron>y rest : 
Home, tbcn, my lambs ; the faliing dropa 

eschew : 
T6mqrrpw shall yc feast in pastures ocw. 
And with the rising Sun banquet on peai led dew." 



• CANTO VII. 

Thb rising Morn lifts up his oriont hcad, 

Aod spangled Hcav'Ds in goldtti rohts ioYests; 
Thirsil upstartiog from his fenriess ł>cd, 

Where useless nights Ue taft- and ąuiet restt, 
Unhous^d his biceting flock. aml quickly tbi>ncp 
Hasting to his expcctłng audience, [consc. 
Thus willi sad verse began tbcir gricvcd minds in- 

" Foad man, that looks on Earth fur happiness, 
And here long sceks what here is nevcr found ! 
Por all our good we hołd from Heav*n by lease, 
With many forfeits and conditions bound ; 
Nor can we pay tbe fine and renta ge due : 
Tbo' now but writ, and seaPd, and piv'n anew, 
Yct daily we it break, then daily must rcnew. 

" Why sbould*8ttboa here look fur perpetoal good, 

At ev'ry loss against Heav'n'8 face repining f 
Do but behold where gforious cities stood, 
With gilded tops and 9ilver turrets shining ; 
There now the hart, fearless of greylionnd, 
Aod )oving pelican in safety breeds ; [fceds, 
There screeching satyn fili the people*s empty 
steads. 

** Where is th* Assyrian Hon*s goldcn hide, 

That all the east once graspM in lordly paw ? 
Where that great Persian bear, whose swelling pridc 
The lion's self tore out with rav'nous jaw } 
Or he wbich, 'twixt a lion aod a pard, 
Tbro' all the world with nimbro pinions far*d, 
And to his greedy wheips his con^uer^d kingdoms 
sharU 

" Hardly the place of snch antiquity, 

Or notę of these great monarchies we find » 
Only a fading verba] memory. 
And empty name in writ, is leftbehind : 
Bot when this second life and glory fades. 
And sinks at Jength in time^s obiMsorer shades,. 
A seoond fali succeeds, «nd double deatb in^ca. 



** Thatmoostfotis beast, which, nursM in Tibcr 'a fco, 

Did all the world with hideous bl.ape afiray ; 
That fillM with costły spoil łiis gapiug den. 
And trcKle down al i the rest to dust and clay : 
Hib batt^ring homs puird ont by ciril baiids, 
An I iron teelh, lie acntterM on ihe bamift ; 
Back'd, bridled by a mook, w iih sev'n hcads yukcd 
stands. 

" And tbat black volture \ which with deatbful 
uing 
0'ershadows half tbe Earth, whose diamal sigbt 
FrightenM the Muses from their natire spring, 
Already stoops, and tlags with wcary fiigłit : 
Who thcu słąall look for ha{>piticss bcni-ath ? 
Wh( rccach new day piuclainischauce, chauge^ 
and death ; 
And life it^elf 's as flit as is the air we breathe. 

*' Ke mought this prince escape, tbough he os Hr 

A ii these exceił> in Vrurth aod heav'uly grace, 
As brightcftt Phocbus docs tbe dimmcst star : 
Tbe dccpi^ talls are from the higheat place 
There lics he now, brui$*d with so sorc a fali. 
To his base boiidt, and ioathsomc prison thrail^ 
Whom thousand iiies bcsiege, fenć'd with a fiail 
yielding«all. 

" Tell mc, ob, tell me then, thou holy Maae ! 

Sacrod 'I he!>płu ! what the causc may be 
Of sucb despite ; so n;any foemcn ose 
Tu persecute impitiod inisery ! 

Or if these canker*d foes, as most men say, 
So migbty be, that pird this wali of clay ; 
Wbat makes it hołd bO long, and tbreatco*d ruin 
Btay ? 

*' When that grcat Lord his standing court would 
build, 
Tbe outward walls with gcms and gloriouslightsi 
But inward rooms witli iiobler oourtiers fil IM ; ■ 
Pure, liring flamcs, swif^, mighiy, blesaed 
sprights : 
But somc his royal scnrice (fools !) dttxlain ; 
Sodown were fiung— ^oft bliss is double pain) ; 
In Heav'n they scomM to servc,iio now in Het! they 
reign. 

" There turnM to serpents, swoPn with pride and 
bate ; 
Their prince a dragon fell, who hurst with spke. 
To sce this king'8 and queen*b yet happy state, 
Tempts them to lust and pride ; prerails by 
sligbt : 
To make them wisc, and gods, be undertakes. 
llius while the snake they hear, they tum to 
snakes ; [makcs* 

To make them gods he boasts, but beasts and de\*ilf 

" But that great Liou^ who in Judah's plains 

Tlie awful beasts hołdą down in due subjection $ 
Tbe dragon^s craft and baae-got spoil disdains. 
And folds this captive prince in his protection ; 
Brcaksope the jaił, and brings the pris^nen 

thence ' : 
Ye^ płac*d tjicm in this castle^s wfak dcfence, 
Where they might trust and seck ati highcr Pru- 
yidence. 



1 The Turk. * RevelatJons» ▼. 5. 

* Lukę, iv. 18. • 



TIIE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO VlL 



109 



r-sa nom spreai) rotMi.l about tbis litile bold, 

With annies infinite, cucamped lie 
Tb' (-oraged drajron, and his serpenU bold : 
And liiioi«rio|c wfll his time gmws short and nigb, 
He swella with Teoom*d gore^ and pois*DOii8 

beat; 
Hb taił nnfblded. Heav*n ttself dotb beat, 
Aod »v«<*ps the mighty stan from their transcen- 
dcnt aeatk 

" t¥ith bim goes Cam ^, curard dam of sin» 

F«al, fiKby dam, of fouler progeny ; 
Yctfcens (skin-doep) most fair by witehing gpn 
T^ weakcr stght ; bat to a purged eye 
louks like (nay, worse thao) HelCs iofenwl' 

hags: 
Her empty breasts ban;? like lank hollow bags: 
AnA Iris' Qlcer'U skin is patchM witb leprous rags. 

* Tber cfore ber loathsome sha])e in stoel arrayM ; 

AU mst «ithin, the outside pnłish^d brtght ; 
Asd oo ber sbield a mermaid snng and play'd, 
\Vbo»e human beaati<>s Inne tUn wandMng sight ; 
Bnt slimy scales hid in their waters lie : 
Sbe chants, sfoe smilvs, so draws tbe ear, the 
eye, [gazę, and dic' 

iad whom she wins, sbe kills t^—the word, ' Hear, 

" Aml after mnrch ber fniiłful serpent fry, 
U^bom she of diTeis lechcrs divers borę ; 
Ibrybaird in s<;v*ral ranks their colours (ly : 
four to AnngniK^ four this painted whore 
To loath^ome Asebie bronght fortb to light ; 
l*wYce f(»fir got Adicus, a hateful wight : 
litsToFn Acrates two, bum in ouc bed and night. 

" Mcccbns ' tbe first, of blushłcss lx}U] aspcct ; 

Yet vłih him Doiibt and Fe«ir sti.l trcmbliog go : 
Oh lookM be back, as if be diii snspect 
Tb* appmach of «ome nnwish^d, unwelcome foe : 
Behind, fclt JcaIou«y his Ktfps observ'd« 
And siire Reven;rc,wilhdarr that nrv-pr swerv'd: 
Tm tboasand grirf* and plagues be felt, bot morę 
•leserrM. 

" in« armoiir black ns Heli, or starlrss night, 
Aod in bi«5 shield hc Uv»ly portrayM bare 

2!ar», tet inipound in arms c»f Veou8* liK^^ 
Aiid ty*d MS fast in Vulcan*s sobtil snare : 
Sbe fri^^n^cl to blusb for shame, now all too 

Bnt his red colour ceemM to ffpatkle hate : 
' S«ect arc stoPn watcrs/ round about tbe morgę 
be wrate. 

" ?omeia« • next him pac-M, a meag^re wł)rht ; 

^lliose ifadf n eyc-s sunk derp in bwiinniing head, 
Aod jo^less look, likc some pale ashy ^pright, 
SeeroM as he now wcre dying, or now dead : 
And « ith him Wa&tefitincss, that all crKpł^nded, 
And Want, that still in thefr and prison ended, 
A hoodred foul diseases cloce at*8 back atteoded. 

* Rerelations, xii« 4* 
» TbeHesb. 

* The froit of the flesh nre de«cribed, Ga). v. 
\9, SO, 81. and may be ranked' into fbnr com- 
panies; Ist, of unchastity; 2d, of irreligion; 3J, 
of mńghleoosness ; 4tb, of intcmperanoe. 

■ AdoIterv. Gal v. 19. 

* Fomication. 



" H» thining behn might seem ft sparidiiig.Aame, 

Yet lootb, nought was it but a foolish fire; 
Aod all his arms vere of that baming frame, 
That flesh and bones weręgnawn with botdesire, 
About his wrist his blazing shield did fry, 
Witb swelfring bearts in flarfies of luznry : 
His irord, * In fire I life^ in fire I barn, and .die.' 



«« 



7> 



Witb him Acatbarus*, in Tuscan dress;^ 
A thing that nciiber man will own, nor beast : 
Upon a boy he le^nM in wanton wise, 
On wbose fair limbs bis eyes still gt«edy feasŁ| 
He sports, he toys, kisses bis shining face : 
Bebind, reproacb and thousand deviU pace ! 
Beforc, hołd impudence, that cannot change ber 
grace. 

^' His armoiir ficem*d to laagh with idle boys, 

Wbich all about their wanton sportings play'd ; 
Ais would himself keep out their childish toys. 
And like a boy leod tbem unmanly aid ; 

In his broad targe the bird ber wings disprrad, 
Wbich trussing wafts the Trojan Ganymedc : 
And round was writ, * Like with his like is coupled.* 

" Aseiges*^ follow*d next, the boldcst boy 

That ever play^d in Venus' wanton court : 
He little carcs who notes his lavish joy ; 
Broad w«re hb jests, wiid his uncivil sport | 
His fashion too, too fond, and looseiy light > 
A long love-lock on bis left sboulder pligbt ; 
like to a «oman*s bair, well shew*d a womau'» 
sptight. 

** Ijost in strange ne«U this cuckoo egg Gonceiv'd| 
Which nurt'd witb surftdts, dressM with fund 
disguises, 
!n fancy*s school his breeding first receiv*d ; 
So this brave ipnrk to wilder flame arises ; 
AuJ now to court preferrM, high bioodu he 
fires, (desires ; 

Thcre blows uj> pride, vain niirth, and loose 
Andbeav*nly souls (ob grief !) with hellish flame 
iiłspires. 

" There oft to rjyals-lends the gontle Dor, 

OfŁ taki^s (his mistr(»8s by) the bitter bob .* 
There leams bor cacb day*s change of Gules, 
Vord, Or, 
(His sampler); if she pouts, ber slave must sob: 
Her face his sphcre, ber bair his circiiog sky ; 
Her love his H(av'n, hor sight eternity: 
Of ber he dreams, aiib ber hc lircs, for ber heMI 
dic. 

** Upoo his arm a tinsel scarf he worc, 

Forsouth bis madaurs farour, spangled fair : 
Light as himscif, a fan bis helmet borę, piair: 
With ribboDs drcs&M, begic'd from hi) mistres^' 
On*s shield a winged boy all oaked shinM; 
His folded eye^, willing and wilful blind : 
Tbe nord was wrought «itb gold, * Such is a )over's 
mind.* 

" lliese four, Anagnus and foul Caro^s tons^ 
Who led a diffrent and disorder'd rout; 

Fancy, n ład that alt in featbcrs wons, 
Aoid loose Desire, and Danger łink'd with Doubt-; 



* Sodomy, Bom. i. 26, 27. I.ev. xx. 15, 16. 
1^ La8civiousn«fs. 



110 



P. FLETCHER'S POEMS. 



An^ thótiaand wantom thoujrbts stili bud^ing 
But lazy- Kasę bsherM the idle crew ; [new : 
And Utnę Diseasethuts- tsp tłietr troop:^ with tor- 
mentś d\iti 

** Next banil^ by i^jsebią was boldly led. 

And bisibur sona begot in Stygian night : 
First Idololatros ", whosemonstroushead 
Was likA an ugly fiend, b» flaming si^ht 
Like Moeing stars ; tbe rest aUdiiTcrcnt : 
For to his shape some part cacli creature lerrt; 
But to the great Cr«ator all adversely bent. 

*' Upon hia breaat a bloody cross be scorM, [died 
Which oft he worshippM ; but the Christ that 
Thereon, he scldom but in paint aidor'd ; 

Yet wood, stone, beasts, wealtb, lusts, fiends, 
deified i 
He makes mcre pageants of the saTing rock '^ 
Pnppet-Iike trimming his alniighty stock : 
Whłch then, his god, or be, which is-the rerier 
błocko 

* 

** Of giaot shapCy and sŁrengtb thereto agreeiog, 
Wiierewith he whilome all the world opprcssM : 
And yet the greater part (his vad$als being) 
Slumb'ring in isnorance, securely rest : 
A golden calf (himself morę beast) he borę, 
Which bnites with dancings, gift>f ^nd songs 
adore. ^ [in orc. 

' Idob are laymen^s books' hc ronnd all wrotc 

" NextPharmakeus", ofgashly, wildaapect; 

W bom Heli with seeming fear, and Bends obey : 
Fuli eaś'ly would he know each patt effect. 
And things to come with double guess foresay. 
By siain beasts' entrails, and fowls* marked 

flight : 
Thereto he tcmpests raisM by many a spright. 
And cbarm'd the Sun and Moon, and chadg'd the 
day and night. 

'< So when the sontb (dippiog his sablest wings 

In humid ocean) swecps with^s dropping b«ird 
Th' air, earth, and seas ; bis lips^ loud thunderings 
And flashing ejr^s make all the world afeard : 
Light with dark clouds, waters with fires are 
Tbe Sun bot now is rising, now is set ; [met ; 
And (inds west-shades in east, aad seds in airs 
w^L 

'* By birth and hand, be joggling fortuncs tclls ; 
oh. briugs from shadcs bis grandsire'9 damned 
ghost ; 
Of stolen goods forccs out by wickcd spcUs r 
His frigbtfnl shield with thonsand ficnds embost, 
Which 8eem*d withont a circlc's ring to play : 
In midst' himself dampcns the smiling day. 
And prints sad characters, which nonę may write, 
^rsay. 

" The third HsBTcticos !•, a wrangling carl», 
Who.in the way to Hear^n would wilful err j 

And oft conyicted, still would snatch nnd snarl : 
His'cmmbe oft repeata ;^4Ul tongne, ńó ear ; 

" Idolatry;', either by worshipping the trać Ood 
t>y fiiWeworship, as by images, against the second 
commandment: or gtving away his worship to any 
thing that is not God, against the first 

*' Witcbcraft, and curions arts. 
*♦ Heresy, 



Kim Obstinacy, Pride, and !Scora stttendc 
On's shield, with Tnitli Ertoor dis^UM di 
tended: 
His motto this 'Rather tbus err, tban be amended 



(( 



I<a8t march*d Hypociisy, false form of grac«» 

That vaunts the show of all, bas tnith of ncme 

A rotten heart he masks with painted fiace ; 

Among the beasts, a mule, 'mung bees a droi 

'MoDgst stars, a meteor : — ^all the world n 

glects bim ; 
Nor good-, nor bad, nor Heav*n, nor £art 
afiects him : [rcjects hii 

The Eorth for gtaring forms, for bare forms Heav 

" His wanton brart he veils with dewy eyes, 
So oft the world, and óit himself deccives: 
His tongue his heart, łiis bands bis tbngue bdies 
lus path (as snails) silver, bnt slime, hc Ieavfl 
He BabcPs glory \&, but Sion^s taint ; 
Beiigłon'8 błot, but irrcligicn*s paint t 
A saint abroad, at homea fiend ; and worst, ft sain 

'* So taliow ligbts live g)itt*ring, stinking die ; 
Thcir gleams aggrale tbe sight, steama wonnd 
the smell : 
So Sodom appies please the ravish*d eye. 

But sulphur tasŁe proclaim the roots in Heli, 
So airy flames to heav*nly seem all3r'd. 
But when their oil is spent, they swiłtły glide, 
And into getly^d mire melt all their gilded pride, 

*' So rushes green, smootb, fuli, are spnngr 
light 5 
So thcir raggM Stones in TeWet peaches grown 
So rotten stickś seem stars in cheating night ^ 
So qiuigmires false, their mire with em'ralds 
Snch is Hypocrisy's deceitful frame ; [crown 
A stinking light, a sulphur fruit, false flame 
Smootb rosb, hard pcach, sere wood^ false mire, 1 
V0łce, a name. 

" Snch werę his arms, false gold, true alchymy; 

Olitfring with glassy Stones, and fine. Joceit : 
His sword a flatt*ring steel, which gulPd the cye. 

And piercM the heart with pride and self-ćoa- 
ceit: 

1 

On*s shield a tomb, where death bad dress^c 

his bed ^ [head 

With cnrirns art, and crownM his loatbsomc 

With goJd, and gcins:»-his word, * Morę gorgeouj 

when dcad.'" 

" Bcfore them went their nurse, bold Ignorance ; 
A loathsoroe monster, light, sight 'mendmcol 
scoming ; >^ 

Bom dcaf and blind, fltter to lead the danoe 
To sttchA rout j her silver beads adoming, 
(Her dotagc index) much sbe braggM, yet 

feign'd ; 
For by false tallics many years she gain*d. 
Wisc j-outh is honour'd age ;— fond age'8 with 
dotage 8tain'd. 

" Her failing Icgs with crring Jfootsteps reelM ; ' 
(Łame guide to bliss !) her daughters on each 
side [ri^tó; 

Much palD'd themselres, her stnmbliiig. feet to 
Both like their mother, duli, and beetle eyM t 
The fint was Errour false, wfao multiplies ' 
Her num'rous race m endless progenies: 
For but one truth there is, tea thouąaod tbonsiiMl 
' lies.' 



THE PURPLE ISLAND, CANTO VII. 



HI 



" Her bnod o^wtpresd h^ RMmd witb siil and 

WithcQvy, in«liee,iiM90liie&inCoite i [biood, 

Which sbe ta«Bc hendf, amazeil stood, : ^ 

So often got wtth cbild and big witb spite : 

Her o&prmg fly about, and spread Łhcir seed ; 

Strai^t hate, pride, scbism, warf , and sedl- 

tlMisbreed, • . (''^wd., 

Get ap» groir rłpe.— 'How soon pitKpeis Łbe* ticiooA 



" X«<> Jewisb captaiiw, clo^e ^tb6m«rk«ft adacaig ' 

In Jove'« sweet tyiofis, bU target. btoadilispiay^d ; 

One th* other^s beard witb bis left band embracing, 

fiuŁinbis rigbt a ft|u«Mpgs«V9td b6ąway*4> 

Witb iinawares through tb' oŁher'8 ńbi be 

smitesy 

There lay tbe wretcb witbout ail bunal rites : 

His word, ' He deepest wounds, that in bis fawning 
kił**.) 



ffi 



Tbe ot|i€r owl^y*^ Supentitioo , 
DefonnM, di^torted, btind in sbiaing iigbt ; 
Yek Styks hen^lf boly Devotion, 
And ao it calPd, and seema tn sbady night : 
Pearfttl aa is tbe bare, or bunted bind ; 
Her face, and breast, sbe oft witb crosies 
signM: [mind. 

Ko cnstom v6utd sbe break, or cbange ber scttled 

^ If bare, or snake, ber way, berself sbe cros8ef> 

And sŁops ber oia^ed stępa ; sad lears aflfrigbt ber 
Wbea falling salt poiuts out somc fatal losses, 
Till Baccbus* grapes witb boły sprinkleąnite ber: 
f ler ooły bibie is aii Erra Pater ; 
Her antidote are ballowM wax and water : 
r tb' dark, al I ligbts are sp'rits, al! noises, cbains 
tbat clatter. 

*' Wtth them marcb^d sunk (in deep security) 
Profimcswss, to be fear^d, for uever leariug ; 
Aod by bim, new oaths coining, Blaspbeniy, [ing; 
Who namea not God, bat in a curse, or swear^ 
And tbousand oŁber Cends in direrse fashion, 
Dispoa*d in sereral vanl, and oertain sutioa: 
Undcr, Heli widely yawn^d; and OTcr, flcw Dam- 
nation. 

*« Neit Adicns bis sons ,— >iint Ecthros sly *', 

"WlMae prick*d iip ears kept open boase for lies ; 
Aad slecring eyes still watch, and wait to spy 
Wheo to return still-U^ing injuries : 
Fair wcatbcr soiil*d opon his painted face, 
And eyc4 spoke peace, till be bad time and 
place, [ranconr base. 

Then pours down 8bow'n of ragę, gnd streams of 

** So wben a sablc olond, witb swelling sail [air 
Comes sarinming tbrougb calm skies, tbe silent 
(While fierce winds sleep in IEaVs rocky jail), 
With spangled beams embroider^d, glittcrs fair ; 
But soon 'giną low'r : straigbt cUtfring bail is 
brcd, [head, 

Seatfring eold shoi ; Iigbt bides his golden 
And with untimely wintcr, eartb's o'er-silvercd. > 

** His anns-well snit bis mind, wbere smiling skies 

Breed thund'riug tempests : on bis lofty crest 
Aslcep the spotted panther cooching lies, 
Apd by sweet scents, and skin so qoaintIy drest, 
Dńwson h^prey: opon bis sbield be brars 
The dreadful monster whicb great Nllus fcąrs ; 
(TiR weepiag crocodile) bis word, ■ I kilt witb 
ie^rs.' 

*''Włth bim Dissemblanoe went» h^s paramonr, 
' Wboae painted £ice migbt bardly be detccted ; 
^nos oi«ifcnoe hc sold* or nerer wore, 
Łest thenoe bis dose designs migbt be suspeetctl ; 
" Bat4:łasphig ckisehis foe, as lotb to part, 
Hesteals bis dagger witb fafse smiling brt, 
Aadsbeatha the tnifronasteel in bis own master's 
beart. 



bites.' 



" Eris the nć^ct **^ of s«f.uD^ foyc.war : ' . 

Her arins were bitter word# ffom ńajoiing tOBgiie, 
Whicb n-^yer quitt, wrangle, Jght, aądjar; 
Ne would sbe weigh report with rigbt, or wrong : 
What once sbe beld, tbat would sbe ever bold. 
And (non-obstantes) force witb oourage bold, 
Tbe last word most sbe ba^e, or never leare t* 
scold. 

" Sbe is the trumpet to thią angry train, 

Aud wbets Łheir fury witb loud railing spite : 
But when no opeu foes did morę remain, 

Against themselves, tbemsch-es she would incite. 

Her clackiug mili, driv'n by ber Buwing gali, 

Could ncvcr stand, but chide, raił, bark, and 

baxvl : [them all. 

Her sbield no word could find, ber tongiie engros*# 

* ' Zelos * ' tbe tbird, m bose spiteful emulatioo 

Could not endure a fellow in czcelling ; 
Yet slow in any virtue'S imitation, 

At easy ratę tbat fair posse^sion seUing ;. 
Still as be went be hiddcn sparkles blew, 
Till to a migbty llainetheysciddengrew, [drew. 
And like fierce lightning aii in quick destructioB 

** Upon bis sbield lay tbat Tirintbian swain, 

Swelfring in fiery gore, and pois'nous flame, • 
His wife*s sad gift v«;nomM with bloody stajn : 
Weil could be buUs, snakes, Heli, all moosters 
tamę; [alone; 

Weil could hc Hear^n snpport, and prop 
But by fell jealousy soon orerthrown, 
Witbout a Ibe, or sword : bis motto, ' Firrt, or 
nonę.' 

" Tbumos " the fourth, a dirc revengeful swain ; 
Whose soul was madę of flames, wbose flesh of 

Wrath in his beart, hate, rago, and fary reign ! 

Fierce was bis look, wben clad in sparkling tire ; 

But wben dead paleness in bis cheek took 

«eizurc, [sute 

And all the blood in 's boiling heart did tret* 

Then in his w i Id revenge, kept be nor mean nor 

measure. 

" Look, as when waters, walPd witb brazen wi««tb, 

Are siegM with crackling flames, tbeir commoa 

Tlie angry scas 'gin foam and botly bieatbe, * [foe ; 

Tben swcU, rise, rave, and still morę furioua 

ffrow ; 

Nor can be hcld ; but forcM with fires bdofw;*' 

Tossing their waves, break out, and all o*er- 

floV- . . . , [brow. 

So boiPd bis rising bldod, aiod dashM his angry 

** For iu hifl face, red beat, and asby cold ; 
Strove wbicb- should piiiit reveDga In pioper ' 
colours: ' ' * 



u 



Hatrwu 



'* Yariance. 



IT 



Emnlttiftń. 



WfftfS^ 



112 



V. fLetcher^s poems. 



That, Iłke cotbnming fir«,. most dreadful rotPd ; 
Tbb, liker death, threatens a)l deadly do- 
loura ; 

His treabling band a daggper still embracM, 
, Whicb in his firietid be rasbly oft encasM r 
. Hh shield'8 device, fresh blood with foulest stałn 
deiacM. 

** Kext bim Eritbius'*, most unquiet sw&in, 
Tbat all in law, and ibnd conteotiop tpent j^ 

NoŁ one was found in all this ntiin'rous traio, 
With wbomJn any thing be would conserit :. 
His will bis lai^, be weigh*d not wróng or 

Macb 8Corn*d to oear, mncb morę iorgive a 

Spite : [hight. 

l^atit>nce, be, ift^ asstes^ lo^d, and coward's VirŁue 

** His weapoos all were fram^d of sbiuin*; gold, 

Wherewith be snbtly fought close under band : 
Tłiuś would he right frora right by force withholH» 
Nor suit8, nór friends, nor laws his sligbts with- 
- stand; 
Ab, pow^rfuł weapon ! how dost tbou bewitcb 
Great^ bntbaseminds, and spott'st with leprous 
itch, 
tbńi ncvcr a're in tbou^ht, nor evcT can be rich ! 

•• Upon bis bek (fastenM with leather laces) 

Black boxes hnng, sheatbs of his paper swords, 
FilPd up with writs, subpccnas, trial-cases ; 
This trespass'd bim in cnttle, that in words : 
Fit his devicc, and wf II bis shield became, 
A salamander drawn in lively framc: [flamc* 
His word was this, * I livc, I breathe, I feed on 

** Next afler bim marcb*d proud Dichostasis '®, 
That wont but in the factious court to dwell ; 
But now to shepherd-swains close linked is ; 
And taught them (fools !) to change their bom- 
bie celi, 
And lowly weed, for courts, and pnrple gay, 
To sit aloft, and sUtcs, and princes sway : 
A hook, no sceptre needs our erring frbeep to stay. 

•* A mitrę trebly crown'd tb' impostor wore ; 
For Heav'n, Earth, Heli, he daims with lofty 
pride : 
Not in bis lips, but bands, two keys be borę, 
Heav*n*s doors and HeiPs to sbut) and open 
wide t 
But late bis keys are marr'd) or broken quite: 
For Heli he cąnnot shut, but opens lipht ; 
Nor Heav'n can ope, but shut j nor buys, but Mills 
by slight 

«* Two brads, oft three, be in one body had. 

Nor with the body, nor themseWes agreeing : 
Wbal this comnnanded, th' otber soon forbad ; 
As difi^rcnt in rule, as naturę being : 
The body to them botb, and neithcr prone, 
Was like a doable-bearted dealer grown ; 
£ódeavouriog to please botb parties, pleasing 
nonę. 

" As wben tbe pow^rfol nind, and adverse tide, 
Stri%'e wbich sbould most conimand tbe sufoject 
main ; 

Tbe dcomfiił wave»swetlipur with angry pride 
Yielding to neither, all their ibrce disdain : 



Mean time the sbakfaig ▼edscl donbtful play V 
And on the stagg'ring billów trcmblin|r stayf , 
And wou'd obey tliem botb, and nooe of botb 
obeySi 

'' A subtle craftsman framM bim seemly arms, 

Forg'd in the shop of wranglińg Sopbistry ; 
And wrought with curious arts, and mightj 
charms, 
Temper^d with lies, and false pbilosopby : 
MlUbns of beedless so\iIs thus had he slain. 
His sev*n-fold targe a field of gales did stain t 
In wbich two s«-ords he borę : bis word, ' Di^ide 
and reign.' 

^* £nvy the next, £nvy with sqointed eyes ; 

Sick of a strange disease, his neighbour'6 health :' 
Best live8 be tben, wben any bctter dies ; 
Is neTer poor, but in anotber*s wealth : 
On best mbn's barms and griefs be feeds bis 
fili ; [will t 

Eise his own ma w dotb eat with spibefui 
III must the temper be, where diet is ao ill. 

" Eacb eye throitgh dirers optics słily leers, 

Whicb botb his sigbt, and objecfs self bely; 
So greate^t virttie as a moat appears. 

And molehill faultś to mouotains multiply. 

Wben nceds be must, yet faintly tben ha 

praises ; [he raises i 

Somewhat tbe deed, much niore tbe means 

So marreth what he makes, and praisiog most, 

dispraii 



» Strifc. 



** Mitiw, orSckisn. 



" Upon bis shield that cruel herd groom playM, 

Fit instrument of Juno's jealous spite ; 
His hundred eyes stood fized on the maid ; 
He pip'd, she sigh'd : his word, * Her day, 
my night' 
His missile weapon was a lying tongne, 
Which he far oflT like swlftest ligbtnrng flung : 
That all the world with noise, and foul blaspheminff 
rung. 

" Tast of this ront the sarage Fhonos ** went, 

Whom his dire mother ntirs'd with human blood f 
And wben morę age and strength morę fierceness 
lent, 
She taught bim in a dark and desert wood 
With force and gi»ile poor pasaengers to slay. 
And ou their fij'sh his barkiug stomach stay. 
And wiih Ibeir w retehed blood his fiery tbirst aHay. 

*' So »bcn tbe ncrrr settled Si-ythian 

Remores hisdwcilitig in an empty wain : 
W hen now the Sun hath baif his joumcy ran, 
His borse be bloods, and pricks a tremblingrein, 
So from ibe wouml quenches his thir»ty Heat ; 
Yet worse, this fiend makes bis o«'u flesh hia 
meat 
Monster ! tbe rav'nous bear bis kiod will never eat, 

" Ten tbcnsand furics on his steps awaited, 
Some sear^d bis bardenM aoul with Stygian 
brand: [baited, 

Some with black terrors bis faint conscience 
Tbat wide be star'd, and starchod bair did stand : 
'Jbe first bom mao still in his mind he borę, 
Fonlly airayM in guiltlcss brotber^s jsore, 
Which for reyenge to Hea? ^n, from Farth did loodiji 
Toar. 

»' Murdfs. 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO YIII. 



" nil Jims oflenńTe all, to spili, not spare ; 

S«onis» pistois, poisont, iMtrumeiitft of HeU : 
A thidd be «ore (not ibat the wretch did care 
Tosarp h-s fl^-sh, oft he hims-lf wouid quell) 
Por show, not use : on it a ▼iper sn-illih^ 
The dam*! spilt gore; his einptv bowels fil linę 
Whh Ik-sh tbat «łve him lifc : bis word, ' 1 i\ve 
by killi igJ 

*' Afid last his brutish aons, Acnites lent, 

Whoin Garo borę both in one birth and bed, 
M rth oi ^ the fint. whose paunch hit feet outweat, 
As H it-vaherW hn un^ettlcd bead ; 

His aoul qiiite touciMl la? in grapy blood, 
fn all his parti the idie dropsy ttood ; 
Vbicb thouj^h already drown*d, still thiisted for 
thj fiood. 

"Thistki c, norman, norbea^^t, tnmsallhisireaUb 
bdhuk; hisdays, hisyears, i.i liqnor drenchioc; 

&> qiiafi& lie s;rkne$s down, by quafling healtK ; 
Fińag his cheeks with ąuenchin^ j strangery 
qiienchfiijr 

Risryes k ith firin; ; duli and faint they roi Pd : 
Bat nimbie lips known thiogs and bid nnfold ; 
Bd^ia^ oft sipa, iarge spiu point the long tale be 
toid. 

** His anjnonr ąre^n mtg'tt secm n fruitful vine ; 

The cłttsters prison^d in the cłose set leares, 
Yct oft betwpen the btoody grapę did shiae ; 
And peepin;^ firth, his jailor^s spite deceires : 
Among th« booghs did swillinir Bacchus ride, 
Wfaoan vii 1 giown M«eaads borę, aod ev*ry 
stride» [cryU 

Id Bncehe* lond with maddiog roice tbey 



'OoHshield, the goalish satyrs dance around, 
. (Tbeir heads much lighter thao tht- ir nimbie heels) 
Sinns old in winę (as cver) drowu*d, [reelj : 

CkKM with the ring, ta mitht (tbough ntting) 
Tader his arm a bag-pipe swoPn be hefd, 
(Yet wine-sworn cheeks the windy bag oiii- 
sweird) fyield.' 

h kiodlj pipes: his word, ' But fuli, no mirtb I 

** tesatiale sink, how with fo genefal tłain f tice ! 
Thy spnM out puddies, fourt, town, fipfds en- 
ly nc ! the shepherds seWes thee ratertain, 
And to Łhy Ciutian gnlf do sacrifice : 
All drink to spew, and spcw agaio to drink* 
Sonr s«ill-tnb sin, of aJl the rest the sink, 
Bsa canAlbou thus bewitcbwith thy abborrcd stink? 

" Tht eye thoa vrong'st with vomit*8 reeking 
strenms, [winę ; 

Ths esr wllh belching ) tmich thoo drown*st in 
IWtaste thou tarfett'Kt ; smell with ^pewingstrrams 
Hani wonndest : fob ! thoit iMthsome pntrid 
twine ; [slakest ; 

Sdll thoa increasest thirst, when tbirst titou 
The mmd and will thoa (wit's bane) captire 
tak^t ; 
Imeleas thy b<^sh filth, and sense thou K^ose- 
ieis makest. 

* Tky fellow sina,. and all the rest of Tices, 

Whh sfcemin^ good are fairły clothM to sigbt ; 
Iheir feitroed sweet tbe blear-ey*d wi)l entires, 
€bc*ning the dazzled sense with borrowM light : 
Tlpee, neith ertru^, nor yet faise good commcnds; 
Pinofit, nor pleasure on thy steps «ttends : 
IbHy be^ns thy sin, wbich still with madncst ends. 



VOU VL 



DnułkenDCM* 



^* With Metbos, Glnttony. bis gnttling bf0^bV, 

Twin parailels, dra»n frem the stif-same linę j 
So foully like was eith«r to the oth>, 

And both most like a monstrous pauncbad swinei 
His life was either a continued fcast, 
Whose surfeits ttpon sur eits hłm oppressM } 
Or heavy sleep, that heips so great a load dtgest^ 

" Mean Ume his soul, wei^hM down with mnddy 
chains, 
Can n either work, nor m iVe in captive bands ! 
But diilPd in vap'rju8 fogs, all carelcss reigns, 
Or rather senes sirong appetiie's commands t 
That w hen he now was gui^'d with cramm^d- 

dowii stóre. 
And porter wanting room bad sbut the door, 
Theglutton sigh^d, that be <iould gormandise no 
morę. 

" Ris crane-like neck was long unlac'd ; bis breast, 

This gouly Hmbs. like to a circie, round, 
As broad as long ; and for his spcar in rest 
Oft with his Staff he beat«j the yieldi- g ground ; 
Whercwith his hSnds did help his f. rt to bear, 
Elsp wótild they iM so hujie a burden steer : 
His clothes werc all of leares/no armour c^^uid ha 
wear 

** Only a target llght, opon his arm 

He cart^Iess borę, on wliich olJ Oryl^was.d^awn, 
TransformM into a hog with cnnning charm ; 
In bea I and paunch, and sotil itself a brawn, 
llalf drown«d within ; w;thout, yet still did 
hiint 
^ In his dcep trough for swill, as he was wont ; 
Cas'd all in loathsome mirę : nO word ; Gryll could 
but grunt. 

" Himserv'd sweet seominglusts «elfpleasinglics. 
But bitter death flow*d from tho«:e swet-ts of sin; 
And at the rear of these in lecret guise 
Cr^pt Thieyery and rx*traction, near ekin : 
No twłns morę like : tliey seeQj'd ałmost the 
ttme; fname: 

One stule the goods, the other the goo<l 
The latter lives in scorn, tht* formcr dics in shauie. 

" Their boon companioni in tbeir jorial fea«ting 

VYere new-shapM oaths, and damning p<~rjuries; 
Their cates, fit for their taste. profanest jestinr J 
Saoc'd with the salt of Heli, dire ł>bsphemiei. 
But til) th' ambitious Sun, yet still a«ptring» 
^ Alłays his flaming gold with gf ntler firing, 
TVc'll rest our weary song, in that tfaick gTOv« 
ratiriog." 

CANTO VI It. 
Thr Sun began to slack his bended botr, 

And morę obliqaely dart his n^ilder ray ; 
When cooler airs gently 'gan to blow, • [day j 

And fan the fields, psrrhM with the soorchłng 
The shepherds to their wonted seflts n-pair ; 
Thirsil, refinesh'd with this soft brathinc air, 
Thus 'gan renew bis task, and broken song repain 

'* What watchfol care mnst fence that weary state, 

Whioh de^dly foes bcgirt with cruel si*'g^ ; 
And fiaile^t wati of glass, and trATt*mu!i ffate 
6trive which should flrst yield up their woefal 
Iłcg** ? 
By cnemies assaird, by friends betray*d $ 
When others hurt, bims^lf refuses aid : 
By wcaknett' telf hiistrcngth is fiftirdandOTtrlayU 
I 



114 



P. FLETCHER^S POEMŚ. 



<* Hcfw cotfies it tben, that in «> near decay 

We deadly sleep in deep security, 
When every hotir is reatły to betray 
Oor \ives to tbat still watching enemy ? 

Wak« tbeD, tby souK tbat deadly tlumbereth : 
For when tby foe hath seizM tby captive 
breatb, 
Too latc to wisłi past life, too late to wiih for dentb. 

" Caro tbe Tangmaid witb tbe Dragon ted, 

Cosraos* the battle guidet, wtth loud alanns ; 
Coimos the first lon to the Dragon red, 
Sbining in teeming gold, and glitt*ring amn; 
Weil mig t be seem a strong and gentle 

knight, 
As e'er was clad in steel and armonr brigbt ; 
But was a recreant base, a foal, false cbeating 
sprigbt* 

*' And as bimself, such were bis arms ; appearing 

Brigbt bumishM gold, indeed base alcbymy, 
Diof beetie eyes, and grcedy woildlings blearin^; 
His shield was drcssM in night*s sad livery, 
Whereman-like apes a glow-worm compass 

roond, 
Glad tbat in wintry nigbt tbey Are bad foand : 
Busy tbey puff and blow : tbe word ' MisUke ibe 
ground.' 

" Mistake points all his darts ; his sun shines brigbt, 
(Mistaken) ligbt appears, sad lightning prore : 
His cloads (mistook) seem lightniogs, tum*d to 
ligbt ; 
His love tnie batred is, bis batred love ; 
Hift śbop, a pedlar'8 pack of apish fasbion ; 
His honours, pleasures, joys, are alt Tesation : 
His wages, glorious care, sweet surfeits, woo*d 
damoatioD. 

*' His liberał favoars, complimental arts ; 

His high advaiicemęnts, Alpine slipp^ry straits ; 
HiŚ soliling glanoes, deatb's most pleasing darts ; 
And (what be Taunts) bis gifts are gtłded baits : 
Indeed be notbing is, yet all appears. 
Haple^s earth*s happy fools, tbat know do 
tears. [uf fears.' 

* Who bathes in worldly joys, swiras in a world 

" Pure Esscnce ! who hast madę a stone de«cry 

'Twixt nature^s bid, and check that metars pride 
That dares aspire to gold's high soT^reignty ; 
Ah, leaTę »ome toticbsUnK* erring eycs to giiidę, 
And judge dissemblance ! see by whpt dwioes, 
Sin with fair gloss our mole-eyM sight cntices, 
That vices Yirtues -seen to most; and Tirtues 
▼ices. 

" Strip thou their meretricions seemKness, ' 
And tinfold glłtt'ring. bare to ev*ry sight, 
Tbat we may loatb their inward ugliness ; 
Or else uncloud the soul, wboae shady ligbt 
Adds a fair luitre to false earthly bliss : 
Thine and their beauty diffcrs but in this ; 
Tbeirs what it is not, seems ; thine saems not wbat 

it iS. 

'^ Next to the <»ptaiD, ooward Deilos ' far^d, 
Him right before be as his shield projected, 

Add fblk^riag troops to back him as bis guard ; 
Yet both bit shield and guard (€sint beart) sus- 
pacied: 

• [ TUtirorld^erManniiort. -^ Ttadoiness* 



And scnding ofteir back bis doubtful eye. 
By fearing, taught untbonght of treachery^ 
So madę him enemies, by feariog enmity* 



" Stiil did he look for some ensuing 

Fearing such hap as nerer mau befef : 
No mean he knows, but dreads each iittle losa 
(With tyranny>of fear distraught) aa HelJ. 
Hłf >ensc he dare not trust (nor eyes, nor 

ears) ; 
And when no other cause of fright appears, 
Himself he much suspects, and fears bia causelcM 
fears. 

*< Hamoss^d with massy steel, for iTence, not sight j 

Hia swołd nn^cemly long he rcady drew ; 
At sudden shine of his own armour bright, 
He startcd oft, and staHd with ghastly hue s 
He shrieks at evVy danger that appears, 
Shaming the kni.^iitly arms he g«odly bearf : 
His word : * Safer, that all, tban he that cotbin| 
fears.' 

" With him went Doobt, 9lagg'ring with flCeps 
unsure ; 
Tbat every way, and neither way inclia*d; 
And fbnd Distru&t, wbom notbing conld secnre : 
Suspicion leao, as i f be never din'd ; 

He keeps intelligeoce by thousand spics ; 
Argus to him bequeathM his hundred eycs r 
So wakiiig, still be sleeps, and sleeping, wakeful 
liea. 

" Fond Deilos all ; Tohnetes * notbio; fears ; 

Justfrights he laoghs,aU terrours countetb baie : 
And when of danger or sad news be hears, 
He nieets the thund*ring fortunę face to foce % 
Yet oh in words be spends bis boisfroas 

thrcat: 
That his hot blood driv*n from the natire seat 
Ltave8 bis faint * coward beart em|ity of lłvely 
beat 

** Himself (weak help !) was all his eooftdence ; 
He scoms Iow ebbs, but swims hi big best rises : 
His limbs with arms or sbield he would net 
fance, 
Such ooward fashion (fool !} be much despiaos 
Bv'n for his single sword tbe world seems 
scant ; [daunt 

For buiidred ^rorlds bis conqu'ring arm coul 
M-uch would he boldly do ; łmt much morę boldl 
Taunt. 

" With him went self-admiring Arroganoe ; 

And Brag ; bis deediwitboui an belper praisiui 

Blind Carclessness before would lead the danoej 

Fear stole behind, tbose Taunts i^ baiaocę 

. paysing, [lenc» 

Which for tbcfr deeds ontweighM ; tbeit sit 

'Fore danger spent with iavish difllueoc^; 

Was nonę, or wcak, in time of greatest tjdgeact* 

' • ' ■ • • .• 
" As when a fiery courser ready bent, . 

Puts furth himself at first with swiftest pacf ; 

Till with too sudden flash bis spirits spent, 

Already fails now in the middle race : 

' Overoboldnes8, or fool-bardinesś. 

^The pbilosopher rigbtly calls such ł(m0v}u)m 
Ęthic. 3, eaiK 7* not ouly fool -hardy, .but fais 
hardy. 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO VIII. 



115 



Hn hangiag crtet ftr fron hU wooted* pride. 
No iMąger no* dbeyt hu angry gaide ; 
lUrcn of nreat and bkwd flow from his gońd side. 

" Thof ima the ruh Tolmates, nerer yiewjng 
Tbe feacftti fiends that duły him attendcd ; 
Dotracttoo cloae his stept in post punuing; 
Aod oeitain rom*t heavy weig hU depeoded 
Over hisduTKd heod ; and tiiiooth->fiic'd Guile, 
That with him olt.would 4ootely play and 
smile; [Wik. 

T1U ia ha aiare he lock*d his feet with treach^rous 

* Kcxt iiiarcb'd Asotus*, careless spending swain ; 
Wbo with a fbrk went tpreadiog al I aroond, 

llii^ his eUl ńre with sweatiog toil and paio, 
Loag time was raking frotn his racketl ground : 
Id gtriog he obeerv'd nor fonn nor tnatter, 
Botbest reward he got*, that best could 
flatter. [bot scatter. 

Thoa what he thoaght to giye, be did not giTe, 

" Balbre arny'd in sumptooos bravery, 

DeckM court-iike in the choice, and newest 

Bot ail behiod like dnidgiog slavery, [guise i 

With ragred paŁches, rent, and bared thighs, 

Ifis sbameftiJ paits, that shun thc hated li^ht, 

Werę oaked left ; (ab, fool uiiboocsŁ sight !) 

Trt neithier could he see,nor feel his wretcbed pligUt. 

* His shield presents to life, death^s latest rites, 
A sad black heane borne op with sable swajus ^ 

Yhich many idie grooms with bnndred ligbts 
(Tapen, lampa, torches) usher tbrough tbe 
plains [brow, 

To ondless darkness ; wbtle the Sun^s bright 
With fiery beaiiis,quenc; hes their smoking to w, 
ind wastes Łheir idIe cost: the word, * Not need, 
but &how.' 

* A Tsgrant ront (a shoal oł tattling daws) 
Strew hiai with Taio spent pray'ra and idle lays; 

kań Flatt*T7 to his sin close curtains draws, 
Oawing his ttching ear with ticklicg praise. 
Bchiad fiMid Pity mnch his fali lamented, 
And Misery that fonner waste repented ; 

Tbe Bsorer for his goods, jail for his boncs indented. 

" His strward was his kinsman, vain ezpence, 

Who protłdly stroYcr in matters ligbt, to show 
Betoic nind in braggart afflnence ; 
So lost hB treasure getting nought in iieu 
B«t ostentatioii of a foołish pridc, [wide ; 
While women food, and b<^s stood gaping 
lvt wise men all his waste, and needlcss cost deride. 



** Next Pleonectes ' went, his gold adnniriog, 

HissefTanfs drudge, slave to his basest slave j 
Kerer edough, and still too mnch destring : 
Bis gold bis god, yet in an inm grave 
Himself protects his god from noisome rust- 
iag; [lusting; 

Mach fcars to keep, much morę to lose bis 
Ifiniself and golden god, and every god mistrusting. 

^ Age oa bis hairs the winter snow had spread ; 

That silTer badge his near end plainly proves : 
Td as to earth * he nearer bows his head, 

So loTes it morę; for/ like his like still loveSk> 



Deep from the gronnd he digs his swcetest 

gain, 
And deep ioto the ehiUt di^ 5aclć with p^am ; 
From Heli his gdldhe brin^/ and haards in Heli 

agaiu. 

• . < • 

'' His.clothes all patcb*d with morę than bonett 
thriit, [ing : 

And clouted słioes were naiPd for fear of wast-. 
Fasting be prais*d, l>iit sparing was his drift ; 
Aod wheu he eats, bis food is worse tbau fasting i 
Thus starycs in storę, tbui doth in plenty p;nej 
Thus wallowitig on his god. his heap of minę, 
He feeds his famish'd soul «Itb that deceiv)n9 
sbine. 

"O, hungry metal! falsedeceiiful rar, 

Weil laid^st thou dark, prrssM in th' earLb's hid«- 

. den womb ;. 
Yet througli our molher*s entraUs cuttinsę way, . 
We drag rljy burie<l.corse from beliish lonib; 
Tbe iiiprchaiit from his uift; »od home departs, 
Nor at the swelling ucean fv«^r starts; 
Whilc dtath aud life a «all of thin plauks ouly 
-parts. 

'* Who was it fint, that from thy deepost ccU, 
With so much costJy toii aii^ painful sweat, 
DursŁ rob thy palące oord'ring oext to Heli I ; 
Weil inay'bt thou eonie from that infernal seat, 
Thou all the KĄrld «jth hcll-black deeps dost 
fili. ' [ill ! 

Fond. men, that, with .suoh pain do woo.yoor 
Neediess to send for grief, fur he is nex^.us still. 

" His arms were ligbt a Ad cbeap, as madę to tiaw 
His purse, not limbs ; the money, not the man: 
Rather hędies, than spends: -hb belmet brave, 
An old brass pot ; breast-plate, a dripping-pan: 
His spear aspit, a pot-łid broad his shi^^ld, 
Whose smoky pUia a chalkod imprese tilPd ; 
A bag surę seaPd : his word, ' Much bet^er saT'd 
thanspilłU' 

" By Pleonectes, shatneless Sparing went, 

Who «hines and weeps to beg a longer daj; 
Yet with a thund*ring roice cUims tardy rent} 
Quick to receive, hut hard afi'! slow to pay i 
His carcs to lessen cost with cnnning base ; 
But when he's fore'd beyond bis b«onnded 
' space, 

Łoiid would he' ery, * and' howi, while othcn 
laugh apace. 

" Long after went Pusillns *, wealćest heart ; 

Able to serve, and able to command. 
Bot tbought himSelf uofitłbr either part ; 
And now fuli loth, amidst tbe warlike band, ' 
Was bither drawn by force from ąuiet celF; 
Looeness hisHeaT^n, and business w^s his Heli. 
' A weak distrustful heart is virtute's aguish spelł.' 



^Prodigality. 



• Arist Eth. 4. 

* Amt. Stu 



" His goodly arms, eaten with shamefnl rust, 

Bewray'd their master^s ease, and want of usiog; 
Soch was his mind, tainted with idle must ; 
His goodly gifts with łittle use abusiag : 
Ujpon his shield waS drawn that noble swain, 
That loth to chaage his ]ove and ąakt Teign, 
For glorious wariike dcoda, did cralty madncti 
fieigD. 

* Feębie-mindedneH. 



116 



P, FLETCHER^S POEMS. 



" .inely the workman framM ibe toiltome plough 

Drmwn with an ox and a», uneąual pair ; 
W bile he «ith busy baiid his salt did sow, 

And at tłie fqrrow's end. his dearcst beir [rtiU 
bid helpless lie ; aiid Greek lorjds wątching« 
Obsprv*d his hand, guid<rd wttb carcful will : 
Mbout was nrrote, < Wbo notbtng dotb^ dotb notb • 
iog ill.* 

•* Ty Tiiin went Idleness, his loveH friend, . 

And Shamc with botb j with all, ragg'd Poverty : 
Behind surę Punisboifut did close alŁend, 
Waitirti; a while fit oppoitunity ; 
"And tśkiag count of bours mispent in iratn. 
And graces Icut without returning gaih, [pain. 
Pour^d OD bis goilty corse, iate grief, and helpless 

'* This duli coldeartb with standing water frozc ; 

At cate be lies tocoin pretence for easc; 
His soul like Abaz' dial, whtie it goćk 
Not fbrwArd, post^th backwart) ten degrecs! 
In^s eoticb be*s pliant wax for fiends to seal ; 
Hetierer sweats, but in his bed, or meal : 
RcM rather sttartbao workj and beg thaii strive 
to steal. 

f Ali opposite, though he his brother were, 

W^s Cbauncis '^ that too hiirh bimsełf est«em*d : 
Ali things be uodertook, nor could he feir 
His power too weak^ or boasted itrengtb mis- ' 
deen^d; [blown: 

With his own pralse, like windy bladder 
His eyes too little, or too much his own : 
For koowii to alt men weak^S «te to himself 
unkttowa. 

'*' Pondly himself with praising be disprab^U 
, VauntiDg his deeds and worth with idie breath ; 
So ras'd himself, what be bimself had raisM : 
Oii'8 shieM a boytbreatens high Pboebus* death, 
AimiBg his arrow at his parest light ; 
But soon thethin reed, fir^d with lightning 
bright, [rifht.* 

Feli idiy on the strand : bis word, ' Yet higb) and 

" Next brave Philotimus " in post did ride ; 

Like ri^infT laddcrs węs bis climbing mind ; 
Hib high-flovrn tboughts bad wiugs of courtly pride, 
Wbich by fou> rise to greatefct height incltuM ; 
Htb heart aspking swelPd until it burst: 
But when be-gain*d the top, with spite 
accurst, 
0own woald lye fling the stept by wlńcb be elan- 
ber'd first. 

'* His head*s a shop fumisbM with looms of state : 
His brain tUe weavrr, tboughts are sbuttles light, 
With wbich, in spite of Heav'n, he weares his 
fate ; , 
Hóńour. his web : tbas works be day and nigbt, 
Till FaŁes cut off his tbread ; so beapeth sins, 
And plaguet, nor onee enjoys the place be 
wins ; [begins. 

But wKere ^lis o(d race ends, tbere his new race 

• • * * 

'* Ab, ailly man, wbo dream^st that honour stands 
In ruling otbers, not th^^self !*^4hy slayes 

Serve thee, and thoo tby alave6 ^^«*in iron bands 
Thy servilefpirit prieat witb wild passions ravc8. 

'• Arroganoy. 

" llie arroganc are morę stupid* Arist Etb* 4* 

" AJnbitioD. 



Wouldst thou live hononr^d, 

wingf 
To reafon's yoke tby furious passions 
* Thrice noble is the nian, »ho of hiuiseif ia king.** 

" LTpon his shieid was framd tbat vent'n>iis lad, 

Tpat dnist a&^ay the Sua'8 biight lianiin^ teamf 
Spite of bis feeble hands the bunKS mad, 
Fliog doun on buruing Earth tbe aoorcbini^ 
b<iam ; 
Śo madp the.flame in which bims«*lf waa fir*d ; 
Tbe world ihe bonfire was, where he exp r*d t 
His motto wriiten thus, Yet had what he desir'd.* 

'* But Atimus'', a caroli-bs, idIe swain, 

Though Glory offerd him ber sweet imbnioe^ 
And fair Occasi n, wiih littlepain, 
Keach^d hioi her ivury hand ; yet (io2el base t) 
Rather his »ay and hcr fa>r self -t-cljo^d i 
Weil did he tbence prove bis degen*rous mind: 
Base wcre liis resty tboughts ', baae was bia duuiip- 
biłl kind. 

*' And now by force dra^d from the monkisb rcU, 
Where tectb he only u8'd, nor bands, nur braius. 
But in smooth streams swam down thron^h ease^o 
Heli; 
His work to eat, drink, sloep and porge his reioa. 
He left liis heart bchind hiin with his ft-ast : 
His target with a fiying dart was dress*d, 
Postiug uuto his mark; the word, * I moTeto reat^' 

** Next Colax '^, all his words witb tuęar (pices ; 

His serYile tongne, base 8lave to greatnesa' naiń^ 
Runs nimbie descant on the plaioest vicea ; 
He lets his tongue to sin, takes rent of sbame ; 
He, temp^ring lies, porter to th' e«r r«sidea ; 
Like Indian applcr which with paiuted side^ 
Morę dangerous witbin his lurking poison hides. 

" So Echo, to the voice her voice confonning, 
From hollow breast for one will two repay ; 
So like tbe rock it holds, itwdf transforming, 
That subtil fisb huots for her beadless prey : 
So crafty fowlers with their fair deceitS' 
. Ailure the hungry bird ; co fisher waits 
To bait himself with fisb, hb hook and 6sh with 
baits. 

" His art is but to hide, not heal a aore ; 

To nourish pride, to strangie oonscience ; 
To drain the rich, his own dry pits lo storę ; 
To spoil the preoious soul, to please vilfi aenaei 
A carnon*crow be is, a gaping-grave, 
Tbe rich coafa moth. tbecourt's bane, trench- 
er^s slaTe, 
Sin's and HelPs winning bawd, tbe DeTii's foctV« 
ing knave. 

" A mist he casts before bis patron*s stght, 
That blackcst vicc$ never once appear ; 
But,greater than it is seems virtue'8 light j 
His Iord*s displeasure is his only fear : 
His cławiog lies, tickling the senses fnil 
To death, make open way where force wouM 
fait, 
' Łesa hurts tbe Uon'8 paw, than fosta* aoftńt tsiL* 

<* His arms with hundred tongues were poirder'd 
(The mint of lies) gilt, fil'd, the senae to pteiKj 



" Baiencis of mina. 



*FUttei7^ 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO IX. 



117 



Hbfvonl, whichin bb mouth dosesheathed lay, 
Sbarper Łhan death, «nd frainM to kill «lŁb easc. 

Ah, ctirwd wc^apun, life with pleasure spiiling! 

The ^rdoin herb. with many branchrs fkWmg 
Bisshield, v as his deTice* tbe word, ' I please in 

** Base alarr ! how cravl'st thou from thy dunghill 

^hiT? thoti wast hatch*d by shame and besrgary, ; 
M^A pcfrh«ct in tbe learoM and nobłe breast } 
Nobl<^ of ćhep tbeir courtuhip learn ; of t ee 
Arts Ic-am new art thdr Icmminfr to adorn: 
(Ab. wrcŁched minds !) be is not nobly boro, 
Nor l^unM. tbat doth not thy ignoble learninjj^ 



And now be oiarcfaM aa if he agm^fti^hat- 

dreani'd : # 

Ali honest joy, but .midnęfN. be <git«e^'d ; 
Refrcshing^g idko^sp., but aport, h« follydeecpM. 

*• Iii's arms, bis mind thc workmąn fit e^ressM, 

Wbich all with ąuenched lampi, but smokinjŁ 

yet •.,-■■' yf 

And foully stinkinir, were fuli ąuatntly dre«s'd 
To błiml, not lig ht tbe eyifa, to choke, npt ^eat; 
Upon bis shield an hcap of fenny mirę, 
In flag}, and turf* (with siins yet oeyer drier) 
Did 6moth'ring lie, npc bum: bwupi^ł * Smoiljt 
witbout fir^./' 



" Cose to bim Pleasing went, with painted farę, 

And Honoiiry by son»e hidden cimniog madę; 
Kot HoiKmr's self, but Honoiir'a sem blance base, 
7or aooo it vanish'd likc an empty shade : 
Pehind, hia parenta duły bim attend ; 
With rhem be forced is his age to spend : 
SbaAie his beginning was, and shame most be bis 
ciul. 

*Nert fbllowM Dyicoltts », a frowaid wigbt; 

His Itps oll swoPn and eye brows ever bent ; 
Wfth «ooty lorka, swart looks, and scouling sigbt ; 
His.face a tell-tale to bis foul intent: 
He nothtng lik'd, or pnus*d ; but reprehen^ed 
Vnąt erery one beside bimseif commended. 
Hamoors of tongues impostbum'd, purg'd with 
<tiame, are mendfid. 

" Ris SMrath a po»'DOUS quiTer, where he hidca 

Sbaip TenoiiiM arrows, whicb bia bttter tongue, 
Vith sąintba, carps, jesta, onto tbeir object gotdes ; 
Kor feam he gods on Barth, ur Heav'n to wroog; 
ITpoii his ahietd was fairly drawn to sight, 
A ragiog dog, foaming out wrath and spite ; 
Iha aoid to hia device, * Impartial all I bite.* 

* Geloios " neat enau^d, a roerry G.reek,, 
Whose life was laugfater vain, and mitlh mift- 
placM; 
Bis speeches broad, to shame tbe modest cbeek ; 
Ne caHd he wbom, or wben, or how disgrac^d; 
Salt, . rotind about be flung opon tbe saod : 
If to his way his friend or father stand. 
Hi fether and hia friend be spreads with careless 



" Last Impndence, who$e n^ref • cbanging &pe 
Knew but one colour : wUb some bra«5-drow'd^ 

lie, " : : • 

And laughing loud sbedrowns bęr juyt disgrace: 
About her all tbe fiends in armies fly : 
Her feąther'd beaver !>łd(dung<;ock'd}.iivgąłS« 
Of roaring boys; tfii lookf wjtb ó^ed eyg£ 
Out looks all ą|)am^facM/pr<m^ Mi modotty det^ 
fies. 

'* And as ber thoogbtSj so arnv ąll bjark.i^.Hell, 

Her brazen shieid two s ble dógs adorbl 
Who earb at otber stkro, andsharl, and swcii : 
Beneath.the word was set, * All changie 1 scom.' 
But if i all thia rout in foul array. 
Sbould muster up, and płace. in faŃa^le ray, 
Too loog yourselrea and fioqj||Li|iy tfiiAkiii>.ipnC 
woold sUy. 

" The aged day grows dira^ and homewand calli: 

The parting Sun (man'8 sUte describińg w«:ll} 
Falłs wben he rises, ńses when be falU: ' 
So we by falling rosę, by rising fell. 
The shady cloud of nigbt 'gins softiy creep^ 
And all our world with sabletincturę ^eep';' 
Home oow ye sbepherd-swainsj borne nqw my loT.- 
ed.ąbe^p.*' 



CANTO IX. 






* His €6ol jesta, ^fteep*d and drown^d in laugbter 

rain ' [madness : 

Aad rotten speech (ab *J was not mirtb, bot 
Wat arniour cracklii^; tbonis all flaming stain 
lyjtb golden fires (embłem of foppifh gladness): 
Upon his riiield two laugbinsr fools yon se^, 
fla ndoiber he tbe tbird, fint in degree) 
At which himself wouid latigb, and fieer j hia 
iBord, ' We three.' 

* Aad.after Agrios ", a^aolleD siraiD ; 

All mńrtłi that in htititelf and othera httad ; 
]kiB, dead, and leadea, was bis cbecrieis Kein ; 
Hki weary acnse he nerer recreatod ; 

^Merosity. ** Mad langhte, Eoclef. ii. 2. 
fRostici^^jorferity. *- 



Taa bridcgroom Sun, who late thj» Eąrth had 
spoi:8*d, 
Leayes bis star-cbamber; early in tbe e^ft 
He shook his aparkling locks, bead live1y rouz'd, 
While Mom his cooch with bloahing ifoses dcest; 
His sbines tfaę Eartb soon latcht tp gild her 

flow*rt- .[bow'rt, 

•Pbospbor his gold''fleec'd drorę folda in their 
Which all tbe night had grąs^d about th* Olyukpic 
.tow'rs; 

Tbe cheerful lark, mounting from early bed» 

With sweet salutes awakes tbe drowsy łiitht; 
Tbe Eartb she łeft, and np to Heav*n is fled t 
There chants her Maker'8 praises out of sigbt 
Eartb seems a molehill, meo bot antsto be; 
Teaching proud men, that soar to bigb de- 
grc^t [and śet« 

The fiirthęr up tbey climb, the less tbey seem 

The shepherts met, and Tbomalin began; 

Yoong Tbomalin, whose notes and silrer string 
Sileoce tb« rising lark, and iatłing swan : 
i " Come Thirsil, end thy lay, aud cheerly sing^- 
Hear^st how the larks give welcome to the day, 
Temp^ring their sweetieat notes unto thy lay ; 
Up tbeo, thou Iovcd awajn; wby doit thou loogcr 
»Uy?'» 



118 



P. FLETCHER'S POEMS. 



«• WeJNctt»*t thou, friend, the lark bcfore łjpinc cyes. 

Much ea^ier to hear than knitate ; 
Her wings lift ap ber notes to lofty sktes ; 
> But mc a leaden sl)?cp, and «arthly stiti*, 

Dotrn to the centrę tics vfith captive string; 
. . Weil mi^ht I fullow hcre her notę and wing; 
Singing >h'c loftjr mountSi Ab! mounting sbould 
I 8ing. 

♦''Oh, tlion dread king of that heroic band ! 
Wbłch by thy pow'r beats back theśe belliah 
sprites, 
R&iciuhg.this State from death and bisc command: 
Te]] me, dread king ! wbat «re thoee warlike 
knightg } . f strengtb*8 increase, 

ATTiat fofce ? wha> arms ? whęre lies their 
That tfioiigh so few in number, never ce^se 
lV>J(ecp this siegcd town, *gain8t numbcra Dnm« 
berless ? * 

'* The iirsŁ rommanders ih (hi« holy train. 
Leadera to all the rest, an ancient pair; 
long sińce surę linkM in wedlock*s swc^test chainj 
His name Spirito, she Urania ^ fair: 

Fair had she been^ and fuli of heav'nly grace, 
Aqd.be in youth a mighty warrior was, 
Bpth now morę fair, and strong, which prov'd 
their beav'nly race. 

f ' His anfts,' wiih flaming tóngaes al! aparkled 

brtght, 
. Brrghtflaming tongues, in dirers sections parted ; 
Hii ptercing sword, edg^d with their fiery light, 
?Twixt.bone8 aDd marro«r, aoul and spirit dis- 
parted. • 
. Upon bis sbield was drąwn a glorioas dore» 
■ 'Oainst whom tbe proudest eagle dares not 
' ... mox.e i . 
GIiitVing in beams : bis woni, ' Conqu*riQg }fy 
peace and lo^e.' 

*< Bnt she, Amazon-like, in azure arms.. 

Silver*d with stars, and gilt with sunny rays; 
Her niighty sponse in sight, aqd fierce alarms, ' 
Attends, and eqnałs in these bloody fraya ; 
. ;Apd on her shield an heav*nly globe (4is- 
playing 
The consteliations, lower bodiea swaying, t 
Sway*d by the highcr) she borę : her word, * I role 
obeying.» f 

" Aboat them swarni*d their fruttAil progeny ; 

An heav*n1y ofTspring of an heav'nly bed ; 
Weil monght yon in their looks bis stoutneas sce, 
With her sweet graces lovely tempered. 
Fit yuuths tkey scemM to play in prince's 

hall, [ni«h*d all), 

(But ah ! long sińce they thence were ba- 
Or shine in glttfring arms, when need fieroe war 
dotb cali. 

*' The fir?t in order (nor in worth the last) 
ts Knowledge, drawn from peace, and Muse^s 
spring, 
Where shaded in fttir Sinai*8 groves, his taste ' 
He feasts with words, and works of heaWnfy 
king; 
But now to bloody field ts fully bent : 
Yet still be ieem'ii to stndy as he went ; 
His arma cut all in books ; strong shield sltght pa- 
per* lent. 

.' Heavcn, 



«• 



His glitt*ring armoór shłnM like bufning dajT, 
OarnishM with golden suns, and nidiant flow'r9; 
Which turn their bending^beads to Pbftbus*. ray* 
And when he falls, sbut np their Icafy bow*r« j 
Upon his shield the silfer Mooa did beud 
Her horncd bow, and ronnd herarroMaapend; 
His word in silver wrote, * I borrow wbat I leńcl.* 

" All that he saw, all that he heard, were books, 
In which he read, and leam'd his Maker's will; 
Most on his word, but much on Heav*n be looks. 
And thence admires with praise tbe workman^s 
skill. [Łioo, 

Close to him, went stilUmusing Contempla- 
That madę good use of ills by meditation ; 
So to bim ill itself was good, by strange mutation. 

" And Care, who nevcr from his sides wonid part, 
Of Knowłed^e oft the ways and means ioquiiiDg, 
To practisc wbat he leanrd from holy art ; 
And oft with tears, and oft with sighs desirinfp 
Aid frotn that sovereign guide, wbose ways 

so steep, [not kerp; 

Though fain he would, yet weak, be could 
But when ne could not gu, yet forward would be 
creep. 

"Next Tapinns*, whose sweet, though lowly 

All other higher fban himself esteem^d ; [graee, 
He in himself prizM things as mean and basc, 
Which yet in othcrs great and glorious seeiii'd; 
* All ill due debt, good undecenrM be tbougfat; 
His heart a low-roof 'd bouse, but sweetły 
wrought, [dearlv boaght 

Where God himself woold dwell, tboagh be it 

" Honour he shuns, yet is tbe way nflto bim ; 

As Heli, be bates adTanceme:nt won witb bribei ; 
But pnblic place, and cbai^ge are forc'd to woo him; 
He good to grace, ill to desert ascrpbcs : 
Him (as bis Lord) oontents a lowly room» 
Wbose fiist bouse was the blesaed virgin*« 
womb, [toobi 

The next a cratch, the third a cross, tbe ibarth a 

*' So pboicest drugs in meanest sbrubs are found; 

So precious gold'in deepest' centrę dwells; 
So sweetest Ti*Iets trail on Usmly groond ; 
' So richest pearls He clos'd in vilest shella : 
Sq lowest dales we let at bighest rates ; 
So crccping strawbcrrics yield daintiest cates, 
Tbe Highest bighly lovcs the Iow, the lofty batss. 

** Upon his shield was JSrawn that sb^berd lad, 

Who with a slingthrew down faint I&raePsfears; 
And in his band his spoils, and trophies glad, 
Tbe monster^s swdnl and bead, he brarely bears; 
Plain in bis Iovely face you might bebold 
A blushing meekness met with courage hołd : 
' Little, not little worth,' was fiiirly wrote in gold. 

" Witb bim bis kinsman both. in birth and natne, 

Obedieoce, taught by many bitter shuw^rs 
In humble bonds bis passionjs. prond to. tamę. 
And Iow submit unto tbe higher pow^rs : 
Bat yet no serrile yoke his forehead brands , 
For ty*d in sucb an holy senrice banda, 
In this Obedience rules, and senring tbos coffl- 
mands. 

** By them went Fido ', marshal of the field ; 
Weak was bis motber when she gare bim day^ 



' Humility. 



•Faith. 



THE PURPLE ISLANR CANTO IX. 



119 



AmI lie «Ł fint » Mck and wnkly child, 
M e*er with tean wetćomM the sanny rmy ; 
Yet when more years afibrd inore frowth 

and might, 
A dMinpion atout be was, aod pnissant knigbt; 
iU rrer came ia field, or shone in armour bright. 

'^ So BMy ve see a Httle Ikmet, 

When newly wheipt, a weak and tender tbing, 
De^'d by ev*ry beast ; but waxen creat, 
Wbea ftillcr times, fal! strength and conrage 
bring; [dxfre, 

Tbe bcasU all croncbing Iow, tbeir king a- 
And dare not see wbat they contemnM beforc; 
Tbe trembtfDg fi>rest quakes &t his afTrigbting roar. 

" Moantami be f!ing!« in seas witb inigbty band ; 
Slopa aod toras back the Sun'8 impetaons course; 
Nktore breaks Natare*s laws at bis command ; 
Nb lorce of Heli or HcDT*n with stands bis fóree } 
Ev«irt8 to come Tet many ages bencc, 
He ptYsent m^ke^ by wondrous prescience j 
the- aenaes Wind, by bcing blind to 



- His skr-Uke arma, dyM all in blne and wbite. 

And set with golden stan that flained wide; 
Hk shield ia^isible-to nortal sight, 
Yet be npoa it easily desery 'd 
Tbe liTely sembłance of his dying Lord, 
Whoae bleeding side with wicked stee| was 
gor*d ; taflbrd. 

'Whkh to his fidntmg spirits new conrage wonld 

** Straoce wns tbe fbrce of that enchanted shield, 
Wbfch higfaest pow'rs to it fram Heay^n impart: 
Fsrwbo coold bear it weU, and right^ wield -, 
U nT'd from sword, aod spear, and poiaoQ'd 
dart: 
Wen might be slip, but yet not wholly foli ; 
' 'No finał loss his conrage might appa! ; 
6flO«ing morę sonnd by woonds, and rising by 
his fali. 

** Saaome harc feign'd that Tellus' giant son, 
Drew many n^w-bom li^esfrom his dcad mo- 
tfaer; 
Anotber rosę as soon as one was dono. 
And twenty łosi, yet stitl rcmainM anotber ; 
Por when be leli, and kis8*d the barr^n htath, 
ffia parent straight inspirM sucoessiire breath ; 
And thoDgh hersetf was dead, yet ransomM him 
from death. 

" With bim bis norse, went carefal Acoe * ; 
Whoae bands first from his mother^s wooib did 
take him, 
Aad erer smce have fiMter^d tenderly : 
She oever might, she nerer woułd forsake him ; 
And be ber k>T'cl again with mutual band ; 
For by ber needful help he oft did stand, . 
When ebe be soon would fail, and fali m foemen's 
band. 

<' With botb, iweet MediUtion eter pac*d, 

Hb nufse^s danghter, and bis foster sister; 
Dsar as bis soal, he in bis Soul ber plac'd, [her ; 
And oft embracM, and oft by stealth he kiss'd 
For4be had Ui^ht him by her silent talk 
To tread the s^fe, aod dang*roa$ ways to balk ; 
AM l«oo^t tijs Ood with him, him with his Ood 
to walk. 

• Mlearing. 



«< Behind bim Penitence diJ ladly go, 

Whose cloudy dropping eyes wcre ertr ramingj 
Her swelling tears, which, e»e» in cbbing flow,. 
Forrow her cheek, the sinful puddles draming : 
Much seemHl she in her pęnsire thought mo- 
lested, [fested j 

And much the mocking world her soul in- 
MoK she tbe hateful world, and most herseli de- 
tested. 

'* She was the object of lewd men;s disgrace, 
The squint-ey'd wrie-moutbM sooffof c-amal 
hearts; ^ 

Yet smiling Heav'n delights to kiss her face. 
And with his blood God bathcs herpaioful 
smarts: 
Aifliction^s iron flail her soul had thrash^d ; 
Sharp circumcision^s knife her beart had 
słashM ; [mash>d. 

Yet was it angels winę, which ia her eyes was 

*' With her a troop of moumful grooms abiding 

Help with their sullen blacks tbeir mistress* woe; 

Amendmant still (but his own faults) chiding, [go: 

And Penance arrnM with smarting wbips did 

Tben sad Remorse came sighing all the way ; 

Łnst Satisfaction, giving all away : [repay. 

Mach surely did he owe, much morę he would 

« I<fext went Elpinos\ dad in sky-like blue; 

And through his arms few sUrs did seem to peep , 
Which there the workman*s band so finely drew, 
That TOciCd in clouds they softiy seem to 
sleep: 
His rugged shield was like a rocky moold. 
On whicb an anchor bit witb sorest bold, 
' I hołd by being held,' was^written roand in gold* 

" Kothing so cbeerful was his thoughtful fiice, 

As was his broth'r Fido's;— fear seemM dwell 
Close by his beart ; his colour changM apace. 
And went, and came, that turę all was not 
wcil : 
Tberefore a comely maid did oft sustain 
His fainting steps, and fleeiing life maintain c 
Pollicita * she bighi, which ne'er coold lie or fęigii. 

" Ne;:t to Elpinos march'd his brother Łove ; 
Not tbat.CRBAT ŁoTB which clothM his Godhead 

bright 

With rags of flesh, and now again aboTe 
Hath dress^d his flesh in HeaT*o*s etemal tight: 
Mnch less the brat of that falsc Cyprian damę, 
Begot by frotb, and fire, in bed of shame. 
And oow burns idl« hearts swelt*ring io lostful 
flame. 

*' But this from Heav*n brings his immortal race, 

Aod nurs'd by Gretitude, whose carefol arms 
Long held, and bold him still in kind imbraoe: 
Battrain^d to daily wars, and fierce alarms, 
He grew to wond^roua strength and beauty 
rare : [springs are. 

• Next that God Love, from whom his off- 
No match in Earth or Heav*n may with this Łove 
oompare* 

• # 

" His page, who from his side might nerer move, 
Rememfcńunce, on him waits; in books reciting 

Tbe famous passions of that highest love, 
His bttiniog zeal to greater flames excitiBg : 



Hope; 



^ProfiMpOtf 



i4o 



P. FLETOHER'S POEMS. 



Deep wAold he wgh , atid s^em empassion^d sore,^ ] 
And oftwilh tears his backward hcart deplote, 
that loYinjc all be could, be lov'd Ihat love uo i 
' morę. 



Their earnćst tows open Heav'n'f wide doot i 
That not iii vain sweet plcnty cyermorc f&tore- 
WJth graciuus eye looks down upon bis blefl>ed 



(I 



<f 



Yct surę be tmly 1ovM, and hononrM dear 
That glorioiis Name j for w ben, or wherc he 
spyM 
^rongM or in hellish speech WasphemM did h«ir, 
tk)ldly tbe rouh bladpbeiner he defyM, 

And forp*d him cat the words he foully spake. 
But if for Him, he gńcf or death did take, 
That grhtff be counted joy, and death, lite for bis 
sakc' 

" His gli friiig arms, dres9'd all with firry hearts 
Heenrrd bum in chaste desire, and hcav'nly flamc: 
And on iiis shield kind Jonathan imparts 

To his tou^s friend, bis robes, and princely name, 
And kingly throne, which inortals so adore : 
AnĄ round about was writ in gohlcn ore, 
f Weil u|ight hc give bim aii, that gave his life 
/ beforc* 

*' T6ete led the rangnard ; and an bundred nioe 
Fiird up the eropty ranks with orderM train : 
Bat first in middieward did justly go 
In goodly arms a fresh and lovtly swain, 
Yaunting himseif Lov6's twin, but yonger 

brotber : 
WcII mought it be, for e*en their vcry mother, 
With płeasing crrour oft mistook the one for 
th' other. 

** As when fair Paris gax'e that golden bali, 

A thousond doubts ran in his stagg'ring breast: 
Ali lik*d him well, fain wotild he give it all: 
4^ach bettcr seems, and siill the last seems best: 
Doubts ever new his reaching band deferr^d ; 
The niore he looks, the morę his judgment 



Dehlnd attend bim in an uncontb wHe, 
A troóp Mith Iitt1e'caps, and sfiaYcd head ; 
3uch tthilome was enfranchisM boDdmen'8 gnitet 
Niw frecd from crutl masters' serrile dread : 
Thcse had he l3ti.ly bought from capti^e 

chain ; 
Ilence thfcy bis triumph sing with joyful stras*. 
And on bis head due praise, aud tbousand blca* 
sings rain. 

" He was a fa*her to thefathert«s. 

To widows he supplyM an husband^s care'; 
Nor would he heap up woc to their distress,^ 
Or by a guardian's natne their ttate inipair ; 
But rescue them from stroog oppre8sor*a 

might; [apite. 

Kor dotb he weigh tbe great mao*a heav3r 
' Wbo fears the highest Jadgc, nceda fear no mortal 
wighL* 

" Oncc eT'ry wcek be on his progress wenł, 

The sick to visit, and those meagre swains', 
Which all their weary life in dąrkness spent, 
CIoggM with cold iron, pvesB'd with heaYjr 
chains : [spctul it, 

He boards not vealth for bis k>ose beir to 
But with a willing hand doth well expend it. 
' Good then is ooly good whco to our God we lend it.' 

\** And when the dead by cruel tyranfs spite, 
p Lie out to rav*nous birds and beasts expos*d. 
His yeamful beart pitying that wretched sight» 
In seemły graves their weary flesh enclosM, 
And strew'd with dainty flow'rs tbe lowfy 

bearse; 
Then all alone the last words did rehearse, 
Bidding them softly sleep in his sad sighing Terse. 



^rr'd ; [prefe|T*d. 

So she first this, then that, then nonę, then both I „ „ , ^, . , . . , « »,. . . .i,j 

* * " Sooncethat royal maid 'fierceTbebesbeguird, 

" Like them,- their armonr seemM fuli near of kin: 



In this they only differ ; th* dder bent 
pis bighcr soul to Heav'a ; the younger twin 
'Mong mortals here his love and kindness spent; 
Teaching (strange alcb3^y) ^^ fi^' ^ li^ing 



Though wilful Treon proudly did forbid her j 
Her brotber from his home and tomb ekilM, 

(While willin;; night in darkness safely bid her) 
I She lowly laid in earth*$ all-coveriug shade : 
3 Her dainty hands (not usM to such a trade) 



By scllmg.land, and to grow rich by giving; I She with a matU>ck tołls, and with a weary spade. 



By emptying, filiing bags, so HeaY^n by Eartb at- 
chieving. 

*' Abont him troop the poor with numVoo8 trains, 
Whoro be with tender care, and large expcnce, 
With kindest iiords, and succour entertains j 
Ne looks for thanks, or thinks of recompence : 
His wardrobe scrvcs to clothe the uaked s:de, 
Ahd shamefnl parts of bared bodies hide ; 
If pther clothes he lack^d, his own be woujd di%ńde. 

** To rogues, his gate was shut 5 bat open lay 
. Kindly the weary trayeller invitłu.ic : 
Oft thereforc angels bid in mortal clay, 

Apd God bimscif in bis free roofs delighting, 
Lowly to visit him nould not disdain. 
And in his narrow cabln oft remain ; 
Whom Hcav*n, and Eartb, and all the world can- 
not contain. 

^' His tabU still was fillM with wholesome meat. 

Not to proToke, but quiet appetite ; 
And round about the hungry freely eat. 



" Yet feels she neither sweat, nor irkwme pam, 

Till now bis grave was fully finished ; 
Then on his wounds her cloudy eyes *gin Tain, 
To wash the guilt painted in bloody red : 
And falling down upon his gored side, 
With bundred varied 'plaints she oflen ery'd, 
< Oh, had I died for tbee, or with tbee might haT« 
died !' 

"' Ay me ! my ever wrbng*d, and bani$h*d brotber, 

How ćan I fidy thy bard fetę dcplore, 
Or in my brpa>t so just aompiaining sńiotfaet ? 
To thy sad c:hance what can be added morę ? 
Exile thy home, thy home a tomb thee g»rer 
Oh, no ! such little room thou must not h«y^ 
But for thy banishM bonea, I (wretch) mitft steal 
a graVe ' 

** Ful whither, woful maid, havc thy complaiots 
With fellow-passion drawn my feeling moan ? 

'Antigone, daoghter of Oedipus, ćootrary tt 



yfi^ plepteous cates ćhcering their feeblc spritei | tl^e edict of Crcon, biąries Pol^ce^ 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO X. 



121 



tui tbas tKis LoTe deals with thoie mordcr^d saiots ; 
Weei»» with the sad, and sigbs wiih tliose that 
ifToan fp^^y 

But uow in that bcech ffrove weMI gafely 
A od in thos« sbad6ws oiock the boiliog ray ; 
Wbich yi$t increascs mora with the decreasing 
day-»* 



CANTO X. 

Tre AefAterńs tp the woody mount withdrcw, 

Wbcre hiłlock iieats, shades yicld a canopy ; 
Whose tops nith vio:ets dyM all iu bliie, 
Mi^Ł soein to make a littie azure sky ; 

Ani tbat mand bili, wbioh ibeir weak heads 

mainŁain'd, 
A ltts(*r Atlas aecmM, whose neck snstain^d 
Tlie wcis^bt of all Ihe Ueav'ns, wrhich sore bis 
aboulders pain d. 

Ind here and there sweet primroae scattered, 
SpaogUng the błue, fit oóiMtetiations make : 
Some braadly tłaming thełr ftiir i*olour8 ipread; 
Some otber winkM, as 9 et but halfawake : 

Fit were they plac*d. and «et in order dne : 
^ Natuńe seemM work by art, so 1ively true 
A littie HeaT*n on Earth in narrow space she drew. 

Uptm th« earth Ty Hcav'n the shcpherds play, 
Tbctimc beguiling, and the parching light; 
Tili the decKning Stin, aod eldcr day. 
Abate tbeir flaming beat. and youthful might : 
The sheep had left the shade«, to mind their 
Then all retnming to thcir formrr «eat, [mcat ; 
Tbinil again bf gan bis weary song rcpeat. 

•• Oreat powVof Lotc! with what commanding fire 

Boat thoa inflamn the world'8 wi ie regimeht, 
And kindJy bcit in e^ery beart in^pire ! 
NoŁhing is free from thy sweet government ; 
Fiah bum in seaj ; beaats, birds thy weapons 

proTe; 
^ By thee dead elements and beav*n<i move ; 
Which Foid of sense it^elf, yet are not Toid of lorę. 

But thdse twln Łom, which from thy seas of light, 

To os on E^rth derive their leaser str^ama, 
Tbosgh In thrir forcetbey shew thy wond^row 
might. 
On thee reflecting back their glorions beams ; 
Yet here encouhterM with ao mighty foe. 
Haft neetł both ann'd and snrely gu«irded go i 
But most thy help they need ; do not thy help 
foreslow. 

" Next to the yonnrcr Love, Trenns ■ went, 

Whoae frosty bead prociaim'd his winter age : 
His spring in many battlrs had he spent ; 
But oow all weapons changM forcounsel satre. 
His heary swoni (the witncss of his micht) 
Upon a loped tree he idiy pigbt ; [nieht. 

Thcrc bid in quiet sheath, sleeps it in endless 

Patieoce bis shield had Tent to ward hi$ breast, 
^Tjose goTden pTain thrceolive branchrs dress : 

Tk« *ord in Tc tters larpe tras fair e^pressM, 
* Thrice bdppy anthor of a happy peace,* 

I f ekoeablfiłtM, 



Kich plenty yields him .pow'r, pow»r storet 

bis will, [fi»J 

Will ends in Forks, good worka bis treasures 

Eartb'8 »lave *, Heav;n*s heir he i»-^s God, paya 

good for ill. 

" By htm Andreos' pac*d, of mtddleage, 

His mind as far from rasbness, as from fears ; 
Hatrng bajte tboughts, as much as desp'rate ragei 
The world's loud thund'riDgsbe onsbaken beart: 
Nor will he death. or lifc, or seek or fly, 
Ready for both. — He it aa cowardly 
That louger fcars to lrve, as he that fears tó die. 

** Worst wat bis civil war, whcre deadly fought 

He with himsełf, till passion yields ordies: 
AU beart and band, no toogue^ not grim, bul 
sŁout : 
his flame had coimsel in't; bis fury, eyes; 
HiS ragę well-tcmperM is ;-no fear cap daunt 
Hisreason; but cold blood is valiant; 
Weil may he strength in deatb ; bot ucrer courage 
want. 

** Bat like a mighty rock, who»eunmo?'d tidet 

The hoktile sea assaults with furious wave. 
And *gainst bis bead the boisfrons north wind 
rides ; [and rave j 

Both fight, and storm, and swell, and roar, 
Hoarst' surse? drum, loud blasts their trom* 

pets strain : 
Tb» heroic cliff Tanghs at their frustrate pain; 
Wavfcs scatter'd, drop in tears, winda broken, 
whining plaiu. 

" Snch was this knighfs ondannted constancy ; 

No mischief wakens his resoIved mind ; 
None fiercer to a stubborn enemy ; 

But to the yielding none morę sweetly kind. 
His shield an cren ballast ship embraves, 
Wbich dances light, wbile NepŁune wildly 
raves ; [nor wares.* 

His word was this, * I fear but Heav'n, nor winds, 

¥ 

*^ And next Macroibumua 4, whose quiet face 

No cloud of passion ever shadowed ; 
Nor ciMild hol aiiger reason*s rule disptace, 
PurpTin? the scarlet cheek with fiery red ; 
Nor could revenp:e, clad in a deadly white, 
With hidden maliceeat bis vexedsprite: 
For ill, he good repay'd, aod lorę exchaog'd for 
spite. 

** Was never y t a morę undaunted spirit ; 

Yet most him deeniM a base and ttm'rons swain; 
But he well weighing his own strength and roerit, 
The greatest wpoog could wiscly enteitain. 
Nothinc: resi8ted his couimaiiding spcA/ : 
Yielriing iiself to him a wimiing were : 
Ańd thougb be dyM, yet dead, be ros3 a con- 
qucror. 

** His nat^ral force beyond all naturę strctchedj 

Most strong he is, bocanse be will be weak ; 
An'l happy most. becau^ he can be wretched. 
Then whole and souod, wheq he himtelf dotk 
bi ' ak ; 
Rejoictng most when most he'is tormented : 
In great^st discontents he rests cootented : 
By conqueriDg bimself, all conquest8 be prevented. 



» Matt. V. 9. 



' Fottitttde. 



^ Loog - tufferiftg. 



122 



P. FLETCHER*S POEMS. 



« 



Hif rocky arms of mmiisy adamant, 
Safely could back rebut tbe hardest blade ; 
Ilii skin itMilf could anjr weapon dauot, 
Of lucb strange mould and tempei was hc tnade: 
Upon his shidd a palm-tree stilł increas^d, 
Though many weights bis rising nrms de- 
pre8S*d: foppressU' 

His word was, ' Rising most, by being most 

«* Kext him Androphilus\ whose sweete&t mind 
'Tvixt mildness temperM, and Iow courtesy, 
Could leave as soon to be, as not be kind : 
Churlish despite ne*er look'd from bts calm eye, 
Mach less commanded in his gentle heart: 
To bascr men fair looks be wottld imp Tt ; 
Nor could be cloak ill tboughls iu compiinaental 
art 

" His enemies knew not how to discommend him; 

AU others dearly lov»d; foli ranc'rou8 Spite, 
And Tile Detraction fain wotild reprehend him; 
And oft in vain his namc thcy closely bite, 
Asp«palar, and flatterer accusiog: 
But be sach slarish office much refusing, 
Can eas'ły quit his name from their false tongues 
abusing. 

" His arms were fram*d into a glittMng night, 

Whose sable gowa with stars all spangled wide, 
Afibrds the weary traveU«r cheerful light. 
And to bis borne his erring footsteps guide ; 
Upon his ancient sbield the worknicn fine 
Had drawn tbe Sun, whose eye did ne'cr re- 
pine 
To look on good aod ill : his word, < To all I shine.* 

" Fair Virtuc, wbcre stay*st thou in poor exile, 
ŁeaTing the court fi-om whcnce thou tnok sŁ thy 
oame? 
While in thy place is stept disdaintng vile, 
Attd flattery, base son of netid and »hame ; 
And with them surly scom, and hattful pride; 
Whose artifiaal face fali* colours dy'd. 
Wbich morę disjilay ber shamc, tban loathsome 
fouloess hide. 

" Late, there thou liredst with a geiitle swain, 

(As gentle swain as ever liTed there) 
W bo lodgM thee in his heart and all thy traiOp 
Wbere hundred otUer graces ąuartered were: 
ButliC, aias! untimely dead and gone, 
Leaves ns to ruc his death, and thec to moan, 
•fhat few were eter such ; and now thoac few are 
nonę. 

" By him the stont Encratet* boldly went, 

A.^iilftl oft by niighty enwnifs, 
Whith all on him alone their spite mispent ; 
For he w hole armies single bold defies; [preyail; 
Włih him nor might, nor conning slights 
All fi)TC« on him they iry, all forces fail ; 
Yetstill assail him frcsh, yet vainly sliU assail. 

" His body fuli of vigour, fuli of hcnitb ; 

His tabic faeds not lust, but strengtb and nced: 
Juli storM with płenty, not by heaping wealth, 

But topping rank desires, wbi«h Tain cxceed : 



* Gentleness, or courtcsy. 

* Temperanea. 



On^ shield an band from Hear^n to orcliar^ 
dreasing, [inc; 

Praning superfluous bougbs the trees oppresa* 
So adding fruit : bis word, ' By lesseniog increas- 

" His settled mind was written in his fac« : 

For on his Forehead cheerful graTity 
False joys and apish raaitips doth chasc : 
And watchful care did wtke in eitlier eye 

His heriisnce he wouid not larish stll, [Hel! : 
Nor yet his treasure bid« by neighbourinfr 
But well he cver speiit, what he had gotten welU 

** A loroly pair of twins closM etther side: 

Not those in Heav'n, the HowYy Gcminiea, 
Are half so lovcly brigiit; the one his bridc, 
Agneia ' cbastc wa:> joinM in Hymen*s ties. 
And łove, as pnre as HeaT*n's conjunction : 
l'hns she was his, aod he her flesh and bonr : 
So were they tao in sight; in tnith entirely one. 

" Upon ber arched brow, nnarmefl Love 

Iriuwphing sat in peaoeful victory ; 
And in her eyes thousand cbaste graces roore, 
Checking vałn thoughts with awful majesty s 
Ten thousand moe her fairer breast contains ; 
Where quiet meekoess evt*ry ill rpstraios. 
And hambly suł>jeet spirii by wilłingsenrice reigns. 

" Her sky-like arms glitter*d in golden beans, 
And brightly seem*d to flarae with bumiDg 
heart s : 
The scalding ray włth his reilected streams 

Fire to their flamcs, but beaWnly fire impnits : 
Upon her shield a pair of turtles shone ; 
A łoving pair, still coupled, ne'er alone ; 
Her word, * 'Iliongh one whcn two, yet either two, 
• or nonę.' • 

" With her, her sister went, a warlike maid, 
Parthenia*, all iii stcel, ańd gilded arms; 
In needle^s stead, a migbty spear sh« 8way*d, 
' With wbich in bloody 6elds, and ficrce alarmSy 
Tiie boldest champbn she down woiild bear» 
And like a thunderbolt wide jiassage tear, 
Flmgtng all to the eartb with ber enchanted spear. 

" Her goodly armonr seemM a garden ^(reen, 
Wbere thousand spotless lilies fineshiy blcw ; 
And on ber sbield the *lone binl might be seen, 
111* Arabian bird, shiningin colours new: 
Itself anto itself was only matę ; 
Ever the same, but new In newer datę : 
Aod underneatb was writ, ' Such is cbaste single 
State. 

** Thns hid in arms, she seem'd a goodly knight. 

And fit for any warlike esercise ; 
But w hen she list lay down her armour bright. 
And back resume her peaceful maiden^s guise : 
The fairest maidshe was, that cver yet 
PrisonM ber locks within a golden net, 
Or Ict them wa?ing hang, with roses fair beseL 

'* Cholce nymph ! the crown of cbaste I)iana*s 

train, 
. Thou beauty^s lily, set in heav'n]y eartb ; 
Thy fair^s unpattemM, all perfertion stain : 
Surę Heav*n with curious pencil at-tby birtb 

^ Chastity ni the manriod. . 
* Chastity yi tbe sing 1(\ 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO XI. 



12% 



fo thy tiu^ Hak her omn foli picture drew ; 
It is a itrong renę hcre to «rite, but tnie, 
ttjpeibDłei in oihen, are bat balf tbjr <iue. 

'* rpon her forebcad Love his trophief fitia, 

A tbonmid apoHU in silrer arch di«p1ayiif ; 
AoA lu the midst himself Mil proodly sits» 
Himielf in awful majesty airaying : 
Upoo ber brows lies hi« bent eboo boW, 
And ready shafta: deadly tho«e weaponsshow : 
Yet tweetthatdeath appearM, lorely that deadly 
blow. 

<* Aad at tbe fioot of tbis oelestial frame, 

TWo radiaot stan, tban stars yet better being, 
Eiida*d wtib liTing fire, and seeing dama ; 

Yet wiih Heav*n's stars in tbis too near agreeing: 
They timely warmth, . thanisetres not wann, 

inspire; 
These kindle tboonnd hearts with bot dpsirc» 
iLad bamiog alt they Me, feel in tbemselres no fire. 

" Ye matchleas stan (yet eacb the other*s matcb) 

I]eav*n's richeit diamoads, set iu amei white, 

From whoae bright spheres all grace the graces 

•catch, 

And will not move but by your loadstan bright ; 

How hare you storn, and storM your armaury 

With IjOTe'8 and Death^s slrong shafts, and 

from your sky [armies fly ? 

down thjck abow^n of darta to force whole 



" Abore thoae Snns, two rainhows high aspire. 
Not in light shews, but sadder liveries drest ; 
Fair Iris seeni'd to moum in aable 'tire; 
Yet thus morę sweet the grecdy eyii thcy feast : 
And bot that woadrous face it well allow*d, 
Woodioas it seein'd, that two fair rainbows 
shov*d [Cloud. 

Abore tbeir sparkling Suns, without or rain or 

" A bed of lilies flow'r upon her cheek. 

And in the midst was set a circlinc rosc; 
Whoae sweet aapect would forcc Narcisaus aeek 
Newljreriea, and fresher coloun choose 
To deck his beauŁeous head in snowy 'tire ; 
Bot all in Tain : for w ho can hope t* aspire 
To soch a &ir, which nonę attaiii, but all admire ? 

" Her raby lipa lock up from gazmg sight 

A troop of pearb, which roarch in goodly row : 
3at when ahe deigna those precioua bones undight, 
Sooo hea^nly notes fron those diirisious flow. 
And with rare mesie charai the ravi8h'd ean, 
Danntiog bold thooghts, but cheering modest 
f»n : [spheres. 

The spheres so oniy sing, so oniy charm the 

" Her dainty breasts, like to an April rosę 

From green sllk fiUeta yet not all anbound, 
]l4*gan their little rising hcads disclnse. 
And fiurly spread their siWer circlcts round: 
From thoae two bulwarkt love doth safely 

fight; 
Wbi(.*h swelling easily, may seem to sight 
To be enwombcd both of pteaaore and delight. 

^ Yet all these stars whicb deck tbil beaut*ous 

By force of th' inward san both shine and moTe: 
Throo*d in her heart sita lore^s high mijetty | 
Ifk highcrt niąjcfty tbe higltfyt lova. 



As whcn a taper shines in glassy frame, 
The sparkling crysUl bnms in gUtfring flame, 
So doc» that brightest love brightcn this U>vely 
damc. g 

" Thus, and much faircr, fair Parthenia, 

Glisfrtng iti anns, henelf preaents to sight ; 
As when tłi* Amazon queen, HippołyU, 
With Theseu3 rnlćr*d listb in single 6ght, 
With c?qual arras her mighty fbe opposing ; 
Till now her barcd head ber face disclosing, 
ConqaeHd the conqucror, and won the fight by 
losing. 

" A thousand knights wooM her with busy pain. 

To thousands she her virgin-grant deny.d ; 
Although her dcar sought love to entertam, 
They all their wit, and all their strength ap- 
ply*d : ^ , , 

Yet in her heart, Love closehw sceptre sway d, 
That to an Heavenly Spousa her thoughu 
bet«ły'd, , W"*- 

Wbere she a maiden wife roigbt lirę, and wifely 

" Upon her steps a Tirgin page attended. 

Fair Erythrc', whose often blnshing face 
Swectiy her in-bum sbamc fac'd thoughta com- 
mendcd ; L«™^» 

The face's change prov*d th* hcart's unchanged 
Which she a shrine to pority devotes : 
So when elear łvory, vermeil fitly Uots, 
By stains it fairer grows, and lorelier by its spots. 

*« Her golden hair, her silrer forehead high, 

Her teeth of solid, eyea of liqnid pearl; 
But neck and breast no man might bare desery, 
So swectiy modest was thłs bashful girl : 

But that sweet paradise, ah \ could we see. 
On these white mountlett daintier apptes be, 
Than those we bought so dear on Edcn's tempting 
tree. 

** Theie noble knighta thts threatenM fort defend ; 

These, and a tbonsand moe hcroic swains, 
That to this 'stressed sUte their serrioe lend, 
Tofreefrom force, and sare from captive chains. 
But now too late the battle to recite ; 
For Hesperos Hcav'n's tapere 'giiis to light, 
And wams each star to watt upon their miatress 
Night*' 

* Modesty. 



CANTO xr. 

Tna early mom lets out the peeping day. 

And strew^d his paths with golden marigolds: 
The Moon growa wan, and stan fly all away, 
Wbom Łucifer locks np in wonted folds 
Till light is quench'd, and Heav*n tn seas 

hath/flnng [throng, 

The headlong day : — to th' bill the shepherds 
And Thireil now began to end his task and song. 

** Who now, alas ! shall tcachmy humblc rein, 
That nerer yet dunt pcep from corert glade, 
But softly leamt for fear to sigh and plain, 
And rent ber griefs to silent myrtle*B shade ? 
Who now shall teach to chan^ my oaten quill ' 
For trumpet 'larms, or humblc rerses fili 
With graceful mąjeAy, and lofty rising skill ? 



124 



f. FLETCHER^S POEM«. 



*' Ab, ,Łhoit dretd Spirit ! «bed thy boty fin, 

Tby boly flame, into my frozen heut ; 
Teach thou my creeping measures to aspire, 
And swell in bigger notes, aod highcr art: 
Teacb my Iow Muae thy fierce alarms to rjng, 
And nise mv gbft strain to high thundertng -. 
TuDe thoa my lofty song ; Ihy bsttles must I ling. 

** Soch as thou wert within tbe sacred breast 

Of that tbrice famous poet, shepherd, king ; 
And taughfst his beart to franie his cantos bert 
Of al I that e'er thy glorious works did sing : 
Or as Łhose holy fishers, once amoiigs 
Thou flamedst bright with sparklini; parted 
tongues; [conqu'ringsong^ 

And bn>nght'st down Heav*o to Earth ia tbose all- 

*' Tbese mighty heroes, fillM with justcst ragę 

To be in narrow walls so clo^ely pent, 
OIitt'ring in arms and goodly <><)aipage, 
Stood at the castle*8 gate, oow ready bent 
To sally out, and meet tbe enemy : 
A hot disdain «parkled in every eye, 
Breathing out hateful war» and deadly enmity. 

•* Thither repairs tbe careful.lntellect 

With his fairspouse Yoletta, heav'niy fair : 
With both, their d^aghter; whose óWrne aspect, 
Though now sad damps of sorrow much impair, 
Yet througb tbose clouds did sbine so glorious 

bright, 
That eTery eye did homage to the sight, 
Yielding their captiTe bearts to that commaiiding 
Ught. 

** Bat who may hope to paint such majesty, 
Or shadow well such beauty, such a face ; 
Sucb beauteous farę, unseen to mortal eye ? 
Whose pow'rful Jooks, and morę tban mortal 
grace, [thronc, 

'Łove*8 self hath lov'd, leaving his heav*nly 
With amorous sighs, and many a lovcIy nioan, 
(WhoD alt the irorid would w<to) wooM ber his 
only one. 

** Far be that bóldoess from thy humble swain, 

Fairest Ectccta, to describc thy beauty. 
And wi^h unable skill thy glory stain, 

Which cv(»r hc admirt^s with humble duty: 
' But who to view such blaze of beauty longs, 
Go he to Sinai, th' holy groves amongs ; 
Where that wise shepherd chants her in his song 
of songs. 

" The łs1and's king, with sober countenanoe, 

Aggrates the knights who thus his rigłit dcfended ; 
And with grave speech, and comely anienance, 
Jlimself, his state, bis spouse, to them cora- 
mended : 
His loveIy child, that by him pensive stands, 
He Iftst deiiyers to their Taliant hands ; 
And her to thank the knights, her cbampions, he 
commands. 

" The godtike maid awhile a11 silent stood, 

And down to th* earth iet fali her humble eyes ; 
Wbile modest thoughts siiot up the flaming blood, 
Which HrM her scarlet cheek with rosy dyes ; 
But so4jn to quench the hcat, that lordly 

reigiis, 
From her fair eye. a show*p of crystal rains, 
WhIch with his siiyer streamj o^er-ruiis the beau- 
teous plains. 



" As when the Sun. in midst %lmmti^^hmt, 

Drans up thio vapours with his poteot r^gr, 
Forcing duli waters from their native seat ; 
At length dim clouds shadow ttie buming day f 
Tlił coldest air, soon mełted into 5^bow'rs, 
Upon the Earth his wel^ome ancer pours. 
And Heav'o*B elear forehead nuw wipes off be» 
former low*rs. 

" At tength, a little liftii^ up her eyes, 

A rentnig (.igh way for ber sorrow brake, 
Which lirom ber heart gan in her face to rise 7 
And first in th' eye, then in the lip, thos spake: 
' Ah, gentle knights. how may a simple 

maid, 
With justi at grtef , And wrong so lU appay*d« 
<3ive due reward for such yonr pains, and fnendiy 
aid? 

** * But if my princely^spouse do not delay 
His timf ly pri-seoce in my greatest Bt^ed^ 
He will for me your fricndly iove repay. 
And well rvquite this yonr so guitle doed ; 
l*hen łet 00 fear yonr mighty bearts asMul s 
His.word*s himself ; himself he cannot faii. 
Long may he stay, yet surę he comes, and mosi 
pre.yail.' 

** By this the loug-shut gate was open laid ; 
^>oon out they rush in order well arrangM : 
And fasfning in their eyes that bea^^nlj maid, 
How oft for fear ber fełrest colour chang*d ! 
Her looks, her .wortb, ber goodly grace, aii4 

State, 
Compariog with her prcsent.wretched fate. 
Pity. wheis j ust revenge, and Iove's fire,kiqdles 
hate. 

" Long at tlic gate the tbougbtful Intelleet 
'' Stay'd with his fearful queen, and daagbter ftiir $ 
Riąt when the knights were past their dim aspect, 
They follow tbem with vows and many a pray'r, 
At last they climb up to the castie's faeigbt ; 
From which they view*d the deeds of er^y. 
knight. 
And mark'd the doubtful cnd of this intestinc fight. 

*' As when a youth, bound for tbe Belgio war, 

Takes leare of friends upon tbe KentisUtborej 
Now are they parted, and be saiiM so far 
They see not now, and now are seen 00 moie : 
Yet far off ▼iewing the wbite trembling sails, 
The tender motber soon plucks off ber .vailB« 
I And shakingthem aloft, unto her son sbeJMils. 

" Mean time thesc championa march in fit array, 

Till both the armirs now wcre come in sigbt: 
Awhilc each other boldly v iewing stay, 

Wiih short delays whettiug fierce ragę and spite. 
Sound now, ye trumpets, sound alaroms ioud ; . 
Uark, how their clamours whet their angcr 
proud 1 
Sec, yonder aro they met tn midst of dotty doud ! 

" So oft the South with civil enmity 

Musters bis wat*ry fbrces 'gainst tbe West ; 
Tke rolling clouds come tumbling up tbe sky, 
In darK folds wrapptng up their angry guest : 
At length the flame breaki frpps th' impns'ą- 

ing cold 
With borrid noise^ tearifig tbe timber moid : 
Wbile down in. liauid teąi« tbe broke* wpowt • 
roird. 



THE PURPLfi ISLAND. CANTO XI. 1^5 

He wbeU ber wrath witlwnany <k toX\ttu\ word* 
TUI she, lew careful, did at time affi>rd i 
Then up with botb. b» banda be lifts bis balefdl 
Bword. 



■ P!ntdid tlimt^arlike tnaid henelf adirancei 

Ao i ndinp from amklst ber company, 
Aboat b4»r bdaiet vav'd ber migbiy lance,- 
Aarini^ to figbt tbe prtnidest enemy : 
PonK.ia« soon his readv spear addrelt. 
And kicktof »iih his heel hiit hasty beast, 
Bnt bis sharp-beaded lance agaiust ber dainty 
bnast. 

" In vam the broken itaff eouirbt entranee tbere, 
Wbere Loyk himfelf oft entrtince souyht tn rain : 
Bat raoch nnl&ke Łhe ńartial viry(in'» spear, 
Whicb Iow dismounta ber foe oo dosty plain, 
BitMcbrag with bleodjr point his bmst befbre ; 
Domu from the wound trickled tbe bubbling 
gore^ [door. 

ind bid pale Oeatb come in at tbat red gapiog 

* TtiCre lie» he co?er'd now in lowly dust, 
And fottlly wallowinic in clutter'd btood, 
Sieathiujr Ło^ether out. : is life and lu«t, [flood : 
Whicb from bis breast swam in the steaming 
lo maids hia joy, now by a maid defy*d, 
His life be lost. and all bis fonner prid^ : 
Wfib women would he live, now by a woman died. 

^ Aaelges, stnirk with siich a heavy f\ghi, 
GreHy to Nenf^e bis Urother*s sad df cay. 
Sporr^dfbrtb hia flyingiOeed with fell despight. 
And met the virjiin in the middle way , 
His sprar against her bead he fierceły ihrew, 
Which to that face performiiiję homage diie, 
Kiisiag ber helmct, thence in thoiiSand sbiver8 fl>'W« 

** The wanton boy bad dreamt, that latest night, 

Tłntbe.bad learat the Iiquid air diftpart, 
Aad swiin alonz tbe HeaT*ns nitb pioions light : 
Now that fair maid taught him tbis nimbie art ; 
For from his saddle far away she sent, 
Flyifłg aktog the empty element, [bent 

Tbat kardijr yet be knew whitber his conrse was 

•* The rest, tbat saw with fear tbe ill succcsś 
Of sinirle fight, durst not like fortunę try ; 
Bot round bes-^t her witb thtir niim'rnu« press: 
ficfbre, beside, behind, they en hr r fly, 
And every part with coward o {ds assail ; 
But she, rrdoubitng s rokes as tniok as hail, 
Ikvre £sr tbeir flyipg troops, and tbresliM with 
iron flail. 

•* As wben a gentle grrj^honnd set around 

Wilh łittle curs, which dare his way molest, 
Snapping behind { soon as the angry hounH, 
Tuming his raurse. hath caught the biisiest. 
And shaking in bis fangs hath well nigh slain ; 
The rest, fearM with his crying, nm amain, 
And ftanding all aloof, wiiine, howl, and bark in 
vain. 

<* The tlibtil Dragan, tbat from far did Tiew 

Tbe waste and spoil ma<le by this maiden knigbt, 

Pdl to his wonted guile^ for well he>knew 

All ibrce was vain agaiast such wondrous might ; 

A craity swaio, wcil taugbt to cunning harms, 

Caird Faise Delight, be chaugM with bellish 

charms, [and arms. 

Tbat Tme Delight he seem'd, tbe self-same sbape 

** Tbe watchfnirnt sigbt no diflTerence couM desery, 
The^same bis face, his voice, bis gait the same ; 

Tbereto his words he^feignd ; and eoming nigh 
Tbe naid, that fiaree purtues btr aifurtaal gamę, 



«* You pow*rfo1 Heav'Bt I and thou, tbeir Go^emor . 
With wbat eyei eao yo\ Tiew tbis dolefu^sigbt f 
How can-you see your fairest coDqneror 
So nigh ber und by so uumanly 6igbt? 
Tbe dreadful weapon thro' tb? air doth gime; 
But surę you tum'd the barmfłil edge Mide, 
Elsę must she thera bave faU'n, and by tb*t traitor 
died. 

^* Yet in her side deep was tbe wound impigbt^ 

Her flowing life the sbining armour stains : 
From that wrde spring long rivers took tbeir flight, 
With purpIe streams drowning the «ikerplains| 
Her che^rful colour now grows wan and pałę, 
Which oft she strives with courage to recal, 
And rouse her fainting b«ad, whicb down as ofl 
would fali. 

" All so a lily press*d with beaty rain, 

Which fills ber ctip with show'rs up to tbe brinks: 
The weary stalk no longcr ean sustain 

Tbe bead, but Iow beneatb tbe burden sinkss 
Or as a vjrgin rosę ber leaves displays, . 
Wbum too bot scorehiug beams quite dis- 
arrays i [c*y** 

Down flags her double mif, and all ber sweet de* 

«• Tb' undaunted maid, feeliog her feet depy 

Tbeir wonted duty, to a tree retirM ; 
Whom all tbe imit pnrsne with deadiy ery, 
As wben i bunted stag. now wełl ikigb tir^d, 
Shor^d by an oak, 'gins with bis bead to płay | 
The fearfttl hounds dare not bis boms assay. 
But, ruDoing round about, with yelpmg Yoioes bay« 

" And now, perceiTiog all her strength was speot. 
Lifting to łi8t*ning Hearen her trembling eyes ; 
TbuN whispVing soft, ber soul to Heaven she sent : 
* Thou chastcst Love ! that ruPst the wand'ring 
skies. 
Morę pnrethan purcst HcaVenSby theemov»d j 
If thine own love in me thou surę hast prov'd » 
If eTcr tbou» myself, my vow8, my \ore hast loT'd« 

" • Lei not tbis tempie of tby spotless love 

Be with foul hand, and bcastly ragę, defilM : 
But when my spirit shali his camp remove. 
And to his borne return, too long exil'd ; 
Do thou protcct it from, the rav'nous spoil 
Of ranc'rous enemies, that bourly toil 
Tby humble voŁary with łoatbsome sport to foil.' 

" With this few drops fcll from her fainting eycs. 

To dcw the fifiding roset of her cbeek ; 

Tbat much high Love seem*d passion^d with tbose 

cries ; [break : 

Much morę tbose streams his beart andpatience 

Straight be tbe charge gi^es to a winged swain, 

Qnickly to step down to that bloody plain. 

And aid ber weary arms, and figbtful cause main- 



" Sooii stoopsthetpeedy herald throufeK^hfe ait, 
Wbere chacste Agneia ańd Encrates fought : 

* See, see ! hc crios, * wherc your Parihenia fair. 
Tkt ilow*r ol all your army, bemm'd «b«ut * 



Ii6 



P. FLETCllER'S POEMS. 



With thoitsibd encHijeg, ijow feintin^ staiłds, 
Beady to fali into tbeir murd^riD^p handi : 
Hie ye, oh, hic ye faii ! the higbest Łove com- 
mands !' 

" They casting ronnd about their an^y eye» 
The wonnded virgin almoit »iiikiDt; spy'd ; 
They prick their steeds, wbich straigbt like iight- 
. ningfly: 
Tbeir brotber Cootioence nins by tbeir ;bide i 
Fair Continence, that truły long beibre, 
' As his heart'8 liege, this lady did adore : 
And now bis faitbful Ioto kiodled bis bate the 
morc. 

*' Encrates and his spousc with flashing sword 

Assail the scatter^d troops, tbai headlong fly ; 
Wbile Continence a precious liquoar ponrM 
Into the wound, and suppled tenderly : 
Then binding up the gaping orifice, 
keviv'd the spiriŁs, that now she 'gan to rise, 
And with new life confront ber beartless enemies. 

*' So have I often seon a pnrple flowV, 

Fainting througb hcat, hang down her droox>łng 
head, 
Bat soon refreshrd with a welcome 8bowV, 
Begins agaln ber lively bcautics f;pread, 
And witb new pride ber silken lea^es display ; 
And while the Son doth now morę gently play, 
Lay out ber swelling bosom to the smiling day. 

* • 

*' Kow rush they all into the flying trains, 
Blood fires their blood, and siaugbter kindlcs 
fight : 
The wretched Tolgar od the purple plains 
Fali down as thfck, as wben a rustic wight 
From laden oaks the plenteous acoms pours ; 
Or when the.blobb*ring air that sadly lowers. 
And melts his sulłen brow, and weeps sweet April 
show^rs. 

" The gree dy Dragon that aloof did spy 

So ill success of this rencwed fi-ay ; 
Morę vex*d with lo6S of certain victory, 
DeprirM of so assur'd and wished prey, 
Gnashcd bis iron teeth for grief and spite : 
The buming sparks leap from his flaming 
sight, [d^ring night 

And forth his smoking jaws streams out a smoui- 

" Straight thithsr scnds he in a fresh siipply, 
The swelling band thatdrunken Methos led ; 
And all the rout his brothcr Olottony 
Comniands, In lawless bands disordercd : 
.So now they bold restore tbeir broken fight, 
And fiercely tum again from shamefa! flight : 
While both witfa former loss sbarpen their raging 
spite. 

** Freshly tbese knights assauU tbese fresher bands, 

And with new battleaH their strcngtb renę w : 
Down fell Geloios by Encrates* bands ; 
Agneia, Moechus, and Anagnns siew ; 
And spying Methos fanc'd In 's iron Tioe, 
Pierc^d his swoln paunch: — there lies the 
gronting swme. 
And spues bis Ikjuid soul out io his purple wioe. 

^ Af wben a greedy Ibn, long unfed, 

Brenks in at length into the harmless folda ; 

iSo hungry^rage oommands) with fearful dread 
He ^gs the siUy beiu^s : nothing controuls 



The ▼ictory praud ; he ipa&, dctoari, 

tears; 

In Vam the keeper cslls his shepberd peers a 
Mean while the siujple flock gazę on with silenC 
fears. 

*' Such was the slaughter thcse three cbAmpioor 
madę ; 
But most Encrates, whose attConquer*d hands 
Sent thousand foes down to th* infemal shade, 
With useless limbs strewmg the bloody sands f 
Oft were they succour'd Cresh with new sap- 

plies. 
Bot fell as oft : the Dragon, grown morę wit^ 
By former loss, began another way derite. 

" Soon to thefr aid the Cyprian band be sent» 

For easy sktrmisb clad in ąrniour light : 
Their golden bows io band stood ready bent. 
And paintc^d ąnirers, fumishM well for fight, 
Stuck fuli of shafts, irhose beads foul poi&oa 

8txiins ; 
Wbich. dipp'd in Phlegrthon by hellish swaios, 
Bring tbousaiul painful dcatbs, and thousand dead- 
ly pains. 

* 
" Thereto of snbstance strange, so thio, and slightr 

And wrought by subtif band so cuuningly, 
That bardly were disccrn^d by weaker slght; 
Sooncr tbe hcart did feel, than eye conld aee : 
Faroff they stóod, and flung their darts around, 
Raining wbole clouds of arrows on the ground ; 
So lafely others hurt, and never wounded wound. 

" Much were the knights encumber*d with the*e« 
foes; 
For well they saw, and fdt their enemies : 
But wben they back would tnm tbe borrow^d blows, 
The ligbt'foot troop away morę swiftly flies 
Tban do their winged anows thro' tbe wind : 
And in tbeir conrse oft would they tum bebind^ 
And with their glancing darts Ihe bot pursoers 
blind. 

*< As arben by Rossian Yolgha^s frozan banka, 

The false-back Tartars, fear witb connlng feign. 
And po^ing fast away in flying ranks, [rai a . 

Oft backward tum, and from their bcws down 
Whole storms of darts; 'so do they flying fight; 
And what by force they lose, they win by 
flight : [flight. 

Conquer'd by standing oot, and conąuerors by 

" Such was the craft of this folse Cyprian crew : 

Yet oft thc)' 86em'd to slack their fearful pace. 
And yield themselycs to foes that (hst pnrsue ! 
So would they deeper wound in nearer space : 
In such a fight, be wins that fastest fiies. 
Fly, fly, chastc knights, such sobtil enemies : 
The ▼an<|uish'd caonot live, and conqu*ror surely 
dies. 

*' The knights, oppre»'d with wounds and traTsI 
pwt, 
Began retire, and now wtre near to fainting: 
With that a winged post him speeded fast, 
Tbe generał with these heavy news acąuainting: 
He 8000 refresh*d their hearts that 'gan to tire. 
But, let our weary Mnse awbile respire ; 
Sbade we our scorcbod heads fromPhabtia' parcb» 
ing fire,^' 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO KIL 



121 



CANTO X1Ł 

Tks tbeph«rds, gnarded from tbe sparkiing hest 

Of blmzing air, upon the flow^ry banki 
(n^here Tftrious flow^n damask the fragrant seat, 
Aad all tbe grove pcrfame) ia wodt^ ranks 
Securdy «it tbem do»n, and sweetly play : 
At leogrtb, thns Tbinil endi bis broken lay, 
Łest tbat tbe stealing nigbt bis later song migbt 
stay. 

*' Thrice, ob, tbrice happy shepherd^s lifę and state ! 

Wben courts are happiness, uuhappypawos ! 
En oottage Iow, and safely humble gate, 
Sbuts out prood Fortane witb ber scuros and 
fiiwns: 
Ko feand treason breaks bis qaiet sleep : 
Singing all day, bia llocks be learns to keep ; 
Hiipwlf aa inoooent as are bis siunple sbeep. 

*' Ko Srrian worms be knoars, tbat witb tbeir 
thread 
Drmw oat ibeir silken Ilves : — nor silken pride ! 
UU bibbs' warm fleece wclI fiu hiś little need, 
Nut in tbat proud Sidoniao tincture dyM : 
Ko cnipty bopeN, no CDortly fears hini fright ; 
Nor bcgging wanta his middle fortunę bite : 
Bot sweet oontent esilcs botb mi^ry and spite. 

** Instead oT musie, and base Battering Łongues, 

lil^bicb wait to fiźst salute my lunrs uprise ; 
Tbe eheerful lark wakes him witb early songs, 
Aod birds* sweet wbistling notes unluck bis eyet. 
Ia ooontry pbiys is all the strife be uses ; 
Or sing, or dance, unto tbe rural Muses ; . 
Aad bat in masic*s sports, all diffierence refuses. 

** Hm certain life, tbat nevcr can deceire him, 
Ib fuli of tbousand sweets, and rich content : 
Tbe sniooth-leav*d beecbcs in tbe field receiTe him 
KTithcooIestsbades.tłil ooon-tłde's ragę is spent: 
His Ute is neither tost in boisfrous sras 
Of troobioos wurld, nor lost in slothful eas6 ; 
Pleas'd and Aiłl blest be lives, wben be his Qod 
can please. 

" His bed of wool yields safe and quiet sleeps, 

Wbile by bis side bis (aitbful spouse bath place : 
His lixtle son inio bis bosom creeps, 
Tbe liTely picture of bis fatber^s ftice t 

Never his humble bouse or itate torment him ; 
Less be coold like, if less his God had sent 
him ; [content him. 

Aad whan be dies, green turfr, with grassy tomb, 

*' Tbe pDrid*s great ligbt bis lowly state hath 
blc8s'd, 
. And left bis Heav*n to be a shepherd base : 
'fbgosand sweet songs be to his pipę addressM : 
Swift riTers stood, beasu, trees, Stones, ran space, 
And scrpents flęw, to hear hi? softcst strains : 
He fed his flock, where rolling Jordan reigns ; 
Tl^re took our rsgs, gave ns his robes, and borę 
onr pains. 

*^ Tben thoa, high Ligbt ! wbom shepherds Iow 
adore, 

'f each me, oh ! do tbon teach thy humble swam 
1^ raise my creeping song from earthly floor ! 

Fili tiMm my empty breut witb lofty stmia ; 



Tbat singing of tby wars and Jreadful flght. 
My notes may tbunder oul thy conqu'rii^ 
might; [flight. 

And 'twixt tbe golden stars cnt out ber tow*nng 

** 'ITis mighty General, moved with tbe news 
Of those four famous knigbts so near decay, 
With hasty speed the couquVing foe pursues ; 
At tast be spies where they were led away, 
Furc'd to obcy the victor»s proud conimands : 
Soon did be rush into the middle bands. 
And cut the slavish cords from tbeir captired bands. 

" And for tbe knighU were faint, be quickly sent 
To PeniUMice, whom Phosbus uught his art; 
Which she had eakM with long experiment : 
For many a aoul and many a wounded beart 
Had she restor'd, and brought to life again : 
Tbe broken epirit, with gńef and horroar slaio, 
Tbat oft reviv*d, yet died as oft with smarting pain. 

" For she in sev*ral baths tbeir wounds did steep ; 
Tbe first of rtie, which purg'd the foul infection» 
And eiir^d the deepest wound, by wounding deep : 
Tben would she make anóther strange confec- 
tion. 
And mix it with nepenthe sovereign ; [pain : 
Wherowith she qotckly swag'd tbe rankling 
Thns she the knigbts reenrM, and washM fitom 
ftinful stain. 

** Mean time the fight now fiercer grows than ever: 

(For all his troóps the Dragon hither drew) 
The two Twin-Loves wbom no place mought dis- 
sever ; 
And Knowtcdgc with his train begtns aoew 
To strike frcsh summons up, and hot alarms: 
In midst great Mdo, clad in sun-lłke arms, 
With bis unmatched force repairs all former harms« 

*' So when the Sun shioes in bright Taurus' head, 

Retuming tempests all witb winter flU ; 
And still successire storms fresh mustered^ 
The timely year iu his first springings kill: 
And oft it breatbes a wbile, tben straight 

again 
Doobly pours out bis spite in smoking lain : 
The country'8 vows and hopes swim on the 
drowned plain. 

** The love1y twins ride *gain8t the Cyprian bands. 
Chasing tbeir troopa, now with no feigned flight : 
Tbeir broken shafts lie scattered on the sands, 
ThemseWes for fear quite TanishM ont of sight : 
Against these conquemrs Hypoerisy, 
And Cosmo*s bated bandn, with Rcthroi sly, 
And all tbat rout do march^ and bold tbe twins^ 
defy. 



*f Elpinnt, mighty enemies assail i 

But Doubt of all the other most infested $ 
Tbat oft his fhinting conrage 'gan to fail. 

Morę by hb craftthan odds of force ttiolested : 
For oft tbe treachour chang*d bis weapoa 

ligbt, 
And sudden alter'd his first kind of fight ; 
And oft bimself and sbape tnnsfbrm'd with coa- 
ning slight.' 

" So that great rł^er, with Alckles strir ing 
In <£neos' coort for tbe JEtolian.maid, 

To divcrs jbapes his fluenC limbs contriving, 
From manly fcnn in sorpent*s fraroe be stay*d, 



Iti 



f. tiJetCWKWS POEMS. 



Sweftping with ipećliYed breast the dtitty land ; 
llien like a buli «ith homs did armed stand : 
Hirhangini^ dewlap traird alongthe golden sand. 

" Soch shapes and changing iashiont much dit- 
may'd him, 
THat of i he lUggerM with unwonted fright; 
Ind but his brother Ftdo oft did aid him, 
Therc bad be fell in unacquaiDted fight: 
But be vould fliill bis WBVering strength 
maintain, [plain } 

And chace that monster through tbe sandy 
Wbich from hioi fled apace, but oil retumM 
again. 

** Yet him móre strong and cunning foes withsiaod, 
Whom he with greater skill and strength defy'd : 
7oul Ignorance, witb all her owl-eyM band ; 
Oft starting Fear, Distrust ne'er satisfyM, 
And fond Suspcct, and thousand other łbes, 
Whom far he drives with his unequal blows ; 
And with hit flaming sword their faiating armjr 
mowSs 

" As when blood-guilty Earth for rengeance cries, 

(If greatest things with lesa we may compare) 
The mighty Thunderer through the air flies, 
■ Whiie snatching whiriwinds opc*a ways prepare : 
Dark clou<1s spread out their sable curlains 
o'erhim; fhlin: 

And angels on their flaming wings up borę 
Mean time the guilty I]cav*ns for fear fly fast before 
him. 

•*~There wbite be on tbe wind^s proud pinions rides, 
Down with his fire some lofty mount he tbroH-s, 
And fills the Iow vale with his ruined sides ; 
Or on some church his three-forkM dart be- 
stows; 
(Which yet his sacred worship foul mistakes) 
Down falls the spirc, the body fearfuł quakes; 
Kor surę to fali, or stand, with doubtful trembling 
sbakes. 

'* With Fido, Knowledge went, who ordcr'd right 
His mighty bands ; so now hisscatterM trobps 
Make head again, fiUing their broken fight : 
While with new change tbe Dragon's .army 
droops, 
And from tbe following YictoHs headlong ri|n : 
Yet still the Pragon frustrat^s what is done ; 
And easMy makes tbem tose wbat they so bardiy 
won. 

*' Out of his gorge a*be11ish smoke be drew 

That all the field with foggy mist enwraps : 
As when Tiphseus from his paunch doth spew 
Black smothering flames, roU^d in loud thunder 
claps; 
Tbe pitchy Taponn choke the shining ray, 
And bring didl night upoa tbe sroiling day : 
The warering*^ £tna sbakei and &in would run 
away. 

«* Yet could bis bat-^yM Icgioos eaa^ly aec 

In this dark chaos : they tbe seed of night : ' 
But thesa not so, who night and darkness flee ; 
For they the sons of day, and joy in ligbt: 
Rut Knowfedge aoon began a way derise, 
To bring again tbe day, and elear their eyei : 
9a openM Fido^a dbicM, «nd foldan Taił tmtiaiu 



" Ofoncpiirediamond, celestiat fair, 

That heav'nly shield by cnnning band wasiliade i 

Wbose Iłght dirine, spread throueb the miaty mir. 

To brightest mom wotild tum tbe western abade 

And lightsome day beget before bis timc ; 

Pram'd in Heaven, without all carthly crime, 

DippM in the ficry Sun, which bumt the 

slime. 



f< 



As when from fenny moors the tnmpish cknicla 

With rising steams damp the bright móraiof^a 

face; 

At length the pieming Sun his team nnshrouds. 

And with his arrows the idle fog doth chasec 

The broken mist Iłes melted all in tears : 

So this bright sbield the stinking darkn 

tears, ffcars. 

And giring back the day, dissolraa their ^nner 

" Which when afar the fiery Dragog spies« 

His slights dełuded with so little pain; 
To his last refuąe now at length be flies ; 

Long time his poia^noita gorge he acemM to 
strain ; f spew 

At length, with luathly sight, he np dotb 
From stinking paunch a most deformed crew ; 
That Heaven itsclf did fly from their ipost ugly 
view. 

" Tbe first that crept from his detcsted maw. 

Was Hamartia » foul deformed wjght | 
Morę foul, deform*d. the Sun yet never saw j 
Therełbrł* she hates the ail-betraying ligbt: 
A woman seemM she in her upper part: 
To which she could such lyinc gloss impart , 
That thouifands she bad slain with her deceinnf 
art 

" The rest (though bid) in serpent^s form array'd, 

With iron sćales, likc to a plaited mail : 
Over her back her knotty Uil display^d^ 
Alongthe empty air did lofty snil ; 
The cnd was pointed with a double sling, 
Which with such dreaded might she wont to . 
fling, [heav'nly Kini?; 

That nóught could help tbe wonnd, but blood of 

" Of that iirst woman, her the Dragon got, 

(The foulest bastard of so fair a motber) 
Whom when she saw so filPd with monstrons spot, 
^Sbe cast her hi<1dcn shame and birth tp smottier ; 
But she well nigh her mother^s self had slain | 
And all that dareber kmdły entertain? 
So some parts of ber dam, morc of ber tire re- 
main. 

** Her Tiperons locks hung looae abont b«r ears: 
Yet with a monstrous snake she tbem restrains« 
Which like a border on her head she wears : 
Aboot her ncck hang down long adder cbains, 
In thousand knots, and wreaths infolded 

round, 
Which in her anger lightly she unboand, 
And darting far away woold snre and deadly 
wonnd. 

" Yet fair and lorely seems to foals' dim eyes; 

But Heli morę lorely, Pluto^s self morę fair 
AppearSy when her true form tnie ligbt dcacries: 

Her loathsorae face, blanchtskin, and tuękf 
hair; 



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129 



^» ^ipdesi shipe, dead llfe, b«r carrioo 
tmefl ; 

. /Hf ^^^* *'**»?' *h« cWM, and dam of Heli i 
Ii ctaffer fit for Ibols, their precioitt souls to lelL 

•• The aeoood in tbb lank waa black Dnpałr, 

Hred in the darit womb of eteroal Night t 
K« ióoks faU najfd tó Sto; long footy hair 
Ki<*d np bia lank dieeks «ith iride ttaring 
H» l«aden eyes, retir»d bito bis head ; [fright; 
I^t, Heav*D, and Etftb, bimaein and all 
tbiUjn^iled: [lead. 

A bfcattii^g oocpw ba leeiii^d, wnpt up in Itńag 

•■ His body all wat framM of eartbly pastę. 
And beaTy raouldi yet l^atth coQld not content 
bin: 
Bea(v>n fint be aies, and HeaT'n fled bim aa fiist ; 
Thottgb kin to Heli, yei Heli did much torment 
bim ; . 
Ha ^ery sout #as nongbtbot gbaatty frigbt ; 
Witfc bim «Mt many a flend, and ngły 
mite, [spite. 

Armed vitb npea and knives, all instraments of 

• Inst«>nd of feaŁbera on bis dangUng crest 

A lockleas nven spread ber blackest wings ; 
Andto ber croaking tbroat gave nerer rcat, 
Bat deatbfol rerses and sad dirgcs sings ; 
His bellbb arms were all witb fiends emboal^ 
Wbo damned lonb witb endless torments 

"*•■*» [gbost 

ind thoaaaad waya devbe to voc tbe tortar'd 

" Two weapoiMy sbarp as deatb be erer borę, 

ftrict Jodgment, wbicb from (ar be deadly 
Sn at hb aide, a two-edg^d tsrord be wore, [darts; 
Witb wbicb he soon appala tbe stootett bearts ; 
Upon bis shield Alecto witb a wreath 
Of sanky wbips tbe damnM sonis torturetb : 
And racmd abont was wrote, ' Reirard of sin is 
deatfa.* 

** The bat tvo bretbmi wenę far different, 

Oniy in oommon name of deatb agreeing ; 
Tbe fint ann*d witb a scytbestill mowing went;' 
Yet wbom, and wben be marder'd, never seeing; 
Som deaf, and blind; notbing might stop 

bis way : [stay. 

No pfay*Ts, no tows bis keenest scytbe coold 

Hor beanty*s aelf, bis spite, nor virtae's self alJay. 

** Na stale, DO age, no sek may hcpe to rno^e bim ; 

DowB felła tbe yonng, and oM, tbe jboy and maid : 
Kor beggar caa cntreat, nor king repiwe bim | 

All ate bis slnTcs in's dotb of ileib array>d : 
The bride he snatches from tbe bridegmom't 



And horrour brings in midst of lore^s alarms: 
Too well we know his pow'r by long esperiencM 
harms. 

" A dead man^s Auli sttpplled bis beimet'8 place. 

A bonę his clob, bis afmoar sbeets of lead : 
&Nne morę, some less, fear bis all frigbting face; 
Bot mosty wbo sleep in downy pleasure^s bed : 
BoŁ wbo in Hfe have dally leamM to die. 
And dead to tbis, Itre to a łife morę bigh ; 
SweeUy ia denth thcy slcqi, and •lomb*rmg qaiet 
Be. 

VOL'. VŁ 



*• The second fiir morę foul lo cvcry part, 

Humt witb Mae fire, and bubbling sulpbur 
streams; 
Wbicb creepłog found abont bim ftlPd withsmart 
His cursed limbs, tbai dlrely be blasphemes ; ' 
Moststrange itseems, that burr. ngtbus for 
efer, fgeTer; 

No rest, no time,. no plafje these flan es may 
/et dćath in tbousand deatbs witbont deatb clietb 
never. 

" Soon as tbese bellisbmonsfers came in sigbt, 

The San bis eye in jetty TBpoun drown'd, 
ScaPd at sneb bell-boilnds' view ; Heavcn's 'mazed 
Sets ia an early evemng; Eartb astound, [łight 
Błds dogs witb howis gi^e wtming: at wbicb 

sound 
Tbe fearftil air stalts, seas break tbelr bound. 
And frigbted iled awayi no sands might tbem 
impound. 

'*» tbe palited troop first like asps sbaken fin, 

TUI now their beart coogeafd in iey blood, 
Candied tbe gbastly lace :-^ocks stand aad stare : 
Tb\i8 charmM, in ranks of sten« tbey manfaalPd 
stood: 
Their usełess swords fell idły on tbe plain, 
And now tbe triumpb sounds in lofty strain : 
So conqneriog Dragon bmds tbe knigbts witb 
slavtsb Chain. 

'' As wben proud Pbineus in bis brotber*s feast 

FilPd ali witb tumult and iatestine broił ; 
Wise Perseas witb soch mnttitudes oppress^d, 
Before bim borę tbe snaky Gorgon^ spoll : 
The Yitlgar rade stood all in marble cbang^d. 
And in Tain ranks, in rocky oider rang^d ; 
Were now morę quiet guesta, from fonner raga . 
estrang'd. 

" Tbe fiiir EcIecU, wbo witb grlef bad stood, 

Yiewing tb' oft chaoges of this doubtftil figbt, 
Saw now the fleM swim to ber champion *s blood. 
And hx>m her beart, rent witb deep passion, 
sighM { 
Łimning true sorrow in sad sileni art* 
iight grief fioats oo tbe tongue ; but heavy 
. smart 
Sinks down, and deeply lies in centrę of tbe beart. 



" Wbat DtedtU art snch griefs can tmly sbew, 
Broke beart, deep siglw, tbick sobs, and buni- 
ing prayers, 

iBaptising ever limb in weeping dew } 
Whose swofn eyes, pickled up in briny tears, 
Crystalline rocksj coral, the lid appean ; 
GompassM about witb tides of grief and feaiy i 
Wbere grief stores fear witb sigbs, and fear stores 
grief witb tears. 

" At lengtb sad sorrow, mounted on the wingi 

Of luod breatb*d sigbs, his leaden weight ap- 
And Tents itself in loftest whisperings, [pears ; 
Follow'd witb deadly groans, asber>d by tears t 
Wbile ber lair hands, and watry Mhining eyes 
Were opwaid bent upon tbe niouming skie», 
Wbicb seem'd witb doady brow ber grief to 
sympatbize. 

*' Łoog wbile tbe sileni passion, wantingTent, 
Madę flowing tears, ber words, and eyes, ber 
tongue; 

Till fbitb, eKperience, bope, anistance leni 
To sbni boŁh flood-gates up witb patience stroog : 

K 



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P. FLETCHER'S POEMS, 



The streatnf well ebb'd, new hopes some 

comrorts boiYow 
From firmesŁ truth ; theng1imps'd the hopc- 
ful monrow : [sorrow. 

So spring some dawu^ of joy, so sets the night of 

" * Ah dearifst Ix>rd ! my heart*« sole Scyereign, 

Who sUl'st high mounted on tby burning Łhrone, 
Hark from thy Hc&^^ns, whcre tbou dost safely 
rfełgn, 
CIoth'd with tbc goldrn Sim, and pflver Moon : 
Cast down awhile thy sweet and gradous eye. 
And Iow aTaii that flaming Majesty, 
Deigning thy gentle sight on our sad misery. 

" ' To thee, dear Lord I I lift this wat'Vy eye, 

This eyc which thou so oft in love * hast praisM ; 
This eye wUh Tvhich thou * wounded oft woaldst 
die; [rais^d: 

T« thee, dear Tjord ! tbese suppHant hands are 
Tliese to be lilies thQu hast often told me; 
Which if but onoc again may everbold thee. 
Will never let thee loose, will never morę unfoid 
thee. 

" ' Seest how thy focs despitefnl, trophies rear, 

Too confident io thy prolong*d delays ; 
Come then, oh quickly come, my dearest dear ! 
Whcn shall I see thee crownM whh 00Qqu*ring 
bays, [clay? 

And all tby focs trod down and spread as 
"Wheu shall I see thy face, and glory^s ray ? 
Too long thou stay*st my lorę ; come ]ove, no 
longer stay. 

" ' Hast thou fbrgoŁ thy former word and \ove, 
Or k>ck'd thy sweetness up in fieroe disdain ? 
Ib vain dkist thoa ^hoee thpnsand mischieis prove } 
Are all those griefs, thy birth, life, deaUi, in 
vain ? 
Oh ! no , — of ill thou only dost repent thee, 
And in tby daint/mercies most content thee : 
Then why, with stay so long, so long dost thou 
torment me ? 

" * Re^Wing cordial of my dying sprite, 

The best elłxir for sonPs drooping pain ; 
Ah ! now unshade thy ftice, uncloud thy sight ; 
Sec, ev'ry way*s a trap, each path's a train : 
HeiPs troops my sole beleagucr ; bow thine 
ears ; [and fears : 

And hear my cńes pierce through my groans 
Sweet Spouse ! see not my sins, but tbrough-my 
plaints and tears. 

** * Let frailty, favour; sorrow, succour moro ; 
Ancbor my lifc in tby calm strcams of blood: 
Be thou my rock, thowgh I ixjoi' changcling rov«, 
Tost up and don« in wares of worldly flood : 
Whiist i in vale of tcars at ancbor ride, 
Whcre winds of carthly thonghts my sails 
mi:$3uide ; 
lląrboujr my flesbly bark safc in thy wounded side. 

" * Take, take my contrilc beart, tby sacriflcc, 
Wash'd in ber cyes that swims and sinks in woes : 

See, see, as seas with winds high workinj ńsp, 
Sn storm, so ra^e, so gapę thy boastin^ focs ! 



» Canto i. 15. 
* Conto iv. f». 



Dear Spoose 1 onless thy ri^ht band e^em 

steers ; [fean ; 

Obi if tbou ancbor not tbese threat'ning^ 

Tby ark will sail as deep in blood, as now in tcstfs.' 

" With that a thund'ring noise secmM shake tbc 
sky, 
As when with iron wbeels through stony pUiin. 
A thousand charbts to the battle ily $ 
Or when with boist^rous ragę tbe swelłing main, 
Puft upby mighty winds, does hoarsely roar; 
And beating with his waves the tmnblins 
shore, [p^urt dooi*. 

His saody ginUe aoorna, and bnaks Earth't nna- 



(( 



And straight an angeM fuli of heaT*nIy might, 
(Thrae scv*ral ci-owns circled his royal bead) 
From nortbern coast heav!ng bis blazing light, 
Through all the Earth his glorious beams di»- 
pread. 
And open laysthe Beast^s and Dragonia sbain* i 
For to this end* th* Almighty did bim frame. 
And therefbre from supplanting gave his ominoas 
name. 

" A silTcr trumpet oft be loudly W«w, 

Frighting the guilty Earth with thundMngknell i 
And oft proc1aim'd, as through the world be flev, 

* Babel, grcat Babel lies as Iow as Heli : 

Let erery angel loud his trumpet sound, 
Her Heav*n exa1ted towhrs in dost are drownM : 
Babel, prood BabePs falPn, and lies as Iow as 
groond.' 

" The broken Heav'n8 dispart with fi«ifal noise. 
And from the breach outshoots a suddcn ligbt : 
Straight shriUing trumpets with kuid soiuidiii^ 
voice 
Give ecboing snmmons to new bloody fight ; 
Weil knew tbe Dragon thatall-quelling- blast^ 
' And sooo percetv^d that day mast be his tost ; 
WHiich strook his frighten'd beart, and all hif 
troops aghast 

'* Yet fuli of malice, and of stubbom pride, 

Though oft had strove, and had been foiPd aa 
Botdly bib' death and certain fate defyM : lott. 

And mounted on bis flaggy sails aloft, 

With boundless spite Jie longM to try again 
A second loss, and new death ; — glad and lain 
To sbew his pois^nous bate, though ever shew'd In 
vain. 

" So np be arose npon his stratched sails 

Fearless expecting his approaching death ; 
So np be arose, that th* ahr starta and faila. 
And orer-pressed, sinks his load beneath : 
So up be arose, as does a thundor-cloud, 
Which dl the Earth wit^ shadows Uack doth 
sbroud: v - 

So np hc arose, and throngh tbe weary airhe rDw*d. 

** Now his Almighty Foe far oflf be spies ; 

Whose snn-łike arms dazM the eclipsed day, 

CotłfuuucKng with their beams less glitt'ring skiea, 

Firin? tbc air with morę than hear^nly ray ; 

Like thousnnd snns in one ; — such is tbeir 

A subject only for immortal sprite ; [li^bt^ 

Włiich nrvcr can lieseen, but by immortal si^ht. 

* Our latc most leareed sovereign in bis Remon - 
strance and Complaiitt on tbe Apocalypse, 



THE PURPLE ISLAND. CANTO Xlt. 



131 



* fik tlii«it>inog eje» shine like that dreadful 
fiM»f. fhand: 

With whicb tlw Thundertr arms his angry 
MiBftJf bad fririjr wrate bis trondrooa name, 
Whkh neitber Earth aor Heav*n couW under- 
staod; 
A bimdml crowna, like tow'rs, beaet around 
His coiiq»riiig faead: well may they there 
aboniłd, [richly crownM. 

WhcB all his limbs, and. troops, witb gokt are 

" His araaour all was dy»d in parple blood : 
(fa porple blood of thonsand rebel kings) 
la Tahi their stubborn pow'rs his arm witbstood ; 
Tbor proad necks chaiD'd, he now in tnumph 
briDgs, [traitorswonls : 

And breabi tbeir spears, and cracks their 
UpoB wbose arns and tłygh in golden words 
Wis lairiy writ, • The King of kings, and Lonl of 
lonii.' 

" ffis śDow-white steed was boni of heav*nly kind, 

Be«oe by Boreas on the Tbracian hills ; 
Moie strong and speedy than his perent wind : 
Aad (wbich his foes with fear and borronr fills) 
Oot from his mouth a two-edg'd sword he 
darts : [parts, 

Whose sfaarpest stecl the bonc and marrow 
Aod with his keenest point nnbreast the naked 



" The Aragon wonnded with his flaming brand 
They take, and m strong bondi and fetten tie : 



the figfat, norcoold he long withstand 
Him, whose appearance is his victory. 
So now he^s boand in adamantine chain : 
He storms, he roare, he yelts for high di«dain : 
ifiinet is broke, the fowi go free, the fowler ta'en. 

" Theaoe by a mighty swatn be soon was led 

IJnto a thonsand thousand torturings : 
Bis tell, wbose Mds were woni the stan to 3hed, 
Now Ałetch'd at length, close to his belly clings: 
fiotm as the pit he sees, he back retires, 
And battle new, but alł in ^ain, respires i 
fc tfaens he deeply lies, flaming in icy fares, 

** As wben Alcides ftom forCd Heli had drawn 

The three-head dog, and masterd all his pride ; 
Basely the fiend did on bis victor fiiwn, 
With serpent taił clapping his hoUow side : 
At lei^h anriv*d upon the brink of ligbt, 
He shots the day out of his dullard sight, 
ind swelling all in Tain, renews unbappy fight 

" Sooo at thts sight the kpights revive again, 

As frah as wheii the fiów'rs from winter tomb 
CWhen now the Sun brings back his uearer wain) 
Peep oot again from their fresh mothcr*3 womb: 
The primrose lighted new, ber flame displajrs, 
And frights the neighbour hedge with fiery 
rays ! [plays. 

And all the world renew their mirth and sportive 

" The prince, wbo saw his long imprisonment 

Now end in nerer ending liberty : 
To raeet the Victor from his castle went, 
Aod fiilling do«rn, claspinjc his royal knee, 
Pours oot desenred thanks in gratefal praise : 
But him the heav*nly Savioor fcooo dotb raise, 
ind bids him spcnd in joy his ncver-spending days. 

'*The fur Electa, that with widowM brow 
Her absent Lord long moiirn'd in sad array, 



Now silken cloth»d * like frozen snów, 

Wbose silver spaDgIet<; sparkle *gainst tlie day : 
This shining robę her Lord himself . had 

wrought« [sougbt, 

While he her love with bundrcd prc«;nts 
And it with many a wouad, and many a Łorment 
bought I 

" And thus arrayM, her heav*nly beautics shinM 
(Drawlng their beams from this most glorious 
face) 
like to a precioił! Jasper^, pure refin'd, 

Wbich with a crystal mixt, much mends his 
grace: 
The golden stara a garland fair dld frame 
To crown her locks ; tiie Sun lay bid for shame. 
And yielded all his beams to her morę glonous 
flame. 

Ah ! who that flame can tell ? Ah I wbo can see ? 

Enough is me witb siience to adaiire ; 
While boldcrjoy, and hamble majesty 
In either cheek had kindled gracefut tire ! 
I/)ng silent stood she, while her former fears 
And griefs ran all away in sliding tcars ; 
That like a watry sUn her gladsome face appears* 

" At łength wben joys had left her closer heart, 

To seat themsełres upon her thankfuł tongue : 
First in her eyes they sudden flaiibes dart, 
Then forth i' th' musie of her voice they throng: 
* My hope, my Iove, my joy, my life, my blius, 
(Whom to enjoy is Heav'n, but Heli to miss) 
What are the world*s falsejoys, what Hcaven'8 true 
joys to this ? 

" * Ah, dearest Lord ! . does my rapt soni behold 
Am I awake ? and surę I do not dream ? [thee ? 
Do these thrice blessed arms again infbłd thee ? 
Too much delight makes true things feigaed 
seem. 
Thee, thee I see; thou, thou thus folded art : 
' For deep thy stamp is printed on my heart. 
And thousand ne'er felt joys stream in eacb melt- 
ing part.' 

" Thus with glad sorrow did she sweetly plain her 

Upon his neck a wełcome load depending ; 
While he, with equal joy drd entertain her, 
Herself, her champions, hłgMy all commending: 
So all in triumph to his pałace went ; 
Whose work in narrow words may not be 
pent : f tent. 

For boundless thought is less than is that glorious 

" Therc sweet delights, whioh know nor end nor 
mensure ; 
No chance is there, noreatingtimessuccecdingt 
No wastefal spending can impair their treasure ; 
Pleasure fuli grown, yet ev'r freshly breedlng » 
Fulncss of sweets excludes not morę receiving s 
The soul still biję of joy, yet stiii couceiving : 
Beyond slow tonguc's report, beyond quick 
tbought^s pjerceiring. 

" There are they gone ; there will they erer bidę ; 

Swimmiug in waves of joys, and heav'nly \ąveB : 
He still a bridegroom, she a gladsome bride ; 

llieir hearts in love, like spberes still constant 
moving ; 



^ Rcv. xix. S. 



f IUt. xxi. 1 1. 



iS2 



P. FLETCHER*S POEMS. 



No chftBge, muief, no ago can them befiill : 
Their bridal beii is in tbat heaveDly hall, 
'V^hcre aU day* are bat one, iod only oue h all. 



«f 



And as io State they thus iu triumph ride, 
Tbe boys and damsels their jost pniiscs chant { 
The boyt the bridagroom sios, the maids the 
bride, 
While all the bills giad Hymens loudty Taunt : 
Hcav^n*8 wioged sboaU, greetiog this glońous 

spring, 
Attnne tbeir higber noŁes» and Hymens sing: 
Sach tbougbt to pass, and eacb did pass tboughfs 
IdftiesŁ vhig. 

" Upoe bis lightning bcow Łowe proudly sitting 
Fłames out in pow'r, sbinet out in majesty i 
There all his lofty spoils and trophies fitting $ 
DiRplays the marłeś of highest Deity ! 
There fuli of strength io lordly arms be stands, 
And erery heart, and every sou I commands : 
No heart, no soul, bis strangth and lorOly force 
withstaods. 

** UpoB ber Ctsrehcad tbcuiand cbeerful Graces, 

Seated on thrones of spotless łvory -; 
There gestie love his armed band unbraces ; 
His bow unbeni disdaims all tyranny ; 
. There by bis play a thousand souls b^^nilts, 
Persuading morę by simple modost smiles, 
łban erer he <»iild foroe by anna, or crafty wiles. 

*' Upon ber cbeek doth Beauty's self implant 
Tbe freshcft garden of ber choicest flow*rs ; 
On vhieb, if Cn^J might but glance ascant, 
Her <ye< lapuld swell, and bunt, and melt in 
«how'rsY^^^^ 
Thrice fairsr ^b tban eTer hknń ey*d ; 
Heav'n notn^ snch a bridegroon yet desery VI ; 
Nor ever JUith so £ur, w undefiłM a bride. 

'* Fali of his Fatbcr sbtnet bis dorioiis face, 

As &r the Sun surpassing in his light, 
Aą doth the Sun the Earth, with flaming blaae : 
Sireet influence streams from his qMick'niagsigbŁ : 
His beams from noaght did all tłiis all dis- 
play; 
And wbcn to tess tban noogbt they l^tl away, 
He soon restor^d again by bis new orient ray. 

^ Alt Heav*o shines (brth in ber sweet face's frame : 
Her seeing staia (which we miscal bńgbt eyes) 
Morę bńgbt tban is the moming^s brigbtest flame, 
Morę ftuitful tban the May-time Geminies : 
These, back realore the timely summer^s fire ; 
Those, spriaging thougfats in wiuter hcarts 
inspire, 
laspifitingdead souls, and quick'ning warm desire. 

** Tbese t«o fair Suną in beav*nly spheres are plac^d, 

Wbere in the oeiitie, joy trinnipbing sits : 

Tbas in all high perfections fully grac'd, 

Her mid-day bliss no futurę nigbt admits : 

Bat in tbe mirrors of ber Spouse*s eyes 

Her fiurest self she dresses ; there where lies 

All aweets, a gk>rłous beauty to emparadise. 

" Hii tocks like raven*s plnmes, or shining jet. 

Fali down in corls along his ivory neck ; 
Withtn tbeir cirdeCs hundred Graees set, [deck t 
And with love-k»ott tbeir oomely bangings 
His migbty abonldeia, like that giant swałn, 
All HeaT*n and Earth, and all in both sustain ; 
Yct knows aa wcańnais, nor tels op^resstng pain. 



'* Her amber bair like to tbe sunny tay» 

With gold enamels fair the sUver white %. 
Tliere beav'nly lotes their pretty sportiogp p^Yw 
Firing their darts in that wide flaming ligbC t 
Her dainty neck, spread with that cilver 

mold, 
Where douUe beauty doth itself nnfold, 
In th' own fiUr silTer sbincs, and &irer borrow^d 
gold. 

'* His breast a rock of porest alabaster, [teCb 

Where lovea self-sailing sbipwfeckM often «t' 

Her's a twin-rock, unknown, bat to th' ship-msater 

Wbicb barbours bim alone, all oiher at^littetb. 

Where better could ber lorę tban berę ha^ 

nested ? [feaated 

Or he his thougb^ tban berę morę aweetly 

Then both their love and thoaghts in eacb are eira 

rested. 

" Ran now, you shepberd swaint : ab ! ran J<^ 
thithcr, Cw»y ' 

Where this fair bridegniom Isds tbe bleaned 
And baste, yoa ioveIy maids, basta you together. 
With this sweet bride, while yet tbe aoaabine 
day [mona caU, 

Guides your blind steps ; while yet lood sum- 
Tbat erery wood and bill resounds witbal, 
Come, Hymen, Hymen, Qonie,drest in tLy golte 
pall. 

" Tbe sounding echo back the mnńc flon^, 

Wbile heav'nly spherss unto the voicea plajM. 
Dut see 1 tbe day is euded with my song. 
And sporting bathes with that frir ooenn tanidi 
Stoop DOW thy wing, my Muse, now atoop 
theelow: [nowj 

Henoe may^sŁ Łhou freely play, and reat thei 
Wbile here I hang my pipę upon tbe willow 
boogb.*' 

So «p they roae, wbite all tbe thepherda tbroof 
Wttb their loud pipes a eountry tńnmpfa Mew, 
And led their Tliirsil homa with joyftil song ? 
Mean time tbe lorely nympbs with garlands 
new, [bouodi 

His tocks in bay and bonOor^d palm-trae . 
With łilies set, and hyacmths around , 
And lord of all tbe year and their May aportingt. 
crown*d. 



PISCATORY ECLOGUES. 



INTRODUCTION. 



ar rASTOSAŁ akd piscATOar ECŁoena. 

[paiPIZBD TO THI BDmON op 1771.1 

It is common, and indeed nataral* with most 
pcople wbo are either ayerse to thinking for tban* 
seWes, or are diffident of the rectifcade of tb^ 
own opinions, to ądopt implicit;>y, and retaia wilk 
xeal, tbe opinions of those wbo bave aoqaired • 
cbaracter in tbe world lor ingennity or penetra- 
tiob. The name of Piscatory Edeigne m perbspi 
onfannirabte, from tbe sęTere tceatment wbich 



PISCATORY ECLOGUES. ECLOGUE I 



13 j 



Mr. AUino bu liean pfoMed to bestoir oo what 
1R» the first attempt tn this particular ipeciet of 
raipońtioa, viz. tbe Eclogue^ of Saanazarrns, 
wkicb (T7!th a)l deference to tbe opinion of so able 
a critic) «boever gbałł pcnne, will, it is beJieved, 
be eooTioccd tbat tbcy barrlly deaerve socb usagOi 
^ ~ the trutb va9, that Mr. Addison, before 
came ia bis way, had laid down w bat 
tbe enential Kqai«łtes of pastorał, 
aftenrarda, in bb reriew of tbe pastora] 
icosaf ily obliged to praise or condeoin 
to these rat^-^Hoarerer, it were ex- 
tremeły easy to abow tbat aevenil of bis reąaisitrs 
te froai being eft^atially neccnary, that 
of tba mott eateemed pastorals cfin by 
ba TCdooad to, or meaaured by tbcir 



Tbe paitoral atate, aeoordioc to bii rnlei, is a 
of the most perfect simplicity, ioDooenoe, 
in shoft, a goldeo age. — It is not to ba 
tbat in order to paint tbe pleasares of a 
fifie, we nrast bestow a tiot of simpii- 



eiiy, and easy contentment ; at tbe same time, 
natliiHif caa be morę Cantastical tban to depart 
tttirely ftom ■atare.and describe a manoer of Jife, 
arbieb BCitber e«er did, nor oould posaibly exisL 
Aa aibctatkai of tbis kind in tbe writera of pas 
toni, is the reason wby we are justly displeased 
witb Dost of tbe modem pafttorals, as well as with 
■aay of the ancieuŁ Bat tbe oompoeitions in tbis 
■ay of arńting, whicb are oniTcnally admired, will 
be finad to bave departed far from tbis mle, Tbe 
most e slcaa wjd Rclogoes of Yirfil admit often of 
polished, and e«en of rellned sentiments : and it 
■ with justice tbat we admiie tbese, sińce it ii 
wdi kwon, tbat tbe earliest ages, and the greatest 
mnplicity of maaners hare prodooed compositions 
lich in aentiiDents tbe most ezałted, as wełl as 
moit beaatifuL Many of Spenser's pastoials are 
m iatolei ab ly nide, (or simple, if one cbooses to 
cali them ao), thattbey only ezdte ridicole: some 
tboe ire estremely beaotifiil, bot tbey are tbase 
ealy wbcce be bas kept naturę in new, and Ibr- 
bofe aB orcr-afiectation of simplicity. 

role of pastorał, according to tbis 
and wbich indeed bas a neoessary depen* 
BD bis first reqaińte,^ is, tbat tbe smallett 
bifft of mislbrtune or cakmity sbonld be entirely 
banisiied ftom sueb a state of ease and innocence. 
He will allow only a lew sligbt ansieties, soch as 
wfaat a sbepberd may ieel on baving bis foot 
fikfced with a thom, breaking bis arook, or k»mg 
a dronrite laadi; becanse, says be, we most 
tbiak tbat Jife eKtramdy bappy, wbere tbeae are 
tte gieateal misfortanes.— But betides tbe disgosU 
iąg seatinest of tmprobability whicb tbis sjfstem 
9oafef%9 «e most always jodge according to our 
owa feeliags; and instead of sympatbising with 
tbe mibappy sbepheid wbo lameots socb piteous 
calamitin, we most ondoobtedly laogb at bim.— 
Tbe eompUiots.of Virgtl's Melibaus will afiect 
ereiy reaider, becaose tbey are real, and oome 
borne to erery Dian'8 coocems. 

80 much bas been said on these, wbich Mr. 
AMmm calb tbe reqqisites to pastorał, becanse 
itii pccsoined be bas oo them Iboadcd bis ciiti- 
dtm npon the Eclogocs of Sannazarios. It is on 
tbese principles that be óensures botb Tasso and 
Gaarim, ia tbe Aminta and Pastor fido ; and had 
be Men a ooDfoettioo, th% produoa of thenortham 



part of our isbind, and aIlo«red a master-piece of 
tbe pastorał kind ", it bad probably been measornd 
by the same standard, and, in that ease, as eer- 
taśały cnidemiied. 

Tbe word Pastorał implies, tbat the charaeters 
are sbepberds: £clogiie signifies, a select poem 
of any kind ; but is generaiły appłied to composl- 
tioos of tbe like natore with pastorak ; and so far 
as tikey hare some characterising marks in com- 
oion, tbey may be judged of by a commen staii* 
daid } bot an alłowance most always be osadę for 
tbe sentiments wbich are pecaliar to the seTeral 
charaeters. Thns we hare leen Town Edognos aa 
wełl as Pastora! Eelogoes, to botb of whicb it woald 
lie ridicołoas to appiy tbe same standard of sim- 
plicity, fcc. ; eacb have their difierent merits^ 
and are capabłe of tbeir peciiKar bcaoties. — ^Pis- 
catory J&logue forma a third species, and caonot 
be measured by tłie standaid of eitber of tbe for- 
mer. One role is certain in ałl tbese composi- 
tions : Esamioe tbe charaeters, and accofding as 
tbey confonn to natoie, kt tbe performance ba 
jadged.-^While we set np a vi»kteaiy standard, 
socb as tbat of a perfect state of innoceace and 
simplicity, we shałl nerer find two perKHis wbo 
agree eaactly in opiaion of tbe same performance. 

Were it neoesmry to say any tbing ia recom- 
mendation of Piicatory Eclogue, we might asserl 
perbaps its adTantages over Pastorał* Tbe Hfe of 
a fisbannan admiu often of scenes as dełigbtfol 
as tbose whicb tlie sbepberd eigoys, and thoie 
scenes ąre mnch morę raried. The naturp of tbe 
oocupation of the fonner gires riae to a greater 
Tariety of incidents, and those Itkewise morę in- 
teresting, tban that of the latter can fbinish.— A 
sobject often bandled must become trite, and Pis- 
catory Eciogae has the ad^antage over Pastora! to 
disiilayiog a 6eld lessbeaten and less lfeqoented. — 
But Fłetcher^s Eciogues will speak for tbemselTcs, 
and safileiently, yindicate both the naturę of the 
composłtion and their own peculiar merit. 

Thete Eelogoes liare been l^t once printed, 
alMre 130 years ago, and tb«r Imre met witb a 
fote whicb I am surę tłiey do not merit, being 
now almost nnknown. 1 bare illustrated them 
witb notes, to ezpkin some biatorical passagea 
wbich woułd baTe otherwise been obscure; aod 
likewise witb some critical obserrations and similar 
passages from other poets, many of them dd and 
bnt łittle known, with wbich 1 know some readeia 
will not be displeased: at łeast, I am ałways 
pleased to meet witb the like in otber perform* 
ances, and I belicv« otliers are so too. 



ECLOGUB U 
AicraTAS. 



THB ABOomirr. 

Tbe poet, nnder tbe character of Tbełgoo, a 
ilsber, painfts bis own fother, and, in an alłe- 
góry, describes his life. Haring spent his yonth 

' Tbe Gentle Sbepberd, a Soots pastora! co- 
medy, wbere tlie charaeters and srenery ar^tmple 
aod beautifal^ thougb at tbe same time strictly 
natoial. 



134 



P. FLETCHER»S POEMS. 



iłi the country, he is solicited to oourt, wherc, 
though boDourably empłoyed by his 8ovcreijrn, 
he Jeenis to think his laboan met not with the 
Teward which they merited. This bcnutiful 
Eciogiic begins with the most fanciful aiiti pie- 
to 'esqt.ic de^^:nption. The scnłson and scenę 
are laid down : — /^n invocatton to the sea- 
Ii5'mph6 : — Thełgion's childhood, and education 
among the fisiicr^ : — ^The dawninpr and improve- 
ment of his poetu-nł crf^nrus : — His removaI to 
court, and his <*mployments in ooa8eqnenLe of 
Jt: — The risT of bis iove for Amyntas, with whom 
he passionktely (^MposŁulates. The Eciogue con- 
cludes with a mo»t beautiful pirtitreof the Inno- 
cent płeasures oi a łisher^s life, by which he cn- 
dearoursto alluie AoiynUs to residc with him. 



IV. 



It was the time faithful Halcyone*, 
<")nce morę cnjoyine new-Iiv'd Ceyx' bed, 

Had Jeft h<T youn? binls to the wavering sca, 
Bidding him calm his proud white-curled head. 

And changtt his mountains to a champian lea ; 
-The time when gentle Flora*s lover* reigiies. 

Soft crecping al) along ^een Neptane^ emoothest 
plaines, 

21. 

"\Vhen bapicsse Thelgon (a poore fishcr-swaine) 
Caine from his boat to tell the rocks his plaining: 

In rocks he fouud, aud the bigh-swelling mnin, 
Moresense, morę pitie farre, morę love remain- 

Than in, the great Amyntas^ fierce disdain : (ing. 
Was nóŁ bis peer for song 'mong al! the lads 

\Vhose shrilling pipę, or voice, the sea^born 
maiden glads. 

III. 

Aboot his-head a rocky canopye, 

And cł-aggy hangings, round a shadow tbrew, 
Rcbatting Phcebus* parching fermencie; 

Into his bosom Zephyr eoftiy flew ; 
Hard by his feet the sea came waving by ; [sang j 

The while to seas and rocks (poor swaine!) he 
The wliłle the seas and rocks answ^Hng loud echoes 



mng 



»; 



' The pocfs art is admirabic, tbat in the Brst 
linc he fi lis the reader's mind with a tender im- 
pr€«sion,.by rocalling to his memory the well- 
known mournfuf story of Ceyx and Halcyone, 
( Ovid. Mpt. b. Tci. fab. 10.), at the same time tbat 
he uscs it to conve^ a fme idea of the seienity of 
the sca in springi 

* Zepijyr. 

' The scenę here is finely. imagined, end most 
beautifiiily dpscribed. The numbera too, espcci- 
ally tbc change and repetition of the words in the 
tu o last lincs of the stanza, bavc a fine cffect on a 
puisiral car. Dryden, tbat great master of har- 
mony in numbers, bas oftcn used this cbange in 
the same lyords wjtb ^dmirable eficct. 

The fanning wind upon ber bosom blows, 
To meet the fanning irind the bosom rosc ; 
fhc fanning V ind and purłirgstreąms continne hcr 
repodc, 

CytcoD and Iphigenia. 



You goodly nymphs, that in your marble celi 

In spending never spend your sportful daycs % 
Or, when you list, in pearled boats of śhell 

Glidc on the dancing wave, that leaping playcs 
About the wanton skiflc ; and you that dwell 

In Neptune'8 court, the ocean*s plenteous 
throng, [sang. 

Ucign you to gently hear sad Tbelgon*8 plainio^ 



V. 

" When the raw bloisom of my youth wu yct • 
In my first chikłhood'$ green enclosuK bound, 

Of Aqiiadune I learnt to fold my net. 

And spread the saił, and beat the river roaod. 

And wiihy labyrinths in itraito to set, 

And guide n>y boat where Thame and Inis hfire 

By Iowy iEton slidcs, and Windsor proudly faire. 

VI. 

" Therc, while our thinne nets dangling in the winda 
Hung on our oarcs' tops, I learnt to siog 

Among my peers, apt words to fitly binde 

In nuin'rous vei-se : witnesse thou crystal spriDg* 

Where all the lads wcre pebles wont to findc : 
And you, tbick huslcs, that on Thamis' brink 

Did oft with dallying bouglis his siUcr wstten 
drink. 

Vfl. 

'• But when my tender youth 'gan fairly bIo«, [seas^ 
I changM large Tbames for Cłiamus* narrower 

Therc, as my years, so skill with yeare did gTO«ś. 
And now my pipę the bctter aort did plca^e j 

So that with Limnus, and with Belgio, 
1 durst to challeuge all my fisher peera, 

That by leamM Chamus' banks did sjpend their 
youthfuU yeares \ 

« ■ • 

* Vide Eciogue III. J. 3, notę 1. 

* In this descriptłon of the fisber*s youtfi and 
education, there is a remarkable similarity. fo 
some passages in Ihe 12tb Eciogue of Spcnser*» 
Shepherd*5 Całendar. He seems to haTe bccn an 
admirer, and frequently too an imilator of that 
great poet : but wbere be bas borrowed bis tbou^ht*, 
there are nonę, I believe, who, upon a comparison, 
will deny that be bas improTed do tbem. Tbe 
furce aud tendemess of tentiment, in many of 
Spenser*8 Eclogues, is often much impaired by an 
affected rusticity of ezprcssion, which, though 
some bai;e imagined essential to pastorał, is en. 
tirely distinct from simplicity and feełing, and is 
indeed anbt to cohvey soch sentiments. Thtm 
Fletcherwell kncw, and withont losing sii^fat.of 
the cbaracters of his speakers, bas oerer dea^nded 
to Tulgarism or aifected obscarity. 

* £xtincŁom nymphe crudeli funere Dapbnin 
Flebant: vo8 coruli testes, et flumina nymphis. 

Virg. Buc. EcL 5. 

Our poet bas here beaotifulły improTed on the 
thonght of Virgil, by the addition of two' Hbg 
images which are not cxprest in the Latżn. Tb« 
whołe stanza is' picturesąue in the highest de- 
gree. 

' The Chame or Cam is remarkable for its many 
beautiftd windings. It is here called leamed, from 
the univfcTsity of Cambridge, which is aitnated on 
the river. The university was founded, as some 
say, in the year 141 ; but Sigilbcrt, a Christian 



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135 



TUI. 
^AaA Jamis 'self, tłiat oft with me coinpar'd, 

With his oft loóea raised my yictory ^ 
Tkak aftenrard in soog he never dar^d 

Piocoke my Goiiqu*rio^ pipę ; but envioti9ly 
DepraTC the aongs, wbichfiiitbis songsbad marr^d ; 

Ajid dosely bibę when now be dnrst not bark, 
HatiDg all others' ligbt, becaase bimseif was dark. 

IX. 

" And vbether aatore, joyn'd with art, had wrougbt 
me, 

Or I too much belierM the fisher's praise; 
Or «heiher Phcebaa* self, or Masos, taught me, 

Too much encIinM to renę, and musickeplayes; 
Sa farre credutitie and yoath bad brotight me, 

I notę tad Telethasa'8 frostrate plainte, 
Aod rosóe Dapbnis' wnmg, and magic*8 Tain 



" And theo appeas*d young Myrtillas, repining 
At geoeral contempt of tbepherd's life ; 

Aad laised my rime, to sing of Richard*s climbing* ; 
And taagbt our Chame to eud the old-bred atiife, 

Uytbłcos* claim to Nicias resigning: 
The while his goodly nymphs with song delightad. 

My notes with choicest floweit, and garlandi sweet, 
reąuited. 

XI. 

" From thence a shepherd great, p1eas'd with my 
Drew me to Basilissa^s * courtly place ; [song, 
Tair Basilissa, fairest maid amoog 
The nymphs that white-cliffe AlbioQ's forrests 
grace. 
Her erratid drove my slender bark aloog 

The aeas which wash the fruttfal Oerman^s land. 
And swelling Rhene, whose wioes ran swiftly o'er 
the sand. 

XII. 

** Bat Afler, boIdenM with my firsŁ succcsbc, 
I dnrst essay the new-fonnd paths, that led 

Ib slavisb Mosco's dullard sluggishnesse ; 
Whose slutbefni Sannę all wintcr kecps his bed, 

Vat never sleeps in summer's wakefulnesse : 
Yet all for uought : another took the guin : 

Faitonr, thatreapt the plcasare of another's pain ! 

XIIf. 

" And traTelling along the northern plains, 
At her command T passM the bounding Twede, 

And lirM a while with Caledonian swains : 
My rrfe with fnir Amyntas there I led : 

Anyntas fair, whom still my sore faeart plains. 
Yet seem'd he then to loTe as he was 1oT'd ; 

But (ah !) I fear, trne loTe bis high beart ncTer 
prov'd. 

kiog of the East-Saxons, is alk>wed to bare been 
the tret who established regular schools there. 

Kext Camus, rererend sire, went fboting sk>w. 
His mantle hairy^ and his bonnet sedge, 
Inwmogbt with fignres dim, aod on tbe edge, 
like to tbat sanguine flow'r, inscrib^d with woe. 

Milton's Lycidas. 

* Probably the nsurpation of Richard III. of 
Engfand. The other names are flctitious, or per- 
baps they allade to 6tories told by otber poets, 
which I have never met with. 

* a Elińbeth. 



XIT. 

" And now he haunts th* infamous woods and 
And on Napean nymphsdotb wholiy dote : [do^ ns, 

What cares be for poore 'Ihelgon^s plaintful aounds ? 
Tbelgon, poorc master of a poorer boat ^°, 

Janus is crept from bis wont prison bounds, 

Aod sit^ theporter to his eare and mind^ : [finde ? 

What hope Amyntas* lorę a fisber swaioe should 

XT. 

" Yet once hesaid, (wbich I, then fool. believ'd), 
(The woods of it, and Damon, witoesse be ;) 

When in fiiir Albion*s fields he first arrlv*d, 
' When I forget true Tfaelgon's love to me, 

Tbe love wbich ne^er my certain hope deceiT*d ; 
The wayering sea shall stand, and rocks remere :* 

He said, and I believ'd i so ci«dulons is 1ove. 

xri. 
" You steady rocks, why yet do you stand still ? 
You fleeting waves, why do you nerer stand ? 
Amyntas bath forgot his Tbelgoa*s qułn; 

His promise and his Iotc are writ in sand : 
But rocks are firm though Neptune ragę bis fili ; 
Wben thou, Amyntas, Kkc the ^flre-drake 
rangest ; [tbou changest 

Tbe sea keefm on bis ćoune, when like the windę' 



XVII. 



cc 



Yet as I swiftly saiPd the otber day, 

The settled rock seemM from his seat remove. 
And standing waves seem'd doubtftii of their way, 

And by their stop thy waTerIng reproTe : 
Sarę either this thou didst but mocking say, 

Or else the rock and sea bad beard my plaining ; 
But tbou, ah me ! art only oonstant in disdaining. 

xriir, 
" Ah ! wonld thoo knew>Bt how much it better werc '^ 

To 'bidę among the simple fisher-swaines ; 
Noshrieking owi, no night-crow lodgeth here" ; 

Nor is oor Simple pleasure mixt with pains : 
Our spofts begin with the beginning yeare ; 

'° Hoe est, hoc, miserum quod peidMit. Ita Camamae^ 
iŁe procul, sprerit nostras Galatea qaeri.'las : 
Scilicet exfgua$ videor ąuod fiavita cymbae, 
Quodque łeves hamos, nodosąue retia tracto, 
Despicior Sannazar* Ec. 2. 

" Tbis, and the two following stanzas, for ele- 
gance and true pastorał sfmplicity will yield to 
few compositions, whether of tbe present age or 
of antjąuity. 

" Mr. Addison, in his criticism on pastorał 
poetry, will allow no grcater misfortune or incon- 
Tenience to be described as incident to tbe state of 
simplicity wbich is there supposed, than left.- 
banded oaks, shrieking raveos, or at most tbe loss 
of a lamb or gpoat Fletcher, in this passage, wili 
not fali under h» censure, where be paints tbe 
owi and the night-crow as the most disagreeable 
objects attending tbe life of a shepherd or fish(er« 
But this is too sqaeamish a pieoe of criUcism. 
lliere is no occasion fbr remońng onrseWea so lac 
from real naturę. Yirgil, who disdained aH pen 
dantic restraint, bas not oonflned bimseif to a 
goiden age for tbę scenę of bis pastorals. He bas 
^inted bis sbeplierds drivcn from the peacefnft ea^ 
joyment of their fields and flocks, aafi] cxp08ed to 
insults from the soldiers and barbariana y and this 
scrves to heighteń tbe idea of pastorał inoocence 
and simplicity, where such caljunitiasace lo power* 
fully affecting. 



P. FLJTCHER'S POEM& 



136 

In calins, to puli the Icapio; fish to land ; | iritb alf ibe iotce and tendernen of poetieal 

Id rooghs, to siug and danoe along the golden sand. | escpresiion. 



XIX. 



*.' I bave a ppe which onoe thou lovMbt well, 
(Was never pipę that gave a better sound)» 

Whłch oft to heare» ftitr Thetis from her oeli, 
Thetis, thii qaeei| of i^as, attended rOand 

Włth buadred ńympba, and many powcn that dwell 
In tb' ocean't rocky wailf , came up to heare, 

Aud gare me gifb, whicb ttill for thee }ye boarded 
bera, 

XX. 

^ Rere, with tweet beyt, the lo^ely myitiis grow, 
Wbere th' ooean's fair-cbaełcM maideps oft re- 

Here to my pipę they danceii on a row : pair j 
No otber svaip may cimie to notę tbeir fair ; 

Yet my Am^ntas there with me tball ga 
Proteus himself pipes to his flocie bereby *'.[eye. 

Wbom tlioa ghalt beare, ne'er soen by any jealeus 

XX|. 

'f But ab ! both me and sbepherds be diadains, 
Wbile I sit piping to Łbe ^ding vinde ; 

Setter tbat to the iMist^jnoua sra complains ; 
Sooner ficrce wares are moT*d, tfaan his harde 
windę. 

r)l to some nxrk for from our common mains ^\ 
And in his bosom leam forget my smart,[beart." 

Ąp4 biot Amyntas' parne from TbelfQn's wretched 

XXII. 

Qo np be m«e, and lancb'd into the deep, 
Biyidlng with his paie the suii^ing maiye, 

Wbłcb, dropping, seem^d with teares his caae to 
weep; [pląin, 

The whistling windes joyn*d with tłie geas to 

^nd o*er h» lioat in whinas lamenting creep. 
Nougbt ftfared be Aerce oceanii wat^ry ire, 

Who ii^ bis b4nrt pf grief and love felt equal fire. 

*'Proteus was Neptane*s berdsman, and kept 
bis 8ea-calvefl ; be was jealous of bęing seen by the 
shepherds, who nsed to surprise ąnd bind him, 
ibat be might sing tp tbem, and tell them tbeir 
Ibrtunes. 



Kuh9f»t^ h a^f«r*, ji«tf f$t XwMi JlA ft* i)#fTi 
ilf fU^ TM yi^iuf rtSrą Hmrą ^ę»x^** ytMfTi. 

TuEOCKiT. Idyll. 3. 



£CLOGU£ lU^ 



TlliaSIŁ. 



TII^ ĄRGITMENT. 



Ppma ęad Myrtilus sitting on tbe beach, whiie 
^be weather is nnfavonrable for fisbtng, amuse 
tbcmselTcs with a song. Myrtilus relates the 
cause of Tbirsirs abandcming ihe empioyment 
of a fisber, and ibrsaking bia Dative streanis. 
Tbe autboHp father^s misfortunes are again 
touch*d on, in the ohąracter of Tbelgon, concbed 
under # b^utiful allegory. Tbirsil affected 
wit|9 tbe ungenerous fikte of bis ftiend, and 
rescnting likewise bis own nnmerited bardships, 
ibfsweaife lor ever his opqntry and his occopa- 
tian. His parting with Tbomalin, and the 
llf opti and delif^bU <»f bis 70||th^ are deacribed 



2H>I0S, liriTlLCS, TROMAŁiy, THisni.^ 

I. 

OOBUS. 

MyktiTm why idle sit we on tbe shore? 
Since stormy windes and waves intesttne 8pit« 

^ Impatient ragę of sail or bending oare; 
Sit we, and sing, wbile windes amf waters figlit; 
-Ąnd parol Ipud of lorę, and loye^s delight. 

II. 

MVaTILUS. 

Dorna, ab i»ther stormy iseas requue, 
With sadder notes, the tempest*s ragę deplorei 

In caims let^s sing of love and Iover*s fire. 
Tell me bow Hiirsil late our seas fbraswore, 
When forc'd be |eft our Cbame, ąpd desert f borę. 

III. 

Doans. 

Now, as thou art a lad, repeat tbat lay ; 
Myrtłl, his songs morę please my rayisb^cl eare !, 

Than rpmbling brooks that witb thepebbiea play, 
Tbąn murm'ring seas broke on the banks to hpare, 
Or windes on rocks tbeir whistling Toiccs teare. 

ir. 

Scest thou tbat rock, wbicb hanging o'er the 
l/joka proudly down ? tbere as I under lay, [main 

ThiKii with Tbomalin I bcard complain; 
Tliomalin, (who now gpes sighing all the day), 
Wbo thns 'gan tempt bjs fciend with Cbaą^ish boya 
to stay. 

T. 
TBOMAŁIF. 

Tbirsil, wbat wicked cbąnoe, or lucklesa stam, 
From Cbapius' streams rerooves thy boat and mind ? 
Farre bencc thy boat is bonnd, thy mind moro 

^^"*» finde? 

Morę sweet or fruitful streams where canst thou 
When* fisher-Iads, or nymphs morę feir or kind ? 
The Muses selvcs sit with the sliding Cbame: 
Chame and tbe Muses seWes do love thy name. 
Where thou art lov'd so dear, so much tQ hate is 

sbame, 

▼I. 

THIRSII^ 

The Muses me forsake, not I tbe Musea; 
Tbomalin thąn know'st bow I them honour*d eveR; 

Not I my Cha me, but mc proud Chame refnaesj 
His froward spites my strong aflection 8ever j 
Blse from bis ban](s could I have pąrted nevcr: 
But like his swanneą. when now tbeir fate is nich. 
Where singing sweet they FiyM tbere dead they lie i 
So would I giadly łive, so woold I gladiy dic. 

Vłf. 

His stubbora bands my np^ bath broken ouitet 
My fish (tbe guerdon of my tc^ and pain) 

Hącaiiselesse aeiz*d, and, with nngratefnt mite, 
Bestow'd upon a lesse de^^pring swaio : 
Tbe cost and Jaboąr minę, bis all the gam. 

> Kam neque me tantum renient|s sibilus austri 
Nec percussa juTant floctu tam littora, nec qu» * 
Saxosa intcr dcci^rnint flumina ^alles. 

yu9. Buc. Ecl f. 



PISCATORY ECLOGUE& ECLOGUE IL 



131 



Ims bnoke, my oara are erackt and gooe: 

tąs be lef^ me, bat my pipę alone, [moen. 

witli bk mdder notes may help hit nratter*! 

▼III. 

TaoMiUia. 

UngratcAd Chiune! bo« olt hatii ThinU croimM 
■nd gaiiands thy obaeaier head \ 

Tbat wnr thy name thro* Alhkm lood dotb soand. 
Ah, faotbh Cbame! «hi» nov m Thinirs stead 
Shall cbnaft thy praiae, aiaee TheIgon*t htely 



Br whom thou h)T*st can ncither mg nor play, 
liii 4aAy pipę, aooniM, hroke, k eait away : 
Ah, Anłkh Cbame! «ho now shall grace thy 
faoliday? 

IX. 

TnusiŁ. 
Tao feaA my fbrmer hopes 1 I still ezpeeted 
Wkb ny deaert hit love should grow tbe niore: 
Ul cna be lorę, wbo Thelgoa't love rgected ; 
Tbelgoo, wbo morę hath grae^d h» graoeleste 
Tban nny aaraia tliat e^er tang bdbie. [shOie, 
Y<t Oripos be preferr>d, wben Thelgon ttiove: 
I viib no other carte he ercr prova ; 
Wbo Thelgon cautelette haiet, ttill may be 
Gripni lorę'. 

1. 

TBOMAŁW. 

lVf»l, bot tbat to loog I knoir tbee well, 
I nmr sfaoald tbink thoo tpeak'tt of bate or tpite : 

Cha tncfa a wrong wtth Chama, or Motet dwell, 
Tbat Tbelfon*t wortb and iove with hate they 



TBIfttTŁ. 

jndge thou; and thou tbat judgett 
right, 
Gicnt king of teat^ tbat gratp*tt tbe ocean, beare, 
ir cTcr tboa thy Thelgon k>ved*tt deare : [bear. 
Ibo* tbon iotbór a while, yet long thoa canst not 

zi. 
Tbdgon here had tpent bit 'preotioe 



Smo Imd be leamt to ting uk tweet a note 
As e«er ttrook tbe cbarlislk Chamut* eares : 
To bim tbe rnner gi^es a oottly boat, 
Tbat on bit waten be might rafeiy float; 
Tbe 8onf'a renard, whieb oft onto bis shore 
He tvei>tly toned: then armM witb taił and oare, 
Bmly tbe gift he lored, bot loy^d tbe girer morę. 

XII. 

Slearoe of tbe boat be yet was fuli pottest, 
* — witb n mind mo^ changing tban bit wave, 
bcqoeatb'd it ton wand^ring guest, 
tten be onely taw ; to bim be gare 
ilt 9nd onres ; in rain poor Tbelgon strare, 
Ibe boat it nnder taił, ne boot to plain: 
Tbtn hnni tbt bim, tbe morę to dte bit pain, 
At jf biraoelf wefe iffioqg*d, and did not wrong 
' Ibetwniii. 

* It js iiTpbable tbe nntbor here allq4et tO tome 
tAoe or e m pioy m ent wbicb bit fiitber espected, as 
tbe lewnrd of bit tervioet, and wbicb wat un- 
dmerfcdły bestowed on aootber, stigmattted under 
fhe name of Gripot, wbo had obtaiiied it by ilattery, 
and che Iow arts, to which Fletcber wat a ttranger. 
Yjdt jnfrm tUmca 14. and Eclog. i. ttanza Id.-— 
fą a fce^ to tome ^Qiiof|i of tbit bii^ W^^ 



XflL 

From thence be fnrrow'd may a drarlltb tea s 
Tbe Tiny Rbene, and Volgba*t telf did past\ 

Wbo tledt dotb toffer on bis wafry lea. 
And bortet trampling on hit icy hoe : 
Where Pboebot, priionM iu tbe {ronen glaste, 
Ali winter canoot morę bit quencbed ligbt, 
^Nor, ia tbe beat, will drencb bit cbarlot bright s 
Thereby tbe tedions yeare it all ooe day and nigbt. 

XIT. 

Yet IHtle thanke, and lette reward, he gol; 
He nerer learn'd to tootbe tbe itebing eare : 

One day (at clianc't) he spied tbat painted boat 
Wbicb ODCe wat bit : tboogh bis of right it were, 
He boaght it now again, and bonght it deare. 
Bot Chanie to Oriput gaTe It ooce again, 
Gripot, tbe baaest and most dung-bill swain, 
Tbat eveff drew a net, or fitht in fmitfial maio> 

XV. 

Go now, ye ibber-boys, go leam to play. 
To play aod ting along your Chamos' thore : 

Go watcb and toil, go tpend tbe nigbt and day, 
Wbłle windes and waret, wbile ttormet and 

lempest roar; 
And for your trade oonsame your life and ttore : 
Lo your reward ; thut will your Chamut nse jrou : 
Wby should you plaia tbat lozel swains refuse you ? 
Chamos good fisbers bates, tbe Motei^ teWea abott 
you*. 

XTI. 
TBOMALIir. 

Ab, Thelgon ! pooreat, but tbe wortbiest twaia 
Tbat erer grac'd unwortby porerty ! 

However here thou llT^dtt in joyleste pain, 
Prett down with gńef and patient mitery; 
Yet tbalt thou lirę wben thy prood enemie 
Shall rot, witb toom and base contempt oppreit. 
Surę now in joy thou tale and giad dott rett, 
Smil*tt at thoae eager foes, wbicb hem thee to 
molett* 

rriŁ 

THiRtrr. 
Tbomalib, moum not for bim^ he't tweetly 
sleepingi 
In Keptune't court, wbom here he tought^to. 
pleate; 
Wbile bumming rivert, by bit cabin creeping^ 
Rock toit hit slumb^ing thoughtt in qulet eates 
Mourn for thy telf, here windet do ocrer ceatej 



occur in thete eciogoet, T find the following anec- 
dote in a tmaH dnodecimo, entitled, A Historical 
Dictiooary of England and Walet, printed 1693; 
After enumerathig tome parttcnlart of tbe life of 
Doctor Gilet Fletcher, it it theie added, *< He wat 
a man eqnally belmred of the Mutet and Gracet: 
In the end of hit life baTing oommenoed doctor of 
divinity, and being tligbted by bit dowfiitb 
parithionert, he fell into deep melancboly, and In 
a tbort time died." 

*8ee Eciogae i. ttanna U, 13. and tbindto 
tbereon. 

* Jhe iogratitude of a toTcreign to a laithftil aer- 
vant^i9 touched with great delicacy in tbb obliąne 
compiaint againtt Chamut and tbe Mottt. 

^ Tbere is tometbing remarfcable in thit pictnm. 
Tbe image of the poor 6tbennao, now at rttt 
from all bit troubUt, and sweetly sleeping in tbe 
cour^ of Keptunej carriet with it tometbing benutl« 



138 



V. FLETCHElfS POEMS, 



Car dying life wiii b«ŁŁer fit thy cryiog: 
Ne softly sleeps, aod biesi is qiliet lying. 
Who ever liviDg dies, be bctter liTes by dying. 



zriir. 

TROMAŁIN. 

Can Thirsil tban oor Chame abandon eTer ? 
And never will our fishera see again ? 

TllItSIŁ. 

Wbo 'gaintt a ragiog stream doth rain endean>or 
To drive his boat, gets labour for his pain : 
When fates Goraoiand to go, to lagge is yain. 
As latc upon the sbore I cbancM to play, 
I heard a voice, like thunder, loudly say, 
** Thirsil, why idle liv'<t ? Thirsil, away, away !*' 

fal and affecting. The belief of the ancieoŁs, that 
the happiness of the deceased in Elysium consisted 
in the perfect enjoyment of thoee pleasarcs wbich 
had most dclighted them in life, justifies the pro* 
priety of the painting. IŁ may be well iinagincd, 
that the sweetcU enjoynaent of a poor and weary 
fishernian consisted in 'those few honn of sleep, 
when his batter*d cottage shelter^d him frooi the 
stonns of the night; and that the heightof bis 
wi^hcs was to enjoy iindisŁurbed that repose, which 
was often rudely interrupted, but yct donbly 
sweetened by the 8everity of his occupation. ** The 
hamming rivefB creepiog by bis cabin," is a 
beaatifttl and most natural idea, and. considering 
the character, is here introdaced with peculiar 
propriety: 

" Blessed are the righteous dead ; from bence- 

fbrth: for they sball rest from their labours >'' 

ReTel. c. xiv. ▼. 13. 

Tbia representatioD ii stiil fiulber juttified from 
the opioions of the poeu ooncerning the parts of 
man*s composition. From these it may be 
gathered, that they be]ieved three eMential parts, 
the body, the piire etherial spirit, and a subtile 
yet materia! Tehicle, as it were a ghade or ptcture 
of the body while in life. The body they aaw 
reduced to ashes on the funeral pile; the spirit 
they believed, by its own naturę, as soon as 
re1ieved from the body, returned directly to Hea^en, 
the place of its original; and the shade descended 
to the infernal regions.— This doctrine is evident 
from many of the poets: Łucretius, in particular, 
is expreJ8 oh this point 

ł Ersg Acherasia templa, 

Quo ncqae perutancant animae, Deqiie corpora 

nostra 
Sed quaDdam simulacra, modis pallentia miris. 

LucacT. 1. 1. 

It was tbefefbre a natnral effect of the belief oftbts 
doctrine, to imagine the shade, or representation of 
the sou! and body, ns being something of a materiał 
naturę, to be eniployed in those actions or eiijoy- 
ments below, which bad been most common and 
bót relbbed while the sonl and body were united : 
aod the supposition of sleep being a chief enjoy- 
ment in Elysium, » beauŁiful and consonant, con- 
sdering that tbe spirit, or the active and inteliigent 
part, had left the cóm]K>sition, and fled to Hcaven. 
By the bye, Łucretius accounts for the api^earance 
•f gbosts and spectres in a pretty >ingular manner 
from this doctrine; He supposes, that at tbe timc 
«f the diasolutfoa of tbe three constituent parti of 



XIX. 



Thou God of seas, thy voice I gladly beaie; 
Thy voice (thy voice I know) I glad obey ; 

Only, do tbou my wand'ring wherry steer; 
And when it errs, (as it will easMy stray), 
CTpoDtbe rock with hopeful aocbor gtay: 
Then will 1 swimm where*s either sea or shore, 
Wbere nererswain or boat was secn aforc: [oa 
My truok sbaU be my boat, minę arm sball be tny 

XX. 

Thomalin, methinks I heare thy speaking eye 
Woo me my posting joumey to delay: 

fiut let thy loTe yield to neoeasitie : 
With tbee, my fricod, too gladly would I atajr* 
And live, and die : were Thomalin away, 
(Thoogh now I half unwilliog leave bis stream}, 
HoweTer Chame doth Thirsil lightly deem, 
Yet would thy Thirsil Icsse proud Ghankus' aoor&s 
esteem* 

xxx. 

TBOMALtK. 

Who now with Thomalin sball sit and siag* ? 
Wbo left to play in Iove1y MyrtiPs shade ? 

Or tnne sweet ditties to so sweet a string ? 
Wbo now tho^e wounds shallswage in coTertglad*. 
Sweet-bitter wounds which cruel love bath raade ? 
You fisher-boycs, and sea-maids' dainty crew, 
Farewel ! for Thomalin will seek a new 
And morę respectful stream : ungrateful Chaine, 
adieu ! 

xxiu 

THiBsrr^ 

Tliomalin, forsake uot tbou the fisber-awains^ 
Which bold thy stay and love at dearest ratę : 

Here may^st thou live among their f^portfist 
Ti 11 better times afTord tbee bet ter state: [traans, 
Tben may'st thoii folłow well thy gniding fate, 
So live thou here with peace and quiet blert ; 
So let thy loTe afford tbee ease and rest ; 
So let thy sweetest foe re-cure thy wounded breast. 

xxiir. 

But thou, proud Chame, which tbas hast 
wiougbt me spite, 
Some greater ri^er drown thy hated namel 

Let never myrtle on thy banks delight ; 
But willows pale, tbe badge of tpite and blame. 
Crown thy ungrateful sbores with aoom and ahana* ! 
Let dirt and mud thy lazy waters seize ; 
Thy weeds still grow, thy waters still decreases 
Nor let thy wretched love to Gripus ever oease ! 

man, the thin shapes or cases flying off to Rlysium 
are sometimes seen on their way, and being 
materiał exhibit a lively image of the person while 
in life. 



-Heii tua nobis 



Psne simul tecum solatia rapta Menalca ! [herbis 
Qui8 eanerct Nympbas ? ouis liumum 6<nrentibas 
Spargeret ? aut Tindi footts induoeret umbra ? 

Vi&G. Buc EcI. 9. 



In these last stanzas of this beautiful eciogue, the 
tender concęrn of Thomalin for his fricnd^s misfbv^- 
tunes, which prompts him likewise to forsake his 
native rivcr, the generostty of Thirsil in reque8ting 
him to stay behind, the apostrophe to the ńver, 
and the parting of the two friends, are described 
in a masterly vein of poetry, and pathetic in l^« 
higfae&t degree. • • * * * 



PISCATORY ECLOGUES. ECLOGUE III: 



139 



XXIV. 

Fuwely ye streams, wbich once I loTed deare ''^ 
Fareirely ye boya, vhich oo your Chame do float^ 

MoKS, (arevel ; if tbere be M uses berę ; 
Ftrewel, my uets, farewel my little boat: 
Come, aadder pipc ; farewel, my merry notę : . 
My Thomalin, with thee all sweetnesse dwell j 
Thittk of thy Thirsil, Thirsil love$ tbee wcll. 
Tbomalin, my dearest deare, my Tbomalin, 
ferewel! 

ZXY. 

SORUS. ' 

Ab, baplesse boy, the fisher^s joy and pride ! 
Ab, «o B u», we cannot help thy wo ! 

Our pity Tain : ill may that swain hetide 
Wbose undespryed spite hath wroog'd thee so. 
Thirsil, with tbee our joy aod wishes go. 

XXVI. 
MYKTIŁUS. 

Doms, some grealer power prevents thy cnne: 
80 vile, lo basely lives that hatcful swain ; 

So base, ao vile, that nonę can wish him worse. 
Bot Tbńrńl much a better state doth gain ; 
For nerer will be find m> thaoklesse main. 

' It will be DO iąjostice to our poet, if, while we 
read of Thomalin^s taking leave of all the objects 
wfaidi vere deaiest to him, we have in our eye 
the ■eatimeots of Theocritus^s Dapbnifi, in his \aat 
adieu, and the thoughts of Yirgifs Melibceus, in 
simiiar circumstaoces to Tbomalin. 

"SmMf' i ^»iX9t iftftn ty«» Aft^/f ei/Mir «»* vXm»t 

Omi*' Ark ^f^ofUfę, *y» afXn«- ^^^^C Kciiii^etf 

Kai wmrmftm^y tm ;^irn «a>i* »«rA Ouf^^Ht Sht^, 

Tmboc. Idyil. 1. 

Eo ii]iqQam patrios longo post temporc flnes, 
Faoperis ąc tuguri congi:slum cespite culmen 
post a]tquot, itaea regna videns, mirabor aristas? 
Itc mex, felix quondam pccus, ite capeil%: 
5on ego vos posthac viridi projectus in antro, 
DmiKRa pendere procul de rupe xMdebo. 
Carmioa nuMa canam , non, me pascente, capellac, 
Florentem cytifeum, et salices carpetis amaras. 

ViKG. Buc. EcI. 1. 



ECLOGUE III. 



llYaTIŁUS. 



T»B A»inUMEKT, 

Myrtilos, a young daber, captivated with the love 
ii Celia, ts painted sittiog oit (lie banka of the 
ri^el- Medway, beedless of hia occupation, 
while his thoughts are solely employed on his 
He compIaio3 to Uie sea-nympba and 
and, comparing tbem to the state of his 
mind, endeavours by variou8 means to 
toftea the cniel olgecŁ of his afTections. This 
Eclogue is exprcssiTe of all that 'yicissitude 
of paasions wbich tbe ardency of leve cao 
ibspiret 



I, 

A FisBER-ŁAD, (no hłgher dares be look), 
Myrtil, sat down by silver Medway 's shore:* 
His dangling nets, hung on the trembling oare, 
Had leaTe to play, so had his idie hook, 
While madding windes the madder ocean shook* 
Of Chamus had he learnt to pipę and sing, 
And frame Iow ditties to his humble string, 

II. 
Tbere, as his boat late in the river 8tny'd, 
A friendjy 6sher brought the boy to view 
Celia the fair. whose lovely beauties drew 
His heart from him into that heav'nly maid: 
Thcfre all his wandVing thoughts, tbere now they 
AU other faire, all other Iove defies, [ataid. 

In Celia he IWes, for Celia dies. 

III. 
Kor durst the coward woo hia high desiriog, 
(Por Iow he was, luwer himself accounts ; 
And she the highest height in worth surmounts;) ' 
Butsits alone in heli, his heaven admiring'; 
And thinks with sighs to fąnne, but blows his flring. 
Nor does he strive to cure his painful woond ; 
For till tbitf sicknesse ncver was he soand* 

IV. 

His blubberM face was tempe^d to the dayj 
AU sad he iookt, that surę all was pot well ; 
Deep in his heart was bid an heaveńly heli : 
Thick cloods upon his wafry eye-brows lay, 
Wbich melling shower, and 8how'ring iiever stay: 
So, sitting down upon the sandy plain, 
Thus 'gan he vent his grief and hidden pain. 

V. 

•* You sea-bom maids, that in the ocean reigne, 
(If in your courts is known love'8 matcblease powre, 
Kindling his fire in your cold wat*ry bowre;) 
Ix'arn, by your own, to pity otbers' pain. 
Tryphon, thou know^st a tbomand herbs in vain, 
But know>st not one to cure a love-sick heart'; 
See herc a wound, that farre outgocs thy art. 

* The riyer Medway rises in what is called the 
Weald or woody part of Kent, and afterwaids 
divides itself into many streams, five of which 
surround Tunbridge. It is a very beautifol aad 
navigable riv«r, and at Rochester is so large as to 
be the bed of tbe rojral oavy. 

* The greatest faułt, perhaps, that can be found 
in Fletcher^s poetry, is that stodied quaintnef8 of 
cxpre<eioo wbich is too freqttentJy to be met with. 
Tbe formality of an antithesis, wbiob was so much 
the fashion of the age in wbich he wrote, łs entircly 
oppoaite to the language of passion. It Is sur- 
prising to thiuk how universally so depraved a 
taste shouid have then prevailcd, and how power- 
ful it mu&t have been, when Shakespcare himself 
was oAen carrłed away with the torrent Aod 
yet, with all thi.«, we find that in old composi* 
tions, even these ąuaintnesscs of expressłons,. 
wbich would disgast in compositions of the present 
time, have ao ciTect which is sometimcs not un> 
pleasiug, as they suggest to the mind the idea of 
a distant and less refined state of society, aod of 
the progresi>ive advancement of taste; reflectioos 
that always afford pleasure. 

» Herbarum subjecta potentia nobis s 

Hei mihi^ qaod aullis amor est ntedicabiiis berbis • 

Otijn Met. ApolL & Daph. 



140 



P. FLETCHER^S POEMs. 



Tl. 



*' Yoor sUtely mu (perfaapt with We^s fire) 
flow, 
And oyer-Metli tbeir baniu with springing-tide; 
Moft^ring thcir wbite plum^d wa^es with lordly 

pride, 
They •ooo retire, and lay their carlM heads lowi 
SolHnking in tbemselTcs tbey backwaid go: 
Bat in my breast fuli seas of gricf rcmain, 
Wbich ever 6ow, and ne^er ^be agaia. 

Tlł. 

«| How well, fiiir Thctis, in tby glasse I aet, 
A« in a crystal, all my raging patns ! 
Łatę thy green iielda ilept io tbeir cven plains, 
Wkiie smiling bear^ns spread round a canopie: 
Now lort with bhsts and civi) enmitie, 
While wbłsŁling windes blow trompeta to their 

flgbt, [upita 

And roaring wares^ as dranmea, whet on tbeir 

nil. 
** Saeh eruel stormes my rertletM heart eom- 
l4te tbooaand joyet tecnr^y lodged tbere, [mand : 
Ne fear^d I tben to oare, ne car^d to fSear: 
But paU'd tbe prisonM fisbes to the land ; 
Or (spite of windes) pip'd ón the golden sand : 
But sincelore sway*d my breast, these seas' alanns 
Are but dead pictures of my raging hanns. 



IX. 



u 



I/nre stirs desire ; desire, Ilke stormy windę, 
BIows up higb-swełling wares of hope and fear: 
Hope on his top my trembling heart doth bear 
Up to my hearen, bnt straight my lofty minde, 
By fear snnk in dcapair, deep drown^d I 6nde. 
Bnt ah ! your tempests cannot last fbf ever ; 
But ab ! my storths (I fear) will leav6 me neyer. 

X. 

'' Haplesse and fbod ! tpo fond, roore baplesse 
swain, [th'art IoT'd 

Who iorest where th'art scomM, scom^st wbere 
Or leam to bate where thoa hast hatred proT'd ; 
Or leam to love where thou art lo7'd again : 
Ah cease to love, or cease to woo tby pain ! 
Tby love tbus scornM is beli ; do not so eam it ; 
Ąt leasty leam by foigettiog to unieam it 



xr. 



<« 



Aby f>nd and baplesse swain ! but much morę 

Ibnd, 

How cau'Ht unieam, by leaming to Ibrget it ; 
When theught of what thou sbouldst unieam does 

whet it; 
And aurer titi thy* mind in capti^ bond ? 
Canst thou unieam a ditty tbou hast oennM } 
Canst tbou forget a song by oft repeating ? 
Tbus much morę wtlt thou leara by tby forgetting. 

xir. 

'* Haplesse and fond ! most fond^ morę baplesse 
swain! 
Seemg tby rooted loYe will Ieave thee neyer, [erer: 
(Sbe bates tby love), lore tbou ber hate for 
In Tsin thou hop'st; hope yet, thoagh still in Tain: 
Joy in thy grief, and triumph in thy pain: 
And thoiłgh reward esceedeth thy aspiring, 
lirę in ber lorę, and die in ber admiring. 

ziir. 

** Ttór, ernel maid ! most cmel, fiurer erer, 
How hath foni rigoor Stoln Jnto thy heart ? 
And, on a comic stage, hath leamt thee art 
To pky a tyran^tr^^ical deoeiTer } 
To promise aarey, bot peifirai it DCf«r ? 



To look more »weet, maskt in thy looks' disentsp, 
Than Mercy 's self can look with Pity»s tye» ? 



XIV, 



« 



Who taught thy honied tongue the canning 
Ibmeft the nivish'd eare with music^s strains? [slight 
And charm the sense with thousand pleasing pains? 
And yet, Ilke thunder rolPd in flames and night. 
To break the rired heart with iear and fright? 
How ralcs therein thy breast so quict state. 
Spite leiguM with itiercy, lorę with loreleaae hate.^ 

XV. 

" Ah no, h\x Celia! io thy snn-Iike eye [fire, 
HeaTtO sweetly smiles ; those starres, soft loWojg 
And ]fving beat, not buroing flames, inspire : 
Love*s self enthronM in thy brow's irory, 
And etery grace in Hearen^s lirery. 
My wants, not thine, me in despairing drown: 
When Uell perfnmes, no mar*l if Hearena frown. 

XVI. 

*' Those graceful tunes, issutng from glorioa* 
spheres, 
Ravish the ear and sonl with strange deligbt, 
And witb sweet nectar fili the thirsty spite ; 
Thy honied tongue, charming tbe melted eares, 
Stills stormy heąrU, and quieU frighu and feara: 
My daring heart provokes thee; and no wooder 
When Earth so high aspires, if HeaTcn thander. 

XVII. 

" See, see, fair Celta, leas are ćalmly Inid*, 
And end their boi8t*rons threats in qniet j>6ace; 
The wayes their drammes, the windes their 

trampets cease : 
But my sick love, (ab love bnt iii appay'd). 
Never can hope his storms may be allay'd ; 

'* The fbllowing etanzas, which oontain aome of 
the like passionate sentimenta, I am assured, were 
never before published. 

Fly ibrth, my sigbs, whkh eboke my reading 
heart ; 

Leave this poor body ^waft you to my fair: 

Your glowing warmth to ber cold breast impart. 

And print therein a loyei^s tender care. 

And^ if you.dare sUCh matchless charms to braycj 
Fly round her lips, and hover o'er hcr breast : 

Kiss ibose red lips ; and on the rolling wave 
Of her smooth milky bosom trembliug lest. 

Fly, and eotwine Amid those locks of gold; 

There loose the cords tbat keep my heart 
coofinM :- 
Those golden nets the captive sense infold, 

And with resistless magic*8 power can bind. 

And, whilst ye flotter round tbat sacred head, 

Breathe in her ear in softest notes of woe, 
Tbat with her farour all my joys are fled ; 

Her frowns have bid unceasing tears to flcnr. 
Bid ber tbat heart-coofbunding reason tdl, 

Why looks so sweet such cruel wiles disguise; 
Why in a cberub's lips decett shooki dwell, 

Or murd'ring lightning fiash Amn aagel's eyes.— 

Ob, dearer &r than anght on Earth bcside ! 

I feel, I feel my vital strengtb decay : 

Hastę, baate to save ; be but thy mrey try^d ; 
Nor let me lhig'ring waste my life e awmy. 

* UuU nym fUf wUrHt wiymrt 9* im<* 
'Al* \f»k «^ 9tym ri^9 f yrfWn A»£b, 
AXX* Ir) rntf srwr* Mmrtuftfuu 



PISCATORY ECLOGUE& ECLOGUE IV. 



141 



Bat giTifi^ to his ragę oo end or leisarr, 
Still fotleaa reg|g: love kiio«t no 



xriii. 
" Fond^boy, ahe jtistly aconit Łby proud deńtt, 
Wbiłe thou nitb wkapng wuuMat forgcfc thy puD : 
Go str;ve to empfcy tbe ttitl-Oowiog naia : 
Go fael seek to qiiencb tby growiog fire : 
Ab, f oc4ish boy ! scorn n thy mittk''8 hirc 
Jkomn then Oiese fiames in seas: but ab I 1 fear 
Tb fire the inain^ and to want water tbere. 



X1JC. 



M 



' Thete fint thy beaTen I taw, therc felt my heli ; 
Tbe sDooth całm aeas raisM stonns of fierce Oesires; 
There cooling waten kmdlcd buroing fire«, 
Kor can tbe ocean ąuencb them; in thy celi, 
Fnll iior*d of plcasures, all my pleosaret fell. 
Bic iben, fond Ind: ab * well ny dettb may 
plenaetheei [me." 

Bot loTe, tby kwc, not life, iiot deatb, mnM ettae 

Xl(. 

So dowtt be swoonii^ rinki, nor can remoye, 
1111 fiaher^boyet (fond fisher-boyes) rev;ve bim. 
And bMk ngnin bis life and lonnę giire him i 
Bet be loeh wofal gift docb much reprore i 
Hopeieaae bis life; for bopelene b hm love. 
GOk tbeo, most loring, but mott dolc^ul fwaini 
Wdl owy I pitie ; tba moat cnre tby patn. 



BCLOOUE IV. 

CBaomt. 



ms Atcirmirr. 

HielgoD and Cbtomis lament the degeneracy of 
tbe times, wben tbe name and employment of 
a 6sher is become despicable and opprobrioui. 
Uoder this allegory is couched a complaint of 
the corruption and shameful life of the clergy : 
Thdr ncgiect of their cbarges ; tbeir oppresiioD 
of tbeir infeńors; and tbfir haughtinen and 
itnmled ambition, are sererely toochM 
Tbdgon drawt a pnrallel belireen tbeae 
aod tbe primiti^e bendsof the charcb; and 
coKindet, exborting bii fńend, from tbe great- 
cat of all exampłei, to penevere with conitancy 
in bit employment. 

I 

TBEŁOOy, cnOMii. 



TflEŁOOM* 

Cnomr, my joy, why drop thy ramie eytn ? . 

And sallen ckmda hang on thy beacie brov } 
Seeoif tbnt tby net » rent, bnd idle lies; 

Tby meny pipę hangi broken -on a bongh : 
Bot late thy tim^ in bondred joyet thou tpent*ft ; 
No* time tpeodt thee, whlle thon in Yain lamenftt. 

!!• 
CBtOMtl. 

Tbelgoo, my pipę it vbole, and nett are new ; 

Bu3L neta and pipę oontemB*d aad idle lie t 
My łitlle reed, tbat late to\nerry blew, 

Tanes aad notef to bit raatter^t mitery. 
Tfane it my Ibe, and batet my nigged rbimet, 
And I as mach hate botb tbat bate and tinet. 



lit. 

TBBLOOir. 

What is it tbeti tbat canseth thy nnrett? 

Or wicked charms;. or 1^6*8 new-kindled firel 
Ab \ much T fear, lote eats thy tender breast; 

Too well I know his nelrer-ąueoched ire, 
Since I Amyntas lov*d, who me disdains *; ' 
Aild loves in me naught bot my grief and pamii 

CBftOMIS4 

No lack of Iot6 did eirer breed my tmatt ; 

I onely leam'd to pity otbers* paia. 
And ward my breast ftom bis deceiving-art a 

fint one I love, and be love8 ase again: 
In love tbit onely it my greatett sore, 
He loves to much, and 1 can love no mora* 



Bot wben the fi^er^t trade, onoe bigbly pris'd^ 
And juttly booonr^d in thote bettor tiaiety 

By erery k»ei-groom I tee despii'd ; 
Ko marrel if I bate my jocnnd ibimet. 

And hang my pipę upon a wflhm bongh z 

Mlgbt I grieve ew, if I grieve not now. 

Tl. 
TSBŁOOII. 

Ab, foolish hoy! why shoold'st tbon to lament 
To be like bim wfaom thon doet like to well } 

Tbe prince of fisbert tboosand lonnents tent. 
. To Uearen, lad, thou irtboond : theway by Hell^ 

Would^st thou ador^d, and great, aad meny be, 

Wben be was oiock*d, debas^d, and dead for tbee ? 

YII. 

« 
Men^s scoms sboold rather joy than torrow mom} 

For then thon bigbest art wben thou art down. 
Tlieir storms of hate should morę blow up my loTe| 
Their laoghters my apjltause, tbeir moclu my - 
crown. 
Sorrow for him, and thame let me betide, 
Wbo for me, wreteb, in thame and torrow died. 

/ TUI. 

cmioMii. 

Tbelgon, His oot mytelf for whom I pfaln i 
My priTate losse fuli easie could 1 bear, 

If priTate lotte might help the poblic gain : 
But wbo can blame my grief, or chide my fear, 

Since now. tbe fisher^t tnde and honour'd name 

Is madę tbe common badge of scom and thame } 

IX. 

Uttle know they the fisbert toilsome paio, 
Wbone labour with his age, still growing, spendt 

His care and watchings (oft ml^»ent in Tain) [not; 
The eariy mom begmt, dark erenmg ends not. 

Too foolisb men, tbat tbmk all labour ttaadt 

In traTel of tbe feet or tired bands ! 



Ab, wretched fisben! bom to bateandttiifo; • 
To otbert' good, but to your rape and ^miL 

Tbts is the briefett tomme of fither^t lifc. 
To tweat, toIraeM, to watcb, to fott, to fetiti' 

Hated to Iotc, to liTe despit'd, forlom; 

A ionrow to bimself, all otbert? soom. 

* 8ea Ec|ofoc Ł. 



142 



P* FLETCHER'S PopM& 



TnEŁGOK. 

Too well I know the fisher'8 thanklease pain ; 
. YeC bear it cheerfully, nor dare repiue : 
To grudge at losse is fond, (too fond and vaiD), 

When bighest caiftes jusŁly it assigne* 
W bo bitcs tbe stone, aod yet tho dog condemnes. 
Much worse is tban tbe beaaC be so cootemnes. 

XI r. 

Cbromis, how many fishefs dott tbou know, 
Tbat nile their boats, and use tbeir nets arigbt? 

Tbat neitber windę, nor time, nor tide foreslow ? 
Such some havebeen ; but, ab ! by tempests' spite, 

Tbeir boats are lost; while we may sit and moan, 

Tbat few were sucb, and now tbose few are nonę. 

XIII, 
CHKOMIS. 

Ab, cmel spite, and spiteful cmeltie, 
Tbat tbus bath robb'd car joy and desert sbore ' 

No ttkpre onr teaa sball bear yonr melody '$ [morę: 
Your tongs and tbrUUng pipet sball sound no 

Sileiit onr shores, onr seas are Tacant qaite. 

Ab, spitefiil crucltie, and cruel spite ! 

XIV. 
TBBŁCON. 

Instead óf thete, a crew of idle grooms, 
Idle and bold, tbat nerer saw the aeas, 

Fearlesse sacceed, and fili tbeir empty rooms: 
Some lazy live, batbing in wealth and ease : 

Hieir floating boats with wayes haye leaTe to play, 

Tbeir rusty hooks a 11 yeare keep holiday. 

XV. 

Herc stray tbeir skiffes, themselyes are never berę; 

Ne'er saw their boats : ill mought they fisbers be: 
Meantime some wanton boy the boat doth steer, 

(Poor boat the wbile !) tbat cares as much as be: 
'Who iu a brook a wherry cannot row, 
Now backs the seas, before the seas be know. 

XVI. 

CHaOMIB. 

Ab, foolish lads ! tbat tbink wilh wavp8 to play, 
And nile rongh seas, which neyer knew com- 

First in some river tby new skill essay, [mand ! 
Tiil time aod pracUcc teach thy wcakty hand : 

A thin, tbin plank keeps in thy vital breath : 

Peath ready waits. Fond boyes, to play n itb death! 

XVII. 
TBBŁGON. 

Some, stretching in their boats, supinely sleep, 
Seasons in vain recaUM, and windes ncglecting: 

Others tbeir hooks and baits in poison stecp *, 
Keptune himself with deathful drugges infccting: 

The fish tbeir life and death together drink. 

And dead pdlute the seas with venomM stink. 

XVIII. 

Some teach to work, but have no bands to row : 
Some will be eyes, but haye no light to see s 

Some will be goides, but bave no feet to go : 
Somedeaf, yeteares; some dumbe, yet tongues 
will be: [allj 

Dumbe, deaf, lamę, blinde ąnd maim'd j yet fisbers 

Fit lor no use, but storę an hospital. 

' See Eclognc H. 

,' Poisoooos and pcrnicioiis doctrines, whick 



XIX. 

Some greater, sooming now their ntrrow boaC, 
In mighty huiks and ships (like conrCs) d«J 
dweli ; 

Slaving the skifibs tbat tu tbeir seas do fioat$ 
Their sliken sails with windes do proudly swell s 

Tbeir narrow botton&es stretcb they largie and wridtf^ 

And make fuli room for luxttrie and pride \ 

XX. 

*Setf did I see a swain not long ago, 

Whose lordly ship kept all the rest in aw r 

About bim thousand boats do waiting row ; 
'His frowns are death, his word is firmest law ^ 

Whilc atl tbe fi&her-boyes tbeir bonnets vał]y 

And farre adore their lord with slrucken saiL 

XXI. 

His eare b sbut to simple fisber-swain ; 

For Gemma^s self (a sea-nymph great and higfa) 
Upon his boat attended long in yain : 

What hope poore fisber-boy may oome bim 
nich ? 
His speech to ber and presence he denied, 
I lad Neptuoe come, Neptune he had defied. 

xxti. 

Where Tybcr's swelling wares his banks o*erflow, 
There princely fisbers * dwell in courtly halls r 

The trade they soom, their bands forget to row * 
Their trade, to plot tbeir rising, others* fisUs : 

Into their seas to draw the lesser brooks, 

And fish for steeples high, with golden hooks. 

while the people adopt, along with divuie mad 
neoessary trutbs, they may be properly said to 
" drink iheir life aod death together." 

* Tbis is not tbe flrst instanoe tbat we hare of 
the poet*s using the figurę of a ship atid seamen in 
an allegorical sense. .5ir David Liudsay, who 
wrote in the reign of James V. of Scotland, (about 
a hundred years before our poet) in speaking^ of 
the ciergy of hb time, draws a picture which haw 
a striking resemblance to tbis of FietcbeHs, tboof^ii 
in rougher measure. 

^To Peter and Paul thongh they succeed, 

I tbink they prove not tbat into tbeir deed. 

For Peter, Andrcw, and John, wcre fisbers fine, 
Of men and women to the Christian faith : 

But they have spread their net, with book and line. 
On rents, riches, on guld and other graith : 
Such fisbing to neglect they will be laith. 

For wby, they have fisbed over-thwart strands, 

A great part truły of all temporal lands. 

Christ did command Peter ta feed his sheep; 
And so he did them feed fuU tenderly ; 

Of tbat command they takc but little keep, 
But Cbristes sheep they spoil most piteously. 
And with the wool they clothe them curiously : 

Like greedy wolves they take of them their food s 

They eate their flesb, and drink bothmilk and blood« 

As who would make a steersman to a baige 
Of one blind bom, which can on danger see : 

If tbat ship drown, fonooth 1 say for me, 
W bo gave the steefsman such comuiissioD, 
Should of the ship make n^stitution. &c. 
Sir Dl ŁiMMAt*s Works, Sd B. of the Monarchy. 

* Thepopet. 



PISCATORY ECLOGUES. ECLOGUE V. 



Ui 



XZ1II. 
CHmOMIS* 

ndfOD, hov CBii*tt ttaoa weU that fisher blame^ 
Wlio in hb «it ao highly doth exc«1, 

Ttist vith hiimelf can niiśe tbe fbhei^s name ? 
Widl may be tbrhe, tbat speods b'» art so wełl. 

Ahy little needs tbeir bonoar to depresse : 

little it ia ; yet most woold have it lesK. 

XX1T. 
THBŁGOMli 

Ahs, poor boy \ tby tballow-awimmiag idgbt 
Cae iievcr di^e into ibeir deepest art. 

Hutę silkeD tbows lo dimme thydaazled sigbt. 
Cooidst iboo umnask tbeir pomp, uubreast tbeir 
beart, 

Hov «oQSd'at tbou la»gb at tbia ricb beggerie ! 

Aod leaia to hate web bappy miseriel 

zxv. 
Pnrtiąg ambitkm sparres tbeir tired breast ; 
Hope cłiainM to doobt, fear Knk*d to pride and 
threat, 
flbo iii yok'd psin) gi^c tbem no time to rest ; 

TynoU to leanr boaU, sU^es to tbe great. 
IW mail I ratber piUe tban adore,- 
Wbo, rear'd by oibers mucb, fean olbers morę. 

ZXVL 

Mat cuTsed town, wbere bot one tyrant reigns ! 

(Tboagb Ittae his single ragę on many spenfe ;) 
Bat mocb morę miserie tbat loal remains, 

When many tyrants in one beart are pent : 
Wben tbus thou scrr^st, tbe comfort tbou cann'st 

baFe 
From greatneae ix^ tbou art a greater slaYc. 

xzvii. 

CHROMIS. 

Ab, Yretcbed swaint, tbat live in fisbera' trade ; 

Witb iowHfd griefi} and ontward wanU distrettM i 
Whilc CTcry day doth morę your aorrow ladę ; 

By otbers scom'd, and by yourselYes op- 
pre9s'U ! 
The great tbe greater 8erve, tbe lesser tbese : 
And all tbeir art is bow to rise and please. 

XXVIH. 
THaŁGON. 

Thoee feber-awains, from wbom onr trade dotb 



Tbat by tbe King of seas tbeir skill were taugbt, 
As tbey their boats on Jordan waTO did ro«. 

And, catcfamg&b, were by a ikher caugbt ; 
(Ah, blessed cbance ! ) much better was the trade, 
That being fishers, tbus were fisbes modę. 

XXIX. 

Those bappy swains, in oiitward sbew unblest, 
Were 8conrg*d, were 8com»d ; yet was this losse 
tbeir gain : 

By land, by sea, in life, in deatb distrest ; 
But now witb King of seas securely reigne t 

For that sbort wo in tbis base eartbly dwełling, 

Eojojing joy all excellence exceliing. 

xxx. 
'Then do not tbou, my boy, cast down tby minde. 

But seek to please, with all thy busie carc, 
Tbe King of seas ; so shalt thou surcly findc 
Rest, quiet, joy, in all tbis troublous farc. 
lirt not tby net, thy hook, thy singing ceasc : 
And pray tbese t^mpe8ts may be tumM to peace. 



Ob, Prince of waters ! Soyerełgneofseas! 
Wbom storms andcalms, wbom windea and wtTes 

obey; 
If erer tbat great fiaber did tbee please, . 

Chide thou tbe windes, and forions wayesallay $ 
So on tby sborea tbe fisbeiwboyes shall ńng 
Sweet aongs of peace to our sweet peace's King. 



BCŁOOUE V. 

MICJEA. 



TITB ASCUMEHT. 

Algon, walking sorrowfully along tbe banka of tbe 
Trent, is met by Damon, wbo kindly enquireB 
tbe cause of bis affliction ; but at the same time 
npbraids bim, tbat, wbile all naturę is gay and 
joyful, be alone sbonld grieve. Algon describes 
bis feelings, and Damoo finom tbence diaco^era 
bis passioa for Nicsea. Algon complains of his 
fate, and Damon comfbrts bim by teaching bim 
bow to win bis mistreS8'8 alfection. Nicsea herself 
is introdueed, and yields at lengtb to tbe suit of 
Algon, and intercession of Damon* 



fiAMOH, ALGOM, HICJBA. 
I. 

The well-known 6sher-boy, that late bis name. 
And place, and (ab, for pity!) mirth had 
changM ; 
Wbich from the Musas' spring and cburlish Chama 
Was fled, (his glory late, but now bis shame ; 
For he witb spite tbe gentle boy estrang*d :) 
Now long the Trent * with his new fellows rang^d : 
There Damon (fHendly Damon !) met the boy, 
Wbere lordly Trent kisses tbe Darwin coy, 
Bathing his ]iquid streains in loyers' meltiog joy* 

II. 

SAMON. 

Algon, wbat locklesse starre tby mirtb batb blasted f 

My joy in tbee, and tbou in sorrow drownM. 
The yeare, witb winter storms alt rent andwasted, 
Hath now freab youth and gentler seasons tasted : 
Tbe warmcr Sun his bride batb newly gown'd, 
Witb firie arms cltpping the wanton ground. 
And 'gets an Hearen on Earth : that primrose there, 
Which 'mongst those vi1ets sbęds bis golden bair, 
Scems the Sunne'8 little sonne, fixt in his aznra 
- spheare. 

III. 

Seest bow the dancing lambes on flciWrie banks 

Forget their food, to mind their sweeter play f 
Seest bow tbey skip, and, in tbeir wanton pranks, 
Bonn<i o'er the billocks set in sportful ranks ? 
They skip, tbey Tąuit, fuli little caren tbey 
To make tbeir milkie motbers błeating stay. 

' Trent is the third river of notę in England .* it 
rises by Mowcon-hill near Oheshire, and, after a 
long passage, loses itself in the great a^tuary of 
Humber. It is said to derive its name^from tbirty 
rivers wbich it receivcs in its course. 



144 



P. FLCTCttElfS l^EMa 



Ceest hom the salmoBS (watfer^ eoMer nataon) 
Lately arrir^d from tbeir aea iiavigsŁion, [foshion*. 
Uow jgy leapi io their heart) ahtow by Uieir leaphig 

Wbat witcb enchanU thy tninde with tolkn 
madnene? [plasBing. 

Wheo alitbings mile, thoa only Mtei* com- 

ALCOIU 

Damon, I, only I, bave cauae of sadnctte : 
The mgre my wo, to weep in common gladnene : 

Wben all eye» sbine, minę only must be raining; 

No Winter now, bat in my breast, remaining: 
Vet feels tbis breast a rammer'! burning ferer : 
And yet (alas !) my winter thawetb never : 
And yet (alas ! ) this fire eats and consumes me erer. 



W. 



Damod, trhat Trypboo tangbt tbine eye the ftit ! 

By theae few sSgns to searcb so soon, to well, 
A woand ótep bid, deep in my fester'd heart, i 
ftai€'d by ber eye, Lore^t and Beatb^a plańotf ] 
dartł 
Ab, tbe it is, an eartbljr Heav'n and Heli, 
Who thos hath cbarmM my heart with augred 
spell. [««»• 

EasQ tbou my wound : but, ab I wbat band can 
Or give a med'cine tbat aoćb wound mśj pleaae ; 
Wben the, my aole pbysician, it lny aoul'# 



hamok, 
\^1tbin our Darwin', in ber rockte cdU 

A nympb there livea, wbich thonaand boyca hatb 
All as sbe gliding ridee in boats of sbell, [barm'd ; 
Darting ber eyei, (wbere spite and beatity dwell t 
Ay me, tbat spite with beantie abould be arm'd ! ) 
Her witcbing eye the boy and boat bath chąrm'd. 
Ko sooner drinka be down tbat pois^nous eye, 
]But monms and pines : (ab piteoua crueitie ! ) 
With ber he longt to live ; for ber be hmgs to die. 

' The salmon, during the Winter season, ocm- 
■tantly freqnents the sea, wbere the water is 
warmer, and not sutject to be fitnen, aa tbe riverB 
■re; but, opon theapproacb of spring, thty steer 
up the rivers, wbere, in tbe wann weather, tbey 
deposite their spawn. Tbeir power of surmount- 
mg the most surprising ebstades in tbeir way, is 
as well known as it is curiouSi Wben a weire or a 
llood-gate comea in their way, tbey will not take 
their iMip immcdiately, but remain still for a 
wbile m some pool, till tbey gather strength after 
the fatigtie of swimming, and then coming below 
the flood-gate, tbey bend themseWes in a circle, 
with their tali in tbeir moutb, and, ejterting their 
utBoost force, spring dpwards sometimcs to the 
height of eight feet peipendicular. 

This is d^ribed by Ansonius: 

Nec te poniceo ratilantem ▼iaoere^ Salmo, 
Transierim, lat« cojua ? aga Terbóra cands 
Ouigite de medio summas referuntur in undas. 

And our coontryman, tbe ingeniotis Mr. Moses 
Browne, in his escellent Piscatory Edogues^ bas 
giv«*n a irery aocmate and poetical repreaentation 
of wbat I baTe berę relatad, from wbich 1 shall 
transcribe a fewTmes. 

Wbat Taónas tribes to Ocean'8 realms belong, 
He taught and number^d in his cbanging song : 
fiow, wand^ring fiOm the main, the salmon-broiods 
Their summer pleaaures seek in fresber iloods ; 
With strength inciedible, the scaly race 
OPcr rocka and weires tbeir upward panage traoe : 
Bept hesMl to tali, in an elastic ring, 
Ss^ o^er the steepest precipioe tbey spring. 
In Tivy's atream^ a rock of aocicnt fiune, 
Still bńn of salffion-leap th' acc(»ding name. 

Ecl. iT. 1. 68. 
* Ule Darwin, or Derwent, alarge and beantiful 
ilrer, takeaits t^ in tbe Peakrhilb of Derbysbire, 
and, ^ftcr a conne of tbirty miles, sometimes 
amoog hnge rocka, and sometimes tbrongh b^uti- 
ftd mindwn, IhUf into ttm Tnat baldw Elwastoo. 



VI r. 

daMor. 

Poore boy ! tbe wonnds wbich spite and lotre ina^ 
There is no ward to fence, no heib to eaae. Cpa^t^ 
Heaven*s ctrclmg folds lie open to his dart : 
HelPs liCtbe^s afif coob not his burning smart : 
Tbe fishea cold ilallie with this stroog diaeaae. 
And want their water in the midst of seaa : 
AU ara his slaYca, Heli , Eartb, and HeaTen «bov^ 
Strire not i*tJi' net, in Tain tby foroe to prore. 
GiTC, woo, sigb, weep, and pray: Lorr^* only 
ciir'd by love. 

▼UL 
ALCOK. 

If for tby lorę no otber cure tbera be. [and art« 
Love, tbou art cnrelesse: gifb, pray*ra, Towa, 

Sbe scoma both yon and me : nay, Loire, «▼<» 
thee: 

Tbou sigb*8t ber priaoner, wbile sbe laogha as fiea« 
Whaterer charms might morę a gentle beart, 
I oft have tried, and sbowM the eamfol amart 

Wbich eats my breast : she laugbs at all my pain : 

Art, pray'rB, tows, gifts, love, grief, sbe doea 
disdain t [spent in vain. 

Grief, lovc, gifts, rows, pray^rs, art, ye all are 

IS. 
SA MON. 

Algon, oft hast tbou fishM, but spęd not straigbt; 
Wilh book and net tbou beat'st the water roondi 
Oft-times tbe place thou changest, aft the bait i 
' And« catching nothing, still and still dost wait : 
Leam by thy trade to curc thee : time hatb 

found 
In desp>rate cures, a sake for ev'ry wound. 
Tho fish, Łong playing with tbe baited book, 
At last ii caugbt : thus many a nympb is took) 
Mocking thestiokes of lorę, is with ber strikipg 
strook. 

AŁCOH. 

The mart>le's self is pierc'd with dropa of rain : 

Fires soften steel, and hardest metals try: 
Bot she morę bard tban both : such ber disdain, 
Tbat seaa of tears, JEtnas of love are vain. 

In ber strange beąrt (weep I, bura, pinCf or die;). 
Still reigna a cold, ooy, careless apathie. 

The wbole ooonty of Deiby (and the baaks of thiS 
rirer in particular) are reuarkable for the agree- 
able Yicissitode of wild and culUvated scenes ; and 
I bave heaid it well oamed the epitome of Great- 
Britain: for, in a few boors travelling, oncmay 
baTe a specimeu by torus of all tbe diiierent, 
beanties of cvery county, from the ricbest and 
most cttitirated to the wildest and most romantic. 



WSCATORY ECLOGtJES. EĆLOGUE V. 



145 



The rock tbat bean hef ttune, Inneeds tbat hard' 



WHh goat*i blood ooly 8oit*ned * ; she uritb nonę : 
Btore preckMift ifae, and ab morę bard than 



zt. 
Thmt rock I tbink ber motber : tbence gbe took 

Her nmme and naturę. Damon, Damon, tee ? 
8ee vbece ibe coonea, aroi'd wiUi a Hne and hook^ : 
Tdl me, perbapa tbon think'st Sn' tbat sweet iook 

Tbe wbite la beaaty'8 native tapeMrie ? 

Tia cryrtaile, frioid, yc'd in the liroaBen aea: 
Tbe red k rabie ; these t«o, joyn*d in one, 
Sfakc np that beauteous frame, tbe difftrence 



Bat tiiii, afae is a preciout, Iiving, ipeakm; fltooe. 

nAMO!f. 

No senome ao costly but with oosŁ is bougbt : 

T^ hardrst stooc is cut and framM by art: 
A diamoad bid in rocks is found, if son^Ł : 
Be she a diamond, a diamond^s wrouyht. 
Tby fear oongeab, tby ikinting steels ber heart. 
111 be thy captain, boy, and talce tby part: 
Alddes* self vould nerer combat two. 
Take coura^e, Aigon ; I will teacb thee woo 
GaM beggais freeze our gifts : tby fcint suit breeds 
ber no. 

^ A itone called Nicsn, which bas tbat fisbuk>asr 
pf j p eity berę reniarked. 

^ Tbe wonoen here are described as fi»bing, not 
wkb the net, bat witb the Kne and book, wbich is 
a maDDcr of fishing less laborioias and morę pleas- 
is^ The practica of angling with fhe linę and 
rod haa been koown in all ages, as appean from 
the oJdeit of tbe classical writers, and from many 
pessages in acripture : Job, cbap. xli. 1, 2. — Amos, 
cfaap. iT. 2. — Isaiab, cbap. xix. 8. Some bave 
auppoaed it to bare been invenled witb otber oseful 
arts by Seth tbe son of Adam. 

Tbeocrittta, in bis Eclogue of the Fisbers, not 
oiily d e ser i b cs the nsanner of playing tbe bait, bat 
all the matcrials lor angling, bs tbe linę madę of 
horse-hajr, &c.-~That angling was in use as an 
anoseoient in ancirnt daya, appcars from many 
aa thoijii e t , particnlarly from the bamourons story 
af Antbaaj and CIcopatra. 

Antbooy took particolar pkanore in angling, 
aad deopstra and be nsed often to amose them- 
sdTtes with that recreatioii ; but being one day 
sttendad witb bad łuck, and much concemed to 
appear before tbe queen without his osuaJ address 
aad good fsrtune, he gavc orders to scune of his 
i>bcnneii to dive secretly under water, and to 
btśten to his hook some of the largest fishes whjch 
tfaey had taken in their nets. His orden were 
paactnally esecuted : Cleopatra cxpre8sed in ap- 
pearanee great suipriae and adiniration every ttme 
he drew np his iioe ; hut being well ąppriied of tbe 
aftifioe, she cansed one of ber own attendants to 
d i » e sec r et ly nader watcr, and to ftfsten to Anthony*8 
haok a large dried-fish of tbat kiad wbicb-is brought 
from Pontna. Wben Anthony drew np his linę, 
^ whole company was bighly diverted at the 
sight of the saft-Bsb, and laoghcd heartily at the 
triuDiTiT^s eztraordinary goad liick s but be putt- 
iag OD a.9erioos aiiv and aeeming not to relisb the 
jofce, tbe fineeił took hin n ber anusj " Łeave/' 



Iłili 
to ber hoy« 

AŁOOM. 

LoYe is morę deaf tban blindeij 



nluan. 



She must be woo*d. 



said she, " good generał, 1eave the angling line to 
us kings and queens of Pfiaros and Caoopus; it 
becomes you to angle for cities, kingdoms, and 

princes." Plutarch, Marc. Anton. 

The amusement of angling is one of those which 
are most natural to man, as well as most deligbt- 
fuL We may accoont for our relisb for this, aa 
well as for some others of the like sports, from an 
origioal and in8tinctive.principle in our naturę. In 
tbe early ages of society, man ba$ recourse to 
&bing, hiintiDg, and fowling, for his solc sub<« 
sistence : he is instmcted by natural instinct in the 
means of rendering inferior animals nubsenrient to 
bis ose ; and Pn>Tiden'ce bas bountifully ordained 
that tbose actkrns wbich are necessary for our 
preserration, should constantly be atteńdcd with 
asenseofpleasaae. It is not tben to be wondereO 
at, tbat we should take deligbt in that as an 
amusement, on which, in particular circumstances 
we must depend for our support. 

The innooence of angling, and the beaotiful scen* 
with which itisacąuainted, haveparticuiar]y recom- 
mended it to many men ófgenius, especially suoh aa 
are Ibnd of retirement afnd contemplatlon. Were* I 
to enumerate these, I should mention a Wotton, a 
Waller, a Gay, and indeed innomerable othen; 
some of whom, wbo ba^e giren proofs of a gefriut 
suited to a bigher theme, ba«e not disdained to 
employ their pen on the subject of angling. ■ Of 
tbese 1 sball but mention one, wbo from eminenca 
is stłled, tbe Father of Anglers; tbe amiable Mr* 
Isaac Walton. His book is indeed a tieasure; 
and tbe test of his merit is, tbat it recommenda 
itself to all readers, even to tbose whó have not 
the least Inclination to tlie art which it teaćhes. 
The deligbtful sceńerf wbich be so aftiessiy xic- 
scribes, the ingenioussimplicityofhisotMiertatłOns, 
and the candour and honesty of heart which shine 
in erery page, have well entitled it to' the rank of 
a classical performance. — Walton's Compleat 
Angler bas gone through many editions, the best 
of wbich is that published in 1760, with critical 
and explanatory notes by Mr. Hawkins of Twicken- 
barn, whose sentimenU and stile are pecoNarly 
adapted to those of the author whom be iihistrates. 
Walton was likewise an exceUenŁ biogrspbcr, and 
wrote the live8 of Dr. Donne^ Sir Henry Wotton, 
Bisbop Sandenon, Mr. George Herbert, and Mr. 
Richard Hooker. all of them his cotemporaiies^ 

While opon the subject. of tbę plea^res of 
angling, I wUl transcribe, as ,a , speci mciii of tbe 
powers of a mo^ęm to imitate th« oldcr poets, a 
sbort p^uisage wbich has many beaoties. 

Let ns our steps direct where fiither-Thame 
In silrer windings draws his hnmid trainf 
Add poors, where-e'er he rołls bis na^al stretU, 

Pomp on tbe city, plenty o^er tbe plain y 
Or by the banks of Isis sball -^e stray, 
(Ab, wby solong from Isis' banks away !) ' 
Whcre tbousand damsels danca, and tbousand' 
fbepberds play ? 

I» 



IM 



P. FLETCHER'S POEM& 



lMwe\ toDgue ii ia the ejres. 
flpeecb it 1ofe*f dMi. 

AICOW. 

Slenoe keitipeaks tke miodie. 

ALOOir. 

Theooe love and deatk I Ai^ 

SAIMN. * 

ADCOK. 

ia 

OAMOS. 



■ 



WboAaft 



|0VM? 

Wbon qpaech ali hope deaief. 



AŁOOII* 



inijrJiMaM^ft dna fenr ł 



1M1IOW. 



W^, ifmf cunaiag fkil not, W m gin, («iid win. 
ąpito^f ber jooni, tkf iemr, 1*11 aakie tbee mn 

m. 
Wbatt, Im 1 tiM>a fairest maid, turn bacfc tbioe oaie, 
ind geally defgaeio help a fiiber^sMiait. 

MfCJBA. 

Are tby Tines brolke? or are tłiy tramaMls tene ? 
If 4bou ^oir^sŁ my iielp, aohide tbe mm. 

OAHeSI. 

AK g«ntlcA nymphl oft Inre I heard, thy ait 
CaoB«v'raigBe ktiim to er^iy grief raiiMit i 
So «iay'Jt thoa 1ti« tfae 6sfaer'« «ong and jof « 
As tbra wilt ddgne to eon Om tickly boy. 
Uwarthy Uiqr «f mC» who ot tbtk ait are coy ! 

Amd ńit ^leaitmiee oC Arcadun sceaet, 

liore itoŁlt bisailent arrowa oa my breatty 
Ker Mk of waAcr, nor euinel*d greeos, 

Caa aootiie my anguuh, or ioTite to rest 
Toa« d«ar lantbe, you alone impait 
Bain ta my ««unds, and cordial to my naart : 
Tbeappleof miiie«ye 1 tke life-bloodof my haait! 

WMi liae of ńlk, wiŁK iMok of baibed atoel, 
P o uea tti this oaken wnbrage ict us lye, 

Aad kom the water^s cryMal botom aleal 
UpOB the graaty htak thc finay prey : 

Tba pw^ witk purpl* speckled roaoy fold ; 

Tbe ed, in «ber lab'ńath self-inroird, [gokL 

Aa4cvp, a]lhunufb'do*ar«itbdiiopaoficaly 

Cir lihal tbe neada ravite, wiCh Iris-huet 

Aad Katare'6 pencil gay div«nify'd, 
{Tor nam tbe Sun batb l)ck'd away the dewt), 

F«r-flHsbing. aod bedeck*d like Tirgin-bride ! 
HHther, forthisy iiivite uf, irell repair, 
Cotteet and weave (whate'er ia atueet and fair) 
ApssyiortbybFeaat, a farłand f)r thy hair. 

Hymn *o May, by W. Thompaon. 
WiUiam TbompaoB, an CKOeUeot oiodeiii poet, 
m» a profeued admiier of Pbineai Fleiciier*! 
poetiy* aad ta hia pre&oe to the beautifat hymn 
to May, fnm whicb tbe abova atansas are 
tabea, be dedwee he intcaded that eonpoaition 
ap aa taiitation of FŁeteber aad of Spanaer.— - Hia 
aiepriotedatOifocd, 1757. 



His niwaid gńef ia outwaidehange appean ; 
His cbeeks with aoddea firas bright-flamiag gbw | 

Whicb, queodi*d, end all io asbes : atonns o( 
tearei 

Beckmd bis eyee, whicb sooa forc'd smiling eleara: 
Tbick tides of paańoos ever ebbe and flow : 
Aad as his fl«sh atill wastes, his griefii still grow. 

mcAa. 
DamoB, tbe wooads dcep-raoblinf ia the minde 
Whatbcibs oottldever core? wbatartoouU6iide f 
Bliada ara minę eyca to see wounda in tbe aoul 
■loatblinde. 

TWU 

ALGOM. 

Haid naid ! His iione to mock tban nake a 

wound : L*^^ 

Why dMmld'st thoa Aieo (fair cniel !) scomto 

Whatthottbyseeingmad^st? my iorrow»s grouad 

Was ió thy cye, may by thlne eye be found : 

How can thine «ye most sfaarp in wounding be, 

InseeingdttU? these two are one in thee, 

To see and wound by sight : thine eye the dart. 

Fair cmel niaid, thou well hast leamt the art, 

Witb tbe same eye to see, to wound, to cure my 



XVIL 
MICJBA. 

What ciint thy wounded heait ? 

AŁGOH. * 

Thy heart so wouuded. 

WIC AA. 

bt love to wound thy love ? 

AŁCOK. 

L»ve*a woonds ara pleaaiag* 

WICJEA* 

Wfay płatn^st tbou tben ? 

ACGOK. 

Becaose tbou art anwouiided. 
Thy wound my cure : on this my plaint is groaaded* 

HlCJtA. 

Curts are diseases, whcn tbe wounds are eaaing i 
Wby wonld*st thou ba^e me please tbee by dis- 
pleasing? 

ALGOM. 

Scom'd lorę is deatb $ lOTe'8 mutnal woonds da \ 

lighting: 
Happie tby lorę, my lore to thine uoiting. [ing. 
Lorę paying debts grows rich $ reąuited in rcąuiW 

xriit. 

OAMOK. ' 

Wbat,lires alone Nicsa? starresmostchaate* 
Hare their conjaoctiona, spheańt tbeir iniit 
embraces, ' 

And mutual folds. Kothtng can singla last t 
But diem liring, in inćreańng waste. 

< ^Amante e ii Cido» araante 

Ła terra, amante ii marę. 
OaeUa, che \k s6 miri inansi a Palba 
Coai leggiadra Stella, 

Arded'amor aach*ella, ed essa ^ie*milimoią 
Innamorato splende: 
E qaesU k fone l*boim 
Che le fiirtire aue doJeette, e^ aeao 
Del caro amante latsa, 
Ylidibi par eome afiariłbi e ride. 
I Pastor Fklo dl GDAaoriy atfc. 1. to. 1. 



WSCATORY ECLOGUES. ECLOGUE YŁ 



■■«» joyiiąg pcrfiKrts thcm, but os de&ccs. 

^ **'^ * perfcct which obtaiiu b» eńcl: yoiir 
mceiwe thetr eod in fore. Sbe thaft alone [gnices 
*** ■• 8*>« Kticb : no number U io one : 
Thm while •be'* bat benelf , sbe'8 not heneif^ ibe*8 



147 

tben etideavoiłra to subdue bis friend's panion, 
by ibowing tbe weakness of tbe causes which 
gave riae to it j in wbich be partly succeeds, by 
Thomaljn't being willieg to be cured of hu 



zuc 

MFCSA. 

Wbyblam^ thoa tben my rtonie bani i>oiifectłon, 
whicfc DotldiigtoTes ? tboa ńogle notbing art \ 

AŁGOSł 

l««e perfecta «batit]ovet; tbot tby aSection, 
Jfamed to minę, maket mines and thy perfectioD. 

kicjba; 
Weil, thco, to pan onr l^ypbon in bis art, 
Aedńł a Bomeot cut* a iroanded beait j 
'^■^■^ Darwin, vbom I aenre, appft>ve 
l^ysoit, and tboa wilt not tby heart remore, 
PB join my heart to Łbine, and ansver tbee in łore. 



TWaail^ THOMAŁIN. 



t. 



TW Sonne is set; adieo. 

'TSs set to me ; 
ITiy paiting is my eWn, tby presenoe ligbt. 

HICBA* 

fisiewelL 

ALGOM. 

Thoo giT'st tby wish ; it is in tbee: 
UaloR tlKMi wilt, baple«e I cannot b& 

bAMON. 

Omie, Algna, cbcerly borne; tbe thierisb nigbt 
Stealaon tb« world, and robeour eyes of sfgbt. 
tbe siiTer streams grow black : bonie li;t us coast : 
Ihtm of iove*s cooątiest may we safely hoast : 
SooDcei ia iove be wioues, tbat oft in love batbloet 

J Thjs dmlogne, between tbe loTer and bis 
aistrem, is 'by fer too pedanttc and aff?cted. 
lemoning at any ratę, in making lorę, is absurd 
mi amtatnral, as I imagine few mistresses bave 
««er been cooTinced by argumentation into an 
Actioo for tbeir loTers. Mach morę is tbis 
poiotad and qQibbling manner of arguing to be 
■Ddemned, and all tbat ćan be alledged in tbe 
■^lor^ >rin«iication is, tbat dępraved taste, now 
hippily ezpioded, but wbich prevailed uniyersally 
It tbe tiooe be wrote, and had not lost much 
in tbe time of Cowley and Waller. 



•teLOGUE VL 



TBOMALIH. 
TBk AaOUllENT. 

rbomaEś b paintcd lying oppressM witb grief on 
tJie baoks of Chame. llijnii bis friend en- 
dearoun to oomfort biro, and eoqaires tbe cause 
of hb ajfliction. Tbomalin di»cribes to him bis 
^^ągs, but is ignorant of tbe cause till Thirsii 
disoffren tbat be is in lorę, and ttom his own 
opmoce enuroerates tbe Tarious disguises 
wbkb b»vc ammnes to coter tbe beart. Tbirsil 



A ptiHBi -JOT, tbat neverknew his pcer 
Jn dainty songs, the gentle Tbomalin, 
Witb folded arms, deep sighs, and heavy cbeer, ' 
Wfaere bnndred nympbs, and bundred Muset 
'inne, 
Sunk down by Chamus' bńnks ; witb bim his deare » 

Deare Tbirsil lay ; oft-times woułd be begin 
Tb cupe bis grief, and better way adrise ; 
I But still bis woinds, when his sad friend be spies, 
Fonook bis silent tongue, tospeak bis watrie eyes. 

II. 
Under a spronting rine tbey carelesse lie, 

Wbose tender leaves bit witb tbe eastem blast. 
But now were bom, and now began to die j 
Tbe latter, wamed by tbe former^s baste, 
Thmiy for fear Minto the enrious skie ; 

Thns as tbey mt, Tbirsil, embrftcing last 
His lored friend, feeling bis panting heart 
To give no rest to his increasing smart, 
At Jengtbthus spake, whiJe sighs words to bis 
griefii impart 

liu 

THIKSIŁ. 

Tbomalin, I see tby Thireil thou neglect^, 

Some greater love bolds down thy heart in fear 
Tby ThirsiPs lorę and oounsel thou rejectest j 
Thy soul was wont to lodge within my eare : 
Bot now tbat port no longer thou respcctest; 

Yet bath it still been safely harbour'd there. 
My eare is not acquainted witb my tongue, 
Tbat either tongne er eare shonid do tbee wrongr 
Wby tben should*8t thou conceal tfiy bidden grief 
solong? 

TBOMAŁIM. 

Tbirill, it is tby lovc tbat makes me bidę 
My saiother'd grief fiiom thy known faithful eare : 

May still my Thirsil safe and merry bidej 
Enough is me my bidden grief to bear : 

For while tby breast in Heav*n doth safely ride. - 
My greateir bajf witb tbee rides mfely there. 

* THIRSIŁ. 

So thou art well ; but still my better part. 
My Tbomalin, sinks Jaden witb his smart : 
Tbus thou my flnger cur^st, and wounds my bleed- 
ing heart 

T. 

How oft bath Tbomalin to Thirvil vowM, 
Tbat as bis heart so be his lovc esteem''d ? 

Whers are those oatbs ) Wbere is that heart 
. bestowM [deemM 

Which hides it from that breast which deare it' 

And to that heart rooni In his heart allowM? 
That love was never łove, but ooly.seemU 

' The Chame and Cambridge have been con- 
secrated to the Mnses fiom a very early arę. 
See EcL i. v. 7. and tbe nota. 



148 



P. FLETCHER'S POEMSs 



Tell me, my Thomatin, what envk>a8 thief 
Thas robis thy joy: tell me. mytieffsi lief : 
Tbou iittle lov'st me, fricnci, if morę tbou 1ov*at 
thy gńef. 



VI. 

rnoMAf iH. 






Tbifuil, my joyoua spring ii Wastcd quite. 
And Winter storms preveut the Fummcr*ti ray : 

Ali as this vine, whose grecn the eastern spite 
Hath dy*d to black, his catching arms decay. 

And Ictting go their bold for want of niight, 
MarlM winttr oomea to soon, in firsŁ of May. 

THlEStL. 

Yet S6e, the leav«« do fresbiy bud again : 
Tbou droopiog still dy'st in this facayie strain : 
Nor can I soe or end or cause of all tby pain. 

▼IL 
TROMALIH. 

Komarve1, Thirsil, if tbou dost not know 

This grief whicb in my heartliesdeeply dro«nM t 

My heart itself, tbougb well it fcels this wo, 
Knows not the wo it feels : the worse my wound, 

Which, though 1 rankling finde, I canoor show. 
Thonsand fond paańons in my hrraat abound ; 

Fear leaguM to joy, hope, and despair, togl:thcr^ 

Sigfas bound to smiles, my beait, though prone to 
eitber» 

Wbile botb it would obey, 'twixt botb, obeyeth 
nejtber. 

▼ni. 

Oft blushing flamcs leiip t«p into my face, 

My guiltłess cheek such piirpie Hafh admires : 

Oftfttealing tears slip from minę eyes apacr» 
As if they mcant to quencb tliose cauaelesse fires. 

My good I bate, my burt I glad embrace : 

My heart tliough firriev'd, his grief as joy desires: 

i bum, yet koow no fntl to my firing ; 

My wishes know no want, yot still desirin^f 

Hope knows not what tu hope, yet still iu hope 
aspiring '. 

IX. 

THIRSIL. 

Too troe my fears : alas no wickcd sprite, 

Ufo writbelM witch, with spolls of pow'rfu) 
ehartaM, 

Or hellish herbs diggM in as hellish nigbt, 

Give8tothy heart thesie oft and ficrce alarms ^ 

But love, too batefal Iotc, with płea»in^ opite, - 
And spiteful pleasure, thos hath brcd thy harms; 

And aeeks thy mirth witb pleasance to destroy. 

'Tislove, myThomalin, mylieiesiboy; 

'Tis b>ve roba me of thce, and thee of alt tby juy. 



* Mufisens's Leander is in a situation still morę 
. ftrange than mtr Thomalin, Ibr^ upon the «iglit of 

his mistresf Hero, he i^ at one and tbe same tiine 
0tupid, impodent, bashful and timorons. 

Musasi Hero &. Łeąpd. 

* The&e have been the arowed feelingt of Ioyctn 
in all ages : let erery l^an who knowg bimfelf 
such, compare them with bis own. 

Adeon* bomines immutarier ex amore, ut don 
t^gnoscas eundea assa ? Tule^t. Eud. 



thomamW* 
Thiwłl, I ken not what is bate or lore, 

Thce well I love, and tbou łor^st me at well p 
Yet ioy, no torment, in thi^passion prore: 

But often have I hcard the Sshers tell, 
He's not infcrior to the migbty Jovft. [and Heli : 

Jove Ueav>n roles, Ijore, Jovc, HifaT'n, Earth 
Tell me, my friend, if tbou dost better know : 
Men say, he goes arm*d with hia shafts and bow s 
T»o darti, one swift as flre, as lead the other ate^, 

XI. 

THiatlŁ. 

Ab, beedlesse boy I Lo^e is not sncb a lad 

As he Is fanued by the idle swain ; 
With bow and sbafts and pnrple feathers clatf ; 

Such as Diana (witb ber bnskin'd train 
Of armed nympbs, along tbe fbreaU glade 

With golden quivei»,) in Tbesialian plain, 
In level race outstrips the jumping deer, 
With nimbie feet ; or with a migbty spear 
Fliogs down a bristled boare, or elac a sąiialid beare. 

XII. 

love'8 ioooer fclt than seen : bis snbstance thiane 

Betwixt tbose suowy mounts in ambush lies: 
Ofl in tbe eyes he spreads bisaubtłe ginnc ♦ i. 

He therefore soonest winnes that fastest eiea. 
Flv theoce, my deare, fly fast, my Thomalin: 

Who him eocounters oncc, for ever dies : 
But if he lork betwoen tbe ruddy lips, 
Unliappie soui that thence his nectar aps, 
Wbile dowa into bis heart the tugred poisoo alips. 

XIII. . 
Oft in a voice he cfceps down througb tht eare ; 

Oft from a blushing cheek be lights his firo t 
Od sbrouds his golden flame in likest hair^: 

Oft in a soft smootb skin dotb c!ose rciire: 
Oft in a smile, oft in a silcnt tear : 

And if all fail, yet Virtuo*« telf beli bire: 

* Mk qual cosa ^ pin picciola d'amore 
Se in ogni brevc sputio entra e ft'asc*ood«, 
In ogni brevc spaiio? hor sotto a Toiubra 
De le paipebre, bor tra minati rivi 
D'un błondo crine, hor dc-utro le pozzetŁe 
Che furman un dolce riso in bella guancia ; 
K pur fa tanto grandi e si inortali 
£ cosi iniuiedłcabili le ptagheL 

A MINTA di Tasso, act. 2. sc I. 

* Golden hair, or, as a hiimourous aong caUs it 
classical hair, is rcckont^ł by Porta, aiid th< 
phyRiognoinists, a mark of a warm and amoroia 
dihposition. Many pe«|ilc are apt to be surprisec 
with the encomiums which the poets in all aca 
bave lavishc<l on golden locks : the epitbet i*, fioi 
become so familiar from being often applied t 
expre88 beanty, that it ąaturally conreys to th> 
ear an agrecable idra, and yet they find the ejn 
disgusted whencver Jtbey meet with it in naturę 

These peoplcare ia a mtsUke. . Tbe golden hui 
which is celebratcd by tbe poets is not that fief^ 
complexion of hair which we meet with frcqwentli 
in tbiiB country ; nor bas the one morę resemblsnci 
to the other than the colour of a buming coal ti 
the golden beams of the Sun. Let them contein 
plate tbe pictures of Gnid^ó, of Titiaa, and tbt 
capital painters i and in their f<^alc figures thej 
will adiiiiro the beanties of the gdidea hair. '* = 



Ita 



PISCATORY EeLÓGUEa ECLOGUE VŁ 



14f 



rWboi 

Vbes 



totteirii a dart, whcn notbing else c«n move. 
cbeo Łhe captire sotil can well reprove, 
ŁoY^e and Viitue*s self become the darts of 

TBOMAŁIW. 

Iow tfc ia whieh breedi tbia btiromc ferer : 
' Por late, (jet all too sooa) on Yenus* day, 
IchaacM (oh, cuned chance ! yet bletwed erer !) 

Aa careleHc oa tbe silenŁ sbores I stray, 
iHc nyoiphs to tee, fi?e £iirer sav I nerer, 
Tpoo tbe golden saad todaoce and play: 
Tbe irct aBraog, yet Sur above the rest, 
Sv«ct M«łite, by whom my wonnded breaśt, 
Tbo^ raakliog atill ia grief, yet joyes iu his unrest 

iMf% to thetr sportin^ while T pipę and sing, 
Oat fRMD her eyes I Mt a firie beam, 

ńag beat, (soch as in first of spring 
FiMD Sol, lon*d m the BuU, do kindly stream;) 
Tawann tny beart, and with a gentle stiog 
ap desire : yet litUe did I dream 
Wtter fniits from soch sweet roots could'gro«, 
Orfiom ao f^entU eye sucb spite coald (low-t 
For wbocould fire expect bid in an hiil of soow ? 

XTI. 

Bel vbeB thoae lipa (Łbose meltiog lips) I presB*d, 

I ket my heart, wbicb surę sbe stole away ; 
fm with a bluab sbe soon ber goilt confrat, 

Aad ńghft, wfaich sweetest breath did soft conTey» 
BetiaiMherthelt: froin thence my flaming breast, 
likethuod^ńng .Stna, buras both night and day : 
Ali day ahe preteat is, and, in the night. 
My wakefal fiucy paints ber fuli to sight: 
Abaenoa Iwr |wasence makea, darkneM presents 
ber light. 

XTII. 

TBfatlŁ. 

Tbomaliii, too well those bitter sweets I know, 
Siacc fitir Nicsea bred my pleasing smart • 

BaK better times did better reason show, [art. 
And ciiT^d those bomiog woands with heaT'nly 

Thow stoffina of looser fire are laid fuli Iow ; 
Aad faigher lova tafe ancbors in my heart : 

9s aow a <|i>ict całm does safely reigae ; 

Aad if my IHead thtak not my counsel Tam, 

^fhsKpa my art may cara, or mncb assuage, thy 



znii. 

THOMAŁIK. 

Tbinil, althoogb this wiicbing grief doth please 
My capcire heart, and lorę doth morę detest 

The cnre and cnrer than the sweet diseaw ; 
Yet if my Thinil doth the cure request, 

Thia storm, which rocks my heart in slnmb*ring 
Spite of itaelf sball yield to thy behett [ease, 

iadeed a coloar which, I belie^e, is not at al^ to be 
met with in oor noftheni dimates. In Italy, we 
are told^ that this coloar is in tbe- bighest estima- 
tkrn; and, evea there, its being Tery uncommoa 
eoBtribates to iacreaae its beauty. U b from that 
oooBtry, and its paiatei* and poeta, that onr 
imitators haTe learned to ery np tbe beaaties of the 
goldcalocks; battheepitbetisillsnited, becanse 
ia thcse clioieB it raprnwnts a picture which bas 
Botbiag oaw or aoooaunoa to ieoompic«id ity and 
Ii lather dingreaabla thu plcańiig; 



THIKSit. 

Then bark, how Tryphon*s self did saire my paioing, 
While in a rock I sat, of Iove oomplaining ; 
My wound> with herbs, my giief with counsel sage^ 
rcstrnining* 

ziz. 
But tell me first, why should thy partial minde 
Morę Melite than all the rest approvc ? 

TROMAT.!!!. 

Thirsil, hcr beautie all tbe rest did bltnde^ 
That sbe alone seem*d woithy of my lovo. 

Delight npon ber face, and sweetnesse s|tin'd : 
Her eyes do spark as starrea, as starres do mortt 

like thoae twin Ares wbicb on onr masts appear*. 

And promise calms. Ab ! that those fiamea so 
elear, [fear. 

To me alone sboold raise sucb stonns of hope and 

zz. 

rnnsiŁ. 
If that which to thy mind doth worthiesC aeem. 

By thy well temper^d soul is moet afieeted ; 
Can*st tbon a face wortby thy lorę esteem > 

What in thy sool than Iotc is morę reapected ? 
Those eyes, which b their spbeare tbou, Ibnd, dosl 
Like li^ing starres, with somediseaae iafected, [dcem 
Are duli as leadea drosse : tbose beauteoos njrtt, 
So like a rosę when sbe ber breast disiplayes, 
Are like a rosę iadeed; as sweet, as sooa deoayea'. 

ZZL 

Art thon in Iotc with wordes ? hef words are wiad«» 
As flcete as is their matter, fioelest air. 

Her beautie nioves ? Can cokŃirs morę thy mtode ł 
Colours in scomed weeds morę sweet and lisir. 

Some pleasing qualiŁie thy tbougbtadoth binde ? 
Love theo thyself. Perhaps her golden hair ł 

Faise metal, wbicb to siWer soon dcscsnda I 

ls*t pleasure then wbicb so thy fancie bends ? 

Poore pleasure, that in pain begins, in sorrow ends ? 

zzii. 
What ! Wi her company to much contents thee ^ 

How would she prcsentstinre upstormy weather, 
When thos in absence present sbe.torments thee ? 

Lpv'st thou Bot one, but all tb<«e joinM togethei' ? 
AlPs but a woman. Is't her lorę that rsnU thee ? 
Light windes, light aire ; ber lorę morę light than 
If then due worth thy true affoction mores, [either. 
Herę is no worth. Who some oki bag approres, 
And scoms a beaoteoas qiouse, be rather dotas 
than loyeSi 

* The appearance of a light or fire on the top 
of tbe roaat, ia well kuown and familiar to saUors. 
The ancients, who underslood urt the principlea 
of electricitf, from which this pheoomenon is ao- 
ooonted for, supposed it a mark either of tbe &- 
vour or displeasuro of the gods j for, whcn ooly 
one fire was seen upon the ma^t, it was a^rcoontcd an 
unlucky omen, and presagiog a storm -, when two 
appeared, ic was esteemed farourable, and pro- 
misrog good weather. These lights had sometimca 
the namesof Castor and Polloz, who were the sona 
of Jupiter by Leda, and were supptjsed to be trans- 
ibrmed mtq stars. Conceming this belief of the 
ancients, see Pliny, lib. 2. cap 27. Hygin. lib. 27. 
Hofaoe« lib. 1. od. 12. See also. Magellan's Voy- 
ages, wheie<they are mentioned by tbe namea of 
St. Helen, St Nicholas, and Sl Clare. 

I 1 haT« wen a tery elegant epigram, of 



1^0 



P. FLETCHEB'5 PoEUfs. 



3CXII1. 



Tben let thy lorę mount from these baser tVm^, [ 
And to tbe highest Iove and worth aspire :. 

liOVG's boroof fire, fitted with mounUng wings, 
ThaŁ, at bis highest, he might windę bim bigber; 

Base love, tbat to baae eart,h to basely clings i 
Look, as the beams of that celestial. fire 

Pntout fhese eartbiy flames with purer ray ; 

So shall tbat love tbis Uaser heat allay. 

And ąaench tbese coaU of earth witb bis mora 
beav'nly day. 

Raise tben thy prostrate loVewith tow*riDg Łbought, 
And dog itnot in cbains, and prison here : 

Tbe God of 6shen deare thy loTe batb bought : 
Most deare he loves : for sbame, loTe thou as 
deare. [so^ight; 

Kcxt, Iove tboa there, where best tby Iove is 
Myself, or else some other fitting peer. 

Ah I might thy loye witb me for ever dwell ! 

Why should^st thou bate thy Heav*D aod love thy 
Heli? 

She shall oot morę deserre, nor cannot Iove lo well. 



Thos Tryphon once did weane my fond affectkm ; 

Then fits a salve unto th' infected plaoe, 
(A saUe of soTeraigne and strange coofection) 

Nepeothe, mix'd witb me and herbnle-grace: 
80 did he quickly beal tbis stnyig infectioo. 

And to myself rtstorM myself apace. 
Yet did be not my love extingaish quite: 
I love with sweeter łovey ąąd morę delight : 
Bat most I love that love, which to my loTe bas 
right. 

xzvi. 

THOWAŁIH. 

Tbricc ha^py thon that could^st ! my weaker minde 
Can iiever leam to climbe so lofty flighL 

*rHiR8tr« 
If from tbis lorę thy will thou canst nnbiode, 

To will is here to can : will giTcs thee might : 
Tis done tf once thou wilt ; His done, I finde. 

Now let U8 borne : for see, the creeping night 
Steals f^om those further waves upon the land. 
To-morrow shall we feast; tben, band in band, 
Free will we sii^g, and dance along tl^e golden wmd. 

Y know not the anthor, where this sentiment of tbe 
sbort duration of the rosę is prettily eypressed : 

Qnara longa una dies, aetas tam longa rosarum, 
Qu9S pobescentes jnncta senecta premit 

Quam modo nascentem rutilus conspesit eoiis, 
llapc rfidiens sero respere vidiŁ aunm* 



f.CLOGUE vn ». 

TUB pauB. 



> troop of &bers and water-oymphs, wfao \mi 
concerted to dispute with them tb« P[ńa o 
singing. Dapbnls, tbe shepherds', andYbonoa 
lin, the fishers' cbanipioo, adi^ance in tbe middit 
of the circle, befbre Tbirsil, who is appoiolM 
judge, and begin ąn altemate song, in wbich 

; after iuToking their tutelary gods, tbey eacł 
recite the history of their !oves, and the praise 
of their mistresśes. After deciding tbe contro 

• ^^rsy, Thirsit, the judge, gives aa ifiTitatkrn te 
all tbe sbepherds and fishers, with their nytnphą 
and with bim tbe day is speot in spoctin^ aiui 
festiTity. 



•nu AICUMINT. 

At sunrisa, a bawi of sbepherds and shepherdesses 
are seen adrancing in order, and are joioed by 

* This eciogne is modelled after the tbird af 
Yirgil, and ńah or eigbth of Theociitns, which 
there hare beon few pastorał wrtters who hare not 
«boseh'to imifate in some of their eclogaes: tbtr^ 



THitsir., DAraRis, thomauw. 

r. 

Ac; BOBA from o14 Titbon'8 frosty lied 
(Cold, winfry, wjtber'd Tithon) carly creeps, 

Her cheek with grief was pale, with anger red. 
Out of her window close sbe blusbing peeps ; 
Her weeping eyes in pf arled dew sbe stecps ; 

Casting what sportless nights sbe ever led : 

She dyinj? Hves, to think he'8 liring dead. 
Curst be, and cursed is, tbat wretcbed sire 
That yokes green yootb with age, want with desire, 
Who ties the Snbne to snów, or marries f rost to fire** 

IL 

The mora salating, op I qnickly rise, 
And to the green I poste; for, on this day, 

Shepherd and 6sher-boyes had set a prize, 
Upon the shore to meet in gentle fray, 
Which of the two sbould sing the choicest lay. 

Daphnis, the shepherd- lad, whom Mira*s eyes 

Had kilFdj yet with such wounde hegladly 
dies: 
Thomalin, tbe fisher, in whoae beart did reigne 
Stella, wbose lorę his life, and whoae disdaia 
Seeois wone than angry skies, or DeTcr>quiei maio. 



are, howerer, I beliflve, nooe who. npon compar- 
ing this of our poet with the samilar eologues of 
other authors, (nav, of theae great modełs tbem- 
sel^es) will deny hfm in this tbe saperiority. There 
is here a much greater rariety of sentiment than 
in the like eclogues of others. Eren in Yirgil and 
Theocritus, the one shepherd but barely repęats 
tbe sentiment of tbe other, ocly ^arying a littie, 
and adapting it to apply to his own eircumstaacas. 
One shepherd says, he intends to make a present 
of pigeons to his mistresses; the other, instead of 
pigeons, says he will give her apples. The cob« 
tentłon between tbe sbepherds in Spcnser*s Fc- 
logues bas sonsetbing extremely ludicrons aod bnr- 
]ecque, where the one shepherd is merely an echo 
to the last words of the other, and the whole mwit 
lies in an aokward chime of words with little or no 
meanidg. — If tbis eelogue yields to aoy of tbe 
same kłód, it is to the ninth of Miehad Draytoii'i 
pastora Is, which ts fnll of pictoreBque descriptioo, 
and the contest betwaen the afaephcandsis there 
finely managed. 

' Tbis descripUon of the monung is ntott ele- 
gant and beautifttl ; and the fine reOectiOB, which 
be so natw«lly intiodnoes, is pwticalaiiy ad- 
mirable. 



PISCATORY ECLOGUES. ECLOGUE YH, 



l£l 



IIL 



Thewe moo I Tiew tbe meny shepherd-swaiiw 
Mueh^ree by three, clad alt in youtbfal grecD ; 
And, Yhile the lad rećoHer tweetly plaint ^ 
T%i«e loTcły i tym p li s (eacb te^eral rov b^ween, 
Morę lovely nympht ooaM im where eise be weD, 
Whoae &ice*i miow their soowy garmenta staint;) 
With sweeler Toioes fit thjŃr pieaiin; strains. 
tbcir ftoeks flock roond aboot ; tbe horned rammes 
And ewm go lUent by, wbile waotuo lambea, 

akHig tbe plains, forgeC tbeir nilky 



nr. 

Scaice were the Bbephenti set, bnt stniigbt io 
sigbt 
Tbe fiiber>boyes came driTing up the ttream ; 
TbcoiielTes in blae> and twenty fcapnympbs 
bright, 
Id eorioos robes, tbai wdl tbe waves migbt leein ; 
ASt dark beIov, tbe^tpp like frotby creaoi : 
Tbeir boati and masjts with flow*n and garlanda 
digbt ; [wbile : 

And roond tbe iwannes gnard tbem, with armiet 
Tbeir ikiffn by cooplcs duioe to aweetest «ninda» 
Wbicb roBning oorneta breatbe to foli fdain 

Sround«, [reboanda. 

Ibat stribet tbe ńyer'8fiice, and tbenoe moce sweet 

T. 

And now the nympba and swaim had took tbeir 
place; [pride; 

Fint, tbose two boyes; Thomalin, the fisbera' 

B^tbnis, the 8bq>berds' : nymphi their rigbt 
band graee; 
Aad cboiceat swains shat np the other tide : 
So ńt they down, in order fit apply^d : 

Tbinil betwist tfaem both, in middle tpaoe ; 

Tbinil, their jndge, wbo now*! a sbepherd bate. 
Bot late a fiAer-swain; tallenrioas Cbame 
Had rent bis nets» and annkbis boat with shame ; 
So n)bb'd the boyes ef bim, and bim of alł bis 



VI. 



wv 



So, as they sit, thos Tbirnl 'gins the lay : 

TRASIU 

Ton hntAj bo^es, the woods* and oc^an's pride, 
Since I ani jadge of this iweet peaceful fray, 
Frst tell ns, wbere and wben yoor loves you spy^d : 
And wben in long discoune yoa well are try'd, 
Then in short renę, by turns, we'11 gently play : 
In loTe begin, in lorę #e'll end the day. 
Ikpbnik, tboa Urst ; to me yon both are deare : 
Ab ! if 1 migbt, I wonld not judge, but beare : 
Noaght baTe I of a jndge bat an impartial 



* The reeoider ii a wind-instmment of ą soft 
aad melancholy soand. Milton makes the tnfer- 
nal ipirits ninreh on - 

Jn perfeet phalans, to the lX>rian mood 
Of flutes, and soft recorders; 

whach, tnyabe, had the efibct 



to mitjgate and swage 



With solemn tonches, tronblcd tboughts, fnd chase 
Asgnbh, abd donbt^ and fear, and lorrow^ and pain, 
fmń EBortal or imBKMrtal minds.-— - 

Panidłit JLoftj b. i. ?• 550, 



nu 

PhorfMis, if, as thy words, thy oaihs are trae, 

Gire me tbat rerse whicb to tbe honour*d bay, 
(Tbat rerse which by thy promne now is dne) 
To hononT'd Daphnr, in a sweet tutt'd faiy, 
(Daphne^ tby chaiig*d, tby lOfe nncfaanged aye^) 
Thou sangest late, wben she, now better slai8» 
Morę hnmane when a tree tban when a maid, 
Bending her bead, tby loi^e with gcntlc signe i#* 
paid. 

▼III. 

What tongoe, what tbongbt, can paist my fafi^t 
peifectioa^ '^ * 

So sweet hath naturę pouitray^d er^ry pafi, . . 

Tbat art will prore tbat artist^s impeife ct ion, 
Wbo wben noeye^dare riew, daresiłmme ber 
Phmbos, in rain I eaU thy help to blaae [face t 

Morę ligbt tban thioe ; a ligbt tbat ne^er fen : 

Thou teirst wbafs done in Heav'D, iu Earth, aml 
Heli: [totelŁ 

Her woKth tboa. may^st ądnure ; there aie no iftoid^ 

IX. 

Sbe is like thee, or tboa art like ber ratfaer r 

^Sttch as her bair, thy beams ; thy iingle ligbt, 

As her twin-sonnes': that creature tben, I gatber, 

Twice-heav'nly is, wheie two sonnes sbine s» 

bright: 
80 thou, as sbe, coofiwnd^st the gasing sigbt: 
Thy absenc^ is< my nigbt : her absence, HelL 
Since then, io all, thyself she doCh exoel, [tell ł 
What is beyond thyself, how can*si tboa bope to 

z. 

Firrt her I saw, wben tir'd with hmitiog toif, 
In shady grore, spent ^h the weary cfaace ; 

Her naked breast lay open to the bpoH ; 
The crystal bomoor trickling down apace% 
Like ropes of peairl, ber neck and bieast inłace: 

Tbe airt 1(my riral aire) did coolly glide ^ 

Througb eir'ry part'; soch when my lorę I spy^d. 

So soon I saw my lorę, 10 soon I loT*d and dy'd« 

zi. 

Her fiuse two coloors paint : tbeilrst aflame; 

(Yet sbe all cold) a ftame in rosy die, 
Whicb sweetly blnsbes like the moraing's shame: 

The second snów ; snch as on Alps doth lie ; 

And safely there the Sonne doth bold defy. 
Vet this cdld snów can kindle hot desirew 
Thou miracle, mar*! not if I admire [bn» as firew 
How flame sbould oołdly freeie, and snów sfaoniA 

Zll. 

Mer slender waste, her band, tbat dainty breast, 
Her cheek, ber forehead, tjt, and flaming hair ; 

And tbose bid beauties, which must sore be best; 
la Tain to speak, when wonis will morę impair : 
Of all the iatn^ sbe ii the fairest ialr. 

^ Daphne, the danghter of the rirer Penens, 
was belo^ed' of Apollo ; and, being pursoed by 
bim, invoked hd^''latber's assistance, and waa 
transformed into a If are) or bay-tiee. 

^ Whether this image is pleasing or otberwjse, 
wonld perhaps admit of a litUe dispute. 

* Tbat the air bas been a 1oTer's ritml, u known 
from the bcautifal stofy of Gephalus and Procriś. 

Orid. Met hi % 



152 



P. FLETĆHER'S POEMS. 



Cease then, vmiii wor Ji ; vell may . yoa show af- 

faction, 
Bot noŁ ber worUi : the.miode her tweet perfectioo 
Adiplres ; how sbould it then ^ve Łhe lamę toDgue 
.directioa? 

. ZTIT. 
THOMAŁUr. 

Unlepse thy words J>e Aeeling as ^y f*ave, 
Prptena, ..that song into my breasŁ inspire 

With whicb tb« seas, wben (oud they roar and rave, 
.Tbou softiy chartn'st; and windcs* intesl^ne ire, 
Wben 'gainst Ueav*n, Earth, and seas, tbey did 
conspire, 

Tbou quict laid*8t : Proteus, thy song to hcare, 

Seas l)st'niDg stand, and windes to whistJe fcar; 

The liyely dołpbins dance, andbrUly sealcs gire 
^ carc 

XIV. 

Stella, my śtailike Iove, tny fove1y starre : 
Her bair a iovply brown, t^er forabead higb, 

And joyely fair ; stich ber cbeeks rostss are : 
|i0vely her lip, most Iovely is ber eye : 
And as in eacb of tbese all \ove dótb lie, 

So Łbousand lores withiii )i«r minde retiring, 

Kindle ten thousand loves witb gen tle Uring. 

4h ! let ma love tiy Iot€, not lłve in love'sadmiring. 

X7. 

At ProteM^feast, wbere many a goodly boye, 

And many a lorely lasse, did latcly meet ; 
Tbere first I found, there first T lost my joy : 
Her fece minc eye; ber voice minę eare did grect s 
Whilc eare and eye stroYc wbich shOuld be most 
'sWeet, 
Tliat face, or roice : but >Rrben my lips at laat 
Saluted bera, those senscs ttrove as fost, 
Whicb most tbose lips did please ^ tbc eye^. eare, 
toucb, or taste. , 

XVI. 

The eye swears, never fairer lip was^ey*d'; 

The eare, with tbose sweet reli^bes dclightcd, 
Tbinks them tbe spheores; tbe^aste, tbat uearer 

Tbeir relisb sweet, tbe soul to feast inviŁed ; 

Tbe toticli, wjtb pressare soft morę close united, 
Włsb'd ever there to dwell ; and never cloyed, 
W bile tbus their joy too greedy they enjoyed,* 
Enjoy*d aot half thelr joy, by being oreijoyed '. 

' Ariosto*s fiotion of tbe Moon'8 being tbe re- 
ceptacle of every thing tbat is^lost qpi Earth, fur- 
nishes tbe poet with tbe ibilowing beantiful apos- 
trophe to bis mistress, witb wbich be intniduccs 
tbe 35(h book of Orlaodo Furioso : 

Chi salir^ per me. Madonna, in cielo 
Ą ripcirtanne ii mio perduto ipgegno } 
Che poi cb*usci da bei yostri ocrhi ii telo^ 
' phe'l cqr mi fisse, ogoi bor pęrdepda vegBD| 
Ne di tantą jattura mi qoerelo, 
Pur che non cresca, ma stia a que8to segnp j 
Ch'io dubito, 40 piii si va scemando, 
Di venir.tal, quarbo discritto Orlando, 

per rihayer Tingegpa ji)iQ nąi k aviao, 
Che nonbjspgna, che par Pfria io poggi 
Kel oęrcbip de la T^una^ p in Paradiso. 
Ćhe ii mio non credo, cbę Łant*alto aliogi; 
Kni bei Tostri occhi, h nel sereno Tiso, 
Nel sen' d*avorio, e alabastrini ppggi 
8« ne va emodo ; ii ło coo qaesCe lat^ią 
Lo corio, >e fi j^, ch*io Io rihabbia* 



XTII. 



Her Mair all dark, morc elear tbe wbite dotb s!b«w# 
And, witb lU night, ber faca's mom emaameod^^ 
Hereye^browblack, like io an ebon how, 

Whicb sporting Love upon ber ibrcbead benda. 
And tbence his oever-missiog arrow aeods. 
But most I wondcr how tbat jetty ray, 
Whicb tbose two blackest sunnea do fiiir dispwr* 
Shouid sbiaa so brigbt, and »jgbt should aiak« m 
sweet a day. 

' xmi. 

So is my love au Heav*n ; her bair a night ; 

Her shining fbrebead Dian^s silrer ligbtj 
Her eyes tbe starres, thchr inflaence delight ; 

Her Toice ihe spheares ; ber cheak Aarora brigbt; 

Her breast tbe globes, whefc Heavcn*s patha 
milkie-wbite [totich*, 

Rnnnes 'twixt tbose bills; ber band, Arion'a 
As HMich delights tbe eye, tbe eare as mucli. 
Sucb is my love ', that but my lovc was nerer sucb. 

XIX. 
IRIKSIŁ. 

The eartb ber robę, the sea her swelłing tide, 

Tbe trees their leave8, the Moon her divers Ibce; 

Tbe starres their coarses, flow^rs thdr spriojpng 

pride, [race. 

Dayes change their length, tbe Sannę bis dayly 

Be constant wben you loTe i Love loves not rang- 

ing: _ [ing. 

Cbange wbep you sing i Moses dcliglit in cbaog- 

It Is bard to say, wbetbcr tbc above, or tbe f«>!- 
lowing translation, by sir Joba Harrington, is morę - 
admirable. 

Fair mistress, who for me to HeoveB shall fljrc, 
Tobring again from thence my waodViog wit ? 

Wliicb I still losG, sińce from that piercing eye 
The dart came fonh that first my heart did kil 3 

Noc of my loss at all complain would I, « 
Might I but kccp tbat whicb remaioeth yet^ 

But if it still decfease, within short fpace 

I duubt I shall be in Orłando's cascw 

Yet well I wot wbcre to reoorer min<?, 
'llio* not in Paradise, nor Cynthia^s spbeare, 

Yet douUtless in a place no less divine, . 

In that sweet face of yours, in that Aur bair, 

That ruby lip, in tbose two star-Uke eyne, . 
Tberc is my wit — 1 know it wanders ^bere; 

And with my lips, if ye would give me leave, 

I tbere would searcb, 1 tbence wou|d it reoeive. 

And, now that we are on tbe snłject óf lips, I 
muBt mention W41liam Warner, au old poet, 'hnd 
autbor of a work entitled Albion'8 Englaud, who 
tbus despribes qneen EIeanQr*s barsh %«auaeitt of 
Kpsamond^ in a fine iepttment: . 

With tbat she dasbt her on tbe lippes, ' 

So dyed double red : 
Haid was the heart that gare tbe blow ! 

SOfte were tbose lippes tbat bied ! 

For a larger specimed of Wanier'8 poetical abitilica, 
tbe read**!- may consult the sęcond voIume of Mr. 
Percy*s ćollection pf anciept Songs and Baliads, 
wbere be will find a pastpral, entitled Argcntilf 
and Curan, whicb will well rewąrd bis trouble., 

* Arion, ą cele^rated mosician pf ąiitłquity, ^bo 
saTTd hisliie by his akUl lahisart. 



PISCATORY ECLOGUES. ECLOGUE VIL 



15S 



SANNIS. 

Vin lorcs Łhe pine-tree, Jove tUe oak approTMj 
Hi^ populars Alctdes' temples crovn i 

Pfa«ebtt9, though io a tree, still Dapbue loveSy 
Aa«ł Hyacinths, ttioiigh Iiviag now in grotind : 

Sbrpherds, if yon 70urselv«9 would Ticton see, 

CSird then Łbis bead with Phoebus' flow*r aod tree *. 

zxi. 

TBOMAŁIN. 

Akrnoas pf^res, Pomnna apples borę ; 

Bacchas the vine, the olive Pallas chose ; 
Venus loves myrlles, myrtleii loTe tbe thore ; 

Vefluf Adonis łovfs^ who fresbiy blowpi, 
Tet breatbes no morę ; weare, lads, witb myrtles 
ńad bay and hyaeiolk tbe garland lotes. [roses, 

zxtr. 

DAVH!lfS. 

Mira, thine eyes are those twin-heav'nly powers 
Whichto the widowM Earth new oflśpring bring} 

No marr^l, then, if stiH thy feccso flowers, 
Aod cbeeks with bcaiUeous -bloesoms fresbiy 

S» is. thy face a nevcr-fadiiiff May ; [spring: 

So is Łbioe eyc a QevtT-faHing day. 

XXIII. 
TBOMAUH. 

Melb, thine eyes aro those twin-brothen fair, 
IThich tempctfts siake, and promise qniet seas ; 

No marrel, ibcn, if thy brown sbaJie hair, 

Like nisht porteud sweet rest and gcntle case : 

Thos U tbiue eye an ercr caliping light ; 

Tbus is t^y hair a lovcrV oe'er-spGuŁ ui^hL 

XXIV. 

DAPrlNIS. 

If sSerpy poppiesyield to iiiiefl white; 

If black to snowy lambes ; if night to day ; 
If western stiaJcs to fair Aorora'g light ; 

Stella must yield to Mira's shining ray. 
In day we sport, in day we shcpherds toy ; [.ioy. 
Tbe night for wolres $ the ligbt tbe shepherd*s 

xxv, 

Yhomamn. 

Who whKe-thorn eqiials with tbe Tiolet ? 

What workman rest compares witb painful light ? 
Who ireafs tbe glaring ^lass, and sconts the jeŁ } 

Day yield to ber that is botb day and night 
la night tbe Oabers tbrłve, the workmen play ; . 
Łove Ioves Uie nigUt ^ ni^bfs lorers' holi day. 

XXVI. 

DAPllNIS. 

ny Chan ^e seas, flv ferrc tbe dang^rous sbore : 
Mira, if thee tbe king of seas shoułd spy, 

HeHI think Medow swtwter tban before, 
With fah-er bair, and ^ubly-fairer eye, 

Is chaog'd again ; and with tbee ebbing Iow, 

In his deep oourts again will never flow. 

* Pastores, edera cresoentem ornatu poStam 
Arcades in^idia rumpantur ut illia Codro^ 
Aotsi ulŁia phfcCłtum audarit, baccare frontem 
.CSi^ite, po Tati noc^ai mała tingv% futaro. 

Yinr* Bel. 7« 



XXTlt. 
THOMAŁIN. 

Stella, avoid both Pho^us' eare and eye i 
His musicke be will scorn, if tbee be hcare : 

Tbce, Daphae, if thy face by cbauce be spie, 
Dapbne, now fairer chansc'd, be'11 rashiy swcare; 

And, viewing thce, wili later riso aml tali ; 

Or> viewiDg tbee, will iiever ńse at all. 

XXVIII. 
DAfllNIS. 

Pbcebtis and Pan botb strive my lorę to gam. 
And seek by gifts to winne my carelesse beart | 

Pan vow)i witb lambes to fili the fruitful plainj . 
Apollo offers skill and pleasing art: 

But, Stella, if tbon grant my suit, a kiss ; 

Pbcebus and Pan tbeir suit, my lovc, shall miaie* 

XXIX. 
TtlOMALlN. 

Pfotens bimself, aml Olaucus, seek anto me. 

And twenty gifts to piease my niiiidc deTise : 
Proteus witb songs, Glaucus with fisb, doth woo 
me, 
Both 8trive to winne, bnt I them botb despiset 
For if my lovemy love will entertain, 
Proteus himself, and Glaucus, seek in vain.. 

xxx. 

^APHNIS. 

Two twtn, two jspotfed lamb<'S, (my foojc^s reward), 
With lUeni a cup I goi, i»rhere Jove assymM 

New 6hapcS'to mock hi» wife's too jeałous gnard; 
Fuli of Joveb fireH it burns still unconsum^d: 

Bnt, Mira* if thou geiitly deigne to shinc, 

Thine be the cup, the spotted lambes be thlne. 

XXXI. 

tuomałi:). 

A pair of swannes are minę, and all their train ; .* 
With them a cup, which Thetis' self bestow'd, 

As she of love did hear me i^adly plain ; 

A pcarled cup, where nectar oft hath flow'd : - 

But if my love will !o^•e the giftand giver, 

Thine be the cup, thine be the swannes for ever. 

XXXI!. 
DAPMNIS. i 

Thrice happy swaines ! thrice happy 8hepherd'i 
fate! - 

TROMAŁIN. 

Ah, blessed life ! ab, blessed flsheWs state ^ [yoa» 
Your pipcs assuagc yoor lorę, your nets maintain 

DAPIINIS. 

Vour ląmbkins cloŁhe you warm ; your flocks sos- 

taiu yon. 
You fear no stormy seas, nor tempests roaring. 

THOMALIM. 

You sit not, rotB or burning sUrrcs deploring : 
In calins, you Bshj in roughs, use songs and 
dancea. 

DAPHMIS. 

More do yoo fear your love*8 swect-bitter glancei, 
Tban ceruin fate, or fortunę evcr cbangiug. 

THOMAŁlM. 

, ■ 

Ah \ tbat tbe life in seas so safely rangtng, 
Should witb love»s weeping eye be sunk and 
drown*d 1 



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Dapknii. 

The 8hepherd's Ufe Phoebus, a ihepherd, cro«a'd ; 
His mowy flocks by stately Peoeiis leadiog. 



THOMAŁIN. 



What herb was that, on whicb old Glancns feeding 
Orows neTer old, but ikow the gods augmenteth ? 

DAPHNIf. 

Delia hefself ber rigour bard relenteth i 

To pUy with sbepbeitl^t boy she^t not asbamed. 

TBOMAŁIff. - 

YeDoi, of frotby seas tbou fint wast framed ; 
Tha.waTes tby cradle: now loTe^s qaeen art 
named. 

ZZJIII. 
DAPHNIS. 

Thoa gefttle boy, wbat prize may well reward thee ? 
So alender gift as thts not half raquites thee. 
May prosp*roai starrea and quiet seas rq;ard thee; 
Bat most tbat pleasing ttarre that most deligbts 

thee: 
May Proteus still, and Glancus, dearsst hołd thee; 
Bnt most ber influence, all safe infold thee : 
May she with gentle beams from ber £ur s|>heare 

beholdth^e. 

XXXIV. 
THOKAUW. 

As whistliag windes 'gaiost rocks their Toices tear* 
As rivers thro' the Tallies softly glidiog ; [ing ; 
As haTen aiter cruel tempests feasing ; 

Soch, £yrest boy, such is tby Terses' slidiog: 
Thint be the prize : may Pan and Phc^bus grace 

thee ; [thee ; 

Most, whom tbou most admir'st, may she embrace 
And flaming ia tby Ioto, with snowy arms enlace 
thee. 



TBiaSIŁ. 

You lovely boys, fuli well your art you goided ; 

That with your striTing songs your strife is ended : 
So you yoilrseWes tbe cause have well decided ; 

And by nojudge-oan your award be meoded. 

Thep sinoe tbe prize, for oniy one intended, 
You both refuse, we justly may reserre it. 
And as yoof ofiering in Love's tempie senre it ; 
Since nooe of both dcserve» wben both so well de- 
serze it. 

XXXTI. 

Tet, for such songs shoold ever bo rswarded; 

Daphnis, take thou this book of iTory dearest, 
Given me by Pan, when Pan my yerse rogarded ; 
This feares the wolf, when most the wolf thou 
fearest 
. Bot thou, my Tbomalin, my loTe, my dearest, 
Take thou thi» pipc, wUich ot'Ł proud storms re- 

stratned; . 
Which, spite of Chamus' spite, I still retained : 
Was never little pipę morę soft, morę sweetly 
plained. 

ZXZTlt. 

And you, h\jr troop, tf Thir&il you disdain not, 
Youchsafe with me to take some short refecttoD ; 

Ezcesse, or daints, my lowly roof maintain not ; 
Peares, apples, plummes ; no sugred mado oon- 
fection. 

So up they rosę, and> by ŁoTti^s sweet direction, 



Sea-nymphs withthepherds sort : sea-boyas eoo- 

plainnot, [not* 

That wood-nymphs with like lo^e tbem enteitaki 
And alł the day to songs and danoes lending, 
Too swift it runncs, and spends too fiut tn spending* 
With day their sports began, with day tbey take 
their ending. 



TO MT Dl Aft raimn, 
THE SPENCER OF THIS AGR 

MAR PRtZNn, 

No more a straoger now : I lately past 

Thy curioos buildtng— «alPd-^>ut tben my baate 

Deny*d me a fnll draught ; I did but taste. 

Tby winę was rich and pleasing ; did appear 
No common grapę ; my hastę could not forbear 
A seeond sip ; I hung a garland tbere : 

Pastpn my way; I ladi'd througb tbick and tbut, 
Dispatch'd my business, tnd retom'd again ; 
I callM the seeond time ; nnboftM, went in : 

View'd e^ery room ; each room was beautify'd 
With new iuTentioa, carr^d on e^ery side. 
To please the common and the curious ey'd : 

YiewM every oflke; every ettoe lay 
Like a rich magazine ; and did bewray 
Thy treasure, open^d with tby goiden key : 

Yiew'd erery orcbard ; erery orehard did 
Appear a paradise, wbose fhiits were bid 
(Per chance) with shadowing leaves, bat bod^ 
forbid : 

Yiew'd eyery plot ; spent some delightful honn 
In e^ery garden, foli cf new-bom flowers, 
Delicious banks, and delectable bowers. 

Thus haTing 8tepp*d and trareird eTery stair 
Witbin, and tasted every fruit thafs rar6 
Without, I madę thy house my^ thoroogh-farei 

Thcn give me leave, rare Fletoher (aa befhce 
I left a garland at thy gates) once mora 
To hang this i^y at tby postem-door. 

nuMcis oDAaua. 



MISCELLANIĘS. 

AN HYMN ĄT TSl MARRIAOB Ol' MT MOST DIAa 
COIISINS, ME. W. AMD M. t. 

Cbamus, that with thy yellow^sanded stream 

Slid'at softly downwbere thousand Muses dwell^ 
Gracing their bow'ra, but thoa more grac'd by 
them ; 
Hark Chamos, from thy Iow bolJt greeny celi ; 
Hark, bow onr Kentish woods wićh Hym«n 

ring, [sing, 

Wbile«U the nymphs, and «!! the^hepherda 
Hymen, oh Hymen, here thy saflron garment 
bring. 

With bim a sboal of goodly shepbefd-swains ; 

Yet be more goodly than the goodliest swahi i 
Wlth^her a tfoop of fairest wood-nymph| trains ; 

Yet she mwe iair than fsirest of the train : 



MISCELLANIES. 



I4# 



And aB ia couitt t]icir'toioe „, 

WluJ« the voods back their boottiiog echo 

flinty • l>><^* 

oome holy Hymea; Hymen. loąd they 

His liigh-bailt forehead almost mąiden fair. 

Hiith madę an handred aymphś her chance en- 
Tying : 
Her morę than siW^r Bkio» and golden batr, 
(laaae of a tboa«nd shepherds foroed dyinf . 
y/here beŁter could ber loye than berę have 

nt^ed : 
Or be błf tbonghti nore damtily haTe fieasted. 
liymcB» come Hymen ; berę tby miGton ooat .is 



Hia koka reaembling humble majesty, 

Rig-htly his fiurest moŁher*8 grace befitteth : 
la her face blushiog, fiearfal modesty, 
The qaeen of chastity and beauty, Sitteth : 
There cbeerfiilness all sadness far exileth : 
Herę love witb bow unbcnt all gently smileth : 
Hymen oome. Hymen oome $ no spot tby garment 
'fileth. 

LaTe'a bow in his bent eye-brows bended lies. 
And in his eyes a thousand darts of Ioving : 
Her shining stan, which (fools) we oft cali 
eyes, 
Ai qnick as HeaT^n itself in speedy moving ; 
iljid this in botb the ooly difference being, 
Other stars blindj these stars endued wiŁh 
aeeing. 
Hymen, come Hymen ; all is for jkhy rites agreeińg. 

His breast a shelf of parest alabaster; ' 
Wbeie LoTe*8 self saiłing often sbipwreckt 
sittetb: 
Her^ a twtn rock, nnknown bnt to th* sbipmaster ; 
Whacb thoogh btm safe reoeives, all other split- 
- teth : [onbeaten, 

Both ŁoTe's high-way, yet by Love*s^ self 
Most like the milky path whkh crosses 
Hearen. [eren. 

flymen, come Hymen $ all their marriage joys are 

And yet all these but as guilt coTers be ; 

Withio, a book morę &ir we written find : 
For Katnre, framing th' alKs epitome. 
Set in the fsce the index of the miód. 
Their bodies aie but temples, built lor 

sUte, 
To śhrine the graces in their silrer plate : 
Com« Hymen, Hymen oome, these templet con- 



Hymen, the tier of bearts already tied : 
Hjrmeo, the end of loTers never ending ; 

Hymen the canse of joys, joys nerer tried ; 
Joys newr to be speot, yet ever spending : 
Hymen, that B0w'st with men the desert 



Come, bring with thee, aome bring tby sacred 

bands : [thon the hands. 

Hymen, come Hymen, th' bearts are join'd, join 

Warrant of lorers, the troe seal of loviDg, 
8ign'd witb the fiice of joy ; the holy knot, 

That binds two bearts, and holds hom slippery 
moving ; 
A gainfal Icss^ « ttaio withont ą biot ; 



That mak'st one lonl at two and two as one : 
Yoke lightning burdens ', love*s foondation : 
Hymen, oome Hymen, now untie the maidetf 
sonę. 

Thou that mad'st mań a brief of all thon mad'st, 

A little liYtog world, and mad^st him twain 
Diriding him whom fint thon one creat'st. 
And by this hond mad'st one of two again, 
Bidding her cleare to him, and him to her, ; 
And leare their parents, when no parents 
. were.i [herori 

Hymen, send Hymen from thy sacred bosom 

See where be goes ! bow all the troop be cheereth,' 
' Clad with a saffiron coat, in's band a ligbt ; 
In all his brow not one sad cloud appcareth : 
His coat all parę, bis toreb all buming bright. 
Now chant we Hymen, shepherds ; Hymen 

sing; 
See where be goes, as fresh as is the spring. 
Hymen, oh Hymen, Hymen, all the ralleys ring. 

Oh happy pair, where nothing wants to* either, 

Botb having to content, and be oontented ; 
Fortune and naturę beiag spare toneither! 
Ne*er may this hond of holy love be rented. 
Bot like two parallels, run a lerel race, 
In just proportion, and in even space. 
Hymen, thus Hymen will their spotless marriage 
grace. 

Live eaeh of other firmly lorM, and loring) 

As fiir from hate, as sclf-ill jealousy : 
Moring like Heav'n still in the self-same monng ; 
In motion ne^er forgettiog constancy. 
Be all 3rour days as this : no canse to plain : 
Free from satiety, or (but Ioven') pain. 
Hymen, so Hymen still their present joys maintain. 



TO MT BltOTB^ COVSIJI, W. tU ISaVIU. 
CAŁEMD. JAMUAS. 

CousiH, day birds are silenc't, and thosefbwl 
Yet ooIy siog, which hate warm Pbmbus' light ; 

Th* nnlucky pairot, and death-boding owi, 

Which ush'ring iato Heav'n their mistkess Migbt, 

Hallów their mates, triomphiog o>r the quick 
spent night 

The wronged Philomel hath left to plain 
Terens' constraint and cmel rarishment ; 

Seems the poor bird hath kst her tongoe again. 
Progne łong sińce is gime to banishment ; 

And the loud tuned thnish leares all her merri- 
menL 

All M my frozen Muse, bid in my breait. 

To come into the open air refuses ; 
And dragg^d at length from hence, doth oft protest 

This is no time for Pbmbus* k>vlng Moses ; 
When the iar distant Sun oor froeeo coast disnses. 

Then till the Sun, which yet in fishes hasks, . 

Or watry urn, impounds his (aintiog bead, 
'Twixt Tanrus' homs his warraer beam unmasks. 

And sooner rises, lattergoes tobed^ 
Calling back all the floweif. now ta their mother 
ied: 



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Till Philomel resnmes her tongue mgaio. 

And Prog:iłe fieroe retorns from tortg esciliog ; 

THi the shrill blackbird chants his merry vem ; 
Aod the day-birds the long liv*d Sun beguiMiłg, 

Renew tbeir miith, and the yean pleaiaot smit- 
ing : 

Herę mutt I stay, in sollćn study prat, [ing i 
Among our Cambridge fens my time raispead- 

But tben revisit our long 1ong'd for Kent. 
TiU then 1ive happy, the time evfrr mendtng : 

'Iłappy the first o' th' year, thrice happy be the 
ending. 



¥0 MASTER W. C. 

WiŁŁT, my dcar, tbat late by Haddam sitŁing, 
By littlę Haddam, in whose private f bades, 
Unto thy foncy thousand pleasnres 6tŁing, 
With dainty nymphs* in Łbose retired glades 
DidH spend thy time ; (Ł me that too quick1y 
fades). 
Ab! much I fear that those k> pleasing toys 
Uave too much luird thy senseand mind in słom* 
bMngjoys. 

Kow art thou come to nearer Maddingly, 

Which Trith fresh aport and pleasure doth en- 
thral thee ; 
Tiiere n^^w delights withdraw thy ear, thy eye ; 
Too mucb I fear lest some ill chance befal thee : 
Hark how the Cambridge Mosea thence recal 
Willy our dear, Willy his time abuaei : [thee ; 
Bat aurę Ihou hast forgot our Chame and Cam- 
bridge Muses. 

Return now, Willy j now at length return thee : 

Herę thou and I, under the sproutiug v^ine, 
By yellow Chame, wbere no hot ray shall bunr 
thee, 
Will sit and sing among the Muses* nine ; 
Aud, safely covered from the scalding shine, 
,We*U lead that Mantitan shepherd*s sweet oom- 
plaining, [daining. 

Whom ftiir Alesis griev'd with his unjust dis- 

And, when we list, to lower notes descend ; 

Hear Thirsirs moan, and Fusca*s cruelty : 
He careLnot now his raggeJ flock to tend i 

Fusca lus care, butcareless enemy: 

Uopfi oft he seea shine- in her humble eye. 
But soon her angry words of hope deprrres him : 

So oftc>n dies with love, but love as oft re^iTes 
him. 



TO MT VfEtt aOMOiritO C0178IN, W. R. ISOUIRB* 

Steamgb power of borne, with how strong-twisted 
arms, 
And Gonlian-twincd knot, dost thou encbain me 
Never might fair Calisto's doubled charms, 
Nor powerfol Circe^s whispMngso detain me, 
Tbough all ber art she spent to entertain me ; 
Tbeir presence could not force a weak desire ; 
But, oh ! thy powerful absence breeds still grow- 
ing fire. 

By night thou try*st with strong imaginatioa 

To force my sense 'gainst reason to belie it ; 
Mettunks I see the fast-imprinted fasbioa 



Of every place, and now I fally eye it ; 

And though with feap, yetcanoot well denf it« 
Till the morii beli awakes me ; then for spite 
I shutmine eyes again, and wiah back such a nłgbt i 

But in the day my oerer-slackM desire 
Will cast to prove by welcome forgery, 

That for my absence I am mucb the nigher ; 
Seeking to please with soothing flattery. L^ie 
Love»8 wing is thought ; and thought will soonest 

Where it finds want ; tlien as our love is dearcr, 

Abeence yiclds presence, disUnce makcs us nearer. 

Ah ! might I in some humble Kentish dale 
For ever easMy spend my slow-pac'd hoora : 

Much fhould I scorn fair ASton*» plcasant vale, 
Or Windsor, Terape's self, aod proudeat towert 
There iTould I sit, safe from the stormy showcra. 

And laagh the troublous winds and angry sky ! 

Piping (ah 1) might I live, and piping might 1 die, 

And.would my lucky fortunę so moch grace me, 
As in Iow Cranebrooke or high Brenchly Vhil1, 

Or in some cabin near thy dwf^Uing place me, 
There would I gladly sport and sing my Ali,* 
And teach my tender Muae to raise her quill $ 

And that high Mantuan shepherd's self to dare ; 

If ought with that high Mantuan shcpherd mought 
«k^ compare. 

There would I chant bitber thy Gemma'8 praiset 
Or eise my Fusca ; fairest shq>herdes8 ! 

Or when me list my slender pipę to raise, 
Sing of £iiza*s fl^ed moumfulneas. 
And much bewail such wOful heavin6S8 ; 

Wbilst she a dear-lovM hart (ah luckless !) siew, 

Whose fili she ail too laŁe, too booo> too mucb, 
did rue. 

But seeing nOw I am nbt as I would, 

But here, among th' unhononrM wilIow*6 shade, 

The muddy Ch4>me doth me enforced hołd ; 
Here 1 forswear my merry piping trade : 
My little pipę, of seven reeds ymade, 

(Ah plcasing pipę !) Pil hang upoo this bouąk : 

Thou Cbame, and Chamish nymphi, bemr witneia 
of my vow. 



TO E. C. IM CAMBftlDGB, MT SOK BT TBE UNtVEKSnT. 

Whem first my mind calPd itself in to think, 
There fell a stńfe not easy for to end i [brink, 

Wbich name shouid first crown the wbite paper'6 
An awing fother, or an eqnal friend : 
Foptane gives choice of either to my mind ; 

Both bonds to tie the soul, it ne^er raoTe 3 

That of commaodiug, this of easy lorę. 

The linesof love, whichfrom a father'8 heart 
Are drawn down to the son : and from tbe.acNi 

Ascend to th* fatber, drawn from every part, 
Each other cut, and from the first transitioa 
Still further wander with morę wide pairtition : 

But friends, like parallels, run a lerel r»ce, 

In ju8t proportion, and most eren Bpace. 

Then sińce a double choice, donble afiection 

Hath placM itself in my twice loring breast ; 
No title then can add to this perfoction, 
. Nor better that, which is already best: 
So naming one, I mnst imply the rest, 
I Tbe same a father, and a friend ; or rather, 
' Both one ; a fi^tber ftien^t and a friend fiithCK 



MISCELLANIES. 



151 



Ifo mwind tbeo the difTerence of Łhe place 
Makcs in my ii|iod at all no diiEerence ; 

For lorę 19 not produc'd or pennM iąspace, 
Rańtig i* tfa' aoul his ooly residence. 
tav9t*9 fire it thottght ; and thoagbt b neter 
thenee, 

WWre tt feels want : then where a love is dear, 

TiM miiid in fiinhert distancc is most near. 

Mt Kentholds faśt «ith thousand swei:Ł embraces; 

(lliere moaght 1 die witb tbee« tbere ttith tbee 
Iive ?) 
iUI to tbe shades, tbe nyniphs and naked Graces 

Freah joys and still succecding pleaturea give; 

So much w« sport, we bare no time to gneve : 
Herę do we sit, and iau^h wbite beaded caring ; 
And know no sorrow simple plcasures maning. 

A crown of wood-nyoiphs, spread 1* th* grassy plaio, 

Skl ronnd about, 110 nigsrards of tbcir finces ; 
Kor do they cloud tbeir fair with black disdain j 

All to myself will they impart tbeir graces : 
Ah ! not soch joys find I in otber places : 
To them I often pipę, and olten sing. 
Sweet notes to sweeter voic(4 tempering. 

And now bat late I sang the Hjrmen toys 
Of two fiatr łofers (&irer were tbere nerer) 

nmt in one bed coupled tbeir spousal joys ; 
Fortnne and Naturę being scant to neitlier : 
Wbnt otber dare not wish, was fuli in eitber. 

Thriee happy bed, thrice happy lovers firing, 

Wbere prrsent blemngs have out-stript desiring ! 

And when noe list to sadder tunes apply me, 
Pasilła*8 dirge, and Kupathus complaiiiing ; 

And often while my pipę lies idie by me, [ing; 
Read Fasca's deep disdain, and Thirsil • plaio- 
Yet io that face is no room for disdainiog ; 

Where cheerfiil kindneas smiies in eitber eye. 

And beanty still kisses humility. 

Then do not manrel Kcntish strong dclightSy 
Stealing the time, do berę so long detain me; 

Not powerful Circe i»ith ber Hecate rites, 
Nor pleaaing Lotos thus oould entertain me, 
As Kentisb powerful pleasures berę enchain me. 

iCcantlme, the nympbs that in our Brenchly use, 
salute your bosy Cambridge Mose. 



TO MT aCŁOYKD THC^OT, IH AMtWSE OF BIS rCRiB. 

Tasnorr, my dear, how can a lofty bill 

To Sowly shepherds* thougbts be rigbtly fitting ? 
Au bumbJe dale well fits witb homble qaill : 
There may 1 safely sing, ali fearleis sitting. 
My Fasca'8 eyes, my Faica*s beanty dittying ^ 
My lored lonenets, and bid Muse enjoying : 
Yet should^t thon come, and sce our simple 
toying, fjoying. 

Weil wonld fair Thenot like oar sweet retircd 

But if my Tbenot Iove my humble Ycin, 

(Too lowly veiu) ne^er let him Celin cali me ; 
He, while be was, was (ah!) the choicest swain, 
That erer grac^d a reed : what e^er befal me, 
Or Myrtil, (10 'for Fkisca fair did thnd me, 
Most was I known) or now poor' Thirul 

name me, 
Thirsil, fur so my Fosca pleases frame me : 
Bnt aercr mounting Golin ; CoUn^s high style will 



Two sbepherds I ndore wlth b«mble lorę) 

Tb' high-tow'ring swain, that by slow Miociuf 
wares 
His well grown wings at first did lowly prove, 

Where Corydon's sick lorę fuli sweetly rares; 
But afier snng bold Turnus* dariog bra^esi 

And neict our nearer Colin's swectest strain; 

Most, where he most his Rosalind doth plaio. 
Well may I aftcr kxik, but foltow all in raink 

Why then speaks Thenot of tbe honour*d bay ? 

ApoUu's self, thougb fain, could not obtain ber; 
She at his melting soogs would scom to stay, 

Though all bis art he spcnt to entertain ber: 
Wild b^sts be tani'd, yet never cuuld detain ber* 

1'hen sit we here within this willow glade: 

Nerę for my Thenot 1 a garland madę 
With purple violpts, a«d lorely myrtle shade. 



UPOM TUB fiCTUII OP ACBMAT TUK TDIKIfB TYtAMT* 

SucH Achmat is, the Turks' great emperor, 
Tbird son to Mahomet, whose youthly spring * 

Bot now with błos8om'd cheeks begins to flow*r ; 
Out of bis £sce you well may read a king : 

Wbich wbo will throughly view, will easMy find 

A perfect index to his haughty mind. 

Within his breast, as in a palące, lie 
Wakefol amUition leaguM with hasty pride; 

Fiercenoss ally'd with Turkish majesty'; 
Rests hate, in wbich his fatherliving dy'd: 

Deep in his heart such Turkish rirtue lies, 

And thus looks througb the window of his eyei. 

His pteashre (far from pleasure) is to see 

His navy spread ber wings unto the- wind ;* 
Instead of gold, arms fili his treasury, 
Wbich (nomberleas) fili not his greedy mind, 
The sad Hungarian fears his tried might; 
And waniiig Persia trcmbles at bis sight , 

His greencr youth, most witb the heatben spent^ 

Gives Christian princes jnstest cause to lear 
His riper age, whose childhood thus b bent 
A thousand tropbics will he shortly rear, 
Uuless that God, wbo gBve him first th*is ragf^ 
Bind bis proud bead in humble Taisalage. • 



TO Ml. JO. TOUKINS. 

Trouałin, my lief, thy musie strains to henr. 

Morę raps my soul tkań when the swelling windt 
On craggy rocks tbeir whistling Toioes tear ; 

Or when the sea, if stopt his couree he finds, 
Witb broken murmuri tliinki* weak shores to fear, 

Scorning such sandy cords his proud bead bindtt * 
Morę than where rirers in the summer^s ray, 
Through covert gtadeg cutting their shady way, ' 
Run tumbling down the lawns, and w^th.the 
pebbies play. 

Thy strains to bear, old Cbamns from his celi 
Comesguardedwitb an hundred oymphs aroundj 

An hundred nympbs, that in his rtvers dwell, 
About him flock, with water-liUies crown'iL 

For tbee the Muses lcave tbeir ciWer well, 
And manrel where tbou aU their art hast fonildjt 



lis 



P. FLITCHEKS POEMS. 



And while tłiy ttdder accenC tipeetly plaiii% 
Ftel thousand iugai^d joy t creep in tlieir mtltiiig 
tein. 

How oft liaye I, the Momi' bow'r fineqQentiD9, 
Mi«*d th«B at home, and liMiid them all wlth 
tbee! 
Whefher thou sing^tt lad Eopatfaui' lamentio;, 

Or taneat notet to sacred hannony, 
The rarishM 8oq1 with thy sweet notes consentiay, 

SScorniDf the Carth, in hear^nly extasy 
Tiraoscends the stan, and with the angels* traią 
Those oourts sarreys -, and now come hack agaia, 
Finds yet aoother Hcaren in thy delightfal strain. 

Ah ! could*8t thoa here thy hamble mind oontent, 

Łowly with me to 1ive in country celU 
And learn sospect the coart*s proud Uandishment, 
Here might we aafe^ berę migbt we sweetły 
dwell. 
Xive Pallas in ber tow>n and marbk tent; 
Bat, ah! the country bow^rs please me as 
well: 
There with my Thonalin I safe wouM stng. 
And frame sweet ditties to thy sweeter strłng ; 
There would we langh at spite, and fortune*s thun- 
dering. 

■ 

Vo ilattery, bate, or envy, lodgeth there; 

There no suspicion, walPd in proTed steel, 
Yet fearful of the anns berself doth wear: 

Pride is not there; no tyrant there we feel ; 
Ko clattorous laws shall deaf thy mnsic ear; 

They know no change, nor wanton fi>Ttune'i 
Wheel: 
Thootand fresb iports grow in those dainty plaoes; 
light imwns and nyinpbs dance in the woody 



And little Łore himself playi with the naked 
OraoŁS. 

But seeing fate my happy wish refuses, 
Łet me alone enjoy my Iow estate. 

Of all t^e głfts that fair Pamaasos uses, 
Only scortiM poverty and ibrtane*s hate 

Common I flnd to me, and to the Muses; 
But wKh the Muses welooroe poorest fate. 

Safe in my humble cottage will I rest ; 

And lifting up from my untainted breatt 

A quiet spirit to Eleaven, secnrely Iivc and blest 

To thee 1 here beqneatb tbe courtJy joys, 
Seeing to ooort my Thomalin is bent: 

Take from thy Thirsil tiicse bis idie toyft ; 
Here I will end my looser merriment: 

And when thou ting*st them to the wanton boys, 
Afnong the oonrtly lasses' blandiehment, 

Tbink of thy Thit!iil'8 love that nerer spends; 

And softly say, his lote still better mends: 

Abl too unćke tbe lorę of court, or courtly 
firiends! 

<3o, little pipę; for erer I mnst leave thee, 
My little, little pipę, but iweetest ever: 

€k>, go, for 1 bave vow'd to see thee nerer: 
Kever, ah ! neifler mnst I morę receive tbee : 

But he in better lorę will still perserer ; 

'Oo, 4łtlie ptpe, f>r I must hare a new. 

Farcwell, ye Norfolk maids, and Jda crew; 

Tbiriil will pktf^wt morę; for erer now adieu t 



TO raoMiŁtii. 

Thomałik, fince Thicsil nothing bas to leare tfaef 
And leare thee must; pardon me, (gentle fiaead) 
If nothing bot my love I only give thee ; 
Yet see how grrat this nothing is, Iseod: 
Por tbough this love of thine I sweetest prore* 
Notbing*s morę sweet than b this sweetest loveb 

Tbe ioldier nothing like his prey esteems; 

Nothing tossM sailort equal wiih the shore: 

Nothing before his health the sick man deems ; 

Tbe pilgrim hugs his country; nothing morę : 
Tbe miser hoaiding" up bis golden wares, 
This nothing with bis precions wealth compnret* 

Our tbougbts* ambition only nothing ends ; 
Nothing flils up tbe golden-dropsied mind : 
The prodigal, that all so lavish spends, 
Yet nothing cannot; nothing stays behiod ; 
The king, that with his life a kingdom buys, 
Than life or crown doth nothing higher prise. 

Who all ehijoys, yet nothing now desires ; 
Notliing it grrater than tbe bigbest Jeve : 
Who dweHs in Heav'n, (then) nothing morę re- 
quiras; pov«t 

Lorę, morę than honey ; nothing morę sweet than 

Nothing is only bettnr tlian the best ; 

Nothing IS snre : nothing is erer blest. 

I loTe my health, my life, my books,^ my friendf, 
Tbee, (dearest Thomallń) nothing above tbee : 
For when my books, friends, health, lifle, ftinting 

ends, 
When thy love fafls, yet nothing still will lonre mei 
When heaT'n,' and air, the eartb, and Hoating 

mainś 
. Are gooe, yet nothing still nntoochM remkins. 

Siooe tben to other streams I most betake me. 
And spitefbl Cliam of all bas quite bereft me ; 
Since Muses* selTea (false Muses) will fbtsake me. 
And but this nothing, nothing eise is left me ; 
l^dce thou my love, and keep it still in storę: 
That giTen, nothing now remaineth morę. 



Aoititrr A aicn mait ntsnsmo poTiair. 

Ir well thou Yiew^st ut with no sąniat^ eye. 
Ko partial jo^ment, thou wilt qnickly ratę 
Thy wealth no ńcher than my porerty ; ^ 

My want no poorer than thy ridi estate: 

Our ends and births alike; in this, as [ ; 

Poor thou weit bom, and poor again sbalt die« 

My little flils my little -wisbing mind; 
Thou haviog morę than mach, yet seekest meret* 
Who seeks, still wisbes what he seeks to find ; 
Who włshes, wants; and who so wants, is poor: 

Then this must fbllow of necessity ; 

Poor are thy riches, rich my povóty. 

Thottgb still thou gett*8t, yet » thy want not spent, 
But as thy wealth, so grows thy wealthy itch: 
But with my little I have much coptent; 
Content batb all; and who bath all, is rich: 
Then tbis in reason thou must needs coofe% 
If I haTB little, yet that thou hast less. 



MISCELLANIES. 



159 



I, God hath lent, 
Aiid to his audit liable is erer, 
ta reduNiy howy and where, and when he spent : 
Aoi tłun thoa bra^g^ thoa art a great feoeiver :. 
Uttle my debt,- wbea llttle is my storę : [more. 
thott hast, thy debt still gnms the 



, God hamself deseended down 
T enrieh.^e poor by his rich po^erty ; 
Hit meat, his house, his ;rave, were not his own, 
Yet aO ia his firom all eternity: 
JLet me be Iike my head, irhom I adore : 
Je thoii great, wealthy, I stiH base and poor. 



CÓMTllIimiTI* 

CosmiOAŁ bnming, yet ńo fire or faeT, 
Chin icy frotts in midś{ orsnmmer^s ftying* 
A bdl oMst pieasing, and a heaT'a most crud, 
A deatli stiil living, and a life still dying. 
And Yhatnerer pains poor hearts can proTC^ 
I leel, aad ntter, in one word, ■ I We. 

Tao fires, otlove aod grief, each npon either. 
And both apon one poor heart erer ieeding: 
ChiU coM dcipeh', most ooid, yH cooling neither, 
In midst of fires his icy frosts is breeding : 
So fires and frosts, to make a perfect heli, 
Hect in one bieast, in one hoose friendly dwell. 

Tir'd in tfais toilsome way (my deep atfectioa) 
I ever fbrward run, and ncver ease mc: 
I dare net swerre, her eye is my diraction: 
A heaTy grief, and weigbty lorę óppress me, [me: 
Desire and hope, two spnrs, that fortb oompeU'd 
Butawfal lear, a bridle, still witbheld me. 

ISńce haye I plQag'd, and flung, and sŁrOTe to cast 
Thb doohle hurden from my weary heart: 
Fast thoogfa I ran, and stop, they sit as fast : 
Her looks my bait, which sbe doth seld' tmpart: 

Thoa fiuniing, still fome ittn I wish and craTe ; 

Citfacr ber inaiden bosom, or my graye. 



A tOW. 



DisdainM, where most I lov'd, to thee I plain me* 
Who truły lorćti those, who (fools) disdain theet 

Thon nerer-errbg way, in thee dlrect me ; [me : 
Thoa death of death, ob, in thy death engraye 
Thon hated Love, with thy firm lorę respect me ; 
Thou freest senrant, from this yohe unslave me : 
Glorions salration, for thy glory saye^^me. 
So neitber lore, norhate, scom, death, śhall 
moTeme; [thee 

Bot vith thy love, great Loto, I ftill shall love 



Br hope aad fear, hy grief and Joy opprcst, 
With deadly hate, morę deadly loTe infoeted ; 
Witbont, wjthhi, in body, aont, distrest; 
ŁHtle by all, least of^ielf re4k)eieted, [ed; 

BttC most, most thero, where most I loy'd, negMct* 

Hated, nnd hating Itfe, todeatb I caH; 

Who scorns to take what is refosM by 411. 

Whither, ah, whither then wiH thou heUke tiiee, 
Despised wrclch, of friends, of all forlom, [thee ? 
Sinoe hope, and love, and life, and death foimke 
Foor soul, thy own tormenter, otfaers* seom ! 
W^ether, poor sool, ah, whither wiłt thon tum ? 

What inn, what host (soom*d wsetch) wilt thou 
now choose thee ? [fuse thee. 

The commoB bott» and Inn, death, grava, re- 

T>» thee, great LoVe, to thee I prostrate Ml, 
That ri^'stin \o^e the heart in iaise ]t»ye swerred : 
On thee, trne IiMre, on thee I weeping cali ; 
I, who am joorił*d, where with all tnith I senred, 
Oft theai, to wrong M, #here thou hast st dmerred : 



ON W0MI1I'S JLIOBTiriSH. 

Who sows the tsod ? or plonghs the eaty 

Or strires in neta to prfson in the wind? 

Yet I, (fond I) morę fond, and senteless moie, 

Thought in snre Ioto a woman's thoughts to bind. 

Fond, too fond thoughts, tbat thought hi lora 
^ tie « 

One morę ineonttant than inconttancy ! 

Łook as it IS with some tnie ApriI day, [floweri} 
Whose yarioos weather siores the world with 
The Sun hit glorious beams doth fidr display, 
Then rahis, and shines ngain, and straight it lówen^ 

Ahd twenty changes ia one hour doth prore; 

So, aod morę changing is a woman's lore. 

Or ss the hairs which deck their wanton heacb, 
Which loosely fly, and play with every wind. 
And with each blast tura round their golden threadą; 
Soch as their hair, such is their looser mind : 
llie diierence this, their hair is often bound^ 
But nerer bonds a woman might emboond. 

Falsc is tbeńr flattering colour, lafse and foding ; 
False is their Hattering tongue ; false every part, 
Their hair is ibrg^d, their siker foreWeads shadiogi 
False are their eycs, but fobesŁ is their heart : 

Theń tbis in conscąuence most needs entue; 

All most be lalse, when erery part's untrae« 

Food then my thoughts, which thought a thing 

10 yain ! 
Fond hopes, that anchor on so false a groond I. 
Food loTe, to lore what coold not lore again f 
Fond heart, thas fir^d with loye, in hope thot 
drown'd: [est I^ 

Fond thonghts, fted heart, fond hope $ but fond' 
To grasp the wmd, and fora meonstancy ! 



A aspŁY upoH THi rxii M. i. 

A DAiMtT maid, thstt drawt ber double nane 
From bitter s^eetness, (with sweet bitteraest) 
Did late my dkill and faulty rerses bhime, 
And to her kmng friend did plam confess, 
That I my Ibrmer credit foul did shame. 
And might no roore a poefs parne profo»i 
The cause that with my Terse she was ofibnded. 
For women'8 levity I discommended. 

Too trne yoa mid, that poet I wat never. 
And I coriest it (fair) if that content ye, 
That when I piay'd, the poet less tbap eyer; 
Not, for of such a renę I now repent me, 
(Poets'{6 foign, and make fine lies endeaTour) 
Bot X the fruth, truth (ah I) too certain sent ye: 



160 



P. FLLTCHER'S PÓEMS. 



Thcn that T am no ]^Ł I deny not ; 

For whcu Łheir lighŁuess I condemn, I Ue not. 

But łf my rerse hnd Iled agaiost my niind. 
And praised Ihat nhich tnith cannot approvej 
And falsely said, tbey were as fair as kind, 
As true as sweet, thcir faith could never niove, 
But.sure is linkM where constant love they find, 
That with sweet braving tbey vic truth and love ; 

Jf thus I write, it cannot be deny'd 

But t a poet Krere, so fonl I lied. 

Bttt głve me leave to write as I have found : 
Like niddy apples at tbeir outsidcs brigbt, 
Whose skin is fair, the uore or heart unsound ; 
Whose cherry-cheek tiie eye doth much delight. 
But inward rottenness the taste doth wound : 
Ab ! were the taste so good as is the sight, 
To pluck soch apples (lost witb self sarnę price) 
Would back rettore ns part of Paradise. 

But tnith hatb said it^ (truth who dare dćny !) 
Men seldom are» roore seldom women surę : 
But if (fair sweet) thy truth and constaucy 
To better foitb tliy thougbts and miód pń>cure» 
If thy firm truth conld give firm truth the Ue, 
If thy first lore will first and last endure ', [tbee, 
Thou morę than woman art, if time so provea 
And be morę than a man, that loved loves thee. 



AN AKOŁOCT POR TRI PRBII18B8 TO TRB LAOT 
COŁPEPPSa. 

Wro witb a bridle striTes to ciirb the wares ? 

Or in a cypress cbest locks flaming flres ? 

So when tove angerM in.thy bosom raves. 

And grief witb Iove a double flame inspires, 
By silence thou may'st add, but never less it: 
The way is by eipressing to repress it. 

Who then will blame affection not respented. 
To Tent in grief the grief that so torments him ? 
Passion will speak in passion, if neglectcd : 
Love that so soon will chide, as soon.repents him ; 
And therefore boyish love'8 too like a boy, 
Witb a toy pleas^d, displeased witb a toy. 

Have you not seen, when you have chid or soogbt, 
That Iively picture of your lovely beauty, 
Yotir pretty cbild, at first to Idwr or poui, ' 
But soon again reclaimM to lo^e and duty ; 
Forgets the rod, and all her anger ends, 
Plays on your lap, or on yoar neck depends : 

Too like that pretty ćhild is childish ]ove, 
That when in anger he is wrong*d, or beat, 
Will rare and ebide, und every passion prorc, 
Bttt soon to smiłeą and fawns tams all his beat, 

And prays, and 9wears he never moce will do it; 

Such one is Iove : alas, that women know it! 

Bot if.so just ęxcuse will not content ye, 
But still jrou blame the words of angry lorę, 
Herę I recant, and of those «ords repent me : 
In sign hereof I ofier now to prore, 
That changing women*f love \i ooDStanterer, 
And men, thongb erer firm, are constapt nerer. 

Tor men that to one fair tbeir passions bł|id, 
Itfnst ever change, as do those changing fn^ń ; , 
80 as sbe alten, tdters still tbeir mind, 
Aod with tbeir foding lovet tbeir lorę 'mpdn: 



Therefore, still moying, as tlie iaitih^ lot^ 
Most do tbey move, by being most nniAoved. 

But women, when tbeir Iotctb cbange tbeir f race»» 
What firbt in them they lov'd, ]ove now in others, 
Afiecting still the same in diyers places ; 
So nerer change tbeir love, but cbange tbeir loven,: 
Hierefore their miad is firm and constant pror'd« 
Seeing they ever lorę what first they lov»d. 

Tbeir love tied to some virtue, cannot stray« 
Sbifting the outstde oft, the inside ncver : 
But men (when now tbeir loves dissolr^d to claj^ 
Indeed are nothing) still in lorę perseyer : 
How then can soch ibnd men be constant made;^ 
That nothing love, or but (a-notbing) shadc ? 

What fool commends a stone for never moYing ? 
Or blames t|ie speedy bea^^ns^r ever ranging? 
Ceaae then, fond men, td blaze your constant 

loving ; 
Łofe's ficry, wingcd, light, and therefore changing ? 

Fond man, that thinks snćb fire and air to fetter! 

AU cbange ; men for the worae, women for better • 



TO MT OHŁT CBOSBK VAŁBNTIMS AND WIFB« 

AMAcaUM jMaystrcss Elizabeth Yincent 7 
' 2 Is my breasfs cha^c Yalentine. y 

Trihe not (fair \ore) that chance my band dirpcŁed 
To make my choice my chance ; blind chance an^ 

hands 
Could uever see what most my mind affected ; 
Bot Heav'n (that ever with chaste true ]ov6 standb) 
Lent eyes to see what most my heart respeeted : 
1 hen do not thou resist what HeaT'n commanda ; 

But yield thee his, who must be ever thine ; 

My heart thy altar is, my breast thy shrine ; 
Thy namefor erer is, My breast*8 cbaste Yalentine. 



i 



A TaANSŁATIOM OP BOETHIUS, THfi TBIRD BOOK JLK9 

ŁAST YEBSB. 

Happt man, whose perfect sight 

Yiews the overflowihg light ! 

Happy man, that iłanst iinblnd 

Th* earth-bars pobhding op the roind ! 

Once bis wife's qntck fote lamenthtg 

Orpbeus sat, his hair all renting, 

While the speedy woods camc ronning, • - 

And rivers stood to hear his cnnning; ^ 

And the lion with the hart 

Join'd słde to side to bear bis art : . 

Harcs ran with the dogs along. 

Not from dogs, bnt to his song. 

Bot when all his rerses tuming 

Oniy fonn'd his poor heart's buming. 

And his grief came bnt the faster, 

(His verse all easing, but bis master) 

Of the bigher powers oomptaining. 

Down be went to Heli disdaining: 

There his silvcr lutestrings hitting. 

And bis potent ver8es filting, 

All the sweets that e'er he took.* 

From his sacred mother^s bróok, /^ 

What his doubtie sorrow gives hm, * 

And lore, that donbly double gri«Tts hin^ 



MISCEtr^NIES. 



Ul 



Tha% 1»e tpends te moTe <l4^f Heli, 
Oianiiing dc^riU irith his spell. 
And vitfa sweetest asking leare 
J>ofs tłie lords of ghofts deceivr. 
Th« dofr, whoM iicTvr qiiict yell 
AftigliU tad soals in night that dwell, 
Pricks np DOW hii thrice two ean ; 
To hoirl, or barie, or vhtnc he fean : 
Stmck with dninb wonder at tboiie songs, 
He «i$h*d morę ears, and fewer tongaes. 
Charon amazM bis oar ftimlows, 
While the boat the scułler roirs. 
Tantal might bave eaten now 
Tbe frait as still as is the botigb ; 
Bot he (fbo) !) no bunger fieańng, 
8tarT'd his U8te» to feed bis beańng. 
Ińon, thougb bis wbeel stood still, 
Still vas rapt with miisic*s skill. 
At lengtb tbe judg« of sonis witb pity 
Yielda, as compie^d with bis ditty; 
Łcfs give back his spoiise's bearsc, 
Pmrchas*d with so pleasing Terse : 
Yet tbis law sball bind oar gili, 
He tom not, till b'a8 Tartar left. 
Wbo to laws can lovcrs draw ? 
l4»ve in loTe is oniy law: 
Kow ahnoat be Icft the iiigbt, 
Wben be first tnm'd back his sigbt; 
ind at onoe, while her he ey'd, 
His lorę be saw, and lost, and dy'd« 
5a, wbo strives out of the nigbt 
T^ brinc his aool to joy in ligbt, 
Yet again toms back his eye 
To Tiew U ft Hdrs deformity; 
Tbongb he seems eoligbtenM morę, 
Yct is blacker tban aferę. 



ś TtAKSŁATlOlf or SOrfRms, SOOK tSCOIW, TIBSI 

StrBKTH. 

Wao oniy bonoar seeks with prona afiection. 
And tbinkst that glory is his gr«atest bliss ; [tlon, 
Rrst lei bim Tiew tlie Heav'n'8 wid(>atretcbed sec- 
Tben in some nap tlie Eartb's short narrowness: 
Weil may lM!4>1ush to see his name not able 
To fili one qaafter of so brief a tabir. 

Wby tken shoald bigb-grawo mitfds so mneh re- 
joioe 

To draw their stnbbom neeks froai imui's snljeo- 
tMM: [voiGe 

For thongb lond famę streteb high ber prattitng 

To blaze abroad their nrtne'8 great perlection; 
Hioągb goodly titles of their boase adom tbem 
With aacient bemldry, yet deatb doth soorn 

' tbem: 

j The bigfa and base lie in tbe self same grare; 
Ko d ifa e u c e tbere betwcen a king and slaTe. 

Wfaere now are troe Fabridos* booet remaimng: 
Wl«» knows wbens Bmtiis, or roagb Cato lires ! 
Oaly a weak report, tbeh* iiamca soMaiaing, 
In Rooida oU a slender knowledge glves: 
Vet when we rend tbe deeds of mea inbnmed, 
Cao w<e by that kBow tbem kM« sinea eonsamcd ? 

Kow therafere lie yon boritd and forgotttn; 
Wer eaa report lirostmte eacroaching d^Mbt 
Or if yoQ thhik wben yon aie dead and ratten^ 
Ton live again by f*me« and mliwr bieatht 
VOL. VL 



When with time^ shadows thb faise glory waneg^ 
You die again ; bot tbis yonr glory gains* 



opoir MT BaoTHta mb. g. r. nu book imtitvu9 

CHBI8T*S YfCTOBT AND TRlOlCril. 

FowD lads, that spend so fbst your postiog time, 
(Too posting time, that spends your time as fast) 
To chanC ligłit toys, or frame some wantoo rhyme, ■ 
Whęre idie boys may glat their lastful taste; 
Or dse with praise to clothe some fleshiy slime 
With rirgjn ro««, and fair liH«v chaste : 

Wbile itcbing bloods, and youŁhful cares adore 
.*^; fabborit 

Bat wiser men^ and onee yonrseltres will moat 

But tboii, (most near, most (\oat) in tbis of tbine 
Tfast prov*d tbe Muses not to Venus buund ; 
Such as thy matter, aach thy Muse, divtne : 
Or tbott soch grace with Mercy*8 self hast foaod, 
That she herseif deigns in thy leaves to shine ; 
Or stol>n finom Hcar»n, tbon brougKt*st this versc to 
f^nnd, [tbiinder^ 

Wbich frights tbe anmbed soul wiih fearfal 
And Boon with boneyed dews thaws it 'ta ixt joy 
and wonder. 

Thea do not tbou nwlicions tongnes esteem ; 
(Tbe glan, throngb wbicb an anvious eye doth 

gazę, 
Can eas*ly nnake a mole-biU mountain seem) 
His praise dispraises ; bis dispniises praise ; 
Enoogb, af best men best thy labours deem« 
And to the bigbest pitcb thy merit nise $ 
While all tbe Mnses to thy song deoree 
Yietorious trinmph, trinmpbant rtotw^ 



won 
THB BisnoF or ixoH, na. SAŁt, njs MBarFATiaiff. 

Most wrrtcbed sool, that beracaroostng pleasnre, 
Hath all bis HeaT*n on EaHh ; aBd'ne'er distressed 
£i\)oys tbese fend deligbts witbont aH measnrew 
And froely liriag thns, is tbns deeeased ^ 
Ab, greatest cnrse, so to be ever blessed^ 
For wbert to lirę is HeaT*n, His Heli to die. 
Ab, wretcb ! that bera begins Hell'amisery ! 

Most blessed soni, tbat^ Kfted np with wings 
Of faith and k»re, learts tbis base habftatico. 
And soomingslnggMi BMth»to Hear>n ap saHant 
On Eartb, yet stttl bi Heav*a by meditatkm ; 
With tbe souIN eye fereseaing tb' bearen)y statioa : 
Tben 'gins his Mti:, wben be's of life bersaren. 
Ab, blessed soul * that here begłaa bis HeaTon ! 



vroH 

TBB C0MTBIiri.AT10NS Or THB BISIOF Or BZCBSTBB 
CITBN TO THB LABT & W. AT KBW-YBAB^S TIDB, ' 

Tris littie workrs two little stars are eyes, 
And be that all eyes framed, firam'd all otbers 
Downward to &11, bat these to climb tbe skies 
Tbere to ar^naint them wjth their starry brotbi^rs • 
PUnets flx'd in the head, (their sphere of sense >* 
Yet wand'rW!r still thro* Heav*n'8 cinsnm&rence 
The iatellect beiog tbeir intelligencc. ' 



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P. FLETCHER'S POEMS. 



Duli then that hcavy soul, »hich CTcr bcnt 
On Earth and earthly toys, his Heav'n nedecU ', 
Content with that which cannot give cootcnt : 
W bat thy fooŁscorning kicks, tby voul re8|>ect8. 

fond aoul! tby eye wilł up to Hcav*nerect 
tbee; 

Tbou it direct'8t, and must it now direct thee ? 

Duli, hcavy soui 1 tby scholar musŁ correct thee. 

Thrice łiappy soni, that guided by thine eycs, 
,4rt monDtcd up unto that starry nation ; 
,And loaving thcre thy sense, onterest the ikiea, 
KnflhrinM and faintŁ*!! thcre by contemplation ! 
Heay'n thou cnjoy*fct on Earth.and now bcreaTen 
Of life, a new life to thy soul is givcn. 
Thrice happy soul, that hast a double Hcayen ! 

Tliat sacred hafid, which to this year hath brought 

you, 
Perfect your years, and with your years, his graccs ; 
' And when his will unto his will hath wrought you, 
Conduct your soul unto thosc happy placcs, 
Where thonsatid joys, and pleasures ever new, 
And blessings tbicker than the moming de w, 
With endlesB sweets, raiti on that beav'nly crcw. 



TSE6E ASCŁEPIADS 



OP MR. H. 9. 
EKLASGED. 



TRaM^ŁATEO ANP 



Ne verbuni mihi sit mortna litera, 
Nec Cbristi meritum gratia vanida ; 
Sed verbum fatuo sola scientia, 
£t Christąs misero. sola redemptio^ 

l7ifŁRTTKR'D Word, which never ear conid hear; 
Unwritten Word, whicli neyer eye could bee, 
Yet syllabled in fle^ih-speird character, 
That so to senses thou migbfst subject be ; 

Since thou in bread art stampt, in prtnt art read, 
Lct not thy printrsiamp^d word to me be dead. 

Thou all-contrivtng, alł dcserring Spirit, 
>Tade flcsh to die, that so thou might*$t be minę, 
That thou in us, and we in thee might mrrit, 
We thine, thouours; thou human, wcdjyine; 
Let not my dead life's roerit, my dead heart 
Forfeit so dear a purchas'd dcath^s deserl. 

Thou Sun of wisddm, knowled^e infiuite, 
Madę foiły to the wise, niglit to'profane ; 
Be I thy Moon, oh, let thy sacred light 
Inorcase tp tb^full, and never, npver waric: 
Wihc folly in me set, fond wisdom rise, 
Make me renounce my wisdom, to be wise. • 

Thou Life eterpal, pnrcst blesscdness, 
7.fado uiortal, wretcbcd, sin itself, fur me; 
Show mc my dc^th, my sin, my wrctcheduess, 
That I may flourish, shine, and livc in thee: 
So I with praiscRhall sing tby life, Ueath^s story, 
O thou my merit, life, my jri^om, glory ! 



When, O my God ! wheo sball I come in place 
To sce thy light, and ^iew tby glorious face ? 

I dine and aup with stghs, with groans and tearSii 

While all thy foes minę ears with taunting load ; 

** Who now thy cries, who now thy prayer heais ? 

Whcrc is,»' say they, " where isthy boasted God ?" 
My molt<:n heart, deep plungM in sad despair*, 
Runs forth to thee in streamsof tears and prayers. 

With grief T think on those sweet now past daj^s, 
When to thy house my troops with joy I led : 
We sang, we danc*d, we cb^nted sacred lays ; 
No men so hastę to winę, no bride to bed. 

Why droop'st, my soul ? why fainfst thou in my 
breast ? 

Walt still with praise ; bis presence is tby rest. 

My famtsh'd soul, dtiv*n from tby sweetest word, 
(From Hermon bill, and Jordan^s swcllicg brook) 
To thee laments, sighs deep to thee, O Ix>rd '. 
To thee sends back ber hungry, longing look : 

Floods of tby wrath breed floods of grief and 
fears ; [teara. 

And floods of grief breed floods of plaints and 

His early light with morn these cloads shall elear, 
l^hcsedreary clouds, and storms of sad despairs : 
Sore am I in the nigbt bis sungs to bear. 
Sweet songs of joy, aa well as ho my prayers. 

ril say, '* My God, why slij?Iit*&t thoumy distress, 
While all my foes my wcary soul oppress ?'* 

My cruel foes both thee and me upbraidj 
They cut my beart, they vaunt that bitter word, 
•• Where is thy trust ? where is thy bope ?'* they 

said ; 
" Where is thy God ? where isthyboasted Lord ?" 
Why droop*st, my soul ? wfay fainfst tbou in my 

bi-east ? 
Wait still with praise ; his presence is thy rest. 



certain of the ROYAŁ PROFUET fi rSAlMS 
METAPHRASED. 

PSALM XUI. 

Whicb Bgrees with tbe tune of Like the hermit 

poor. 

LoOK as an hart with swcat and blood imbnicd, 
ChasM and emboss*d, thi^ts in the soil to be ; 
So my jKX>r soul, with enger foes pursucd, [thee : 
l4«ki» k>n|;s, O Lord, pincs, pants, and faints, for 



PSALM XLIIL 

Whicb may be sung as tbe Widów, or Mock Wid0«r« 

O Lord ! bcfore the morning 
Gives Heaven waming 
To let out the day. 
My wakeful eyes 
Look for thy rise, 
Aod wait to let in thy joy ful ray. 
F.ank hunger hcre peoplcs the dcsert cells, 

Herę thirst fdis up the empty welis: 
How longs my flesh for that bread without leaven 1 

How thirsts my soul for that winc of Hcavea I 
Sucb (oh !) to taste thy ravishing grace ! 
Such in thy house to view thy glorious face ! 

Thy love, thy light, tby face*s 
Uright-shining graces, 
(Whoseunchanged ray 
Knows, zior mom'8 dawn 
Nor eyetiing^s wane) 
How far sumiount they life's winter day ! 
My heart to tby glory tunes all his strings ; 

My tongue thy praises cheerly sings : 
And till 1 felumber, and deaih shall undress mog 

Thus will I sing, thus will I bless thee. 
** Fili me with love, oh ! fili me with praise ! 
So shall I Tent due thaoks in joyfuUays." 



MISCELLANIES. 



163 



Wben nig^bt mil eyes liath qQencbed, 
. Aod Łhoughls lie drenched 
In ailence and rest i 
Theo will I all 
Thy ways recal. 
And l«ok OQ thy light in darkness beat 
Wh«ł my poor sool, wouaded, had lost tbe field, 

Thoa vast my fort, thou wast my ihield. 
Safc in thy tnncbes I boldly will Taunt me, 
There will I sing, tbere « i]| I chant tbe^ ; 
Tbere TU triomph in thy banoer of grace, 
3fy caiiq'riag arna aball be thy arms' embrace^ 

My foes firom deeps descending, 
Id ragę transceoding, 
AaaaultiDg me sore, 
Into tbeir Heli, 
Ane beadlong feU ; 
Thcre shall they lie, therc howl, and ronr : 
Tbere lei dcserv*d torraents their spirits tear ; 

Feel they wont ilb, and wone yet fear : 
Bat wkh hja spoose thine anointed in płeasnre 
^ Sha ll reign, and joy past ti i.e or measure: 
The» new delighta, new pleasares, still spriog: 
Hastę theie, oh! baste> my sool, to dance and sing. 



PSALM C3CXVIf. 
To tbe inne of that psalm. 

Ip God bnild not tbe bonse, and lay 
Tbe ground-wprk surę ; wboever build, 
It cannot itand one stormy day : 
If God be not the city>s sbield ; 
If he be not tbeir bars and wali, 
In vain is watcb>tower, men, and alL 

■ 

Thoogb then thon wak'st wben others rest, 

Thoogb rising thon prerenfst tbe San ; 

Tkoagfa with lean Gaie thóu daily feast,. 

Tby labottr*8 loat, and thon nndone : 
Bot God hia cbild will feed and keep, 
Aod draw tbe curtaios to bis sleep. 

Iboo^ th' hast a wife fit, yonng, and fair, 
Aa hentage beiit to ad^ance ; 
Tet canai thoa not oommand an beir; 
Fior bdra ofe God>s mberitance : 

He giTca tbe seed, tbe bud, tbebloom; 

Be grrea the hanrest to tbe womb. 

iad look, aa arrows, by strong arm 
la a.sttaiig bow diawn to tbe bead, 
Wbcre they are meant, will anrely bann. 
And tf they hit, woand deep and dęad i 

Chiklrea of yoath are even so ; 

As hannfnl, deadly, to a foe.' 

That mon shall li^e Sn blisi and peace, 
Wbo fills his quiTer with sucb sbot : 
WboM garneis swell with such iociease, 
Tenonr aod sbame assail him not j 
And thongfa bis focs deep batred bear, 
Tlu» ann'd, he sbail not need to fear. 



PSALM CXXXVIL 

To be sung as, See tbe boildiogt 

WocES Perab*s flowers 
PofiiiM proad Babei's bowers, 



And paiot her wall^ 
Tbare we layM asteeping, 
Our eyes in endless weeping. 
For Sion's fali. 
Our feasts and songs we laid aside. 
On forforn willows 
(By Perah's billows) 
We bnng our harps, and mirth and joy dcfy'd, 
. That Sion's rnios shoald build foul BahcPs pride. 

Oiir coDqQ*ror8 vaut!ting 
With bittcr scoffs and Łauntiog, 

Tbusproudły jest: 
" Take down yoor harps, and striog tbem, 
Recal your iOngs, and sing them. 
For Sion'B feast*' 
Werę our harps wełl tun*d in ercry string, 
Our heari-strings broken, 
Throats drown'd, aud soaken 
With teare andsighs, bow can we ptaiseand sin; 
The King of Heaven onder an beathen king } 

In all my moun^ing, 

Jerusalcm, thy burning * 

If I forget ; 
Forget tby running, 
My band, and all tby cunning. 
To th' barp to set 
Lct tby mouth, my tongue, be still thy grarec 
Lie tbere asieeping. 
For Sion weeping .- 
Oh ! let minę eyes in tears tby oflice baye ; 
Kor rise, nor tet, bot in tbeir briny wayę. 

4 

Proad Edom'8 raging, 

Tbeir bate with blood assoaging. 

And Tengeful sword, 
Their carsed joying 
In Sion's walts destroying, 
Remember, Lord ; 
Forget not, Lord, tbeir 8pitefvl cpy, 
" Fire and de&ce it, 
Bestroy and rasę it; 
Ob, let tbe name of Sion erer die 1'* 
Tbus did they roar> aik( us a&d tbee defy. 

So shall tby towers. 

And all tby princely bowei% 

Proud Bąbel, fali : 
Him eTer blessed, 
Wbo th' oppressor batb oppressed* 
Shall all men cali : 
Tbrice blest, that taras tby mirth to graans; 
That bams to asbes 
Tby towers, and dasbes 
Tby brats 'gainst rocks, to wash thy bloody stonet 
With tbine own bloody aod pa^e tbee with tby 
bones. 



PSALM L 



BŁisnn, wbo walk*st not in the worldling^s way ; 
Blessed, wbo with fool sinners wilt not stand : 
Blessed, wbo with proud mockers diai^st not 8tay j 
Nor sit tbee down amongst that scomfol band. 
' Tbrice bleaaed man, wbo in that beavenly Ught 
Walk'8t, stand*stj and sitfst, njoicmg day and. 
night; 



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P. FLETCHER'S POEMS. 



1 



i 



I/Mk as a thinty palm Ibll Jwćwa driokf , 
<Who#« leaf and Iruit itill liv«, wbcb wiater «lies) 
Witb coDqu*riiig brancbea t^oims the rnrr** brinika; 
4iKi sammees 6re8, and Winter*! Irosts defiea : 
4tl ao the loul, wbooi tnat elear light rev\wmp 
SiiU springi, bttda, gry>wf , and dying tiina aur- 

Bnt ai tbe dost of chaff, cait io tha air, 
Sinkt in the dirt, and tnnis to dong and mira | 
So sinnere, driv*D to Heli by fieroe decpair. 
Sball fry in iee, and freeae in heilith Ara s 
For be, wbose flaming eyes all actiona tnrn, 
Seetbotb; (o ligfat the one, the ofhiBr boni. 



PSALM CXX}L 

F|i<VM tha deeps of grief and fear» 
O Lord ! to thee my aonliacpain ; 
Promthy Hoa^en boir down thina ear; 
Łet thy mercy roeet my prayen. 
Oh! ifthoumark^tt 
Wbat*a done amin^ 
Wbat aoal to pnie, 
Can iee thy bliai ł 

Bnt with tbee iweet Mercr atanda, 
Sealing pardont, working reai' : 
Wait, my mmiI, wait on his haqdi ; 
Waitv ipine eye, oh | wait, minę ewr t 
tf he bis eye 

Or toofline lilbrdt, 
Watch afi his looks, 
Catch all his words. 

As a watchman waits Ibr day. 
And lookf for ligbt, and looks sgai» ; 
When tbe night grows old and gray, 
Tp be reliev'd be calls amain : 
So look, só wait, 

80 long minę eyes» 
To sea my Lqfd, 
Mj Sun, ęmef 

Wait, ye laintB, wait oa oor Lard t 
Por firtnn hia tongne sweK mercy flows : 
Wait on hia cross, wmit oq l^is word; 
Upon that tite redempticio growa: 
Ha will radeem 

Hislsrael 
Pimm sin and wratli, 
l^kwa daath and UelJ* 



AK HYMN. 



Waib, o my sani ! awake, and raisa 
Up #rery part to sing Tiis praiie, 
Wbo from hb sphere of glory fell. 
To raisa thee np from deaih and Heli: 
See lv»w bis aoul, Test for thy sin, 
Weepabloód witboot, f*eh Heli vątbin: 

See whTP be hąn;(S9 
Harfc bow be criea s 

Ok, bitlerpangs! 
Now, now, he diea, 

Wrfte, O minę eyes ! awake, and y/km 
la jkw# twin li^ts, whence HanTeas drew 



i 



Thcir glorions beami / wbom graHeus sigbt 
rillsyoawitbjoy, with life, andiigbt; 
San bow with clouds of torrow drown'd, 
Tbey wasb witb taars tby sinfiil wouad : 
See bow witb streams 

Of spit tb' are dif achM | 
Sae bow their beams 
. With deatb are qiicneb*d. 

Wake, O mina ear ! awake, and hcar 
That powerftil vaiee, whieb stills thy fear, 
And brings fron Hńvett tboaa joyfbl news» 
Whieb HaaYcn ooatwiands, wbicb Rdl aubtfaoaj 
Hsrk bow bia ears (HeaT'n*s mercy ^eat) 
FonI slapders witb reproaehes beat : 

Hark bow ^ knoeks 
Onr aais rasopnd ; 

Hsfk boir ^kfńf mocks 
His hearing woipnd. 

Wake, O my heart ! tuoe cvery strinr ; 
Wake, O my tonguel awake, and siogr 
Think net a thougbt io all thy lays, 
Speak not a word but of his praifes 
Tell bow his swes t e s t tongue tbey drowaM 
Wi^8«II: think bow his heart tbey yroaadz 
Th^t bloody spoot, 

Gagg*d iiMr tby sin, 
lifeletsont, 

Thydcathictain. 



ANHYMK. 



Dtopf dro|i, slow tean. 

And bathe tbase beanteoos fiset, 
Wbich brooght fhim HeaT*a 

Tbe newf apd Prinoe of Peace: 
Cease not^ wet eyes. 

His mereies to entfeat » 
To ciy for ^n|ean>ee 

Sin doth nerer cease : 
Ia yon^ drep doods 

Urown all my &ults and feais i 
Kor let his aya - 

Sea sin, bat throngh my tcnrs. 



•M HT ratMB^i PiCTuai, wno siin ni tbatbs. 

Thi0vcn now to Heav>q tby trarela ara coafin'd» 

Thy wealth, friends, life, and country, all are |oat i 

Yet in this pictare we thee IWing (bid ; 

And thou witb Icsier traTcl, lessereoat. 

Hast foond nęw life, friends, wealth, aad better 

ooast : 
Sobythydc»tbtbooliT*8t, by lom thoo gnin^tj 
And in thy abaenca preaent stall lamaki'!!. 



vfON na. ftJTTWiu 

Wro fires witb deatb, by dealh in deatb ia lying; 

Bat he wbo litring dies, best Utcs by dying ; 

Wbo life to tmth, w ho deatb to errour gives, 

In life may die, by deatb mon sarely lires. 
My lonl in Heaven breatbest in scboolp my famas 
Tken on my tomb write nothing bnt my 



ELIZA s AN ELEGT; 



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•P^M Ut •Mmft*t MOS, CAlXt» 
tBS OI0U1IM, ŁAiOOm, ANO SlWAftO 09 PAtTBi 

Tira luoplWd np, aad fir'd bj tbat bicft tpirit, 
l^tttt hfi iMt oQ in this pure beav'nly flame i 
Łftyinr tlM groniidf, wmUt, roof of fiiith : tbis Inine 
Wtthlifebeepdi; mmI do« duih thera inberit 
Wbftt bcfc he bailt, crown^d witb bit Uurel merit : 

Wlme palmt and tńumpbt once htt loudly raof. 

Umk nam eigoyi wbat berę be tweetly Mng* 

Tbie is bis mnaament, on wbicb be drev 
Hii spiriCe image, that can oerer die ; ["T^i 

Bal breathceiD tbete liTe wmdt, and tpeaki totb' 
la tbcaa bia wiodiay- ■beeti be dcad dotbibow 
To buried wab tba vay to live aoew. 
And io biegTave mofcfpoireHułly nów preacbeCbt 
Wbo wiD not Icaro, wocathata dcad autt teacb- 
ctbł 



inroM 



rttx»s, ■!• niimo uoLUom^ 



PlaKirn (oor woadcr) liviaf , tboogb kmg dcad^ 
la tbia wbita papcr, ae a wioiIłDg-ibeei ; 
Aad ia tbis veUuiii liet ca^eloped : 
Yct nill be Uves, guidiof tbe erring feet, 
ipcakiiig now to our eyet, tbough buried. 

If anoeto well, mocb beCter now he teac^etb ; 

Wko viii not bcar, wbea a liva-dead man 
preacbetb. 



Ło0k ai a flag, pSere*d witb a fiital bow, 
(As bjr a ipood be walki tecareijr feeding) 
In eoTcrtt diick coneeali bi* deiidly bk>V^ 
And feaUng deatli twim in bis eiidl«« Ueeding, 
(Hii lieaTy bnd bis faindag itmigib eKoeedbg) 
Bada woodt adiea, lo einkt into his graTe ; 
Oreen braket aad primroie iweei his teemly beana 
cmbfaTa: 

So lay a gmtJe knigbt noilr ftill of deattt, 
Witb doady eyes his latest bóbr etpectidgi 
And! by bis side, suck^ng bis fleeting breatbi 
His aeeping spoitse Eliza, life o^ectingi 
And ali ber beaoteoas ^irs witb gtief idfectingt 
Her eheek 9B pale as bis, 'twere bard to scai^ 
11 deatb oi* sorfow's fraa did look morę paie^or 



ELIZA; 
aM błboy u»om tui u min mciau o» 

SIR ANTONY IRBY. 

» 

al tbc feąaest (and for a monnmenl) of 
bb sonriTlng lady. 



AKAOaAMA. 

Aatonins Irbeos 



An Tirtos obieos ! 

Bito mci mortiiątte meinor* 

^lums Tirtuti kb pm s. 



to TMt aiORT WOITBY KMtOBT, 

giR AN70SY JKBY. 



sta. 



1 AM ahogethcr (1 tbink) unknown tO yoa, (as 

ba^iiig ncver seen yon słnce yoor infancy) nehher 

do I new dasiie to be known by this tride. But I 

caoDot mia thcae few lincs composed proently 

allcryoilTCstbet^deecase; they are btoken frąm 

BCt and will see olore Ugbt thaa tliey dcserra. 

I wisb tbere were any tbing in thein wortby of 

yoar Yaeant bonis : sneb as they are, yours tbey 

ansby inh^tanca. As an orb, tfaerelore, of your 

iatber's asbcs (1 bcseecb yon) receiTe tbem, for 

hiinke, and from kim, wbo dcsires imodie bciter 

eapieynant to ba 

yoar scnraot, 

ff. r. 



Chsse hf, ber ^ster, fiut Alida, ^ts; 

FairesI Alida, to whose sweetest gracet 

His teafs and saghs a fellow paaioa flts ? 

Upon ber eye (his throne) loire sdnow pidoes; 
Tbere comfort sadness, beanty gtief embraóte t 
Pity might seem a while tbat fiioe to bOrfow. 

And tbitber now was coma to comfnrt dcath and 
sonów. 

At lengtb UmuI grief tbus witb a cbenful sbrikk 
(His trampet) sounds a battle, joy del^iog ; 
SpreadioK his ooloon in Blizas cbeek - 
And from her eyes (hit wafch-tower) Hx ctpying, 
Witb bope, delight, and joy, and comfort flying, , 
Th os with ber tongue their coward fli^^ht pursues, 
While sighs, sbrieks, tears, giva chasd witb ne? er , 
fohiting creos : 

*< Tbon traitoor joy, tbat in pRKpeflty 
80 loodly Taanrst 1 wbitber, ab, whither tleat ł 
And tbou tbat bragg^ aarer ftom bfe to lly* 
Faise bovO. ab ! wbitber now so spe«^dy biesi ł 
In raili tby winged fiKt to f ast tboo piiest i 
Hope, ibou art dead^ aad Joy, in bope relymg^ 
Bleeds in his hopelds iKraaids, and In his dealb 
lies dyiiig." 

Bot tbtn Alicia (in wbose dieerfil eya 
Comfort witb grief, bope with conipataioo, llYed) 
Benewiibeflgbt: '* If Joy «nd oumfort die, 
Tbe foult b youfsi so much (too mncb) y«m 
prieved, 

Tbat bope coOld neter bope to be łelieirad. 

If all yoor bopes to one poor bope yott bind. 
Ko Blartel if one lled, not one ramaiai bebind. 

** tond liopes on tife, to wosk a tliread, depending 1 
Weak, as tha thraad soch kaot»sO waakly tyingi 
But beav*uly joys are ciicnlar, lie'er ending, 
Snre as tbe rock on which tbey grow ; aod lying 
In Heav*n, iticr(.<ase by lo«, Htc bcsi by dying* 
Tben let yonr hopeon tbjse sbre joys depend, 
Wbiob live and grow by deatb, and waste aolwhan 
tbeyspeddi" 

Tben sbet " Great Łoid, tby jndgmenU rigfata* 

aotbe^ 
To make good ill^ wben to our ill we nie It t 
Oood leads os to tho greatest good, to thee| 
Bot we to otbar ends mostfond abuse it ; 
A oonmwn fitolt, yet cannot that excnse iir 
We fora tby gifta, and toka tbem gladly eną> 
W« io?e tbem (ab, too mnch !) inofa tban wa lofa 
tba gif cr«" 



16? 



P. FLETCHER'S POEMs. 



So falling Iow upon her humbled knees. 
And all ber heart witbin ber eye < Kpressiiis $ 
** *'V\i trae, great Mercy, only iniseries 
Tcach us our»elve8 : aod Łbee, ob ! if confesing 
Our faults to thee be sil our faolts releasing. 
But ia thiae ear, I Dever tougbt to bidę th«m : 
Ab ! thou hast hcard them oft, aa oft as thou hast 
«y'd Łbem. 

** I know the beart knows morę tban tongae can 

tcU; 
But thou pcix:eiv'st the h«art his foulness tełiing : 
Yet knows tbe beart not half, so wide aa HelJ, 
Sacb seas of sin in such scant banka are swelling ! 
Wbo fices all faolts witbin his bosum dwelUng ; 
Many my teaants are, and 1 not know them. 
Most dangerous tbe wouuds tbou feel^at, and canst 
not sfaow tbeoL 

*' Sooae hiddeB fault, my Fkther, and my Ood« 
Some fault I koow not yet, nor yet am«nded, 
Hath forc'8t tKee froirn, and use thy smarting rod; 
Some grievoos fauU thee grierously ofiended : 

Bttt let thy wratb, (ah !) let it aow be ended. 

Father, tbis cbildish plea (if ooce I koow it) 
Łet stay thy tbieat^nipg band, I never morę will 
doiL 

** If to my beart tboa show this bidden sore, 
Spare me ; no morę, no morę 1 will ofiend tłieCy 
I dape uot say I will, I would no morę : 
Say Ihoa I ishally and soon I will amend me. 

Tbiea smoodi thy biow, and oow some comfort 
lendme; 

Oh, let thy softest mercies rest contented : 
Tboogh kite, 1 nwat repent, tbat I so laterepented. 

" Łay down thy rod, and stay thy smarting hand; 

Hmbc ratning eyes into thy boitle gather ; 

Oh, see thy bleediog Soo betwiat os stand ; 

tlemembcr me achild, thysetf a Father: 
Or, if thou may'st not stay, oh, puoish rather 
lite part offending, this rebellious heart ! 

Yriiy panlon'si tbou the wome, and pUgu'st my 
better part ? 

'* Wast not Chy hand, tbat tied the sacrad knot? 
Was't not tby hand, tbat to my hand did give him ? 
Hast thou not madę us one ? command^st tbou not, 
Nonę loose what tbou hast bound ? If then tbou 
reave him, {him ! 

How, wiŁhoHt me, by haWes dost thou receive 
Tak^ thou tbe bead, and lear^st tbe beart be- 
fcind? 
Ay me 1 in me akme^ast thou such monster fiod ? 

** Oh, why dost thou so strong me wcak assail ? 
Woman of all tby creatures is the ireakest, . 
And in ber greatesA strcoęth did wcakly fai! ; 
lliott wbo tbe weak atid bruiscd nexier brenkest, 

Wlio|ieve«rtriuflBph in the yiddhiigscrekest; 

Pity mf weak cstate, and leave m^". ne^er : 
I ever yet was weak, aud iiow morę weak than 



Witb tbiit ber faintin^^spousc lifts up his hcad, 
And withsome joy bis inward griefs rcfrainmg/ 
Thus with a Ceeble voiee, yet choerful, said : 
" Spend not in tears tbis iitde time iremaining ; 
Iby gricf doth add to minę, not easc my paining: 
My death is Ufe ; ancb is the scouige of God : 
Ab! if bisrodbesucb, wbo wonid Ml Utt bb 
rod? 



** My dear, (ddce all my joy, now all my care) 
To these my woids (tbese my last words) apply 

tbee! s 

Gire me thy hand ; these my last greetings are : 
Show me thy face, I never morę shall cye tbee. 
Ab^ would our boys, our lesser selres, were bjf 

tbee! 
Tłiose my lire pictures to tbe world I gire : 
So single only die, In them twice-two I live. • 

" You little souls, your sweetest tiraes enjoy» 
And sofity spend among your mother's kisses ; 
And with your pretty sports and hurtless joy, 
Supply your weeping mother's grierous missea r 



Ab i while you may, enjoy your little bliabea, 
While yet you nothing know: when back yoa 
▼iew, [nothing knew 

Sweet will this knowledge seem, when yet yoa 



« 



For when to riper times your years anifo. 
No morę (ah ! tben no morc) may you go play 

yoo: 
Lanch'd in the deep far from the wished bivey 
Change of 'worId*s tempests througb blind seas will 
sway you, 
Tli! to Łba long-loDg'd haven they oonvey you : 
Thro* many a wave this brittle life must paas. 
And cut the churlbb seas, sbipt in a bark of glaśs. 

*' How many ships in ąoicksands swaUow'd been I 

What gaping waves, whales, monsters^ tbere ez- 
pect you ! 

How many rocks, much sooner feU than seen ! . 

Yet let no fear, no coward fright, affect you : 
He holds tbe stern, and hc will safe direct yoa, 
Wbo to my sails thus long so gently błew, 

Tbat now I touch tbo sbore, before the seas I knew. 

" I touch the sl.ore, and see my rest preparing. 
Oh, blessed God ! how inftnite a blessing 
Is in tbis thought, tbat thro* this troobled faring^, 
Through all the ikults this guilty agc depressing^ 

I guiltless past, no helpless man oppressing ; 

And coming now to thee, lift to the skies 
Unbribed hands, clcansM beait, and never tainted 
eyes! 

** life, life! how many Scyllas dost thou hide 
In thy calm streams, wbich sooner kill than 

tbreaten ! [pride ! 

Gold, honour, grcatness, and their daughter. 
Morę quiet livcs, and less with tompests beiaten, 
Whose middle state (rontent doth richly sweeten ! 
He knows not strife, or brabling tawyers* brawis ; 
His lorę and wish Iive pleasM witbin his pctvate 
walłs. 

" The king he never sees, nor fears, nor prays ; 
Nor sits court promise and faise hopes łamenting z 
Within that house he spends nod ends his days, 
Where day he yiewed first ; his beart*s contenting. 
His wife, and babes ; nor sits new joys inventing : 
Unspotted there, and quiet, he remains ; 
And *mong ha duta)us sons most loT*d and fear- 
less reigns. 

" Thou God of Peace, with what a gentle tld« 
Through this world's raging tempest basŁ tho« 

broughtme? . 
Thou, tbou my open soul didst safely hide, 
When thousand crafty-fbes so nearly sought me $ 

Elsę bad the endless pit too quickiy caugbt me; 

That endless pit, where it is easier nerer 
Ib ftdl, than being fairn, to cease from falling e^er. 



ELIZA: AN ELEGY. 



167 



" 1 nerer knew or want or luxury, 
Ma^ }em their foHowers ; or cares tormenting, 
Or raoging last, or base-bred flattery : 
I iovM, aod was belo?'d with ]ike consenting : 
My bate was here, ber joy my sole contenting : 
Thas loog I Iiv»d, and yet havc nefer prov'd 
Whether I lov*d ber morę, or morc by ber was 

lOT^d. 

*' Four bftbes (ihe fifth with tbee I soon shall find) 
With equal grace ia soul and body fram*d : 
And leit these goods migbt swell my bładder'd 

tnind, 

(V1^<^ last I name, but sbould not last be namM) 

A ńcknctt long my stnbbom heart hath tAm*d, 

And taugbt me pleasing goods are not the best; 

Bot moBt unUcst be lires, that lives berę ever blest. 

" Ah, \lfe ! once Tirtue^s spring, now sink of evil ! 
Tlioa changeof pleasing pain, and painful pleasure; 
Thou brittle painted bubble, shop o* tb' Devil ; 
fiow dost thoa bribe us with fałse guilded treasnre, 

That in thy joys we find no mean or measure ! 

How dost thou witcb \l know thou dost deccive 

me ; [thec. 

I know I sbould, I must) and yet 1 woald not leave 

" Ah, deatb ! once greatcst ill, now oniy blessing, 
Untionbled sleep, sbort travcl, ever resting, 
Ali sickncis' cure, thou end of all distressing, 
Tbou one meal*8 ^t, Usher to endless feasting ; 
Tlw' hopeless gritfs ery out, thy aid Tequesting, 
Tbo' thou art sweeten'd by a Hfe most bateful, 
How is't, that when tbou com'st, thy coming is 

uugrateful } 
" Fiail aesh, why wouWst thou kccp a hated guest, 
And him refuse whom thou hast oft invtted ? 
Life thy tonnenter, death thy sleep and rest. 
And thou, (poor soul !) why a*t his sight art frighted, 
Who clears tbine eyes, and makes thee eagle- 

stgfated } 
Mount now, my soul, and seat thee in thy throne : 
Tbou sbalt be one with faim, by whom tbou first 

wastone. 
" Why should*st thou loTe this star, tbis borrowM 

light. 
And not that Son, at which thou oft hast gucssed, 
Bat gnesaM in rain ? which dares thy piercing sight, 
Which nerer was, which .cannot be c^presaed } 
Why lov'8t thy load, and joy^st to be oppressed ' 
Seest thou tboso joys ? tbo^e tbousand thousaiid 
graces ? [emhraces. 

Mount now, my soul, and leap to those outsttt:tchM 

" Dear country, I ronst lea^e thee ; and in thee 
Ko beneflt, which most doth pierce and grieye me : 
Yet, had not hasty death prevenU-d me, ' 
1 would repay my Itfe, and sumewhat gSve theet 
My aons for that I li>ave ; and so 1 leare thee: 
Thos Heftv'n commands ; the lord outridet the 

And is arriv*d bcfore t death hath pfevented age. 

" My dearest Belly, my morę loved heart, 
1 leaTe thet; now ; with thee all earthly joying : 
łIcav'o knows, with thee alone I sadly part : 
Ałl other earthly sweets have had their oloying; 
Yet nercr fuli of thy sweet loves' enjoyiag, 
Thy coostaot lo^es, nezt Hcav'n, 1 did refer 
th«m : 
aiid'a6t much grace preyaird, 'forc Heav*n I sfiduld 

prefer them« 



'• I leave thero, now the trumpct calls aWay ; 

In yain thina eyes beg for somc time's reprieving ; 

Yet in my children here immortal stay : 

In one I die, in many ones am living : [Ing : 

In thero, and for them, stay thy too mnch griey- 
Look but on them, i o them thou sŁill w ii t sec 

Marry'd with thee again thy twice-two Autony. 



C( 



And when with littłe hands they stroke thy face, 
As iu thy lap they sit (ah, careless !) playing, 
An'l stammering ask a kiss, give^ them a brace ; 
The last from me : and then a little staying. 
And in their face some part of me sunreying, 
In them give me a third, and with a tear 
Show thy dear Iove to hini^ who lov'd thee ever 
dear. 

** And now our falling honse leans all on thee ; 
This little natioa to thy care commcnd them : 
In thee it lies that hence they want not me ; 
ThemselYes yet cabnot, tbou the morę defend 

them ; [them r 

And when grcen age permits, to goodness bend 
A mother were you oncei now both you are : 
Then with this double style double your loVe and 
care. 

" Tum their unweatry steps into the way : 
What first the ve8Bel driiiks, it long retaiueth ; 
Ko bars will bold, when they hare n»*d to stray t 
And when for me one asks, and weeping plainetb. 
Point thou to Heav'n, and say, * He there re- 

maineth :' 
And if they live in grsłce, grow, and perserer, 
There shall they live with me : eise shall they se« 
me never. 

" My God, oh ! in thy feal- herc let mc live ! 

Thy wardi they are, take ihipm to thy protection ; 

Thou gav*st them first, now back to thee 1 give; 

Direct them thon, and help hor wenk direction^ 
That re-united by thy stron? election, 
Thou now in them, they then may lłVc in thee ; 

And seetng herc thy will, may there thy glory 



sec. 



« 



Betty, let these last words tong with theedwell : 
If yet a second Hymen do expet^t thee,* 
1'bough well he lovc thee^ once I lovM as well : 
Yet if his presence make thee less respect me, 

Ah, do klot itt my children*s good ne?1ect me! 
• Let me this faitbful hope departing have ; 
Morę easy shall I die, and sleep in careless grare. 

" Farewel, farewel ! I fecl my long long rest. 
And iron sleep my Icaden heart oppressing : 
Night after day, sleep aftcr labour^s best ; 
Port after storms, joy after long distressing: 
So weep thy los^, as knowing 'tis my hlessing : 
Both as a widów and a Christian grieve : 
Still lirę I In thy thongbU, but as in Heav'n I Ilf ć. 

" Deatb, end of onr joys, entrance into new, 
I foUow thee, I know 1 am thy debtor ; 
Not unexpect thou com'st to claim thy due | 
Take here thine own, my souPs too heavy fetter ; 
Not life, lifc^s place I change, but far a better $ 
7 ake thou my soul, that boughfst it : cease your 
tcnrb : 
Who sighing Icarcs the E&rtb, bimself and Hcaven 
fcarc," 



16S 



P. FLETCHER'S POEM& 



Thtw Mid, and whilc Um body 8himb*ring lay^ 

(As Thcseiifl Ariadnę'! bed fbnaking) 

Hn quiet louł stole frooi ber houie of clay ; 

ABd glorunit anfcełi on iheir win^ it Ukiog, 
S^ifterthan lightiting flew, for Hemven making ', 
Therc happy goes be, heafnly fires admiring, 

"Wboie motion is tbetr buit, whoae rest it rcsiless 
Jeering; 

And laow tbe courts of tbat tbrice bIcsMd King 
U entcre, and hk presence riu enioyiitg ; 
Wbile in iuelf it fiods an endleu spring 
Of plcasures new, and never weary joying, 

Ke*er spent in tpending ; ftredtng, ncrer cloying : 

, l^^cak pen to write ! for tbonght cau iii-rer fetgn 

them; [talu tbeoi. 

Tbe miiid tbat all can liold, yet cannot half eon* 

Tbcre dotb it bleffled sit, and looking doini» 
Laughs at our busy care, and idie paioing ; 
And fitting to itaelf tbat glorions crown, [reigning ; 
Sooma £aiih, where r^en kiogt mott lenre by 
Wbere men get weaith, and Heli $ ao lose by 
gaiaing. 
Ab, błeased muI ! there ńt tbou still delighted, 
TiU we at lengtb to him witb Chee tball be united. 

But wben at last his lady sad espiea 
His llesh of Hfe, berself of bim deprived» 
ToofnAl of gffief, closing hU qoenchGd eyes. 
Aa if in bini, by him, for bim sbe liri^, 

FeH^cad witb bim ; and once again reTiTifd, 
Feli once again^ paia weary of bis painiag, 
And grief witb tno mocb .gricf folt now no grief 
remaining* 

Again relie^M, all silent sat she long; ' 
No word to name stich prief dunt dnst adventure : 
Grief is but ligbt tbat floats npon th« tongnc, 
But weighty sorrow presses to tbe ceutre« 

And nerer rests till th* heavy heart it enter ; 

And in life*s bouse was married to life : [ gHef : 
Grief madę lifo gri«vous leem, and life eiilivens 

And from tbeir bed procecds a numerons press, 
First śhrieks, then tcars and sigbs, tbe b«art*B 

ground rentings 
In vain poor M use would'8t tbou such dole expma ; 
For tbou tbysełf lameiiting ber lanienting. 
And with likc grief transformM to like torment- 

ing, 
Witb beary pace bring'st forth thy lagi^ing vene, 
Wbich clo(b*d witb blackeM lines attends tbe 
mournful henc. 

Tbe cimning hand wbich tbat Greek pńnccss drew 

Ready in boly Ares to i>e consum*dy 

Fity and sorrow ^ints in div<crs bMe; [famM ; 

Oiiewept, lieprayM, thissighHl, ^hatchafdand 
But uot to lima her futher^s look prasumM : 
For wcłl he ktiew his sktlful hand bati foiPd : 

BlMt «as his sorrow secu, wheu witli a cfoth *twas 
veiPd. 

Łoo)&«fe a atghttngale, krHose caltow yodng ftaken 
. teae U>y batb markM, and now balf nak'd hatb 
Whicb foog aUa closety krpt, and foster*d long, 
l«t all la va.ła : ahe now poor bird forsaken 
Flisii lip B^Ą 4omm, bnt grief no place can slackcn j 
All day and aifrhtlicT łos« sbe fresb doŁh ni*. 
And wbaffc sbe cada ber plainto, tbara ioob begins 
aiitw : 



Thua Sit sbe desolate, flo sbort a good, 
Such gift BO soon exact«d sore compbiniug : 
Slefp could not pass, but alinost sunk i' th' flood 9 
^ high her ryc-bauks sweird witli eudless rainiog' ^ 
Surfeit of grief had bred all meats disdainiog^ : 
A thousand times, '* My Aotooy," sbe cried, 
" Irtiy" a thousand times ; and in tbat naiue ali# 
died. 

Thos cinrling in her gricf it never ends, 
But moving roun>l back to itseh iiicHneth : 
llotli doy and night alike in grief she spends : 
Day shows her cUy is gonc, no sun there shineth : 
Black Btght her fellow moumcr :ihe defineth : 
Ijght sliows his want, aud shades his picture 
draw : [she sawr. 

Him (notbing) bcst sbe aees, when notbing, now 

Tuou blacker Muse, wbose rude nnoombcd baira 
With fotal yeii and cypress still are shaded ; 
Bring hitber all thy sighs, bither thy tean: 
As sweet a plant, as fair a flower is foded, 
As evcr in thc Muses' gardea bladed j 
Wkile th' owner (hapicss owner) siŁs lamentinr. 
And but in disoonient and gricf, finds no cootant- 
Ing. 

The sweet (now sad) £Iixa weeping lies, 
Whilc fair Alicia's words in vain reliere her; 
In Taln tbase wells of grief she often drics : 
What ber so loug, now doubled sorrows give her, 
Wbat botb tbeir Iove8 (wbich doubly double 

grit ve ber) 
Sbe careless spends without or end or measure ; 
Yet as it spends, it i^rows, poor gricf can tell bia 
treaaure. 

All as a tnrtle on a bared bongh 
(A wMow Łartle) joy and life despises, 
Wbose trusty matę (to pay his holy tow) 
Some watchful eye late iu his roost surprises. 

And to his god for errour sacriflces ; 

Sbe joy less bird sits moaming all aloue; fnone r 
And being one wben two, would now be two, wr 

So sat she, gentle lady, w^imig aore, 
Her descrt self and now coid leni lamanting; 
So Mt she careless on the diisty floor, 
As if her tears were all ber wnrs contenting ; 
So sat sbe, as when speechless griefii tormentinf 
Locks np thc heart, the capti^e tongueencbain- 
ing; [plaintng. 

So saK she jeyless d^wn in woridlen grief com- 

Her clieerfui eye (which once tbe crystal was, 
Whefc lov«s and beauty dre«'d tbeir fisirest fooet, 
Aud fairer secnł'd by looking in tbat glass) 
Had now in tear« drown*d all tbeir 'former graces; 
Her snów -wbite aruis, wbose warm and sweet 

embrioes 
Cauld quicken doath, tbeir now-dead lord eafold. 
And teenrd as cold and dead as was cbe fletb tbey 
boM. 

The rofes in her cbeek grow pale and wan j 
As if his pale cheeks' litery tbey afRected : 
Her head, like faiating flowers oppress*d witb rain. 
On ber Icft shoulder lean'd bis weight ne^lcctod : 
Her durk gr>łd liK^ks hung loosely unres|Seeted | 
As if those fain, whieb be alone deserfd, '* 
Wilh him had lost tbeir me, and now fair motbiag 
8err*d» 



ELIZA: AN ELEGY. 



16f 



Ifcr Wy tister Mt doM by ber lide, 
AłkMi. awbQwlbeek>veproadlyk>rded; 
Wbcre bcwtty^s tdf and nildnni tweet residc, 
Where ewry gncse htr naked tif bt aflbrded. 
And migcsty witb lorę at wełUaocorded : 
A little Mip of Hmf^, sweet indaeace giviii8 ; 
Iforeperfectyeiiatłui, itWMa HeaTcn Ihiog. 

Tct iKMr thit HeAv'D with metting doudi wai , 

sUua'd: 
Her ftsrry eyet with stitcr grief infected, 
M%bfc Men tbe Plewdes, lo fut tbey rain'd : 
Aad tłioagb ber timgue to oomfortthe directed, 

aigiw WBiting on each wocd like gnef detected ; 

tial m ber face you now mtgbt plaioly see 
Wotnm to Ktibr loYe, pity for mąjcsty. 

At kogtb wben mm tbow gtomw tbe bad aliayd, 
A kasne wItb grief for lOOM sbort tinie indenting ; 
She *gan toipodc, and ** Sifter** oniy laid: 
Tbe ad Efataiooo ber wnids pf«venting,[mentag ; 
El In Tain yon tbink to eaae my bcart^t tor- 
Worla» comforti, bope, all ined*cine is ia vain : 
My bourt moit batei tbb cure, and mIycs bil 
pkaiing pafai. 

At. As vnin to waep, sińce &te cannot reprictre. 

Eł. Teaii are most due, vben tbere is no reprier- 
Wg. [griere. 

Au When doom is past, wcak bearts tbat foadly 

El. a bdpIcsB griePt sole joy is joyle« grieying. 
Au ToloaMsoIdaewtoMisnorelie^ng: 
Yonloteyourteais. Eu Wben tbat I only fear 

Tor crer now is lonty poor lost to lose a tear. 

Au Naturę ćan teacb, that wlio is bom must die. 
Eu And Natore teacbes tears in griefs lonnentiog. 
Au Passions aie slares to rcason's monarcby* 
Eu Reason best sbows ber reason in lamentiog. 

Au RcłigioD bkimes impatieuŁdisconteotiag. 

£u Not paasioD, but exce«s reltgion bninded ; 
Nor cTcr countermaods wbat Natiire's sclf oom- 
manded. 

Au Tbat band wbicb gate bim <(rrt iato your band. 
To bis Ofwn band dotb now again reoeire bim : 
Ispions and fond, ta gmdgr at bis onnunand, 
Wbo onoe by deatb from deatb dotb erer reare bim ! 

Be lires by leaviiig iife, wbicb loon would leare 
bim : [cy ing 

Tbns Ood and him you wrong by too mocb 
Wbo Hf iog dy*d to lifo, mncb better lires by dyiog. 

Eu Not bim I 'plain; ill woald it fit aur lorcs, 
In bis best state to sbow my bearfs repining ; 
To moam at otbert* good, fond enry proves : 
1 know his soal k now morę brightiy sbining 
Tban all tba stan tbeir ligbt in one combining : 
No, dcarest sool ; (so lifdng up ber eyes, 
Wbicb sbow^d like wat*fy Sons qucnch'd ia tbe 
moister skies) 

Mj dear, my dearest Iiby, (at tbat name, 
As at a well-known watcb*word, fortb tbere pressed 
Wbole lioods of tears, and straight a sadden qaaJm 
Seizicg ber bcart, ber toogoe witb weigbt oppress- 

ed, 
. And lockM ber grief witbin ber aotil distressed ; 

Tbere all in rain be close ajid biddn lies : 
deoea is sorrow^i ipeocb i bis tongoa tpeakt in ber 

eyas; 



Till grief new oonnted on miarenwingi fing, 

Of lottd-breatb*d sigbs, bU leaden weigbt op scad- 
Back to tbe toogue bis beavy prcseoca brings. 
His nsber tear». deep groans bebind attending. 
And io bis uame ber breath most gladly spend- 

ing» 
As if be gone, bis name were all ber joying) 
Irby I never grńdg^d tbee Haar'u, and Uear'n*s en- 
joyłog. 

Tm not tby bappinesi tbat breeds my smart, 
It b my losi, and cause tbat madę me lose tbee ; 
Wbicb batcbing flrst tbis tempcst in my beart, 
Tbos jostly rages; be tbat łately cboee tbee 
To lirę witb him, wbere t^ migbt*st safe re* 

pose tbee, 
Hath foond some caosc oot of my Uttlc earing. 
By spoiling tbine to spare, and spoil my life bf 
sparing. 

Waitber, ab wbitbcr riiall I tum my bcad, 
Since tbon my Ood so sore my beart bast beaten f 
Tby rods yet witb my blood are warm aod red : 
Tby scourge my sonl hatb dmnk, my llesb batb 
catan. [tbreaten > 

Wbo bdps, wben tbod my fiitber so dost 
Tbon bid'st tby eyes, or If tbon dost not bidę 
tbem, [tbem. 

So dost tbon fińwn, tbat best I bidden may abide 

I weeping grant, wbatever may be drraded^ 
All ill tbon canst inflict, I ba^e deienred { 
Tby merey I, 1 mercy onIy pleaded. 
Most wretchi^d men, if all tbat from tbee swerred. 

By merit oniy in just weigbt were senred ! 

If neugfatthou gir^st, but wbat desert dotb get 
me, [tbee. 

Ob I gire me notbing tben ; for notbing I entreat 

Ab, wberefore are tby mereies mApiite ! 
If tbon dost board tbem up, and nerer spenJ tbem ? 
Mercy's no mercy bid in envious nigbt : [tbem, 
Tbe ricb man*s goods, whtle in bis cbest be pennM 
Were tben no goods ; mncb better to mispenii 

tbem. [tbreat me ^ 

Wby mak'st tbon sncb a rod ? so flerce dotb 
Tby fiówns to me were rods ^ tby forebead would 
bare beat me. 

Tbon seiz'd'st my joy ; ab ! be is dead and gone, 
lliat migbt bare dressM my wounds, wben tbus 

tbey smartod : 
To all my gnefs 1 now am left alone ; 
Coo|fort's in rain to bopelen gprief imparted : 
Hope, oomfort, joy, witb him are all departed. 
Cooafort, b^pe, joy, life*s flatterers, most I fly 
yon, [yon. 

And would not deign to name, but naming to defy 

Au Sister, too far your passions' viol«nt beat 
Aod grief:! too beadlong in jroor plaint coorry you j 
You fbel your stripes, but mark not wbo docs beat^ 
Tu be tbat takes away, wbo can repay you : 

Tbis grief to otber rods dotb open lay jrou ; 

He binds your grief to patience, not dejeotion. 
Wbo bears tbe flrst not well, prorokcs a new cor* 
rection. 

Eu I iLnow 'tis tnie ; but sorrow's blubber^d eye 
Fain would not see, and cannot wełl bebold it : 
My beart surround with grief is twolPn so high, 
It will not tiok, till I aloue nnfoid it ; [bold it : 
But grows morę itroog, tbe morę yon do witb- 



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170 



P. FLETCHER^S POEMS. 



Leare me A wbile tlone ; grieTs tide growB Iow, 
And cbbB, when piivate tears thc eye-baoki over* 
flow. 

She ąuickly roBe, and ready now to go, 
" Remember measure in your gńeh oompiaiaing $ 
His last, hisdyinc words cocnmand yoa so :" 
So lefi ber, and Eliza soie remaining, 
Now every grief morę botdly entertainiog, 
They flock about her round, so one was gone. 
And twenty fresh arrWd. 'Lone grief is least alone* 

Thus as sbe sat witb fixM and setŁled eye, 
Tbou8an4 fond thoughts tbeir wand^ring sbapes 

depainted. 
Now seemM she mpunted to the crystal sky, 
And one wiih bim, and witb him fellow-sainted ; 
Straigbt puird from Heav'n : and tben againshe 

iaintfcd : [brought, 

Tbus wbile tbeir namerons thoughts each fancy 

The mind all idie sat: much thiuking lost her 

thougbt 

And fancy, finding now the duUed sight 
Idle witb business, to her soul presented 
<While tb> heavy mind obscur^d hit shaded ligbt) 
-Her woful body from her bead absented ; [mented. 
And sudden starting, witb that thougbt tor- 
A tbing impossible too tnie sbe fonnd : [sound. 
The bead was gone, and 'yet the headless body 

Nor yet awake she cries ; *' Ah ! this is wrong, 
To part what Nature^s band so ncar hath tied ; 
Stay, oh my bead, and take thy tnmk along :'' 
33ut tben her mind (recaird) her errour spied 5 
And sighM to see bow true tbe fancy lied, 
'U^hich madę the eye his instrument to see 
lliat true, which being true itself must notbiug be. 

** Vile trunk" (says she) '* thy bead is ever gonei 
Vi1e heedleas trnni, wby art thon not engra^ed ? 
One wast tbou once witb him, now art tbou nonę, 
Or if tbou art, or wert, how art tbou saved ? 

And livesŁ sttll, when he to death is slaved ? 

But, (ab) !) when well I think, 1 plainly see, 
Tbat death to him was life, and life is death to me. 

** Yiletronk, ifyetheliTe, ahl thenagtin 
Wby Seek'st tbou not witb him to be combined ? 
But, oh ! sfnce he in Heav*n doth living rcign, 
Death wer^t to him in such knots to be twined ; 

And life to me with him to be confiwd : 
' Sowhile I better think, I easMy see [to me. 

^fy life to him were death, his death wcre life 

'* Tben die with him, rile trunk, and dying live ; 
Or rtther with him live, his ]ife applying, 
Where tbou shalt never die, nor ever grieve: 
Bot ab, thotigtł death tbou feel-st within thee 
lying, [dying : 

Tbou neVr art d<>ad,' though still in sorrow 
^ost wrctchcd toul, which basŁ thy seat and 
being, [agreeing ! 

Where life «vith death is one, and death with life 

*' He li^es and joys ; death life to him hath bred : 
Wby is he liviiig tben in earth enwombed ? 
Biit I, a walking corse, in life am dead : 
'Tis I, lny friends, 'tis I must be entomhed ; 

^yhose joy with grief, whose life witb deatb*s 
benumbcd ? 

Thon, coffin, art not his, nor be is thine ; [shrine. 
Minę art thou : thoo the dead, tnd not the liring's 



" Yon few thin boards, how in 10 sctnted room 
So quiet such great enemiet oootaiD ye } 
All joy, tli grief łies in this narrow tomb : * 
You contraries, how thus in peace remain ye, 
That one smali cabin so should entertain ye : 
But joy is dead, and here enU>mb'd doth lie» 
Wbile grief is come to moan his dead lor^d enein^. 

** How many virtaes in this little space 

(This little little space) He buried ever ! 

In him tłiey livM and with tb«sm evcry grace ; 

In him they IivM, and dy*d, and rise will never. 
Fond men ! go now, i a \irtue^s stcps perscrer j^ 
Go sweat, and toii ; thus you inglorious lie : 

In this old frozen age virtue itself can die. 

" Those petty .northem stars do neTer fiiU, 
The unwash'd Bear the ocean wave despises; 
Ever unmoTM it move8, and CTer shall : . 
The Sun, which oft his head in night di^uises, 

So ofteu as he falls, so often rises; 

And stcaling backward by some hidden way, [day« 
With sełf same Ught begins and ends the year and 

** The flowers, which In the abscnceof tbe Sun 
Słeep in tbeir winter-bouscs all diskrmM, 
And backward to tbeir motber*s womb do run ; 
Soon as the Earth by Taurus* homs is warm'd, 
Muster tbeir coIour'd troops ; and fresh ly arm*(}^ 
Spreading tbeir braring coloursto the skie, 
Winter and wintcr*s spite, b^ld little elvet, defy* 

** ButTirtue*s heay^nly aifd morę glorious light, 
Though seeming ever sure, yet oft dismounteth ; 
And sinking Iow, sleeps in eternal night. 
Nor ever morę his broken sphert; remonnteth : 

Her sweetest flower, which other flowers sur-> 
mounteth 

As far as roses nettles, soonest fedeth ; [bladeth. 
Down foUs her glorious leaf, and never morę it 

" And as that dainty flower, the maiden rofie, 
Her swetling bosom to thc Sun discloses i 
Soon as ber lovcr hot and fiery grows, 
Straigbt all her sweets unto his beat exposes, 

Tben soon disrobM her sweet and bcauty lotes; 

Wbile burtful weeds, bemlocks, and nettles 
stinking [smkin^. 

Soon from the earth ascend, Ute to tbeir gFaves aro 

" All so the virtuous bud in blooming falls, 
Wbile vice long flourishing Isite sees her cnding : 
Yirtue once dead no gentle spring recals ; . 
But vice springs of itself, and soon ascending, 

Long views the day, late to bis night descending. 

Yain men, that in this life set np your rest, 
Which to the ill is long, and short unto the best ! 

'* And as a dream,*where th' idle foncy plays^ 
One thinks that fortunę high his bead advances ; 
Anothrr spends in woe his wcary days ; 
A third seems sport in Iove, and courtly dancet ; 

A fourtb to find some glitt^ring treasure chancet ; 

Soon as they wake, they see tbeir thoughts were 
vain. 
And either quite forget, or langh their Idle brain 9 

" Such is the world, and such ltfe's quick-spent 
play t [iog i 

This base, and scomM ; that great, in high esteem- 
This poor, and patched seems ; that ńcb, and gay , 
rhis sick, tbat sound ; yet all is but a seeming, 

So like, that waking oft we fesr we*re dreaming; 

And think we wake oft, wht:n we dreaming play. 
Dreams are as living nights ; life as a dreaming day. 



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171 



*■ Go then, rmn life; for I «iU trust no morę [me :, 
Thy flattering dreams ; death, to tby resting take 
Tboa śleep vithout all dreams, life's quiet shore, 
Wbca wilt thou come ? when wilt thou OTertake 
me? 
Enoagti I DOW harc IiyM ; loth'd life forsake me : 
TboQ. good men'i endless ligbt» thoa ill men's 



TiMt at the beat art bad, and worst art to tbe best." 

Tbns as łn tears sbe drowns ber swollen eyes, 
A tadden noiae recalls Łbem ; backward bending 
Her wtmij head, tbere all in black sbe spies 
Ss moamfal bearen, tbe sad berse attending, 
Tbearfeet and bands to that lasŁ duty lendingt 
All sileot stood sbe, trembling, pale, and wan ', 
The fiat grief left ba stage, anew bis part began. 

Aad now the oollin tn tbeir arms tbey take, 
Wbile sbe witb weigbt of grief sat still amazed; 
Am do aear leaves in Marcb, so did sbe qaake. 
And witb intented eyes upon tbem gazed: 

But when firom gronnd tbe dolefal berse tbey 
raiaed. 

Down on tbe bier balf dead sbe careless fell ; 
Wbile teart did talk apace, a^id sigbs ber sorrows 

telL 
At last, «* Fond men," said sbe, " you are deceiv'd; 
U is not be, 'tis I mast be interred: 
Kot be, bat I of life aad soul bereav'd; 
He lires in Heav'n, among tbe saints rcferred : 

ThU tnink, tbis beadless body, must be buried." 

But wbile by force some hołd ber, up tbey rcar 

him, ^, [*>*">• 

ind weeping at ber tears, away tbey softly bear 

Bat then impatieot grief all passion proves, 
Sbe prays and weeps ; witb tears sbe doth entreat 
Bat when tbis only fellow-passion moves, [them, 
She storms and raves, and now as fast doth tbreal 

tbem ; , i^^^ > 

And as sbe only conld, witb words doth beat 
'•Ab, cruel men ! ab, men mostcruel, stay ! 
U is my beart» my life, my soul, you bear away !" 

And now no sooner was be out of sight, 
As if she would make good what she had spoken, 
First froro her heart's deep centrę dcop she sighd, 
Then (as if beart, and life, and soul, were broken) 
Down dead she fell; and once again awoken. 



Fell onoe again ; so to her bed tbey borę ber r 
Wbile friends' (no friends) bard loTe to life and 
grief restore ber. 

" Unfriendly friends," saitb she, " wby do ye striTe 
To bar wish*d Death finom his so just ingression } 
Your pity kills me ; 'tis my death to live. 
And life to die : it is as great oppression 

To force out death, as life from due possession. 

Tis much morę great: better that quickly spilla 
A lothed life, tban be that witb long torturę kills." 

And then, as if ber guiltless bed oifended : 

" Thou traifrous bed, when first thou didst re- 

cci^e me. 
Not single to tby rcst 1 then ascended : 
Double I came, wby should I r-ingle lea^e tbee ? 
Wby of my better part dost thou bereare me ? 
lyo press^d thee first : wby should but one de- 
part? [part!» 

Restore, thou traifrous bed, restore that better 

Thus wbile one grief anotber's place inherits. 
And one yet hardly speut, a new coroplained : 
GrieTs leaden Tafiour duUs the beary spirits. 
And sleep too long from so wishM seat restrained, 

Now of her eyes un^wares possession gained ; 

And that she might him better weloome give, 
Her lord be new presents, and makes him fresh 
to live. ^ 

She thinks be lires, and witb ber goes along ; 
And oft she kissM his cheek, and oft embrac^d ; 
And sweetly ask'd him where he stald so long, 
Wbile he agaiu her in bis arms eolaced ; 

Tiil strong delight her dream and joy de&oed ; 

But then she willing sleeps ; sleep glad receivet 

her ; [ceiyes ber* 

And she as glad of sleep, that with such shapes de- 

Sleep, widowM eyes, and cease so fierce lamentjng ; 
Sleep, grieved beart, and now a little rest tbee : 
Sleep, sighing words, stop all your discontenting ; 
Sleep, beaten breast ; no blows sball now molcst 
thee : 
Sleep, happy lips ; in mutnal kisses ncst ye : 
Sleep, weary Muse, and do not now disease her: 
Fancy, do thou with dreams and his sweet pre- 
sence please her. 



THE 



POEMS 



0W 



FRANCIS BEAUMONT. 



TUĘ 



LIFE OF FRANCIS BEAUMONT. 



BY MR. CH ALMĘ RS. 



Tub reader is indebted for the most Taluabłe part of tbi« łifeto the hiatorian of 
Leicesterahire^ who in oiaiiy other instances bas sbown how much inforofiatioa may be 
reGovered of the remotest times bj iatelligent research, and eveQ urben the chain of 
event9 seema to be irrecoverably broken. 

Francis Beaumont, third son of Francis the jadge ^, waa bom at Grace^Dieu, 
Ldcestershire, in 1^86, and in the beginning of Lent Tenn> IS96, waa admitted 
(with his two brothera^ Henry and John) a gentleman commoner of Broactgate-haU, 
now Pembroke College, Oxford. Anlhony Wood, who refera his education to 
Cambridge, mistakea him for hia cousin Francis, master of the Cl|arter-hoii;iseA who 
died in 1 62!4. It is remarkąble, that there were four Francia Beąumonta of thia 
family, all living in 1615, and of theae at lea&t three were poetical ; the master of the 
Charter-honse, the dramatic writer, and Francis Beaumont, a Jesuit^ 

Our poet studied for some time in the Inner Tempie, and his Mask of the Inner 
Tempie and Grays Inn, waa acted and printed in 1612-13, when he waa in hią 
twenty-aixth year. His application to the law was probably not very intense, nor indeed 
ia itpossible to conceiTe that he could have been preparing for the practice of the bar,, 
and producing his poems and plays within the limits of a life not exceeding thirty 
yeara. He appeara to have deyoled himself to the dramatic Muae from a very early 
period; but at what time he commenced a partnerahip wilh Fletcher, who waa ten, 
years older, ia not known. The datę of their firat play ia 1607, wbenBeaumont waa 
in hia twenty-firat year; and it waa probably acted aome time before. He broughu 
hDwever, into thia* firm a geniaa oncommonly ferttle and commanding. In ali the 
editioha- of their playa, and in every notice of their joint-{MroductioDa, notwithatanding 
Fletcher*a seniority, the name of Beaumont alwaya atanda firat 

Their connection, from aimilarity of taate and atudiea, was very intimate, and it 
would appear, at one time, vęry economical. Aubrey informa ua, that " there waa 
a^ wonderful conaimility of &Qcy between Mr. Francia Beaumont and Mn John 
fletcher, which cauaed that dearoeaa of friendship between them. I have heard J)r* 

> See tbe Life of Sir John Beaumont, p. 1 of the present Tolume. C 
! See a letter on thb tubjact, GenU Mag. vol. ŁXXnŁ p. 105, C. 



n«' THE LIFE OF FRANCIS BEAUMONT 

John Ear1> tincebithop of Sanim, say, iwho knew them, that hln (Beaumont*t) maiii 
business was to correct^ tbc 8uper-overflowings of Mr. Fletcher'8 wit They lived 
together on ibe Bank-side, not far from the play-bouse, both bachelors ; had one 
bench in the house between them, whlch they did so admire; tfae same cloaUis, doak, 
&c. between them.'' 

As Beaumont is not admitted into this collection on account of his being a 
dramatic poet, it wHl not be expected thal we should enter into a^ discusston on wbaŁ 
specific riiare he had in the plays which have been published as the joint production of 
Beaumont and Fletcher. The reader may find much information, and perhaps aH 
that can now be ascerta ned on this subject, in the preliminary matter of the editioia 
published in 1778, 10 v^umes 8va or morę briefiy in a notę in.Mr. Malone's life of 
Sryden» toI. II. p. 100-101. 

Mr. Egerton Brydges whose juJgment is of sterling value in matten of literary 
autiąuity, suspects that great injustice has been generally done to Beaumont, by the 
•uppositłon of Langbaine and others that his merit w«s principally confined to 
lopping the redundancies of Fletcher. He acąuits, however, the editors of the 
Biographia Dramatica of this blame. They say> *' It is probable that the forming of 
the plan, and contriTing the conduct of the fable, the writing of the morę ieiioua and 
paihctic parts, and lopping the redundant branches of Fletcber^s wit, whose 1uxari- 
ances we are told freąuently stood in need of castigation, might be in generał Bean- 
mont^s portion of the work. " This,'* adds Mr. Brydges, '* is to aflbrd him Tery 
high praise,'' and the authorities of sir John Birkenhead, Jasper Mayne, sir Georgtt 
Lisie, and others, amount to strong proof that he was considered by his contem- 
poraries in a superior light„ (and by nonę roore thanby Jonson,) and £hat this estimation 
of his talents was common in the life-time of his colleague, who, from candour or 
friendship, appears to have acąuiesced in every respect paid to the memory of Beau- 
mont 

How his life was spent his works show. The production of so many plays, and 
the inierest he took in their success, were sufficient to occupy his mind during faia 
short span> which cannot be supposed to ha?e been dirersified by any other erentB 
than those that. are incident to candidates for thealńcal &me and profit Althoogh 
his ambition was confined to one object, his life probably abounded in those little 
▼arieties of hope and fear,^perp]exity and satisfaction, jealousy and riyalship, friendship 
andcaprice, which are to be experienced within the walls of a theatre, and compoaa 
the history of a dramatic writer. 

He appears a satirist on women in some of his poems, but he was morę influenced 
by wit than disappointment, and probably only verńfied tbe common place raillerj 
of the times. He roarried Ursula, daughter and co-heir of Henry Isley of Sondridge 
in Kent, by whom he had two daughters. One of these, Franoes, was living at % 
great age in Leicestershire, in the year 1700, and at that time etyoyed a pennon 
of 1001. a year fi-om the duke of Ormond, in whose family she had resided lor some 
time as a domestic She had once in ber possession seyeral poems of hcr 6tfaer's writ* 
ing, which were lott at sea during ber voyage flrom Ireland. 

Mn Beaumont died early in March 1615*16, and was buried on the 9iib, at tUfe 



THE LIFE DP FRANCIS BEAUMONT. ITI 

ntrancfe of St Benedict^s chapel near the carl of Middlesex*t monument;, in the 
eoOegiate chonch of St Peter Westmiiuter, without any inićriptioiL 

Tbe fint editi<Mi of his poems appetfred in 1640, ąuartoi and the aecond in 1653, 
bat neither A> correct as could be wiahed. The editor of both was the bookaeller 
Lawrence Bhuklock, whom Aniony Wood cfaaracterises aś a " pfeshyterian book-^ 
Midcr near Tempie Bar, afkerwardt an informer to the Committee of Śei)ue8bratioil 
nt Habcrdaahen' and GoUmiiths' Hall, and a beggar defunct in pnaon.*' Who- 
cfcr be wa% he pot together what be ooald find in circdation; without much diaoem- 
meot ar inąuiry, and bas miied, with Beaumonfs, aeyeral pieces tfaat belong to 
ncber aodiori. Some of tfaese are pointed out in the preaent edition. The only 
pocm printed in Beaumont^s life time waa Salmacis and Hermaphroditui from Orid, 
wbicli he publiahed in 1602, when be was only sizteen years of age, a circumstance 
not neoeasai^ to proTe it the production of a very young man. 

His original poems give bim ifGCj superior claims to a place tn this coUectiott.' 
Altboagli we find some of the metapbysical conceits so common in his day, particu- 
larly in the elegy on lady Markham, he is in generał morę fi-ee from them than his 
conte m pora r ie s . His sentiments aie elegant and refined and his versification is un* 
onally harmonious. Where baVe we morę liyely imagery or In slich profusion, as in 
tbe aonnet, '^ Like a ring without a finger?" His amatory poems are sprigbtly and 
original, and some of bis lyrics nse to the empassioned spirit of Shakspeare and Milton. 
Mr. Brydges is of opinion tfaat the tfaird song in the play <^ Nice Yalour afibrded 
dK fint hint of the II Penscroso. 



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RECOMMENDATORY POEMS. 



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5^9^ 



T0'X'8B 
MCHT WOBiatWUŁ, TlB WOttBlŁY HOltOtllBB, 

ROBERT PARKRURST, BS2. 

Wii£ these bat worthlea poeiiis» or light rimes, 
Writ bj Mnie commoa Kiibler of tbe tin«, 
WitboaŁ your lcav« I daat not then engage 
Yon to enaoble 'on by your patronage ; 
Bat thoe thoogb oq»faaiit, and left falberlcsM, 
fbdr ridi endowniCDta show they do powcwc 
A iober^ bleariag; wbooi tbe Fates thougbt fit 
Tb make a marter of a miiie of wit: 
WhoR la^iabiDg oonceits do towra so bigb, 
As if bk ifiiiJI bad dropt from Mercory t 
Bot wheo bis teey cbanc^d of lo^e-to nóg, 
YoQ'd twaare his pen were plum*d from Ciłpid's 
fie doth aa amoiooa passloo ao disoorer^ [^in? i 
Astf (saTe BeaamoDt) nonę bad efe been 1over| 
Sooie pmiae a manly boonty, some inctine 
More to apidand tbe ▼eitaes feminine; 
Some ieverall gtaces in botb cestes bid, 
But oniy Beanmonfs, be alone tbat did 
By a rare atratagem of wit coanex 
Wbat^ cboioe and escellent in cither sex. EstMioe, 
Tbca eberiab (sir) tbc« saplings, whose eacb 
^Mskes thM tbe issne of bra?e BeanoMiit^ braihe ; 
Wbich mada me tbas.dira to prefiz yonr natna, 
Which will, if ongbt ćaa, adde nnto tbeir ikme. 

lam, sir, 
yottr most bombie and 
dcivated perrańt, 
L. B«. 






to IBS TBOK PATaonssa op AU POBTar, 

CAUOPE. 

h isa statote in deep w»doni'i lorę, 

Tkfet for bis lines nooe sbonid a patnm cfaoose. 

By wesKb or poTdrty, by lesse or more. 

Bot wbo tbe same ts able to perose : 

Nor ougbt a man bi^ laboar dedicate, .• . 

TitboBt a tme and sensible desert, 

T^ any powcr of socb a mighty state i 

Bttt nieb a wise defendresse as tboa art ; 

T1i6q great and powerfall Bffnse, tben pardon me, 

Thst I presame tby maiden cbeek4o stattie, 

la dedioiting soch a woricę to thee, 

SproDgfrom tbe issae of an idlebrsihe; 

I ise ibee as a woman ongbt to be, 

I consecrate my idlc hours to thee. . F. B. 

f Umience BlatMocb, tbe b(»a1»e1ler; 



ŻN LAUDEM AUTHORIS. 

LiKB to tbe weake estate of a poore friend. 
To wbom sweet fortunę hath been ever slow. 
Wbich daily doth tbat happy houre attend, 
Wben bis poore sUte may his affection show: 
So fares my lorę, not able as the rest, 
To dbant thy pnUset in a lofty Taioe; 
Yet my poore Masę, doth row to dd ber best. 
And ^anting wings, sbe*U tread an humble straine ; 
I thoogfat at flrst ber bomely steps to raise. 
And for soaie blazing epethite» to Ióo|l : 
But then I fear^d tbat by su<<h wond*roos praise^ 
Some men would grow sospitioos of thy book : 
For he tbat doth thy due deserts rebearse, 
Derif es tbat gloty from tby wortby Terse. 

W^B; 



TO THE AUTHOR. 

EmiBi tbe goddrase draws her troops of lores 
FitMn Paphm, where she erst was held derioe. 
And doth uayoke^ber tender neckod doves, 
Placing ber' seat on this smalj papVy shrine ; 
Or tbe sweet Oraces tbjrough th' I^alian grore, 
Łed the best author in tbeir dańced ńngsj 
Or wai^loa nymphs in watry bawers bave wove, 
With fhire Mylesian thteads, the vene he sings j 
Or onrioiis Pallas onoe.againe doth 8tnve 
With proud Arachne, for illustrioas glory, 
And once against doth loTes of goda revivć| 
Spinning in silver twists a lasting story : 
If noae of these tben Yenus chose bis sight. 
To Icad the stq[»s of her blind son aright 

J. B. 






70 THE AUTHOR. 

Tas malchlesse lust of a fatre poesie, 

Wbich' was erst buried in old Rome^s dećaiaś; 

Now 'gias with beat of riting majesty, 

Her dnst wrapt head from rotten tombe to raise. 

And with fresh splendour gilds her fearelesse 
crest, 

Rearing her pallaca in oar poet'8 breast 
The wanton Ovtd, whose intising rimea 
Haye with attractiye wonder fbrc^d dttention 
No more shall be adnuh^d ai: for these tlbies 
Produce a poet, wbęst more rare faivention. 

Witl teare tbe loire-sick mirtte from his orows, 

T* ademe his tempie with deserred bougha. * 
The stiongtst marble feareS the sroałlest niin, 
Tbe rasting canker eates tbe pnrest gold; 
Honoar*8 best dye dreads enTy*s blackest stain, 
Tbe cńmseii badge of beauty most wax old : 



REC0MMET5DATORY POEM& 



JtrS AUTHOR 30 |»K ^ASfOL 

I inn the fotttow af ■ IikAIcnc pwre, 

WkoK spodisK loulei ooa ia one bod; b«; 

Por betuty stlll ii Prodiomiu to mn, 

Cmt by Uieud lUraof n<livit]r: 

Aori of the itrangc inchanlaient ol ■ v<U, 

GrciI by tlie gods; my •portiłe Mu»e dbth write, 

Wbich •)rcet lip'd Ovid lóng agn did tell, 

Wherein»bobiittK*Mreif>b(tumcaHeriiUipbn>dit<! 

1 hoo* my poem ■■ n ILłely writ, 

Tbat tbou wilt tuni balfe mad «ith readiof it. 



IBte* I do knc tt>«e toufOiMtf. WS *F Mwfr 
Tłot uDtił Kic <Vtt łuck nlifiofi uw! 
Vov I "lu fi-ifc ij]^ tetjf, Łl(«f ija Qat TQrttl 
Tbc kwt Lndul^,^jk U|Owbf $b> pen ^p^* fjpłi 1 
Al t«i«- Ilioii iii.il,'it OK lwp(>y' "P" Hft3'»l^'»'i 
*od (ixiot li,K- 1? ło ««;. gWTf llwu Ut>L 
Whatfciciso.,,,.-. lb«Ł«&i^lf:We4ve>? 
Wlat»rtj>Hii(,m, tft«t w (li; Iiicfri d«cei»tit) 
Whto cve^ ^icri- ,f\vt ^ tiipu Br^h* w, 
**f. *ńtii)e bctUr, t muM tayj thee. 

Bn. JoHHtOK. 



ilf«iTO liBgi, bil ^[p« reaMwds; p*e 
Por Bow WfadlA Iha fdM« |MiBpo' i* DM 



T^ ponpc of ptayn wlikk th .. 

VMi aAsinlMo tW^ oftbiw ud Hm. 
O vdntDe «óftii; łrafc, faT Im<^ >m4 cMfr 
TabawMjiiioeofcahrir " " 




ib iBwe rac. f f* cooil j crery wtiere : 
B«c^ ■ mad lowr, Hiere ttiat higłi dnifse 
Or Kiaę (ad aa lOag, (ufl the aąre plot thine) 
Sn that vben c're we elrLtan»«Ivc our ey<» ; 
Sai^ ach, łUi')! freib, ttićh ireet yarictia, 
KaT^A oor rariti, that entni)C't we tee ' 
Nooe wrilc* wre'* panioii ia the world Din thM. 
Rł». HiaiicK 



Ckut poln oT aotbon, whom od« «)uall Aw 
B(«ot w b1(c In s<3iiw, that jou ate 
Ib fttne, aawell w inWtigi, Soth k> kolt, 
That IM ^nn^DOwi w^ierc to dfiide yonr wit, 
If uch itw your prelte ; yon, whd fiad eqaall Bit, 



Wbetber one did cootrirr, the otber wdta, 
nr ont fntn'i tbr plot, tbi othar did iiidit«j 
WhrthCT one fomd tbe matter, th' otber d it M g . 
Ot tb' one djfpotcd what tbe otber did etpraae j 
Wbcfc e'rc jont pu^ betwem your lelres 

In all thinp which you ^i, but One thrcad lee, 
8d etenly dnwa out, <o sently apun, 
That an «ith naturę iie're did nsootber niD. 
Wbere iball I fiie my piaue tben ) or what part 
Of all your numeniui laboun batb detert 
Mna to be fram'd than otber F iball t *;■ 
I'tt met a loT«r ło drawn in your play, 
So paetonately wrilten, ao inB«iD'd, 
liojcaloutly lnrag'd, thcn getitly taln'd, 
That I in reading hare the penon aeen. 
And your pen fa*th pntt ttage, and aetdr been 1 
Or shall I aty, that I can icarce fbrbeart 
Tq dap, ^ten 1 a captaioe do meet Htece ; 
So Ireely tn liia »rii Kaioe hosioac tei^t, 
So bisggingly, tai llke biniKife eiprert, 
TbttMotUnaatMunb, whea tbey »v btai |iud; 
bhulit, depaitW ttuiltr, nd l>(bu'd ) 
rtaw all part! right t whataM^ tl«e ««• 
Had froro yi^i, waa kkb ibm ■■ ia lb« tB». 
AihI bad Ihor a|D*U lifai rioMwUabM 



And tbfwk'.d jatfattUt eaB'Nfe, wtaae chaA 
Taught lora łp noble, •• i«lana'd, to cka«e; 

That lliay wte hnwłlbt fculc <r«i, and thll^H r>»«t 
Tp Iwwainc mm tb«M> mtk ą My ia^e. 
RtiH to yo^r ftraiae too, that juiur itock and utamg 
Ilrld baih to tasic and to eonie ilrabie t 
Where «>nB you liMe4 to be ht^h aad gianc^ 

No buikin rlH>w'd awie aałid, m naiM (a*e 
Such !vt\mg objecu to d(a« t ia iw Iniai ejM, 
S[wctBtan ntc iwrt ia irour tmgwliii. 
.\iłd where you liMed (o be Iow, Wid fw% 

HJUk tnraM tka whde kMM ioto camadj i 
Bu »»c'nit t*l|M« r<M płMlM) UbUw a «»)>, 
IluUkWMłMai y«tu |tr« imwi M lalt. 
Kw mrę jmm Am in wwta aad PMn* knit, 
Ałl4(h<<teHt»oiMUFi, Midn^a nnf wk; 
Hut B aome thiofi f« «w haTe double caaae. 
And ]Mt tka aiecŁ it futie, from both wbole dm» : 
So tbpiijjjh y«H >tM*^ Ihui twirted and combio')! 
Aa Ino budiei, to hare bui ooe bire miód; 
Yrt if we ptaiae you.dsbUl^ we mnat aay 
Both joyn'd, and botb did wbolly nake tbe i^yi 
FartłwtJo«coald«nuatnRłr. wtwy g w ea a e 
By tbe dlTided pee<Xa, «;hicb tbo p ru a a 
Hatb teverally aet Ibrtta ; nor were gone M 
( Łike aome OHi,«o^fima tutlund V*4« W ■» 
On s^tĘtUj bf a« Mr oC Ul' oMier. ^ko 
Topiircha(fi^4iqf dacwval(trt^«ne«tmi 
Nw wrole you a(i, that oof'* ipct w«* tp 11^^ 
The otber inlo abąpt, dot ifi oofii/^df 
Tbe other') ćold iavatitigAl aith WFt* jf'*' 
Al ierv'd like ^ńoe, to loal^ thw> ((i^ick and -At t 
Nor out oł mutuatl -ąaiA, or eyiB^AWy fc 
WF((u con^łire togołttUlw4Ba.tpU' IWB : 

But wiiat Hiui jDonad v<w «4VW:, jńilU łkB^ «M«t 

forth 
Aifood fraoKuh.nDdtortdwittt t)icf|Miciv(H|^ 

1*1'' "• — '"ni.lnnhniii. j liiljiijiiin ąiina, 

b jpa 'twaa kamę, in olhen itafattfPH 

And the preaae whitb both thui amoogal ui ani^, 

Sendi uc ou póet lu a ptiie «< friBBd^ 



RECOMMENDATORY POEMS. 



181 



on THB BAPPY COUSCTIOK OP 

BBAUMOST^S AND FLETCHEW8 WORKS. 

fincauŁ, artie, tisorpen sbare thy bayes, 
Thcy canton thy tmI wit to boild smali playes : 
He oomes ! hia Yolame breaks througb cloads and 
Dova, Iktle wits, ye must refnnd, ye mnst. [Oitst, 

Nor oomn he prWate, here^s great Beaamont 
Iknr ooold one single world encompasse two ? [too, 
Far tbese co-heires bad eqaall power to teach 
Ali tbat all wits both can and cannot reacb. 
Shaiccspeare was early np and went so drest, 
As flbr tbose dawning boures he knew was best ; 
Bat wbes the Sun shone forth, yon two thoagbt fit 
Toweafejnst robes, and leave off trunk-bose wit. 
Kow, now "twas peifect; nonę must looke for new, 
Maaaen and scenes may alter, bat not you ; 
ftK yoars aro not meere bumours, gilded strains; 
'fhe fasbioo lost, your massy sense remaines. 
Some thinke yonr wit's of two coniplexions 

ftam^dy 
TbaŁ GUS tbe sock, th> other tbe buskin claim'd ; 
Hiai sboold tbe stage embattaile all its force, 
Tletcfaer would Icad the foot, Beaumont the hoiw. 
Bot, yoti were both for both ; not semi^wits, 
Each piece is wbolly two, yet never splits : 
T are not two fiscnlties (and one soole still) ; 
He th' imderstanding, tbou the quick*free will i 
Bot, as two Toices in one song embrace, 
(Fl^hePs keen trebble, and deep Beaumonfs base) 
Two, liiU, congęniall soales ; stitl both pre^ąilM ; 
Hif Mnae and thine.were ąoarter^d, not impalM : 
Both broaght your ingots, both toyPd at the miot, 
Beat, melted, sifted, tiU no drosse stuck inH ; 
ThcB in eaeb otbei^s scales wetghM erery graine ; 
Then amoothM and baraishM, then weigh*d alt 

agaibe ; 
Stompt bisth yonr names oponH at one bold hit, 
Then, then 'twas coyne, as well as buUion-wit. 

lliiiatwinns: but as when Fate one eye depriTCi, 
That otiier striTes to double wbich sarviv«s i 
So BeMUmMnt dy'd : yet left in legacy 
Hia rolet, and standard-wit (Fktcher) to thee. 
Sdll the sanie planet, tboagh not fiird so soon, 
A t«o-h0fn*d crescent then, now one fuli -mooii. 
Joyut loive before, now hononr doth provdke; 
So tbe old twin-giants forcing a hnge oake. 
One 8lipp'd hia noting, th' other sees him Ml, 
6rapp'd tbe wbole tree, and single held up all. 
Inipeiiall Fletcher! here bcgins thy raign, 
Secoes llow like saq-^iQe8 from thy glerious 

' brain; 
Tby swilt di^atehing Botile no morę doth stay, 
Tbaa be tbat built two cities in one day ; 
Eter brim-ftiH, and sometimes mnning o're. 
To feed poore langnid wits that waite at doorp ; 
Wha creep, and creep, yet oe^re abore-ground 

slood, [blood) 

(For cr e atui et ha^e mott fiset whieb baye least 
Bnt tboa art still that Bird of Paradise 
Wbich bath no fset, and erar nobly flies : 
Hich, Iwty senoe, snch as the poet ought ; 
Fdr poenw, if not eaoellent, are oaaght ^ 
Łmr wit in soenes, in state a peasant goes ; 
If aeme aad fiat, let it foot yeoman prose* 
Thal ancb may tpell as are not readers grown» 
To wbom be that writes wit, shows be bath nooe. 

Biare Shake^peare flowM, yet had his ebbings 
Often aboffa hiiftidfe, •ometimei below; [too. 



Thon alwaies best ; if ongfat seem'd to declioe^ 
'Twas the upjadging ronfs mistake, not thioe : 
II1US thy iaire Sfaepbeardesse, which tbe bold heap 
(False to themselYes and thee) did prizeso cbeape. 
Was ibund (when nnderstood) fit to be erown'd, 
At worst 'twas worth two hnndred thonsand pound. 
Some blast tby works, lest we sbould track their 

walkę {Uike; 

Wbere tbey steale all tbose few good things tbey 
Wit-burgiary mnst chide those it leeds on. 
For pluoderM folkes ought to be raiPd npou ; 
Bot (as Stoln goods go off at halfe their wortb) 
Tby strong sence pails when tbey purloine it 

forth. [read 

When did'st thoii borrow? where's the man e're 
Onght begg'd by thee Irom tbose alire or dead? 
Or from dry goddesses, as some wbo when 
Tbey stofie their page witb godji, write worse than 

men. [odds^ 

Thou wast thine own Muse, and hadst soch irast 
Thou oat-wńtfst him whose terse raade all tbose 

gods: 
Surpassing those onr dwaffisb age npi«ares, 
As much as Greeks or Latines tbee in j^eares: 
The ocean fancy knew nor bankes nor damtns^ 
We ebbe down dry to pebUe-anagrama ^ 
Dead and insipid, all despairing sit, 
I/Mt to behold this great relapae of wit: [fierce) 
What strength remaines, b Iike that (wild and 
Till Johnson madę good poets and right Terse. 
Such boysfrous trifies thy Mose would not 

brooke, 
Save when she^d show bow scurrily tbey looke; 
No s»vagc metaphors (things rndely great) 
Hiou dost display, not butcher a cooceit; 
Tby nerres have beanty, wbich inradet and 

channes; 
Looks Iike a prjncesse baraess'd in bright armes. 
Ndr art tboo lood and doudy $ those tbat do 
ThoDder so much, do't without ligbtainf too; 
Tearing themselTes, and almost split thiw braine 
To render harsh what thon speakirt freeand deane; 
Snch gloomy sense may passe for high and prood^ 
Bnt tme-bom wit still flietf abore the clond; 
Thou knew'st 'twas impotence what tbey caH 

height; [ligbl^ 

Wbo blusters strong i'tb' darke, bot ereeps Ptb* 
And as tby tbong^ts were cłeare, so, innocenk j 
Tby pbancy gare no onswept łangnage Tent; 
SIaunder'st not laws» propban^tt no Iwly pegc^ 
(As if thy iatbei^s croeier aw'd the stage;) 
High crimes were still arraign*d, thougb tbćy 

madę Shift 
To prosper out foureacts, were pf^gn^d i W fift: 
Airs safe and wise; no stifl^fiected scenę. 
Nor swoln, nor fiat, a tnie foU natimll Teinę ^ 
Thy teoce (like well-dfett ladies) cbMiM aa 

skinn'd, 
Not all nnlac*d, nor ctty-sUrtcht and pinn'd ; 
Thon hadst no sloatb, no ragę, no sullen fit. 
Bot strength and mirtb, Fletcber^s a sangoin wit. 

Thos, two great consni-poets all thinga sway'd» 
Tin all was English borne, or English madę: 
Miter and oo^fe berę into one piece spnn, 
Beaumont a judge's, this a prelafs son. 
What strange prodoction is at last dispłaid, 
(Got by two fathers, withoot female aide) ' 
Behold, two masculines espousM each other, 
Wit and tbe world were bora without a mother. 

1. BEtKX!IHKA» 



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FRANCIS BEAUMONT, 



AM 

ELEGIE Oif THE LAI>Y MARKHAM. 

M imdmfts groui id fttraw for their p«wii'd beds ; 
As wmiisn weep ibr thdr lost iiuideii4icad«; 
Wben both ai« witltfiuibape or remedy, 
fiiefa an untiinely rtic^^f hare for ihee. 

I ne^er saw thy Łcie;;iipr did my heart 
Cife Ibffth miiie eyes noto it wbilst thQa wert ; 
Bat beiog iifted henoe» tbat wbich to tbe» 
Was Deatb's sad dart, pn>T'd Cupid's sbaft to me. 

Wboever thinkes me foolish tbat tb^ force 
or a lepoft cao make me loTe a coarae, 
Ksuv be, tbat wben witb tbts I do compare 
Tbe love I do a \moig woniao beare» 
I fiod my selfe moit bappy: now I know 
Wbet« I can find my mistris, and can go 
Ualp ber tńmm'd bed, and can lift away 
Her grasse-greene mantle, and ber sbeet display, 
And touch ber naked, and tbougb th' enrioas mould 
Ib wbieh riie lies onoorered,^ moist and cold, 
Stri^e to comipt ber, sbe will not abide 
With any art ber blemisbes to bktet 
As many liring do, and know tbeir nced, 
Yet eaoiiot tbey in sweetaen ber esoeed ; 
But make a stinke witb aJ^tbeir art and skill, 
li^liich tbeir pbysidans warrant witb a bill , 
Nor al ber dooro dotb heapes of ooacbes iUy» 
Foot-men and midwiTes to bar op my way : 
Nor needs sbe any maid or pege to keep. 
To knock me early from my golden sleep, 
With letters tbat ber booour all is gone, 
If I ooi i^t ber cause on such a one. 
Her beart is not so bard to make me pay 
For eyery kisse a sopper and a play : 
Nor witt sba ever open ber pure lips 
To tttter oatfas, enoagb to drowp our sbips. 
To Imng a plagu^ a fomine, or the sword, 
Upoo tbe land, tbongh sbe shoold keep ber wofd j 
Yet, e^re an bonrebe past, in some oćw raine 
Jlieak them, and sweare them double oVe againe. 



Pardon me, tbat witb tby blest memory . 

I nungle minę ownformer mjserie : , 

Yet dare I not ezcase tbe fote tbat brqogbt 

Tbese crosses on me, for tben every tbongbt 

Tbat tended-to tby lo^e was black and fonie, 

Now all as pure as a new-baptjz*d seule : 

For I protest for all tbat I caa see, . 

I would oot lie one night in bed witb thea; 

Noram Ijealous, butcooM well abide 

My foe to lie in qoiet by tby side. * 

Yoa wonoes (my rirals) wbilst sbe was alive, 
How many thoasands were tbere tbat dld striTO 
To bare your freedome ? For tbeir aake fovbeaie 
Unseemly boles in ber soft skin to weare : 
But if you must, (as wbat worms can abstatne 
To tasie ber tender body ?) yet refraine 
Witb your diiofdered eatings to defoce ber. 
But foed your selres so as you most may grace ber. 
First, through ber ear-tips pee you make a paire 
Of boles, wbicb, as tbe moist inclosed aire 
Tnmes intb water, may tbe cleane drops take. 
And in ber earcs a paire of jewels make. 
HaTO ye not yet enougb of tbat wbite skin, 
Tbe touch wbereof, in times past, would baTebeen 
Enongb t' have ransom'd many a tboasand soule 
Captłve to love ? If not, tben upward roule, 
Your little bodies, where I would you ba^e 
This epitaph upon ber forebead grare. 

" Iiving, sbe was yomig, iaire, and fuli of wit ; 
Dead, idl ber fanlts are in ber forebead writ.*' 



AN ELEGIE. 



Can my poore lines no better office baTa, 
But iike scriecb-owb still dwell about the^Te ł 
Wben sb&U I take some pleasure for my paine« 
By praising them tbat can yeeld pnńse againe i 
Wben shall my Muse in 1ove-sick lines iccite 
Some lady^s worth? which sbe of wbom I write^ 



184 



F. BEAUMONTS POEMS. 



With thfluikfull smiles, may read io herown daiet ; 
Or, when shail I a bieathiog woman praise ? 
Kerer; I'ani ambitious in my stringi, 
Tliey never soond but of eternall thingi , 
Such as freed soules : bat bad I thought it flt 
To praise a loul unto a body kntt, 
I would confesse, I spent my Ume amiM 
Wben I was słów to give due praise to this. 
Thus when alf sleep my tim« is oome to sing, 
And from ber asbes must my poems spring ; 
Tbough in the race I see some sirifUy run, 
I will not crown them till the goale be woii. 
They tbat hare foaght, not they that are to fight, 
^ay claime the glorious garland as tbeir rigbt ^ 



Ą CffJitkŚB 

Si.BBP, old man, let silence cbarme tbee, 
Dreaming slambers orertake thee, 

Quiet tbougbts and darknesse anne tbee, 
That no creaking do awake tbee. 

Pboebe hath pat out ber 11gbt» 

Ali ber sbadows closing; 
Pboebe lend ber bomes to mgbt 

To tby bead^s disposiogi 

Let no &taU beli nor clock 
Pieroe thb bollow of tby eare: 

TonguleMctotiicearlycock, . 
Or what else may adde a feare^ 

Let no t^ł; ^Hlr sih^ ik^hie, 

Move the skiiuleteM rnshós, 
Nor a oougb dntdHie thSs Kotiśe 

rill A^Sk MlObel 

Come, my sweet Corrinną, opme ; 

Ltfn^, and Icar/e tliy ią\e ^eproriog : 
Sabie midbfght nmkeąall ^umbc, 

Sntiby jctekHib ]lusbaiid*s sooring. 

And with tfejr i*e^ p^ifl^atlifed kisfcićs 

EfitStŚinfcftBiraajtir: 
Love»8 deligrt^, tóS s^cfetc^t blissb, H 

Got ^Itb gtfgkt^t dabśpef. 



3± 



Wonder and perfeotion must be led 
A bridall captiTe unto Titbon*s bed ? 
Ag^d, and defbrmed Tithoo ! must tby twhie 
Circle and blast at ooce what care and time 
Had madę for wonder ? most pure beauty bmve 
No other soiłe but minę and a grare ? 
So baTe I seene tbe pride of Nature's storę, 
The orient pearle, cbain'd to tbe sooty Mooce. 
So hatb the diamond's bright ray bcen set 
1^ nigbt, and wedded to tbe negro-jet 
96* seę, llow thick those flowers of pearle do fidl 
To we^ bćr ransome, or ber fuoerall, 
Whose erery trea8nr'd drop, C0Dgeard,might briof 
Freedome and ransome U> a lettered king, 
Wbile tyrant wealtb stands by, and laugbs to 
How be can wed, lorę, and antipatbys 
Hymen, thy pine bames with adolterate iire ; 
lou aód thy qaiver'd boy did once conspire 

mf6^lę«ł«*M^ ^^ '""^ 



_ . . II Am<i, Łdd then no sbine 
gold, but beauty, dress'd tbe Papbian abrine, 
Roses and lillies ki»'d ; the amorous ^ine, 
Did with the faire and straight limb*d elme entwine* 



THE GLANCE. 




OK nt MAaiTAoi op 

A BEAxri7ót% Vó\rsG bjESfiJ^pomk 

WITH AN ANCIENT M4X. 

FouDLY, too ćuriowś Ńatnro, to a(\<jin)e 

Aurora with t\}^ biushes of Uie m^rne : 

Wby do her rchiie Tips breatli gums, and spice, 

Unft> tBe cihA, and sweet toparadice } * 

Wby db hetr eyes open the day ł be^ hahd. 

And Toice eotraoce the panther, and command 

Inoensed winds : her brea»ts, the tents of love, 

Smooth as tłie g;odded Sttun; or Venus* dove j 

Soft as the balmy dew, whose every touch 

Is pregiiAot; but wk^t&b^VićhBpotl«B, wben such 

^ HSSIe IftMA kt^ t«t^ ół Sir JohA ITeAtlttioiifs 
filegt^itrelMy Mili^(l%^ df VrfacHesti(>r, Und 
iMerUM Jkeńt ffrMAy ftt>m tń ()verili|ht oF the 
aditor. V. 



CoŁD Tertue guaid me, or I shall endure 
From the next glance a double caleoture 
Of fire and lust ; two flariies, two Semeleis 
Dwdt h tbotę.cyer, whose looser glowiiig iw&m 
Would thaw the froten Ruasian intó lust, 
Arid fiakch the ńe^roe*^ hb^bbf MWSd td dikit. 

Dart nbc your baltś of Wtld-Hi^ bere^ gti tl&&k 
Those flakes npon tl^ enudchli oblder snow^ 
Tlił be in actiire bloud db boilte as high 
As be that ilMde him do Ih jcttlbi&ste: 

WMm th^ ldo9)» qtlcenb oF lorę did dfcsśs^ her e^es 
In the mdst thking fl^hib tó wlti th^ pKże 
At Ma $ t1t#t fhtnt jtl^re tb thll deure 
Burnt ilke a tiit>«r to the sdne of fii« : 
And coold sh>s thPh the IdstfUlł jróuth Tliye ctt>wii'tt 
With tb««; hH Helleri, Trt>y hWł tfeterfound 
Her fatc in Sinott^i flfre» thy bbttier eyH 
Had madę łt bume U Ijiiicter ialerifici! 
To lust, wbiitt ev^f ghitiee Id śUbtife tSTea 
Had shot it iieKe like llghtliłng tHrbil|^ tlie t^Nu 

Go bto% updn 8otne le^ul^rWiSbd, ftkld fet 
Biitb*s tlOCtki' riy ĆH^ndel* AiAl Se^t 
New flałtied tb dr^Miis the IUgeU PbphiAni' qnn«^ ' 
And lend the worM iie# Cupidś bttiiie tfto Sf^. 
Dart no morę berę those flatH%9, ttór Btrive to tlltt># 
Your 6re on ftitti/iH^ H {taimUlr*d iń tMW : 
Thobe glam^ «r#rk\i ótl We Kt% tbe weake iftftte 
The fro^iy Sbb thro^eś oń the Atotiennfaie, 
When the liill^i AcUve ^tfldnes^ floth go neera 
To freeaw the gllihmeritis taper tó firn sphe^kre : 
Eacb ray ts lost on ibe Hke thefilibt light 
Tbe glow-wonkite uhoots at the cotd ttreaśt <k ttigfct 

Thus reitoe c«^ śecute, bttt fot tKat llatee 

1 had beeil iM>ttr Sini Maft5rt, ftńd yobt flaok. 



TtkrtkiLTiic bd^e i^fray AnA l«i^ due; ' 
i>he'il nottoiAe, tfiou tiost d^ieiYtlbe ; 



TRUE BEAUTY.^THE UFE OF MAN, 



ISS 



Ibike tlie oock erowi. tb' ennoos light 
CbiMm away ffr<^ £l&Ł iiigtiŁ ; 
Tct Bhe eooiet nift, dh how I tyre 
Betvixt Mili tea^ śdd fiot desire. 



Hcre mkme «Dfbrc'd to tany 



Aad set boarei} those daies aod yeeici 
Whtęh I coant Ml& aighs and feares : 
comes not; oh bow I tyre 
cold ftare and hot deśire. 



thMghts tt wbite YdUO^e 
Unto tbe boMme oTtny tot^. 
Lei ter langraish li my ^itie, 
Feue, ani Mpe, add feait affabM; ; 
Tbea let her tell me in Iotc^s fire, 
What tonnenfs Iflbe anto desire. 

Eodleaw wimćl^, tedfoui kkiftbg, 
Hopea and feai«l tofetber thronging ; 
Rich m dreamea, yM fioćtt fn irśking, 
Let ber be in gach a bkking 
Tbea let bar tell me iti lttfli'8 fit^, 
Wbat tanuiaeś Kfce uitto dMne. 

Come tfacn, lorę, pterent day'i ejrelnl, 
My dcHre wonld &tne be dying : 
SmoCfaer me witb bredthlesse kiteet, 
Let me dreame no morę of btissel ; 
Bot tell me whicb ii iil lore^i fire 
Bert, to eąjoy, or Xó deaiire. 



TRUJE BEAtriY. 

Mat i fiad A iJHtattan foire, 
Ąad her mind at cleare aś aii^, 
V her beaaty goe alone, 
Tb to me as if *t were nbile. 

May I find a woman rich, 
And not of too high a pitch : 
If tbat pride sboald caaM: dradame, 
Ml me^ lo^er, wbere's thy gaine ? 

May I find a wooMO wise. 
And berftlaehoodnotdligttihe; 
Hath ftbe vtt aa «te bitb «Htt« 
Oooble armM tbe 2llo Ul. 

May 1 fiod a woinan kind, 
And not warering Ule tbe ^ind: 
Hov aboakl I caU that iove tnine, 
Wben tis hia» and hit, and thine ł 

May 1 find a woman tirne, 
Tbere is beanty'8 fairettbue ; 
There ia beaaty, lOTe, and wit, 
Ha{ipy be cań compasse it« 



THS JNVnTBR&fT^ 

X^cm mofe will I proleit 
To lorę a woman bat in jett t 
For at tbey camwtbe tnie, 
80 to giTe eadi mao- bis dte^ 
Wben tbe woing fit it patt, 
Jhof afietittot ctóAot but 



Tberefore if I cbance to meet 
Witb a mistrb fiure aod iweet» 
Sbe my tenrice tbkll otitainer, 
LoTiog her for łof e agalne : 
Tbut mach łiberty I craye* 
Kot to be a constans tłavie. 

But wben we have try*d cach otb^, 
If tbe better like another, 
Let her ąaickly change for rt*, 
Then to change km 1 a* ft^ . 
He or she that lovet too IpUg 
Sell tbeir fieedome for 1^ i^^ 



XX 



Wht thooM ifaao be OQly ty'd 

To a ibolith female tbbig; 
Wben all creaturet elte beiMe, 
Birdt and beatts, chailge 4very ffMa^ ł 
Wbo would then to one be honnd, 
Wben to many may be feoad ? 

Wby sboald I my telfe oonfine 

To tbe Hmitt of ohe place, 
Wben I have all Eun^e mine, 
Where Utit to run my raeć. 
Wbo would then to One be bowidy 
When to many m^jT be fonnd ł 

Would you thuibe bim wiMi ihbt ik># 

Still one aort of meat doth elit, 
When both sea and land ałlow 
Sandry toHs oF otbef 'meat ? 
Who wouU tben to obe be bomidy 
When to mmiy may bb Mndł 

E're old Satnme chang^d hiś lhit)hfe, 

Fieedoote raignM and b&iilsh^d »lrBI„ 
Where was be that knew his Own, 
Or wbo catlM a woibaA i^ife ? 
Who would tben to one he bóiind, 
When to many m&y be łbilild \ 

Ten times bappier arfe tbote ińtti 

That eojoy'd ihose jgołdeb dilći x 
Untill time redresse 't śgalne 
I will nerer Hymefi praise. 
Who wonld then to one bl \^xA, 
When to many may b^ fd^na } 



ON TffB iUPK OF MAŃ. 

Like to the felliog of * tter, 
Or as the fliglits of eaglct ant^ 
Or like the fresb 8pring's ^ody bba^ 
Or silver drops of momingdtfw,. . 
Or like « wbid tbat ekafca the fiped» 
Or bubbies whlch 00 water ttooo : 
Eren such it man, wbdte bdHfO#Ćfl tight 
Ittlraigbtcaird in and jfM tCr%Htt 
Tbe wind blowet out, tbe babble cM, 
Tbe spring intomb*d in atitumn IM : 
The dew*s dry*d up, tbe stftr H HH&t, 
The flight it patt, ai«l ńiiŁb ^5ljS^l^ 



ii Tbflie linei are in biabop King^t poenki^ 1637, 



t 




186 



F. BEAUMONTS POEMS. 



ASEPITAPB. 

Hbbe sbe Ucs, whoee tpoUciw famę, 

loTites a Blooe to leariM ber naint : 

The rigid Sjwrtan tbatdenied 

An epitaph to all that dM, . 

UnlesBe for war, on charity 

Winild here Touchsafe an elegie : 

She died a wife, but yet bjcr mind, 

Bejrond Tirginity refin'd, 

From lawleae fire reniainM as free^ 

As Bow froa beat ber asbes be : * 

Her husband, yet withouŁ r sin» 

Was not a straogcr, but.faq[.4Łin, 

That ber cbaste ]ove migSt seeme no ^ther 

To ber husband iban a brother. • 

Keep well this pawn, tboa marbla cbcif , 

TiU it be calPd ibr let it rest; 

For while this jewell borę is set, 

The gravc it Uke a cabinet. 



A SONNET. 

Lm a ring iritboot a floger, 

Or a beli witbont a rioger; 

Like a borse was never ridden, 

Or a feast and no giiest bidden | 

Like a well witbout a bucket, 

Cr a rosę if od oian pluck it : 
Jnst sucb as tbese may sbe be said 
That lireB, ne*re lores, bot dies a maid, 

The ring, if wonie, tbe finger decks, 
The beli pnll^d by the ringer speaket; 
The borse dotb ease if be be ridden, 
The feast dotb please if guest be bidden ; 
The bucket draws the water fbrtb, 
The rosę wben pluckM is still most wortb: 
Sucb is the virgin, in my eyes, 
That lives, love8, marries, e^ie sbe dies. 

Like to a stock not grafted pn, 

Or like a lute not playM upon j - 

Like a jack witbout a weigbt, 

Or a barque witbout a fraigbt; 

like a lock witbout a key, 

Or a candle in the day : 
Jnst sucb ab tbese may sbe be sald 
That liTes, ne^re loves, but dies a maid. . 

Tlie grafied stock dotb beare best fruit, 
Tbere^s musie io the fiogered lute ; 
The weight do(h make the jack go ready, 
The fraugbt dotb make.the barque go steady; 
The key the lock doth open rigbt: 
The candle^s osefiiU itf the night: 
Soch is the ▼ircmy in my eyes, 
That liTes, lorea; tnarries, e*re she dies. 

like a cali witbout Anon, sir, 

Or a q^estioo and no answer; 

Like a sbip was never rigg^d, 
' Or a nine was ncTer digg'd ; 

like a woond witbout a tent, 

Or ciTet bose witbout a scent : 
Jnst sucb as these may she be said 
Thatlives, ne'reloves, but dies a maid, 

Th* Auon, sir, dotb obey the cali, 
The ąuestion answered pleaseth all j 



Wbo riggs a sbip sailcs with tbe wind, 
Who digs a mioe doth treasure find ; 
Tbe wound by wholesome tent batb eascj 
Tbe bose peifumM the senses please : 
Sucb is the virgin in my eyOf 
That Iives, loves, marries, e're i 

Like marrow bonę was neyer brokeo, 
Or commendaCions aod no token ; 
Like a fort ańd nonę to win it,' 
Or like tbe Moooe and no mah In it: 
Like a schoole witboat a teaeber, 
Or like a pulpit and no preacher : 
Jost sucb as these may she be said, 
Thatlives, ne*relovesy but dies a 

' Tbe biroken marrow-bone is sweet, 
The token dotb adome the gre<t ; 
There*s triump^i in the fort, beiog 
The inan ridcs gloriou^ in iQe Mooa ^ 
Tbe scboolc is by the teaeber stiU'd, 
The pulpit by the preacher fiird : 
Sucb is the Tirgio, io my ejFes, 
That lives; loTes, marries, e*Ęt sho diw. 

Like a cage witbout a biid, -^ - 

Or a thiiig too long defer'i-*(i i i 

Like the gold was n«vtr Łryed, 

Or the grouod unocoopied i 

Like a house thai*s not possessed, 

Or the book was neyer pressed : 
Just sucb as tiiese may she be said 
That lires, ne^re loves, but dies a maid* 

The bird in cage doth swcetly sing, 
Dueseason prffers erery thingj 
llie gold tbat*s try*d from drosse is pui^di 
There's profit in the gnHind roannor^d ; - 
Tbe house is by possession graced, 
The book whcn pies»*d is then embraced ; 
Soch is the Tirgin in my eyea, 
That Uves, lores, marries, e*i« she dićs. 



A DESCRJPTION OP LOtE, 

LovB is a region fnll of fires^ 
And boming with eztreame desirat ; 
An object seeks, of whicb possett, 
The wheelcs are fixM, the mptioos rsst, 
The flames in asbes Ue opprest ; 
This meteor striTing high to rise, 
Tbe f^weil spent, fals down aod dies. 

Much sweeter. and morę puredelighta 
Are drawn from £iire allunng sights, 
Wben ravisbt minds attampt to praisc 
Comroaoding eyes like beavenly raics, 
W bose foroe tbe gentle heart obeys ; 
Ib^ where the eod of this prcrtence 
Descends to base inferiour sence. 

Why then sboold Ip^ers (most will say) 
Espect so much th' enjoying day ; 
Lorę is like youth, he thirsts for age, 
Ue soomes to be his Botber*s pa^e $ 
But wben prooeediog tiaet asswage 
The former beat, be will oomplaine, 
And wish thoee pleasant bourss agałna»' 

We know that hope and (ore are twins,^ 
I Hope gone, frustioa now bcgim ^ 



ON THE DEATH OF LADY PENELOPE CLIFTON. 181 



Bot whtA M this nnooDitant firaile, 
In BOCluog nre, but sare to faiU ? 
Wbidi if ve lose it we bevidle, 
AmA Ytwfli we hare it still we beare 
IW wont of paakioftt, daily feare. 

Wheo Iow thoi ID bb oester eodf, 
I>aiie and bope, bit inwaid fnends* 
Are sbaken off, whileiloubtaBdgriefef 
The weakest gi^en of leliefe, 
Stand in hh coonceU as tbe cbiefe;. 
Aod DOW be to bis pcńod broagbt, 
Fnm kire beoooMi aome otbertbou^l» 

lioM I wilie not ta lemoye 

sonles froa serioas Iove^ 

besl attempts by OMirtals madę 

OD tbings wbicbąoickly fade ; 
nevcr will I men penwade 

aflectfons where msy sbine 
of tbe love diyine.. ^ - 



Tbe 



Yet 

Tb 



THE SHEPBERDESSE. 

A fBiPBKipBtsB wbo long bad kept ber flocks 
Ob flloBy Cbaniwood*8 diy and barren roeks, 
Ib bcate of sammer to ibę Talei declioM - 
To MdE firctb peatore for ber lamba balfe pin^d ; 
She (wbile ber ^Amt^ was fiBeding) spent tbe boores 
TBpaeoosUdiB^brookSf andsmilinf floweiii 



A WWĘIlŁLL BŁOOIB M THB BIATB 0V 

THE LADY PESEWPE CUriON\ 

Snrcs tboq art dead (ClifUm) tbe world may see 

A oertaiDe end of flesb śad blond ia tbee j 

Till tben a way was left fot maii to ery, 

Ftesb nay be madę so pars, it cannot dye z 

fiut now, tby meiipected deatb dotb strike 

Witb griefe tbe better and tbe worae alike $ 

Tbe good are sad tbey aie not with tbee there» 

Tbe bad ba^e fouod they must not tarry bere« 

Deatb, I confesw, !tisjiistiotb^totry 

Tby power oo us, ibr thoa thy selfe must dye ; 

Thioa pay'st but wages, Dh?ath, yet I>ould know 

Wbat straoge deligbt tbou Uk'st to pay tbem so ) 

Whcn tbpq com'st face to fece tbou strik'st a& mute. 

And all oor Mberty )s to dispote 

Witb thee behinde tby bacjc, whicb I will nse ; 

If tbou badst bfay'ry in thee' tbou woaldst cbuse 

(Since tbou ait absolute, and canst controołe 

All tbii^ beaeatb a reasonable tonie,} 

Some look fot way of killing ; if ber day 

Had ended in a flre, a tword, or sea, 

Or badst tbo^ oooie bid in a bnndred yeares 

To make an c»d of all ber bopes and fesrss, 

Or any otber way direct to tbee 

Wbicb Natnre migbt esteeme an enemy, 

Wbo wonM baTę cbid tbee ? now it sbews thy bai)d 

Jlesires to eosin wbciw it 



* Daogbter to Robert Ricb, earl of ^Warwick, 
and IMst wife of sir Gervase Cliftoo, bart See 
aaotber eiegy on ber in Shr John Beaonunfs 



Tbou art not'prone to kill, but where th' intent 

Of those tbat sufler is their noorbhment ; 

If tbou canst steale intó a ditb, and creep, 

Wben all is still as thongb into a sleep. 

And cover thy dry body witb a drangbt, 

Whereby some Innocent lady may be caught, 

And cbeatedof ber life, then tbou wilt come 

And stretch thy telf iipon ber early tombe, 

And langb, as pleas^d, to sbew tbou canst deroure 

Moruljty as well by wit as power. 

I would tbou badst had eyes, or not a dart, 

Tbat yet at teast, the cloathing oftbat beart ' 

Tbou strook'st to tpigbtfoUy, młght have,appear»d^ 

To tbee, and with a reyerence bąVe beetf feaHd : 

But tłnce tbou art to blind, receiTe from me 

Wbo 'twas on whom tbou wrooghfst this timgedy ; 

She was a lady, wbo for pnblique fiune, 

Nerer (sińce tbe in tby protection came, 

Wbp sett*st all liring tODgnet-al large) receiT'd 

A blemisb ; with ber beauty she deceiv*d 

No man, wben taken with it tbey agree 

*Twas Natore's fault, wben from 'em 'twas in tbee. 

And such ber vertue was; tbat althougb she 

Receive as much joy, ba\'ing passM througb thee, 

As ever any did ; yet Bath thy bate 

Madę ber as little betber in ber state, 

As erer it did any being berę, 

She livM with us as if sbe bad be^ tbere. 

Such ladies tbou canst klU no morę, but so 

I gtire thee waming berę to kill no moe ; 

For if tbon dost, my pen sball make tbe rest 

Of those tbat lirę, especially tbe best, ' * 

Whom tbou most tbirstest fbr, V abandon all - 

Those firuitleise things, whicb tbou wouldst haTe • 

ns cali 
Presenrati^es, keeping their diet so, 
As the long-li^ing poore their neighboors do ; 
Theo sball we haTe tbem long, and tbey at last 
SbsU pasw from tbee to ber, but not sofast 



TUB 

c 

EKAMlSATIóy OF HIS MISTRIS* PER^^ 

FECnONS. 

Stamd still my bappinesse, and swelling bearC 

No morę, till I consider wbat tbou arf. 

Desire of knowledge was man*s f^tall vice. 

For wben oor parents were in Pąradice Cgood) 

(Tboogb tbey themselves, and all they '^tw was 

llicy tbougbt it notbing if not onderstood. 

And I (part of their seed struck with their sin) 

Though by their bountiousfaTour Ibe in 

A pąradice, where I may freely taśte 

Of all tbe Tertuous pleasures whicb tbon hast, 

Wanting tbat knowledge, mott in all my blisse 

Erre with my parents, and aske wbat it is.' 

My faith saith 'tis not Heaven, and I dare sweare 
If it be Heli nopaine of sence Is there ; 
Surę 'tis some pleatant place, where I uftay stay^ 
As I to Heareo go, in tbe middle way. 
Wert tbon but faire and no wbit Yertnous, 
Tbon wert no morę to me bot a faire house 
Haated witb spidts, from wbteb men do' tbem 

blesse. 
And no man will balfe fumisb to possesse : 
Or badst tbon wortb wrapt in a rireird skhi, 
Twere inaooessable; wbo durst go in 



łM 



F: BEA.UMOKT'S POEMa 



To find it out ? hx Moner woald I ^ 

To find a pearle cóyered with hills of snów ; 

Twere buried veriue, aad thou migbtfi me mov« 

To reyeMnće tbe tcmibe, but not io love, 

No morę tban dótiDgly to cast minę eye 

IJpon tbe tirne where Lucrtee* asbes lyc. 

BUt ibou aii faire, aAd sweet, and every i^ood 
That *ever yet dursi mixe viib flesb and blood ; 
Tbe Deyill nie're law io bis fkllen state 
Ab object wbereiipon to ground bis hate 
So fit as ihee ; afl liring tbiogs but be 
Łove tb4e ; bow bappy tbeo musi tbat man be 
Wbeu firom amobgst all cfeatures tbou dost take ? 
n tbelni m hope beyood jt ? Cart be make 
A #iśb io cbange tbee for ? Tbis is my bllsse, 
liet it ruń oo now, I know irbat iiiś. 

f%Alh »BAVtl01ITi 



tl 



79 THB MUTMLE PAiltE. 



BIB, Ccelia, for tby sake I part 
^itb «U tbat grew so neere my beart ; 
Tbe passion tbat I bad for tbee, 
Tbe faith, tbe io¥e, tbe coosUiie^ | 
And that I may succesaefoU prove, 
lYaoiforme my wlf t« wbat yoo k)ye. 

Foole tbat I was, so much to prise 
.Tbose simple ▼ertues yoo de^pise ? 
Foole, tbA with sucb doli arrows strore, 
Or bop*d to reacb a iyiog dove ; 
For ymi that are in motion still 
I)iec]itie oar./orc<|, and mock oor skill ; 
Wbó, like Di» Quixote, do advance 
Against a windmill o«r Taine lance. 

Now will I waoder tbrougb tbe atre^ 
Mount, make a stoope «t erery fisirey 
Ani with a foncy uocoafin'd 
(As lawlesse as tbe sea, or wind) 
Pursoe you iiberesoe're you flie, 
And with your yaritrtil tBiftif bts comply. 
Tbe fonnall stars do tra^ell so 
As we tb^r names and Miftses know ; 
A^d be tbat on their chanye^ looks 
WSutd tbinke tbcm govcm»d by our boóks ; 
Bot never were the doods r^m:*d 
To aoy art the motion us*d. 
By tbose ftee yapours are »o ligbt, 
So irequent, tbM^ tbe cooquerM si|bt 
Pespaireś to fina tbe rules tbat.gpide 
Tbosft ^Idfd sbadows as they slide j 
Ańd tberefore of tbe spatious atre 
JoYe^s rovall consort bad tbe cai«. 
And by tbat power did once escape 
Decliiiing boid Ixion*s rape ^ 
She with ber own resemblance grac*d 
A sbining dood^ «hicb be imbrac'd. 

SućU wab that image, so it smiPd 
With iiepmintr kindncss^ whicb beguifd 
ifóor łbirsis Utely, wbeo be tbougbt 
He bad his ficetiog Cmlia ćaugbt; 
'TIras sbfepM like ber, but fur the faire 
He fiird bis anna with yeelding airei 
A iate for wbicb ke gńeres the lesse 
Becanse the j|ods had like succcase: 
For in their story one (we see) 
Fursues m nympb, aad takes a tne ; 
A fecond witji a lorer^t basie 
Soone óv«riake8 wliat be badchaste i* 



Bot she tbat did « tlrgm HCtnc^^ _ 
PoBMB8*d, appea(rs a waniTriog streame. 
For his suppoeed lore a tbifd. 
Laies greedy hołd opon a birds 
And stands amaz*d to see bis desre 
A wild inhabitani of tne afire. 

To sucb old taloi sneh aymfi^s * yiltt 
Obe credit, and stiłi dnkc tbMk new % 
Tbe amorous iiow Rbe. wónderś ind 
In tbe swift changes of yóbr ittiwl. 

Bot, Cmlia, if you apj^i^^att 
Tbe Mose of your taiceiiisA Irteod : 
Nor would Cbit be rccofd ya«r Mmm, 
And make it liYe, repeat tbe same ; 
Againe deoeire bitti, atid agaitłe. 
And tben be sweares be^i not complaiń^; 
For still to be ddodM so 
Is all tbe pleasorfcs loiyers ktio«r, 
Wbo, like good falknert, tlke deTtgM 
Not in the ąuarre}^, but ih« ftight. 



OF LOriNG AT FIRST SJGHT. 

Nor carinf tó tlb»kft ttte #M| 

Or the new sea enlore, 
Snatcbt from ^by seUe, bow ftr betiil^ 

Alreidy I Sebold tbe sbore. 

M«y dót 1^ IbchiMiid dMgM itnp 
lir dte MoMb Mon^ «r ttli dtep t 
No, •diio i«cM«lte» ind M dMtri 
That the rich bottom does appeare 
PaT'd all with pfeck>us things,.nofttorD«* 
From sbipwrackt veli#ri, but fbera becne ; 



_ trntb, and erery giaoe 
Whicb time and useare wónt to teacfiy 
Tbe ty^ biay ib k ttniMM. r«Aeh, 
And read distinctly in ber £sce. 

Some othrr ityapb wHh esiotir IbiM, 
And pencill tlow Urny C«^i4 |bi8t; 
And a wcake taMtrt ib tirne dcttray^ 
She bas a mmai^ aild priMI tba boy, 
Can with a iltogłe loohb faifiam* 
The coWnt breast, the-tndeit titHe. 



rab. śjm 



■» IT*! 



THE AŃTiPLATONK. 






Foa shame tbou evcrlasting woóer, ^ 

Stilt sayióg grace, and never łalling to ner. 
Ijove that 's in eóntero^latioo pl4c*d, 
Is y^Mis draiqi but to tbe wiste ? 
Upieśie your parne cootęsśe its geńdcTy 
And yóor parUr cause śurjrender ', 
y are salanianders of a coM desire^ 
That live odtboebi amid tbe bottkt fire. 

Wbat ttebgb M^mfiiM tf MWbi 

The widM^ OT PfgmlliiNi j 

As bard apd unreMMMg iH9 

Ą» the new eHMtftd Nim ; 

Of #bAi filKII tUdfe 0f sŁAtl^ tśtrfi 

A non of IfM fnmb»k i^tlMf } 

Love melłs tbe rigour whicb tbe rocks haTe bred, 

A miK irrii UtelltlipOD i f^f!B^ bH. 

For shfmoi youprettf (easale elveSi 
Cease for to candy up your sd^es: 



UPON M1U CHAEL6S BSAUMOKT. 



IM 



Ho morę of ypcir oJcnim $tmtt> 
Womca commeącf by Copid^t ię4^ 
is a kin^ haiiftii)^ 4iibi * ii#«t;. 
Lowe'^ ▼oteries inthnle ncb other'8 sonl^ 
Till iiotłi of them li^e bat amm paiole. 

Yertiies no morę io women kiiid« 

YliylcMopby, tbeir new ddigbt, 
A bud oif ehaccwle ■pfMtitc. 



all-ooiiTiiieiiig love aMM^y 
Bttt the ilu Hiij^ pattkwA iriM wąiy, 
Al AilluU gjBMwiwt w p} wek »t ihmi* 



Tbe floaldter, tbat mao of iron, 
Wbom ribs of bononr aU ttmoa; 
Tbat^k itoag vidi me iiMteitd of Yeineiy' 
Ib 9lMiee onlinttii yoa^iB Ul cbaiaef ; 
liEt a magnetie girle ą^ f e Ę m, 
SUKgfat he tiinie» C«|»iii^ CM ir |M f qŁ 
l4ive MKiiM bit ti|«» MHliabeitbe faitfW W 
Bor aU Ibc fariUM tnni-pifcfli of bil ohiiu 

Sfaioe łove*s artilleiT iben cl^ecks 
Tbcbreast-woriarftbcirmiiHigy * 
Odom ki «» f» tfibfltifM liot, 
71i'afe siekły pleMures keep a diet* 
Oive me a 1over bold and fhee, 
Kot eunaebt with fbrnmlity': 
like ao cmbattadonr tbat bedt a (itieen^ 
Wicb the Dioe cantion ófa nroid between* 



SONG. 



Sat, 1ove1y djwant, wtmn omlAd Aoa IM 
Sbades to eottoterfeit tbat face ? 

Coloiin of tbfś ćlorióttś^fLłnd 
Gome iKitftoDi any mortall place. 

la Iieaviea it eelie fbeu turę werl diest 

With that ąR^4jke 4wMW* 
Tbat de|iid«d mif^ I olesL 

And aee my jcy mtb doMi^ eyęiw 



B«it, ab ! tbis image it too kind 

To be cftber tbąp a dieaiM» 
Crof U SaMHuuris^i*9 mind 

Ncrer pf|t pa i^4«f «B|e wlr ea W M h 

Faire dcaame, if thoo inteiid'st me frace> 

Cbange ibn bea^eiily formę of tbine; 
?amC despis^d ]ove ib fbyluce. 

Pale, waią, and fDe|g«r, hdt \t kfike, 

With a pitty-mcm^g sbape, 
Soch as fcąadcrblE U» b(<qoike 

Of Łetbe, orfromgraTeś 



Tbeo to tbat matcfalame nyipj^ acpnie, 

In whoae tbape tboo 8hiiiąc|^ ą|^ 
SgfUy in ber sleeping eare, 

Perbapa firom greatnesse, state ąąc^ipride, 
Tbos sarpri4e(l «|»P Ifi9J M ą 

Sleep does (&(^Dp(tf^iim u^ 
And deatb'xesembli|^ egH«U fjl. 



Bbmou) tbe ^rand of beauty tjMt { 

See bov tbe moHon does dilate tbjp .fl|9f # 
Celigbtea lpve bis s|H>i!es does bofpfty 

Aod triumph in tbis gamę : 
Fire to no place conftnM, 

Is botfa ouir wonder* and oaf f^re, 
Moving tbe mind 

likeligbtning fiarled tbroągh tflie «irf • 



Hkb Bearen th« |;biry dotb 

Of til iMr abwiiig lamps tWs actMl «ay I 
Tbe Sun in figures sacb as tbese 

Joies witb tbe Moone to play ; 
To tbese sweet stnines tbey adTanoe, 

Wbicb do resuH ffom tłifir o«n ^pUeaies^ 
As tbis nympb's'dance 

Mo?es with tbe nutribeiB wbieh ite 



II W i^ 



iSt~ 



. AN ELEGY. 

HsAYEH kllO|M«f l<kVe to (bcC^ M CP 4|W«P 

So ballowed, and unipij^^ i9|t)t y^\g||fr Ae^it 

As aie the ppiits| b^im «bp| Intffi l|>^ ^ 

At bis fuli beigbt, aiid tne derotion 

Of dying martyit opfild gpt b^rne morę dear^ 

Nor innocenoe in ber flrst rbbes appearo 

Whiter tban our affecttons i tbey did sbow 

Like frest fi>rc>d out of dames and fire from mow* 

So pofe the pbceniz, wbep nl^ did rjifii^ 

Her age to youth, ^orrow*d ^p fiąmes but mifl^ 

But now my day^i so 're ca«t^ (qr I h^T^ ^9f 

Drawn anger, like ą tenyi^ft, o'(ę tbe bfoą 

Of my faire qiistns; those yopr ftoń^oą f^^ 

Wbenee I was wont to 9ee my dąy-4tąr ri«e 

Thereat, like rerengefuTl meteoci j aod I feol^ 

My torment, my gilt double, ipy QeU t 

Twas a mistake, aiid \p'u^t ba^e veiufill ^fiPd^ 

Dooe to aootber, but it was madę sin« 

And justly mortąll too, by tr^f^hlif^ tjt^c^ 

Sligbt wnmgs are treasons done tp l|ui|||ty. 

O all ye blest ghoats of dec<^«^ iovw# 

Tbat now Ue sąioied \n the Meąifu ifo^^ 9 

Mediate % inerty for roę i at fif c sttti|)ft l^U^t 

Meet with fuU ouire, avjd joine jfmr Śrąyfifś ftitb 

Coąjure ber by-the merits of ycmr l^m^j 

By ^ur paststtilerings, and y^^r pre^t blisses. 

Conjure ber by your f»)ta^U iwoęą {MV^ %Fii . 

By all your intermixed signs and teares. 

To plead my pardon : ęo to ber and tell 

Tbat yoii irill walkę the guaran sentinetl. 

My soule^s sale Omi^ tbat ąl^e i^eęd ac|t feare 

A mutjnons tbougbt, or óne close rebell there ; 

But wbat nMdt tbąt, wben 4b« ft^n* «i|ii l^t^if 

Sole angeli pi that q^ 2 tę \ifr wfu spt^ią|e 
Alooe she sits,' and cąp aęc^tę It hą$ 
Prom all irra;iąlar mopoąśi Qp\y iijb^ 
Can give tbe balsonie U^at muśt ^iśe t^is sor«9 
Aod tbe sweet' antiilote to ąifi w> fi^oiel 



. * ■ ^ ' . ' 1 



tńlO mCl^ Of A COKSV1I?TI01I. 

Wnitt otbers drop ^|air tmim ug^uą tigr lifMia, 
Sweet Charles, and sign V increaśe the wind, my 



* lliese Imet o«car •moof 



19 



190 



t. BEAUMONPS POEMS. 



- X 

Pioofl iHoDiunln; th«e» caiii|Ot oomplaine 

Of deatb, pr iate, fot they Werę lately tlaine ' 

By thy own conflict; and sijice goód mea know 

"What Heaveo to such a vii|ptii sainjŁ dotli owe; 

Though fome will say they 4aw thee dead, yet I 

Con^tulate thy life and Tictory : , 

Tliy flesh, an upper, garment, thai it might 

Aide thy etenall progresse, iiret grew light ; 

Kothing bat angel now, which thon wert D«ere» 

AlmcKt fedacM to thy fint spińt here : 

But fly, faire aoule, wbile onr complainta are joit, 

Tbat caDDOt Ibllow for our diainet of duit^ 



FIE ON LOVE. 



Noir fie OB fooliib loTe, Unotbefiti 

Or maD or woman know it 
Łove was not meadiŁ for people (o their witi, 

And they that fondły sbew it 
Betray the ttraw,' and featbers in tbeir braine, 

And shall ha^e Bedlam for their paine : 
If single love be soch a cnree. 
To marry is to make it ten times wone. 



A SONO, 



Go and catcb a fiilling star, 

Get with ćhild a maudrake root, 
Tell me wbere alt past yeares are, 

Or who cleft the devil*s foot; 
Teaćh me to beare mermaids singiog, 
Or to keep off enTy*8 stioging, 
^ And find 
Whatwtńd 
SerfW to adTance an honest mind. 

• 

If tbou beeft boro to strange sigfatSj 

Tbings inTisible to see, 
Ride ten thoosand daies and night^f 

Tili age snów whitebaires on thee ; 
Thou, wbłn thou ręturo*st, wilt tell roe 
' Ali strange wonders that befetl thee, 
And swoar^ 
No Wherc 
Iivts a-iroman tme and faire. 



What cans^dmy death, and tbere to 
Of all tkdr jadgments which was tnie, 
Rip np my hcart, O tben I tettn 
The world will see thy picture there. 



I 



ETERNITY OF IX>VE PR0TB8TED. 

How ai doth he deserye a krer^ aame, 

Whose |»ale weake flame 

Cannot retune 
His heat in spight of abseooe or dMaine ; ' 
But doth at onoe, like paper let on tbc. 

Borne and espire* 

Tnie love can ne^er change his seat. 
Nor did be «^er lorę that coold retreat ; 
That noble flame which my breast keepa ałiTe 
, Shall still snrrWe, 
"^ Whenmy80uk2'saed; 
Nor shall my k>?e die whan my body'B dead, 
That shall waite on me to the lower.shade, - 
And never fade. 

My tery aabes fai tbdr orne 

Shall, like a hallowed lamp, for ever bnrtie. * 



SECRESIE pnOTESTED. 

FniftB not (deare loy^)'that Tle rereale. 
Those hóńrs of pleasure we two steale*; ' ' 
No-eye shall aee, nor yet the Sifti 
Desery, what thou and I hąTe dane ; 
Ko eare shall heare oar 1ove/ but we 
SilentasthenightwiRbe; . - • 

The god of loTC himselfe (whosr dart 
Did first wound minę, and then thy heart) 
Shall never know tbat we can tell 
What sweets in stoln embraces dwell.: . 
This oniy meanes may Bnd it out, 
If when I die physicians doubt 

* Th(>se lines 1iave been ascribed V James 
Sbirley, in whose poems they are printcd. Page 
.65, ed. 1646. A^ 



ras 
WIUJNG PRISONER TO HIS MISTRIS, 

Let fooles great Cupid's yoake diadaine, 
liOTrag tbeir own wild fireedome better, 

WbUst prood of my triumphant chame 
I sit, aad ooaft my beantious fetter. 

Her mard*ring glaoces, saariog hairesy . 

And ber bewitohing smiles, . so please jme, 
As he brings ruinę that repaires 

The swee( affliotkrns^that displeMe ma. 



Hide not ^|iose panting balls of show 
With enyious Tciles from my beholding; 

Unlock those lips,' their pearly row 
In a sweet smile of lorę unfolding. 

And let those cyes whosa motion wheeles 

The resticsse fate of every lover, 
Suryey the paincs my sick heart feeles,^ 

And wounds themseires hare madę diaeorer. 



■ » » ' 



A MASKI OF TBB GBNTŁBMEN OP CBAIBl IUffK, AX» 
• THB IKMBB TBMPŁ8. 

BV MR. FRANCIS BEAUMONT. 



.» •• 



Enter Iris ronning, Mercnry following and catch- 

ia|[ hołd of ter. 

MBBCUBr. 

Stat lighft-footMrif, for thou itriT>st in T>ine». 

My wiwcs are nimbler than thy feet; 

• " *» ^ • ■ • ■ . • • 

lais. '• AWiy, 

Dissembling Mercory, my mpssaget 

Aske honest haąiŁe, not like those wantoii ones. 

Yonr thmMłring &ther -sendi. 



A MASKĘ OF GUAIES INN£. 



191 



Stey fbdlisb naid, 
Or I wiU takc my me npon a hUl 
Whcn I peroem-tbee Kated m a dood ' 
Ii aH tbie panit«d glory that thoa haft, v '* 
Aad oerw oease to clap my wiUing wiog, 
TB I CĄtcb iiold on thy difooloarM bow, 
śaA itttwcr it bcyoDd tbe angry power 
Of yoar mad miatm to make np afaioe. 

lan. Henną fini>eare, Jano wiU cbide aad itnkes 
* great Jove jealooi that I am imployed? 
On hsr lote cnands she djd never yet 
Claspe weak mortality in ber wbite aitneSi^ 
•As be batb often done; I ooly oome 
Tb eeMwate tbe loDff-wisb^d nuptialt 
Hy,M dympia, -wbicb mn now perfonn^d 
Betrat t«o goodly riTeta tbat bava ms^d 
IWir geatle winding wavet, aod ax^ to grow 
lalo a tboosaod streames, great aa themseWes: 
I need not name tbem, fbr tbe sonnd is loud 
In HeaTen and Eartii, and I am sent from ber, 
iTie ąoeeae of marriage, tbat was presóit berc, 
AndsouTd toeeetbamjayne, and batb not cbid 
"^ it was dcme; god Hermes, let me go. ' 

Kay yott most stay« JonH message is tbe 
wmef [tbnnder, 

ayes aie ligbtnmg, and wbose Toice is 
Wbote bveatb a aify wmd, bewiU, wboknowes 
Bow to be fint in Eartb as well as Hea^en. 

laia. Bnt wbat batb be to do witb nuptiall rites? 
I^ bim sit plea8'd npon bis starry (hrone, 
Aad fright peore moitals witb bis thunder-bolts, 
l^a^ing to na tbe mutoail dsrts of eyes. 

ma. Abn, wbeo ever ofier'd be t» abridge 
Yoor ladie^s power, bat only now in these, 
Wbeae matcb ooncemes tbe generall govemmeiit : 
Bttb not eaob god a part in tbese high joyes ? 
Ąnd abali not be tbe king of gods presnme 
.Witfaontprood Jobo's lycence? let ber know, 
Tbat wben enamoor'd Jorc fint gavc ber power 
To fiake soft bearts in undissolYing bands, 
He tfaen Ibresaw, and to bimseMe reser^^d 
The bonoor of tbis marriagt; thoa sfaalt stand 
Sdn as a rock, wbile I to blesse this feast, 
Will sammoB np witb my all-cbarming rod 
Tfce nympfas of fonntains^ firom wbose watiy locks 
(Bong witb tbe dew of blessing and encrease) 
Tbe greedy rirers take their noorishmeot 
Ye Nympbsy wbo, batbing in yonr loved springs, 
Bebcld these riTers in tbeir in£sncy, 
Andjoy'd to see tbem when tbeir circled beads 
Befrcrii*d tbe aire, and spread tbe giound witb 

fiowen; 
Ksa Irom tbe wels, and witb yoor nimbie feet 
Peifiiime tbat offioe to this happy .paire 
Wbicb in tbese pjaines you to iUpbeus did, 
Wben, paańng hence tbrougb maoy seas unmis^d, 
^ galn'd tbe favoar of bis Aretbeuse. 

TbeHympha riB:and-danee a little and tben make 
* ^ -a stand. 

iiis. Is Hermes grown a lover ? by wbat Pi^we^r 
Uaknown^to us calls be tbe ftiaids? 

Mia. Presuroptnous Iris, I couJd make tbee 
Tin tbon fbfget*8t tby iadie*s metsagea, * [daitce, 
Aad Tonn'rt back crying to hcr: thou shalt know 
My power is morę, only my breathand this 
Shałl move fiac'd stars, and force tbe 6rmament 
To yidd tbe Hyades, #ho goYerne showers, 
Ątó dew^ ciondtf,'* id' ifbose dispersed drops 
Thoa foftt'st tbe sbkpe of thydeeeitfall bów; 



TemaSds, wbo yeareley at appomted timea 
AdTanoe witb klndly teares the gentle floods, 
Descćnd and powre your Uessfaig dn tbese streames, 
Wbich rouling down firom Heaven» aspiring bils. 
And ncAr nnited in tbe froitfuH vales, 
Beare all before tbem, ta^isb witb tbeir joy. 
And sweil in glory till tbey know no bounds. . 

Tbe clond descends witb tbe Hyades, at wbicb fbe 
maids leeme to be nr^oyced,' tbeyaH danoe a 
wbile together,. tben make anotber staad as if 
tbey wantfed aometbing, 

mis. Great wit and power batb Hermes to ooa- 
A lirely dance wbicb of one ste cobsists. ' [trire 

MEt. Alaspoore Iris, Yenus baflfin storę 
A secr6t ambuili tff berwinged boyes, 
Wbo iorking long within these płeaiant grores, 
First stuck these floweis witb tbeir eqnall darts; 
Those Cupids sbali come fortb andjoyne witb tbese. 
To bonoar that wbicb tbey tbemaelTcs b^psn. 

Tbe Cupids eome ibrth and dance, tbey are weary 
witb tbeir blind pursniog tbe Nympbs, and tbe 
Nympbs weary witb flying tbem. 

imis. Bebold tbe sUtues wbidi wise Yukaa 
Under tbe altar of Olympian Jove, [plac'd 

And gave to tbem an artificiall life ; 
Sae bow thcy moye, dmwa by tbis beavea1y joy, 
Like tbe wild trees wbicb fołbńred Oipheni* harpe* 

Tbe Statnes come down, and tbey all dance till 
the Nympbs out- run tbem' atid lose tbem, tben 
tbe Cupids go off, and last tbe statnes. 

M£B. And wbat will Jano's Iris do for ber ? 

lais. , Just matcU tbis sbow, or minę inrentioos 
JBsiie $ 
Had it been wortbier I wonld hv9e invok'd 
The blaziog comets, cloods, and falling stan,. 
And all my kindrćd, meteors of tbe aire. 
To ba^e escelled it, but I now must stfiicp 
To imitate confosion, tberefore thou, ' 
DeligbtfuU Flora, if tbon e?er felfst 
Increase of sweetnesse in those blooming plants 
On whicb tbe bornes of my fiure bow dedbia, 
Seod bitber all tbat mrall company 
Wbicb deck tbe maygames witb tbeir clownish 
Juno will bare it so. [*P<»^ 

Tbe second Antimasqae rnsbetb in, tbey daace 
tbeir meas|ire,*and as mdely dcpart. 

Mia. Iris we stri^e, 
Uke winds at liberty, wbo sbould'do'worst 
£'Te we retume. If Jono be the queea 
Of marriages, let b«r give. bappy way 
To wbat is done in bonour of tbe atata 
She gOTems. 

lais. Hermes so it may be done,. 
Meerly in bonoor of the state, and tbosa 
Tbat now bave prov'd it; not to satisfie 
The lost of Jupiter in baving tbaoks 
Morę than his Jono, if tby snaky rod 
HaTe power to searditbc Hearen, or sonad tbeaea, 
Or cali together ail tbe buda of eartb, 
To bring tbee any thing tbat may do gnice. . 
To us, and tbtsse, do it, we sball be pieas*d ; 
They know tbat from. the mouth of Jore biraselfe, 
Wbose words ha^e winks, aod oeed not to be bonie, 
I toolc a message, aod I borę it tbrougb 
A tbousand yeelding ciouds, and'neTer siaid 



f j* 



tui hłi %h ioU »9| Ąp^ T>^ Qlp>m^ 

lYhich lon^ hi4 8|ępt ąt thpfQ wh'd noptiąU 
He pleQ5'd tp Wip rf powfsd, ai^d ąfl |iu luii^tf 
Are gathered bither^ who f iUib Łłieir tepti 
Regt oa ibi^ bill, upoa ąboK ri^fr b||«d 

Tbe Alter is discoyered, with the Priests about it, 

^ jMbi Mk: ^tetłi^ u^ifler it, ap4 tbe K«igbt9 lyiMf 

ijk ihęk t^itf OA ęącb {Md^ o^re tbp top Of tfie 

Bdiold JoYe*! altar and hi« blcflsed pii«ite 

^ęliing ^bonif it: ooi|Be yo^ bQly m^> 
ifitt Yith yoiir yoic^ dm Ibeiie yptitb^ al<lP;» 
Tbat tUl Jovf$> mi«sic cali tbem to their ęamę^^ 
Their active ąports 0^97 gire a bl«pt coRt^nt 
To |t)^ for ^booft t]f ^jr ax^ «g9ioe be|;uii. 

TU Piarr tonę.- 

91^ tbf» BÓMts fltifę^, aodlhe ]u)i|bt» ^»QfW 

th<Hn. 

Shaki off yonT beayy trance 

And Icape inlb a daace, 

Snob M DO mortids om to tread. 

Fit oaly for Apollo 

To pigiy to^ for tbe moon to lead, 

And afl tbe at*!! to follow. ' 

■SIU sacd)u> poKp 
At tbe end of tbe fint danoe. 

0», blepNd jicMlbi, for Jftve dptb F»i9*^> 
Łaying atide his graTer lawi 

Forlbitdevi0e: 
And 9t tbe anedding jMob ft fMtiriP 
Each dance ii taben for a pJVy«r> 
Eacb foqg a ««ciAee. 



f . $SAU9itONT'B POSMS. 



<niB THIRS M»G 



After 



lanydaneei, sben they lure to take 
the ladiea iingle. 

MtM ^leasing were thetie sweet de)igbt9j 
Ifladite inoT*d as well as koightś ; 
Run e^eiy one bf you aod ca^ 
A n3rniph in honpnr of tliis matcb. 
And whisper boldly in ber eare, 
JoT« will tfot If 11^ if yott forsweare. 

And tbis daieti iinf hę doth MMira, 
Tbat we bis {wimu ibould all abaolfs. 

Tin POva'M sono 

Wbentbey4if»^V»ct^ witb th^ Ia4i«p, ą^brill 
musiąne aoai|d», jaRposed tp ^ tb«kt ^bifsh c«|ji 
tbem to tbe Olyip^iiin gfunef, ąt ^bicb l^b^y «|U 
lifig prepfri^tiAił to fi(tpa«t. 



Yotr shoold stay lon^er, if we dunt, 

Away, f (ąf / that bfi ihat ftrat 

GajT^ Ubip Wild If io^ to ńy away, 

3H)^ nofr i)0 ppwer to make him isUv ; 

And tboagh th€M ||apies miis^ nem be playcji 

I woM. tbMK Mirf wbim jbitr U9 l^yi^t * 



And not a creature ntgb ffm* 
Might catch bis figb as be dfitb In 
And clip hip wip^, lUtd brwke bit 
And keep 'en cręr by 'MU. 



Tm nrrH eoiio 
Wben all 1^ ĄoKt» a« t|}«y M(«|ifi- 

PiAei aod ńlence be th^ gaJde 
To tbe man, amfto tbe bWdf : 
If tbera be a joy yet new 
In marriage, let tt fk|l*oi| yon, 

That all tiie woridm^y wóndef r 
If we should stay we sbonld do woi^e. 
And tamę odr Uesrings' to a curte» 

By keeping yón asdnder. 



łł* 



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PROŁOGpES, EPILC^BUilS, 4Jfp SO^CĘ TO 
SBVEĘ4UL PŁdlES. 

virtTB)i a3r Ma. CMitci* siAoasiMiT miii ti^ronu 



THI PROŁOettS TO TBS ^Mh ŁOlWU 

To please »irs impoffible, apd to di^Pf^iąB 
Roines our sel^es, and damps tb^ ^irriter^p c^ s 
Would we knew wbat to do, or say, or wben 
To find the minds berę eguall w|tb tlie men 1 
But we muat rionturp ; nbw to sea wp ff** 
Fkire fortjine witb os, give us roofiie and bbi* : 
Remember y'are all Tenturers ; ąnd in Mh* ld«jr 
How many tweW^ences ye baye stowed tbi| disf jf 
Remember for letume of yonr djBlighC 
We ląncb aqd p)ough Łbrpogb stf)ąn|» flf f^fl^e m^- 

spight: 
Oive us your ^rewinds fiiicply, fili oar yrbiga* 
And steerp jip right, apd |ia tbe sailt^ sing^ 
Łoaden witb w^salth on ir»ntqn seaa* «> we 
Sball make our bom^-botMid Toyage chper^imyi 
And yoq our noble męrchants, for yopjr tyeapnry^ 
Sbipp ę^pally t)ifi fraugbt^ we run lor plef»i|if. 

T8B KPlŁOCUp. 

Hsai lies the donbt now, let onr plątes be gPpd| 
Our owo Cfire sąylipg eguall in this flod^ j| 
Oar preparetions new, new our attire, 
Yet here we are becalmM stiif, still iW mirę ; 
Herę wc stick fost, is ^9*^ no way to cfeare 
l*his passage pf your jt^gment, apd our feareł 
No mitication bf i)iat uw r braye firiendp, 
Gppsidef we are yours, mad^ for yąur endau 
And every tbing presertri^ ^t^^^p ^^^ Vvly 
If not per^ene aod cróoked,* utters still, 
Tbn bMt uf U^ jt yeptwsp i9 : Ji«i» cai|i 
BTen for your pleasure^;S MlVf of wbat yoa art^ 
And do not ruinę gil ; you may fiowne Jti^ 
fint *M iibk nobler way tą cb^k the wiii« * 

mi. OjnfUBos, 1 aip (Me {bvn ,ih» ^l(ei^ h^ 



Tetbee, fopdimin, U)^ |ri||g^ iyf loye ta «bo|r| 
To tbe ^re fieldy, jirl^^ {mres^eiennsll d? «ll, 
'Xhere's nonp t!|iat cń^ir/ b|it fim tiięy jnW 
ibrouih Heli* 



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PROLOGUES, EPILOGUES, AND SONGS. 



193 



Haricft aod bttwmrt, trnkae tlioci hatt ]oT*d eTer, 
Bekyv>d again*, tboii abalt me tbote joyet nerer. 
Watkę hom thęy %foane that dycd despairin;, 

O take beed ^bco t 
Bukę henr they houle for ever dftiing, 

Ail these were- men : 
They that be Ibolet and dye for fonw, 

Tbey lo6e tfaeir name, ■ 
Ład tfa^ that bleed. 

Hprke how tbey speed. 
Ko* in cold frosts, now scorcbing fires, 
Ihejr ut aod cune tbeir lost desires : 
Kor aball tbeir aoules be free firom paios and fuaref , 
Hil v«Mnen waft tbem over in tbeir teares. 



ram tacoin> sono to hib mas zorm. 

9mxm, OiAaox, O Cbaroa, 
Tboa wailer of the Goulea to blisM or bane. 
-i csA. Wbo celi the ferry-man of Heli? 

oaM. Come neare 
ind Miy wbo Iłves in joy, and whom in fear& 

CHA. Thoae tbat dye weli, etemall joy shall 
ibllow; 
Th<ae that dye ill, tbeir own foule fate sball 
svalIoir. 

ears. Sball tby błack barkę tbose guUty tpiritf 
Ihat tia tbenuetTei for loye. [itow 

CBA. O no, no. 
My ooorńga cracks when sucb greatiins are omrtp 
No wind blov8 foire, nor I my 9elfe can iteare. 

oani. Wbat Ioven pa«e and in Elyuum raigne? 

CBA. Thoae g eutle loTet that are belor^d agaioe. 

«am. This souidier lovet, and foine wonld dye 
SbaUbe«oon> [to win, 

CSA. No, 'tis too foole a sin, 
He ranst not come aboaid ; I dare not row» 
Storaes of deapaire aod guilty bloud wiil bkiw. 

oam. Sball time reieaie bim, tay f 

ca*. No, no, no, no. 
Kor time, nor deatb can alter as, nor prayer; . 
My boat ii deitiiiy, and wbo tben dare. 
Bat tboae appoińtód, oome aboard ?, Łive ttill 
Aad fove by reaMm, mortall, not by wtłl. 

otpB. And wbea tby mistrif Bball close np thtne 

eiA. Tban eonie aboard and paaw. [eycs- 

•am. TUI wben be wise. 

•■a. TUI wben be winu 

ymE Taran tono to tbb mad lotu. 

O FAiBK, flWMt goddcsie, ąatcn of loTes, 

Soft and gentie a> tby doret, 

UamUe eyed, and erer rning 

ThoM poora hearts tbdr loves purraing. 

O Oon nuther of deUgfata, 

Ooaner of all happy night^ 

Star of deare oontent and pieMnra, 

Of mntuall iove tbe endleaae tnasóre, 

Aoeept thb aaerifioe we bring; 

Thoo contimiall yfMtb and spring, 

Gruit tbis Indy bar dm«s» 

Aod erery bonie weel crawn tby fires. 

fBB POBtn SOIłO TO TBB MAD ŁOTBB. 

itMB, anBe,afnie,anne, tbe sconts are alt come in, 
Keepyoar rankei dose, aod now yoor bonoor win. 
MMdd fimm yonder bill tbe foa appeares, 
BQn% bill, gfanres, arrows, diSel^ and speares, 
Ijke a dalfce wood be eomcs, or tempest powring; 
'view tha wngi of Imie tbe sMadows icowring. 

VOUVŁ 



Tbe Tant-gnard marcboi brayely, haik tbediuiui 

dob, dnb* 
Tbey meet, tbey meet, now tbe battle oomes; 

See bow tbe iirrows flie, 

That darken ail the skie; 

Harke bow tbe tnimpett sonnd, 

Harke bow tbe bib reboond— tara, tara, tara. 
Harke how tbe horses charge in boyes, in boys in,— 
The battie totters, now tbewonnda begin, [tara, taia» 

O bow thy ery, 

O how tbey dye. 
Roome for tbe valiaot Memnon armed witb thnnder, 
See how be breakes the rankes asuoder: - 
Tb^ fly, they fly, Eomeoes batb tbe chase, ' 
Ancl brare Politius makes good his plaop. 

To the plaines, to the woods. 

To tbe rocks, to tbe flonds, 

They fly for succoor: Ibllow, follow, fcHoir, 

Harke how the souldierB bollow) [biey, bey.«* 

Brare Diocles is dead. 

And all bis aooldicn fled, 

The battle's won and tost, 

Tbat manya life batb cent. 



THE PBOŁOGUE W THS SPANISH 
CURATS. 

To tell ye (gentlemen) we ba^e a play» 
A new one too, and that 'tis lancb'd to day, 
The name ye know, tbafs notbing to my stopy; 
To tell yoQ *tl8 fomiliar, imd of gfocy, 
Of suto, of bittemesse of wit yoa*l say , 
For tbat is now beld wit that tendB that way, 
Wbich we avoid to tell you too, tiU nserry, 
And meane to make you pteasant, and not wearyfe 
Tnę streanie tbat gnides ye easie to attind 
To tell yoa that tis good is to no and,^ 
If you beleere not; nay to go thns for, 
To aweare it, If yoo sweare i^nst it, w«re 
To assure yoa any tbing, unlessa you sse^ 
And so eonceiTC, is vanity in me ; 
Tberefore I lca%'e it to it sełfe, and pray 
lika a good barque it nay worka ont to day. 
And Stern all doubts ; twas birilt for snch a proofo, 
And we hope bigbly, if sbe He aloofe * ' 

For ber own Tantage, to giTC wind at will; 
Why, let ber worfce, ooly be you botstill. 
And sweet opinionM, and wa are bound to sny» 
You are wortby jndges, and you crown tbe play. 

THB SriŁOOCS. 

Trb play is dooe, yet oor soite nerer cnds, 

Stiit wben you part you wonld stUI part our (Kends, 

Oornobli^friends; if ought bare fidna amisse, 

Ob let it be suAcient tbat it is. 

And you bave pardonM it; hi bnildingi great 

All tbe wbole body cannot be ao nieat 

Bot sometbing may be roended ; thoae are foiro, 

And wohby Iotc, tbat may de^rąy» bot ipaiCi 



THB 



9 



PmiOGUB TO THB PUENCB LAWYEK 

\ O promite mifob bcforo a pisy bcgin, ' 
And when 'tis done aske pardon, were a sia 



id« 



F. BEAUMONTS POEMS. 



WecM not be goilty of : and to excu*e 
Before we know a fauli, iteie.to abuae 
The writen and our seWei ; for I dare say 
We all are fooł*d if tbU be nol a piay, 
And such a play as shąll («o should plaias do) 
Impe limes duli wings, and make you luerry too ^ 
'Twas to that purpoae writ, so ve intend it, 
Aad we hare our wisb'd eoda if you commeod it. 



THK SPIŁOGUB. 



GBNTŁBMEK, 



I AU sent fQrth to enquire what you decree 
Of U8 and our poets, they will be 
Tbit night excet;ding merry, so will we; 
If you approve tbeir labours thcy profcse, 
You are their patrons, and we say no Icsse ; 
Resolve us tben, for you can only tell 
Wbather we bare dope idly, or done ^ elL 



* FiatT SONG TO me ri.AY, 

eALŁED TBB ŁITTtE PBBM^H ŁAWTBB, CAr.Ł«]> AH 
BPmiAŁAMIłlB 80NI>, AT TAB WBDDIMC. 

CoicE away, bring od the bride, 
And place ber by ber loTer^s side ; 
You ftilre troopeef mąids attend her, 
Pure and boly thpogbts befrimd I^^r; 
Blusb and wif h you virginflr all 
Many sucb fiiire nigbta may fbll. 

CHOKUS. 

Hymen fili the bouse with joy, 
All tby lacred firea imploy ; 
Blefse tbe bed with boly love, 
Kow feire orbe of beauty roove. . 

SEC03(^ 80HG TO THE ŁITTLB FKBNCII ŁAWTEB, 
CAŁŁBD, SONG ITf THB WOOO. 

Tnis way, this way, come and hear, 
You that bold these plea«urea dear; 
Fili your ears with our sweet sounc), 
Wbil'st we melt ibe froasen gronnd : 
This way, oome, make hast, O faire, 
let your clęąre eyc« giid the aire ; 
Come and blesse us with your sight, 
This wfiy, this way seę^ie delight* 



THE PROLOGUE TO THE PLAY, 

CALŁED, THE CUSTOME OF TttE COUNTRBT. 

So free this worke is (gentlemen) from offeoce, 
That we are confident it nceds no defcnce 
From us, or from tbe poet#, we dare looke 
On any man tbat brinjrs hi; table booke 
To write down what again he may repcat 
At some grcat table, to ^escrve his meat; 
Let such cpme swePd \( ith mąlice tp appiy 
What is mirtb berę, tberć ibc an injury. 
Kor lord, por lady we have tax*d^ nor state. 
Kor any private person, tbeir poorp bate 
Will be starvM here, for epvy sball not find 
One touch tbat may be wrested tg \\ęr mind| 
And yet diei^aire not gentlemen, the play 
Is <|iiick and witty> po tbe p^^ts.say^ ' 



And we beleeve them, tbe plot neat and n^^* 
Fasbioned by those tbat are approv*d by yoa ; 
Only Hwill crave attention in the moct, 
Because one point unmask'd tbe whole is losŁ; 
Heare first theb, and judge after, and be free. 
And as our canae is let our cenaure be. 

TBB BPIŁOGtIB. 

Wrt thcre sboald be an epiloguc to a p1ay» 

I know no cause, the old and usuall way 

Por which they were madę, was to cntreat tbe.gTa4 

Of such as were spectators in this place ; 

And time, 'tis to no purpose, for I know 

What you resolvc aiready to bestow 

Will not be ałter^d, wbatsoe^re I say 

In the bebalfe of us, and of the play, 

Only to quit onr doubts, if yon thiuke fit, 

You may, or ery it up, or aileooe it* 

ANOTUJCa raoLOCCB fob thb bamb fłat. 

We wijłh, if it wefe powible, you knew 
What we would pve for tbis night*s look, if nejr, 
It being onr ambitjon to delight 
Our kind spectators with what^s good and rigbt, 
Yet so ^r known, and credit me, 'twas madę, . 
By stłch as were beld workmen in tbeir tradej 
At a time too, whep they, as I divine, 
Were truły meny, and dranke lusty winę, 
The nectarof the Muses; some are berę, 
•I dare presnmc, to wboni it did appeare ^ 

A well-drawn piece, wbich gare a lawfull birth 
Tb passfonate scenes mixt »itb no migar mirtb| 
But unto such to whom 'tts known by famę 
Prom others, perbaps only by the name j 
I am a soitor, that they vou)d prepare 
Sound pallats, and thcn judge their bill of fare. 
It were fnjostice to discry tbis now. 
For bcing lik*d before, you may allow 
Yoiircandour safewhat^s laught in the old scbootea 
AH such as Iived before you were not foole^. 

THE EPILOGUE. 

I RPEAEE much ip the prologue for tbe play. 
To its des( rt I bope, yet you migbt «ay, 
!>bould 1 c hangę now from that wbich Ibcn was 
Or in a syPable grow lesse confident, [meant 

I were weak-bearted. I am Blill-tbe same, 
In my opinion, and forbeare to (ramę 
Qualification, or excnse, if you 
Concur with me, anU hołd myjndgmeDttrue; 
Shew it with any signe,' and from this place, 
And send me off exploded, or witb grace. 



THE PROLOGUE TO THE PLAY, 

CALIED, THE KOBLE GENTLEMAN. 

Wit is become an antic, and pnts on 
As many shapcs of Tariation, 
To court the tirnes* applanse, as the timet dare 
Cbange severall fashions, notbing is tbonght rare 
Wbich is not new and follow'd ; yet we know 
Tbat what was wo^ne some tw^ty yeace ago, 
Comes into grace againe, and we puispe 
That custome by presenting to your view 
A play in fushion then, notdoubti^g now 
But ^twiU aj>pearB Ute aaipe, if you ąllow 



PROLOGUES, EPILOGUES, ANĄ SONGS. 



IM 



Wortti to ibeir noble menioiy, wbose nune, 
Bcjood 9 U power of death livc in their famę. 

TBB BPIŁOCUB. 

I 

Tu monoments of verŁue and dcsert 
Appeaic morę foodly w ben Łbe glone of art 
b eat«n off by iiine, tban wbeo at first 
They vere set up» not ceosured at the worsŁ; 
We b«ve doiie our best, for your contenU to fit, 
Wkb new paines tbis oki mooamaot of wit. 



I 



TffĘ PnOLOGUE TO THE PLAY, 

PAŁŁKD, THB CAFTAINt. 

To pleaae yoa with thif play we feare will ba 

(So doas the aotbor too) a mystary 

Son* wbat above our art, for aU men^s eyea, 

Etto, fiuth aodjudgeineDti are not of one liae ; 

For tofay tnith and not to Aatter ya, 

Tbii is nor oomedy, nort^agedy. 

Ner bistory, nor aoy thiog tbat may 

(Tci in ą 9fleke) be madę a perfeict play : 

Tet tiuae tbat loTe to langb, and tbote tbat thtnk 

TncHe pence goei further tbis way tban łn drinke, 

Ordamaels; if tbey nsarketbeniatterthroagh, 

May ttnnibie oo a Ibolish toy or two, 

Wai nafce tbem ibew their teetb : pray, for my 

Tbat lik«!y am yoMr firtt man, donottake [sake, 

Ł <fiitatt« before yoią feal i^ for ye may 

Wben this is hist to atbes bare g play. 

ibid here to ont-hiae tbis be patient tben, 

(My hoDOur done) you are weicome gentlemem 

THa BFIUKSUB* 

Ip yon mislike (as yon sball erer be 
Yoor own free jndges) tbis play utterly. 
For ymir own noblenesse yet do not bisse. 
Bat as jwk go by, say it was amisse, 
And we will mend, chide ns, but let it be; 
Ife^er let it be in ooole blond. O' my booesty, 
If I bare any, tbis IMe say for kil, 
Oor meaning was to please you still, and sball. 



FiaST SOIiC TO TBB PŁAY, CAUŁEO, TMB CAPTAIMB. 

TcŁŁ me dearest wfaat is Jore? 
Tb a Itgbtning from above, 
Tis an airoWy His a fire, 
Tis a boy tbey cali desire. 
Bora. *11i a grare 

Oapes to baye 
Tbose poore fooles tbat loog to proye. 

1. Tell me raore, are women true ? 
S. Yes some are, and some as yoa; 
Some are willing, some sfe strange, 
Siaoe yon men fint taugbŁ to cbange. 
BOTB. AnA tiń trotA 
Be in both, 
An fhall love to lorę anev« 

1. Tdl me morę, yet can they grieTe ? 
i. Yes^ and sicken sore, bat riTe: 
And be wiae and delay 
When yon men are as wise as tbey. 
BOTH. Then I see 
Faiih wUl be 
llcfcr tiU tbty botb beleert. 



TRE ąSCONO SONO^ 

AwAY, deligbU, go seeke lome otbar dwdKag, 

For i must dye; 
Farewell, foise love, tby toague is ever tdUag 

Lye after lye. 
For ever let me rest now from tby smarts, 

Alas for pitty go 

And fire tbeir bearts 
Tbat bave been bard to tbee, miae was not sob 

Never againe delading tove sball knoiT me. 

For I will dye: 
And all tbose griefes tbat tbinke to over-grow me^, 

Sball be as 1; 
For erer will 1 sleepe wbile poore maids ery, 

Alas, for pity stay, 

And let os dye, 
Witb tbee men cannot mock ns m the day. 

TMB TBIBO tOMC. 

CoMB bitber, yon tbat loTe, aod heara ma abg 

Of joyes still growing, • 
Greene, fresb, and lus^, as the pride of spring. 

And erer blowing; 
Come bither, yooths tbat blosb and dare not know 

Wbąt is desire, 
And old men worse tban you, tbat cannot blow 

One sparkeof fire; 
And witb tbe power of my encbantiog song 
Boyes sball be able men, and old men yong. 

Come bitber yoo tbat taope, and you tbat ery, 

Leave off oomplaining, 
Youtb» strengtb, and beanty tbat shall never dye, 

Are berę remaining. 
Come bitber fooles and blasb you stay so loog 

From being blest. 
And mad men worse tban you, tbat snfibr wroag^ 

Yet seeke no rest; 
And in an boure witb my encbanting song 
You sball be eyer pleas'd, aod young maids long* 



myc TO THE PLAY, 

CAUSn, THB BBGOBB'8 BUtH. 

Cast onr caps and care away t this is beggers 

boliday, [and sing ; 

At tbe crowning of Onr king tbos we e^er danca 
In tbe world look ont and see, wber so happy a 

prince as be [do wa | 

Wbere tbe nation live so foee, and so merry as 
Be it peaoe, or be it war, here at libarty we are. 
And eąjoy oureasaand rest, to tbe field we art 

not prest : [gown« 

Nor are caird into tbe town to be troubled witb tba 
Hang all offlces we ery, and tba magistrate too by i 
Wben the subsidies encreast, we are not a pennjt 

ceast; rstraW|, 

^ow will any goe to law witb tbe begger for a 
All wbicb bappinesse he brags be doth owe unt» 

bis rags. 



TBB PROLOGUS TO IWS PLAY, " 

CAUAD^Tn C0XC0MB» 

Tais oomedy long forgoC, by some thonght ^ca4a 
By us pr<0erY'd| onoa ip«ra doth nuie b«r band i 



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F. BEAUMONT^S^POEMŚ. 



And to your noble censures doe« prc^sent 
Heroutwaiidfonne. and inward -gniaiDent 
Nor łet tbłs 8mell of arrogance, ainoe 'tfe known 
The maken that confeit it for their owa, 
Werę this way sktlfull, and without the crime 
Of flnuęries, I migrbtaay, did pleaw the time ; 
The workp it sdfe too» when it fint came forth^ 
In tae opinion of BiCn of worth, 
Waaweli receiv*d and ^roui^d, tboo^b tocnenide 
And hareh imcHig tbe i;;:oorant multatade, 
Tbat relisb grosie food better tban a disb 
CTbafscook'd vith'caQB, and 8«rv'd in to Uie wish 
Of cnrious pallats) wantinf: wit and strength 
TruFy to judge, condeinnM it for the lengtb, 
lliAt iauU'8 refonn'd, and now 'tis to be tri'd 
Befbre sucb jud^et, »twiU not be d«ny'd 
A free ąpd noble beanng nor feare I 
But 'twill desen-e to hnve fi-ee liberty. 
And giTe you cause (and wltb content) to lay, 
The\r e»n wm good tbat did reńve tbis play. 

TRB EPIŁOOUB. 

'Ti8 epded, bat my bopes and feare begin. 

Kor can it be imputed as a sin 

In ine to wish Jt favour, if this night 

To the judicionA it hath givcn ligbt, 

I bave oiy ends. and roay such, for their grace 

Ybocbiaied to ll^ find theirs in every place. 



TffE PROLOGUE TO THE TSAGEDY, 

CAUĘO, TBB FAŁSE ONB, 

New titles warraat not a play for new, 
Tbc nbjeet being old and His as troe; 
Fresh and neat maUer may with ease be frain*d 
Out of their ftorwś, tbat have oft been nam'd 
With glory on the stage : wbat borrows be 
From him that wrougbt old Pńam^s tragedy 
That writes bu love to Hccuba ? surę to tell 
Of Cesai^s amorous beats, and how be feli 
In tłie capitatl, can never be the sanie 
To the judłcioos s nor will sach blame [find 

Thoee that penn'd this for barrennesse, whep thcy 
Young Cieopatra here and. her great mind 
^pressM to th' hcight, wiib us a maid and f-ee, 
^nd how be rated her virginity : 
We treat not of whąt boidncsK ehe did dye, 
JJ<ir of her fatall love to Antony ; 
Wbat we present and oflfer to your view 
(Upon their faiihs) the stage yet never knew ; 
,l*t reason I hen first to your wils givc laws, . 
.Aad after judge of thcm, and of their cause, 

* 

I NOW shonld wlsh atfother had my place, 
But tbat I bope to comc off, and with grace, 
And but expresse sonie sijcne Ihat you are pleas'(i, 
We ofour doubts, they of their fcares are easM^ 
I woold begfurthcr (genUemen) and mnch ^ay . 
In the favour of oor sehug, them, and tbe play, 
THd 1 not rest assur^d ? the most I see 
liate inipudenoe^ aad chensh modeeiy, 

^ FIEST SONG TO TH* FAUB OHS, A' TftACBfit, 

1.00K ont, bright eyes, and ble!i*e the aire, 
%v^n in tbadows you are fiure ; 



Shut up, beaaty is like fire 

Tbat breakes oat clcarer still and hightr i 

Tbongfa yoor body be oonfin^.' 

And loct love 1i pris'ner bound, 

Yet tbe beauty of yonr mind, 

Neither cbeeke, nor chaine hath found. 

l«>ke out nobly tbcn, and dare, 

£veD tbe fotters that yoa weaie. 

TffE sBeoKD sonę. 

Isis, the goddesse of this faind, 

Bids tbce (great Csesar) understs^ad 

And markę our customes, and first know^ 

With greedy eyes, these watch the flow 

Of pltinteous Nilus, when be comes 

With songSy with danoes, timbrels, dnima, 

Thcy entertaine him, cut his way, 

And give his proud heads le9ve to play ; 

Niłus himselfe thall rise and shew 

His mateblesae wealth in o^erflow. 

TBB TR»B sono* 

GoME Ut U8 hełp the rerereiid Nyle, 
He's Tery old (alas the while), 
Let ui «lig him easie waies. 
And prepare ą thousand plaies 
To delight his streams, lefs sing 
A loud weloome to our spring ; 
This way let his curling heads 
Fali into our new- madę beds ; 
Thii way let his wanton spawoa 
Frisk and glidę it o're tbe iawns^ 
This way profit comes and gaioe« 
How he tumbłes here amaine,- 
How hia water« hasto to fali 
In our channell, labour all . 
And \ęt [ilm in : let Nylus flow. 
And perfjetuall plenŁy shov i 
Wiih incense let us blcsMe tbe brim. 
And as the wanton fisbes swim, 
liCt os gums, and garłands fiiog. 
And loud our timbrets ring; 
Come, (old father) come away, 
Our labour is our hoUday. 

Isis. Here comes the aged rivcr now, 
With garlaods of great peai le his brow 
Ilegirt and rounded, in his flow 
All tbings take life, aud alftbings gwwi 
A thousand wealthy trcnsures stiU 
To do him serrice at his will, 
Follow his rising Hond, and powre 
Perpetuall blessings in our storę. 
Heare him, 9nd ocxt tbere will ad^anc^ 
His sacred heads to trend a dance 
fn hooour of my royall guest. 
Markę thcm too, and you have a feast, 

TBB FOUETIt SOMG. 

Make roome, for my rich waters* lali. 

And blesse my fiood, 
Nylus com^ flowing to yoo all 

Encrease and gaod, 
Now the planis and flowers shall spń^St 
And the merry ploughman sing. 
In my hidclen wąves I briog 
Bread, and wilie, and every thiąg | 
Let tbe damsels sing me in, 
Smg alood th«t I may rise^ 



PROLOGUES, EPILOGUES, AND SÓNG& 



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Tosr holy feaitf and lioures begm, 
Ani e«:|i aan brings a sacriAofe; 
5ov OBJ waatoa peaiict I ibow 
Tkat to l«dieiP fiUre iiecto grow ; 

Nów my gold 
iod treaanres that can ne'er be toM, 
SbaB błesK thk land by my rich (Iow ; 

And mfter tbii to crown your eyM, 

My hidden holy bed aris& 



TBE PROWGUE TO THE PLAY, 

CAŁUD, ras en AKCES. 

AmossB for mirth to all thit instapŁ oighŁ 
Tfaalia hath prefNii^d f^r your delight; 
Her cboioe and curioos Tyaods ia eacb pai% 
SeaaooM with rarities of wit, as art. 
Nor feare I to be tax*d fbr a vaiDe boatt. 
My piomiM wili find credit with the moat, 
When th«y know ingeaioiis Fletcher madę it, be 
Seing in biuMetfe a perfect comedy; 
And sonie sit here, 1 doabt not, daie aTerra, 
liring, be madę that hone a tbeater 
Wbici be pleas*d to fre^neot ; and tbns mncb we> 
Gtmld not but play to his lood memory. 
Por oor selToa we do intreat that yon woald not 
£xpect strange tomei and windings in the plot, 
Ofayecta cif State, and now and tben a rhime 
To gaole particular persona with the tiroe ; 
Or tbat his towring Muae hath madę ber flight 
Heaieryour apprehension than yoor sigbt : 
But if that sweet expression, quick conoeit, 
Fatmiiiar language fiisbionM to the wcight 
Of soch as speake it, bare the power to raise 
Yonr grace to us, with trophies to his praise. 
We may professe, presuming on his skiU, 
ff htf Cbances plesse not you, onr iMtune^s ilL 

TB a iruoGUt. 

We have not held yon long. 
One brow in tbis telected company 
Asanring a distike onr paines wara eas'd, 
Ooold we be oonfidant that all rise pleas'd. 
Bot sach ambition soares too high, if we 
Have aatiified the best, and they agree 
fn a fisire oensnre, we have onr rewaid,' 
And in theoa anD'd desire no suier gnaird. 



THE PJROLOOUE TO THE PLAY, 

. CALLBD, THt ŁOYAŁŁ SUSJBCf. 

'Wn need not, noble gentlemen, to ioTite ' 
Attentkn, pre-instniet you wbo did write 
Tbis worthy story, being confideot 
Hie mlrth joyn'd with graTe matter, and intent. 
To yield the bearers profit with delight, 
WłU speake the maker, and to do him right 
Woald ask a gcnius like to his ; the age 
Mourainfc his losse, and oor now widdowed stag^' 
la yaine lamenting, LcooM^adde so far, 
Bebind him the most modernę writers are ; 
Tbat when thcy would commend him their best . 

pnńse 
Riuns the buildings wbicb tbey striTe to rai»e» 






To bis best nemory se mach a friend 
Presnmes to write secure, 'twiil not oflend 
The iiving that are modest with the rett, 
That may repine he cares not to «mtests 
Tbis debt to Fletcbet paid it » profest. 
But us the actors we will do onr best > 
To send soch 8avoaring friends. as hither oome 
To grace the scenę, p&as*d and contented.honi% 

THB BPa0G«B. 

T&otron something well asstir>d, hw here repent, 
Three houires of pretious time or iboney spent 
On onr endea^ours, yet not to relie 
Too much upon our care and indostry ; 
'Tis fit we shoold aske bnt a modest way 
Uow you approTe oor action in the play ; 
If you Yoócbsafe to crown tt with a(>planse9 
It is your bonnty and gires us cause 
Hereafter with a generall consent 
To stndy, as becomes ns, yonr cootent. 



FIRST SONO TO THE PLAY, 

CAŁtMD, mS ŁOTAŁ SUBJIĆT. 

BsooMB, brooroe, the bonny broome. 

Come boy my birchen broomOi^ 

1' th' wars wę have no morę roome, 

Buy all my bonny broome. 

For aAJsse take two, 

If those will not do, 

ForalitUe, little pleasort^ 

Take all my wholetinasurai 

If all these will not do*t,. 

Take the broome maa to boot; 

Broome, broome, the bonny broome. 

TU saoonn soiiq» ' 

Thb wars are done and gone. 

And souldiers now neglected pedlen are , 

Come, maidensy come along. 

For I can shew yon handspoie, handsome ware, 

Powderą for the heąd, , . , 

And drinkes fbr your bed 

To make ye blith and bonny : , « . 

A% well in the nighl we souldiers can fight, , 

And please a youog wench gs any. . ,. . ,^, 

TU T«I1A,S01I«. 

WuŁ ye bny any faooesty ? oome away, 

I sell it openly by day ; 

I bring no fot«ed light, nor no candle 

To cozen ye $ come Uiy and handle^ ri % •, 

Tbis will sbew the, graattnan geod». >v.: r 

The tradesipan where bniaweM»anliiei» 

Eaoh lady of a ilo^ybWlid, 

The city darae;4^ nile her eyes : 

Ye are rich gi^«K>w, oome boy, and tben . 

rie make ye i»cbex> iionest men.. t , 



THE PROlOOtJB 70 THE PLAY, 

.CLŁum, i«B Łorias paocRtsst. 

A STOBY, and a knownone, Ipng sińce writ, 
Truth must take pUce> and by an able wi^. 



ib% 



i\ feEAUMONt'S POEMS. 



ToulemoathM detn(«tioti darinf ńot di-ńf 

To givc 80 mach to F1eŁcher*s memory : 

Iffo, some tnay dbject, Why thendóyoa 

Present an old plette to uś for a ne^ ł 

Or wherefore will yołir prof^ imter be 

(Not tax'cl of thcft befere) a pUgury ? 

To tbifl hie ariswers iń bis just de^nce. 

And to maintaine to all our innocence, 

Thu8 mucfa, tbough be hath travePd the skme way, 

Bemanding, and f«ceiving to6 €be pay 

For a ofiw poem, you may fl^d it duę, 

Re baving neitber obeated us nor yoii ; . . , 

He vWs, and deeply, tbat be did oot spare 

Tlie utmost of bu strength, and his best care 

In the reming it j and tbough his poifers 

Could not, as be desir^d, in three short boures 

CoDtract the subject, and miicb lesse expr^se 

The cbanges, and tbe variooą paasages 

Tbat will be look^d for, you may b^r« this day 

Soroe sceoes tbat will confirme i|b as a play, 

He being ambitious tbat it sbould be known 

What'8 good was FIetcber's, and what ill bis own. 

THB kPItOClTE. 

Stiłł doubCAiU and parpleaad tpo, wbether be 
Hath done Fletcber rigbt in tbe bistory ; 
The poet sits wttbin, srace be must Icnow it, 
He with respect desi^es tbat you woiild sbew it 
By some aocostonśM srgne; ?f from our action 
Or his endeaTOun you mept satisfaction, 
With oure be hath bis ends, we hope the best, 
To make that cerUinty, in you doth rcst 



PiRSTSONG TO T^E LOPIERS PROGRESSJS. 

Antsu, fond love, far«:Wel, ye wantop pówers, 

I am fifee againe $ 
Thou duU disease of bloud and idle boures, 

Bewltcbing pafne. 
Fly to the fbolcs that sigli away theif timc. 
My Bobler love to Hmrcti cifme, 
And tb<<re behold beauty stlll young, 
That time can ne'er corrupt, nor deatb destroy ; 
Immortall sweetnesse by falre angćls fiung, 
And bonoarM by eternity and joy : 
There lires my love, thithef my bopes aspire, 
Fond loTe declines, thfs heaven!y love gro ws faigber. 

'tii stćo^D 8'O^C. 

'fts late add cold; sfir up tbe fire. 
Set close and draw tbe table nigher^ 
Be merry, and drink wtne tbafs old; 
A bearty med^dne 'gałnst a cold. 
Yonr beds of wanton down the best ; 
Where yoM shall tumbie to yonr rest 3 
I could wisb you wenches too, 
But I am dead and cannot do; 
Cali for the best, tbe honstf may ring, 
ISack, wbite, and cłarct Tet them brin^, 
Ąad drinke apace wbile brcath you have, 
You*l find but cold drinke in tbe grave ; 
Plovcr, partridge for your dioner. 
And a capen for tbe sinner, 
You sbal\ fiod rea4y wben ynn ara up, 
And your borse shalt lmve his sup : 

Wek»óm« Kbair ffy round, 

Aad I sball smile tbou^^b under ground^ 



80m$ w TffB PLAY, 

CAŁŁBD, THS liAID IM TH I MII.S* 
THB PiaST 801CC. 

CoME follow me, you country li^ases, 
And you sball see such sport as paasei : 
You sball dąnce, and I will sing, 
Pedro be 8|)all mb tbe ftring i 
Eacb shall bare a-iuoae«bodied gown 
Of greene ; and laugb till yon lye down* 
Coma fołloir me, comefoUow, Im. 

'THB itcóifp idŃd. 

Hoir loiig shall I pine for love ? 

How Idog shall I sue in vaioe ? 
How kiig, like the tortłe doTe, . 

Shall I heartily thus cemplaine ł 
Shall f he saites of my ]ove stand still ? 

Shall tbe grists of my hopes bt lingrOdiid ? 
Oh fie, oh fie, 6h fie, 

Let tbe mili, let the mili gó round. 



«» 



mS PkOMJOGUE TO THE PLAYi 

CArŁBD^ THB PASSIONATC ICAO-MAH. 

It*s growD In fash*on of late in these daie^ 

To come and bcg a suflfrance to onr płaie^ ; 

Faith, geutlenien, our poeterer writ 

Language so good, m1xt with such sprigbtly wit ; 

He madę the theatrc so 80veraigne [vein4« 

With bis rarc scenefi, he scom*d this crouching 

We Aabb*d him with keenc dag^rs whto we pray*k 

Him writc k preface to a play wel! madę ; 

He coold not writć these toyes, 'twas ea»ier fkt 

To bring a felloti to lippear at th* bar : 

So much he hated basenesse, which this day 

His scenes will best coovince y^ of in*s pla^* 

THB bpij:.ogub« 

OoB poet bid os *y, lor his own part, 
He cannot lay too much fbrtb of his trt j 
Hut feaiM Ińir wrer-aetiiig paasions tnay, 
As not ad0f M, defilce fats laboui^d play : 
Yet still he łs resMute for whkt H irrit 
OfnicerYaldor, and assumeatbeWif; 
But for the love sceanes which he cver meaat^ 
Cupid in*B pettieoat <hOQld reptescnt ; 
He*! stand no sbock of ceosure, the pla3r's good« 
He sale^ IM kCkMrl it (jf welt nndenń^ 
But we (blind god) beg, if thou art dirine, 
TbouUt shoot thy anoweś fednd, iMl |>lay w« 
thłoe. 



SOSGS TO THE PLAY, 
CAXXBD, tria Hicc VAŁoua I ok, the fki^miri 

MAD U'A3^. 

ma FiasT sokc* 

Thoh deity, swift winged Iotc, 
^temetimes below, sometimes aboy^^ 
Little in sbape, but great in power^ 
Thou that mdketi ą heart thy towei^ 



PROLOGUES, EPILOGUES, AND SONG& 



190 



Aad thy loope-bolci, ladiet* eyes, 

Frotti wheoce thou strik'st tbe fond aad mmi 

i)id ałl tbe sbalts m tby Cur qmTer 

Siick fast io' my ambitkrns lifcr ; 

Yet tby power wouid 1 adore. 

And cali u^on Łbee to sboot marę ; 

Sbootnorei sboot nfortt' 

TBt SBCOND Wmo. 

O Tuas tby bow, 

Tby poirer Wie feele ąnd knotr^ 

FaireCupid turn iway tby bow; 

Ibcy be those goldeo arrows 

]|rios Udies all tbeir sonowes^ 

And till tbere be morę trotb łn men^ 

Ke«er ahoot at maids agen. 



TBB TRtaD tK>VGi 

n»cB, all yoa vaiD« ^igbŁs» 
M sbon as ars tbe ii%bts 

Wherón yoa tpchd yoar Iblly) 
Tbere** oougbt in tbb iife swect^ 
1f man irrre wise to see't. 
Bot ooly melancboUy, 

O Bweetett meiaochollyi 
Wdoome folded anDts and ifaced eyes, 
A sigfat tbai plercbig moitifies; 
A boke tbaV9 fiistoi^ to tbe ground) 
A tongae chain^d iip witboat a soand | 
Foaatain beads, saa patblesse graTes, 
PUee% wbicb pale passion loYes; 
łioan-ligbt walkes, wben all tha fowles 
Are wannely botts*d save bats aad owies ; 
A midoight beli, a parting groaoe, 
Tbese are tbe souods we fted upoo : 
Tti«Q stietch onr booes bi a itill gloomy va1tejr, 
Kotbiog eo dainty, sweet, as lovely melancboUy. 

A CoasE npOD ttee ibt a slare ; 

Art tboa berę and beanPst me nW 

Flie not sparkleS frokn mine eye 

To sbew miae indignatioo nigb; 

AiD I not all fouot taad flre, 

Whb Toice as boarse as a iowa crier ^ 

How my back opes aod sbats tm^ber 

Wicb fory as M men*s with waatber ; 

Coald*st tbou not hcare my te^b gmtth^bither ł 

THB riHrii stnitf. 

Tmotj nasty scoHry m^idgriU tbatl, 
Misebhsle en thl?c, 
IJgbt upoił tbeć 
AU tbe plagucff 
Thftt can confoond tb^, 
Or dld erer raigotf abroad; 
ftetter a thoosabd lives łt cott' 
Tben bare brave M|6r spiU or Wt 

' TBtSisArH lOMC. 

rAl. Ob boir my linq^ db'ti4ckte > ha, ha, ha. 
BAS. Ob bow my kinf»de.lridclB ł tHi, oh^ bo, ba. 
^l)as. slogs. 

6et a sbafpe jeii . 

Agaiost my brśast, . 

Tlian li»w mf linys do trickle ; 



As nigbtmgales, 
And tbings io cambric railes 
. Shig best against a pricklei. 
Ha, ha, ba, ba* 
BAS. Ho, bo, bo, Iw. [Langb. 

FAS. Laugh. BAS. Laiigh. ^as. Laugb» bas. 
PAS. Wide. bas. IoihUms. and Vary. 
BAS. A smile is for a simp*ring no?ice. 
PAS. One tbat ne^re tasted caTeare. 
BAS. Nor knows tbe smaok «f deara ancboTis. 
PAS. Ha, ba, ha, ha, lia> 
BAś. Ho, ho, bó, ho, ba 
PAS. A giling wdKing wenCh fbr me, 

Tbat shewes ber teeCh bow wbite tbey be» 
BAS. A' tbing not fit for gravUy,, 

For theirs are fbule and baraiy threei 
pAs. Ha, ba, ha. ' 

BAS. Ho, bo, ho. ^ 

PAS. Democritus, thoa aneiettt ficerer, 

Now I misse tby laugh, and ha sInćlL 
bAs. There yoa nam'd the femoas jeerer 

Tbat ever jeerM in Rdme et Atbcns. 
PAS. Ha, ba, ha* 
BAS. Ho, ho, ho. 
PAS. How brave'!iTes be tbat keeps i foole^ 

AIthough tbe ratę be deeper. 
bAs. But be tbat is his own fóble, sir, 

Does lirę a great deale bheaper.' 
PĄS. Surę I sball borst, barst, quite bireake, tbo« 
art so witty. [to tb' citty. 

BAS. 'Tis rare to breake at coort, fbr thit belongs 
PAS. Ha, ba, my spleen is almo^t wom tp tbe iMst 
laug^ter. [bereafter* 

BASi Okeep4conierlbralHend>ajettmaycem« 



TfiE PROLOG^k 

¥0 tSB TAMSa TAUBO. ' 

LasIes, to yoti, in whóse delience and right 
Fletcber^s brave Muse prepar^d ber selfb to figbt, 
A battle witbout bloud, Hwas well fought too» 
(The yictorii^s youn, tbougb goi with much adoa^) 
We do present tbis comedy, in wbicb 
A rivulet of pure wit flows> strong and rich 
In fiincy, langnage, aiid ali partstbat mfty 
Adde grace and omaiheot to a merry play, 
Whtch tbis may pro^e : yet dot to go too £b^ 
In promises firom tbis our female war. 
We do iotteat tbe angry men woald not 
Rxpect the mazes of a subtle plot, 
Setspeeches, high csepressions, aad #b«t's lirorss^' 
Iil a true comedy polłtiqM disodittae. 
The end we atłtee at, is Io tnake yoa sport $ 
Yet neitber gaule tbe city, nor tbe coort : 
Heare and observe tbis comique straine, and wbea 
Y* are sick of melcnchoHy, see^t agen. 
Tis no deare physick, sińce Hwill ({uit tbe colt* 
Or bis intentiobs with onr paines areiotb 

TSB ariMoMb 

Thb Tsmer^ taoiM, but so, as iioir tbe inea 

Can find one just cadse to oomplain of, when 

Tbey fitly do consider iń tbeir Hfes 

lliey sbould not raigne as.tytfantso'er tbeir wi?6f '; 

Nor can thc woman from tl^ president 

insolt or triomph : it bcing aptly meant 



too 



F. BEAUMONTS poems. 



To tMch both nxH due cąoaUty ; 

And as they stand tioand to k>ve nratoiUy. 

K tliis eflhct arising fron a canse 

Weil iaid, and grouiid«d, may deserve applaoa^ 

We sOmething morę thaA bope our hone^t ends 

Wrll keq» the men aod womca too, our (HeDdib 



noLOGtm 

■ 

V0 m MABTUŁŁ MAA. 

Statoes and piotures challenge praise and fiune, 
If they can justJy boast, and prore tbey came 
Vnąk Pbvdeas or Apellea: ngoe deny, 
Foets and pictara painters hotd a sympathy i 
Yet their workes may decay and loae tbeir gnce, 
ReceiTing blemith łn thetr limba or fac^ ; 
Wben the minil^s ait hatb this preheminencc 
we ttiU retaineth ber first exoellenoe. 
l^Mn why sbouJd not tbis drare peece be csteem^d 
Chiłd to tha richest Csncies that e're teem'd ? 
Wbin not tbeir meanest off- spring tbat came ferth 
Bat bora the image of their Uthen' nortb, 
Beaumonfs and Fletcher^s, wbosedeaert oat-veigbs 
Tbe bf «t applanse, and tbeir leaat sprig of baycs 
la wortlby Phcebui $ and who comes to gather 
Tbeir fruiti of wit, be shall not rob tbe treasure; 
Kor can yoo órer snrfeit of the plenty, 
|9or can yoo cali thera rar^, thougb they be dainty : 
Tbe morę you take, the mOre you do them ńgbt, 
And we wiU thanke you for yoor o«n deligbt. 

# THE BPILOGCS. 

Ooa autbor feares tbere are aome rebelii hearta, 
Whoae dulnease doth oppose łove'8 piercing darts : 
Such will be apt to say tbere wantcd wit, 
The language Iow, very few scenes are<writ 
With spirit and life ; siioh odd things as these 
He cares not for, nor never meanes to please ; 
For if your selT.es a mistris, or lo\'e*8 friends, 
Are lik'd with this smooth play, he hatb bis ends. 



A SONG TO 9HE PLAY, 

CAŁŁED, WIT AT SETBRAŁ WEAPONS. 

r AiKi would I wake yo«, sweet, but feare 
I sbould invite yoo to worse chcare ; 
In your dreames you cannot farę 
Meanar than musio, no company ; 
Kone of yoar slumbers are compil^d 
Uiider the pleasure makes a child : 
Ypor day.-deKghts, 90 woli compact, 
Tbftt wbat yott thinke, tomea ali to act ^ 
rde wiab my life 00 bętter play, 
Yoar dreame by nigbt, your tliougbt i»y day. 
Wakcgentlj, wako, 
Part softiy nora yoor dre»mcs ; 
Tbe monifng fliea. 
To your iiure eyea. 
To take ber spectall beames. 



Of idle cofltoma madly worki npo« 
Tha drbase of many tonguM opinion. 
A ^''Oathy rtory, howsoever writ 
Por langoage, modast mirth, conceit, or wit, 
Merdfls oft times with tbe sweet commendatios 
Of bang*t 'tis scunrey, when for approbatioo, 
A jtgge shall lie dapt at, and ereryrhime 
PraisM amd appUnided by a chm^rous chyme; 
Let ignorance and laugbter dwell togetherr 
They are beneath tha Mosea petty. Hether 
Came nobler jodgements, and to those tbe stratne 
Of our inreatjon is not bont in va]ne. 
The faire raaid of the Inne to you commends 
Her hopes and wefcomes, and withall intends 
In the entertaines to which she doth ioTite yc, 
Ali things to please, and some things to delight ye. 

THE artŁOGITE. 

We wonld faine please ye, and as fiiine be pleas'd» 

'Tis but a little Hking both are eas'd ; 

We bare your money« and you baTe our waie^ 

And to our undersUnding good and laire ; 

For yoor own wisdome*8 sake be not so mad [bad i 

To acknowledge ye hare booght thmgs deare and 

Ust not a brack i'tb> stufle, or here and tbere 

The foding glosse, a generall kasę appeare. 

We know ye Uke up worse eommodities, 

And dearer pay, yei thiake yoor bajgaitis wise ; 

We know in meat and winę, ye Hmg away 

Morę time and wealtb, wbieb is bot dearer pay ; ' 

And with ^h< rackonmg ail the pleasure loat. 

We bM you not unto repenting cost : 

The price is easie, and so ligbt the play, 

That ye may new digest it ey^ry day. 

Then noble friends, as ye wonld cboose a mistris^ 

Onły to please tbe eye a wbile and kisse, 

Till a good wife be got : so let tbis play 

Hołd ye a wbile, untill a better may. 






4; 



7KB PROWOUS 

M tn FAJMIB MAW or THB IMME, 

Tłaies btve Cheir fctes, not as in their trtte ^eiice 
They*re undorstood, butas^thei&fliicDCe 



FIIiST SONG TO THE TRAGEDY OF 
rALEN;ilNIAN. 

Now the lusty spring is seepe, 

Golden, yeilow, gaady Uew. 

Daintily invjte tbe Tiew. 
Evcry where, on every greene, 
Roses blushing as tbey błow, 

And iiiUcing men to pall, 
[.illies whiter than tbe snów, 
Woodbioes of aweet boney fuli. 

AU lore'8 emblems, and all ery, 

ladies, if not fduck^d we dye. 
Yet 4)0 lusty spring hatb stayd, 

Blushing red and.puitsŁ wbite, 

Daintily to love tovite 
Evcry womao, e^ery niaid, ^ 

Cberries kissiiig as tbey grow. 

And inviting men to .taste, 

Apples eveH ripe below, . [ 

Winding gentjy ta the wastCa ../ 
All love's emblems, and aU ery, 
lAdics, if not pluckt, we dye. 

^t SaCOKD tÓNC. 

Hdupe, yc ladies IfttfC desfHse 
Wbat the mighty U>ve ha«h donfe; 
Peare eiuunples, and be wisii; 
Faire Cilista was a noa. * • 



THE HONEST MAN*8 FORTUNE. 



tOl 



1^ deoeive tbe laopes of man, 
Lorę accoanting bat a dreaBMy 
Doated on a silrer swan; 
l^ume in a biasni tower, 
Whefe no love wai^ lov'^ a ^fer. 

Bemre ye larliea that arc coy, 

What the ini«;hty Love can do, 

Fcare the fiercrnesse ef the boy, 

Tbe diaste Moooe he niakei to wooe. 

Ve8ta kmdling boly fires 

Ciicled Tound about with spie^, 

Ifem dnsaming loose desires^ 

Dotlng at the altar Uies. 

Ilkm in a sbort tower higher, 

He can coce morę baild, and once noore fire. 

ma TBniD tono. 

HoHOira that k eyer riving, 
BoDour that is ever giving, 
Hononr that sees alf, and knows 
Both the ebbs o^ maa and flowei. 
Hononr that ręwards the best, 
Senda thee thy rich ]aboara' rest; 
ThoQ hast studied still to pleaae her, 
Therefore now she cals thee Cae«ar. 

cBoaui. 

^ Haite, haile, Gaeiar, baile and stand, 
And thy name ont-HTe tbe land ; 
Noble iatbers, to his brows 
fiiad thia wreath with thjDosand To^rs. 

TBE rovBTa tOM. 

€oD liMii crer yonng, 
£ver renovn*d, erer sung; 
StahiM with blood of Insty grapes, 
Ja a thoiisand Insty sbapes; 
Dance apekt the nia2er's brłm, 
In the crtoison lłquor sirim ; 
From thy plentious hand divine, 
Łet a riTer itin with winę; 

Ood of yonth, łet- tbis day Iber* 

Eoter neither carc! nor fSeare. 



Another bait may m^ na: if yoa gf&w 
A little gald orwearie, ery bnt boa. 
And weeM stay for ye $ when our jonmey endf 
EYery inan*s pot I hopa, and all part fneada. 



7HX PROL06UB TO THB PLAY, 

CALLED,. ^0TĘ'S PIŁGRIMAOB* 

• * 

To thia place, gentłemen, fdll many a day 

We hate bid yoa weieome ; and to many a play : 

And thoie whoie angry soules were not displeas^d 

With law, or lending money, we hare pleas'd. 

And make no donbt to do againe ; this nigbt 

Ko roighty raatter, nor no iighf; 

We rauat intreat yon looke for : a good tale^ 

Told in two hoares, we will not faile 

If we be perfeet to reheańe ye : new 

I am soie jt ia, aiwl bandaeme ;. bnt bow tnie 

Łett]Hm.diipiitetbąt writit^. TeotDone ■ 

We please the wooien, and I wpnld i^iow what man 

Foliowt not thoir enmpie. Ifyemeaoe 

To koow t^ play .wdl, travell with the atene. 

For it liea.npon tha road ; if we chance tire, 

Af jeut good BMQ kftTt us aot i^th' mirę. 



TRE irQS'E3T MAN>8 FORltTNE. 

Yov that can look through heareo, aod tell the 

stars, 
Obsenre their kind coijunctioDS, and their wars| 
Pind out new lights, and giTe them wbere yoa 

please, 
To tbese men honours, pleasnres, to those ease ^ 
You that are God*s surveyen, and can show 
How far, and wben, aod why the wind dotb blow $ 
Know all tbe charges of the dreadfull tbander^ 
And f^ben tt will shoot OTer, or Mi under : 
l*ell me by all yonr art, I ćonjure ye, 
Ves, andbytruth, whatshaUbeoomeofmci 
Find out my star, if eacb one, as you My, 
Have his peculiar angell, and his way ; 
Obaerve my face, next.fon into your dreamM, 
Sweep cleane your hooses, and new linę your ' 

sceames, 
Then say your worst : or haire I nonę at aU ? 
Or is it bumt out lately, or did foli ? 
Or am I poore, not able, no foli flame. 
My star, like me, unworthy of a name ? 
b it your art can oniy worke on thoae 
That deale with dangers, diafnities and cloatht I - 
WHh loTe, or new opiniens r you all lye, 
A fish-wife hath a fote, and so bave I, 
Bot for above your findiog, he that giTei 
Out of his pro?ideDcc to Si that lires. 
And no man knows his treasure, no not you; 
He that madę Egypc Miód, from whence you gcew 
Scabby and lousie, tbat the wprld might see 
Your calcolations are as bltnd ^ ye ; 
He that madę all the stan yon daily lead. 
And from thence filteh a knowledge how to feed, . 
Hath bid this from yon, your oonjectnres all 
Are drunken Łhinga, not how, but when tfaeyfhllc 
Man is his own star, and the aoule that caa 
Render an bonest and a perfeet num. 
Command all light, all induence, aU fote, 
Kothing to him fals enrly, or too late ; 
Our acts our angcls are, or good, or iU. 
Onr fotall shadows that waike by us still ; 
And when the stan are labeuriog, we beliere 
]t is not that thcy goveme, but they gńere 
For stubbome igoorance ', all tbinga that are 
Modę for our generall uscs are at war* 
Eren we among our selres, and from' tbe strifo 
Your ^rst uniike opinions got a life. 
O man, thou image of thy Maker's good, 
What canst thou fcare when breath'd into tiiy blood 
His PpiHt is that built thee ? what duli sence * 
Makes thee suspect, in necd, tbat pn>vidence ? 
Wbo madę the morning, aAd wbo placM tbe Ught 
Guide to thy Iab<Airs ? who caU.*ł up.the nigbt. 
And bid her folf upon thee ISke sweet sbow^rs 
In hołlow murmuts, 'to lock up thy*powers ? 
Who gave the^ knowledge, wbo so trosted thee ' 
To let th<!e grow ao neure himsalfe, the tree ł 
Must he tben be* distrusted ? sball his frame • .'■ 
DiscourM withliim, wh^thus, and thus I am^ ' 
He madę the an^els thine, tby fellows all, 
Nay ereo thy sei-ykńtś whim derotioDŚ cali ! 



m 



f. PEAUMOlirrS P06MSI 



- - -„ jeWml 

C^D <ti.Ti pratect tbee i or emn pOYerty, 

Wbich i( the light lo HeaTcn, pat ont bu eje ? 

He b my sttT^ in bim mli trulh J find, 

Atl inBuoice) all fala, and wbn my niitkl 

H iiinniihed kilb hii fulnenc, my poore itotr 

Sbbuld oat-IlTc alt their sge, ■□<] iII their giory. 

The faand of lUnger caaliot fUl amJBe, 

Wben I Icnow wbat, and in uhoM pOwer it ii : 

Not łrant, the cauK aFman, ihalluiakc me gniaiK 

A holj' bennit ił ■ miad alone. 

Dotli not opeiiRkcc teach u( all we <?an 

Tl worke our ielvci into a glorious uian i 

Łove>« bat in eibalatian to best eyea, 

The matter ipeat, and tbra tlie IÓAe'e tire diei ; 

Wei« t id lov«, and cod Id that brlgbt nar brin; 

InciMMto wcilth, hODour, and ev'r7 thjng; 

Wen) łhe aa pr rfect good ai »e ean aLme, 

Tbe fint was ao, and yrt >he lost tbe pimc. 

My matńt then be knowicdge, and hire truth ; 

^ lenjoy all beauty, and all yonth: 

And though lo time hcr Hrhti and la<rs ihe Icndi, 

Ebe knowa no a^ Ihal to oorruptloabcndi. 

Priendt' promiaes may lead ■ ' '' 



islii) 



end knawit 



Afflictioa when I know it is^i: 
A deep allay irherFby man tougiier n 
To beare the hammer and the deeper itill. 
We itill arisemorc [mage of his irill ; 

n hnm^iin cloiid 'twlit im and llght, 
it longtsl, bm aootber night. 
nan Ił nig owa itar, and that ioule tltat can 
l« honcn, ii tbe only perfcct man. 



AnJdeath, i 



1 HI Sort whieh dath the freotnt romrort brinc 
To abwmt fricnda, becatiEe the sclfe ume thiuj 
They kno« thpy see, howeVer absent i«, 
(Hereour be« hay-maket, fbrgive me thii, 
it it oor couttttit!'i Mile) in tbii wannę thine 
lli.-a»ddrra.rteofyo,.rr.iIlMmJmld»in,^i 
n we haVe wsIlt mi«t witli (Inn:! Iwa, 
Drinfcp npl to brinj iti diier lipresiis 
■rhnn h.TC, fond' only for Ihe rannefii slraine, 
Wich fuslinii njrtanboT! to sliiffi.- Ibv brańif ; 
Su nii-it. lliat gi\'A lo the tliicstieit one 
TnillnolpmiealWfj. unkske lie havetlie rtane: 
ThinkL' silli CTnedrtushl man's invrnlion fiidfs, 
• pi liffl ()aitc spoilM llonic-r-s liiailcsi 



Moveł Ul, vF are all t^nill ewiy *hit } 
Of land tbat Gad girtt moi, hers ii ttaćir wit 
If we omilder fuliy fcr oup beat, 
AndgrareM men wijl with hi) maine bouft jctt, 
Scirce pteaw you, *o want lubtilty to do 
The city tricki, lye, taate, and flitter too j 
Ifereannoue tbat can beare apaiDlcd.ihó#, 
Strike »l>ea yon wioch, and then lament the blo«« 
Wbo tike mili, let tbe right way for to sriiul, 
Canmake tbeir galnes dlike wJU e>'ry«inil : 
Only aomefellowiwjtblheBub^fttpate 
Adiod^ui, may perchanre eqnivacate 
At aelliugof a hone, and that the mott ; 
Methinki the littlewit I had u loat 
SJDCelaawyoD, igr a wit Is like tf reat, 
Held up « tennii, wbich men do tbe bcit 
W!th the bert gamesten ; what tbiolji haie w* ieem 
DooB at the Mennaid > Hard wordi that haT« bera 
SoDimble, and mnillof loUilliaide, 
Al if thal erery one from whence they came 
Had meantto piit bił wbole wltinajeit, 
And had iWiWd ta lirę a foole the reit 
OfhiidUlllife; thPnwhpntherehfllhbeenthtowB 
Wit able cBou^ to jnnifie the town 
Por three daiei pałt, wit that raight warrant be 
For ihe wbole clty to uke fooliihly 
1111 tbat were canćeird, and when tbat wal goce 
Weleftan aire bebiod m, wbich alone 
n^ai able to make the two neat companiei [wiar t 
Right witty, though but downłigbt fbolsa marc 
Whai J rcmember thii, and atre that now 
The country gcntlemen begin t' allow 
My «it for dry bob., then I ntedi musi ery, 
1 łBemy dayiof liaMaliD groWDigh; 
I Can aiready riddle, and can iing 
nitchn, Mil bargateei, rmI I fttft aball bilnc 
My tetfo to apeake the hardett nrrd* I fiad 
Over as aft aa anjwitb one wind 
ThatłakeaDomed>cloe)i bul one thouglit of tb«' 
• mercmemberatl theaelbingito be 
itofouryoUDgmen, fellowi that ihow 
NopaitofRood, yet iilter all they know i 
Who, llke treeaof iheguard, hałe growing Hml^ 
Orły ilrongdefUny, ■ 



ii IIqiior tbat 



Irliftt, 



-..-,. ...rpliriifill,-ańdn ,, . 

rilrd wiifl sBclr*ov'sńi^c", in most riieioiis nualme 
Bi<I łtn6e^Wi»!(!ii!ł^'iritc hU sin^iDepuilmoi 
Andwnuf^lldtitlini i^iffctl Ihitikc 
It is a portioTi: S?ńV iif difttne tu di liiŁe 
ly tfr^i^lpi^Mrtlri, keeps niftoio figlili, 
Slnkr lis liót fangh wheW we tnnke legę lo knighti : 
^r- .,.:. .-J ,.^- ij^jj (ij fo^ oiir slatei. 



A meilicine cft Aiey oui' r.,-„ , 

Nomv, ati«#«T*SBi»*%i^ Stiu 



I bale, 



hicftai 



-i fale i 



e, thy frieńd, than i 
Baniibt unto Ibis home-fate ooce againe, [plaios 
Bringme ta thee, who cam make amaoth abd 
Tha way of knowlei^e Ibr We, and Iheo I, 
Wbo hare no good but in thy company, 
Proteat it wiQ tny greitoi eoaiftrt be 
■rV> acknowledge all 1 h<Te In Baw from thee. 
Ben, wheo Hine iceńćs are ^atect wie'l lana 

r'le drinke th; Muiei bcallh, dtM thth^ariOa 



ON FRANCIS BEAUMONTS DEA Tłl. 

t9 ■i'riiop coaarf'. 

Hi that had yaiith, and fiteads, and io mticlf wA' 
Al woiiU atlis flre pnd wHa ri iuutnaif ii: 
He that hath wcot* k> wdl, tbn aO iMn AM 
Htfuae jt for the b«i^ lec him tMware, 

eaumont iłdoMl, by whttto onr art apl^aiis; 

'ii'a * di««ae cctaaanNi soe ta few yMfrM 

'AltcW br Ike bi^op «A««i«j4bi. SN ^ 



ON WILLIAM ŚilAltESP^ARE. 



^ 



AU 



EZ^G Y UPON MR. FH^NCIS BBAUMONT. 

BsAUMosrt lici berę, aad wb«re do* ghall we b«Te 
A Min c » like his, to ngh upoB his gimre ? 
Ah nonę to weep tbii with m woitby teare. 
But be tbat canoot, Beauuioot, tbat lies bero; 
Wbo nom sfaall pay this tombe with tiich a vcne, 
As ifaM tb*t la«e*s did*M, ibiie Rntiand^ b^ane > 
A moDiMikent tbat will tben łasting be, 
WbeD all ber wirble b morę diat tban ehe: 
b ther all'< lott, a auddeo dearCb ond imnt 
Hatb aeizM on wit, good epitaphs are seaot: 
We &re not write tby elcgy, for eacb feares 
He ne*re sball match a copy of tby tearęt ; 
Itearce yct ia age a poet, and yet he 
ftfiarce I{vcs tbe fhird part of his age to see; 
But qaicfcly taken off, and only knewn, 
b ia ja minu^ sbut as soone as bfown* 
Wby should weake naturę tyre ber seffi In raibe, 
In soch a peeoe, and cast jt stmight agtlneł 
Wby shóttld sbe Uke sacb woike beyond ber skill, 
And whea sbe cannot perfect sbe miist kfli; 
Alasy wbat is*t to temper slime and mirę ? 
Tb5§li*f natare passefd when thc work^s ?ntirc : 
Creat bruines, like bright glass, crackle stfaight, 

wbSle Ch<$se 
Of stone and wMd boTd óńt ab^ feare no blowś^ 
Aadwę tb^r ancien! boary bead^ can sec, 
Whoae iHl wąs nercr their jnortality. 
BeaaioiOD^ dieś young, so jSyidney ^y<i iefotc, 
Tfićre was not ppetiy, hc couW five no mpre : 
He oonld not grów up high«r, nay, 1 Miarce kndw, 
If tb' aorf it sfeMe imtbtbbt pfecb oaold pom, 
Wer^ not iti tbee^ wbe badst atriv>d to tb' belgbt 
.W all tbat ait«Miri raaeb, or naturę młgb). 
Ob, when I read tlioit eJBoelleut tbfngi 1/ tbine, 
Sucb stre