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Ooswell-fticet, Łoiidon. 


VOL. V. 


THS Aatfaor^s Life, by Mr. Chalmen 3 

Yaios and Adonis 17 

TheBape of Locrece 87 


Pilgrtm 62 

AŁovei^Ccimplaint 66 


Aom As Yon IJke It— Bkm, blow thou wioter- 

«iiid 69 

Ib EtagbiMfs Heliooii, and l4iTe's labour Lost 

— Od a day (alack tbe day !) ib. 

fipfing.-*A aODg at tbe eod of Łove*s JLaboar 

liKt ib. 

Wiiterw — A song at tbe ead of LoTe's Laboar 

LDSt ..^ , ib. 

Song of Fairies, by Puck in Midsammer Nigbfs 

Dream 69 

Song in Mucb Ado about Nothiog. — Sigb no 

morę, ladies, sigh no morę '. 70 

In the Merchant of Yenice. — Tell me, where 

isFancybred ib. 

AriePs song, in the Tempest. — ^Where the bee 

sucks, there suck I ib. 

In Twelfth Night. — Come away, come away, 

death ib. 

From the Two Gentiemen of Veronft. — ^Wbo is 

Sykia^ whatissheł ib. 

In Cymbeline. — Fear no morę the beat o' tb* 

San ib. 

From As Yoa Like It. — ^Under tbe green wood 

tr^ 71 


Tn AotfaoK** life, by Mr. Chalmers 

OH TBB noforrAŁirr op tbi souł. 


Sect IX. 
• X. 


^ Artbor** Bedication to Oaeen Elizabetb . 

the Soal of Man, and tbe Immortality 

Tbat tbe Sonl is a Tbing subsisting 
by ItKlf witbont the Body 

Tbat tbe Sonl is morę tfaan a Per* 
leedon OT Reflection of tbe Sense. 

Tbat tbe Sonl is ipore tban the 
Temperaturę of tbe Humours of 
tbe Body. 

Tbat tbe Sonl is a Spińt 

Emoeons Opinioos of tbe Cieatioa 
of Souls 

Tbat tbe Sonlis not ez Trsdooe ... 

Reasoos dnwn from Naturę 

R fMonifriwpi DivjMiy ••?•••#•• •••*• 




























Why tbe Sonl is nnited to tb^Body. 
In wbat Manoer tfte Soul is united 

to the Body 

How the Soul esercises ber Pbwen 

in the Body ^ 

TTie yegeUtiTe Ptower of the Sool .. 

The Power of Sense 

Seeing..... , ,... 

Hearing J„, jb. 

TMte 91 

Smelling ib. 

Feeling ib. 

Of tbe Imagipatiouy or Commoo 






The PassioD of the Sense , 

ŁocalMotion ib. 

Tbe inielleotiial Pówers of tbe Sonl ib. 
Wit, Reason* Understanding, Opi- 

nion, Judgmeot, Wisdom ;...i.'... ibk 

LuMite Ide<f io tbe Soul ib, 











The Power of Will, and Relation 
between the Wil and Will 93 

The intellectual Memory ib. 

The Dependency oftbe SouPs Fa- 

. culties upoD each other ib. 

That the &>al ii immortal, proved 
by 8everalReaaoD8 ib. 

1. DrawnfromtheDesireofKiiow- 

ledge 94 

2. DrawnfromtheNotioDoftheSonl ib. 
5. From Conteoipt of Death io the 

better Sort of SpiriU 95 

4. From the Fear of Death in tbe 

wickjed SoiiU ib. 

5. From the generał Desire of Im- 

mortality •. 96 

6. From tbe veryDoubt and Dispa- 

tationof Immortałity ib. 

That the Soul camiot be destroyed 96 
ObjectioM against ^be Immor- 
tałity of the Soul, with their 

respective Answers 97 

Objectjpn 1. Aniwrr ...... ib. 

Óbjection 2. Answer 98 

Objection 3. Answer ib. 

Óbjection 4. Answer ib. 

Objection 5. Answer 99 

lliree Kinds of life, answerable 
to tbe tbree Powers of the 

Soul ib. 

The Conclusion ib. 



Hymn !. Of Astrea 100 

II. ToAstrea ib. 

HL To the Spring ib. 

IV. To the MoDth of May ib. 

V. To the Urk 101 

VI. To the Nightingalc ib. 

Vn. To the Rosę ib. 

VIII. To all the Princes of Europę ib, 

IX. To Flora ih. 

X. To the Month of September ib. 

Xr. To the Sun 102 

XII. To her Picture ib. 

XIII. OfherMind ib. 

XIV. Of the Sun-beams of her Miód...... ib. 

XV. Of her Wit ib. 

XVI. Of her Will 10« 

XVn. Of her Memory 103 

XVIII. OfherFancy ib. 

XIX. Of tbe Organs of her Mind ib. 

XX. OfthePassionsofherHeart ib. 

XXI. Ofthe inoumerahle Virtaes of ber 

Mind ., ib. 

XXII. Of her Wlidom ..; ^ ib. 

XXIII. Of her Justice.. 104 

XXIV. Of her Magnanimity ib. 

XXV. Of herModeratłOD ib. 

XXVI. To Envy ib. 

Orchestra $ or, a Poem ezpreating the Anti- 
quity and EzcdJency of Dąpcing. In a Dia- 
logue between Penelope and one of her 

Wooers « iVi 


Tb t AnthorH Life, by Mr. Chalmers 115 

pedication 124 

|Iexasttcon BibliopolsB ^...t* 1S 

Hexasticon ad Btbliopolam ib'. 

To John Donnę ib. 

jC^ The Crtiod-monm w n ib. 

"^-pfyy -"itO-inil '***'*^ " *'*"np ***'• '^ ih« 

^pfiVoman*8 ConsUncy f. •iSS 

* Tbe Uiideftaking 128 

The Sun-rising ,. ib. 

^ The iDdifferenf i 

l&Ve's'*Usury 12 

C anonizatioy- i 

le Tripie Feol ib. 

>> ^ŁoYer*8 jpfinitencsB... ib. 

^ong.— bSreetest loye, I do not go.......... 130 

The Legacy '. ib. 

AFever ^ .r...... 130 

t Air and Aiagels .« » ».••••• •••. ib. 

\Breakof My ^ 131 

^rhe Annivenary.«...^^ .•.••...,... ib. 

A Va1«diction of my Karne, in th^ Windpw. . . ib. 

Twicknam Garden ,... 132 

Yąlediction to4iis Book ib. 

Co^munil^ 133 

Ii0ve*8 Gicjwth.. ib. 

/ ŁpTf;'^rrrhanflaiiiii^ J ib. 

^ Ponfined L9Te...... il»i 


'The Dream , 

A Valediction of Weeping 

LoTę *s Ałchymy .«.. 

'^rhe Ćurse ,.... 


A Noctumal upon St Locie s Day, being the 

shortest Day ..:.... 

Witchcraft by a Picture 

The Bait 

Tbe Apparition 

le Br^liBn fleart 

tlirrlnn ff>r^iddlnf ^ Mpnni mp" 

..... ^..|p.p. 


e Bloaaom 

The Pńmrose ; being at Moantgomery Castle, 

^^ upon tbe Hill on wfaich it is tituate 

f^e Rettque • 

The Dafaap ..: ^ 

The Diasołution 


Negatire Łore 

mie Probib^on • 

The Eapirafion 

Mlie ComQotatioQ 

ThuParadoK, '— •• 

I Song.--49oiil'l joy» npw I am gone ....•• 




















Faieweil to Łtnre ••.... • 

SoDg. — Dear love, continue nice and cha«te 
1 Lecture upoD the Shadow 


Heroand Leander 

Pynmufl and Thisbe 

Kioba ...•••.«•..• •.. 




A Self-Acciuer 

A licentious Persoo 




AnOtecnre Writar 


Heicorios Galio Belgiem 


L Jealoosy 

1L The Anagram 

III Cbaoge 

IV. The Perfume 

V. His Picture 

VJ. Oh I let me noc fenre 90, as those men 


VII. Natnre's lay idiot, I uugbt thee to 


Vni. The Comparison 

IX. TheAutamnal 

X. UteDream 

XI. Death 

^11. Upon the Loss of his Mistres8'8 Chain 

fior wbich he madę Satisfaction 

XIir« Come, Fates, I fear you not 

Xrv. HisPartingiro^aber .^... 

XV. Jalia ; 

XVL A Tale of a Glśzen and his Wife...... 

XVII. The Expo6tulakion 

XVIII. Whoerer loveą if he do not OTopoee . 
XIX. To his MistresB going to Be0 

Aa Epithalamiam on Frederick Coinnt Pala- 
tiae oT tbe Rhyne and the Lady Elizabeth, 
bdngmamed 00 St Yalentine^s Day 

Erlogne, December, 26, 1613. Allophanes 
fiading Idios in the country in Christmas 
tioe, repreheods his absence from court, at 
the marriage of the earl of Somerset ; Idios 
gires an account of his purpose tberein, and 

EpSoalamium madę at Łincoln^s Jon 

































To Mr. Cbfistopher Brook, from the Island 
Vojage with the Earl of Essez. Tbe Storm 


ToSfa* Honry Wootton 

Xo Sr Henry Ooodyere > 






To Mr. Rawland Wood#ard ... 

To Sir Henry Wootton 

To the Conntess of Bedford ;;.. 

To the Gountass of Bedford 

To Sir Edward Herbert, sinoe Lord Herbert of 
Cberbury, being at the Siege of Julyers .... 

To the Countess of Bedford ^, 

To the Gountass of Bedford. On New Year*s 


To tbe Countess of Huntingdon 

To Mr. J. W. 

To Mr. T. W , 

To Mr. T. W 

Incerto ,.., 

ToMr. C. B 

To Mr. S. B. 

To Mr. B. B- ', 

To Mr. R. W. ..; 

To Mr. J. L. 

ToMr. J. P. 

To £. of D. with six holy Sonnets 

To Sir Henry ll^oottoo, at bis going Ambaasa- 

dor to Yenide 

ToMrs. M. H. 

To the Countess of Bedford 

To the Coantessof Huntingdon 

A Dialogue between Sir Henry Wootton and 

Mr. Dcmne '. 

To the Countess of Bedford 

A Letter to the Lady Carey, and Mrs. Essea 

Riche, fn>m Amiens 

To the Countess of Salisbury. August, 1614. 

To the Lady Bedford 

Sappho to Pbilcnifl 

To. Ben Jonson. Jan. 6, 1603 

To Ben Jonso|i. Nov. 9, 1603 

To Sir Thomas Rowe, 1603 


Anatomy of the World. Wberein, by occa- 
sion of the untimely death of Mrs. Elisą- 
beth Drury, tbe frailty and decay of the 
whole is represented. The First Annirersary 1 76 

A Funeral Elegy 180 

Oftlie Progress of tbe SooK Wherein by oc- 
casion of tbe leliglous death of Mrs. Eliza- 
beth Drury, the incommodities of the soul 
in this li.fe, and ber exaltation in the nezt, • 
are coiiŁemplated. The Secoiid Anniver- 

"nr *. 



An Elegy on the nntimely Death of the incom- 

parable Prince He^ry 185 

OI>sequies on the Lord Harrington, tkc. To 

the Cbuntess of Bedford 186 

On the Lady Markham 18S 

On Mistress Boulstred ib. 

On bis Wife 189 

Onbimself ib. 

Elegy. — ^That 1 might make my cabinet your 

tomb ........••.•. ib. 

On Mistress Boohrtred 190 

On the Lord C ib. 

Upon Mr. Thomas Coryafs Crndities ib. 

Sonnet.— The Token ^ 191 

The Progress of the Soul <. )b« 

























Holy Sonneti. 

yih LaCofona 

II. AnnuDciatioD , 

IIL NatWity 

IV. Tempie 

y. Miiacles 

I. Resorrection 

VII. Ascensioa • 

6ixŁeen othere withont titles , 

Dn the Clessed Virgin Mary 

The Cross 

Ptolm CXXXVn 


An Hymn to tbe Saints, and to Mait)uig Ha- 
milton, addressed to Sir Robert Carr 

Tbe Anounotation and Paasioo • 

Good Friday, 1613 

hc litany 

Upon the Traoslatton of the Psalma, by Sir 
Philip Sydney and tbe Countess of Pem- 

broke his Sister 

Ode. — ^Vengeance will sit aboTe our fanits, 

but Uli 

To Mr. Tillman, aaer he had taken Oideri... 
A Hymn to Christ, at the Author's last going 

into Germany. 

Dn the Sacrament 4......... 

The Lamentations of Jeremy, for the most part 
according to Tremellius : 

Chapter I 

















Chapter. III 206 

IV. 208 

V ib. 

■y ty Oftil. my fliwl, »n my Ri^J.«f«i 209 

Hymn to God the Fathgr .-^ .: ib. 


To the Memory of my erer desired Friend Dr. 

Donnę, by H. K. 210 

In Obitum venerabilis Viri Johannis Dornie, 

by Daniel Dainelly ib. 

On the Death of Doctor Bonne, by Edw. Hyde 21 1 

On Dr. Donnę, by Dr. C B.of O ib. 

An Eiegy upon tbe Death of the tnoompara- 

ble Dr. Donnę, by Henry Vaientine * ib. 

An Elegy upon Dr. Donnę 212 

Elegy on Dr. Donnę : 213 

On Dr. John Donnę, late Dean of St PauPs, 

London, by J. Cbudleigh 813 

An Elegy upon the Dean of St Pau]*s, Dr. 

John Donnę, by Mr. Thomas Carey 214 

An Elegy on Dr. Doune, by Sir Łucins Cary... ib. 
On Dr. Donne'8 Death, by Mr. Mayne of 

Christ-church in Oicford : 215 

Upon Mr. J. Donnę and his Poems, by Arch. 

Wilson 216 

Epitaph upon Dr. Donnę, by Endy. Porter... ib. 

In Memory of Dr. Donnę, by Mr. R. B ibb 

Epitaph 217 

1*0 LucyCountesBof Bedford, with Mr.Donne^s 

Satires, by Ben Jonson 218 

To John Doone, by Ben Jonson ib. 


Ths AQtbor's life, by Mr. Cbalmers S21 

AnalysisofBisbopHalfs Satires, by Mr. Warton 226 
Preiace... 259 


A De6ance to Eovy 263 

De Siiis Satiris 264 

Bookl. — Prologue.. ib. 

Satirel ib. 

Satirell 265 

Satire III jb. 

Satire IV ib. 

SaUre V 266 

Satire VI ib. 

Satire VIL . ib. 

Satire VIII ib, 

Satire IX ib. 

Pook2.-- Prologue 267 

Satire I ib. 

Satire II ib. 

Satire III 268 

Satire IV ib. 

Satire V. 269 

Satire VI ib. 

Satire VII ib. 

Bock 3. — Prologue , 296 

Satirel 270 

Satire II ib. 

Satire III ib. 

Satire IV 271 

Satire V ib. 

Satire VI ,b. 

Satire Vir ib, 

Book 4.— The Author^s Charge to his second 
CoUectionof Satires, called Biting 

Satires 272 

Satire I ib. 

Satire II /.^74 

Satire III 275 

Satire IV ib. 

Satire V. • 276 

Satire VI 277 

Satire VII 278 

Book 5.—Satire 1 279 

Satirell * 280 

Satire III 281 

Satire IV ib, 

Book 6.— Satire I. 282 

Anthemes for the Cathedral of Eawter 284 

On Mr. Greenham's Book of the Sabbath ... 28Jf 
Elegy on Dr. Wbitaker ib. 





lin Aothoi^a life, I17 Mr. Cbalmers 289 

Asnny coDtaining tbe firat FaDcies of the 
Aathor*! Youth .^ 293 



SKomiom by Drnmaiood. 317 

The Fifft Hoare 318 

TheSeeoiid Houre 326 

The Third Honre 333 

Tbe Fonrth Hoard 341 

Tbe FUth Hoare 349 

ItieSizth Houre 357 

TbeSerentb Houre 365 

The Eighth Hoore 373 

Tbe NiDtb Houre 381 

Tbe TeDth Hoore 388 

Tbe EIcYentb Houre 396 

TbeTwelftb Houre 403 

A PumesiB to Prince Heoty 411 

JooaŁban ; an 'HercMC Poeme intended. Tbe 

RistBooke .*. 416 

Dedkatkm of tbe Traged j of Croesus. To bis 

Sacred Hajeitj 423 

Tb tbe Aotbor of tbe Mooarcbicke Tragedies, 

by SL Robert Ayton ib. 

la Praiie of tbe Autbor, and hii Tragedy of 

Dańns. A Soauet by John Muiray 424 

CHOKOssis ni ma mACEur of cwesus. 

Cborus First. 425 

Choms Seoood ib. 

CborasTbird 426 


ChorasFourtb 426 

CborusFifth 427 


ChornsFint , 428 

Choros Second ib. 

CborusThird 429 

Chorus Fourtb 430 

Cborui) Fiftb ib. 


Choros Pirst ,. 431 

Choros Second 432 

CborusThird ; ib. 

Choros Fourtb 433 

Choros Fiftb 434 


Choros First 435 

Chorus Second '. ib. 

CborasTbird 436 

ChorasFourtb 437 

CborusFifth ib. 

Soine Yerees written to his Majestie by tbe 
Autboure at tbe Time of his MajesŁie's First 
Entrie ioto Engiand 438 

Some Yerses written shortly thereafter by Rea- 
son of an Inuudation of Doueo, a Waler 
neere ^nto the Author*s House, wherevpon 
his Majestie was sometimes woot to bawke. ib. 

Yerees prefixed to Bishop Aberaethy's " Chris- 
tian and Hearenly Treatise, containing Phy- 
sicke for tbe Sou V' 1622 439 


Tbi Author^s lifie, by Mr. Cbalmers 44 



To Ibe Keader.. ...... 

Pbcms of Derotion : 
The Stener^s Sacrifice. 

Song. — Ob doe not wanton with those eyes ... 463 
the Person of Womankind. A Song apolo- ' 

^ getique ib.' 

' Another. In Defence of their Inconstancie'... 464 

V A Nymph's Passiop ib. 

459 The Houre G lasse ib. 

Nf ^w PiAłhMi lutt ,n Scotland ib. 

A Hyouie to God tbe Father 46(^1 ^e Dreame 


TotheHolyTrinitie ib. y Against Jealoosy ib. 

:.. 465 

A Hymne od the Natiritie of my ^Tiour... iU 
A Celebration of Charis. in ten 1yH<^Ł Piece^ : 

L dis ERCusefor Loving • ib. 

n. How be saw ber /... ib. 

HL WbaŁ be soffnred 461 

• IV. HerTriumpb ib- 

, V. His Discoune with Capid ib. 

I ^Vyi* Cłayming a seoood Kisse by Desert .... 462 
1 4r^I* Beggiog another, on Colour of mending 

I I tbe fonner ib. 

VIIŁ Uf|png ber of a Promise ib. 

^J K. Her Mao described by ber owne Dicta- 

' An Kpitapb on Master Yincent Corbet ib. 

An Epistle to'Sir Edward Saclivile, now Earle 

of Dorset ib. 

An Epistle to Master John Selden 466 

An Epistle to a Friend, to persuade him to 

tbe Warres , 467 

An Epitapb on Master Philip Gray .....' 468 

Epistle to a Friend 469 

Elegie. -^Can beautie, tbat did prompt me 

first to wńte ^ ib. 

Elegie. — By those bright eyes, at whose im- 

mortall fires....ąM •< ib*^- 


Ł łUlHlAIł UrC9....ąM • •' IDa^ 

ib.^^^A Satyricall Shrub ib. 

X Anotber Ładye's Esceptioo, present at A Uttle Shrub gro*ing bv ib. 

tbeHearing 463 Elegie. — ^Though beauty be the markę of 

Tkt Musicali Stnfe, in a Pastorall pialogoe •• ib. praise 470 


K.rplX> 1111 

le Mind of the Frontispiece to a Bookc. 

Ad Ode to James Earle of Desmond, writ in 
Queene EItzabeth'8 Time, «iDce lo«t, and 
recovered ;... 

70 /Ti 




'o the immortall Memorie and Friendibip of 
that ooble Paire, Sir Lacius Cary, and Si 
H. Morison , 

To th« rigbt bon. tb« Lord High Treasarer of 
En((land an Epiatłe Mendicant, 1631 

To the King on hiaBirth-day, Nov. 19, 1632. 

Ode. — High tpirited friend 471 

Ode.— Hellen, did Homer never see ^^«ll iL ^'^ Epigtam Anniyersarie 

A Sonnet, to the noble Łady, the Łady Mary jT^^ ^^^ ^S^^ l*oo- Hierome, Lord Weston, an 

Worth 47^, Ode gratalatorie, for hii Return from his 

A Fit of Rime against Rime ib. Jj^ EmbttBsie, 1632 

An Epigram on William Lord Burleigh, Lord hCpithalamion: or, aSong, celebrating the nup- 

High Treasurer of England tb.^ / tiab of Mr. Hierome Weston 


An Epigram to Thomas Lord Elsmere, the 

łan Termę hakatę Chancellor ib. 

Another to bim 473 

An Epigram to the Councellour that pleaded 

and carried the Cause ib. 

V An Epigram. To the Smali Poz 473 

V^£pitaph. — ^Hiat beaotie woald have loyely 

\ stiWe ib. 

/ Song. — Come let as here enjoy the shade ib. 

' An Epistle to a Friend 474 

Elegie. — Tis tnie, Tm broke ! tows, oathes, 

and all I had ib. 

Elegie. — ^ro make the doubt cleare, that no 

woman's tnie '..., „^ 475 

Elegie. — That łove*s a bitter sweet, I ne*re 

conceire ib. 

Elegie. — Since you must goe, and I must bid 

forewell .• 476 

Elegie. — Let me be what I am, as Yirgil oold. ib. 

An Execration apon Yalcan 477 

ASpeach according taHorace 478 

An Epistle to Master Arth. Squib 479 

An Epigram on Sir Edward Coke, when he 

was LÓrd Chiefe Justice of England ib. 

Au y^pjtflPjto r^m y that asked to be > ?fnM ^^ 

theJn b e of Ben ib. 

Tlie Dedicatłon of the King's new Cellar. To 

Bacchus V^ .' . 480 

An Epigram <m the Oonrt-Pucell 481 

Au Epigram to the Honoar^ — Countesse of— ib. 

Lord Bacon's Bhth-day : ib. 

A Poem sent me by Sir William Burlase. The 

Painter to the Poet ib. 

My Answer. Tłłe Poet to the Painter 482 

An Epigram to WilliUm, Earle of Newcastle .. ib. 

Epistle to Mr. Arthur Sqoib T>. ib. 

To Mr. John Burges ib. 

Epistle to my Łady Covell ib. 

Tb Master John Burges 483 

Epigram to my Bookselłer.., ib. 

Epigram to Will iam Earle of Newcastle ib. 

An Epitaph on Henry Lord La Ware.- To the 

Paśser-by .'.... ib. 

Epigram. — ^That you have secne the pride, 

beheld thesport ib. 

An Epigram to King Charles for one Hundred 

Pouiuls he sent me in my Sickness 484 

To King Charles, and Qaeene Mary, for the Losse 

of their First-bom, an Epigram Consolatorie ib. 
An Epigram to our great and good KiogCharles 

on his Anniirersary Day 484 

An Epigram on the Prince*s Birth ib. 

An Epigram to the Qaeene, then lying in, 1 630 ib. 
n Ode, or Song, by all the Muses, in Celebra- 

tion of ber Majestie's Birth-day, 1 6S0 ib. 

An Epigram to the Ilouseh«ld, 1630 485 

Epigram to a Friend and Sonne ib. 


e humbte PetiŁion of Poore Ben 

the right honourable, the Lord Treasurer 

of England. An Epigram 

An Epigram to my Mose, the Lady Digby, on 

ber Husband Sir Keneiroe Digby 

New years eapect pew gtfts : sister, yoar harpe 
A New Years Oift, sung to King Charles, 1635 

^n the King's Birth-day 

To my Lord the King, on the Christning hia 

second Sonne James • 

An Elegy on the Łady Annę Paalet, Marchio- 

nessof Winton 

Eupheme$ or the Faire Famę, left to Posterity 
of that truły noble Lady, the lady Yenetia 

Digby, &c. 

L The Dedication of herCradle 

IL The Song of ber Descent 

III. The Picture of the Body 

lY. The Mind 

To Kenelme, John, George 

fX. Elegie on my Muse, the truły hononred 
Lady, the Lady Yenetia Digby i who living 
gave me leaTC to cali ber so. Being ber 

AnoeEaziZ, or Relation to the Saints 

The Praises of a Country Life, from Uorace*s 

Beatus ille, qui procul negotiis 

From Horace, Ode the first, the fourth Booke. 

To Yenus 

Ode IX. booke IIL To Lydia. Dialogue of 

Horace and Lydia 

Prom Martial, lib. vłii. 77 «... 


To the great exa mpl€ of hooour^ndj^ecŁuCt 
the most ftóble William, Earle of Pembroke, 

Lord Cbaoiberlaine, lec 

L TotheReader 

II, To my Book 

III. To my Bookselłer 

lY. To King James 

Y. On (he Union 

YL To Alchymists 

YIL On the new Hot-honse 

YIIL OoaRobbery .. 

IX. To All, to wbom I write 

X. To my Lord Ignorant 

XI. On Something that walks Some- 


Xn. On Lieutenant Shia 

XIII. To Doctor Empirick 

XIY. To William Camden 

XY. On Court Worme 

XYL To Braine Hardy 

XYn. To the leamed Critick 

XYIII. To my meere English Censurer ... 
XIX. Oo Sir Cod the perfumcd 















































To Ihe aame Sir Cod 

On refomied Gamester . 



On Sir VolQpŁnous B«iast 

On tbesame Beast 

On Sir John Koe 

On Don Sarły , 

To Str Annual Tilter 

To Penon Guiltie. 

On Banck, the Usurer 

On Sir John Roe 

To the same 

Of Death 

To King James 

To the Obost of Martial 

On ChcT'ril the Lawyer 

To Penon Oniltie 

On old Colt 

On Mafgaiet Ratdifle 

On Gyptee ••••.••••«..« 

On OUes and Jonę 

To Robert Barie of Salisburie ... 
On Chuffe, Baoks the Usurer^s 


V. On my first 
XLVL To SJr LucLlesw Woo-«U 

LVII. To the same 

XLVIIL On Mungril fiKiuire 

XLIX. ToPIay-Wright 

L. To Sir Cod 

LI. To King James, upon the happie 

faise Romoar of his Death, the 

^ 22d day of March, 1607 .... 

\ LII. To Censorioos Coortling 

Uli. To Old End Oatherer 

UV. On Cb€f'ril 

^' LV. To Francis Beaamont 

\LVL On Poet Ape 

LVIL On Bandcs, and Usnrers 

LVIII. To Groome Ideot 

LIX. On Spies 

LX. To William Lord Mounteagle ... 

LXL To Foole,or Knave 

LXII. To 6ne Lady Woułd-Be 

LXin. To Robert Earle of Salisburie ... 

LXIV. To tbe same, opon the Acces- 

sion of the Treasurership to 

him / 

To my Mnse 

To Sir Henry Cary 

To Thomas Earie of Suffołke ... 

On Play-Wrigbt 

To Pertinax Cob 

To William Roe 

On CoantParrat 


To Fme Grand 

To Thomas Lord Chancełlor 

On Lippe, the Teacher 

On Lucy Conntesseof Bedford ... 
To One that desired me not to 

name him ; • 

To Horoet 

ToElizabeth Conntcsse of Rotland 

Of Ufe and Death 

To Proule thePlagiary 

POCKIL On embmd Osptain Surly .... , 





































^ LXXX. 





























To a Friend 

To Lucy Cpni^te^ o f lUHfiM^ 

To Sir Heniy Goodyere .^TT. 

To the same 

On Captain Hazard tbe Cheater . 

On Engłith Mounsieur 

ToEdwailft Allen 

On Mili, my Lady's Woroan 

To Sir Horace Vere ..%... 


To Sir John Radcliffe 

To Lucy Coantes6e of Bedford, 

with Mr. Donne*8 Satyres ...'... 

To Sir Henry SaWlet 

On tbe New Motion 
To Sir Thomas Roe 
To the same 



a On Play-Wright 

CT . Ipy itin ar m FriMuI to Siipp^y ^- . . 

CIL TO WilHam Earie or Pembroke. 

CUL To Mary Lady Wroth 

CIV. To Susan Countesse of Mont- 
gomery • % 

CV. To Mary Lady Wroth 

CVI. To Sir Howard Herbert 

CVIL To CapUine Hungry 

CVIIL TotmeSouldien.: 

CK. To Sir Henry Nevil 

ex. To element Edmonds, on his 
Cesar'* Commentaiies obserr- 

ed, aud translated 

CXI. To tbe same, on the same 

CXII. To a weake Gamester in Poetry . 

CXIII. To Sir Thomas Overbury 

CXIV. ToMrs. PhilipSydncy 

CXV. On theTowne'8 hooest Man 

CXVI. To Sir William Jephson ... 

CXVIL OnGroyne 


CXIX. To Sir Ralph Shelton 

^ v' CXX. An EpiUph on S. P. a Child of Qu. 


CXX(. To Benjamin Rudyeid 

CXXII. To the same..... 

CXXin. To the same 

CXXIV. EpiUpK on Elizabeth U H 

CXXV. To Sir William U^edale 

CXXVL To his Lady, theo Mrs. Cary .... 

CXXV1I. To Esme lord Aubigny 

CXXVnL To William Roe 

CXXIX. To Edward Filmer, on bis mu- 
sical Work dedicated to tbe 

Qu<*en. Anno 1629 

CXXX. To Mime 

CXXXI. To Alphon8o Ferrabosco, on his 


CXXXIL To the same 

CXXXIIL To Mr. Josuah Sykester 

CXXXIV. On the famous Voyage 

The Voyage it selfe 



































\ L Why I write not of Iove 515 

U. To Penshnrst ib. 

III. To Sir Robert Wroth 516 

rv. To the World. A Farewell for a 

GentlewomaniTertuous and ooble 517 






omen are but Men*! 

Shaddows ib. 

^Ill.ySon;. To SickMsse 518 

yjgaX ./bong. To Celia ^. ib. 

'•^fX. AacTmust I ging? what sabject 

shall I chuie? ib. 

XI. Epode 519 

XII. Eptstle to Elizabeth Coantesse of . 

Rutland ib. 

Xiri. Epbtle to Katherine, LadyAabijpiy 520 
XIV. Ode to Sir William Sydney, od his 

BIrth-day 521 

XV. To HeaTetttrr.. ••*<«»•«•*.•>.. , 522 



Prom Cynihia^i lUcells, 

f\l. Slow, slow, freshłbunt, keep time 
« with Jby salt teais 

X •!! O, that joy so soon shoald waste ! 

^ III. Thou morę than mottaweet gknre. 

^ XV. Oueoi and hantresse,, cfaaste and 
/\ &ira .V. 



V. Iflfreely can disoo^er ib. 

I. loTe is blind, and a wanton ...... 523 

U. Wake, our mirth begins to die ib. 

Viii. Blush, FoUy, blosh: here*s nona 
that fears 

Gyptiet Songt. From ihe Masjue performed 
ai BurUigk, 

XXVIII. From the famous peacke of Darby 525 
XXIX. Cock Łorrell would needs łiate the 

devillhis guest..... 526 

Fhm the ShtpkmPs HoUday, 

XXX. Thus, thus, begin the yearly rites. ib. 

Hymnt io Pm, 

XXXŁ Hymn I. Of Pan we sing, the best 

ofsingers, Pan , ,. 52*f 

XXXII. Hymn II. Pan is our all, by bim 

we breathe, we 1ive ib. 

XXXIII. Hymn III. If yet, if yet ib. 

X2QCIV. Hymn IV. Great Pan the latber 

of our peaoe and pleasure ...... ib. 

Rom the Mtuqu€ qf the Fortunate Idet, 
XXXV. Looke forth the Shepheaid of the 


..I * Erom the Silemt Womatu 

4 XXXIX. Still to be neat stiU to be drest 

Brom yolpone. 

IX. Fools, tbey are the oniy nation .... ib. 

X. Had old Hippocrates, or Oalen ... ib. 
XI. You that would last loog, list to 

my song ib. 

XII. Come, my Celia, let us prore ...... ib. 

From the Matgues and Entertmnmtnti, 
XIII. See, see, O see who here is oome a 

* In the DevU is on Ais, 

XL. Do but look on ber eyes ! tbey do 

From Lne^t Iriumph through CoitipoiŁU, 

XXXVŁ Joy, joy to mortals, the rejoycing 
flres ' 

From Chkńduu 

XXXVIŁ Come fortb, oome forth, the gent]^ 
, spring 

From the Sad Shepherd. 
XXXVIII. Though I am youog and cannoŁ 








Chonutetjrom the Tragedy ąf Cataline, 

I. Can nothing great, and at Ihe heigfat 529 

II. Oreat latber Mars, and greater JoTe ib. 

III. What is this, Heayens^ you prepare 5S0 

IV. Now, do our eares, before our eyes ib. 


Maying ' ib. |Epithalamion. FromHymensei 

r XrV. When love at ftrst did move 524^K^ve a Httle Boy. From the Masque on Lord 

V XV. So beauty on the waters stood ib. ' Haddington's Manriage 

^CVI. If all these Cupids now were blind ib. 

XVII. It was no polity of conrt ib. 

XVIII. Yes, were the Ioves or &lse, or 

straying ib. 

XIX* Melt, earth to sea, sea flow to aire ib. 
XX. Bow both your heads at once, and 

hearts ib. 

XXI. So breaks the sun earth's rugged 

chains ib. 

Comk Songi from the ffonour qf ffalet. 


Epi thalamion, from the same 533 

WitchesCharms. From the MasqneofQueens ib, 
A Panegyre, on the happy Entranceof James, 
our SoTeraigoe, to his first high Session of 
Parliament in this his Kingdome, the 19th 

of March, 1603 536 

An Espostofation with Inigo Jones 537 

To a Friend, an Epigram of hhn 538 

To Inigo Marąuts Would-Be, a Corollary ib» 1 

On the honoured Póems of his honoured Friend 
Sir John BeaumoDt .«.. ib. 

To Mr. John Fletcher, upon bis Faithful Sbep- 

JCT II. ris not come here to taukeofBrut. 52jN| herdess 

XXIII. Tls true, was weare him sherkin tl^itaph on the Countess of Pembroke, Sister 

freize ibJ P to Sir Philip Sidney ib. 

A Visioa on the Muses of his Friend Mr. Dray- 

ton ib. 

On Michael Drayton, buried in Westminster q « i 

Abbey ....1 O AA 

Jo the Memory of my beloved Mr. Wiltiam *' 

Bit he hath left os • 

— ■ I ■ r. 

XXrV. Auli this*s the backs now, let us 

tellyee ib. 

XXV. Butaullthtswhilewasnererthinke ib. 

3tX VI. And yet is nothing now auli this... ib. 
XXVIL An, but #hat say yow should it 

shanoe too •... ib, 


ib. j 




LegfftGoDTifmles 540 

Boitt fgr the TaTcni Academy : or, Iaws for 
the BeanoL Esprits, from tbe Latin of Ben. 
Johnson, eograyen in Marble orcr the Chim- 
ney, io tbe Apollo oC the Old Devil Tajeni, 
Tempie Bar; that beiog bitCIub-room. By 

a Modem Hand 1.... ib. 

OftrtheDoorat tbe Eotranceinto tbe Apollo. 541 
1V>ny fiiithfal Serrant, and by bis oontinaed 
Yiitite, my lovrag Fńend, the Autbor of tbis 
Woit» the Nortbeni La», a Oonedy, Mr. 

Rjcfańd Broome t ib. 

The jut Indignatioa tbe Author took at the 
valf ar Censare of bis Play (Mew lon^ by 
mne malicuoiis Spectators, begat tbe fbUov- 
i^ Ode to bimaelf ib. 



An Answer to tbe Ode, " Come leare tbe lotbed 
stage," by Owen Feltbam 549 

An Answer to Mr. Ben Jonson^S Ode, to per- 
suade htm not to leare tbe Stage, by lliomas 
Randolpb ib. 

Fragment of a Satire' on Jon8on'B Magnetic 
Lady. By Alesander Gili of St. Paulus 
Scbool 543 

To my dear Son, and right learaed Friend, 
Master Joseph Rotter. Prefixed to tbe Shep- 
herd's Holiday, a pastorał Tkragi-eomedy, 
1635 .*. ib. 

To my cbosen Friend tbe learned Translator 
of Lacan, Thomas May, eaq 544 

To tbe woithy Autbor of the Husband. An 
anonymons Piece pablished in 1 61 4 ib. 

Horaoe, of the Art of Poetiie •• • ,. iU 


Ilie Aatbor*ft liSe, by Mr. Chalmen. 
TotheBeader. Promedition 1648 .. 




To tbe Beane, (from Flower in Northampton- 
dure, 16S5,) now the worthy Bishop of 
Norwiub. By Robert Gomenall 559 

Ob Dr. Corbefs marriage,(from Wit Restored, 
Sto. 1658.) , ib. 

¥crses in Hońoor of Bisbop Coibet, ibund in a 
bbnkleaf of bispoemsin MS. , 560 

Cpoa my good lord theBiitbop of Norwiche, 
Bichard Cbrbet, who dyed Joly 28, 1635, 
sad fies bnried in bb Cathedral Cbnrche. 
(By Mr. John Taylor ofNorwieb: from tbe 
Cdkinet, pnUisbed tbeie in 1795 'ib. 

Aa Elegie writteA npon the Deatb of Dr. RaTis, 
Bishop of London 561 

^leet atż aimo^ Ponctiaipie omnibus digoissimo» 
Thomse Goriato de Odćombe, peregrinanti, 
pedestris Ordinis, equestrisqne FamflS ib. 

lalibnmisnnm 56St 

To Thonas Goryate.... ib. 

A eertain Poem, as it was pnsented in lAtine 
by Dińnes and othen b^bre bis Majesty in 
Csmbridge by Way of Enterlnde styled liber 
Moras de Adwentu Regis ad Gantabrigiam. 
Fsithiolly dooe into Eoglish, with some 
llheial Additions. Madę rather to be sung 
thaa lead to tbe Tnne of Bonny Neli 562 

Ab aaswer to tfae fbrmer Soiig, in Latin and 
E«giish. By Łakes 564 

Adftamenta Snperiori Cantico 566 

OftOeŁadyArabella. (Tbe nnfbitimate lady 
Arriidla Stuart who died in tbe Tower, 
Sept«7,1615) ib. 

DpOB Mistris Bf^let, an unhandsome Gentle- 
imoMi who madę Lorę anto him .••• ib. 

Ib 4 |niarlam A— i Tai sa rionam Sciiptorero 567 

laPsetamoanetoratiimetemeiitam ib. 

Ol Hr. pEMcis Beaamoni, then newly dead... ib. 

Aa Bkgie on tbe late Loid WUfian Howaid, 

• ib. 

To tbe Lord Mordant, upon his Retamfrom 
the North, wbither be had acoompanied lUng 
Jamesiul617 568 

To the Prince, afterwards Charles tbe Fint... 570 

A New Year'8 Gift, To my Lorde Duke of 
Buckingham ib. 

A Letter sent from Dr. Corbet to Sir Thomas 
Ailesbury, Secretary to the Duke of Buck- 
ingham, December the 9th, 1618. On the 
Oocasion of a blazing Star ib. 

Dr. Corbet'8 Joumey into France 571 

An Ezhortatioo to Mr. John Hammon, Minister 
in the Parish of Bewdiy, for the battering 
downe of the Yanities of the Gentiles, which 
are comprehended in a May-pole. WrlUen 
by a zealous Brother from the Black Fryeis 572 

An Elegy upon tbe Deatb of Queen Annę..... 573 

An El^e upon the Deatb of his own Father •• 574 

An Elegie upontheDeath of Łady Haddlngton, 
Wife of John Ramsay Yiscount Haddingtoo, 
who dyed of the Small-pox........ ib. 

On Christ Church Play at Woodstock 575 

A Letter to the Duke of Buckingham, being 
with tbe Prince in ^Mine ib. 

On the Bar) of Dorsefs Deatb. (Richard, the 
tbirdEarlof Dorset) .^ 576 

To tbe new bom Prince, afterwards Charles IL 
upon the Apparition of a Starr, and the fol- 
lowing Eccłypse ib. 

On the Birtb ofyoung Prince Charles IK 

To bis Son, Yinoent Corbet, on his Birtb-day, 
No^ember 10, 1630, being then three Yean 
old ib. 

An ^itiq;)b on Dr. Donnę, Dean of Paulus, bom 
in 1673; died Marcb 31, 1631 577 

Cortain few Woordes spoken oonceming one 
Benet Corbett after ber Decease. She died 
October tbe 2d, Anno 1634 ib. 

IterBoreale ib. 

On Mr. Rice, the Mancipleof Christ Church in 
Oslbid 381 

On Henry Bolings ib. 

On John Dawson, Butler of Christ Church . ... ib. 

On Gnat Tom of Christ Church ib. 




R. d 582 

A proper new Ballad, intttaled tbe Faerye^a 

Farewell, or, God- A-Mercy Will ; ib. 

A Non Seqnitor 583 

Nonsense ib. 

The C>>nntry Life ib. 

The Ghost of Robert Wiadome 584 


To tbe Ładyes of the New Dresse, that we«i« 
tbeirOofgets and Raylet down to thdr 

Wattejt 584 

TheLadies Answer ......; 585 

Corbefs Reply 1\k 

Upon Fairford Windows ib. 

Another ; ib. 

An Epitaph on Thomas Jońce ib. The distracted Paritane 586 


The Author*s Life, by Mr. Cbalmen 589 

The Spring 591 

To A. L. piersuasions to love ib. 

Łipsand Eyes 592 

Adivine Miiłtreas ib. 

Song. A beautiful Mistren ib. 

A cmel MistresK ib. 

Song. Murdering Beanty .'... ib. 

My Mistren, oommanding me to return her 

Letters 593 

Secrecy protested ib. 

A Prayer to the Wind ib. 

Soog. Mediocrity in Love rejected 594 

Song. Good Counsel to a young Maid ......... ib. 

To my Mistress, titing by a River*B Side ib. 

Song. Conquestby FUght ib. 

Song* To my inconstant Mistress ib. 

Song. Persuasions to enjoy 595 

A I^position from LoTe ib. 

Ingratefttl Beanty tbreatened ib. 

Disdain retumed '. ib. 

A Looking-glass • ib. 

An FJegy on the Lady Pen. Sent to my ^is- 

tress out of France 596 

To my Mistreas in Absence ib. 

To her in Absence. Aship..... 597 

Song. Eternity of Love protested ib. 

Some Aheration in my Mistress, after my De- 

parture into France . ib. 

Good counsail to a young maid ib. 

Celia bleeding. Tothe Sni^eon ib. 

To J. H. a Lady reserobling my Mistreas ib. 

ToSazham 598 

Upon a Ribband ib. 

To the King at his Entrance into Saxham. By 

Master Jo. Crofts , ib. 

Upon th« Sickness of E. S. 599 

A New-year'8 SacriBce. To Lucinda ib. 

Soog. To one. who wben I praised my Mistress^s 

Beanty, said I was blind 600 

Song. To my Mistress, I buming in Love ib. 

Song. To ber again, she buming in a Fever ... ib. 

Upon the King*s Sickness ^ ib. 

Song. To a Lady not yet enjoyed by ber Hus- 

band : ib. 

Song. The willing Prisoner to his Mistress 601 

A Fly that fiew into my Mistress's Eye ib. 

Song. Celia finging ib. 

Song. Celiasinging ib. 

Song. To one who desiredto know my Mistress ib. 
In the Penon of aŁady to her inconstant Ser- 

vant 602 

Truce in Lorę entreated ib. 

To my ltival , •...• ih. 

Boldness in Łore 602 

A pastorał Dialogue, Celia, Cleon ib. 

Griefingrost 603 

A pastorał Dialogue, Shepherd, Nymph. Chorus ib. 

Red and wbite Ro9es 604 

To my Cousin C. R. marrying my Lady A. ... ib. 

A Lorer upon an Accident necessitating his 
Departure, consults with Reason ib. 

Parting. Celia weeps ib. 

EpiUph on the Lady Mary Yillers ib. 

Anotber 605 

AnOther ib. 

Epitaph on the Lady & Wife to Sir W. S ib. 

Maria Wentwortb, Thome Comitis Cleyeland 
Filia Primogenlta, Yiginiam Animam esba- 
łarit.. ib« 

On the Duke of Buckingham rb. 

Another 606 


L OfJealousy, Dialogue ib. 

IL Femine Hononr 607 

IIL Separatłonof Lopers ib. 

IV. Inoommunicabilily of Lope ib. 

Songi in the Ptay, 

A Loper in the Disguise of an Anaazon, is dearly 
beloped of his Mistress ib. 

Another. A Lady rescued from Deatb by « 
Knight, who in the Instant leapes ber, thus 
complains •... 608 

To Ben. Jonson, upon Occasion of his <Me of 
DeAance annexed to bis Pl/iy of the New Ido 

An Hyroeneal Dialogue. Bride and Groom .... 

Obsequies to the late Annę Hay 

To the Countess of Anglesea, npon the im- 
moderately by her lamented Death of her 

An Elegie upon the Death of Doctor Doone, 
DeanofSt. PAurs 

In answer to an elegiacal Letter upon the Death 
of the King of Sweden, from Aurelian Town- 
send inviting me to write upon that Subjeet 

Upon Mr.W. Montague, his Return fiomTrapel 

To Master W. MonUgue 

On the Marriage of T* K. and CC. the Mom- 
ing stormy 

For a Picture where the Queen lameats oper 
theTomb of a slain Knight 

To a lAdy that desired 1 would lope her 

Upon my Lord Chief Jnstice bis Elcctioa of 
my lady A. W. for bis mistrisi • 









To A. Dl nnreuoiiably dtstnistfal of htr own 

Beaoty 613 

To B j Fnend, G. N. from Wreit. 614 

AN«w-3F«ar^Oift. TotbeKing 615 

IbikeOueen , ib. 

Tb tbe New Ycar, for tbe Counteai of Curlisle 616 
Tl my honoured Triend Master Thomu May» 

lipop his Gbinedy, the Henr ib. 

Td Mkj worthy Fnend, Master George Sands, 

cobisTVaiałatioiioftheBnliDs..... ib. 

To my ameb honoured Priend, Henry Lord 
Carey of Lepiogton, upoa bisTransJadon of 

Mal^en 617 

Tb my worthy Friend, Master D^ ATenant, upon 

bb eaodknt Pbiy tbe Just Italian ib. 

To tbe Reader cf Mr. D* ATenanfs Play ib. 

To my Friend William D*Avenant 613 

Tlie Gomparisoo ib. 

TheEiiqiiiry ib. 

Tbe Spńrk 618 

Oa Sigbt of a Gentleiromau'sFace in tbe Water 6 1 9 
SoQg. Alk me no morę wbere Joye bestows ... ib. 
SoBg. Woald you know what*8 soft, I dare .... ib. 

TV Hoe and Cry ib. 

Saoę. To his Mistrea coa6ned 690 

7beFńmi«e ib. 


Tbe Tinder 680 

SoDg. la ber fair cheeks two pits do lie ib. 

The Canrer. To bit mistress ib. 

To tbe Painter 621 

Love's Courtship ib. 

On a damask Bose sticking upon a Lady 'O 

breast ib. 

Tbe Protestatioot a Soonet ib. 

TheTooth-ach cnied by a Kiss 629 

Tothe jealous Mistress Ib. 

TheDart ib. 

To my Lord Admirał upon bis late Sickness 

and RecoTery ib. 

On mistress N. To the green Sickness 683 

Upon a Mole in Celia's Bosom ib» 

An Hymeneal Song on the Nuptials of the Lady 

Annę Wentworth, and the Lord LoTelace ... ib. 

A married Woman 684 

A divłne LoTe ..••.... ih. 

Love'B Force ib. 

A Fancy , • •• ib. 

To his Mistress 685 

In Praiseof his Mistress ib. 

To OeWtL, upon LoTe's Ubiąoity..... ib. 

Coelum Britannicnm: a llAaaque .*..... .. 626 


Tbe Autbor's Ufe, by Mr. Cbalmers 639 

Fbimpa*s Preboe to the Editionof 1656 643 

au^ l^rtl 645 

Part 11 656 


Ob tbe Fortrait of the Coontess of Perth ib. 

Ontbalsamedrawn with aPMx:il . ib. 

Msdrigat My thoa^ts hołd morUl strife .... 668 
Ab Gl^y npoo the ▼ictorioos King of Sweden, 

OostaTos Adolphns ib. 

Tean on the Death of Mmliades '„%. 663 

^tapb, Stay» pasKnger, see where enclosed 

fics 664 

Aaotber. A paaring glance, a lightning kmg. 

tbeskies ib. 

AThMiataonof Sir John Soot^s Yerses, b<^n- 

■i^QnodTitcsectaboviter? 665 


IW Statoe of Mednsa ib. 

Tbe Portiaitof Mars and Yenns ib. 

;.. ib. 

'*sDream ib. 

: ib. 


Od bis lady beboiding henelf in a Marble ... ib. 

ToSleep ib. 

A plenutt Deceit ib. 

Tbe Onnon 666 

Ihuf Metamorphosb ib. 

TbeOaalityofaKia ib. 

ffitŁidy*sDog. ib. 

^Almanack ib. 

TheflOk-woniiof Loto ib. 

PBcp Impitniou of Lo?e to hia Mistress ib. 

AChaiBofaoU ....M..M ib. 

On tbe Death of a Limiet 666 

Ul!a*sPrayer ib. 

Armelin's Epitaph ib. 

Epitapb. The bawd of justice, be who Unn 

controll'd 667 

ATkanslation ib. 

Epitaph. Then death thee bath begniled ib. 

Ajest ib. 

Proteus of Marble ib. 

Pamphilus • .« ib. 

Apelles enamoured of Campaspe, Alexander's 

Mistress « ib. 

Campaspe ib. 

Gomucopta ib. 

LoTe soflers no Parasol ibw 

Unpleasant Musick ib. 

Sloeping Beaoty 66S 

Alcon'sKiss ib. 

The Statuę of Yenus sleeping , ib. 

lAura to Petrarch ib. 

TbeRooe ib. 

A Loyer^s Prayer ib. 

lolas* Epitapb ib. 

The Thgan Hone ib. 

For Dorus ib. 

Love Tagabonding ...^ ib. 

ToaRiTer ib. 

lida ib. 

PbrofDe 669 

Kissep deoirad ibb 







Answer .•..■.•.•••...... •...•..•...•.........•.. 

Tbe Cruelty of Bora ; 

A Kiss ib. 

KaU't CoaipIaiDt 





Phillif 669 

AWish * ib. 

Nłsa • ib. 

A Łover's Heaven 670 

Epttaph. This dear, thoagb not respected eartb 
doŁh hołd • ib. 

Beauty^s Death ib. 

Łalus' Death ib. 

Flowers of Sion: or, Sptriiual Poems ib. 

An Hymn ou tbe FairestFair 676 

Tbe Wanderinc Muses, or tbe River of Forth 
feafftiug. Betng ft Panegyńc to tbe high and 
inigbty Prince James, King of Oreat Britaiu, 
France and Ireland..... 679 


An intended Speech at tbe West Oate 682 

Tbe Speech of Caledonia represendng the 

Kingdom .*. 683 

The Song of tbe Muses at Pamassiu ib. 

Tbe Speeches at tbe Hoooscopal Pageant, by 

thePlanets 684 

A Pastorał Elegie on the Death of Sir William 
Alezander 686 


A Pastorał Song, Phillis and Daroon 687 

AU good hath left this age, all tracks of shame. ib. 
Dotb then the world go thus, doth all Łhus 

move ? ib. 

A Reply .....! ib. 

Look how in May the rosę ib. 

Ib a Swallow building near the Statuę of Medea 688 

Yenusarmed ^.. ib. 

The Boar^s Head ib. 

To an Owi ib. 

Tbe Bear of Lorę ib. 

Fire Sonnets lor Galatea ib. 

Sonnet. Gare'B cbarining sleep, son of the sable 

night 689 

To Thanmantia, singing ib. 

Upon a Glass ib. 

OfaBee ib. 

Ofthesame ib. 

OfaKiss ib. 

Idmon to Yenus 690 

A Lo^ert Piaint ib. 

HisFirebrand ib. 

Daphni8'Vow ib. 

Tbe Stsitiie of Yenus sleeping .■• tb. 

Aathea'8 Gift ib. 

ToThauroantia ib. 

A LoTer'8 Day and Night .'. ib. 

The Statuę of Adonis ib. 

CloruB to a Grove ib. 

A Couplet encomiastic -. ib. 

Anotber ib. 

UpoD a Bay Tree not loog sińce growing in tbe 

Roinsof Yii^rsTomb 691 

Flora's Flower ib. 

Melampu8*s Epitaph ...» ib. 

The Happiness of a Flea ib. 

Ofthesame • ib. 

Lina'8 Yirginity «..; ib. 

Love naked ib. 

Niobe •• ib. 

Changeof Lo?€ 691 


WildBeauty 691 

Cox^tantLove ib. 

ToCbloris 694 

Tbyrsis in Dispraise of Beauty ib, 

Eurymedon's Praise of Mira •. ib. 

Tbaumantia at the Departare of Idmon ib. 

Erycine at the Departure of Alesis 693 

Comparison of his Thoughts to Pearls ib. 

All changeth ib. 

Siienus to King Midas ib. 

To his amorouB Thooght ib. 

Phillis on the Death of ber Sparrow ib. 

OnthePortraitpftbeCountessofPerth. Sonnet. 694 
Madrigal. If light be not beguilM ib. 


A Reply ib. 

TheStatneof Alcides ib. 

A Speech at the King's Entiy into the Town 
of LInlithgow ; pronounced by Mr James 
Wiseman, School master there, inclosed in 
a Plaster madę in the Figurę of a lioc 695 

Tbe Character of an Anti-covenanter, or Ma- 

lignant ib, 

The fire Senses 696 

The Abstract ib. 


On a Drunkard 697 

On one named Margaret ib. 

On a young Lady ib. 

Aretinii9's Epitaph ib^ 

Yerses on the !ate William Earle of Pembroke ib. 

A Reply /. ib. 

Upon the Death of John Karl of Lauderdale... ib. 
OnthcDeatb of a Nobleman in Scotland, buried 

at Ałthen 699 

To the Ob8eqnies of the blessed Prince James, 

King of Great Britain ib. 

AnotWr on the same subject 699 

Rosę 700 

To Sir William AIexander, with the Aothor'8 

Epitaph ib. 


ATranslation ib. 

Sonnets 701 

TheSbadowof tbeJudgment 702 

Four Hymns 705 

Hymn for Sunday 706 

Hymn for Monday ib. 

Hymn for Tuesday 707 

Hymn for Wednesday ib. 

Hymn for T^ursday Ib. 

Hymn for Friday ...;.... ib. 

Hymn for Saturday ib. 

Hymn upon the Natirity ..: ibw 

Hjrmn upon the Innocents 708 

Upon the Sundays in Lent ib. 

On tbe Ascension Day ib. 

Hymn for Whitsuuday ib. 

On the Transfiguration of onr Lord, tbe sizth 

of August ib. 

On the Peast of St. Micbael the Archangel ... 709 

Peter, after tbe Denial of bis Master ib« 

On the Yirgin Mary ib. 

Complaint of the blessed Yirgin 710 

Dedication of a Cburch ib. 









William Shakspbabb was bon «t Stmtfoid-iip<»i-AvoDy in Warwicksliire, on the 
SSd day of Aprii, 1564. Of tlie nak oftus famflj it » not easy to foim an opidon. 
lir. Rowe njs, tbat by tbe register and certain public writiogs rclating to Stratford, it 
appeus that bit ancestors were ** of good figUre and fasfaion'' in tbat town, and are 
Mationed as ** geBldeauen" an epitbet* wbicb was cettaiuly morę determinate tben tbaa 
tt presont^ wbcn it bas become an unlimited phrase of conrtesj. His fttfaer, Joba 
Sfadupeare, was a eonsiderable dealer in wool, and faad been an offieer and iNuliff (pro- 
bsbfy U^i-bailiff or mayor) of tbe body corporate of Stratford. He beld aiso tbe office 
of jaitiee of tbe peace, and at one time, it is said, possessed lands and teneraents to tbe 
SMNiot of fiye bnndied ponnds, tbe reward of bis giandiatber^s ftitbfiil and approved 
lemees to king Henry the SerenA. TUs, bowener/ bas been asserfeed upon very donbt- 
faltathority. Mr. Malone tbinks '' it is bigbly probabk tbat be distingnisbed bimsdf 
m Boswortb Fiekł on tbe side of king Hcniy» and tbat be wasrewarded for bis militaiy 
suticcs by tbe bonnty of tbat parsimonioos prince, tbougb not witb a grant of lands. 
No sudi giant appears in tbe cbapel of the Rolls^ from tbe beginning to the end of 
Honys rc^.'' But wbateTer may bave been bis former weakb, it appears to bave 
bccB gieatly reduced in tbe htter part of bis lifie, as we find^ from the books of tbe 
cnporMion, tbat in 1579 be was eicused tbe triffing weekly (ax of four^enoe levied.4Mi 
aB the aldermen ; and diat in 1586 another alderman was iqppointed in bis roorn^ in 
coB9cqaeaoe of bis declining to attend on the business of tfaat offioe« It is even said by 
Aobiey', a man suffidently aocurate in fiicts, ahhough credulous in superBtitious nar« 
ntńes sod tiaditiom^ tbat be foUowed for*8ome time tbe occupatioa of a butcher, wbich 
Mr. Bfabme tbinks not inconsistent witb probabiKty. It must bave been, bowever, at 
Ihb tanę, no inconsiderable addition to his difficulties tbat be bad a fiunily of ten chfl- 
drau His wife was tbe daugbter and beiress of Robert Arden of WelUi^cote, in tbe 
caorty of Warwick, wfao is styied, ^ a gentkman of worship/' Tbe family of Arden is 
«tiy sneient, Robert Arden of Bromicb, esą. being in die list of the gentry of this county, 

■ M8Sb Aairttj, Moi. Ashm^I. Oson. enmined by Mr. Małooe. 


retttiA^ by^ńitcmaaM^afstBjnJńitt twelflb jeur of kingHeni; tłie Siztfi, aono Doniał 
1433. Edward Aitien was aliertf of the county m 15$8. The woodlaixł pait of ddi 
coiinty was ancicDtly called Ardem^ aAerwaids softened to Arden: and hence Ike 

Our flldstiious poet was the ddest loo, and recei^ed his eariy educatkNi, whetiitr 
narrow or liheral, at a ftee-fchooly probaUj that founded at Stratford ; but finom tUi 
he appears to havje been soon remoyed, and placed, accordmg to Mc Malone's opinioBy 
in the office of sonie country attomey, or the seneschal of some mąm^r oourt, idiere it is 
higUy pn)bable he picked up those technical kw phrases that so fie<iuently occur id his 
plays, and could not ha^e been m oonunon use unless amoog professkmal men. Bfr. 
Capell coDJectures that his early manriage prevented his being sent to some univeraity. 
It appears, howeTer, as Dr. Farmer observeSy that his early life was inoompatible with 
a coprse of edacatton, and it is oertain that ** his contempoiaries, friends and foes» nay, 
and himself likewise, agree in his want of what b usiially termed literaturę." It ii^ { 
iodeed, a strong argument in favour of Shakspeare'9 illiterature, that it was maintained 
by all his contemporaries, many of wbom have left upon record every merit they 
could bestow on him ; and by his successon, who ltved nearest to his time, when " bb 
memory was green;" and that it bas been denied only by Gildon« Sewell, and othęf% 
^W9 to Upton, who coold hame no raiąans of ascertaining.the tnith. 

In his eight^senth ycar. or perfaaps a Vttle sooner, be married Annę Hathaws^, irtm , 

.was eightyesur&older than himself, the daughter of oue Hathaway^ who is said to ba«ie 

.Jbeen a substantial y eoman in the neighbourhood of Stratford. Of his domestic eooDpnj^ 

fit professionsd oocupation, at this time, we have no informątion, but it would a p pear 

that both were in a considerable d<;giee neg^ted by his associatii^ witfa a ga^g of deei^ 

stealen. Beiug detected with them in robbing the park of sir Thomas Lucy of Charia- 

cotCf near Stratford, he was so rigorously prosecnted by that gentleman as to be oblig^ai 

to leave his &niily and business, and take shelter in London. Sir Thomas, on thia oe* 

casion, is said to have been e^aspe^atedby a ballad Shakspeare wrote, probably hia 

first essay in po^try^ pf lybąch the foHowing stania wąs .q^mmunicated to Mr. Oidys : 


f* A pariicmcnto nMniber, a jaslioe of pesoe,^ 
At borne a poor scar^rowe, ąt London an aifi^ 
If lowsie is Lucy, as some vol^e miscallę it, 
llien tucy is lówsic whateyer befall it : 

He thinks liimtetf greate/ 

Yet ao a»e in ki| etate 
We allowe by his ean but with asset to matę. 
Ii Lucy is lowsie, as some Yolke miscallę it, 

diDg lowsie Lucy, whatever belall it.** 

• •» 

Theae lin^, it piust hp cpnCesseid, dp no gieat hońojar to pi^r poet, and probąh^ 
were unjust, for although some of his admiren have recorded sir Thomas as a *' 
weak, and viDdictłve magistrate," he was certainty eferting no very yiolent act of o| 
sion, iii protecting his property against a man who was d^radiug the oommonest 
of tife, and had at this time beq[>eke up mdulgence by superior tąlents. The bsUlad, 
tiowever, must have madę some noise at sir Tliomas's expense, as the author took cai« 
it should be aflbied to his park-gates, and liberally circulated among his neighbours. 

On hb arrind b London, whkh was prolwbly in 1585, wheji be was twenty-tw« 


jłtn oMf he is laid to liave maiie his firit aoąaaiotance in the play-house, to which 
idioien or tutę may ba^e directed him^ and where his neoessities, if tradition may be 
cndifeedy obliged him to acoept the office of caU4x>y« or proiiipter'8 attendant* This 
is a menial whose cmployment it is to give the peiformen potioe to be ready- to enteri 
n oAeo as the bosiness of the pby requim thefar appeataaee on the stage. Pope, 
howewy rełates a stoiy, commuuicated to him by Rowe, but which Rowe did Dot thbk 
deserroig of a pfauce m the life he wrote, that must a little retard the advancemeDt of 
oor poet to the olEce JDst mentioiied. According to this story, Shak8pe9re'8 first em« 
{doymeiit was to wait at the door of the play-house, and hołd the hones of those who 
had 90 aenrants, that they miglit be ready after the perfonnance. But, '' ł cannot/' 
siji h» ncute commentator, Mr. Steeyens, *' discuas Uiis anecdote without obseniog 
tet it seems to want eyery maik of probability. Though Sfaakspease quitted Stratford 
oaaoooont of a juTenile irregularity, we ha^e oo reason to suppose that be had for- 
feited the |aotection of his father, who was engaged in a lucEative business, or the iove 
ef his wife, who had abeady brought.hini two children, and waa herself the daughter 
of a substantial yeoman. It is unlikely, thereibie/ when he was beyond the reach of 
Ul prosecDtor, that hesbouldconceal his plan of life, or phioe of residenoe, from those 
who, if he fbnnd himstlf distressH, coold not fail to afFord him such supplies as wouU 
hsfe set him abo^e the necessity of koUmg har$e$ for subsistence. Mr. Malone bas 
Noaifccd in his ^ Attempt to ascertain the Order in which the Plays of Shakspeare were 
wiitten^^thathc mjghthave fonnd an eavjr istroduction to the stage; for Thomas Gwen, 
a ccieiMaled comedian of that period, was his townsman, and perhaps his rehdion. 
Tbe gcBins of onr anthor fHrompted him to write poetry ; his connection with a player 
wiffA Imwe given his productioos a dramatic tum ; or his own sagacity might faave taught 
hin that fiune was not incompatibk with profit, and that the theajŁce was an ayenue to 
koth. That it was once the genend cnstom to ride on hone4iack to the play, I an 
ttewise yet to kani« The most popular of the theatres were on the Bank Side ; and 
ve are toki by the satirical pamphleteers of that time, that the usoal modę of convey- 
aoce lo theae places of amusement was by water, but not a single writer so much aa 
kints at the cnstom of ridii^ to them, or at the practke of ha^ng horses JieM duiing 
fke hoon of eshibition. Some allosion to this usage, (if it had eaisted) must, I tbink, 
hsfe bem diaoDvered m the conrse of our researches after eontempotaiy .feahions. Łet 
it be leoMoibered too, that we receive this tale on no higher autbority than that of 
Ca^bo^s Łiv€a of the PoeU, toI. i. p. 1 30. Sit William DaYcnąpt tdd it to Mr. Better> 
ton, who cammnnicated it to Mr. Rowe, who, acoording to Dr. Johnson, rtlated it to 
Mr. P<^>e." Mr. Malone concurs in opuuon that this story stands on a wy sleoder 
feondatioo, while he differs from Mr. Steevens as to the fiict of gentkmen going to 
the theatre on horseback. With respect Ukewise to Shakspeare's father being '< en- 
pged m a lucratm business,'' we may remark that this could not have been the case 
at die time onr anthor came to London, if the preceding dates be correot. He is said 
lafcafe aiTi^ed in London m 1586, the year m which bis father resjgned the office of 
^derman, nntess pdeed we are permitted to coi\)ecture that his ręsignatwn was not Aie 
ea nscg ucn e e of htt necessities. 

Bot m whateTer situation he was first employed at tbe theatre, he appears to haiw 
scKMi disco^ercd those talents whidi afterwards madę him 

« Th* appUate ! ddłf hi ! ih« wonte of oor tUf«*'' 


Some di9tiii€tioii he probabły fint acąotred as an actor» although Mr. Rowe us 
not been able to dtscoTer any character m which be appeaitd to morę advantage thaii 
Ihat of the gfaost in Hamkt The instructions gńren to the player iu tbat tragedy^ 
and otiier passages of his woiks, show aD intimate aoqiiaintaiice with Ae skfll of actmgf 
and such as is scarcely surpassed in óur own days. He appears to have studied na* 
turę in acting as much as in writing. But all thb might ha^e been merę theoiy. Nf f • 
Malone b of opinion he was no great actor. The diśtinćtion, however, which he ofi- 
tained as an actor could ónly be hi his own plays, vtk which he would be assisted Dj 
the noTei appearance of author and actor combtned. Before his time, it does not ap^ 
pear that any actor of genius couM appear to advantage in the wretcfaed pieces repre- 
sented on the stage. 

Mr. Rowe regrets that he cannot inform iis which was die' first play he wrote* 
Morę skilfiil research has sinee found Ihat Romeo and Juliet, and Richard ń. and ItŁ 
werp printed iu idgTj wben he was thirty->three years old; there is «Iso some reaaott 
to thbk thaf he commenced a dramatic writer in 1592, and Mr. Malone CTed places 
Us first phy, First Part of Henry YI. in 1589^ His plays, howeyer, must have been 
not only popular, but approved by persoos of tiie higher order, as we are certain \hA 
he enjoyed thte gradoos fiivour of queen Elizabeth, who was very fi>nd of the s^age^ 
and the partitular and aflfectfonate patrońage of the earl of Southampton, to wfaom h^ 
dedicated bb poems of Yenus and Adonis and his Rape of Lucrece. On sir Wlltiafl| 
Davenanfs authority,.tt has been asserted that thb noblemanat one tłme gave fa&hil 
. thottsaod poundi^ to enable him to complete a purchase. At the couclusloD óf tfiC 
ad^ertistment prefixed to Luitof s edition of Shakspeare^s Poems, it b said, ** 'ft&il 
most leamed prince and great patroii of leaming, king James the First, was pleased 
with hb own hand to write an amicable letter to Mr. Śhakspeare : which letter, thóu^ 
now lott, remamed long in the hands of sir William D'Avenant, 'as. a credibtó persoif 
Bow iivinff can testify." Dr. Farmer, with great probability, supposes that this Ketlef 
was written by kin^ James in return ibr the com}>]iment' paid to him in Macbetli.'* *ltiif 
rdater of the anecdote was Sheffield, duke of Buckingham '. These brief notices,' ińcagi^ 
as they are, may show that our author eąjoyed high fińrour in hb day. ' Whatev«V 
we may thiok of king James as a '' leam^ prince," hb patrońage, as weli as that ^ 
hb predeeessor, was su£5cient to gtye celebrity to the founder of a new stage. tt hiay 
be aaded that his uDcdm'm6n mertt, his candonr, and good*nature are supposed ió hav|f 
procured him the admiration and aćąuamtance of every person distinguished for tim 
ądalities. It b not difficult, indeed, to suppose that Śhakspeare was a man of faumótt? 
and a social ćompańion, and probabły excelled in that spedes of minor wit uot ilf adapitStf 
to conversation, of which it coiild have been wbhed he had been morę sparing in VĄ 

How long he acted has not beei\ dncovered, but he continued tó write till Ae ye$ł 
l6l4. Dtiring hb dramatic career he acquired a property in the tlieatre* which h^ 
must have disposed of when he retired, as no nlentibn of it occurs in hb will. His cod- 
uection with Ben Jonson has been variously related^ It b said that mben Jonson was 

* See the lUts of Mr. Malone and Mr. George Chalmen. 

> Notó^ by Mr. Malone, to Additkioal Anaodoies of William Sbakfpearo. C 

* In 1603, Shakfpeare and teveral olhers dbtained a licence from king James to exbibit comedieib 
trasedies, hiatories, &c. at the Globe Theatre and elsewhere. C. 


to tte woHi^ be ofleretf v phy tę the tbntre, wbieh i^ t^eeted afkcr a lay 
perairi, but tfanl SUttpeue Imiyąg; accidentally cast his ęj% on it^ c<mcseived m 
imiwable opitiioB of i^ nnd aft^srwEfc)s: ńeoBwcnded Jonsoo and hń writugs to th« 
imbGc: For this cndour łfe wf».repaid by Jjansoo, when tbe htter became a poet of 
BOte^ widi aaeiiTioiiB disreapect. Joospn aoqiiired reputatioa b j the variety of hb pieccs^ 
wtid andeaToared to nmęjSie tbe mpnamey in dramatic geniiu. Like a Frencb crido, 
btinńiaated ShakąMeateli i a e o rrectiKM, Us-cardess nmiiier of «viitii|g,aad his want of 
jprifBMnt; aody at be was m itiriarkable slow wriler himself, be eould not endure tbe praise 
6ci|QeBtiy balowed on Sbakspeare of sfeldoni aUeriag or blottiag ąoi wbat be bad wńtten* 
Ur. Maioiie says, tiiat ^ not lopg aftet Ihe jcar l600 a coofaiess arose betw^ta Sbak- 
ipnie and hiai, wlueb» bdw«ver ha owy talk of Us ahaost idohtfrous affection, prodaced 
aa hb part, fimn that tiaie to tbe deatb of our author, and for maay years ąfietr 
awds^ modi dorasy sapoasin, aad B*uiy iaalevoieot reflectiooB/' But from tbesei 
trineh aie die eommooly heceiYed apidiom 00 tbb sulyecti Dr. Finner b iuclined 
ladepart, aad to tfamk Jonsoa's bosliłily lo Shahgpeate ąbeolut^y groandte^s ^ spun- 
ceitaai b e^ery drcnaMtanoe weatteBq>t to lacofier ^rf^our great poetką lift* Jonson bad 
oaly one ad^antege oyer Sfaakąieare, that of M^Miior leanuiig» wbich n^gtit in certain 
■hmtbna be of saoie iaiportuiecv bat coidd Dever promote hb riva)ship with a man who 
ftlaiaed the higbeet eacdience witboot it. Nor ińU Sbakspeare suffer by itsbeu^knowa 
that aO tfae dEamatie poets before be appeared were schobfs, Greeiie> Loc|ge, Peelc^ 
Ifarlowę, Nariie, Łily, and Kyd, bad all. saya Mr. Malqpie, a regubr luuyersity educatioii, 
aad, as scbokrs m oor uiiivenities» ft^^neiitly eomposed and aeted pbys on historical 

. tlie latte^ part ofBhakaprtre'i life wat i|MSit in ease^ retireoient, and tbe conversation 
of lib fiiends. He bad accumuhted considerable property, which Gildon (in bb 
t^ętters and Easays, 1694) atated to amohiit to three hundred pounds per anniun, a sum 
ąl kast e^uat to mie tbouBaiid pounds u oor dayt ; but Mr. Mah>ne doubts whetlier aH 
his property' aaeMunted to mUch mora tfaan two hundred poitnds per aanam^ wbich 
y^ wv a 4ionsiderable^fiNrtune ui thoae tiiaes, and it b supposed that be migfat 
hate dci^?cd two hondred poonda p^r aanum from tlie tbeatre while be continued 

' He letiredy some years before bb death, to a hoose m Stratford, of which it bas bee^ 
tboi^ kaportuit to give tbe bbtory. It was built by sir Hugb Ciopton^ a younger bro- 
tiierofańancientfiimily m tbatneighbottrhoód. SifHagb was shariffof London in tbe 
lelp of Riebaid UL, and lord mayor hi ibe rdgn of Heary YIL By hb will he be- 
matfaed tobb elder bfotber's son hb manor of Clopton^ &c. and hb bouse by the name 
ol^the Grest.Hmue m Stratford. A good part of the estate was m possession of Edward 
dbptoń, e9q. and sir Hugb Clopton, knt in 1733. The prindpał estate bad been sold 
ant of tiie Clopton (amily for above a century at the time when SKakspeare became the 
MrchaseTy who baviog r^paired and modelled it to hb own mihd, changed tbe name to 
iViv Place, which tbe mansion-bousey afterwards erected, in tbe rdom of the poef s house, 
Rtsined lor many years. Tbe bouse, and bmds bekmgmg to it, continoed m tbe possession 
af Sbribpeare^adesecDduiti to tbe tina of tbe Restoiaition, when they were rq»urcbased 

*t1us««tfaepnietieehiBfilteii»t^^ ** Oneof hbohgtetiaoi taMMAMucal«diicatifiQ»«itwas 
Ukb eoDdoctcd, k, tbut men dakpmi^^tóśn in tM chara «eta petntttltd to aet plays, ha/" 
iolMoa^iIifeorMiltoib C. 


by the ao|itoii ftoil j. Hci« m Msy 1742, wben Mr. Ganick; Mr. BlidU^ 
Delancf Tiaited Stratfordy they were hoipitably eotertdiied imder Shakspeare^s nnilberrf 
tree, by mt Hugh CkiptoB. He was a barrister at law, was kaighted by kng Oeoige I* 
add died m the 80th year of hb age, io Dee. 1751. His esecutor, about the year 
1752, sold New Pboe to tbe Reir. Mr. Gastreli, a man of laige fortunę, who readed ia 
it botafew yeaf»,iocopseqqenceof adisa g i een w n twithtbeinhabitalitsofStmtfow^ As 
be reskled part of the year at Lichfidd, be thougbt be was assessed too highly ia tbs 
montfały ratę towards the mainteiuuice of the poor, but being yeiy properly oompelled by 
the magistrates of Stratford to pay the whole of wfaat was levied on bim, on the principle 
that bis house was occnpied by bis senrants m bis absence, be peetishly dedared, that 
thai house shonid nerer be assessed again; and soon afterwards pnlled it down, soM the 
ttateriab, and kit the town. He bad some time before cut down Sbakspesire s mulbefiy 
Iree '^ to save bimself the tronble of shewing it to those whose admiration of oor gieat 
poet led tbeni to ^isit the cfanic ground on which it stood* That Sbakąteareplmled 
Ihis tree appears to be sdRciently autbenticated. Where New Phu» stood is oow a 
garden. Before eondndingthishistory,itniay be neeessary to mention that the poefsbonse 
was once bonomed by the temporary residence of Henrietta Maria, qucen to Charles I. 
Tbeobald baa giren an inaccurate aceount of tiiis, as if she bad beói obliged to taks 
refiige in Stratfoni from the rebeis, which was not the case. She marched tfrom Newark, 
lunę iSf 1643, and entered Stratford tnumpbantty, about the 2Sd of the same asontk, 
at the bead of three thousand foot and one thousand fi^e hundred borse, wilh ona 
bundred and fifty waggons, and a train of ailiUery. Herę she was met hj- prinoe 
Rupert, accompanied by a lai|^ body of troops. She resided about three wc^ 
at omr poet^s house, whidi was then possessed by his grand daughter, Mrs. Nasb, and ber 

• During Shak8plare*s abode in this house, his pleasuraUe wit, and good naturę, sayi 
Mr. Rowe, engaged bim the ac^uaintance and entitled bim to the firiendship of the 
^tlemen of the deighbourbood. Among tbcse, Mr. Rowe tdls a traoitkrnal stoiy 
of a miser, or usurer, named Combę, who, in comremtion with Shakspeare, aaid fae 
fimded tbe poet mtended to - write bis qŃtapb if be shouM survive bim, and desired to 
know wbat be meant to say. On this Shakspeare gave bim the foUowing, probaUy 

** TcB in the hundred liee here uigraT'd, 
*T is a hundred to ten his soiil u not sav*d« 
If any man ask, who lies in this tombe ? 

* OhT ho !' qttoth the Deńl, < *t is my John-a-0omb6».*» 


The,sbafpness of the satire ia said to haye stung the man so seyerely that be neYer 
foigave it. Tbese lines, however, or some which uearly reserable them, appeared ia 
^▼ariousooUections both before and after the time they were said to bave been composed, 

* <* As the curionty of this house and tree hrought much fiune, and merę company and proet to tht 
town, a certain man, on some disgust, has pulled tbe house down, so as not to lea^e one tlone upoa 
aoother, siid hut down tbe tree, and piled it as a slack of firewood, to the great resation, loes, and dis- 
tfppointmettt of the inhabitants ; bowerer, an hooest Klvenmith bougbt the whole stack of wood, and 
makes many odd tbings of this wood I6r the ciurioas.'' Łetter in Annual Register, 1760. Of Mr. Gas- 
trell and his lady, see BosweU's Ufe of Dr. Johnson, fol. ii 490; iii. 443, C 


ari AeJB^Hoes af Idbr. Stoevai& and Mr. Moknę aatiBftctorily proTe tłiat tlw whole 
ataij is a fiibricstieii. Betteiteo k aiid to haye beard it wfaen he yiąited Warwi^jbshm 
aapiBpoae to eolkct aoeodotes of our poet, and probablj thooght it of too mucb im-' 
IwUnce to be nioeły esamined. We know not whether it be woilh adding of a stocy 
wkich we faave r^eoled^ tfaat a usorer in Shabpcare*s time did not mean one who toolE 
cioibifaiit, but aoj mterest or usance for money, and tbat teo ia the huodred, or ten per 
foŁ waa thcn tbo-oidinary interett of .money. It is of moie conaeąneiioey howeyer, to 
iwofd tbe opimon of Air* Malone, tbat Sbakipeare, diiriiighis retirementy wrote thepfay 
efTweMb N%bt. 

He^Ued on bk birth-dqr> Tiieaday, Apdl 23» l6i6f i^ben jie had esactly compiefeed his 
jB y t cco nd. yeac% and wat bnried on tbe nortb side of the chaacel, in the gnat cburch 
atSli«tfiHrd,^ wfaere a monument is pbced in the wali, on which be is r^Nrasented under. 
muth, in a aittiog posturę, a cudiion spread before him, wjth a pen in his right hand» 
ą»d bis ieft lested on a scroll of paper. Tbę foUowing Latin distich is engra^ed uuder 

Jodicto Pylium, geoio Socratem, arte MiBrooein, 
Tora tegit, popnloB raaBrat, Oiympat habet. 

^ The fifst syłhble in Socratem/' say s Mr. Stee^ens, ** k here madę short, which camot 
be allowed. Perhaps we sbould read Sof^oclem. Shakspeare is then appositely com- 
pared with a iftamatic andior among tbe ancients ; but sdll it sbould be remembered tfaat 
the eologinm is lessened wfaile the nletre is reformed; and it is well known Ithat some of 
oor early writen of Latin poetty were uncommonly negllgent in tbeir prosody, espedaily 
ii próper ntunes. The tbougbt of tbis distich, as Mr. ToUet obserYes, m^ht ha^e been 
takm from Tbe ThSry Qneene of Spenser,'b. ii. c. ix. st. 48, and c. x. st. 3. 
' ^ To dus Latin ińscription on Shakspeare may he added the Unń wfakh are found 
taienieadi !t on his montament: 

» Stay, pa«Beng«r, why dott tlioa goio fkit ? 
. . Hesdy if tbou canit, whoin eoTioas Death bath plac'd 

Within tbis moounieot ; Shakspeare, with whom 
Oukk NataredyU; wbos<s name doCh deck the tomli 
¥tir mofe tban oost ; sioce all tbat be bath wiit 
ŁtaTetliriąff aiibatpagąto tenre his wit." 

Obiit Aaf' Dni. 1616. set 53, die 83 Apri. 

" It appears Irom .tbe yenes of Leonard Digges, tbat oor authoi^s monument was 
titcted befiue the year l6^. It bas been engraved by Yertue, and done in metioriato 

, On his gn¥e-stone updeineath are tfaeae lioes^ in an imcoutb mixture of smali and 
capilal letters. 

** Oood Freud ibr lesnt 8AKB Ibiheare 
To dliw T-E Dust EocloAscd HERe 
Blese be T£ Man ^ siiares X& Stoael 
And curst be He f mores my bones.'* 

. ' Theooly ootice.we \)ave of bis person is from Aobrey, who says, " He was a handsome well-sbaped 
man,'' and adds, *< veńe |^ood company, ahd of a r^ry ready, and pteasant and smootb witt" C 

10 I3KE OF shakskeare: 

& B uiiolfirtain whe^r tłpb Te^uótand ińiiracaiioo wcr mnHen by Sbtkwpmn^ whf 
0bt of lik friends, Th^ probri>lj śUode to tbe eiistoa óffemo/mf akrletom after • 
certain tinie and depositkig them in charttd^ioiise^ aód simitar eieńratioiis aie foimd in 
tottay an^feBt Łatiii epitaplis. - ' 

^ We łiave myaacoiiot of the mdady ińśAy atno vtrf adtaiioed age, dosad die life mid 
btoun of tbn aarivalled and inoomperaUe getiiiłd. 

His femily eooasled of Iwo daught^n» atfd a Mmnamed Hamiely wiio diad m l49^j 
in tbe twei^ jear of hia age. Susandafa, tbe ddest danghter, aad ha* fiitber^s fbvotifite^ 
wai.manied to Dr. John Hall* a physkiaiiy wbo died Not. i635, aged 6a Mrś. Haft 
dM Jttly 11, 1649) aged 66. They left onlj one clńld* £lizabedi, bora 1607*8, and 
ifiianied Afml 'SS, l^fió', to ThoBoaśs NbA, esą. whodied in l647, and aftenraids to m 
Mm Barnard of Abington in Northamptonabire* but died witbout usoe by either htuk 
band. Jaditfa, Sbak6peai«'8 yonngest danghter, was married to a Mr. Thomas Qiiiney^ 
and died Feb. l66l«62 in ber 77 tb year. By Mr. Quiney sbe bad three sona, Shab^peai^ 
Bicbard, and Thomas^ wbo all died unmarried. Sir Hugb Clofitony wbo waa bom two 
years aftęr the deatb of Jady Barnard, wbich b^ppened b l€69-70, rehted to Mr. 
Idaddin, in 1742, ad old tnidition) tbat sbe bad carried away with ber from Stratford 
many of bar graadfiitber's papars* On tbe deatb of sir John Baniard. Mr . Malone thinksi 
tbese mwtbaTeiaiifln.Uito tbe.bandp^ of Mr. Edward B^l^, lady Banłard's e^ęcutor^ 
and if ai9 desooidan^ of tbat gentleman, be uow liying, in his custody tbey probi|b|^ 
raaiain. To tbis aonount of Sbaką)eaie*8 fiunily, we bave now to add, tbat amonjj P^^^ff*. 
papera ii another .traditional staiy of his ba^ing bęen tbe fither of sir William, D»raui^, 
OMys'a rebtion is tbns given. 

'^ If tradition nay be tnisled» Sbakspeare often baited at the Crown Inn pr ,Tąyc^, ią^^ 
Oilbrd^ m bis jonmfty to and ft>tm Loiidon. ;Tbę landlady was a woman of gręat beaiit} 
and sprigfally wit» and ber hiMband* Mn John Davesanty (fiAerwards mayor pf tbat city) n 
graTe nełaneboly man; wbo, as well as bis wife, used miącli to dęli^ in Sha]Lq>f^'a 
pleasant company* Their son, young Witl. l>avenant (afterwards sir William) was thm a!, 
Uttle school-boy in tbe town, of abont sercn or e^gbt yeara M, and ao lond aiso of Sbi^lą-« 
speaie, tbat wbenever be beard of bis arriraly be wonid fly from scbool tó see faim. Qi|f . 
day aa oM townsman obser^ing tbe boy nmąing bomewa^ almost out cf breath, aakęd.^ 
bim wbitber be was posting in tbat beat aad burry . Hę answered, to see bis god-hkthp^ * 
Sbakspeare. ^ Tbere 's a good boy/ said' Ae otber, * bot hav« a care tbąt you do n't tąke 
GMV name in wn/ Thb stoiy Mr. Pope told me at tbe earl of Oxferd's table, upony 
oooasion of some discourse wbich arose aboot Shakspeare^s monument thęn newly ereoted. 
in Westmtnster Abbey." 

Tbis sfory appears to baye origmated with Andiony Wood, and it bas been thougbt 
a presumptioii of its being tnie tbat, after careful ^esaminationy Mr. Thomas Wartoii . 
Was indined to belie^ it. Mr. Steevens, bowe^er^ treats it with tbe utnHWt contempt, 
but does not perbaps argne with bis usual attention to e3qperienoe yrben be brings sir 
William Daveoant s '' beavy, Yulgar, nnmeamng £ice" as a proof tbat be could not 
be Shakspeare'8 son. 

In tbe' year 1741, a monoment was erected, to our poet in Westmhister Abbey, by Ae 
directioii of tbe earl of Burlington^ Dt. Mead^ Mr. Pope, and Mr. Martyn. It was tbe 
woik of Scbeemaker, (wbo receiyed three bundied pounds for it) after a design of Kent^ 
and was opened in January of tbat year. The peribrmers of eadi of tbe London 
theatres gave a benefit to defray the expenses| and tbe dean and chapter of Westminster 


teok BOthing for the ground. The money receWed by fhc performaAce it Drory Łne 
tbeatre amounted to above two huidred pounds, but the receipts at CoTent G^aidea did 
not exceed one huńdredpouiids.* 

Fh>m these impei^t aotk^ which śte alt w« ht^e b«eil «Me ta coitittt ftom the 
bftouis of his biographen and conuuentatm, otir readen wU penxke ftait less k knoim 
of Sfaakspeare tlian ołahnost any writer who has been eonsidiered asanbhjeet of tandahie 
curiouty. Kotfaing couM be morę highly grati^g thaii ad account of the cariy studies 
of thfe wonderAil mań, the progress of his pen, his ttoral and sociał qaafitk8» łosfrioMl- 
thipsy boa fiulings, and ^rhatever eise oiMBtitntes piftnonal bisiory.' But on dl Ihesetopies 
Ul contemporanes and his immedhte succeMors baiw been e<piaUy silenia and if angfat 
€An nereafter be discoTered, it nmst be by exploring sout-ces^whicfa bave MtfaeitD eacaped 
the anxioiis reaekrches of fhose Who hliVe detofed their Whole Kvc0» and tim umsC 
▼^gorous talenta, to reri^e hb memory and UlttsMte Us iwYitibgs. hi the sketck we faive 
gtteo, if the dates of hb Mrth and death be escepled; what U tbere on whicfa die maritr 
can dependy or for wfafcbr if be contćAd eageHy, he ntoy not be • iavolv«d in eentroveriy^ 
ańa peqrfexed With.contradidtoiy opiUionsand anthoritiea ł 

' tt ti asoaKy said that the łifcf ofananthor can be Kitle dse thanafairtory ofhbworfcaf 
boffiis ó|Aion is luible to diany escepHons. If an aiithor, Indeed; bat paMed faia dajś 
m łetiremeDty liis fife can dibrd little morę vaHety dian that of any :cAer nmi who haa 
li^dhi i^tiremenf; bat!f, as is g^rally tbe case with writtn <if gtfeat eefebiity, ba has 
aZ^nn^ a pnś-emiiience over his toUfempóiiite, if he has ocdted imloMteatiDa^ and 
deMfafed tbe attacks of eriticism dr of malignity, or If he bas phw ^ jad int» lbecoQtiover^ 
śes of bis age, and peiforaied the part either of a tyrant, •r a bero in htehiłiire, fali 
lAory iuay be reoifered as interestin^as that of any otber pabliecharaeter. Bat whai- 
efci^Wiigfat may be aHówed to tlńs lemaA, tbe dedsion Will not ba of miKheoaae^ance 
iit Ae caie of Śhakspeare. lAiibiMhat^ Wcf Imow as little* of the pfogress of łńs writings 
as tfUb persona! history. The hidMrf of hb Mustrators for tbe last dńrty yeaw -bas 
'socb as probably nem* was surpa^sed m ibit aansAs of iiteiaiy mveitigBtioa, jetso 
i we frbm inforination of tBe conclifsive or satisfrctory kind, that evea tbeoidcr in 
lAkh hb plays werewritten rests principally ob coi^ectnre, aad of somepiagfa^imBUjr 
pHbtM' ansong his wodu, it b not yet detenmaed wbether be wrota tbe whok^ or aoy 
pat, :.<-••' 

Muelr of odr ignorftnce of eve^ tbing wbieb II wouldbe desuable to tnow nwpafling 
Syibpcśans*s i^oiIlś^ miist be impnt^d' to the autbor Ińaself. If we loofc measly 
af die' State m whicb hł> left hb prodactiom, we diottM be apt to eonćhide^ 
that be was inaensible óf dieir value, or that while he was the grealast^ he 
at tbe saine time the bamHest wrłti^r tbe WoiM ever pradliced; ^' dart be thaagbt 
IA^woiIls imworthy of posterfty, that be letiM no Ideał tribute- upon firtMK timesy 
aJlH lakf any fnrtfaer prospect, than that of present popafamty and piesent profit *." 
Aiid sncli'ań opniłbn, aldiough it apparentiy' partaies of tbe ease and ioeseness of eon* 
jefCtu^ may not be iar from probid>ility. But before we rilow it any higher romt^ or 
attempt to decide upon the aflfection or negleet with %diich be reviewed bb laboars, it may 
be necessary to consider their predse naturę, and oertam drcmastances in hb sitnatkrn 
alfected tbem ; and, abote all, we must take bite oar accoant the cfaaracter 

*' Dr. J^niOfi*t prefact. C 


sad inmlomiiiaBt occupatio|is cf the tiines in wluch he Imd, and of tkoflewUch ibDowedl 
hiadecease. "^ ■ . . 

With respect to himself, it does not appear that he pnnted any one of his plays, and 
' only eleyen of then were pfioted in his lifetioie* The reason ąsaigned for thia b, that 
he wrote tbem for a particalar theatre, stAd them to the managera when ooly an actor, 
reaerved tbem in mannscript when himsdf a manager, and when he disposed of his pfo- 
perty in the theatre, they were still preselred in mamucnpt to prerent their being acted 
by the rival honses. Copies of some of tbem appear to have been surreptitioiialj 
obtained, and pabłished in a Teiy inoorrect state, bat we may 8a|^>08e that it was wiser 
in the author or managers to overlook this fifaud, than to pubi|sh a correct edition* 
imd so destroy the exclnsive property they enjoyed. It » elear therefbre that any 
pnblication of bis plays by himself would have interfered, at first with his own 
interesty and afterwards with the interesfof those to whom he.had madę over his share 
tn tbem. But even had this obstacte been remo^ed, we are not surę that he would 
haye gained much by publication. If he had no otber oopies but those belonging 
to the theatre, the business of correction for the press must have been a toil wbicfa 
we are aftaid the tasteof the pabHc at that time would have poorly rewarded. 
We know not the exact portion of fiime . he eąjoyed ; it was prpbably the higbest 
which dramatic genius oould confer, but • dnmatic genios was a new . ezcellence, 
and not well understood. Its daims were probably liot heard out of the jurisdictian 
of the master of the re?ds, certainly not beyond the metropolis. Yet such wi» 
Shakspeare's reputation that we are told his name was pat to pieces which he never wrot«, 
and that he felt himself too confident in popidar fiiTour to undeoei?e the public. This 
-was singnlar. resofaition in a man wbo wrote so uneąnally, that at this day the tent 
of inteinal evtdence must be applied to his doubtiul |»oduct]ons with the gićatest 
eaution. But still how Ar his character would baYe been elevated by an examina- 
tion of his plays in the closet, m an age when the refineńnents of criticism were . 
not understood, and the ^ropathies of taste were seldom fejt, may admit of a qocas* 
tion. " His language/' says Dr. Johnson, ** not bdngdesigned for the reader^t 
ifesi^, wasali thathedesiredittobe,if itconveyedhismeaniagto theaudience.*' 

Shakspeare died in l6l6, and seyen years afterwards appeared the iBrstedltion of hb 
plays, published at the charges of four booksellers, b drcumstance from whkh Mr. 
Maione infers, " that no single, publish^ was at that timewilling to riak his money on a 
complete coUeotion of oiir author*s plays." This edition was printed from the copies m 
the hands of his fellow-managers Heminge and CondeO, which had been in a senes of 
years frequently altered through con^enience, caprioe, or ignoranoe. Heminge and 
Condelł had now retired irom the stage, and, we may. suppose, were guilty of no uynry 
to thetr successors, in printing v^hat their own mterest only had formerly withliekl. . 0( 
this^ although we have no documents amounting to demonstration, we may be conyinced^ 
by adverting to a curcumstance which will in our days appear reiy eitraordinaiy, 
namely, the declension of Shakspeare's popularity. We have seen that the publication of 
his worka was aocounted a doubtftil speculation, and it is yet morę certain that so much 
had the public taste tumed from him m quest of Tariety, that for 8everal years after his 
death the plays of Fletcher were morę frequently acted than his, and during the whole 
of the serenteenth century, tliey were madę to gire place to performanoes, the greater 
part of which cannot now be enjdnred. During the same period only four editions of 

\ / 


km mvA^iKtt\nkXAśtA^ al) in Mio; and peih^M this unijiekly she of Tolonie isay be 
«B additional proof that tbey were not popular ; nor b it thought that the impreasioiift 
were namerdiis. 

Tliefle drcwdstancea whidi attech to onr author and to his works, must be alłowed a 
phańbłe weigbt in accountmg for onr defidenciefl in bis biography and literarf career ; 
bat tbere were drcninstances enougli in die bittory of tfae times to suspend thfe progress 
<yf that morę regular drama of whidi be had Mt the eiampk, and may be considered as 
the fi^under. If we wonder wfay we know so mnch less of Sbalrapeare tbau of his eon- 
lemporarks, let ns recoUect tbat bis geoius, however highly and justly we now ratę ib 
look a direction which was not calcdałed for pennanent admiration, eitber in the age in 
which be lived, or m tbat wbieb foAowed. Sbakspeare was a writer of i^ays, a pro- 
moter of an ammiement jost emeif^ froBi barbarism ; and an amusement wblcb, al- 
thengb it*bas been dasaed amcmg the scboob of morality, bas e^er bad soch a strong 
tendency to deviate froilt morel pwposesy tbat the foree of law bas, in allages, been 
'called in to preserze it witbiń the boand»of common decency. The church bas- ever 
been onAieodly to tiie stage. A part of the injunctions of qaeen Elizabeth is particu- 
lariy diiected ag^inst the printing of plays ; and, accor^g to an entry in the books of 
the ataiionerB' company* in the forty-first year of ber ragn^ it is ordered that no plays 
be printcd exeept ailowed by perscfińs in autbority. Dr. Fkrmer also remarks tbat, m 
tbat age, poetry and noYcls were destroyed publiciy by the bishops, and privately by the 
psfftans. The main tnmsaetionsy indeed, of that period could. not admit of mtfch 
attendon to matters of amosement TTbe Refonuation reąuired ali the circumspection 
and poUcy of a long rdgn, to render it so firmly establisbed in popokr fiwour as ta bta^e 
the ca^price of any suoceeding so^ereign* This was effected^ in a great measure, by the 
diffasion of rel^ous cóntroYeny, whidi was encouraged by the oburch, and espedally 
by the poritansy who were the imraediate teadiers of the lower dasses, were Kstened to 
with Teneration, and usuaily mveighed against all public amasements* as inconsistenf 
with tbe Chriśtiaa profession. These oQDtroverues continued during the ie%n of James I. 
juuł were, in a considerable degiee, fRomoted by hun, aithotigb be, like Elizabeth, was 
a IkYóuier of the stage, as an appendage to the graadeur and pleasures of tbe court. 
Bot the conmotións whidi foHowed, in tbe unhappy reign of Charles I. when the stage 
was totaUy aboUshed, are sufficient to aceonnt for tbe oblimn thrown on the históiy and 
works of onr great bard. Fróm this time, no inąoiry was madę, until it was too late 
to obtain any. information morę satis&ctoiy tban tbe few beanay scraps and contested 
tiaditions above detafled. «* How little,'' says Mr. SteeTens,. «« Shakspeare was once 
-read, oMy be understood from Tale, who, in his dedieation to the ałteied play of 
King Lear, q[iieaks of the original as an cbscnie piece, recominended to bis notice by a 
iriend ; and tbe author of The Tatler baving occasion to qaOte a few lines ont of Mao- 
beth, was content to receive them frcmi D«venanf s alteration of that cdebrated drama, 
in which ahnost eyeiy original beauty is eitber awkwaidly disguised, or arbitrarily 

mniltM] ^** • 

pmiueu • 

In fifty yeais after bis deatb, Dryden mentions that ha was then become ^ alittle ob- 
sdete.'' In the b^jnniog of the last ecntniy, hird Shaftesbaiy complains of bis " mde, 
jmpoli^bed s^yle, and Us antiąoated pbrase and wit." It is eertain tbat, for nearly an 
httBd.sed years after bis deatb,. parfly owing to tbe immediate mrolution abd lebdlion, 
and partly to tbe boentiotts taste encouraged in Charles ll.'s time, and perbaps partły to 

^ Mr. Steerebi^ft AArertisement to the Reader, firrt printcd in 1773. 


tbe incoTMct Btate of hb wofiu» Jw wat iJttoat ^nlirdy ofegkcted. łf r.^ Malooe barn 
jmfAy remarked^ Aat ** if be litd becyi read, .aiddiiiedy sta^ped, and iniilited, in the 
Mune degree as he b uoiWy tbe enthusiasm of some ane or olher of his adiMeia io the 
last agę wonłd iaive indacod Wtt tp nake aone inąaariea aantiemaig the lust^ry of bis 
tibeatrical cataer* and tke aneedotes of his piivate life "." ^ 

His ąibnirens boweTer, if be bad adnm«i» in tbąl agę, poamsed no portion af aoeh 
enthusi^m. Tbat curiopity wbicb» inom dajs, baaiaiied biogiaphy to Ih^ raak of as 
ifldępeodeat stiidy, w|8 aewrceły hmoma, and> whera known, oadbied piiacjpaily to the 
poblictraosap^kNisofeininentebaracten. Ajidif,iaadditioBtothedraniBftaaafeiabeadgr 
StafeMi^ we ADaiider how tttie is known of tbe pafional hbtoiy of Shak«paaif'a ctHitcna- 
poiarirv are may caiily resołfe tbe ąueslioo wby» of all men wbo bata cwer claioMl 
ndavMiaB by genbis, wiadom, or valDor, nriio ba?a aaikieiktly oontrib«ftcd to eldarge 
tbe tartej ptomete tbe bappincH, or incieaae Aa rqp^ttta|j»n of diew couatiy, mt kmMr 
tbe leant of .Sbakapeaia : and why» of tbe few paitkidata i^bieh aeaaa eatitkd to credit^ 
wben silony lelated, and in whicb tbere is nf^ manifest vklatian of probahił^, or 
proapjse ^ importance, tbese is acandy one wUcb bas not aiweUed into a eootiiaveiqr* 
Ąfter a eioieful eiaaunation of aD that modem oesearcb bas discoveiad» we kndw ndt 
liowto trust oiur iDuriosi^ bcyoodtbe luaitsof tboae bam»s datas wbieh aAid nat {mIp- 
sonal Mflicofy. The oatoreof^bdcspeaiie^swtttiBgs^^fKetents that appeal to intamai m- 
dence wliieh, in otber casas, bas be^ UmumI to tbrow ligbt oncbaracter. The pmily of 
his iROialsy for eiLample, if soaght in bis plays^ nuist benieasttiad against tfce heenliosia- 
liess of his bmgMage ; and tbe qttestion> will then be^ bowaswdidid be wiite ftom cow- 
siction, and bowinncbtOjKmtifyAetasleof hisbeareffs? Hoiw lauch did be addtotba 
age^apd baw asach <tid be bprroYtfroniit? .Popesa^ <' Hewasobligedtopleasetha 
lowest of tk» paf^rie, and to keep tbe wwst of conąiany;'' and Pope nńght bateand 
mons : ftr, althongh we hope it was not nme, we faave no means of proving-tfaat it waa 

Tbe oniy life wfaich bas been prefixedto all tbeeditions ofSbakspoareof tbe eighteendi 
oentury» is tfaat drawn up by Mf . Rowe» and wbkb he modestly <»Us *^ Some Aoeohnt; 
&c«" In i^iB wa ba«e wbat Rowe coold coHect whan erery legitimato soaroe of infor- 
nmtion was dosed, a few traditions tbat were floating nearly a oentnry after tbe 
author's death. Some ioaoeuraóeam his aoeounthavefoecndctected,in tbe saabie notes 
c(, Mr. StęevQi»aod Mn Hakme ; wbo, in otber partsof thdr respective editlons, bata 
scattiawd a ftfr biief m^doesy wbicham inooipoiated in tbe pnseot sketch. Tbe wM^ 
bowawer, is ansatisAetory. Sbakspcare, inhis private cfaaracter, in bis friendsUpSy in his 
amasemeptSf inhis closet^ inbis jGun^, isno wbeia before us ; andaaeb was tfacrnataia 
of tbe writiogs pn wUeh bis faam depends, and of Ihatemplojtnentin wbfchhewas 
engaged, ]bat» heing in no jmpaitant respect couected wilh tbe batoiy of his age, it is 
in Tam toJ<^ mto tbe latter ^aaf iafofasation conran^ 

Mr.Csp^ IS pfopinion tfaat be wrato some paesewoiks, beennae ^^Itcanbatdljrba 
soppoaed that be, wbobad soeonsidefaUeasbarein tbeoonfidenceoftiieearisofEssea 
and^ontliampton, couU be a nmte speclator anly of controaertteś in wfafehifaey wereao 
mndh inteRated." Tbb editor^ bowcacs; appeart to baw tahcn for gtanted a degree of 
^Donfidanee i|itb these two- statasmen whicb ba oogbt fint to bate pPOYcd. Sbakśpeare 
ndjgkt bąTą eq}^ed tbai:anfidcnoe of tbeir soeiai boorsy bnt it is merę oot^ectalre ti»t 



Aej adaitled hn mt» Ite «Q«fideiicii of tfceir 8tate a<^^ Mr.M^ne, wlKMeopnions 
wecalitied t»a h%|ier dcfp^ of cfedk, tUnka tbat bispios^GOiiipositiODt, if they shonid 
hm dmoiwęndt wmiideibjlHt the Mnep«npinuty« the Miąe cad^oc^ tbe sanę efeganoe 
ifM «JKo«9 wUi^Y^.fitMliA hwpbjT^ k is iiidbiiiiQile> li«w^ver, for ftUw^ 
■B coąjectin^ tbat |iot a liiie oi Sfaakapeąie'9 ittoiwcript is kiiow9 to epgt, and iiis 
tnnp imtiiigr fitt^M^ wlmw hiiitod at .We iiate ooiypnnted «opie« pf bb pUyt apd 
pocna, ud tbose to deprawed by caitlemes^ oriignorance, that aU (łie labour of all 
hiii.€O|u«0|tBlor» ba» ófPl yęt bea» aUe to iwlor? tben to a .pr9jl^9Ule piirity ; Aumy of 
^ fraatcat dJ^yM^^*^ attandiąg^Uiftpęnisal of them ycl ^mtopi and VFiU rąquire wrhal 
it jt^ącfiedy po ip Bde taej^ect, .gnątwaagacjtyf «»d morę kafipy coiyactoe, fb»ą bave 
łpiAtcto be«i anpioyiNk 
Pf lMi:Ppsat9^ H is^ pefhąp% nMwiiy that aome notko take|i» altfaoHgb 
I thfCf haao netęr betn Af^milei with H^ pfiUic* and liave ąeMoni been n^^tfsd witb 
liilliMffa* Shfjgtfy aftWito doatti> Mr Malono infoana iM>. a veiy incagn^t impigiMoo 
I of ttan «ą» tfmod oot, ffrhkii in evoiy mbMfliiMt ^dkion waa ioplkitiy fp)Łim^ wUU 
I bt pH di ^ pp wl o ooiTCtt odiMll% » 1780, wilb flioatcatioMy &^ But the^ 
ńśm^i Mr. StM^fOiy ^ 4ha aierilt of thei^ppenii^ miMl not |l>e omitled. '' We łiave 
a^i|ITii«M the SfBinietoy 4b«. of SbalMpeaie; Iwanie Ihe f tninfąat ad of parUwent 
tkĘt, p$Ę(flŁ k^ tfąmti yi(0iiiiA Had Shakipear^ 

pr^^^ Ętf A Ofk o%r ifjiHrks Iton ibrn* toMio^ if^ouid kaiie n^ied nswith aaiitlieeelei 
bjt|fę^fiMJ|9ao^piMl^««it)^i<|f '^[^ att ^der and nwch aM>ae ek|^ 

WWfH p gy ^ %yereaelhi»piy ąpptar» U^nlyanionntątfrtliegfneiał cQn i r l n »i on yl|icl» 
■jfUl efii .póticp have fonntd. 9tiii it canfipt be denied tbet Ibene are n^anor ecatlered 
^HPPti^MiMig b^$op|iet|> and Ja The Rape of Łiiorece ; enoiigb> it ii boped, 4o joar 
^ thyiy ^jn i a w iim ńito .the jPfe^ept epIkclioD^ mpęóMy as the Soogf, 6c. fipm hii 
Bim |Mif»HMit«ddp4 apd a iw s^iaUer pieces telected by Mr. Ellia. Akhongb th<gr 
afęiM)p h}^ iti ^he hNft o^ bia d^nfitic i^ua, Mr« Malone remarkf, '* that they seam 
to km M^ tm mmiiftpotatioii tho^i bii pląyo: a^ icest, ibey ąie oAener aienCiened; 
V f l llu M t»*" r , 

Tbi^ t}fWit Pycfagc of Qr« Jftbnson gfvei an aoconnl of the attempla atfKie» m the 
mbr piUi^ li|»*JbM ptnluiy* to leiS^ the meniory and lepntation aS one poet> ł^ 
SdMi 9flpi^ ńieobatd» HAmar» Md Worbeftont nrhoaenjpectifejn^tahehaachn* 
^^kmmś Wji U tm ii tm, wd mtb aingnlar ftli<% of oipieami. Shakipeare'« irorb 
ma^ be overloaded witb cridcisai ; for what writer bas esctted so mach ouiiosity, and 
^piaion^:? 3tot J ohpi o tf s Pieftce is ąn accowpana aen t woithy of the geains it 
' Hk oinr'editioa>^lbilo#edhf 17$5'; tmd a seoend, in coąjuoction witb Mn 
Steefeas, in 1773. The thiid edition of the jomt editors appeared in 1785, the foordi 
in 179^ and the last, and most comptete, in 1803, m twenty-one Tolumes, octaTo. 
Mr. Maioiie'8 edition was publiabed in 1790, in ten volumea, crown octaw), and is noty. 
beooaie esioeediagly scaroe. His origmal notes and improvenient% however, are uioor- 
poiated m the editions of 1793 and 18Q3« by Mr. Steevęnt. Mr. Makme saya, that 
firoBi the year 17l6 to the datę of his edition in i790» that is» m seventy-4bnr yean, 
** above Iłdity tboosand oopies of Shakspeare have been dispersed througfa Eof^and." 
To tiaa we aay add, with oonidence^ that suioe 1790 that nomber bas been doubled. 
Ihmmg tfie yeiur 1803, no fewer than mne edidons were ki the preas, belonging to the 
pioprietoiB of tUs work ; and if we add the editions printed by others, and tbose pub- 
lidied m Scotland, Irelnid, and America, we may surety ^ the present as the higbest 


era of Shakspeare^s popularitj. Nor, among the honoun paid to hb geofais, otigut we 
to forget the very magnificeDt edition undertaken by Measn. Boydełl. Sm leflSI ooffń, ie 
to be forgt>tten bow arach the repatation of Shakspeare was reTived'by the iiimvttllM 
exceIIeDce of Oarrick's performance. His ^are hi directiog the' pablk taste towsrds 
the study of Shdtspeare was, perhaps) greater tłiait that of any bdhridiial m hit times 
and soch was hiszeal» and soch his stoccess, mthisfandable attempt, that hemay rewlily 
be forgirentbe foolish mummeiy of the Stratford Jubflee. 

When public opinion had l^gun to assign to Shakspeare tbcr ^ery high nnk he*vnś 
destined to hołd, be becanie the promMng object of fnnd and imposture. ^ This, we 
have abeady obs^red, he did not wholly escape m fajs own time, a!nd he bad the spirit, 
or policy, to despiseit^'. It wasreseryed for modem impostors, howefer, to wmU 
themselyes of the obscuiity in wbkh his history is involved.; Inl^^l* a boók Waa 
pubłished, entitkd *' A compendious orbrief Examhiation of ceitiyne^ordinary Ooiii- 
plaints of divers of oiir Coontiymen in those our Days : which, aMhoii^ they are m some 
parte unjust and ftirolous, yet are they all by way of Difdogne, throogfaly debated and 
discossed by ITdliam Sliak^eaie, gentleman/' Thb had been originally published In 
'1581 ; bul Dr. Faimer has dearly pro^ed, that W. S. gent. the ooly aiithority ferttttri- 
bnting it to Shakspeare in the repriAted edition, meant WHlian Staffiurd, gent. Ttee- 
bald, the same accurate ciitic informs us, was desirotis of palming npon the wotłd a play 
caHed Double Falsehood, fot a posthnmoos one of Shakspeare. lu 1770 was reprinted 
at Feversham, ail old play called The Tragedy of Atden of FeTersham and Black Will» 
with a prefaoe attributing it to Shakspeare, whhont tlie smallest fbondation. But these 
were trifles, oompared to the atrodoos attempf madę in 179^9 ^h^ besid^a Tast 
mass of prose and yerse, letters, &c. preteodedly in the hand-writingof Shakspeare amł 
hb correspondents, ap entire play, entitled Vortłgem, was not only brooght forward for 
the astonbhment of the admiiers of Shakspeare, bot actually performed oh Dniiy Łsne 
alage. It would be onnecessaiy to expatiate ''on the merits of thkplay, whićh Mr. 
StQevens has very hlippily chAacterised as '' the performance of a madman, withont a 
ladd intenral,'' or to enter morę at large mto the naturę of a fraud so reoent, and fo 
aoon acknowledged by die authors of it It produoed, howe^er, an mteiestmgcontro- 
▼ersy betweoi Mr. Malone and Mr. Oeorge Chahners, wluch^ although mised widi 
some unpleasant asperities, was eiteiidcd to inąubies into the history and «atiqiiities-of 
thestage, fhmi whichftituieaiticsand historiansmay^deriTeconttdeiabki^ 

» Mr. Malone has gi^eo a list oCloartttmplaysuclibed to Shakąpewe, ettber by the edilon flf tke 
tiro later folios, or by the eonopileit of aacisat^aitakigiMi. Of tbeie, Feridet faas&wd •dfocatet te, 

ks admisskm iDto his works. C. 

• • • • 

>' This sketch of Shakspeare^s Life was drawn up by tbe preeeot writer ibr a tarionm editran of bii 
works published m 1804; and no additional ligbt haying sińce been thrown oo Shakq»eare's biitory, it 
is here reprinted with Tery iew alterations. C 





Yiiift mtretar Tolgus, mihi flams Apollo 
FKohi Ckgtełim pleoa minbtniŁ aqafl. Ońd. 




lumwaotliowIabaUoflbDd in dedficating my 
■Hpoiiahwi linei to yoiir lonJbbip, nor how the 
noiid win fpiwre Bie for dioowig to atroog t 
frop to mpport lo wesk a boithen : oidy if yonr 
iMMor aeem bot pleaaed, I accoont myself 
liflUy pnised, and yow to lalce ad^antage of all 
idit kooia, Iłtt 1 ba?o honoored yoo with aoaie 
gmtar labour. Bat if tbe fint heir of my io> 
featioa proYo defiMnnad, I aball be sony it liad 
lOBoblaagod&tbery aad aever after ear to bar> 
RS a laad, for fear it yteld me stiU to bad a 
bvfcst I lflave it to yonr iionoonible sorTey, 
aad yoar bonour to yonr hearft cooteot; wliidi 
I wiA my aiwaya antwer yoar own ifiih^and tbe 
fOiWt bopeftd espeetatioii. 

Yoor bofDOBr*s in all daty, 


EVK as tbe Son witb parple oolonr'd Ikce 
Bad ta'D.bis latt leaire of the weeping mom, 
Bow-cheek'd Adontt bied hun to the chase ; 

flnotiag be lor^d, bat love be laoghM to sooni ; 
SKk-thoogbted VeaiM makes amain anto him, 
Aad like a bold-ftic'd toitor 'fiu ta ipoo him. 

«« Thriee fiurer fbut myiel(>> tbus ^e began, 
" The field*s chief A>vef, sweet abo^e compar«. 

Stain to all nympto, moro lovely than a man, 
Morę white and red than doves or roses are * 

Naturę tfaat madę thee, włth heiself at strife. * 

Saith, tfaat fhe worid hath ending with thy Iife, 

" Toiicbsafe, thott wonder, to alight thy steed. 
And rełn his prood head to the saddle how; 

If thou wilt deigu this iavoQr, for thy meed, 
A thoosand honey secreU shalt thon know : 

Herę come and sit, where seipent nerer hisses. 

And, being set, I *11 smother thee with kisses. 


And yet not cloy thy Ups with loathM satiety. 

But rather fcmish them amid their plenty, 
Making them red and pale with fresh variety ; 

Ten kisses short as one» one lo6g as twenty • 
A summe^s day will seem an hoar but short, 
Being wasted in soch time-begtiihng sport'* 

With this, sfae seizeth on his sweating nahn, 

Tbe preeedent of pith and liTelłhood, 
And, tiembling in her passioa, całb it balm, 

Karth'8 sorereign salire to do a goddess aood: 
Being so enrag'd, desire dbth lend her force. 
Gonrageoosly to płock him from his hon& 

Orer one arm the Intty couner^s rein, 
Under the other was the tender boy, 

Who blnsh>d and pooted in a duli disdain, 
With leaden appetite^ unapt to toy ; 

She, fed. and hot, as coals of glowirig firn. 

He red for shame, but frosty in desire. 

The studded bridle on a ragged bough 
Nimbly she &stens, (O how quick is Iove») 

The steed is stalled up, and even now 
To tie the rider she begins to pro^e : 

Backward she push^d him, as she woujd be thmst. 

And goyemM him in strength, thoagh not m Inst/ 

So soon was she along, as be was down, 
Bach leaniog on their elbows and their faipt : 

Nowdoth she stroke his cheek, now doth he frown. 
And 'glos to chide, but soon she stone hislips • 

And kłssiag speaks, with Inatful lawiuure brokm 
If tbou wilt chidi^ thy Sf ri..ll£J?j;S»?' 




He buras with bftshful shame; she with her teara 
Doth queBch the maiden buraing of his cheeks; 

Tbeu with ber windy sighs, and golden bairs. 
To ftui and blow them diy again she sceks : 

He says, she is immodest, blames hcr 'miss ; 

What fbllows morę, she smothers with a kiss. 

Eren as an empty eagle, tbarp by fast* 
Tires with her beak od feathers, flesh, aiid bonę, 

Shaking her wings, deroiiring all in hastę, 
TiU either gorge be stuflPd, or prey be gone ; 

ETen so she kissM his brow, the cheek, his chin. 

And where she ends, she doth anew begin. 

Forc*d to content, bat nevev t04>bey, 
Panting he lłes,,and t{rca|hing in her face ; 

She feedeth oo the steam, as on a prey, 
And calls it hearenly moisture, air of grace, 

Wishing her cbeeks were gardeua^full of flowers, 

So they were dew'd with such distilling sbowers. 

Łook how a bird lies tangled in a jiet, 
So fiisten'd in her arms Adonis lies ; 

Pure sharoe and aw'd resistance madę him fret, 
Whiph bred morę beaoty in his ugry eyas i 

Rąin added to a rirer tbat is raiik» 

Pinfbrce will force it overflow the bank. 

Stiłl she entreats, and prettily entreats^ 
For to a pretty ear she tunes her tala ; 

Still is he suUen, still he Iow'rs and frets, 
'Twist crimson sbame and anger, ashy-pale ; 

Being red, she lovea Mm best ; and, being white, 

Her best is bettei^d wiA a morę delight 

Look bow he can, she caniMJt choose but lorę ; 

And by her ftiir łmmortaY band she swears 
FhMn his soft bosom never to remove, 

Till he take tnice wi£h her contending tears, 
Which long have rain*d, makii^ her cheeks all wet ; 
And one sweet kiss s^all pay this countleas debt. 

Upoo this promile did he raise his chin, 
Łike a (fi-dapper peering through a ware, 

Who being look^d on, dacia as ąoickly in ; » 

So suffers he to give what she did crave ; 

Bat when her lips wer0 reody for his pay, 

He winks, and taras bis lips anotber way. 

Nerer did passenget in sammer^s beat 

Morę thirst for drink, tban sbefor thk good ton& 

Her help she sees, but help sbeCBonot get ; 
She biatfaes in water, yet-in fira toast bura : 

" Oh pity," 'gan she ery, <* fliut-baarted boy } 

'T is but a kiis I bcg ; why art tfaou eoy ? 

" I haTe been woo'd« as I entreat tbee now, 
Evea by the stera and direful god of war, 

Whose sinewy neck in battle ne*er did bow, 
Who conąuers where he comes, in ercry jar ; 

Yet hath he. been my captire and my sla^e, 

Aiid begg^d fbr that which thou unask'd shall hare. 

" Orer my ahoft htth he hung hts lance, 
Hisbatter^d shiald, bis unoontrolled crest, 

Aad-for my sake hatb learaM to sport and dance. 
To coy, to waotson, datly, smile, and jest ; 

SconŃng hit efaurlMi dram, and ensign iied, 

Ms ki Of gqr ann Vi fldd, his tent my bed. 

" Thus him that over>ralM, I over8way*d, 
Leading him prisoner in a red-rose chain : 

Strong^emper'd steel his strooger atrength obeyM, 
Yet was be servile to my coy disdain. 

O be not proud, nor brag not óif thy might. 

For mastYing her that foiPd the god of fight. 

" Todch bot my lips wilh those fair lips of tbine 
(Though minę be not so fair, yet are they red) 

The kiss shall be thine own as well as minę : — • 
What see*8t thou in the grouod ? hołd jip thy bead ; 
I Look in minę eye-balls where thy beaoty lici : 

llien why not lips on lips, sińce eyes on eycs ? 

*' Art thau ashamM to kiss } tben wink again, 
Afd I wjB wink, SQ shall tke day seem night; 

Love keeps his revels where there be but twsun. 
Be bold to play, our sport is not in sight: 

These biae-Tein*d violets whereon we lean, 

Never can blab, nor know they what we mesu>* 

*' The tender spring upon thy temptlng lip 

Sbows tbee uaripe ; yet may'st thou well be tasled ; 

Make use of time, let not advantage slip; 
Beauty within itscif should not be wasted : 

Fair flowers tlfft ara not gatber^d in their prime;. 

Rot and consume themseWes in little time. 

'< Were I h^rd foTOur*d, foal, or wrinkled old, 
111 natur^d, crooked, churlish, haish in Toice, 

Oerwora, despised, rheuroatic, and cold, 

lliick-sighted, barren, lean, and lacking juioe, 

Tben migh*st tbou paoas, fbr tben I were not for 

But haTibg no defects, why dost abhor me } 

** Thou canst not see one wrinkle in my brow ; 

Minę eyes are grey, and biight, apd qaickin tura- 
My beauty as the spring doth yearly grow, [ipg ; 

My Oesh is soft and pltfmp, my marrow buraing ; 
My stnooth moSst handj were it with thy band fełt, 
Wouid in thy palm dissoWe, or seem to melt. 

'* Bid me discoune, I will enchant thine ear, 
Or, like a fairy, trip upon the green, 

Or, like a nymph, with long dishevell'd hair, 
Donce on the sandą and jrct no footing seea i 

Love is a spirit all compact of fire, 

Not groes to sink, but light, and wili aspire. . 

** Witness this prioirote bank w)iereoii I Ite ; [nei 
Tbosa forcelesB flowers like^atordy trees suppoft 

Two strcngthless do^es will draw me through the sky, 
From mora till night, even where I list to sport m«: 

' fs love 80 light, sweet boy, and may it be 

Tbai Umo shooldit think it heavy anto tbee ? 

" U thine own heart to thine owu foce affected ? 

Can thy right band seize love upon thy left? 
Tben woo tkysetf, be of thyself rejected, 

Steal thine own freedom, and complain of theft. 
Narcissus so, himself binaal£forsook. 
And dyM to kiss his shadow in the brook. 

" Tort^hes are madę to light, jewels to wear, 
Dainties to taste, fresh btouty for tbe use, 

Herbs for their smell, and sappy plants to bear ; 
Things growing to themseWes are growth's abuse: 

Seeds sprine from seeds, and beauty breadethbeau- 

Thou wert begot— to get it is thy duty. [ty. 



* CpM the Etrtli'^ htcreasć wtayshoald'^ thou feed, 
Oska tlie Earth with thy increase be fed ? 
Bj Iav of Naturę tboa art boni to breed, 

Tbat tbłiie may liTe, wben thou thyself alt d«ad ; 
Ajui 90 ID spite of death thou do*9t surtriye, 
Ib tbat tby likeness fltill is left atlye." 

Bf this, tbe 1ove-«ick queen began to sweat, 
Farywfaeretheylay, theshadow had fonooktbem, 

iaA iStan, tired in the mid-day beat, 
With bomhig eye did hotly overlook them ; 

Wishjog Adoois had his team to giiide, 

So he were like bim, and by Yeous' side. 

And DOW Adonis, with a lazy spright. 
And with a hńiTy, dark, dislikiog eye, 

Hb !ow'TtDg brows o^erwbełminip his fair sight, 
like misty vapoan, when they biot the sky, 

Soariag his cheeks, cries, " Re ! no morę of lorę; 

The Sod doth bura my ^oe ; I must remore.*' 

" Ab me," ąnoth Yenos, *'yoniig, and so nnkłnd ! 

What baie escuses mak'st thou to be gooel 
I 'U sigh relestial breatb, wbose gentle wind 

Shall cool tbe beat of this descending Sun i 
1 11 oiake a shadow for thee of my hairs ; 
]f they bura too^ I 'II queach them with my tears. 

" The Sun that shines from Hea ren, shines but warm. 
And k^ I He betweeo tbat Sun and thee $ 

Tbe beat I hatre from thence doth little harm, 
Thiae eye darta forth the fire that burneth me : 

And were I noc immortal, life were done, 

£etween this hearenty and eaithly Son. 

*' Art thou obduraie, flinty, bard as steel, 
Nay morę than flint, for stońe at rain relenteth ; 

Aft tbos a woOMn^tt son, and canst not fieel 
Wbat'tistolove? howwantoflovetormenteth ? 

O had thy mnCber borae so bad a mind, 

She had nH brooght forth thee, but died unkmd. 

** Wbat am I, that tboa shoold^conteron me thus ? 

Or what great daui;er dwells upon my suit ? 
What were thy iips tbe wone for one poor kisa ? 

'Speakfair; bntspeakfiirwoirds,orelsebemate: 
Gire me oue kiss, I Mł gire it thee again, 
Aad one for mfteńst, if thou wilt have twain. 

" Ke, lifoless picture, cold ańd senseless stone, 
WelHninted idol, imafe, duli and dead, 

Smtae, c uBlami og but tbe eye alene, 
Thióg iike a man, but of no Woman bi«d ; 

Ihou act BO laan, thoagfa of a man's compteschm, 

Fv men will ki« eirea by thejr own directioa.'' 

TUs said, impatience chokes ber pleading tongue. 
And sweJlii^ paasion doth provoke a pause ; 

Red cbeeks and fiery eyes blaze forth her wrong ; 
Being jodge ia love, she caonot right ber cause : 

And now sbe weeps, and now she fsift would speak, 

Aad now ber sobs do ber intendments break. 

Some ti uica siie sbaket ber head, and then bis band, 
Mbw gazeth sbe on him, now on the ground \ 

Som e thn e s ber arras enfold him like a band ; 
fihe woutd, be will not in ber arms be bound ; 

^id wben from thence be straggies to be gone, 

She lock^ber lily fingers, ant in one. 

** FondltDg/' sbe saith, '«^iice 1 hite benim'd thee 

Wibhin the circnit of this iTory pale, 
1 'U be the park, and thou shah be my deer ; 

Feed where thou wilt, on mountain or in dale: 
Graze on my Iips ; and if those hills be dry, 
Siray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie. 

" Within this limit is relief enoogh. 

Sweet bottom-grąss, and high delightful plain, 
Round rising hillocks, brakes obscure and rough. 

To shelter thoe from tempest and from rain ; 
Then be my deer, sińce I am such a park ; 
No dog shaJl ronse thee, though a tbousand baria" 

At tbis Adoois smiles, as in dtsdain, 

That in each cheek appears a pretty diropTe : 
Love madę those hoHows, if htmself were slain, 

He might be boryM in a tomb so simple ; 
Foreknowing well, if therc he came to Ke, 
Why tbere lorę łiv'd, and there he could not diok 

These loirely eares, these rouiid-enchanting pits, 
OpenM their mouths to swallow Yenus' Hkiog: 

Being mad befOTe, how doth she now for wits ? 
Struck dead at first, what needs a second striking ? 

Poor qoeen of love, ha thine own law forlora. 

To k)ve a cheek that smiles at thee in scora \ 

"Som which way sball sbe tura ? what shaTl she say ? 

Her wofds are done, ber woes the morę increasing, 
The time is spent, ber object will away, 

And from her twining arms doth urge releasiog: 
"Pity," she cries ; "some farour — some remorse— *' 
Away he springi and baiteth to his horse. 

But k), from forth a copse that iłetghbonrs by, 
A breeding jennet, lusty, yoong, and proud. 

Adonis* trampting courser doth espy, 
And forth sbe rushcs, snorts, and neighs alond : 

TTie 8trong-neck'd steed, being tied unto a tree^ 

Breaketh his rein, and to her straight goes he. 

Imperiously he leaps, he neighs, he bonnds. 
And now his woven girts he breaks asunder, 

The bearing Earth with his bard hoof he wounds, 
Whose hoiiow womb resoonds like Hearen^stbun- 

Tbe iron bit he crashes *tween his teeth, [der; 

Controlling what he was coDtrolled with. 

His ears up pnck'd ; his braided hanging main 
tJpon his compassM crest now stands on end ^ 

His nostrils drink the afr, and forth again, 
As from a foraace, rapours doth he send : 

His eye, which glisters scomfiilly Uke flre, 

Shows his hot courage and bis high desirt^ 

Sometimes he trots asrff he toM the steps, 
With gentle majesty, and modest pride ; 

Anon he rears upright, currets and leaps, 

As who would say, ** Ło ! thus my strength is 

And thus I do to captivate the eye [try*d ; 

Of the fair breeder that is standiog by.*^ 

What recketh be his rider^ angry stir. 
His fiatt^ring^ hol la, or his Słandt I tay f 

What cares hc now for curb, or pricking spur ? 
For rich caparisons, or treppings gay P 

He sees his iove, and nothing else he sees. 

For nothing else with bis preud sight agrees. 



Look, when a paintenranld lurpui Łh« life, 
In limning out a wdI-prQpoitłoo'd steed, 

HU art with Nature^s workmantbip at stiife» 
As if tbe ^ead the Hying sbould exceed ; 

So did tbis hone exeel a oommon ooe, 

In shape, in oonrage, eoloar, pace, and bonę. 

Ronnd-lioof^, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and long, 

Broad breaśt, fuU eyei» tmall head, and nostril 

wide, [»trong, 

High crest, uhort ewn, straight legg, and passing 
Thia mane, thiek taił, broad buttock, tender hide: 

Look what a hone shoald bave, he did not lack, 

Save a ploiid ńder on so proud a back. 

Sometimes he scuds Hr off, and tbere he staref, 
Anou he starta at itirring of a feather j 

To bid tbe wind a baM he no« prepares, 

And whdr be run, or fly, they know not wbether ; 

For through his mane and taił the high wind sings, 

Fanniiig the hairs, who wa^e iike feather*d wingi. 

He looks upoo bis love, and netgfas anto her ; 

She answem him, as if she knew his mind : 
Being proud, as females are, to see him woo her, 

She pttts on outward strangeneas, seems nnkhid} 
Spuras at his love, and scoms tbe beat he feels, 
Beating his kind embracements with her heels. 

Then, Iike a melaaeholy male-content, 
He yails his taił, that, Iike a fiiUing plnme, 

Cool shadow to his melting buttocks lent ;• 

He stamps, and bitts tbe poor flies in his fime : 

His bre perceiring how be is enrag'd, 

Oraw kinder, and his iury wat asauag^d. 

His testy master gocth aboot to take him ; ' 
When lo, the anback*d4>reeder, fali uf fear, 

Jealous of eatching, twiftly doth forsake him, 
With her the horse, and lelt Adonis there : 

As they were mad, anto the wood they hie tfaem, 

Oift-ilripping crows that strive to orer-fly thcm. 

Ali swoln with chasing, down Adonis słti» 
Banning his boisterous and anraly bcsut; 

And now the happy seaaon oiice morę fits, 
That love-8ick love by pleading may be bless'd; 

For k>veTS say, the heart hath tr^le wrong, 

When it^is bavr'd tbe aidanoe of the tongue. 

An oyen that is stopp^d, or riyer stay'd« 

Bumeth morę hoUy, swdleth with mure ragę: 

80 of conceaied sorrow may be said ; 
Free ycnt of words kyve's fire doth assuage ; 

But when the heart'* attomey once is mute 

The client breaks; ardespeiate in hb suit, 


He sees her coming, and begins to glow, 
(Kven as a dying ooal reriTes wiUi wind) 

And with bis bonnet hides his angry brow ; 
Looks on the duli earth with disturbed mind ; 

Taking no notice that she is so nigh, 

Fbc all askaunce he holds her in his eye. 

O what a sight it was, wistly to Tiew 

How she came stealing to the wasrward boy ! 

Ta notę the fighting conflict of ber bue ! 
How wbite and red each other did destroy ! 

But now, her cheek was pale, and by and by 

U flashM ibrtb ftre, as ligUtning from the sky. 

Now was she just before him as ha sat. 
And Iike a lowly lorer down she. kneels f 

With one fair hand she h^^ctb up his bat, 
Her other tender hand his &ir cheeks feels : 

His tender cheeks receiye her soft bands* print* 

As apt as new fallen snów takes any dint. 

O what a war of looks was then between them i 
Her eyes, petitioners, to his eyes suiąg ; 

His eyes saw her eyes as they had not seeo them f 
Her eyes wooM still, his eyes disdainM tbe wuo- 

And all tbis dnmb play had his acts madę plaiB 

MTith tears, wbich, chorus-likei her eyes did rmin. 

Fnll gently now she takes him by the haad» 

A lily prisonM in a jail of snów, 
Or iTory in an ahdiastcr band ) 

So wbite a friend engirts so white a Ibe : 
Thb beaoteoos oombat, wilful and unwiiling, 
Show'd Iike to silrer dotes that sit a billinf • 

Once jnore the engtne of her tfaoaghts begaa : 
** O fsirest morer on tbis mortal nNiod, 

Would thou wert as I am, and I a man, 

My heart all wbole as thine, thy heart my woond^ 

For one sweet look thy help I woold aasure tliee, 

Thoagh nothing bot my body^K baae wonld córa 

** OiTO me my band,** saith he, ** why dost thon 
feelit?'* [haTeHi 

** Oire me my heart,** saith she, " and tfaoa akah 
O giye it me, leat thy bard heart do ateel it. 

And, being steelM, soft stghs can never grave it : 
Then love's deep groans I ne^er shall regard, 
Becanse Adonis^ heart hath madę minę bard.** 

« For shame," ha criesb '< let go, and let me f»^ 
My day's delight is past, my horse is gone. 

And 't is your fiiult I am bereft him to ^ 
I pray you henoe, and leave me berę ale^e ^ 

For all my mind, my thooght, my busy care, 

b how to get my palfrey from the marę.'* 

Thas she rąplies : '' Thy palfrey, as he shonld» 
\^eloomes tbe warm approach of sweet deńre. 

Affection is a ooal tfaat must be cooIM ; 
Elsę, sttftr'd, it will set the heart on fire : 

The sea hath bonnds, but deep desire hatb nooe, 

Therelbie no marvel though thy hone be gone. 

« Uowlikea>idehestood,tiedtoatree;, 
Senrilely master'd with a leathem rein ! 

But when he saw. his love, his yoath^s &ir fee. 
He held such petty boodage in diadain ; 

Throwing tbe base thong from his bending crast, « 

Bnfrancbisiog his mouth, his back» his braast. 

" Who sees his true love in her naked bed, 
Teacbing the sheets a whiter hue than wbitej • 

Bot, when his gtutton eye so fuli hath fed. 
His other i^gents aim at Iike delight ? 

Who is so fiiint, that dare not be so bold. 

To tonch the fire, the weather being cold ? 

*' Let me eacuse thy conraer, geifetle boy ; 

And leam of him, I heartily beaeech jhee. 
To take advantage on presented joy ; 

Thoagh I were dumb/ yet his proceedjngs 
O leaim to Ioto ; tbe lesson b but plain, [t 
And, once made^perfect, ncTcr lost again. 



* t katnr not lorę,*' ipiotb h«^ « Dor will I know it, 
OaloM it be-ft boAr» md theo I diaie it : 

T is Bach to borroir, and I will not owe it; 
My lorę ta love is lo?e but to disgraoe it; 
For I hare beerd it it a life in death, 
Hat la«giis, and weepi» and all but wttb a breatb. 

^ Who wean a garment shapdeai and unAmliM ? 

Who plucks the bud before one leaf pot ibrth ? 
If łpg i ą gin g tbingt be any jot diminiBh*d9 

Tliey wither in their pńme, prore nothiug worth : 
The colt that 's back'd and baithen*d being younf , 
Loteth bia pride^ and nerer waseth rtfoog. 

* Yon kart ny band with wringing ; hX ot part, 
And leaTe tbis idie theme, thit bootlen chat : 

SeflM»re yoar ńege ftom my aoyielding heart ; 

To 10*0*8 aborm it will not ope the gate. 
ISuMiyoar fows, your feigned tears, yoar ilattery; 
For wbm a heart ia bard, they make no batteiy." 

"What! canattiMmtal^"<inothihe,««baftthoii 

woald tbou hadat not, or I bad no bearing! 
Thy meraMid** Toiee bath done me double wrong; 

1 bad my load before, now pren^d witb bearing: 
Mek)dioos diMord, heaTenly tnne hanb^aounding, 
Earth's deep-sweet musie, and beart's deep-aore 


" Had T no eyes, bot ears, my ean woold lorę 

That inward beaaty and in^isible ; 
Or, were I deaf, thy ootward parts would morę 

Ba^h put Ui me that were bat lensible : 
Though neitĆer eyes nor ears, to hear nor see, , 
Yet sboald 1 be in lorę, by toaching thee. 

" Say, tbat the sense of feeling were bereft me, 
. śad that I could not see, nor hear, nor toucb, 
Aad notbing but the rery smell were left me, 

Yet would my lorę to thee be stiłl as much ; 
For from the stilftory of thy lace ezoeliing [ing. 
Comesbreath perfum'd,tfaat breatheth lorę by smell- 

•* But C\ what banooet wert thou to the taste, 
Being nurse and feeder of the other fenr 1 

Would they not wish the feast should ever laat, 
▲ad bid Sospieioo double-lock tbe doorł 

Lot Jealottsy, that ioor unwelcome guest, 

Should, by his stealing in^ distarb the feast.*' 

Onee morę the raby-eolourM portal openM, 
Which to hb spMch did honey paamge yield ; 

like a red mon, that erer yet beu>ken'd ' 
Wreek to the searman, tempest to the lleld, 

SoiTOw to shephenls^ woe unto the birds, 

Gust and fMil flawt to herdmen and to herds. 

Tbis ill picmge adrisedly she marketh : 
Ercn aa tbe wind is bu8h'd before it rainetb, 

Or as the wolf doth grin before be barketh, 
Or as the berry breaks before it stameth, 

Or like the deadly ballet of a gon. 

His męaning stmefc ber ere hit words ^Mgmi. 

ind at hit h)ok she flatly folleth down. 
For iooks kSl kive, and kyre by k)oks reriretb. 

A mile recuret the woonding of a frown. 
Bot bletwd bankropt, tbat by tore so thriYeth ! 

Tlte sUly boy befiering she is dead, 

Clapt ber pale cheefc, tiU clapping makei it red i 

And in amaze brake off his lale iotent. 
For sharply he did think to reprehend ber, 

Which cuoning love did wittily prerent : 
Fair foli the wit tbat ean so well defead her ! 

For on the graas she lies as she were slain, 

Till bis breath breatheth life io her agaio. 

He Arrings her nose, he strikes her on the cheeks, 
He beods her fingers, holds her pulses bard ; 

He chafos her lipa, a thonsand ways he seeka 
To mend the hurt tbat his unkindoess marr*d ; 

He kisses her ; and she, by her good will. 

Will uerer rite, so he will kist her stilL 

The night of aorrow now \$ tum'd to day : 
Her two blue windowt fointly she up>hea?etb, 

Like the foir Sun, when in his fresb array 
He cheen the mom, and all tbe woiid velieveth : 

And as the bright Sun glorifies the sky, 

So is her foce illunun*d with ber eyt^ 

Wboae beams npon his bairless foce are foi'd, 
As if from thóioe they borrow'd all their shine. 

Were nerer four soch lampa together mix*d, 
Had not bis clouded with his bnows' repine; 

But bers, which tfarough thecrystal tears gaye llght» 

Shone like the Moon, in water soen by night 

''O, whereamn**qnothshe,'«inEarth or Hea- 

Or in the ocean drench'd, or in the fire ? 
Whathour is this ? or mom or weary even ? 

Do I deligbt to die, or life desire ? 
But now I liv'd, and lifo was death^s annoy ; 
But now I dy'd, and death was lively joy. 

*' O tfaon didst kill me ;•— kill me ooce againt 
Thy eyes' shrewd tator, that bard heart of thine, 

Ilath taught thero soomful tricks, and such disdain, 
That they hare munler^d tbis poor heart of minę ; 

And these minę eyes, true leaden to their qaeen. 

But for thy piteuns lips no morę had seen. 

" Long may they kiss each other, for this cure 1 
Oh, never let their crimson lireries wear ! 

And as they last, their trerdure still endure. 
To drire iofection from the dangerous year ! 

That tbe star-gazers, baring writoo death, 

May say, the plague is banish*d by thy breatb. 

" Parę lipś, sweet seals in my soft lips imprinted, 
What bargains may I m^ke, still to be sealing ? 

To sell myself I ean be' well contented, 

So thou wilt boy, and pay, and use good dealing; 

Which purchase if thou make, for fear of slips. 

Set thy seal-manual, on my waz-red lips. 

'< A thousand kisses boys my heart from nie; 

And pay them at thy leisore, ooe by one. 
What is ten hondred kisses unto thee ? 

Are they not qnickly told, and qoickIy gone ? 
Say, for non-payment that the debt should double, 
Is twenty hundred kisses such a trouble ?" 

'* Fair queen,** quoth be, " if any kre you owe me, 
Meastire my strangeuess with my unripe years; 

Before I know myself seek not to know me ; 
No fither but the ungrown iry forbeam : 

The melk>w plumb doth fali, the green sticki fąst, 

Or, beiDg wly pluck'd, it sour to taste. 



** Łook, tbe worid*8 eomlbrter, with weary gait, 
His day's hot task hath ended in the west : 

The owi, nighŁ'8 herald, sbrieŁs, '^ u very lale i 
llie sbeep are gone to fold, birds to thetr oest ; 

The coal-black dotids that shadow HeaveQ'8 lighf^ 

Do summoo us to part, and bid good night 

" Now let me say good night, and so say you ; 

If you will say so, yoa ghall ha^e a kiss.*' 
« Oood night," quoth she ; and ere he 8ay8 adieu, 

The booey fee of parting teoder'd is : 
Her arms do lend bis oeck a sweet embraca; 
Incorporate tbeo Uiey seem $ iace grows to face. 

llIl, breathłess, be disjoin/d, and backward drew 
Tbe heavenly moisture, that sweet coral moutb, 

Wbose preciouB taste ber tbirsty lips well knew, 
Wbereon ihey surfeit, yet. complain on drou^t : 

He with ber plenty pre89'd, she faintwith deartb, 

(Their lips together glewM) fali to tbe earth. 

Now ouiok teire bath caught ber yielding prey, 
And gluńoD-like sbe feeds, yet never filleth ; 

Her lips are conquerors, bis lips obey, 
Paying what ransom the insulter willeth ; 

Whose inólture thought doth pitch the price so high, 

That sbe will draw his lips' rich treasiire dry. 

And having felt tbe sweetness of the spoil, 
With blind-ibld fury sbe be;;ins to fora^re ; 

Her face doŁh reek and smoke, ber blood dctbboU, 
And careless lust stirs up a desperate courage; 

Planting oblivion, beating reason back, 

Forgetting shame^spure blush, aad bonour^s wrack. 

Hot, faint, and weary, with ber bard embracing, 
like a wiM bird being tam*d with too mach ban- 

Or aa the fleet-foot roe, that 's tir'd with chasing, 
Or like the froward infant, stiird with dandliog, 

He now obeys, and now no morę resisteth, 

While she takes aJI sbe nan, not all she listeth. 

What wax so fit>zen bat dissolves with temp'rłng. 
And yields ąt last to every ligbt impression } 

Tbings out of hope are compassM oft with ventVing, 
ChieAy in Iove, wbone leaveexceed9 commission : 

Affection faints not like a pa]e-fac'd coward, 

But Łhaa woos bert, when most his choice is froward. 

When he did frown, O had she then gave over, 
Such nectar from bis lips she had not 8uck*d. 

Foul words and frowns must not repel a lover; 
What thongh the rosę have pricks? yet ia it 

Werę beauty under twenty lockK kept fast, Tpluck^d: 

Yet love breaks througb, and picks them ail at last* 

For pity now she can no morę detain him ; 

Tbe poor fbol prays ber that he may depart : 
She is resolv'd uo longer to restrain him ; 

Bids him farewell, and look well to ber heart» 
Tbe which, by Capid*s bow she doth protest, 
He carries thence incaged in his breast. 

** Sweet boy," shesays, " this night 1 11 waste insor- 


Tor my sick beart oommands minę eycs to wateh. 
Tell me, ky^e^s master, shall we roeet to morrow } 

Say, shall we } shall we ? wilt thou make the 
He telk ber, no ; to morrow he intend^ [match?'' 
To bunt the boar ińth oeitaia of hif frie^s. 

'< The boar !" <^iioth she; whtreat a sudden psie. 

Like lawD bemg ^read upoo the bkishing roee, 
Usurps ber cheeks ; shetrembles at his tale, 

Aud on his neck ber yoking arms sbethrowas 
She siuketh down, still hanging on bis nedc, 
He <» ber belly fal^s, she on ber back. 

Now is she in the very litts of love, 

Her champion mouoted for the Yfii cncountor : 
Ali is imaginary she doth prove, 

He will not manage ber, altbongh be monntbcr ; 
That woive tban Tantalus* is ber aanoy. 
To clip Elysiam, and to lack ber joy. 

Evea as poor birds, deceiT'd with painted gn^es. 
Do Eurfeit by tbe eye, and pine tbe maw, 

Even so she languisbetb in ber mishaps, 
As those poor birds that helpless benies eaw : 

Tbó warm eifects which she in htm finds missii^ ' 

She seeks to kindle with continual kissing. 

Bot all ia ▼ain ; good ąnaen, it will not be : 
She bath assayM as much as may be pTov'd ; 

Her pleading bath deserrM a greater fee ; 
She 's love, she loves, and yet sbe is not lov*d. 

<* Fie, fi* !" he says, " you crush me ; let me go; 

You have no reason to withhold me so." 


Thou hadst been gone,'* quotH she, " sweet boy, 
ere tbis, [boar. 

But that tliuu told^st rae, thott would'st bunt tbe 

be advi8*d; thou know'st not what it is 
With javelin'8 point a chufiish swine to gore, 

Wbose tushes, oetrer>8heath'd, he whetteib atill, 
like to a mortal butcher, beat to kilf. 

" On his bow-back he bath a battle set 
Of bristly pikes, that ever threat his foes; 

His eyes, Kke glow-worms shine when he doth ftet; 
His snout digs sepnichres where'er he goes ; 

Being Bsov'd, be strikes whate^er is in his way. 

And wbom he strikes his crooked tushes slay. 

*' His brawny sides, with hairy brisUes armed, 
Are better proof than thy spear*s point can enter; 

His short thick neck cannot be easily barmed \ 
Being irefal, on tbe lion he will venture: 

Tbe thomy brambles and embraciog bushes, 

As fearful of him, part j througb wbom be rushes. 

'* Alas ! he noią^bt astecms that &c« of tbine. 
To which Lo^e^s eye pays tributary gazes ; 

Nor thy soft hands, sweet lips, and crystal eync, 
Wbose fuli perfection all the world amaates ; 

But having thee at Tantage (wondrous dread !} 

Would root these beauties as be iicwtu tha miaad. 

** O! let him keep bis featbsoae cabin fttll ; 

Beauty hath nought to do with soch Ibul fiends. 
Come not within bis daogei by tby will ; 

They that tlirive well, take ćtftinsełof their Mends. 
When thou didtet n«iDe the boar, not to dissenblc, 

1 fear*d tby fortunę, and my jointi 4id trenbla. 

"Did*8tthoaiiofcmafkmy&ce} was it not wbite > 
Saw*8t thou not signs of fear lurk in mioe eye ? 

Grew I not iaint } And M\ I not downright ^ 
Wtlfain my bosom, wbereon thou dost lie^ 

My boding beart patits, beati, and takes no resl. 

But, lika sn eaztbqn«k«» tbakea thea o» ipy braątl 



** For wliere love i^igiu, dirtuiiMBg Jealotuy 
Ooth cali biiBsdf affectioD's ceoŁiuel; 

GiT«s lalse alanns» suggesteth mutiny, 
And in a peaceful boor doth ery, kili, killl 

IKstemp^riog geotle love with bis desire, 

M air and water doUi abate tbe fire. 

^ Tbis soor infa^er, tbit bate-breeding ipy, 
This cankar Ibat eatsup love*8 tender qpnng, 

Tbk earry-Ule, dł—mwiaus Jealousy, [bring, 

That •ometime* tnie news, •ometimes hh% dotb 

Kxiocks at my JMait, and wbiipert in mtne ear, 

That if I love tbeo^ I thy deaih sbould fear : 

" Alid moire tban so, picsentetb to minę eye 
Tbe picture of an angry-cbafing boar, 

Uoder wboee tbarp fangu on his back doth lie 
An image likeibyielft ^M sŁain*d with gore 5 

Whoae blood upop tbe freeh flover» being sbed, 

BoŁh make them droop with grief, and hang the 

" Wbat sboold I do, leeiDg thee ao uideed» 

That trembling at th' imaginationt 
7h< thoaghi of it dotb make my £unt heart bleed ? 

And foBT doth leacb tt divination ; 
I praphesy thy deatb, my liTing torrow, 
If Ibou encounter with the boar to morrow. 

** But tf thoa needs wilt hoofc, be nil'd by me ; 

UnoDupIe at tbe timorous flying hare, 
Or at the fos, wbich lives by snbtilty, 

Or at a roe, which no encounter dare t 
Parsoe thete fearfol creatures o*er the downs, 
And on thy well-breath'd horse keep with thy hounds. 

" And when thoa bast on foot tbe pnrblind bare, 
Mark tbe poor wcetch to OTershut his tronbles, 

Uow be oot-rans the wind, and with wbat care 
He crenks and crosees, with a thouaand doobles : 

The nnay mosits threugh the which he goes, 

Are like a labyrhith to amase his foes. 

** Sometime be nras among tbe flock of sheep. 
To make thecmming hounds mistake their smeil ; 

And fiometlme where eartb-del?iog conies keep. 
To stop the lood pursuers in their yell ; 

And sometime sorteth with a berd of deer; 

BangerdeTiaetbshiits; wit waitsonfear: 

" For tbere bit smell with others being mingled, 
Tbe boi scentranoffiog hounds are driven to doubt, 

Ceuing their damorous ery till tbey have singied 
With mach ado the cold fanlt clc«nly out$ 

Then do they epend their mouths : Echo replies, 

As if anotber cbase were in the pkiet. 

" By this, poor Wat, iar off upoB a bill, 
Smods on hu binder legs with listening ear. 

To bearkoi if his foes putsue bim still ; 
Aaon tbeir loud alamms be doth hear ; 

Aad DOW his grief may be compaied well 

Te one flore-eickf that bears tbe passing beli. 

'<Then shalttbon see tbe dew^bedabblcd wretch 
Tinm, and return, indenting with the way ; 

Bach entrioas bńar his weary legs doth scratcb, 
Bach shadow makes bim stop^ each mmmarslay : 

For misery is trodden 00 by many, 

Aady being lom, never relierM b^ a9y» 


Ue quietly, aiid hear a ISttle move; 

Nay, do not struggle, for tbo^ shalt not rise : 
To make thee bate the hunting of the boar, 

Unlike thyself, thoa hear'st me moralise^ 
Applying this to that, and so to so ; 
For love can oomment upoo^eyeif woe. 

*' Wheredid Ueave ?"*— " No matter where,'* quoth 

*' JUeaye me, and then the story aptiy ends ; [he ; 

The night is speot" <* Why, what of that?'* quotb 

" I am/' quoth he, " espected of my frieads, 
And now *t is dark, and gmng Ishall fali." — 
'* In niipht," qaotb sbe, *' desfre sees best of all. 

" But if thou fiUl, O then imagine this, 
The Barth in -lorę with thće thy footing tr^s. 

And all is bot to rob thee of a kim» 
Rich preys make rich men thieves ; so do thy 

Make mqdest Dian cioudy end forlom, [lips 

Lest she shoald steal a kiss, and die forswom. 

*' Now, of tbis dark night I perceiTe Ibe reasob : 
Cynthia for ^hame obscnres her sil^r shioe, 

Till forging Naturę be oondemn'd of traaaon. 
For stealing mouldsftom HeaTen that were di vine, 

Wherein she fram^d thee fin high Hearea^sdespite^ 

To shame the Sun by day, and ber by night. 

" And therefore batb she brib'd the I>estinies, 
To cross the curioos workmaoship of Naturę, 

To mingle beauty with infirmities, 
Ąnd pure perfection with impnre defcature^ 

Making it subject to the tyranny 

Of sad mischances and much misery ; 

" As buming ferers, ągucs pale and fkint, 
Life-poisooing p^tileoce, and frenzies wood, 

The marrow-eatiog sickness, wbose attaint 
Disorder breeds by heating of the blood : 

Surfeits, impostumes, grief, and damn'd despair, 

Swear Nature'8 death for firaming thee so ftar. 

" And not tbe least of all these maladies. 
But in one minute's sigbt brings beauty imder : 

Both farour, sarour, hue, and qualitie8, 
Whereat th' Impeiial g^azer late dtd wonder, 

Are on the sudden wasted, thaw'd end done, 

As mountain-snow melts with the mid-day Sun. 

** Therefore, despite of fruitless cbastity, 
Loye-Ucking vestals,'and self-loving nuus, 

Tliat on the Earth would breed a scarcity, 
And barren dearth of daughtersand of sooSy 

Be prodigal : the ]«mp that bums by night, 

Dries up his oil, to lend the world his light. 

" What is thy body but a swallowing graye, 

Seeming to bury that posterity 
Which by the rights of time thou needs must have, 

If thou destroy them not in their obscurity ? 
If so, the world will hołd thee in disdain, 
Słth in thy pride 90 fair a hope is słain. 

" So in thyself thyself art madę away ; 

. A mischief worse tban cirił home*bred strife, 
Or their's, whoae desperate hand» theraselres d^ 
Or butcher-sire, that reares his son of life. [i^lay , 
Foul cankering rust tbe hidden treasure finets, 
But gold that 's pot to nse) morę geld begeti. 



«< Nay then,*' aiMtk Adoąl " yw «iU iUI agam 
lato yoor id te Ofier-bandled tkane $ 

The kin I gave yon it beftow'4 io ▼aio^ 

Aod all in Tain yo« ttme agalmt tbe stream ; 

For by thts blaek-fac'd mglift» deaire*s ftml nonę, 

Yoar treatłie niaBes me like you ivane and nonę. 

*' If hrre lent you twenty thoufand toogaes. 
And erery ton(;iie mora moTing tban yoar own, 

Bewitching like tfae wantoo mermaid'i soogt, 
Yet from mńoe ear the tempting tose is blo«m ; 

For know, my heart ttands armed in my ear. 

And will not let a false tooiid entei^ there; 

' Leit the deceiTing harmooy shoald mn 

Into the qaiet cloeare of my breast ; 
And ihm my liitle heart were qutt6 undoiM^ 
i In hiśbedchambertobebarr'dofrest. 
No, lady, no; my heart longi not to groan. 
But loandly ileepe» while now it aleeps alone. 

*' What haTe yoa ui|^d that I cannot reprtnre ? 

The path is smooth that leadeUi anto danger ; 
I hate not love, but your derioe in lore^ 

That lends embraoemeots nnto erery stiaoger. 
Yon do it for inoreafle : O ttrange esooie 1 
Wben reaion it the bawd to Iatt's abuae. 

** Cali it not love, for LoTe to HeaTen is fled, 
Sinoe sweating Lust on Earth usarps bis name; 

Under whose simple semblanoe he hath fed 
UpoD fresb beauty, blotUng it with blame; 

Which the^ hot tyrant stains, and aoon berea^es, 

As caterpillaiB do the tender leaves. 

** Lorę comfortetb, like sun-shine ąfter rain, 
But lust'8 effect is tempest after sun; 

Lovcfs gentle spring doth ałways firesh remain, 
Lasfs Winter oomes ere summer half be done. 

Ło^e sarfeits not ; lust like a glntton dies : 

Loro is all truth s lust foli of foi|^ lies. 

' ** Mora I could tell, but mora I dare not say ; 
The teit is old, the orator too graen. 
Tberefora, io sadaess now I will away ; 

My foce is foli of shame, my heart of teen ; 
Minę ean that to yoar wanton talk attended. 
Po bora tfaemsdTes for baving so oAnded." 

With this, he breaketh from the sweet embraoe 
Of those fiur arms Which bound him to ber breąst. 

And boroeward throughtbe dark lawns runs apaóe ; 
Leaves Lorę upon ber back deeply distress^d. 

Łook how a bright star sbooteth fi^ the aky* 

So giidas he in tbe night fkom Yenus' eye; 

Which after him she darts» as one on shora 
Gaziug upon a late embarked fnend» 

Til\ the wikl wa^es will have him seen no morę, 
Whose ridges with the meeting ciouds oootend ; 

So did the mcnreiless aod pitchy night 

Fold in the okjećt that did feed ber sight 

Whereat aman^d, as one that naawara 
Hath dxopp'd a pradous jewel in tbe flood, 

Or 'st09ish'd as night-wanderais often are, 

Thejjr light blown out in some mistrustfel wood ; 

"Etna |Q confoanded in tbe daik she lay, 

Hąńsg kMit thfi fair disoorery of ber way. 


And now she beats ber heart, iriiereat it giotiif, 
That all tbe ndgbboar-ca ves,asseeiimig trooUed, 

Make treibal repetitioa of ber moans ; 
Passion on passion deeply isradoubled: [ 

*' Ab, me !** she eries, and twenty times» ** 

And tweoty echoes twenty times ery sob 

She, mifking them, begłns a wailing oole, 
And sings extaDip*nlly a woefol ditty ; 

How love makes 3roai)g men thnll, and oM 
How loTe is wise in folly, foolish-wttty : f^dole ; 

Her heavy anthem stilt eoncludes in woe, 

And still the chdir of echoce answen so. 

Her song was tedloos, and ootwora the 
For loveri' hours ara long, thoogh seemingshort : 

If pieas^d tbemselTes, otbers, they thmk, ddight 
In sach-łike cireoimstance, with snch-like sport : 

Thór oopioos stories, oftentimes begnn, 

End without audienee, and ara nerar dooe. 


For who hath she to spend the night withal. 
Bat idle soonds, raiambling parasites, 

Like sbrill-tonguM Upsters, answeńng erary cnB, 
Sootbing the bumour of fontastao wits ? 

She laid, " 't is so:" they answer all, *« t is sos* 

And woold say after ber, if she said no. 

• * 

Lo 1 bera the gentle Imtk, weary of rest, 
Fhmi his moist cabinet mounts up on high* 

And wakea the moiuing, flrom whose silrar breaat 
The Sun ariseth io his majesty; 

Who doth the world so gloriousW behold, 

Thateedar-tops and hills seem barnish'd gold. " 

Yenus salntes him with this fair good morrow : 
*' O thoo elear god, and patron of all light^ 

From #hom eaoh lamp and shining star doth bor- 
The beauteoos inilaenoa that makes him bright, 

There li^es a son, that suck'd an eaithly motber, 

May lend tbee light, as thou dost lend to otber.** 

This said, she hasteth to a myitle grove, 
■ Musing tbe moraing ii so moch o*erworo. 
And 3ret sh«! bears no tidings of ber love : 

She bearkens for his hounds, and for his boro : 
Anon she bears them chant it lustity. 
And all m hastę she coasteth io tibe ery. 

And aa she runs, the boshes in the way 
Some caleh ber by the neck, some kiss ber fooe^ 

Some twine about ber thigh to make ber stay ; 
She wildly breaketh from their strict embnce» 

like a milch doe, whose swdling dugs do ache^ 

Hasting to foed hor fown bid in some brake. 

By this, ehe bears tbe hounds ara at a bay, 
Whereat she starta, like one that spies an adder. 

Wreath'd up in fotal folds, jutt tn bis way, 
The fear whereof doth make him shake and sbnd* 

Eren so the timorous yelping of the hounds [der: 

Appals ber senses, and ber spright oonfomidso 

For now she knows it Is no gentle chase, 

« But the blant boar, rough bear, or lion prafad» 

Because tbe ery ramaineth in one place, 

Whera foarfolly the dogs esclaim akmd : 
Fhiding thehr enmy to be so cnrat, 
Thay i(]| strain conrfsy who dmU oopt Urn tet 



Tbb ^imal ety ringt udly in her car, 

Huoogfa «lńeh it caten to surpriM ber bcirt, 
Wbo» meicioic by iloubŁ aad bkndless fe«r, 
* WHh cnid pele weakoeaB Dumbs eaicfa feeling part: 
like soMien, when tbcir captain once doth yidd,. 
Tbey baieły ty, aod dare not stay the field* 

Tbns elMidi riie m a tiembliiig eestasy ; 

TIII, ebeering ap ber tensei iore-dMflMy'dy 
8he telh tbem, *t is a cauaeleM laataqr» 

Aod cbildiib eriroar that they are anaid ; 
Bids tbeaft lea«eqnakiiigy «ilit tbem fearno morę ;-» 
Aad «ith Ibat mrd riie qpy'd tbe baated boar ; 

Wfaoee lirotby noath, bapahited all witb red, 
like milfc aad blood being mingled boib togelber, 

A woaod fear tbroogb all ber staewi fpread, 
Wbieb madly bomeftberthelmoiriBotwbitber} 

Tbis «ay ibe raos, aad now «be will no fbitber, 

But baek retini, to latetbe boar iiMr raarder. 

A t h oo ł aad spleem bcar ber a tbonsaad wayt $ 
Sbe traeds tbe patbi tbat sbe antreads agaia ; 

Her mora tban balrte ia mated with delayi, 
like tbe prooeediagB of' a dronken braia ; 

VU1 of reapcct, yet mmgbt at all reapecting, 

la baod witb all thiags, aoogbt at all effectiog. 

Herę kenoelM in a brake sbe flnda a boond. 
And aika tbe weary caitiirfor bii maiter; 

Aad tbere anotber Ucking of his woaod, 
HSainat veooni'd aorea tbeonly lorereign plaster; 

And berę aba m a eta anotber, sadly §coirliDg, 

Ta wboB Aa 9«aka; and be repliea witb bowling. 

Wben ba bad ceaii^d bis ill-reaoonding noise, 
Anotber flap-moatb'd monmer, black and grim,- 

Agi*««»f^ tbe weikin voIlies oat hia Toiee ; 
Anotber and anotber aaswer bim, 

Gfaippiag tbeir.prood taib to tb^ ground bdow,' 

Sbaiong tbeir acratcb'd ean Meeding aa they go. 

Łook, bow tbe workPa poor people are amaied, 

At apparitioB% aigna, and prodigieB, 
Wfaeraon witb fearfol eyea.tbey long huft gased, 

Infańig tbem witb dreadfal propbeeics j 
So abe at tbeae aad aigns drawa op her bnath. 
And, aighing it again, ^idaima on Death. 

" Haid-{aToar'd tyrant, ugly, meagre, lean, 
Hatelul divoree ef love,* Urna ehidea abe Death i 

** Ofim-gfianing gboat, £artb'a worm, wbatdoat 
ToatiBa beanty, and to ateal bia braath, 

Wbo wben be U^d, hia breath and beauty tet 

Gloas on tbe roae, araell to the noiet ? 

" Ifbebedead-^BO^tteannotbe, ^ 

. Seeing bis beaoty, thott aboold'st atrike at it — 
Oyes, itmay; tboohastnoeyestosee. 
Bot faatefałły at random dosttboubit* 
Thy mask ia tebłe age ; bot thy fiiUse dart 
Miatakea that aim, aad dearea an infanta heait. 

« Hadat thott bot bid beware, then he bad apoke. 
And baaiing kim, thy power had lost hia power. 

Ute Deslioiea will ^eone.tbee for tbia atroke $ 
They M tbee erop a weed, tbon pluck'at a flower. 

Love's golden arrow at bim AoBld bave fled, •. 

Aad aat 0eatb»saben dart, to sirifce bim dead. 

" Doat thoa drink tean, ihnt tbon provok'st sucb 

Wbat may a heavy groan ad«antage tbee ? 
Why baat tbon cast into etemal sleeping 

Tboae eyes that tanght all other eyea to see ? 
Now Naturę eares not for thy mortal Tigoor, 
Since her beat work ia rttin'd widi thy rigoor." 

Herę oreroome, as one fuli of despair, 
Sbe Teird ber eya-lids, wbo, tike sluioeą atopp^d 

Tbe crystal tide that frooi ber Iwo cbeeka foir 
In the sweet cbannel of ber blDsom dropp'd i 

Bot tbroogb tbe flood-gatea braaks tbe sUver raii^ 

And wilh his strong courae opena tbem again. 

how her eyes and tears did Ic&d and bomw ! 
Her eyes seen in her tears, tears in ber eye $ 

Both crystals where they ^iew^d each otber'8 sorrow, 

Sorrów, that friendly sigbs soagbt still to dry ; 
Bat like a stormy day, now wind, now rain, 
Sigbs dry ber cheeks, tears make tbem wet again. 

Vąriable paańona throog ber oonstant woe^ 
As striTing wbich sbould best kecome her grief ; 

All entertain'd, each passion laboufs so, 
That erery present sorrow seemeth cbie^ 

Bot nonę is best; theo join they all togetber, 

like many cloads cousulting for foul weatłier. 

By this, for off sbe bears some huainnan boOa ; 

A nurse's song ne^er pleas^d her babę so well : 
The dire imagioatiQ|ii sbe did foUow 

This soond of 1k^ doth laboar to eipell; 
For now reTiving joy bids her njoioe, 
And flatters ber, it is Adonis* vołce. 

Whereat ber teara begaa to tum tbeir tide, 
Being prisonM in ber eye, like pearts in glass ; 

Yet sometimes folls an orient drop beside, 
Which ber cbeek melts, as scoming itihoald pass, 

To wasb tbe fool foce of the slottish grannd, 

Who is bat drunken when sbe seemeth drowoM. 

O.hard-betiering lorę, bow strange it soams 
Not to believe, and yet too credidons! 

Thy weal and woe are both of tbem extiames, 
Despair and hope make tbee ridiculous : 

Tbe one doth 6atter tbee in thooghts mdikely, 

With likely thooghts tbe other kills tbee qaickly. 

Now sbe nnweaTes tbe web that sbe had wrongbt; 

Adonis lives, and Death ia not to blame ; 
It waa not abe that caird bim all to nanf^bt ; 

Now sbe adds honour to bis batefol name; • 
She clepes bim king of grałeś, and grave for kings,' 
Imperial supremę of all mortal tbings. 

" No, no," qQotb she, <« sweet Death, 1 did but jest ; 

Yet pardon me, I folt a kind of fear, 
When as I met the boar, that bloody beast, 

Which knows no pity, but is still seyeptf ; 
Theo, gentle shadow, (trot^ I most cooias) 

1 railM on thee^ foaring my loTe*s deeease. 

** Tisnotmyfoolt: theboarBrorok^dmytongue; 

Be wreakM on bim, inWsible commandór ; 
T is hę, foul creature, that hatb donetbee wroog ; 

I did but act, be 's autbor of thy slander ; 
Gfief hatb two tongues^ and nerer womsn yet 
Could ruWtbcm both, withont ten women*s wit** 




Her nah susped: she doth exteniiate ; 
And that his beautif may the better thriTe, 

With Demth abe humbly dotb insinuate; 
Telki bim of trupMe*, sUtaas, toiabs ; and stories 
His ▼idories, bis tciampbt, aad h» gk>ri«s. 

" O Jove,** qaoth ahe, " how much a ixA was I, 
To be of sach a weak and ułly rnind, 

To wail bis deatb, who IWes, aed most net die, 
1111 mutnal oveithrow of moital Ipod ^' 

For be beio; dead* witb him is beauŁjr slain, 

Aadf beauty dead, biack cbaos oomes agsin. 

*' Fie, fie, food Łove, tbou ait so fiill of fear, 
As ooe witb treaaure laden, ht!niiii*d with thieves; 

Triftes, nnwitnessed witb eye or ear, 
Tby ooward beart witb false bethinfcing grieves." 

£veii at this word abe bears a merry bom, 

Wbereat she ieap% that was but lato fortom. 

As iaulcon to the hire, away she flies ; 

The grass stoopa not, she treads on it so ligbt $ 
And in ber baste unfortunately spies 

The foul boar*s cooąuest oo h«r fair delight; 
Which seen, ber ąyes, as murder'd witb tbe view, 
Like stan MbaoiM of day, tbemseWes witbdrew. 

Or, as the snaił, wbose tender homs being hit, 
Shrinks backwbrd in bit shelły caTie with pain, 

And tbcra, all amotber^d np, in shado ^totb sit, 
hong after fearing to creep forth ngain ; 

So, at bis bloody ticw, her eyes are fled 

lato the deep darie cabins of her bead, 

Wbere they resignM tbeir oiBce and their light 
To the diiposing of her tnmblcd brain ; 

Wbo bids tham still oonsort witb ugly nigtit. 
And never woond tbe beart with tooks agatn ; 

Wbo, lik* a king peirplaed in his tbrone, 

By their toggestkni gives a deadly groan. 

Wbereat each tribntary sobject quakes ; 

As wben the wind, inprison*d in tbe ground, 
Stmggling for paasage, Eartb'S foundation shakes, 

wliioh witb cold terrours dotb men% mind eon- 
This mntiny each part doth so surprise, [found : 
Thatfrom tbeir dark beds, onoe morę, ieap her eyes; 

And, being openM, threw nnwillhig sight 

Umq th«wide wonnd tbat tbe boar had trenebM 

In bis soft iank ; wbose wontod lily wbite 
Witb pnrple tears, that his wonnd wept, was 

Nb flowar was nigh, no grass, herb, leaf, or wsed. 

But stole his bkiod, and saemM witb bim to bieed. 

lVs solaon sympatby poar Venns notath $ 
Over one shoulder doth sha hang her head ; 

pombly aha pasrions, franticly she doteth ; 
She Uunks ba conld not die, ha is not dead. 

Her Toice is, sloppM, ber joints forgat to bow ; 

Her eyes am mad tbat tbey have wept till now. 

Upon his hnft sbe kioks so flledlbstly, [tbree ; 

That bar sight dasBzKng makes the wonnd seam 
And theo aha raprehends ber mangling eye, [be : 

That mahet morę gashes wbere no breach sfaould 
Hislaoa seama twam, each saiveml limb is donbled} 
For dft tha aya mistakny tlse bnin beiBg tiOttMtd. 

" My tongu)e camMt espram my grief fer tmś. 
And yet," qooth she, " behoki two Adons dead ! 

My sighs are btownaway, my salt tears gone. 
Minę eyes are turnM to fire, my beart to l«ad : 

Heavy heart's lead melt at minę eyes, as fira ! 

So shall I die by drops of hot 

** Alas, poor weri^ wbat trsasnra bast tbou loii ! ■ 
Wb At iaoe lemains ali«e thnt's wortktiM rie wing ? 

Whose tongue ta musie uow) what canst thoa boM* 
Of tbittgs long sińce, or any thing ensuing ? 

The flowers are sweet, their cokwrs fresb and trim-; 

But tnia-tweet beauty tiT*d and dy'd in faira. 

" Bonnet or Teil heneefortk no cieature wear 1 
Nor Sun nor wind will ever stri^e to kiss yoa : 

Having no fair to lose, yon need not fear; 
Tbe Son dotb seom yoa,and tbe wind doth bim yoo. 

But wben Adonis liT'd, Son and sbarp air 

Lurk'd like two thteifis» to rob him of bislatr; 

" Aod therefoie woold he pnt his bonaet on, 
Under whoae brira the ^wdy Sun would peep ; 

The wind woold blow it off, aod, being gone, 
Play with bis locks; then wouid Adonis weep : 

And stratght, in pity of bis tender yaar% 

They both would striTe wbo first should diy bis tean« 

" To see his face, the lioo walk>d along 
Bebiud same hedge, beeaose he would not fear 

To recreate himself, wben be bath sung, 
The tiger woold be tama, and geatly henr him t 

If be had spoke, the wolf would leavti his prey» 

And never frigbt the siily lamb that day. 

" Wben be beheld his shadow in the brook, 
' The fishes spread on it their goiden gilb ; 
Wben he was by, tbe birds such pleasura took, 

That soroe wouM sing*, some other in their bUla 
Woold bring bim mnlbeńias, and ripe red cherci^l; 
He fed them with bis sight, they him with berries. 

" But this fottl» grim, and urebin-anooted boar, 
Whoae downward eye still looketh for a graTO^ 

Ne^er saw the beanteoos liTery tbat he wore } 
Witness the entertainment thtt he ga?e ; 

If he did see his face, why then I know, 

He thought to kiss him, and bath kiUM him so. 

" T is tnie, t is trne { thns was Adonis slain } 
He ran upon tbe boar with his sbarp spear, 

Who would not whet his teeth at him again. 
But by a kiss tfaought to perauade him there i 

And nuazling in his flank, tbe loving swine 

Sheath'd, unaware, his tosk in his wait gnitL 

« Had I been taoth'd like him, I mnst confesi 
With kissiag him I shonld hare kiU'd him fifst; 

But he is dead, and never did he bless * 

My youth with his ; tbe morę I am aococs^d.** 

With this she Iblleth in the place she slood» 

And stains her fisca with his oongealed btood. 

She looks opon bit lipc, and tb^ ari palt; 

She takes him by the band, and that it oold } 
She whitpeit in his ear a heavy tale, 

Aa if he hea>d the woafbl words she told t 
She lifks the eoiiBi^lłds that close bis eyes, 
Whei«to! two tompa, bnmt oty fał d aiku em Iten 



TiTo glMWj, wlMre h«N«lf hentlf befaeld 
A thnnwnd times» sod now no morę rcflecŁ ; 

Their vift|ie kMt, wherein they Iste ełceU'd, 
And ewery beauty robb'd of bb effect : 

** Wmder of tamę," qiiotb sbe, *' tbb is my spite, 

tliat, yott being dead, the day siMMild y«Ł b« ligbt 

" Siooe thou art dead, lo ! here I prophesy, 
Sorrow on kwe hereafter shall attand i 

U shalł be wakcd oo witb jealousy, 

Find swaci beginamę, but uDSaYOury aod ; 
lHe*er settled eąttally, too.high or loir ; 
ThaŁ ałł love*s pleasure ibail not mateh his woe» 

«• H shall be fiekle, fiilte, and foli of fimnd. 
And shall be blasted in a breathiog-while ; 

Tbe bottooB potson, aod Ihe top o*entra«*d 
Whh wmeśU, thatsbail the shaipest sight bs^e: 

The at romges t body shall it nwke most weak, 

Stfike the wise damb, and teach the Ibol to speak. 

" It shall be sparioz, aod tao ftiH of riot, 
Teachmg deciepit age to tread the meaioies ; 

The staring niffian shall it keep i a quiet, [sures. 
Ploek down the rich, enrich the poor witb Łiea- 

It sh^ll be nging.mad, aod stlly-mUd, 

Make tbe young old, tha oid beeome a child. 

** U shall sospact, where is oo enose of fear; 

It shall »oC fear, whe^ k should most mistrust; 
It shall be merciful, and too serere, 

And most deceiving, when it seems most jost ; 
Penrefse it shall be, when it seems most toward. 
Pat fear to ▼aloor, eoorage to the coward* 

'* It shall ba caose of war, and dlie eteots. 
And set disMotNMi Hwizt tbe son aod fire ; 

Sobject and serrile to all diseontents, 
As diy eomboslioos matter is to flre ; 

Sth in his prime death doth my loTe destroy, 

Th«7 that Iove best, their iof^ shall not enjoy." 

By this, the boy that by ber side lay kUPd, 
Was nelted like a ^apoor fponwher sight, 

And in bis bk)od that oo tha gronad lay spiH'd, 
A purple flower sprang up^ ebeipier^d witb wbite ; 

Resembling welł his pale cheeks, and tha blood 

Whłch in ronnd drops opon their whiteness stood. 

She bows her head, the oew-spraog flower to sfnell, 
GMnparing it to her Adonis* breath ; 

And says, withtn her bosom it shall dwell, 
Since be himself is reft from her by death : 

She erops the stalk, and in the breach appears 

Green dropping sap, which she compares to tears. 

" Poor flower,*' quoth she, « this was thy father*s 

(Sweet issue of a morę sweet-smelling sire) 
For erery littie giief to wet his eyes : 

To grow noto himself was his desire^ 
And so *Ł is thine i but know, it is as good 
To wither in my breast, as in his blood. 

" Here was thy fiKther*s bed, here io my breast ; 

Thoo art ihe ntnt of blood, and 't is thy right : 
lio! in this hallów eradle tafce thy rest. 

My throbhii^ heast shall roek tbee day and aigbt : 
There shall oai be one mtonte of ao boor, 
Wkoop 1 will Mt kisi «y nieei Wva*a flower.*' 

Thus, weary of tbe world, away she bies, 

Aod yokes her 8iJver doves ^ by wbose swifk aid 

Their mistress mounted, through the empty skies 
Jn her light ebariot quickly is coiivey'd, 

Holding their /»>or«e to Paphos, where their queen 

Means to immnre hersełf, and not be seen. 






Thb love I dedicate to yoor lordship is wilhont 
end ; whereof this pamphlet, withont beginning, 
is bat a snperfluous moiety. The warrant I have 
of your hoDoarable dispositioo, not the worth of 
my untotored lines, makes it assiirod of accept- 
ance. What I have done is yonrs, what I have 
to do is yoors ; beiog pait io all I hare deyoted 
yoara. Werę my worth greater^ my daty would 
show greater : meao time, as it is, it is boond to 
yoor lordshipj to wliom I wish long life, still 
leDgtheoed witb all happiness. 

Yow lordship*s io all daty, 



Łocios Tarąnioius (for his exce98ive pride sur- 
namcd Superbus) after he had caused bis owo 
father-in-law, Servius Tułlios, to be cruelly mur* 
dered, aod, cootrary to the Roman laws and 
costoms, not r9quiring,or stayiog lor tbe peo^ 
ple*8 su&ages, had possessed himself of the 
kingdom $ went» acoompanied witb his sons and 
other noblemen uf Romę, to besiege Ardca. 
Duńog which siege, tha priocipal men of the 
army meeting one eveniog at the tent cf Sextufl 
Tarquinius,- the king*s soo, io their discourses 
after supper every one commended the ▼irtues 
of his own wMe \ amoog wbom, Collatinus ex- 
toUed the inoonparabie chastity of his wife Lu- 
cretia. la that pleasant homour they all posted 
to Romę ; aod inteoding, by their secret and 
soddeo anrival, to make trial of that which every 
one had befoń awuched, only GUlatinos finds 
his wife (though it were lata in the night) spin- 
niDg amongst her maids : the other ladies were 
all found dancing and rtvaUing, or in several 
disports. Whereopoa the noblemen yielded 
Cołlatious the «ictory, aod his wife the famę* 
At that time St»atus Tarquinius being ioflamed- 
with Lucrece'8 boauty, yet soiotheriog his paA* 
sions for the prcsent, dcpartad with the rest back 
to tbe eanp ; from whenca he shortly after pii- 



Tily withdrew himtelf, and was (aocording to 
his «sCate) royally enteitahied and lodged by 
JLaerece at CoUatiiuiu The same night, he 
treachflfoosly stealeth mto her cfaamber, vio- 
leody imrished her, and eariy ip the moming 
■peedeth away. Lucreee, In this lamentable 
plight, hastily dispatcheth mesaeogersf one to 
Borne for her fiiŁher, another to the camp for 
CoUatine. Tbey came, the one aocompaoied 
with Junins Brutus, the other with Publius Va- 
lerius ; and flndtng Łocrece attired in mouming 
habit, dentanded the canse of her sorrow. She, 
llrst takiiig an oath of them for her reTange, re- 
irealed the actor, and whole manner of bis deal- 
ing, and witbal suddeoly stabbed herself. Which 
óHit, with one cousent they alł vowed to root 
out tl^ whole hated family of the Tarquins ; 
and bMfing the dead body to Rome^ Brutus ao- 
i|ttainted iS^e people with the doer and manner 
of the ▼ile deed, with a bitter inTeetive against 
the tyranny of the king : wherewith the people 
were ao no?ed, that with one consent and a ge- 
nerał aeclamation the Tarąuins were all eziled, 
and the stato govemmenŁ ohanged from kings 




From the betieged Ardea all in post, 
Borne by the tnistless wings of fiilse desire, 
iost^breatbed Tarąain leaTes the Roman host. 
And to Coltatium bears the lightless fire 
Whłch, in pale emben hid, lurks to aspire, 
And girdłe with embracing flames the waist 
Of CoUatine^s fair love, Locreoe the chaste. 

Haply that name of Maile nnhapp*ly set 
Hiis bateless edge on his keen appetite ; 
When CoUatine unwisely did not łet 
To praise the elear unmatehed red and wbite 
Which trinmphM in that sky of his delight, 
Whera mortal stars, as bright as Heaven*s beauties, 
With porę aspects did him peculiar duties. 

For he the night befere, in Taiqn!n's tent^ 
UnlockM the treasore of his happy state ; 
What priceless wealth tbe HeaTens had him lent 
In the posseaskin of his beauteous nate ; 
Reckoning his fortnne at soch high-prood rato, 
Tliat kings migbt be espoased to morę fiune, 
But king nor peer to sucb a peerless damę. 

O happineas eiuoy'd but of a few ! 
And, if poMess'd, as soon deeay>d and done 
4U is the moming*s silver-melting dew 
Against the golden splendoor of the Sun ! 
An expir*d data, caneel*d ere well begun : 
fiononr and beauty, in the owner^s anns, 
Are weakly foitre«*d from a warid of harms. 

Beaoty itself doth of itaelf persnade 
The eyes of men withont an orator; 
What needeth then apology be madę 
To set fofth that which is 80 singular) . 
Or w.hy is CMlathie the pnbłisher 
Of that rich jewel he diould keep nnknown 
From tiiierith enn, becanse it is hit own? 

Percbance his bóast of Łuereee' foyeraignty 
Suggested thb prond issue of a king ; 
Por by oor ears oor hearts oft tainted be : 
Perctnnce that enry of so rich a thing, 
Bra^ing compare, disdainfolly did sthig [yaunt 
His higłi-pitoh*d thooghts, that meaner itfen ahonld 
The golden hap which their sopeńors want. 

But some untimely thooght did instigate 
His ali too-timeless speed, if nonę of those : 
His hoiiour, his afl^in, his friends, his state, 
Neglected all, with swift intent he goes 
To quench the ooai which in his Kver glows. 
O rash-false beat, wrapt in repentant eold, 
Thy hasty spring still blarts, and ne'er grows old ! 

When at Gbllatium this lalse lord arriv*d, 
Well was he welcom*d by the Roman damę, 
Within whose foce beauty and virtne 8triv'd 
Which of them both shonld undeiprop her fome: 
When Tirtue bragg'd, beauty woold blush for shame; 
When beauty boasted blusbes, in desptte 
Yiitiie woold stain that or with siWer wbite. 

But beauty, in that wbite intUnled, 

From Yenus* doves doth challenge that fohr field ; . 

Then virtne claims firom beauty beauty's red, 

Which Tirtue gave the golden age, to gpild 

Their siker cWks, and caird it then their shield j 

Teaching them thos to nse it in the flght, — 

When shame assaird, the rad should fence the wbite. 

This heraldry in Lucreec* face was seen, 
Argued by beauty'8 red, and ▼irtue*s wbite. 
Of eitber^s colour was the other qoeen, 
ProTiog from worid*s minority their right r 
Yet their ambition makes them still to figfat; 
The sovereignty of either being so great, 
That oft they interehange each other*s seat. 

This silent war of iiiies and of roses 

Which Tarquin view'd in her fair faoe^s field, 

In their pure ranks his traitor eye enoloses ; 

Where, lest between them both it should be kili*d, 

The coward captive vaoquiKhed doth. yield 

To those two armies that would let him go, 

Rather than triumph in so false a foe. 

Now thinks he that her husband's shallow tongoe 
(Tbe niggard prodigal that praisM bar ro) 
In that high task bath done her beauty wrong, 
Which for esceeds his barren skill to show: 
Therefore that praise which CoUatine dotltowe^ 
Encbanted Tarąuin answers with sormise, 
In sileot wonder of still-gazing eyea. 

This earthły saint, adored by this deril, 

little suspecteth the false worshipper; 

For thoughts unstain'd do seldom dream on eril \ 

Birds nerer limbM no secret bnshes foar : 

So guiltless she secnrely gi^es good cheer 

And rererend welcome to her prinoely gnest, 

Whose inward ill no outward harm eapressM : 

For that he oolour*d with his high cstate, 
Hiding base ain in plaits of mąjesty ; 
That nothing in him 8eem*d inordinate, 
Sa^e sometime too much wonder of his v§% 
Which, hmring all, all could not satlsfy; 
But, pooriy rich, so wanteth in his sfeore, 
That, cloy*d with mnfih, he pineth atill for 



But sh« tb»t mwer cop'd witb straoger eyei, 
Couia pick BO miMUiiDg from Łbeir parling looks, 
Nor read tbe sobtlo-sbiDing Mcresies 
Writ in the sbiay mafgents of sucb bnoks ; 
Sbe ioiicb*d no naknown boite, nor fear^d no books; 
Nor coold she moraliae hit wanton słgbt, * 
Mor than kis eyea .wcre opeii'd to the light 

He rtorics to ber cara ber busb#iid's famę. 
Won in the fields of fhiitfii] Italy ; 
And decka witb praiaas Collatine^s higb name. 
Madę gbrioos by bis manly cbiTaliy, 
Witb bruised anns and wreatbs of tictory : 
Her jor witb beaT^d-np band the doth eapreis,' 
Aod, wordleaB, eo gteets HeaTen for bis soccew. 

Far from the jmrpoae of hia \ooaiing tbitber» 
He makes cscuses for bn being tbere. 
No cloudy show of stormy bhutering weatber 
Doth yet in bia fair wetfcin once appear } 
Till sabte Nigbt, motber of dread and fear, 
UpOD tbe wortd dim darknees doth display, 
And in ber ^aaJty priMm stowrs tbe day. 

Por tben is Tan|vin broogbt anto bis bed, 

Inteading ireariness witb beairy spńgbt; 

For, after sapper, long be qoesti«ied 

Witb modest Lucrece, and wore out tbe nigbt : 

Now Icaden alumber witb lifo'8 ttrength dotb flght ; 

And ever7 one to rest bimself betakeą [wakes. 

SaTe tbieTCSy and cares, and troobled minds that 

Ąm one of wbicb doth Tavquin lie rerolring 
Tbe Bundry dangers of bis will's obtainiog ; 
Yet erer to dbtain bis will resoWing, 
Tbougb weak-built hopes persuade bimioabstąining: 
Sopair to gain, dotb traffic ofl for gaiaing ; 
And wben great treasnre łs the meed propośed, 
ThDOghdeathWadjunct, tbere 's nodeathsuppoied. 

Tlioee that nocb coTet, aic with gain so fbod, 
Tbat what tbey bare not (that wbicb tbey possess) 
Tbey scatter and anloose it lirom tbeir bond, 
And so, by boj^ing mora, tbey bave but lessj 
Or, gaining morę, tbe profit of escess 
Is bot to soifeit, and sucb griefii sustaio„ 
Hiat tbey pcofe bankrupt in thb poor-rich gain. 

Tbe aira of all is but to nurse tbe life 

With honour, wealtb, and ease, in wainiog aga; 

And in tbis aim tbere is sucb tbwarting stotf^ 

Tbat one far all, or alt for one we gage; 

As life for honour, in CeH battles' ragę ; 

Hoooor far wealtb; and oft tbat wealtb dotb oott 

The death of all, and ail together lost 

So that hi Ycnt^riog iU, we lea^e to be 

Tbe tbingt we are, for tbat wbicb we ezpcct ; 

And tbis ambitioos foul infirmity, 

In bavittg much, torments os witb defect 

Of that we ba^e: so then we do ueglect 

The thing. we bave, and, all for waut of wit. 

Make something notbing, by augmenting it. 

Soch hazard iknr mnst doting Taiqoin make, 
Fawning bis booour to obtain bis lust ; 
And for bimself, bimself be must Ibrsake: 
Tben wbere is trutb, if tbere be no self-trust ) 
Wben shall be think to find a sŁimnger just, 
Wben be himself himself confpuods, bc^ys 
To słaoderous tapgues, and wretched bateful dayi ? 

Now stole opon tbe time tbe dead of nigbt, 
Wben bea^y sleep bad clQS*d up mortat eyes; 
No oomfortable star did lend his light. 
No noise but owls* and wolves' deaUi-boding cries : 
Now serres tbe season tbat tbey may surprise ' 
The silly lambs; pure thoughts are dead and stiUi 
While lust and moider wake to stain and kilL 

And now tbis lustful lord leap^d from bis bed, 
Throwing bis mantle rudely o*er bis arm ; 
Is madly tom'd betweendesire and dread ; 
Tbe one sweetly flatters, tbe other fieareth harm ; 
But booest fear, bewitchM witb lust's fbul charm, 
Dotb top too oft betake bim to retire, 
Beaten auay by brain-sick rada desfane. 

His filchion on a flint be sofUy smitetb, 
That from tbe oold stone sparks of fire do fly, 
Whereat a waxen toreb forthwitb be lightef b, 
Wbicb must be lode-star to his inatlbl eye ; 
And. to the flame tbus spekks advisedly : 
" As from tbis oold flint I enforc'd tbis fire, 
So Lucrece must Iferee to my desire.** 

Herę, pale with fear, be dotb premeditate 
Tbe dangers of bis loathsnme enterprise, 
And In bis inward raind be doth debato 
What foliowing sorrow may on tbis aiise: 
Then looking scomfully, be doth despise 
His naked annour of still-slanghter*^ lust. 
And justiy thos cootrols his thoughts unjósL 

" Fair toreb, bum out thy light, and tend it not 
To darken ber wbose light eacełleCb thina ! 
And die> unballowM thoughts, befcre you biot 
Witb your oncksanness that wbicb is diTine 1 
Offer pbre incense to w pure a shrine: 
Lbt fair bumanity abbor the deed 
Tbatspotsand stains love's modest snow-whitewead. 

** O shame to knigbthood and to shhung arms 1 
O foul dishooour to my ho«uehotd's grave ! 
O impioos act, including all fbul harms ! 
A martial man to be soft fancy's slave! 
True ralour still a tnie respect sbonld have | 
Then my digression is so viie, so base, 
Tbat it will li^e 9tię;n^ta in my foce. 

" Yea, tboogh I die, the seandal wfU sorriYe, 
And be an eye-ąore in my goUen ooat | 
Some loathsome dash the herald will cootrife. 
To cipher me, how fbndly I dld dote ; 
That my posterity, sbam*d with the notę, 
Shall curse my bones, and bold it for no sin 
To wish that I tbeir fother bad not been. 

«* What wm I, if I gain the thing I saek ł 

A dream, a breatb, a froth of fleeting joy : 

Wbo buys a minute*s miith, to waił a week } 

Or sells eternity, to get a toy ? 

For one sweet grapę wbo will tłie Tipe destroy ? 

Or what fond beggar, bot to tooch the crown, 

Would with tbe soeptre straight be stnieken down? 

" If GoUatinns dream of my Intent, 
Will be not wake, and in a desperato raga 
Post bither, tbis vile purpose to prerent ? 
TJah siege tbat bath engirt his marriage, 
Tbis biur to youth, tbis sonów to tbe sagę, 
Tbis dying irirtne, this sunriTing shame, 
Whgse crima wili bear an ęiwr-during blame ł 



** O what exctsse can m^ inT^ntion make, 
Wheo tiiou «halt charge me witb se black a deed ? 
Will n9t my tongue be mute, my frail joipts shake ? 
Mioe eyes forego thcir ligbt, my fatie heart bleed ? 
The gułlt beiog great, tbe fear doth ftill ezceed | 
Ąod exireme fear can neither figbt nor fly. 
But, coward-Uke, with trembling terrour die. 

" Had Colł^imis ki)]*d my soo or ńre, 
Ot lain iu ambush to betray my life, 
Or were be not my dear friend, this desire 
Might haTe exciue to work upon his wife ; 
As ia reyenge or quittal of iuch atrife : 
But as he is my kinsman, my dear frieod, 
The sbame aad fauli fiodsoo excuBe nor end. 

" ShamrfiU ii U; — ay, If the iact be known : 
Jiałęfuł it » ;— tliere is no hale in k>viDg{ 
I 'U beg ber loTe ; — kU tke is noi her omm : 
The worst is bat deniaJ^ and reproving : 
My will is strong; past reason*8 weak removing. 
Who fears a sentence or an old man*s saw, 
Sball by a painted cloth be kept in awe." 

Thas, graceless, holds he dh|>iłtatioo 
Tweeo fro^en cooscience and hot-buming wiU, 
And with good thonghts makes ^dispensation, 
Urging the worser sense fnr vantage stiU ; 
Which in a moment doth confound and kill 
AU pure effects, and doth so far proceed, 
That what is vile shows like a viitaoił8 deed. 

OttUtli he, " She tcok me kiodly by the band, 
And gaz d for tidiiigs in my eager e3res, 
Fearing some hard news hom the warlike band 
Where her beloved Collatinos lies. 
O how her fear did make ber colour rise ! 
First red as roses that on lawn we lay, 
Tben white as lawn, the roses took away. 

*' And how her band, in my hand being lock'd, 
Foro'd it to tremble with her loyal fear ! 
Whi^h struck her sad, and then it faster rock^d, 
Until her husband's welfare she did hear ; 
Wherdst she smiled with so sweet a cheer, 
That had Naicissos seen her as she stood, 
SeIf-love had never drown'd him in the flood. 

** Why fannt I then for coloar or escuses ? 
Ali orators ara durab when beanty pieadeth ; 
Poor wretches hare remorse in poor abuses ; 
Love thrives not in the heart that shadows dreadcth : 
Affection is my captain, and he leadeth ; 
And when his gaudy banner is display 'd, 
The ooward fights,.and will notbe dismmy^d. 

" Then childish fear araimt ! debating die ! 
Respect and reason wait on wrinkłcd age ! 
My heart shall nerer countermand mioe eye : 
Sad pause and deep regard beseem the sagę ; 
My part is youth, and beats these from the stag*: 
D^ire my pilot is, beauty my prize ; 
Then who fears sinlciiig where such ti^asnre Ues?'* 

As com o*ergroWB by weeds, so faeedlul fbsr 
Is almost chok*d by unresieted lust. . 
Away he steals with open listening ear. 
Fali of foul hofm, and fnll of fond mistrust { 
Both whic^ as seiritori to the unjnst, 
So cross him with their opposite persuasioo, 
That nair he ^ws a teague^ and now intasioa. 

Within his thonght ber heaVeiily ianige sits» 

And in the self-same seat sit* Collatine : 

That eye wbich looks on ber, oonfoands his wits| 

That eye which him bebofdsi as morę diviiie. 

Unio a view so false will nok ńscline ; 

But with a pure appeal seefcs to the heait, 

Which, once corrupted, takes the woner part; 

And tberein hearteni np his seryile powers, 
Who, flatter'd by their Icader^s joeuod show, 
Stuff np his lust, as minutes fili vp boms ; 
And as their captain, so their pride doth grow, 
Paying morę slayish tribate than they owe. 
By reprobate desire thas madly led, 
The Jtoman lord marcheth to Łucteoe' bed. 

The locks between her ebamber and bis will« 
Each one by him enforc'd, retires his ward; 
Bat aa they open, they all ratę bis iii, 
. Which drive8 the creepiog thief to some regard : 
The threshold grates the door to have him heard ; 
Night-wandring weasels shriek to see him there ; 
They fright him, yet he sCiU pursues his fear. 

As each nnwiUing portal yields him way, 
Through little Tents and crannies of the plaoe 
The wind wars with his torch, to make him stay^ 
And blows th- smoke of it into his fece, 
Ektinguishing his conduct in this case; 
Bot his hut heart, which Ibnd' desire doth scoreh, 
Pufls ferth another wind that fires the toreb : 

And being ligl^ted, by the light he spietf 

Lucretia*8 głove, wherein her needle sticks ; 

He takes it from the rasbes where it lies; 

And grtping it, the neeld his finger pricks : 

As who should say, ** This gUyre to wantoirtrieks 

Is not inor*d ; return again in hastę | 

Thou seest our nnstress' omaments are chaste.** 

But all tbesepoor ibrt>iddłng8 conld not stay him i 
He in the worst sense construfes their denial : 
The doors, the wind, the f^<rre that did delay htm, 
He takes for accidental tbings of tria! ; 
Or as those bars which stop the hoarły dial, 
Who with a lfng*ring stay his ooarse doth let, 
Till every minutę pays the hour his debt. 

" So, 80," quoth he, <' these lets attend Che time, 
Like litile frosts that sometime threat the spring. 
To add a morę rejoicing,tD the prime, 
And give the sneaped birds morę cause to siiig,'^ 
Pain pays the tncomeofefich preciottsthing; [sands. 
Uuge rocks, high winds, strong pirates, sbelves and 
The merchant fears, ere rich at home he lands." 

Now is he come nntó the chamber door 

That shuts himi from the Hearen of his thonght, 

Which with a yiałdtng latch, and with no morę, 

Hath barr'd him from the blesaed thing he wa^blL 

So from himself impiety hath wrought, 

That for his prey to pray he doth begin. 

Aa if the Heay^ns should countenanee his sin. 

But in the middt of his onfruitful prayer, 
Ha^ing solicited the etemał power, 
That his foul thoughts migfat oompdss his fair feir. 
And they would stand auspieioos to the hour, 
£v'n there he start* :-^oothhe, ** I most deflowerj 
The powers to whom I pray, abhor this fect, 
How «an they then aańst me m the act ? 



•* Then lov« and #brtmie be tny gods, Ay ^uide ! 
My wiU is back*d with rosolutfoD : 

What could he see, but mightily łie notod' ? 
Wfaat did,he iK>te, but strongly hu destred } 

Tboa^ts are but dreams till their efl^icts be tried, What he behełd, on that he finnh; doted. 

TM Maekeat ńn is clearM witb absolution ; 
A«aiD5t k>ve*s fire fbar*s frost bath dift^ation. 
The eye of HeaTeti is out, aod n^y night 
Covers the ibame that fMcmn sweet deltgbt." 

Thtf said, bts guilty hand plnck'd up the latch, 
Aod witb his knee tbe door he opens wide : 
Tbe doTc sleeps fast that this night-owl will cateh; 
Tkus treasoo works ere traiton be espted. 
Who fets the larking serpent, steps aside ; 
But sbe, fomid sleeping, fearhig no siich thing, 
ŁJcs at tbe mercy of his mortal sthig. 

bto tbe chamber wickedly he staiks, 

And gasu^ on ber yet unslained bed. 

Tbe curtains being cfose, about he waiks 

Rolling his grecdy eye-balh in his head : 

By their high treason is his heart mtsłed ; 

Which gires the watch-word to his hand fbll toon. 

To draw the cloud that hides the 8t)ver Moon. 

Look as the ftiir and 6ry-pointed Snn, 

Rashmg from forth a cloud, bereaves onr sight; 

Even so, the curtain drawn, his eyes begnn 

To viDk, betng blinded trith a greater ligbt : 

Wbesher it is, that she reflects so bright, 

That dazzlcth them, or etse some shame snpposed; 

But blind tbey are, and keep themselTCs enclosed. 

O, faad they in tbat darksome prison died, 
Then had tbey seen the period of their iii ! 
Tben ColfAtine again by Lucrece* side, 
In his elear bed might hare reposed still : 
Bot tbey mnst ope, this blessed league to kil I ; 
Aod holy-thoughted Lucrece to their sight 
Most seii ber joy, her life, her world'8 delight. 

Her lity hand her rosy cheek lies under, 
Cozening the pillow of a lawful kiss; 
Who, therefore angry, secms to part in sunder, 
Svelling on either side to want his bliss ; 
Betceen whose hiłls her head entonnbed is : 
Where, tike a rirtnous monument, she lies. 
To be admir*d cff lewd TuhallowM eyet. 

Witbont tbe bed her other fbir hand was, 
Ob tbe green coverlet ; whose perfect white 
Show'd nke an Apill daisy on the grass, 
With pearty sweat, resembling dew of night 
Her eyes, like marigolds, had sbeathM their light. 
And, canopted in darkness, sweetly lay, 
TUI tbey migbt open to adiorb the day. 

Her hair, like goYden threads, p]ay*d wfth her breath ; 
O oKMfest wan^fons ! wanton itaodesty ! 
Sbowing life's triutnbh in the map of death, 
Aod death*g dicn took iń 1ife*s mortality. 
Each in ber sleep tbemsetves so beautify, 
As if between them twaiik there werc no strife. 
Bat that life livM inr death, and death in life. 

Her breasts, Rke iVory globes circTed with blue, 
A pair of maidjen i^orłds nnconąaetcd, 
Sfivie of their lord no bearing yoke they knew, 
Aod him by oath tbey tttily honoored. 
These worlds. iu Tsrquin netr ambition bred ; 
Wha, like a fóal nsurper, went about 
Froatfais fair throne' to beate the owner out. 

And in his will his wilful eye he tl.ired. 
With morę thun admiration he at Imired 
Her azare veins, her alabaster sk in, 
Her coral lips, ber snów- wbite diinpled ehin. 

As the grim lion fiiwbetb o'er his prey, 

Sharp bunger by the conquest satisfied, 

So oVr this sleeping soul doth Tarqttin stay, 

His ragę of lost by gazing ąualified ; 

SIack'd, not suppressM ; for stamting by her side. 

His eye, which late this muthiy r^sstrains, 

Unto a greater nproar tempts bis reins : 

And they, like stratrgling slares for pillage fighting> 

Obdurate Tassals, fcll e^cploits cffrcting, 

In bloody death and raTJshment dclighting. 

Nor eh ildren^s tears, nor mothcre' gtoans respecting^ 

Swell in their pride, tbe onset still especting : 

Anon his beating heart, alarom stijking, 

Gi ves the hot charge, and bids thent do their likiog. 

His dramming heart cheers np his bnmTng eye. 
Uh eye commends the ieading to lits hand ; 
His hand, as proud of such a dignii!y. 
Smoking with pride, raarch'd on to make his stand 
On her bare breasf, the heart of all ber land ; 
Whose ranks of blue veins, as his heand did scalę, 
Left their roond turrets destitute and pale. 

They mn^tering to the qufet cabint^t 

Where their dear guvemess and latty fies» 

Do tell her she is dreadfolły beset. 

And fright her with confnsion of tłuHr cries : 

She, much amaz*d, breaks ope her lock*d-up eyeś, 

Who, peeping forth this tumtilt to behold, 

Are by his flaming torch dimmM and controfd. 

Ifflagine her as one in dead of night 
From forth duli sleep by dreadftil lancy waking, 
That th;nks she bath beheld some ghastly sprite^ 
Whose grim aspcct sets every jomt a sbaking ; 

. What terrour 't is ! bnt she, in worser taking^ 
From sleep disturbcd, heedfcrily doth Tiew 

, The sigbt which makes suppoaed terrour tnie. 

Wrapp*d and couibunded in a thousand fears, 
Like to a new-klird bird she trembling lies; 
She dares not look ; yet, winking; there appears 
Quii'k-sbifting antics, ugly>in her eyes: 
Such sbadows are Łhe weak brain^s forgeries; 
Who, angry that the eyes fly frotn their lights, 
In darknesi dannts them with mofe dreadfal sights.. 

His hand that yet remains upon )ier breast, 
(Rude ram, to batter such an iv^ wali !) 
May feei her heart (poor citizen !) distressM, 
Wounding itself to death, rise up and fali, 
Beating her bulk, that his hand shakes withat. 
This moves in him morę ragę, aild lesser pity. 
To make the breach, and enter tihis sweet city^ 

First, Tike a tnimpet, doth his tdigue begin 
To sound a parley to his heartless foe, 
Who o'er the white shect peers her whiter chin^ 
The reason of this rash alarm to know, 
Which he by dumb demeanour seeks to show i, 
But she witb vehement praycrs urgeth still, 
Under what cotouf he coitimits ti^is ill. 



Thus he replief s " The oohrar ia tfay iace 
(That even for aagcr malns tbe lily pftle, 
Add the red roee bluah at her own disgrace) 
Shell pleed for me, and tell my loring tale: 
Uoder that colcrar am I come to acale 
Tby QeTer-oooqaer^d fort; tbe fault is thine, 
For thoie thine ^yes betray thee unto mane. 

" Thus I foresUlt thee^ if thoD mean to cbide: 
Thy beaaty hath «Dsiiar'd thee to thit night, 
Where thoa witb patience most my will abide, 
My will that mai&s thee for my earth^s delight, 
Which I to coiiqiier aought with all my might ; 
Bat as reproof aad reason beat it dead^ 
By thy bright beauty was itnewly bred. 

'* I see what croMes my attempt will bring ; 

I koow what thonu the growing rosę defeikb ; ^ 

I think the houey guarded wi^ a sting; 

All this, beforehand, counsel comprehends: 

Bat will ią deaf» and hears no heedful fricnds $ 

Only he hath an eye to gue on beaaty. 

And dptes on what h^ looks, 'gainit law or duty. 

** I have debated, even in my sonl, 
Whatwrong, wljatshame, whatsorrow Ishall breed; 
Bttt Dothing caa afiectionls oourse control, 
Or stop the headlong fary of his speed* 
1 koow repentaat tean ensue the deed, 
RepnMch, disdiun, and deadly enmity ; 
Yet strive I to embrace minę infamyJ 


This said, he shakes aloft his Roman blade, 
Which like a fanloon towering in the skies, 
Goocheth the fowl below with bis wings* sbade, 
Wfaose crooked beak threats if he mooot he dies : 
So under the imalting folchion lies 
Hannless Lucrelia, marking what he tells, 
With tremblingifear, as fowl hear foulcons* bells. 

'* Liicreoe,*'qwAh he, <<this nigbtl most cqjoy thee: 
If thon dóiy, then force most work my way, 
For in thy bed I purpose to destroy thee; 
That done, some worthless sla^e of thine I *11 slay, 
To kin thine honoar with tby life*s decay; 
And in thy dead arps do I mean to place him, 
a : I ^1^^ y^^ sodug thoe embrace him. 


So thy sarri^ieg husband sball remain 
The soomful maik of every open eye; 
Thy kinsipen hang tbeir heads at this disdaiot 
Thy issue blun-'d with nameless bastardy : 
And thoo, the author <rftheir obloqay, 
Shall have thy trespass cited np in rhymes» 
And sung by ebil4ren in sncceeding timea. 

'< But if thou yield, I rest thy secret friend : 
The fault unknowa is as a thougbt unacted; 
A littie hirukt done to a great good end. 
For lawful połicy remains enacted. 
The poisonous simple sometimes is compacted 
In a pure compouad ; being so applied. 
His venom in ^ecl is purifted. 

" Hien for thy haiband*s aad thy childra&^ii sake^ 

Tender my suit: beqaeath not to their kit 

Tbe shame that from them no device can take, 

The blenlfsh that will neyer be forgot ; 

Woise than a slańsh wipe^ or birth-hour^s biot : 

For marks descried in men's natirity 

Are Natare's foulCs, not tbeir owa inftuny." 

Herę with a oodcatrice' dead-kUUng eye^ 

Be rouseth up himself, aad makes a paose, 

While she, tbe pictnre of pnre piety, 

Like a white bind jonder the grype's sharp claws, 

Pleads in a wildehiess, where are no laws, 

To tlie rough beast that knows no gentle right. 

Nor aught obeys bat his foul appetite. 

Łook, when ablack-foc*d dond the worid doth threa^ 
In his dim mist th' aspiling mountains hidti^^, 
From earth^ dark womb some gentle gust doth getp 
Which bk>ws these pitchy rapoats fmtą their bidin|p, 
Hindering tbeir present foU by this dividing; 
So his unhoilowM hastę ber worda delays, 
And moody Finto whiks while Orpheus plays. 

Yet, foal mgfat-waking cat, he doth but dally, 

While inhishold-fostfoottbeweakmoosepantetbr 

Her sad bebatioar feeds his Tulture folly, 

A swallowing gulf that ef*n in pleaty waoteth : 

His ear her prayers admits, bnt his heart granteth 

No penetarable entranoe to ber plaining ; 

Tears harden Inst, thougb marble wear with nuatas* 

Her pity-pleading eyes are sadly llaed' 
In tbe remorsdess wrinkles of bis foce; 
Her modest eloqaenoe wi^h sighs is vaSaaedę 
Which to her oratary adds morę gpraoe. 
She puts tbe period olten from his płace- 
And midst the sentence so her accent brealts, 
That twice sbe doth begin ere oiice she speaks. 

She conjures him by high almśghty Jore, 

By knighthood, gentry, aad sweet fnendship's oatb. 

By her unŁimely tean, her haabaad*B lof^e, 

By holy humaa law» and oommon tnth. 

By HeaTen and Earth, and all the power of both,. 

That to his borrow'd bed he make retire^ 

And stoop to honour» not to fonl desife. 

Ouoth she, " Rewaid aot hospitaiity 
With such black pajrment as thou hast pretended^ 
Mud not the foontain thąt gave dnak to thee ; 
Mar not the thiag thkt cannot be amended ; 
End thy ill aim, before thy sboot be ended: 
He is nowood-man that doth bead his bow 
Tostrike a poor unseasonaUe doe. 

** My horiiand is thy friend, for hissakeipare me^ 
Thyself art mighty, for thine own sake leave aie ; 
Mjfsdf a weakling, do not thea ensaare mew 
Thou k»k'st not like deoeit ; do aot deoeire me: 
If ererman were motr^d with womaa's moans. 
Be Bioved with my teai% my sighSi my groaas; 

'< All which together, like a troubled oceaa, 
Beat at tby rodcy and wreck-threateaiag heart. 
To soften it with their continual awtton; 
For Stones dissolT'd to water do convert. 
O, if no harder than a stone thou art, 
Melt at my tean and be compastionste! 
Soft pity enten at an iron gate. 

*« In Tarq«la's likeness I did eatartaia thee; 
Hast thou pat on his shs^ to do him skame ? 
To all the host of Hearen I oomplain me, [name. 
Hiou wrong'M his honoury wouiid'st his prinedy 
Hiou art not what thoa seem'st; aad if the same^ 
Thou seem'st not what thoa ait, a god, a king ; 
For kings like godi diould gOTMn erery thiag. 



« ftnr wfli llijr ifaftoie be foeded id thine age» 
WboŁ tłnM thy ncet bud befoca tby spring ? 
If io Uiy bope tboa dar'st do tnek wktmgt, 
What d»r\L tboa not wboionoe tboa Mi a ]dqg ? 
O be renembfli^d, no oatncpeom tbiag , 
Fphd raamk octon can be wip*d e«my $ 
Tben kings^ mirfeedg eanoot be bid in ej^y* 

" Tbb deed triU make tbee oid^ lor^d for fenr. 
Bot bappy monorchs stiU are iieai^d fot Jove: 
Witb foal oflbnden tboa perforoe muft bear» 
Wben they in tbee tbe like offieoces prore: 
If bot for foar of thM» tby will ieaiove ; 
flor piinoes are (be fflaM, tbe scbool, tbe boolE, 
Wbere sobjecta' cyes do leara, do raad, do loolc* 

'* AndwiH Ihoobethesdłool whereloit ■baHletmł 

Mint be in tbee read lectnra of aacb shame? 

WiJt tboa be glas, wberejn it shali disoeni 

Aatbority for sin, wamiit for bląme, 

To pńTilcfge disl»oooar in tby name } 

Tboa back'st repcoaeb agaińst long-liTing laad» 

And asnk^ foir reputatioa but a bswd. 

<* Hsst tboa eommaud? by bim tbat gmm it tbee, 
nom a parę beort command tby rebd wUl : 
Draw not tby sword to gttaid iniqaity, 
For it was lent tbee all tbat brood to kill. 
Tby piineely o€ke bow eanst tboa falfil, 
Wben, pattem^d by tby foołt, foal Sin may say, 
He Ieare*d to sifi,atnd*tboQ didst taacb tbe vay ? 

bot ho^ Tile aspectaclftit wera 
To view tby prcsent treined in anotber. 
Men'8 iaulu do leldoai to tbemselrei appear; 
Their own tna^grassionB partially tbey snother ; 
Ibis goili woald seem deatb-woitby in tby blotfaer. 

bow are tbey wnipp*d in witb infomies^ 
Tbttficom tbeir cum mlsdeeds asbnnooe tbeir dyes ! 

" To thee^ to tbtty my hear'd-aii banda appeal» 
Not tosadociog lost, tby rash rdier ; 

1 loe for eziPd najesty^s rapeal $ . 

Let bim retufn, and flatteriag tboagbts retira: 
His tnie n^speet will Vńson folse desite, 
Asd wipe tbe dim mist from tby dotiog eyne, 
Tbat tbou sbah aea tby itete» and pity minę/* 

" HaTo dioneb" qnoth be; «* my aneouttfoUed tide 

Tom noc, but ewells tbe bigber by thia let. 

Snall ligbta ara soon blown out, buge fims abide^ 

And with tbe wind m greater fary ^fti 

Tbe petty atreams tbat' pay a daily debt 

Tf> tbeir salt sotateigD, witb tbeir fireab iaU8'baste, 

Add to bis (lew, bttt altes not bis taate." 

'* Tboa nrt,** qnetb sbę, « a sea,a so«<eiieigaking| 
And lo^ tbera foUs^ioto tby boondkn flood 
fibck Inei, disbonoor, śhinne*misgcnremiag» 
Who sieek to stain tbe eoean of tby blood. 
If all tbese petty ilia sball ebange tby good, 
Tby Ma witbłn a paddie*ii womb is heraiBdy 
ind not tbe poddle in tby eea di^pcrsad. 

" 8» ihs« tbese ila««s be king, and tboa tbeir sbve j 
Thoo noMy baae, tbey bnsely dignilled ; 
Tboa tbeir fair life, and tbey tby foaler gmve ; 
Tboa b)atbedin their shame^ tbey in tby pH^e : 
Tbe Icsiertbfaig abould not tbe gte«*er iiide ; 
The cedar stoops nottotbe basesbrob^ foot^ 
But Iow abniba iritbev«t tbe osdar^ioot. 



So let tby tboogbts, Iow irassals to Łby state** ( 
No morę,'' quotb he, '* by Heaven I will not bear 
Yield to my loTe ; if not, eoforced hate, [tbee: 
Instead of IoYe*8 coy toucb, sball rudely teartbee; 
Tbat done, despitefuUy I meaQ to bear tbee 
Unto tbe base bed of aome rascal groom. 
To be tby partner in tbis sbameful doom." . 

Tbis said, be sets bis foot upon tbe ligbt. 
For light and lust are deadly enemies: 
Sbame folded up in blind concealing night, 
Wben most ooseen, Łhen most doth tyrannize. 
The woIf hatb seizM bit prey, tbe poor lamb ories, 
TiU with ber own wbite fleece ber yoice controU^d 
Entombs ber outcry in ber lips* sweet fold ; 

For witb tbe nigbtly linen tbat sbe wean, 
He pens ber piteous clamours in ber bead; • 
Cooling bis bot face in tbe cbastest tears 
Tbat erer modest eyes with sorrow abed. 
0| tbat prone lust should stain so parę a bed ! 
Tbe spots whereof could weeping purify, 
Her tears sboold drop on tbem perpetually* 

But sbe batłv lost a dearer tbing tban fifo, 
A^ be bath won wbat be woold lose again, 
Tbis forced league doth foroe a furtber strife» 
This momentary joy breeds moatbs of pain, 
This bot desire conrerts to cold disdain : 
Pure cbastity is rifled of ber storę. 
And lust, tbe tbief, for poorer tban before. 

Look as tbe full-fed hound or gorged bawk, 
Unapt for tender smell or speedy flight. 
Make slow pursoit, or altogetber balk 
The prey wberein by naturę tbey deligbt i 
So surfeit-taking Tarąuin ^ures tbis nigbt: 
His tasie delicious, in digestion souriog, 
De^ours bis will tbat liY^d by foul deyouiiog. 

O deep^r sfai tban bottomless cooeeit * 
Can comprehebd io stiU imagination ! 
Drunken desire mutt-yomit bis receipW - 
£re be .can see bis owo .abomination. 
While'fu8t is in bis pride^ no esclamation 
Can curb bia beat, or rein bis rash desire^ 
Till, like k jade^ self^^ai bimaelf dotb tira* 

And tben witb laak .akd lean disool<mr'd cfaee^ 
Witb beavy eye, knit brow, and streagtbless paca« 
Peeble desire, aU recrćianti poor, and meel^ 
Like to a baidcrapt beggar wails bis oase : 
Tbe flesh being proud, desire doth figbt witb grace. 
For there it rereb j and wben tbat decaysy 
The guilty rebel for remisiioo prayi^k 

So fares it witb tbb fanltlal lord of Rm»e^ 
Wbo tbb aooompUsbment so botly cbase^ ; 
For now against bimaelf ba soands tbis doom, 
Tbat throngb tbe leągllkof times be stands disgraced : 
Besides, bb soulV£idr tempie is defoced; 
To wbose weak rnins master troops of cares. 
To asktbe qK)tted prineeas bow sbe fores. 

8be layt, ber sofajecta with foul insurreotico 
Have batter*d dnm ber oonsecrated wali. 
And by their mórul foob brougbt in subjectSon 
Her immortaMty, and madę ber tbrall 
To living deatb, and pain perpetual : 
Wtó<^ in ber preseience sbe oontrolled still, 
But ber fore^sif^ coold not fore-st^ tbeir wUl« 



iŁrea in his thoaght, through the daA night he 
A capti ve ▼ictor, tbat hath lost m gaio ; [ttealeth* 
Bearing away the woand that nothiog bealeth, 
The 9car that will, despite of cure, remain, 
Łeayihg his spoil perplesM In greater patn. 
She beara the load of lust be left behind. 
And he the bnrthen of a goilty mind* 

He, like a theerith dog, creeps sadly thence, 
She like a wearied lamb lies panting there ; 
He scoals, and hates himself for hit offence, 
She desperate, with ber naiU ber flesh doth tear ; 
He faintly flies, sweating with guilty fear ; 
She stays exc]aiming on thf dlreftil night, 
He runs, and chides his Taniah^d, loatb'd, deligfat 

He thence departs a heavy convertite, 

She thare remains a bopeless casl-away: 

He in his speed looks for the moming light, 

She prays she never may behold the da^: 

'< For day,''qaoth she, " night-scapes doth open lay ; ^ 

And my tme eyes have never practis'd how 

To cloke ofiencet with a cuoning brow. 

** They think not but that e^ery eye can see 
The same disgrace which they themsehres behold ; 
And therefore would they still in darkness be. 
To haTe thcir nnseen sin remain tmtold $ 
For they their giiilt with weepiog will unibid, - 
And grave, like water that doth eat in steel, 
Upon my cheeks what belpless shame I feeL" 

Herę she exclaims sgainst repoae and rest, 
And błds her eyes hereafter still be blind. 
She wakes her heart by beating on her breast. 
And bids it leap from tbenoe, where it may find 
Some pnrer chcst, to close so pure a mind. 
Frantic with grief thns breathes she Ibrth her spite 
AgainA the niaeen seeresy of night. 

<' O comfort^killing Night, ikoage of Heli ! 
Dim register and notary of shame ! 
Black Btage for tragedies and murders fell I 
Vast sin*ooncealing chaos 1 nurse of blame ! 
Blind muffled bawd ! dark barboar for defiune ! - 
Orim caTe of death, whispering ooDspirator 
With close-tongued treason and the ravisher ! 

** O hateftil, Taporous and foggy Nigfat, 
Since thou ait gailty of my cureless crime, 
Muster thy mists to iQeet the eastem ligbt. 
Make war against proportion'd course of time ! 
Or if thou wilt permiJL the San to climb 
His woated height, yet, ere he go to bed, 
Knit poisonons clouds about his golden bead. 

" Witb rotten damps ra^ish the móming air ; 
Let their ezbaPd unwholesome breaths make sick • 
The Kfe of purity, tbe supremę fair, 
Ere he arrive his weary noon-tide pHck ; 
And let thy misty Tapours marćh so thick, 
That in their smoky ranks his smother^d light 
May set at noon, and make perpetoal night 

«* W«re Taiqnin night, (as he is but mgbt*s child) 

The siWer-sbioing queen he woald distain ^ 

Her twinklmg handmaids too, by him deUrd, 

Through nigfat*sblack bosom shoold not peep again; 

So sbould 1 ha^e oopartners in my pain : 

And felłowfthip hi woe doth woe assuage. 

Aa paJmen' chat makas short tlwir pilgrimage^ 

*' Where now I haTe no one to blnsh whh me, ^ 
To crsss their arms, and hang their beads witb mio^^ 
To mask theii brows, and hiUe their infamy ; 
Bot I alone, alone most sit and pine, 
Seasoning the earth with showen of siWer brine» 
Miogling my talk with tears, my grief with groaó^r 
Foor wttting moooments of lasUng moans. 

<' O Night, thou ftimace of foul-reekmg ttnoke^ 
Let not .the jealous day behold that fooe 
Which nndemeath thy black all-hiding cloke 
Immodestly lies martyr'd with disgrace ! 
Keep still possession of thy gloomy place, 
That all the faulu which in Iby reign are madę, 
May likewise be s^piklcher^d in thy shade I 

" Make menotobject to the tell-tale day I 

The light will show, charicter*d in my bmw, 

The story of sweet chastity's decay, 

Tbe impious breacb of boly wedlock'^ tow : 

Yea, the illiterate, that know not how 

To 'dpher what is writ in leamed books, 

WiliL<|uote my loaŁhsome trespass in my looks. 

«' W mtrse, to still her chiM, will tell sny story. 

And fright her crying babę with Tarqain's name; 

The orator, to deck his oratory. 

Will ooople my reproach to Tarquin*s shame: 

Feast-fitiding minstrels, tuning my defame. 

Will tie the hearen to atteod each line^ 

How Tan|uin wronged me, I Gollattna. 

*' Let my good name, that senseless repotAtioa, . 
For Collathie*sdear lore be keptonspotted : 
Jf that be madę a theme for dispatatkn, 
The branches of another root ars rotted, 
And undeseiT'd reproach to him allotted, 
Tbat is as cłcar from this attaint of mioe, 
As I, ere this, was pnie to Collatine. ^ 

" O nnseen shame! iimsible disgrBoe! 

O anfelt sore ! crest^wounding, priTate scw \ 

Reproach is stamp'd in Collatinus' foce, 

And Tarquin's eye may read the mot afar, ^ 

How he inpiace it wounied^ not m war* 

Alas, how many bear soch shameiul blowa, 

Whiebnot theiDselTesybat he that giTes thena, knews! 

*' If, Collatine, thine booenr lay fan me, 
From me by stroog assault it is bereft. 
My honey lost, and I, a dnme>like bee, 
HaTe no perfeption of my summer left. 
But robVd and ransack'd by iigariotts theft : 
In thy weak hive a wandering wasp bath crept. 
And suck'd the honey which thy chaste bee k^ 

<< Yet am I guiltless of tby boooiir^s wteck; 
Yet for thy hooonr did I entertain htm ; 
Coming from thee, I could not put him back. 
For it had been dishonour to diadain him : 
Besides of weariness he did complain him. 
And talk^d of yinue: — O unlookM for eyil| 
When virtae is propbaa'd in such a deril ! 

'* Why shonld the worm intrude the maiden bed ? 
Or hateful cuckoos hatch in sparrows' nesCs? 
Or toads infect fair founts with Tenom mud i 
Or tyrant foUy lurk in gentle breasts ? 
Or kings be breakers of tb«r own bebflste } 
But no perfection is so absoluie, 
That some impurity doth not poUute. 



" tlw flgttd n^n thAl o^Stn iip his gold. 

Ii plagu'd with cminpt, taad gouts» and painfiil ftti, 

Aad tearce b«Łh eyes his treasiire to behold. 

Bot like still-friiUDg Taatalus he sits, 

And useles baniathe hmrrest of bis wits j 

Bsring no otber pleasure of his gain. 

Bat tormeot that it ćannot core his pain. 

** So tben he hath it when he caimot lue it. 
And leaTes it to be iiłaster'd by his yonng ; 
Wbo ID their pride do preseotly abttse it : 
Tbdr &ther was too weak, and tbey too stroog. 
To bold their carsed-blessed fortane long. > 

The sweets we wish for tum to loatbed sours, 
BfCB in the moment tbat we cali them oars. 

" Uomly blasts wait on the tender spring; 

Uawholóoiiie weeds take root witbpreciousflowerB; 

Tbe adder hisses wbere the sweet birdb sing ; 

What Tirtne breeds, ioiąuity devotirs : 

We baTe no good tbat we can say is owrsy 

Bat iU-annexed opporttinity 

Or kiUs his lile, of eise his qaality. 


" O Oppoctanity ! thy guilt is great: 
T m thcNł tbat ezeciifst the traitor^s treason ; 
Tboo set^st the wolf where be the lamb may get ; 
Wboerer plots the sin, thou poiDt'8t tbe seasoa; 
*T is tfaoa that spuni*st at right, at law, at reasoo ; 
And in thy shady celi, wbere nooe may spy him, 
Sts Sin, to seize the souls tbat wander by him. 

" Tboa mak'st the vestal Tiolate ber oath ; 
Thoa b!ow'st tbe fire when temperance is thaw^d; 
Tboo smother^t booesty, thou murder*8t troth; 
Thou fóal abettor! tboa notorioas bawdl 
Tboa plantest acandal, and displacest laud : 
Thoa raTisher, tboo traitor, tboa folse thief, 
Thy booey toms to gali, thy joy to grief ! 

** ny secret pleasnre tarns to open shame, 
Thy prirate feasting to a pablic fast ; 
Thy soMotbiog titles to aragged name ; 
Thy sagar'd toogue to bitter wormwood tasta: 
Thy Tiolent ▼anities can nerer last. 
Bow Comes it tben, Tile Opportunity, 
Being so bod, soch nambers sęek for thee? 

" When wilt thou be the bombie sapplianfs fiieod. 
And bring him wbere bis soit may be obtained ? 
Wben wiH thoa sort an hoor great strifes to end ? 
Or free that sou! which wretchedness'haŁh cbalned ł 
Ght pbysic to tbe sick» ease to tbe pained? 
The poor, lame, blind, halt, creep, eiy out for thee ? 
Bot tbey ne>er meet withOpportanity. 

** Tbe paticnt dies while tbe pbysioion sleqps ; 
The oiphan pioes while the oppressor feeds; 
JosŁice is feasting while the widów weeps ; 
AdTioe is sporting while infectioo breeds ; 
Thoa granfst no time for charitable deeds : 
Wrath, earj, treason, rape, and mordąr^s rages, 
Tby hcDous hours wait on them as their pages. 

" Wben Thith and Yirtue haTe to do with thee, 
A yhoatiand crosses keep them firom tby aid ; 
Tbey boy thy help: but Sin ne'er giTes a fee, 
He gratis comes ; and thou art wejl appay 'd 
As well io bear as grant what he hath said. 
My Collatine would eise haTe come to me 
Wben Tarąoio did^ bot be was 8tay'd by thee. 

." Guilty thou art of murder and of theft j 
Guilty ó( perjury and subomation ; 
Guilty of treason, forgery, and sbift; 
Guilty of incest, tbat abomination : 
An accessary by thine inclioation 
To all sins pkst, and all that are to come^ 
From tbe creation to tbe generał doom. 

** Misbapen Time, copesmate of ugly Night, 
Swift subtle post, carrier of grisly care ; 
Eater of yontb, fiilse slave to false dellght, 
Base watcb ofwoes, Sin'spack-hor8e, Yittue^ snarej 
Thou nursest all, and nrarderest all. tbat aie. 
O bear me then, injurious shifting Time! 
Be guilty of my dntb, sińce of my crime. 

" Why hath thy serrant, Oppoitunity, 
BetrayM tbe hours thou gair^st me to 
CaoceiM my fortunes, and encbained me 
To endless datę of neTer-ending woes ? 
Time*s offlce is to fioe the bate of foes ; 
To ea( up errour by opinion bred. 
Not spend the dowiy of a lawful bed. 



Time*s gk>ry is to calm contending kings. 
To unmask fałsehood, and bring truth to ligbty 
To starop the seat of time in aged tbings. 
To wake the mom, and centinel tbe nigbt. 
To wrong the wronger till he render right; 
To ruinate proad bnildings with thy hours. 
And smear with dost their glittermg golden towerK 

" To flll with worm-holes stately monuments. 
To feed obUvion with decay of things. 
To biot old books, and alter their contents. 
To pluck the quills from ancient ravens* wings* 
To dry tbe old oak's sap, and cheriśh springs ; 
To spoil antłquitie8 of bammerM steel, . 
And tom the giddy round of Fortane's wbeel : 

*' To show the beldame daughters of ber danghter. 
To make tbe chiid a man, the man a child. 
To slay the tiger that doth liTe by slaaghter. 
To tamę tbe onicom and lion wild; 
To mock tbe sabtle, in tbemselves begail'd;. 
To cheer tbe pkwghman with increaseful cr^ps, 
And waste huge Stones with lit^e water-drops. 

" Why work*st thou mtschief in thy pilgrimage, 
Uniess thoa CDald'8t return to make amends ? 
One poor retiring minutę in an age 
Would purchase thee a thoasand thousand friends^ 
Lending him wit, that to bod debtors leods: [back, 
0,'this dread night, would^st tbou one bour come 
I could prerent this storm, and sbun this wiack 1 

" Thou ceaseless lackey to eternity, 

With some miscbance cross Tarquin inhis flight: 

De^ise estremes beyond entremity. 

To make bim carse tbis curseil crimefal night: 

Łet ghastly sbadows his lewd eyes affright; 

.And the dire tboogbt of his committed eril 

Shape erery busb a bideons sbapeless devil. 

** Disturb his hours of rest with restless tranoes^ 
Affiict him in his b^ with bedrid groaas; 
Let tbere bechance bim pitifiil mischanees. 
To make bipa moan,«but pity not his moans : 
Stone bim with barden^d bearts, harder than Stones; 
And let mild wotnen to bim lose their mildnes^ 
Wilder to bim tl^an tigers in their wildi^ss. 

■^'l » l^ vV ii ^ 

Or ''HE 



^ Łet him hftve time to tear bis carted 'łMir, 
Let him bave time againtt himself to rave» 
Let him have time of time'8 help to detpair, 
Let him have time to lirę a loathed 8lave, 
Let him ba^e time a beggar^a orts to erave % 
And time to see one that by alms doth liTe, 
DisdaiD to hun disdaiiwd icrapt to gire. 

" Let^him have time to tee b» frieods bi« foes, 

And meYry ibols to mock at him resort : 

Let him ba^e time to mark how ilow time goet 

In time of sorrotr, and how swift and sbort 

His time of foUy and his ti^e of sport : 

And ever let bis nnrecalling crime 

Have time to wail tbe abnsing of his time. 

*' O Time, thou tutor both to good and bod, 
Teach me to curae him that thou tattghfstthisill 1 
At h'ts owa shadov let the thicf run mad, 
Hlmseif himself seek every honr to kill ! [spili : 
Soch wretćhed hends such wretched blood sbould 
For «ho so base wookl such an oSice haTe 
As slanderous death^man to so base a slare ? 

'* The baser is be, ooming from a king, 
To shame his hope with deeds degenerata; 
Tbe mightier man, the mightier is the thing 
That makes htm honour*d, or begets him hate ; 
For greatett scandat waits on greatest state. 
The Moon being ck>oded presnitly is miss'd, 
But little stais may hide them when they UsL 

** The croir may bathe his ooal-black wings in mirę, 

And unperceiv'd fly with the filth away ; 

But if tbe like the snow-white swan desire, 

The stain upon his siWer down will stay. 

Poor grooms are sightlessnight, kings gtoriousday. 

GnaU are unnoted where8oe*er they fly, 

But eagkt gas'd upon with e^ery eye. 

** Ont idle words, semmts to shallow fxils ! • 
Unprofitable sounds, weak arbitrators ! 
Busy yoniadres in skill-contending sehools ; 
Debatę where leisure serres with duli debaters ; 
To tremUing elients be you mediators : 
For me, lifjroe not argument a straw, 
Sinoe that my ease is past the help of law. 

'< In Tain I raił at Opportuni^, 

At Time, at Tfe.fquin, and uacheerfhl Night ; 

In Tain I caTil with minę inikmy, 

In Tain I spura atmy conflrm'd despite: 

This helpless smoke of words doth me no right. 

Tbe remedy indeeH to do me good, 

Ii toleC forth my foul deflled blood. 

** Poor band, why quiirer^ thou at this deeree ? 

HooouT thyself to rid me of this shame ; 

For if I die, my hooour lires in thee. 

But if I live, thou liT^st in my defame: 

Since thou could'st not defend tby loyal dańie, 

And wast afraid to seratch ber wicked Ibe, 

Kill both thyself and her for yielding so.'* 

This s^, from hor be-tnmUed eouch she startetb. 
To find some desperate instrument of death. 
But this no-slau^ter-honse no tool iroparteth. 
To make morę Tent far passage of her breath, 
Which throngittg through her lips so ▼anisheth 
As smoke from Etna, that in air consumes, 
Or that which from djachai^ad cannon fumes. 


In yain,*' quoth shę, ** I li«e, and seek łn 
Some happy mean to end a bapless life. 
I fear'd by Tarquin's falchion to be slain» 
Yet for the self-aame puipose seek a knife: 
But when i feaT'd, I was a loyal wife ; 
So am I now :-«-0 no> that eannot be; 
Of that true type hath Tarąuhi rifled 

"O! thatisgone,fbrwbichIsoaghttoliTe, 

And tberefote now 1 need not fear to die. 

To elear this spot by death, at least I giTe 

A badge of fome to slander's lirery ; 

A dying life to \img infomy ; 

Poor helpless help, the traasore stelen away» 

To bum the guilUess casket where it lay I 

" Weil, well, dear Obllatine, tbon shalt not knosr 

The stained Uste of Tiołated troth ; 

I will not wrong thy true alffisction so^ 

To flatter thee with an infringed oath ; 

This bastard graffshall never eometo growth : 

He shall not boast, who did thy stock pollnte« 

That thou art dotiog fother of his fruit. 

<' Norshall he smile at thee in secret thougbt. 
Nor langh with his companioos at thy state ; 
But thou shalt know thy intereet was not bought 
Basely with gold, but stolen from forth thy gate. 
For me, I am the mistress of my fote. 
And with my trespass ne^er will dispense, 
Till- Ufo to death acquit my f6rc*d oflfenoe. 

" I will not poison thee with my attaint, 

Nor foki my foult in cleanly-coin*d escuses ; , 

My sable ground of sin 1 wHl not paint. 

To hide the truth of this falae nighfs abusea : 

My tongue shall utter all ; minę eyes, like alulccs 

As from a mountain-spring that foeds a dale, 

Shall gush pure streamsto purge my impure tale.** 

By this, lamenting Fbitomel had ended 
The we11-tun*d warble of her nightiy aorrow, 
And solemn night with slow-sad gait^descended 
To ugly Heli; when lo, the blushing morrow 
Leods light to all fofr eyes that Kght will borroir : 
But cloudy Lucrece shames herself to see. 
And therefore stili in night would cloister'd be. 

Berealing day through erery eramiy spies, 
And seems to pomt her out where shesits weeping: 
To whom she sobbing speaks : ** O eye of eyes, [in^ ; 
Why pry'st thou through mywindow? leaTe tby peep- 
Mock with thy ticklińgbeamseyet that aresleeping; 
Brand not my forehead with thy piereing light. 
For day hath nought to do what 's done by night." 

Tbus caTils she with erery thing she seet : 
True gńef is fond and testy as a child, 
Who wayward once, his mood with noogbt agrees, 
Old woes, not infant sorrows, bear him mild ; 
Continnance tames the onef the other wild, 
Like an unpr^ctisM swimmer plunging still, 
With too much labour drowns for want of skilU 

So she, deep-drenched in a sea of care, 
Holds disputation with each tbing she views. 
And to hertelf all aorrow doth oompare ; 
No object but her passlan'S strength renews; 
And as one shifts, another straight ensues: 
Sometime her grief is dumb, and hath no woHp; 
Sometime 't u mad, and too mnch talk ailbrds. 



1^ fitUt biidi tbBt twM tlieir iiionuiig'ą joy, 
Make her aKMM mad witb their nroei melodjr. 

For mirth doUi seucb the bottom of aniioy; 
Sad HNili ara stoiB m merry company; 
Grief bert m plett^d < wkh grieft society : 
Tńie aorrow thm 'u feelingly saffic^d, 
Wtai wilh like leiDblaBce it ii sympathiz^d. 

T U dooble deaUi to drown iii'ken of shore j 
He teo timet pinea, that pines beholding food ; 
To s«e the 8alve doth make the woand acbe mofe ; 
Gnat gńef grieres most at that would do it good ; 
Deep woea roli fMirard like a geotle flood, 
Who, bemg stc^^d, the bounding banka o'erflows: 
Gcief dallied with nor law nor limit koows. 

" Yoo modtjngbirday^^uotb sbe, " yoor tanes entdmb 
WiOan your bollo«.4wellii^ feathei^d breasts ! 
And in my heaiing be yoa mote and dumb ! 
(My resUeaa dtaoord loTea no stopa nor resta ; 
A wofal boatesa brooks not merry gnests :) 
Keiidi yoor nimbie notea to pleaaing ears ; 
Diatreas likes dumpa wfaeo time ia kept witb tears. 

** Gome^ Philomel, that aing'8t of raviahment, 
Make thy aad grofve in my diaheTePd bajr. 
Aa tbe dank earth weepa atthy hu^guiahment, 
9» I at eachaadatnan will atrain a tear. 
And with deei^groans the diapaaon bear: 
For bmtbcB-wiae I 'II bnm od Tarąnin atill, 
WhUe thoa ob Terena dcKanf st, better akill. 

" And idiilea againat a thom thoa bear'st thy part, 
To keep thy aharp wuea waktng, wraCcbed I, 
To imitate thce wali, againat my heart. 
Win 6z a aharp kwfc^ to affiright mina eye ; 
Who, if it wink, aball thereon laU and dia. 
llieae mcaB% aa frets npoB an inatmmenk, 
Shall tooe oor ha art i tiiu p to tme langniahment. 

** And ior, poor bnd, thoa aing^ not in the day, 
Aa ahaming any eye ahoald thee behdld. 
Same dark daep desert, aeated from the way, 
That knowt nor parching beat nor freesing cold. 
Will we find oot; and there We will unfold 
To eieatorea atem sad tones, to ehange their kinda: 
Smoe men prore baaata, let beaats bear gentle minda. 

" Aa the poor frighteddeer, that atandaat gazę, 

WUdly determiniug which way to fly, 

Or one encompaaaM with a winding maże, 

That cannot ttead the way out readily i 

So with herself ia she in mutiny. 

To live or die which of the twaio were better, 

Whea life ia aham*d, and Death Repniach'8 debtor. 

" To kil! myid^" ipioth ahe, « alaek 1 what were it, 
Bot with my body my poor aoal*a pollutioa ? 
They that kiaehal^ with greatnr patience bear it, 
Tban they whoae wfaoie ia swallowM in confaaion. 
That mother triea a mercileai concluaion* 
Who,bavingtwoaweatbabeh when death takea one. 
Will alay the otber, and be nurae to nona. 

" My body orny aoal,wbiehwaa the daarer? 
When tbe one porę, tha other madę di^ne. 
Wboae iove ef eitbar to myaelf were nearer ? 
When hoth were kept for Hea^en and Collatine. 
Ahme! tbe bark peerd ftmn tha kfty pine, 
Hia learea «Ut witber, and hia aap deeay 3 
8» moat my ionii her bark being peelM away. 


Her houae ia aack^d, her qaiet interrapted, 
Her mansion batter'd by the enemy; 
Her aacred tempie qK>tted, spoird, oorropted, 
Grosały engirt with daring infamy : 
Tben let it not be caird impiety, 
If in thia blemiab'd fort I make aome hole, 
Tbrough which I may oonvey this troubled soaU 


Yet die I will not, till my Collatine 
^Ha^e heard tbe cause of my untimely death ; 
That be may vow, in that aad hour of minę, 
ReTeoge on him that madę me stop my breath. 
My stained blood to Tarąain I Ml beqaeath, 
Which by him tainted, shall for him be ąpeot. 
And as his due, writ in my testament. 


My honoar I 'U beqaeath unto the knife 
That woanda my body so dtabonoared. 
*T ia hononr to deprive dishonoar'd Kfe ; 
The one will lirę, the other being dead : 
So of shame*^ ashea ahall my ikme be bred ; 
For in my death I marder ahamefdl aoom; 
My shame so dead, minę honour is new-bonk 

" Dear ferd of that dear jewel I baTe loat» 
What legacy ahall I becpieath lo thee } 
My aasolotion, love, riiaJl be thy beaat. 
By wboae eaample thoo ra^eng^d may^s^be* 
How Tarąain moat be oa^d, lead it in me : 
Mysełf, thy ftiend, will kiU myael^ thy foa^ 
And, Ibr my aake, aerra thou falae Tarquin ao. 

" Thiabrief abridgementof my will I make: 

My aool and body to tbe akiea and ground; 

My reaolation, huaband, do you take } 

Mina honoar be the knife'8, that makes my woond ; 

My shame be his that did my iama oonfouiid ; 

Anid all my famę that lires, diabumed be 

To thoaa that live, and think noahame of me. 

** Thou, Collatine, ahalt oTenee thia will ; 
How waa I overaaen, that thoo ahalt aee tt 1 
My bfeod ahall wtth the alander of mina Ul ; 
My fifel fbol deed, my life*a fair eod ahaU ine it. 
Fhint not, iUiit heart, but atootly aay, to be ii, 
Yiehl to my band; my band ahall conąnar thee; 
Thoo dead, hoth die, and both ahall Ticton ba.'* 

This plot of death when sadly she had łaid. 

And wip'd the brinish pearl from her bright eyea, 

With untnn'd tongue she hoarsely call'd ber maid, 

Wbose swift obedience to ber mistresa hiea; 

For fleet-wing^d duty with tboughfs feathm fliea. 

Poor Lucrece' cheeka anto her maid aeem so 

As Winter meads when Son doth melt their snów. ^ 

Her mistreas ahe doth giTe demnre good-morrow» 
With Boft-slow tongue, tnie mark of modesty. 
And aorta a sad look to ber lady^s sorrow, * 

(Forwhy? her face woresorrow'sIivery;) 
But durst not ask of her audacionsly 
Why her two sana were cloud-eclipsed so. 
Nor why her fair cheeka over-wash'd with woe. 

Bot as theeafth doth weep, the San being set^ 
Each flower moiatea*d like a meltiog eye ; 
Even ao tbe maid with awelUng dropa 'gan wet 
Her cirded eyne, enfbrc'd by aimpathy 
Of those fair auna, set in bar ipistreaa' aky, 
Who in a aaltHrav'd ocean quench their light, . 
Which raakea the maid weep Uke the dewy night. 



A pratty wHile these pretty cmtorefl stend, 
like ivory coodoits oonl cńtemf filling: 
One JMStły weeps ; the other Ukos in hand 
Ko cause, iSiii company, of her drops ipUliog : 
Their geoUe ley to wetsp are often willmg; 
Orievini^ tbenlselTet to gaen at othen' BmarŁa, 
And thentheydrown their eyes/MT break their hearts: 

For men hare marble, women waxen mindi. 
And thereibre are they fonn'd as marfole will ; 
Tbe weak oppress^d, the impression of strange kinds 
Is fbrm*d in tbetn by ibrce, by fraud, or skill : 
Tben cali them not the autbors of their ill. 
Ko mote than wax sball be accounted evil, 
Wherein is stampM the aetnblanoe of a deril. 

Hieir smoothness, like a goodly champaign plaio, 
Lays open all the little vonns tbat creep; 
In men, as in a ruugh-grown gro^e, remain 
Cave-keeping e^iłs that obscurely sleep : 
Tl^rough crjrstal walls each little mote will peep : 
Though men can oover crimes with bold stem lo^cs, 
Poor women'8 faceś are their own faults* books. 

Ko man inveigh against the witber*d flower. 

Bat chide rough winter that the ^owejr bath kUl'd ! 

Kot that dtvour'd, but that which dotb deronr, 

Is worthy blame. O let it not be faild 

Poor women's iaults^ that they are so fnlfilPd 

With,men's abuass: those proad łords, to blame, 

Make weak-made women tenants to their shame. 

The preoedent whe^reof tn Lacreoe Tiew, 
Assaird by night with oircumstanoes strong 
Of present death, and shame that might ensue 
By that her death, to do her hosband wroog t 
Such danger to resistance did beloog, 
Tbat dyiDg fear tbroagh all her body spread ; 
And who cannot abuse a body dead ? 

By this, miid patience bid fisir Łncrroe tpmk 
To the poor oounterfeit of her complaining : 
** My girl," qaoth she^ '* on what oocasion break 
Those tearsfrom thee, thatdown thy chedis are rain- 
If dura doat weep for grief of my sostainiog,. [ing ^ 
Know, geutie woich, it smali avaiłs my mood : 
If tean conld hdp, minę own wonld do me good. 

" Bat tell me, girl,«ben went,** — and there she stayM 
TiU after a deep groan— « Tarquin from.hence ?" 
** Madam, «re I was up," reply*d the maid, 
*' The mora to blame my sluggard negligence: 
Yet with the faatt I thus far can dispenae ; 
Myself were stirriog erethe break of day, 
And, ere I rosę, was Tanpiin gone away. 

** But, lady, if your maid may be so bold, 

Ęfce would reqaest to know yoor haa^ioeRS.' 

*n> peaca !** quoth Lucreee ; « if it shoald be tdd, 

The repetition cannot make it less ; 

For morę it is than I can well espress: 

And that deep torturę may be call*d a Heli, 

When morę is felt than one hath power to tell. 


*' Go, get me hither paper, ink, and 
Yet 6ave that iabour, for I ha^e them here. 
What shonld I say ? — One of my hasband*s men, 
, Bid thon be ready, by-and-by, to bear 
A letter to my kird, my Iotc, my deftr ; 
Bid him with speed pićpare to carry it: 
JiM emue craTts bastej and it will soon ba writ 


Her maid is gone, and she praparas to wńte, 
First horering o*er the paper with her ąoill : 
Gonceit and grief an eager oombat fight; 
What wit sela down, is blotted stiaight with will; 
Tbis is too ienrioas-good, this Mont and ill : 
Mach like a prass 4^people at a door, 
Throng her ioTentioos, which sball go before. • 

At last she thus begfais : *' Thon worthy lord 
Of that unworthy wtfe that greeteth thee, 
Health to thy perKm ! next Touchsafe to afford 
(If evcr, lorę, thy Lacrece thou wilt see) 
Some present speed to oome and visit me : 
So I eommend me from our boose in grief; 
My woes ib« tedioas, tiiougfa my words are btiet*' 

Here folds she up the tenour of her woe, 

Her certain sohow writ uocertainly. 

By this short sched^ile Collatine may know 

Her grief, bat not her griefs tnie quality : 

She dares not thereof make discovery« 

Lest he shonld hołd it her own gross abuse» 

£re she with blood hath stainM her stain'd escnae. 

Besides, the life and feeling of hfr passion 
She boards, to spend when he is by to hear her; 
When sighs, and groans, and tears, may grace the 
Of her disgrace, the better so to elear ber [fashioa 
From that su^picion which the world might bear her. 
To shun this biot, she would not biot the letter 
With words, till action migfbt beoome them better. 

To see sad sights movei morę than hear them told ; 

For then the eye intecprets to the ear 

The heavy motion that it doth behold, 

When every paA a part of woe doth bear. 

T is but a part of som>w that we hear : 

Deep sonads make lesser noise than shaUow forda^ 

And sorrow ebbs, being blown with wind of worda. 

Her letter now is seaPd, aod on it wńt, 

Ai Ardea to my lord with moro than hastę: 

The post attends, aod she delivers it, 

Charging the iK>ur-fac'd groom to hie aś fast 

As lagging fowls before the northem blast 

Speed morę than speed, but duli and slow she deenis ; 

Eaitremity still urgeth such eztremes. 

The bomely Tillain cnrfsies to her Iow ; 

And blushing on her, with a stedfast eye 

Receive8 the scroll, without or yea or no, 

And forth with bashfull innocence doth hie.' 

Bot they whose guilt witbin their bosoms lie, 

Imagine e^ery eye beholds their olame ; 

For lAicrece thought he blosh'd to see her shame. 

, When, silly groom, Ood wot, it was delect 
Of spirit, Kfe, and bold audacity. 
Such harmleis ereatures ha^e a tnie respect 
To tolk in deeds, while othcrs saucily 
Promise morę speed, bat do it leimrely : 
Even so, this pattem of the wom-out age 
Pawn'd honest looks, but laid no words to gage. 

His kindled daty kindled ber mistrust, 
Hiat two red fires in both their faces blazed ; 
She thooght he blushM, as knowing Tarąuin^s lost, 
And, bloshing with him, wistly on him gaxed ; 
Her eamest eye did make him morę amazed : 
The morę she saw the bbęd his cheeks replenish, 
The mora ihe thooght he spy'd in her some Uemiih, 



Botldo; slie thmks till lie retem aguo, 
Aad yat tbe dnfteoos rmtai waaoe ii gone^ 
Hie weny time sbe eaDDOt cnttertain, 
flor aom *t is itale to ńgh, to «ee|>, aod groan : 
80 «nie hath iraaried woe, moaa tired. mouk, 
Ttet riie ber płamti a little wbile doth fUy, 
Fuińg for mean to moani some newer way. 

At laatahe calli to nund vliere hangs a piece 
Of ddlfal paintin;, nade fijr Priam'9 Ttoy ; 
Bdbr* Ibe which is drava tbe power of Greeoe, 
For Bdeafn rape the city to destroy, 
Threataaiiig eknid-kiaDiig Ilioo with annoy ; 
Which the eonceited painter drew co proud, 
AsHflavea (it 8eeiD'd} to kiat the tbrraU boip^d. 

A thoonnd kmentebie djects there, 
h team of Natare, art gare lifelen Wfe : 
Many a dty drop MeniNd a weeping iear, 
Shed for the Blaogbtar^d haiband by the wife : 
The led blood rodsM to show tbe paintei^s strife ; 
And dying eyes gleam*d forth tfaeir ashy lighli» 
like djpDg ooais bamt oat in tedioos nigbts. 

There-night yoa see the labonriag pioneer 
Bęgrim'd with sweat, aod smeared all with dast ; 
Asd firom the towetsof Troy there wonld appear 
the f«r7 eyes of men through loop-holes throst, 
Gańng spoo the Oreeks with little lost : 
Sodi sweet oh a u r a nce in this work was had, 
That one might aee thoae ftr-off eyes look sad. 

Id grent comnanden grace and atesty 
Yoa might behold trinmphing in their ftees ; 
Iq yontb, qi]iek bearing and desterity ; . 
And berę and thćre the painter interiaces 
Pale cowaids, marehing on with trembling paces; 
Which heartleapeaBantadid so we) Jreienibie» [Me. 
That one wonld swear be saw them ąoake aod trem- 
ie Ajas aad P lymm , O wbat art 
Of pfayiiognotty might one behold ! 
Tbe fiace of eitber 'cipher^d eitliei^s beart { 
Thrir lace their maonen most espressly told: 
hi Ajas* eyes binnt ragę and rigonr roiPd ; 
Bat the inild glance that fly lOysses lent, 
Show^d deqp regaid and smiling gorenunent 

there pleading might yoa see grare Nestor stand, 
As *t were encouinging the Greeks to fight ; 
Making soch sober action with hii band, 
That it begniTd attcntion> chann'd the stght: 
Ib speech, it seem*d, his beard, all siWer wbite, 
Wagg'd np and down, and firom his lips did fly 
breatb, wbicli par]'d up to the flky. 

Por much imaginary work was there ; 
Conceit deoettful, ao compact, so kind, 
That for Achilles* image stood bis spear, 
Grip*d in an armed band ; himself, behrnd. 
Was łeft nnseen, sa^e to the eye of mind: 
A baod, a feot, a face, a leg, a bead, 
Stood for tbe whole to be imagined. 

And iirom the walls of strong-besiged Troy 
Wben their brave hope, bold Hector, marchM te 
Stood many Trojan mothers, sharing joy [field, 
To see their youthfiil sons brigbt weapons wield ; 
And to their bope they soch odd action yield, 
That, throagb their ligbt joy, leefiied to appear 

(Like btight things stain'd) a kind of heavy fear. 


And, from tbe strond of Dardan where they fooght. 
Te SimcMS* reedy banks the red blood ran, 
Wbdse wates to imitaf e the battle sooght 
With swelUng ridges ; and tbetr ranks bcgan 
To break opon tbe galled shore, and then 
Retire again, till meeting greater ranks 
They join, and shoot their foam at ffimois* banks. 

To this well-painted piece is Łucrece come, 
To find a foce where all distress is stM'd. 
Many sbe sees, where cares haTe car^ed some. 
Bat nonę where al I distress and doloor ^en'd, 
Till sbe despairing Hecaba bebeld, 
Staring on Priam's woands with ber old eyes, 
Which bleeding nnder Pyrrhns' prond foot lies. 

Id ber the painter had anatomisM 
Time*s min, beaoty'8 wreck, and grim care's reign ; 
Her cheeks with chaps and wrinkles were disgułs'd; 
Of wbat sbe was, no semblance did remain ; 
Her blne blood cbang*d to black in erery Tein, 
Wanting the spring that those sbronk pipes had fod, 
Sbow*d life impri8on'd in a body dead. 

Od this sad sfaadow Laćrece spends her eyes» 
Andsbapes ber sorrow to the beldame's woes, 
Who notbing wants to answer her bnt cries, 
And bitter words to ban ber crael foes: 
The painter ,was no god to lend her thoee; 
And therefore Lncrece swears be did her wroof , 
To give ber so much gricf, and not a tongne . 

** Poor instrument," qnoth she, '* withont a sound, 
i 'II tune thy woes with my lamenting tongne : 
And drop,sweet balm in Priam*s painted woond. 
And raił on Pyrrhus that bath done him wrong. 
And with my tears quench Troy that bnms so loag $ 
And with my knifo scrateh out tbe angry eyes 
Of all the Oreeks that are thine enemies. 

Abont him were a press of gaping foces, 
Which seem'd to swallow up his sound advice; 
All jointly listening, bnt with sereral graces, 
As if some mermaid did their ears entice ; 
Some high, some Iow, the painter was so nice : 
The scalps of many, almost bid bebind, 
To jni^ np bigber seem'd, to mock the mind. 

Hoe one man^s band leanM 00 |inother's bead. 
Bis nose being sb§dow*d by his 0eigbboar*s ear ; 
Herę one being throog^d bears bacl^ all blown sind 
Another, smoCher^d, seems topelt and swear; [red; 
And in their ragę sneh signs of ragę they bear, 
As, bnt for loss of Nestor^ golden words, 
It seem'd they wiOBld debato irith angry swoidi. 

« Show me thestrumpet that began this stir, 
That with my nails her beauty I may tear. 
Thy beat of lost, fond Paris, id incur 
This load of wrath that bonang Troy doth bear ; 
Thy eye kindled tbe fire that bameth herc : 
And here in Troy, for tiespass of thine eye^ 
Tbe sire, the son, the damę, and daughter, die, 

" Why sbould tbe prirate pleasure of some one 
Become the public plague of many moe ? 
Let sin, alone oommitted, ligbt alone 
Upon his bead that hath transgressed so. 
Let guiltless suols Im freed from^uilty woe; 
For ooCr offence why sbould so many fali. 
To plague a priTato sin in generał ? 



'' lo, h&n weept HaenlM» bero Priam dieą 
Herę maoly Hector &uitSy here Troilus swounds; 
Herę fiiend by friend in bloody chaiuwl lies* 
And firieod to friend giTes uiiadvwed woandi^ 
And one iiian*B lust these many Uves confaiodg; 
Had doting Priam cbeck'd his aon'a deaire, 
Troy had been brigbt with famę, and not Ftth fire*" 

Herę feelipgly she weepe Troy'B painted woes : 

WoT wortom, fike a heayy-banging beli, 

Onee aet on riaging, with. his oim weight goes; 

Hien little streng^ rings out tbe doleful knell: 

So Lucreoe set a-work, sad tales doth tell 

To pencilM pensiyeness and oolour'd sornyw ; [row. 

8be lends tbem words^ and she their looks doth bor^ 

She throws ber eyes aboat tbe painting, lound, ' 
And whom she finds fortom, she doth lament : 
At latt she sees a wretched image bound, 
That piteous looks to Phrygian sbepberds lent; 
Hisfiice, thougb fuU of cares, yet 8how'd content: 
Onward to Troy with tbe blunt swains he gees, 
So mild, that patience seem^d to scom bis woes. 

In him tbe painter labour^d witk bis skiU 
To bidę deceit, and gi?e tbe bannless sbow 
An humble gait, calm looks, eyes wailing still, 
•A brow unboat, that seem'd to welcome woe ; 
Cbeeks, neither red nor pale, but mingled so 
That bloshing red no guilty iostapoe gave. 
Nor ashy pale tbe fear that false bearts bisTO* 

But, like a constant and oonArmed devil» 
He entertain^d a sbow so seeming just. 
And tberein so ensconc^d his secret erU, 
That jealousy itself could not mistrust 
Tklse-creeping crait and peijnry should tbmst 
luto so bright a day sucb black-fac'd storms, 
Or biot with beU-bom sin sucb saint-like forms. 

The weU-akilPd workman this mild image drew 
For peónT'd Sinoo, wboae enchanting story 
l*be creidulons old Priam after siew ; 
Whose words, like wild-fire, boiut ihe shining gloiy 
Of rich-built Uion, that tbe skies wera sorry. 
And little start shot from their fisted places, 
When their glassfellwheremtheyńewM their fiMses. 

Tlus jMctnre she advisedly peruB'd, 
And cbid the painter for his woodrons skill ; 
Saying, some shape in 8inon*s was abuf 'd, 
60 fair a form lodg^d not a mind so ill; 
And still 00 him she gaz^d, and gasing still, 
6uch signs of tmth in his plain ńoe aha apy'd, 
That she conelodei ihe pictBM .waa bely*d. 

'* It cauBot be,** ąooth sbe, ** that so mach gnile 
(She woold bave said) " ccm- lurk m suA « hok ;'' 
But Tarąnin^s shape earae in ber mind the while, 
And from ber tongue, can bark from coMUoi look $ 
Jł cannoi be sbe in that sense foraook. 
And tamM it thos : ** It cannot be, I find. 
But anch a Uce should bear » wicked mind : 

'* Fot eT*n as sahtle Sinon bera is paiotad, 

80 aober-sad, lo #eary, and so mild, 

(As if with grief or travail he had fainted) 

To me caoie Tarąoin armed ; so beguiPd 

With outward honesty, but yet defilad 

With inward Tica : ps Friam him did cherish, ■ 

So did I Tar^uini so agr Thiy did perish. 


Look, look» how ItatańngPriftni wnls Us 
To see thoM bonniwM tean that Siooa sheda. 
Priam, why art thOH old, md yet not wiaer 
For ewery tear be £slls, a TftjaableadB; 
His eye drops lirę, no wafter thenoe pmnfwdf t 
Tbose ronnd daar peails of his that move thypity. 
Are balia ofą ua a ćM ess fire to bani thy city. 

'< Suchdśfibąteal^ffsoIrfteaslightlaBsHflll; 
For Sinon in his ikrę datfa'qaalEe*with cold. 
And in that cold, hot-baraing fira doth dwell ; 
These oontraries soch unity do hołd, 
Only to,fla«ter fools, and malDe them boU : 
80 Pri&m*s tniat fdse Sinon^s tears doth flattor, 
That he finds mcsna «o bura his Troy with watas^" 

Herę, all enragHł, Miofa passion ber aisailn, 
That patiescc ia qaite beaten from her breaat. 
She tears the scnsekss Sinon with her nails, 
Compaiteg him to that unhappy guest 
Whose deed bath madę herself herself detest : 
At lęat sbe smilingly with this gives o'er; [acMne.* 
" Pool I lóol I" qMth she^ «< his wounds wtU not be 

Tbus ebbo and fiows the cumnt of her sorrow. 
And tiihe doth weary time with ber complaiaing* 
Sbe looks fcr nigbt, and then she kmgs for morioir, 
Aild both sbe thinks too kmg with her renaining : 
Sbort time seems hng in aorrowHi sharp anstainwiy. 
Thougb wee be heaTy, yetit aeldom sleeps $ 
And they that watch, see time how slow ii 

Which all this time Jiath oaorsKppM ber tfaoogbt, 
That sbe widi painted images hath apent; 
.Being from the feeKag of her owa grief hrougfat 
By deep se imi s e of others* detrimeot ; 
liomiigherwoei In sbows of disoontant. 
It easeth sodm, thongh nonę it.ever onred. 
To thiak their diploar othen haTo eadóred. 

But now the miodfrU mestenfefer, eome baok, 
Brings borne his lord and other company; 
Who finds his Łocrece clad in mouming blaek; 
And rouńd about her tear-distained eve 
•Blue circles stieam^d, like rain-bows m the sky. 
These water-gaUsin her dim element 
Foretell ae« storm» to those akeady wpeuL 

Which when her aad-beholdhig hoibeiid saw, ' 

Amazedjy in ber sad face he stares i 

!Her eyes, thougb sad in teais, look*d red aad raw, 

Her Iively oolour lull'd with deadly carea. 

He hath nopower to ask her how she fiwea. 

But stood, like old aCquaintaace in a traace, ' 

Met &r from hcNne, wopdering each oiber^ chaaoe. 

At last he takes her by^lfae btoodless faend, 
And tbus beghis : << What uncouth ill event 
Hath thee befallen, that thou dost trembliag stand ł 
Sweet loive, what spite hath thy feir colonr speat? 
Why ari thou thos aUirM in discootent } 
Unmask, dear dear, this moody bea^iness, 
Aad MII thy grief, that we may giTe redre».** 

Threetifiies with sighs sbe gites her soitows fife^ 
Ere coce she can diacharge one nord of woe : 
At length addrtBsU to answer his desire, 
Sbe taodestiy prepares to let them know 
Her honouf is ta'en prisoaer by the foe ; 
While Collatine and his consorted kirds 
With Md attaatiM loog to bear her wofds. 



AaA mam thit ptle swan miMr wsterjr oott 
Bc^ins the iad dir^ge of W certain eodiog : [best 
" Few woidi^'' qnatb shc^ " sball fit the tre^tan 
Wbare DO eiBBoie cao give the feult amendiDg : 
lo me morę wobm than words are iiov dependiąg ; 
Aod my hirtrurtr would be drawn out too long. 
To tełl tliem aJI wiOk one poor tirad toogoe. 

•* Tben be this «H the tatk ii bath to say :*- 
Sear hofband, in the interett of thy bed 
A łtraog e i eame, and oa that pillow lay 
Where t^oa w«st voBi to reit thy weary head ; 
Md what wrong ebamay be im^pned 
By fMłl enforcemeot migbt be done to me^ 
fiom tłMt» alaa! thy Lacrece is not iiee. 

" For io the dreadfnl dead of daik midnightt 
With ifainiDg fi^chion in my cbamber came 
A creepins creatare, with a flamUig ligfat. 
And aoiftly ery'd, * Awake, thoa Roman dane, 
And entortam niy love ; elie lasting sbame 
Ob tbee and tbine this night I will inflict, 
H tbon ny lowe*8 deńre do eontiadict.' 

«> ' For KMM kard-lb^oat^d groom of thine,! qiioth 
* PalcM thoa yoke thy tiking to my wiUt [be, 
1 *ll raofder straąght» aadtbea I 'II slaughter thee. 
And twear 1 fiMmd yoo where yon did falfill 
na toathtnme met of lott, and so did kill 
The lecbeia ID tbeir deed : thitaotwiUbe 
My tuae, and thy peitpeinal inluBy.' 

" Withthialdidbegintoitartandery, 

And then againat my heatt he set hit tword, 

8wcariBg» nolefla I took all patiently, 

I shoald not liwe to speak aaotber word i 

So ihonld my ahame ttiU lest wpon record, 

Aod Bever be forgot in mig^y Boom 

The adnltarate death of Łacrece and ber gioom. 

*< Mioe enemy waa strong, my poor self weak. 
And far the weaker with 90 strong a fear : 
My bkwdy jndge lorbade my tonpie td speak ; 
No rightfiilplea migfat plead for josticethere: 
His scaiiet lost came endence to avear 
That my poor beauty had purkMn'd his eyes. 
And whea the jndge ia robb^d, the prisooer diesi 

" O teach me how to make minę own escnsc ! 
Or, at the least this refuge let me find ; 
Ihoogfa my grosa blood be stainM with this abuse, 
launacolate and apotless is my mind ; 
' That was not forc*d ; that neTer was inclin'd 
To accessaiy yieldings, bot still pure 
Doth in ber poisoD'd closet yet eodure.'' 

Ło here, 4he taopelem merohant of this km, 

Wtlh head deeliD'd, and voicedam'd np with woe, 

With^ad-sateyes, atfd wretehed anns across, 

nomlipa new-vaxeii paie begtns to blow 

The grief away» that stops his amwer so: 

But wretehed aa be is» be stri^es in Tain ; 

Wbat he hreathes out, his breath drinks up agaln. 

As throogh aa areh the violent nanag tide 
Outruns the eye that doth behold hb hastę; 
Yet in the eddy boundeth in bis pńde 
Back to the strait that Ibrc^d him on so fast $ 
la rsge sent out, recaird in ragę, heing past : 
Eren so his Mgfas, bis sorrows, make a saw, 
Tb pnsb grief on» aod back the same grief draw. 

Which speechlesi woe of hn, poor she at(endeth« 

And, his untimely frenzy thus awaketh: 

" Dear lord, thy sorrow to my aorrow lendeth 

Another power ; no iood by raioing slaketh. 

My woe too sensible thy passion makelh 

Morę feeling painfol : let it then suffice 

To drown one woe^ one pair af weefung eyes. 

*' And for my tafce, when I might chana tbee so» 

For she that was thy Lucrece — aow attand me ; 

Be soddenly rerenged on my Ibe, 

Thine, minę, his own $ sappose thoa dost delend me 

From wbat is past : the help that thou shah lend me 

Comes atl too late, yet let the traitor die; 

For sparing jgstice feeds iniquity* 

" Bat ere I name him/yon, hir lórdi,*<qiioth she, 
(9peaking to those that came with CoUatine) 
" 9ia11 piight your honourable faiths to me, 
With swift pnnuit to Teog^ tbii wrong of minę | 
For 't is a meritorioas fair design. 
To cbase injustice with revengefal arms : [harms." 
Knights, by tbeir oaths, shonld right poor ladie^ 

At this reąnest, with noble dhposition 
Each preseot lord began to promise aid, 
As boand in knighthood to her imposition, 
Longing to hear the hatefiil foe bewray'd. 
But she, that yet her sad task hath aot said, 
The prolestation stops. " O speak," quoth she, 
*' How may this ibrced ttain be wip'd from me? 

" What is the qaality of minę ofibnce, 
Being constrain*d with dreadful circamstanee? 
May my pnre nund with the fonl aet dispense, 
My low-deelined honoar to adrauoe } 
May any terms aoąuit me from this chanee ? 
The poison^d fonntain dears itself again ; 
And wby not I from this oompelled stain V* 

With this, they all at once began to say, 
Her body's stun her mind untainted dears ; 
While with a joyless smile she tnms away 
The fade, that map whieh deep impresaion bears 
Of hard misfbrtnne, carT*d in it with team. - 
" No^ no^" qaoth she, ** no danie, hereafler li^ing. 
By my escnse riiall daim excase'8 giring*** 

Herę with a sigh, as if her heart wonid break, [says, 
She throws fbfth TaR|iiin*s name: " fłe, Ae," she 
But morę thaii ke her poor tongueeonld not speak | 
TiU after manyaocents and dda3r9, 
Untimely breathings, sick and short asaays, 
She utters this? •< He, he, fair lords, H is he, 
That goides thh hand to give this wonad to ma." 

£▼'0 here she sheathed in her harmiea 

A harmfat kntfb, that thence her sonl dnsbeathed: 

That blow did bail it tmai the deep unrast 

Of that polloted prison where it breatbed : 

Her contrite si^hs nuto the donds bequeatfaed 

Her wioged sprite, and thronghber womididoch fly 

litisli ksting datę froitt cancel*d desthiy^ 

Stone-still, astowi(h*d wHh tint deadly deed, 
Stood OoUatine and aił his lordly crew ; 
TiU Loeroce* ^sther that b^bdds her bleed, 
Himself on her sdf-slaiigliteFd body thraw ; 
And from tfaepniple-foantAin Bnitas dresr 
The mnrderoos knife, and as it left the piaoe, 
Her blood, hi poor nres^ hałd it fai chasa ; 



And bcibbiiiig from her breast, it doth divide 
In two slow mera, ihat the crinuon blood 
Circles her body in on erery side» 
Who \ike a laie-seckM isUnd ?astly atood 
Barę and unpeopled, in this fearfal ilood. 
Some of ber blood stil) pure and red reEnain*d, 
And flome look^d blaok,and tbat false Targuili 8tain'd. 

Abont tbe moumingf and oongealed face 
Of tbat Uaek blood, a watery rigol goes, 
WbJch seems to weep apon the tainted place : 
And ever sińce, as pitying Lucrece* woes, 
Cormpted blood some watery token shows ; 
And blood untainted still doth red abtde, 
Blnihing at tbat whicb is so putrifyM. 

** Danghter, dear danghter,'* old Lncretius criei, 

" ThaUlife was minę, ^hich thoa hasthere deprir^d. 

If in tbe child the fiither^ image lies, 

Where shall I five, now Lucrece is untiv*d ? 

Tbou wast not to tbis end from me deriv'd. 

If childrm pre-decease jirogenitorB, 

We are their oApiipg, and they nonę of ours. 

** Pbor broken glass, I often^id behold - 
In thy sweet semblance my old age new-bom ; • 
But now that fiiir fresh miiror, dim and oh), 
SbowB me a bare-bon*d deatb, by time outwom ; 
O, from thy checks my image tbou hast tom I 
And diiTcr^d all the beanty of my glass, 
That I no morę can see what onoe I was. 


** O time, oease thon thy conrse, and last no łong^, 
If they suroease to be, that should sniriTe. 
Shall TOtten death make conquest of the stronger. 
And leave the faltering feeble souls aliTe ? 
The old bees die, the yonng possess thetr biTC} 
Then live. sweet Lucrece, lirę again, and see 
Thy fiither 4ie, and not thy lather thee I" 

By tbis starts Goilatine as firom a dream, 
And bids Lncretius gtve hią aorrow place ; 
And then in key-oold Lucrece* bleeding stream 
He fiklls, and bathes the pale fear in his faoe^ 
And eounterfeits to die with her a spaoe ; 
Tlll manly shame bids him possess his breath. 
And Uto to be revenged on her death. 

The deep Tesatkm of bis inward soul 
Hath 8erv'd a durab arrest.upon his tongne j 
Who mad. that sorrow should bis^use oontrol, 
Or keep him from heart-easing words so long, 
Begins to talk : bot through his lips do throng 
Weak words, so thick come in his poor hearfsai^, 
Hiat no man oould distingnish what be said. 

Yet aometime Tarqnin was pronounced plain, 
But through his teeth, as if tbe name he tore. 
This windy tempest, tlll it bkm up nin, 
Held back his 8orrow's tide, to make it morę ; 
At last it rains, and bnsy winds głve o'er : 
Then soą and father weep with equal strife, 
Who should weep most for daughter or for wifo. 

Tbe one doth cali her his^the other his, 
Yet neither may possess the claim they lay. 
The father says, *' She *8 minę : *' *< O mtne she is," 
Replies her hnsband : ** Do not take away 
My sorroiirjsinlerest; let no moumer sny 
He weeps for her, for she was only mnie. 
And only mutt be waU^d by CoUatioe.*' 


" O,^' quoth Lncretius, « I did gWe that lifo, 
Which she tóo eariy and too late hath sptird/ 
" Woe, woe," quoth CbłlaCine, *• she was my wife, 
I owed ber, and *t is minę that she hath kilFd.*' 
My daughter and my wtfe with clamours fillM 
The dispers^d air, who holding Lucrece* life, 
An8wer*d their cries, my daugiter and my mfe. 

Brutus, who pluck'd the knife from Loćirece* side, 

Seeing such emolation in thetr woe, 

Began to clothe his wit in state and pride, 

Burying in Lucrece' wonnd his folly^ show. 

He with the Romans was esteemed so 

As silly-jeering idiots are with kings. 

For sportmg words, and nttering fóolish things : 

But now he throws that shallow habit by, 
Wherein deep policy did him disguise ; 
And arm'd his long-hid wits advisedly. 
To check the tears in Collatinus' eyes. 
" Tbou wronged lord of Borne," quoth he, '^ ariae; 
Let my unsoonded self, supposM a fool, 
Now set thy loog-eiperienc'd wit to schooL 

" Why, Goilatine, is woe the cure for woe ? 

Do wounds help wounds, or griefhelp grievous deedś } 

Is it revenge to gire thyself a blow. 

For his foni act by whom thy foir wife bleeds ł 

Such childish humour from weak minds proceedt ; 

Thy wretched wife mistook the matter so. 

To slay hersel^ tbat. should ba^e slain her foe. 

** Gourageous Roman, do not steep thy heart 

In such relenting dew of lamentations, 

But kneel with me, and help to bear thy part. 

To rottse otir Roman gods with in^ocations, 

Tbat they will sufier these abominatioiM, 

Since Romę herself in them doth stand disgraced. 

By onr strong arms from forth her fair streets chaaed. 

** Now by the Capital that we adore, 
, And by this chaste blood so unjustly stained, 
By HeaYeo's fair Sun, that breeds the fot Earth'8 

By all our country rights in Romę maiqtained, 
And by chaste Lucrece* soul that late complained 
Her wrongs to us, and by this bloody knife, 
We will reTODge the death t>f this true wife." 

This said, he struck his band upon bis breast. 
And kłss'd the fetal knife to end his ypw ; 
And to his protestation urg'd the rest; ' 
Who woodering at him, did him words allow : 
Then jointly to the ground their knees they bow; 
And that deep tow which Brutus madę before, 
He doth again repeat, and that they swoie 

Wheo they had swom to this advised doom> 
They did eooclude to b«ar dead Luorace tbćnoe; 
To show the bleeding body tborough Rome^ 
^d so to publish Tarquin*s foal offcnce: 
Which being done with speedy diligenoe^ 
The Romans plausibly did give consent 
Te Tarqnin*s e?erlaating bainishment. 





nRa W^* Ha 

MJ, wkmam ahd that JtmMiTr ntomiD 
BT oom wBi-ŁirniG Forr 


niflBTmic voRTH| 

T. T. 


FmoH fiufot crefttnres we desire iocreaie, 
That thereby beaaty'8 rosę might nerer die. 
But as the riper should by time deoease. 
Bu tnader heir might bear his memory : 
Bat tbou, ooDtracted to thine own bright eyos, 
Feed'at thy lighfs Hame with Belf-cubstantial fael, 
Making a famine where abos^aoce lici, 
Tbyself thy foe». to thy sweet self too cniei 
Tbon that ait now the world's iresh onMunent, 
And ooly herald to the gaudy spring, 
Within thine own bad boriest thy oontent. 
And, tender churi, ittak'tt waste in niggarding. 
Pity the world, or else this glatton be, 
To eat the world*s due, by the gra?e and thee. 


Wjoff forty winien shall besiege thy brow» >^ 
And dig deep trenches in thy beanty's field, 
Tby youth^s prood liTery, so gaz*d on now. 
Win be a Utter'd weed, of soaall worth held : 
Then bciog ask'd where all thy beauty lies, 
Where all the treasore of thy lusty days $ 
Tosay, within thine own de^-sunken eyes, 
Weie an all-eating shame, and thriftiess praise. 
How moch morę praise deserv'd thy beauty's use, 
If thoa oocild^st aoswer — ** This fair child of minę 
Shail sam my coont, and make my oM ezease— " 
Proring his beanty 1^ suoccssion thine. 
This were to b4 new-made when thoo art old. 
And see thy biood warm when tbon feePst it cold. 


LooK in thy glass, and tell the face thou tiewest, 

Now is the time tttst fisce shonid ibrm another ; 

Whose fresh repair if now thou not ren«^est, 

Thoa dost begnile the world, onbless some mother. 

For where is she so fair, whose an*eard womb 

Disdains the tillage of thy hnsbandry ? 

Or who is he so f^d, will be the tomb 

Of his self-knre, to stop posterity ? 

Thoa art thy mother^ glass, and she in thee 

Calls bnck the lorely April óf her prime : ' 

So thoa tbrough windowa of thine age shalt tee, 

Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time. 

Bot if tbon li?e, remember'd not to be, 

Pieńgle, aad thine inage dies with thee. 


U»mai P iv love1inesB, why dost thou spend 
Upon tbyself thy beauty'8 legacy ? 
Natures bequest gives nothing, bot doŁh lend. 
And being frank, she lends to those are free. 
Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse 
The bounteous largcss given thee to give ? 
Profitless usurer, why dost thoo use r 
So great a sum of sums, yet canat not liTe ? 
For having traffic with tbyself a4one, 
Thou of tbyself thy sweet self dost deceire. 
Then how» when Naturę calls thee to be gone^ 
What aoceptable audit canst thou leave ? 
Thy uDU8*d beauty must be tomb*d with thee, 
Which, aa'd, lives thy ezecutor to be. 



Those howen, that with gentle work did frane 

The lovely gazę where erery eye doth dwell» 

Will płay tbe tyrants to the yery same, 

Aad that unfair which fairly dodi ezcetl ; 

Por never-rest»ng time leads summer on 

To hideous winier, and oonfbunds bim there; 

Sap check'd with frost, and histy leares qaite gooe^ 

Beauty o^ersnowM, and bareness cfvery where : 

Then, were not summer^s distillation left, 

A liquid prisooer pent in walls of glass, 

Beauty's effect with beanty were beref^ 

Nor it, nor no remembranoe wbat it was» 

But flowers distiird, tbough they with winter mcel* 

Leese bot thełrshow ; their sóbstance still li^es sweet. 



Tbeh let not winter's ragged band deiaee 

tn thee thy summer, ere thou be distiird : 

Make sweet same phial, treasore thou sooie place 

With beauty's treasore, ere it be selWllU 

That use is not fbrbidden usury, 

Which happies those that pay the willing loan ; 

That 's for tbyself to breed another thee, 

Or ten times happier, be it ten for one ; 

Ten times tbyself were happier than thoa art, 

If ten of thine ten times re6gur*d thee : 

Then, wbat conld death do if thou sbould'st depart, 

Leaving thee liviqg in posterity ? 

Be not self'Will'd, for thou art much too fisir 

To be death's cotyjoest, and make worms tbmc hein 


Lo, in the orient when the gracious light 
Ufts up his buming head, each under eye 
Doth homage to his new-appearing sight, 
Serving with looks his sacred majesty $ 
And having climb*d the steep-up heaven1y h31, 
Resembling strong youth in his middle ag«, 
Yet mortal looks adore his beauty still, 
Attending on his golden piłgrimage; 
But when from htgh-most pitch, with weary oar, 
like feeble age, he reeleth from the day, 
The eyes, 'fore duteous, now cbnvorted are ^ 
Prom his Iow tract, and look another way : 
So thou, thyself outrgoing in thy noon, 
UBlooh'd on dtest, nnless tbon get a scnl 




Mosic to hear, why hear^st thoa musie sadly ? 
Sweeis with sweets war not, joy delights io joy, 
Why loV'»t thoathat whtch thou reoeiY^stpoiglad- 
Or eise receiT'8t with pleasnre thine annoy ? [ly ? 
If tbe trae concord of well^uned sounds. 
By tinioDi marrted, do oflTend thine ear, 
They do bot 8w«etly chide thee, who confbuiids 
In ńngleneM the parts that thoa shoa1d*st bear. 
Mark howone string, sweet husband to anotheri 
Strikes eaeh in eacb by matual ordering; 
Re^embling ńre and child and happy motber, ' 
Who all m one, one pleasing notę do sing: 
Whoae speeehlesa song, being many, seeming one^ 
SiDgs th» to thf«, *' thoa single wilt pnoTO nonę.*' 


U it fer feftr to wet a widow*8 eye, 

That thou consam*tt thyself in single life ? 

Ah ! if IłMNi MSneleiB shalt hap to die, 

Tbe world will wail tbee, like a makeless wHe; 

The world will be tby widów and still weep, 

That thou no fbrtn of thee hast left behind, 

Wben every priTate widów wdl may keep, 

By chiidrm*8 eyes^ ber busband^s shape in mind. 

Look, what an untbrift in the world doth spend, 

ShifŁs bttt his place, for still tbe world enjoyt it ; 

Bat beauty'8 waate bath in the worfd an end,- 

And kept uaasM, the usef so destroys it. 

No lo^e toward others in that bosom sits, 

That ott hiimelf sach morderoas shame commits. 


Fot shame ! deny that thoa bear*8t lo^e to any, 
Who for thyself art so nnprOTident. 
Grantp if fhou wilt, thoa art belov'd of many. 
Bot that tbott nonę lofst, is most eńdeat; 
For thoa art so pos6e9S*d with marderous hate, 
That 'gainst th3rself thou 8tick*8t not to conspire, 
Seeking that Inkateoas roof to ruinate, 
Which to repair shoaki be tby chief desire. 
O change thy tboaght, that I may change my mind ! 
Shall hiite be fiurer lodg'd tban gentle love } 
Be, as tby presence is, gracioas and kind, 
Or to thysd^ at least, kind-bterted prove : 
Make thee another aelf, for lerre of me, 
That beauty still may lirę in thine or thee. 


As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thoa grow'st, 
In one of thine, firom that which thou departest ; 
And that fresh blood which youngly thoa be8tow'st, 
Thoii may^st cali thine, when thoa from yoath eon- 
Herein Iives wisdom, beauty,and increase ; [rertest 
Withoat this, foUy, age, and cold decay : 
If all were minded so, thetimes sbould cease, 
And threescore years i^ould make tbe world away. 
Let those whom Naturę bath not madę for stofe, 
Hajmh, featureless, and rude, barrenly perish: 
Look whom she bót endow'd, she gave the morę ; 
Which bounteoos gift thou sbould^st inbounty che- 

She carv'd thee for ber seal, and meant theseby, 
Thoa 8hoold'8t priat mon, dor lei that copy die. 


Wbin i do count the clock that tells the time« . 

And see the brave day sunk in hideons night ; 

When I ^hold the vio!et past prime. 

And sable curls, all silver'd o*er with wbitej 

When lofty trees I see barren of leares, 

Which erst fh>m heat did canopy the herd. 

And 8ummer's green all girded up in sheayes. 

Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard ; 

Then -of thy beaaty do J questioa make, 

That thou among tbe wastes of time must go, 

Since sweets and beauties do tbemselves forsake, 

Ąnd die as fast as they see others grow ; 

And nothing 'gainttTlme^s scytbe can makedefence* 

Save breed, to brave him,when be takes thee heooe. 


O THAT you were yonrself ! but, love, you are 

No kmger your*s, tban you you^s^lf here live : 

Against this comfng end you shoutd prepare, 

Ajnd your sweet semblance to some ótber give. 

Sp sbould that beauty which you hołd in lease, 

Fmd no determination : tben you were 

Yourself again, after youmelfs decease, 

When 3rotir sweet issue your sweet form sbould bear« 

Who lets 80 fair a house fali to decay, 

Which busbandry in booour might uphold 

Against tbe stormy gusts of winter*s day. 

And barren ragę of death'8 etemal cold? 

O ! nonę but unthńfls : — Dear my loye, you know, 

You had a father ; let your son say so. 


Not from the sta rs do I my judgment pluck; 

And yet methinks I have astronomy. 

But not to tell of good,'or eril łuck, 

Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons* quality : 

Nor can I fortunę to brief minutes tell, 

Poiuting to each bis tbunder, rain, and wind ; 

Or say, with princes if it sb^ go well. 

By Óft predict that I in Heaven find : 

But frpm thine eyes my knowledge I derive. 

And (constant stars) in them I read such art, 

As trath and beaaty shall together thrive, 

If^from thyself to storę thou would^t conrert : 

Or else óf thee this I pmgnoeticate, 

Thy end is tr«th*8 and beauty^s doom and datę. 



Wrbii I oonsider every tbing that giowf 
Holds in perfection but a little ibomeot, 
That this huge state presenteth nought bat showa 
Wfaereon the stars in secret infloenoe comment; 
When I perceiTe that men as plants increase, i 
Cheered and cfaeck*d erhi by the sdf-aame sky ; 
Vaunt in thetr youthfal sap, at heig^t decreaae. 
And wear their brave state out of memoiy; 
Tben the coaeeit of this inconstant stay 
Sets you most ricb in youth before my sigfat; 
Where watteful time debateth with decay. 
To change your day of youth to aullied night; 
And, aO in war with time, lor love of yoa, 
As be taliea firom you, I engraft you new. 




Bot wberefisre do not yoa a mi^btier way 

Make war upon Hm bloody tyraotf Time ? 

AimI fortily yopneif in your decay 

Witb meam morę blened thao my barren rby me ? 

Nov stand you on tbe top of happy boarB; 

And many maiden gardens yet unset, 

Wath rirtuoos wbb woold bear yoa HtId; floirec^ 

Mocb Kker thao your painted comiteifeit: 

So Bbonld tbe lines of life tbat life repair^ 

Which this, Time't peocfl, or my pupil pen, 

Meitber in imrard wortb, nor ontward fair, 

Gui make yoa live yourself in eyes of men. 

To ^Te away yoanelf, keeps youfself ttill ; 

And yoQ moit irre, drewn by your own iweet tkill. 



Woo wiil bdjere my yene in time to come, 
If it were 6n*d with yoar most high deserta ? 
Tbougfa yet Heayen knows, it is but a« ą tomb 
Which hidesyoar Ufe,suid &bow9 oot half yoarparii. 
If I oould write tbe beauty of your eyes, 
And in fresh numbers number all your graces, 
The age to oome would say, " tbis poet lies. 
Soch beavenly tpuches oe*er tooch'd eartbly,fiu:eB." 
9o shookl i^y pspers, yellow'd with tbeir age. 
Be 9Cora'd, Kke ^d men of less truth than tongue ; 
And yoor tme righta be term'd a poet*s ragę. 
And atrstched mf^tre of aa antiąue song : 
Bat were some ohild of yours aliyc that time, 
You shoald lirę twice; — in it, and in my rbyme. 


Shałł i oompare thee to a summer^s day ? 
Tbou art mote loTely and morc temperate: 
Rough winds^o shake tbe darling buds of May, 
And snmmer^s lease batb all too short a datę : 
Sometiroe too hot tbe eye of Eeaven shioes, 
And ofien is bis gold complesiop dimm'd ; 
And erety fiur from €iir scmetime declioes* 
By cbance, ornature's changiog course^ uutrimmM^ 
Bat thy etemal summer shall not fadę, 
Nor losie possassion of that fair thpu owest i 
Kor shall Death brag tbou wandef^st in his sbade^ 
When an etemal Unef to tipie thou growest: 
So loog as men oan breathfb ot eyes cao see, 
So kng liTei thisy and tbis gires Ufe to thee. 


DsmuantB Ume, blnnt thou tfae lion^kpaws^ 
And madę the fikrth devoar ber oirn siieet brood ; 
Phiok the keen teeth finom tbe fierce tiger*s jaws. 
And bnm the long^liv'd phenix in ber blood $ 
Make glad and sorry seasons as tbon fleefst. 
And do whatc'er tbon wilt, swift-iboted Time, 
To the wMe world, and atl ber fading sweett ; 
Bnt I foibid thee one OMist heiooas crime : 
O enrre not with thy hoon my lo(ve'8 &ir broir. 
Nor draar no lines there witii thine antiqne pen ; ' 
Him in thy oourse antamted doalJov, 
Vbr beauty% patiem to snoeeeding men. 
Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong. 
My to? • ibidl fai my Tosa tvcr M^^ y<M|og. 

Ą wotiAii*s ihce, with Natore^s own faaad painted. 

Hast thoa, the mastoMnistreM of my paasioD ; 

A woman's gentle heart, bat not aoqaainted 

With shifting chaage, as is fidse women^i finhion $ 

An eye morę brigbt than theirs, leas foise in rolling, 

Gilding the object wfaereupon it gazeth ; 

A man in hoe, all hues in his oontiolling> [eth. 

Which steals men'8 łyes, and women^s aoab amas- 

And for a woidan wcrt thou first cieated ; 

Till Naturę, as she wronghtthee, fell a-dotbg. 

And by additłon me of thee defeated. 

By adding one thing to my purpote aothing. 

But Since she prick'd thee out fiirwomen^s pteaiaie, 

Mfne be thy k^e, and thy Ioyo^s usetheirtnMaie. 


So is it not with me> as with that Muse, 
Stirr*d by a painted beauty to his yerse ; 
Who Heayen itself for ornament doth usc^ 
And eyery fair with his faiir^loth rebearse ; 
Making a cooplement of proud compare^ 
With Sun and Moon, with earth and 8ea's rich geu^ 
With ApriPs firrt-bom flowen, and all things rare 
Tbat Hea^en^s air in this hage rondnie bems. 

let me, tme in loye, but truły write. 
And then beiieye me, my loye is as fiiir 

As any mother^s child, thouj^ not so brigbt 
As those gold candles fiaM in Heaven*ś ur: 
Let them say morę tbat like of bearsay well ; 

1 will not praise, that purpose not to sell. 


My glass shall not persoade me I am old, 
So loDg as youth and thou are of one datę; 
But when in thee time's furrows I behold, 
Then look I death my days sbould ezpiate. 
For all tbat beauty tbat doth eoyer thee, 
Is but tbe seemly raiment of my heart^ 
Which in thy breast doth liye, as thine in me i 
How ean I then be elder than tbon art? 
O therefbre, loye, be of thyself so wary, 
As I not for myself, but for thee wiU ; 
Beariog thy heart, which I will keep so chary 
As' tender nurse her babę from fariog ill. 
Presome not on thy heart wheu minę is sUun ; 
Tbou gay*st me thine, not to giye back agun. 



• I 

As an imperfect aotoron the stage^ 

Who with his fear is pnt bcside bis part, 

Or some fieroe thing replete with too mocb ragw, 

Whose atrength'aabandance weakeas his own heait; 

Sol, for fear of trnst, iorget to say 

The perfect cersmooy of Łoye^s rite^ 

And in minę own loye's strength seem t6 decay, 

0*ercharg*d with boithen of nrineown lof«^ OMght 

O let my books be then the ekx|aenee 

And dumb presagers of my speaUng bieast ; 

Who plead for loye,.and look for feooapense. 

Morę than that tongue that morę bath morę ex^ 

Olepmtoreadwbatsilenttoyehathwritt [prett^d. 

To bear with eyesbploogs to lofe% finm wit. 




MiMi e7« batb pky'd tbe pmiiiter,«iid hath steeł'd 
^7 beauty's form in tąble of mj beart ; 
My body is tbe frame wbereki t » beld. 
And peispectWe it is beit paiiiter'8 art. 
For Cbrougb tbe painter mast yoa see bis skill, , 
To find where your tnie imafe pictur^d lies, 
Whicb in my boflom'9 sbop is bangtng tttU, 
Tbat hatb his windowa gUized with tbine eyes. 
Now see wbat good turns eyes for eyes ba^e done; 
Minę eyes baye draim tby sbape, and thioe for me 
Are Windows to my breaat, wbere-tbrougb tbe Sun 
Deligbts to peep, to gaae tberein on thee ; 
Yet eyes this cunning want to grace tbeir art, 
Thej draw bat what tbey see, know not tbe beart 


Lrr those who are in fovour w|.tb tbeir stan^ 
Of pubie bonour and proud titles boast, 
Wbilst I, wbom fortunę of sucb triumpb bars, 
UnIookM for joy in tl^at I bonour most. 
Great princes' fovoarites tbeir fair leaves spread. 
But as tbe marigold mt tbe Sun*8 eye ; 
And in tbemselyes tbeir pride Ijes buried, 
For at a firuwn tbey in tbeir glory die. 
Tbe painful warrior fomoused for fight, 
After a tboosand victories 4nce fołi*d, 
Is from tbe book of bonour rased quite. 
And all tbe rest forgot for wbicb be toird: 
Then bappy I, tbat iove and am beloyed, 
Wbere I may not reiiiOTe nor be removed« 


Łotn of UJ lorę, to wbom in yassabige 
Tby roerit hatb my duty strongly knit. 
To thee I send this written embas^age. 
To witness duty, not to show my wit. 
Daty 80 great, which wit so poor as minę 
May make seem bare, in wanting words to show 2t ; . 
But tbat I hope some good conceit of thine 
In tby 90uVs thougfat, all naked, will bestow it : 
Till whatsoeyer star tbat guides my moving, 
FOints on me graciously with fair asptet. 
And puts apparel on my tattered toving, 
To show me worthy of tby sweet respect : 
Then may I dare to boast how I do lorę thee, 
Tilł then, not show my bead where tbou may'st 
prove me. 



Wbaiy with toitl, I hastę me to my bed, 
The dear repose for limbs with travel tired j 
Bat then begins a joumey in my head. 
To work my mind, when body^s work 's ezpirad: 
For then my tboughts (from ikr where X abkłe) 
Intend a zealous pitgrimage to thee^ 
And keep my dro<^ng eye-lids open wide^ 
Looking «n darkness which the błind do see. 
Save that mj soul's imaginary sigbt 
Presenis tby sbadow to my sigbtless riew, 
Wbicb, liloe a jewel hnng in ghastly nigbt, 
Makes black night beauteons, and ber M Ibce new. 
Ło tbus by day my limbs, by night my miód. 
For tbe^, and for mysel^ no qaiet AimL 

How cani then return in bappy f^ghl* 
That am debarr'd the benedt of lest ? 
When day's oppression is not easM by night» 
Bot day by night and night by day oppre8s'd f ' 
And eiich, though enemies to eitber's reign. 
Do in consent shake hands to torturę me, 
Tbe one by toil, tbe other to complain 
How far I toil, still further off from thee. 
I tell the day, to please him, tbou art bright. 
And dost him grace when clouda do biot the Hea- 
So flatter I the Bwait-complexion*d night; [yeas 
When sparkling stars twire not, thon gild*8t tbe eVea. 
But day doth daily draw my sorrows longer. 
And night doth nighMy make griefs iengtb 

SONNET xxix: 

Wbbh in disgrace with fortunę and men*ff eyes, 
I all alone beweep my outcast state. 
And trouble deaf Hearen with my booUess criea^ 
And look upon mjrself, and curse my fate, 
Wishing me like to one morę rich in hope, 
PeaturM like him, like him with friends posseasM^ 
Desiring this man^sart, and that man*s scope, 
With what I most enjoy contented least ; 
Yet in these tboughts myself almost despising, 
Haply I think on thee— «nd then my state 
(like to the lark at break of day arising 
From sullen Earth) sings hymns at Hearen*sgaAe; 
For tby sweet love remembó^d, sdoh wealth brings, 
That then I scom to change my state with kings. 


WRtM to the senions of sweet mleut tbonght 

I summon up remembrance of tbings past, 

I sigh the lack of many a thing I sought, 

And with old woes new wait my dear time's waste: 

Then ean I drown an eye, unas'd to flow, 

For precious friends bid in death's datełess night. 

And weep afresh ioTe's long-since canoerd woe. 

And moan tbe ezpense of many a vani8h'd aight. 

Then can I grieve at grieTances fore-gone. 

And beayity from woe to woe tell o*er 

The sad.^cooant of fore-bemoaned moan^ 

Wbicb I new pay as if not pay^d before. 

But if tbe while I think od thee, dear friend> 

All hMWB are restoi^d, and sorrows end. ' 


Tftt basom is endeared witb all hearts, 
Which I by iaeking ba^e supposed dead ; 
And there reigns love and all love;'s kmng partia 
And all those friends which I thought buned* 
How many a bdy and obsequioM tear 
Hatb dear religioos lorę stolen irom minę eye^ 
As interest of the dead, which now appear 
But tbings removM, that biddett m thee.lie f 
Tbou art tbe grare where boried lorę dotb live^ 
Hung with the tropbies of my Io?en gopę, 
Who all tbeir parts of i»e to thee did give; 
That due of many now is thine akwe : 
Tbeir images I loT^d, I view in thee. 
And thon (all they) hast aU the all 9f me* 




h thou ntnriTe my wdl-cooteotcd day, 
'Wben thal churl Death my bonesi with dust sball 
Aiad sbalt by fortane once morę re-8urvey [coTer, 
Hiese poor rude Ihieg of thy deceased lorer, 
Cbmpare them with tbe betteiing of the time ; 
And though tbey be outstripp'd by every pen, 
Reserre them ibr my lo?e, not for their rhymę, 
Csceeded by the height of happier men* 
O tben Yoochsafe me bat this loYing .thoaght ! 
iład miffric7td's Mute grown ttith this growing ag€f 
A dearcr Hrth łhan łkis his iov€ had brought. 
To mart h in ranks of beiter eauipagt : 
Bari ńJK€ he died^ andpoets betterpnte, 
Tkeinfor their style I *Uread^ his for his iooe. 


¥vLL many a glorieus moming have I seen 
Fl^tt^ the mountain tops with^Yereigp eye, 
Kasina with goldeń (^e the ineadow| greep, . 
GAd|DgpS^ strea^s with h/aYe^iTly^aictiymy; 
itnoo petwal tfie b|t^ £loii<k tS^ide 
WiOi ifj^ rJck on his cel^tia] fi^e, 
And from the forlom world bi« visaffe hide, 
Stealil^ «Ms^ tK west with tUis dwgrace: 
£/A s6 i^ pinMe ekrlff ńfom i(d sniDe, 
IK^Oa alł tKimipiut spfendotir <ni i^y bfow ; 
Bot oat ! aiatk ! he waa bat one hour minę, 
The region clond hath mask*d him from me now. 
Yet him for this my love no whit disda^eth ; . 
Sans of uie world m^y Aain, wKen HeaTen*8 Sun 


Wbt dldat thoo promife soch a beaateoos day, 
Aod make me travel foith without my doak. 
To letlMse clouds o^ertake me in my way, 
Hiding thy bravery in their rotten tmoke ? 
T is nut enoagh tbat through the ckrad thou break. 
To dry the raiq on my ttorm^beaten lace, 
For no man wali ^ *B6h a salTe can tpeak, 
That beals toe woimd, and cures not the disgrace: 
Kor can thy shame gi^e physic to my grief $ 
Tboagh tboB repent, yet I have itillthe Iom : 
The QfieDder'8 sonrow lends but weak relief 
To him that bean the strong ofienoe^s cross. 
Ab I but those tears are pearl which thy lotesbods. 
And tbey ara rich, and rantom ałl ill deeds. 


Ko morę be grieT'd at that which thou hast dont 

Bose s haTe thonil, and silrer Ibontatns mud ; 

Ckmds and eclipses stain both Moon and Sun, 

And loAhtome canker Ures in sweetest bud* 

Ali men make iaults, and eren I iu this, 

Aothorizing thy trespass wiih compara, 

Jf yaelf oorrupting, saMng thy amiss, 

Eaeosing thy sins roore than thy sins aret 

For to thy sensoal fautt I briug in sense^ 

(Thy adTerae party jt thy ad^ocate) 

And 'gaiost myself a lawAil plea commenoc: 

Soch cirit war is in my Iotc and hate, 

Tbat I an acoeisary needs most be 

To that swtti thtflf, whicb sondy robs-fron^ m*. 


Lar me oonfess that we two must be twain, 

Although oor uadivided loves are one : 

80 sball those blots tbat do with me remain, 

Without thy tielp, by me he borne alone. 

In oor two loYes there is but one respect, 

Though in our lives a separable spite, 

Which thoogh it alter not love's siole effect, 

Yet doth it steai sweet hoars from lore^s delight. 

I may not eTermore acknuwledge thee, 

Lest my bewailed goilt should do tbee shama ; 

Nor thou with public kindness bonoor me» 

Unless thoo take that hoooor from thy name : 

But do not so ; I Iotc thee in such sort, 

As ^hoo beiag minę, raine is thy good report* 


As a decrepit fathcr takes delight 

To see his actire child do deeds of youth, 

So I,' madę lamę by Fortune*s dearest spite, 

Take all my comfurt of thy worth and tmth ; 

For whether beaoty, birth, or wealth, or wit, 

Or any of these all, or all, or morę, 

Entitled in thy parts do crowned sit, 

I make my love engrafted to this storę : 

So then I am not lamę, poor, nor despłs^d, 

Whiist tbat this sbadow doth such snbstance gire, 

Tbat I in thy abandance am suffic'd. 

And by a part of all thy glory live. 

txKjk what is best, that best I wish in thee ; 

This wish I haye ; then ten times happy me 1 


How can my Mose want snbject to inventy 

While thoo dost breathe, thatpoar'8t ioto my fena 

Thine own sweet argument, too escellent 

Por eyery Tulgar paper to rehearse ? 

Oh, give thyself the thanks, if aught in me 

Worthy perusal, stand against thy sight. 

For who *8 80 dumb that cannot write to thee^ 

When thou thyself dost give intention light ? 

Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times mora in worth 

Than t&ose old nine, which rbymen inTocate; 

AAd he that calk on thee, let him bring forth 

Etemal numbers to out-live long datę. 

If my siight Mose do please these curious days, 

The pain be miue, bot thine sball be the praise. 


O Bow thy worth with mamea may I sing^ 

When thou art all the better part of me ? 

What can minę own praise to minc own self bring ? 

And what is.>t but minę own, when I praise thee? 

ETen for this let us diTided Utc, 

And our dear love kise name of single one, 

That by this separation I may give 

That duc to thee, which thou desenr'st alone. 

O ab^ence, what a tonnent woald'rt thou prore, 

Werę it not thy sour leisure gave sweet lea^e - 

To entertain the time with tboughts of love, 

(Which time and tboughts so sweetly doth decei^e) 

And that thou teachest how to make one twain. 

By praifing him here, who doth hence remain. 




Takb all my loTes, my love, yea, take them all ; 
What hast thou tben morę than thou hadst befcMre ? 
No loTe, my love, that tboo may'st ^e loTe cali; 
All minę was thine, before thou badst tbia morę. 
Then if for my iove thoa my love receivest, 
I cannot blame tbee, for my love thou nsest ; 
But yet be blam'd, if thou tbyself deceivest 
By wilfiil taste of what thyself refasest. 
I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thiefS; 
Althou^ thou steal thee all my poverty ; 
And yet loTef knows, it ib a greater grief 
To bear loTe's wroogi than hate^a known injary. 
Łascivious f^race, in whom all iłl well shows, with spites ; yet we mast not be foes. 


Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits, 
When [ am sometime absent from thy heart, 
Thy beauty aod thy yeara fuli well biefits. 
For still temptation foliowa where thon art.^ 
Oentle thou art, and therefore to be won, 
Beauteous thou art, therefore to be asaailM ; 
And when a woman wooes, what woman's son 
Will sourly leave her till she have prevail'd ? 
Ah me ! but yet thou migbt*at, my aweet, forbear. 
And chide thy beauty and thy straying youtb, 
Who lead thee in their riot even theiST 
Where thoa art fbrc'd to break a two-fold tnith ; 
Her*8, by thy beauty tempting her to thee, 
Thine, by thy beauty being faiae to me. 


That thou hast her, it ia not all my grief, 
And yet tt may be aaid I lov'd her deariy ; 
That ahe hath tbee, ia of my wailing chief, 
A loaa in love that toachea me morę nearly. 
Loving offiendera, thna I will excuse ye:~^ 
Tbiyi dost love her, becauae thou know'st I Iove her ; 
Ańd for my sake eveń so doth she abuse me, 
Suffering my friend for my sake to approve her. 
If I lose thee, my loaa is my love*s gain. 
And losing jier, my firiend hath found that loss ; 
Both find each other, and I lose both twain, 
And both for my aake lay on me this cross : / 
But here 'a tbe joy ; my friend and I are one ; 
Sweet flattery ! — then ahe loves bot me alone. 


/.. / 


From limTts iar remote, wh^jre thou ddet atay. 
No mat^ ttuhi, althpugh my foot^dfd a^nd * 
tTjpGn tlfe furth^ eafrth remofr*d from tbee, , 
For niUble th^oght cap juińp J)o(h^ Ma and liind, 
Ai sooo aa toink tĆe pia^e where,he^oAd bey 
Bfut ah ! thought kilłs me,/tl&t 1 am n^thógght^ 
T^ Ijelap lailfe Wgtlu ot niiłes wtiip^thoą \xt gone^ 
But that, ao nnichA)^ eart|^ anń wa^ wronght, ^ 
Toiuat 9tt4i^ tim^ Wiaure with my moan ; 
lCceivinff nonght bor elen^ents ao alow 
But hiavy tAn, bEdgea of eithei'i W. 


Whbn most I wink, then do mtne eyes beat aee. 
For all the day they Tiew things unreapected ; 
Bat when I sleep, in dreama they )ook on thee, 
And darkfy bright, are bright in dark directed. 
Then thou, whose ahadow ahadowa doth make bright, 
How would thy 8badow's form form happy ahow 
To the elear day with thy much clearer Ught, 
When to unseelng eyes thy shade ahines aa ? 
How would (I say) minę eyea be bleased madę 
By looking on thee in the Hving day, 
When in dead tiight thy fair imperfiect abade 
Throagh heavy aleep on aightless eyea doth atay } 
All days are nighta to aee, till I see thee; [me. 
And nighta, bright daya, when drMima do show thee 


Ttaa other two, alight air and pui^ng fire, 

Are both with tbee, whererer I abide ; 

The firat my thought, the other my desire, 

These present-abaent with awift motion alide. 

For when theae ąuicker elements are gone ^ 

In tender embaaay of lo?e to thee. 

My life being madę of foar, with iwo akme, 

Sinks down to death, oppresa'd with melancholy ; 

Until life'8 compositiou be recured 

By thoae awift meaaengers retum*d from thee» 

Who eTcn but now come back again, assured 

Of thy fair healtb, recounting it to me : 

This told, I joy ; but then no longer glad, 

I aend them back again, and atraight go sad. 


MiKB eye mnd heart are at a moftal war, 

How to diTide the cott|nett of thy aight ; 

Minę eye my heart thy picture^ sight would bar» 

My heart minę eye the freedom of that right. 

My heart doth plead, that thou in him dost lie, 

(A cloeet nerer pien^d .with cryatal eyea) 

But tbe defondant doth that plea deny. 

And aaya in him thy fair appeaianoe lies. ' 

To 'cide this title is impaonelled 

A quest of thoaghts, all tenants to the heatt ; ' 

And by their verdict is deCermined 

The elear eye'8 moiety, and tbe dear heaft*s part : 

As thtta i minę eye's doe is thy outwaid pmt. 

And my haart^s right thy inwuii kura of beart. 


Bw w u T minę eye and heart a leagne is to6k« 
And each doth good tums now nnto ibe other; 
When that minę eye ia famtah'd for a look, 
Or heart in lorę with sighs himaelf doth amother, 
With my (oye^a picture then my eye doth feast, 
And to the painted banquet bids my heart : 
Another time minę eye is my heart'8 guest. 
And in his thougbts of lorę doth shace a part: 
So, either by thy picture or my lorę, 
Thyself away art preaent still with me ; 
For thou not further than my thongfats caast raore^ 
And I am still with them^ and they with thee ; 
Or if they sleep, thy pictare in my sight 
Awakes my bearf s and eye*8 delight. - 




nam cu«AU was I wImd I took mjmy, 

Each trifle oiider troot \mn to tbrusi, 

TiMt, to my Me, it mi^it omned ftiiy 

fmm lM«ds of &lMhood, ia sura wards of tnisi! 

Bot tlKm, to wboa my jewels trHkt are, 

MoiimMrtby oanafort, no« my greatMt gńef, 

TImm, beit of deafest, aad minę oaly care. 

Alt left the prey of evcry Yiilgar tbicf. 

Tbee iicpe | not lock'd up in any chert, 

Sive wbęm thoo art not, thoofb 1 fcel thoo art, 

Withia the gcotle dorare of my breast, 

ftom wfaeoDeatpleaeoietlion may*!! oomeaad part; 

Aad etcn tkieaee thoa wUt be ftdcn lfaar» 

For tnth pnnres thievish for a pfiie fo dear. 


AcAiMT «bat time» if ever thal time ooaae. 
Wben I ahall we tbee fioini oo my defeeti> 
Wbeaai tby bre batii eatt bii atmoit sam, 
Calfd to tbat audit by adris^d raipects, 
Agaioit tbat time, wben tbou tbatt stmogely pa8% 
Andacaicely greet me witb tbat son, thine eye, 
Wben lofe, cooverted Irom tbe tbing it was, 
Sball ToasoBB find of settled graWty, 
Afwimt tbat time do I ensconce me here 
Witbin tbe knowledge of minę owo deaert, 
iad tbń my band against myidf nptear, 
To gwaid tbe lawfal masoos on tby part : 
Ib leaw poor nie tbon bast tbe sttengtb of laws, 
flinee, wby to kwę, I can all^e no caose. 


So am. I as tbe ricb, wbose blessed key 
Gan bring bim to bis sweet i^nlocked treasnfe, 
Tbe wbicb be will not every bour sufrey, 
For bladting tbe flne point of seldora pleasate; 
Tberefore ara feasts so solemn and so rare, 
Sinoe seldom ooming, in tbe long year set» 
like Stones of wortb tbey tbinly plaeed are» 
Or captain jeweis in tbe carcaneL 
So is the time tbat keeps you, as my cbest, 
Or as tbe wardrobe wbicb tbe robę doth hide^ 
To make some special instant tpecjaUblesB^dy 
By new uafbiding bis impiison^d pride. 
Blessed are you, wbose wortbiness gires scope^ 
Being bad, to triompb, being lack'd» to hepe. 



Bow henry do I jonnwy on the way, 

Whco whni 1 seek, — ^my weary travers end,— 

Dotb teacb tbat ease and tbat npose to say» 

* Tbw fn tbe miles are measur^d łrom tby friend !' 

Tbe beast tbat bears me, tired wilb my woe, 

Pleds diilly on, to bear tbat weigbt in me, 

As if by some instinct tbe wretob did know 

His rider lov'd not speed, beiug madę from tbee: 

Tbe bloody qnir camot pn>v6ke bim on^ 

Tbat sometńnes aogcr throsta into bis bide^ 

Wbicb bcavily be aaswen with a groany 

Horę tbarp to me tban ^Mtnring to bis side ; 

for tbat same graan dotb pot tbis in my mind, 

My grief lies onwaid, and my joy bebind. 


What li yonr sobstuioe, wfasreaf ara yon made^ 
Tbat miliions of stranga shadows on yon tend } 
Since erery one batb, erary one, one sbade, 
And yoa, but one, can erery sbndow land. 
Describe Adonis, and tbe ooonfcerfiBit 
Is poorly imitoted afler yon; 
On Helen's ebeek all ait of beanty set» 
And yon in,6raoian tins ara pahited new : 
Speakof tbe spring, aodlbisonof tbe year I . 
Tbe one dotbihadow of yonr beauty show, 
Tbe otber as yonr boanty dotb appear. 
And yoa in every blessed sbape we know. 
In all esternal grace yau hsrro some part. 
But yoa like none^ nooe yon, fm constant baart* 


O BOW much mora dotb beauty beauteoos seeav 
By that sweet ornament which troth dotb gire 1 
Tbe rosę loolu fiur, but fsirer we it deem 
Por tbat sweet odour wbicb doth in it Htcw 
The canker-blooms baTe liiU as deep a dye 
As tbe peifomed tinctura of the rose^^ 
Hang on sucb thorns, and płay as wantonly 
Wben summer^sbreatb tbeir masked buds disolosets 
Bot, for tbeir rirtne ooly is tbeir show, 
Tbey IWe unwoo*d and unrespected fade ; 
Die to themseWes. Sweet roscs do bot so ; 
Of tbeir sweet deatbs ara swcetest odours madę : 
And so of you, beauteous and lovely youth» 
Wben tbat sball fode, my Terra di^b your tnith* 


Tms can my lorę eseora the slow oftnoe 
Of my dnll bearar, wben ftom tbee I speed; 
From where tbon art wby sboold Ibaste me tbence ? 
Till I retnm, of posting is no need. 
O, what csenw will my poor beast then find, 
Wben awilt estremity can seem bnt sk>w ? 
Tbcn shoaM I spor, thongb monnted on the wind ; 
In winged speed no motion sball I know : 
Tbcn can no borra with my desira keep pace ; 
Theraforo desire, of perfeet lora being madę, 
Shall neigb (no dnll flesb) in bis fi'ry race ; 
But lof e, for k>ra, tbus shall eicnsa my jadę $ 
Sinoe from tbee gotng ha went wiHnl slow, 
Towaidatfaee 1 'U raB» aad glralHB Icare to ga 


Nor maible, nor the gilded monuments 
Of princes, sball outlira tbis powerful rbyme i 
But you sball sbine mora brigbt in thera oontcata 
Tban nnswept stone, besmear'd witb slattisb timie. 
Wben wastef ul war sball statues oraitnrn^ 
And broib rool out tbe worfcs of masonry. 
Nor Mars his sword nor war's qnick fira shall boiB 
Tbe living record of yonr memory. 
*Qainit death and all-obliTious enmity 
Sballyoupacefoftb ; 
Eran in tbe eyes of all posterity 
That wear tbis world out to tbe en^teg doom* 
So till the jodgment that yourralf arise^ 
Yoa lira ki tl^ aaddwaU in Wrars^ eyes. 




SfrcBT tom, ftoeir thy force; be Jt not nid» 
Thy adg* shoold blnnter be than appetite^ 
Wbich but to dey by feeding k. aUey'd, 
To ipoprow sbarpcD^d in bis former migbt : 
So, lovĄ be tboy; altbough to day tbou fili 
Thy buDgiy eyest even tiU tbey wink with falDeH» 
To monom lee again, and do not kill 
The spirit of love w jtb a perpeteal dalneii. 
Let this tad inteńnn like tbe oeeao be 
Whicb parta the sbore» whera two oootiaoted«Beir 
CooiltKdjuly to tbe baoks, tbat» whcn ihey lee 
'Return of loYe^ morę bleseM may be the tiewc 
Or caJi it winter, whicb beiag foli of cara, [mrst 
Makes suiMier'* «elooq»etbn€e norę wi»hfd, mora 


Bnafo^yaar-tlOTefWhatalioidd I do bot tend 
ITpoiytlw bouri and tnrti ef yonr degira ł 
1 have,fio pracions time at all to spend, 
Nor Mnrioeą to do^ till yon reąoira. 
Nor dara I chide tbe norld-withent-end hoar, 
Wbibt I, my toreraigo, watcfaed the clook lor yoDi 
Kor tiiink tbe bitleroew ef abteace toan 
When yon hatpe bid yoor wr^aat onee adieu ; 
Nor dare I qiieitioD wHb my jealooa thougbt, 
Where fw may be» Or yoar aftiin seppese. 
Bot, like a oid sl«ve, etay and think <ił noaght, 
Sara, whera yoo ara ho« happy yon make tbora : 
So true a fbol ia love, that <n yomr will 
(TlM»Bh yott do «ny tbkig) be thinks no ilL 


TsAT Cod fbri>id, that madę me first yonr slare, 

I should tn thoaght contro] your times of pleasure» 

Or at your band the aocouot of hours to crave, 

Being ^onr vdsM), bound to stay your leisure ! 

Oh, let' me guffer (being at your beck) 

Th' impriflon'd abaence of your liberty, 

And patience, tamę to sufferance, btde each checic 

Włthout accusing you of injury. 

Be whera yon list ; your charter is sO strong, 

That yod yoorself may pnvilege your time : 

Bo what you wni» to yon it doth beloog 

Yonnelf to pardon of self-doing crime. 

I am to walt, though waitiog so be Heli ; 

Not blame your pleasure, be it ill or well. 



Lin as the watcs make towaids tbe pdb bl w l il M ii U 

So do oar minn|eB baslsn to their eod; 

Each changing plaee with that whicb goea bcfiire, 

In.secpient toH all Ibrwards dó conteBd. 

Nativłty onee in the^main of ligfat, 

Crawls to maturity, wherawith beiag crown^d, 

Crooked eclipaes 'gainst bis glory fi^t. 

And time that gave, doth now his gift coofimaii* 

Time doth transfiz the flonrisb set on yeatb» 

At)d deltes the paralieis in beanty^s brass ; 

Feeds on the raritiea of Batura^ tnithy 

And notbing staods bot lor bis seythe to mom* 

And yet» to tjmes io hope, my vene aball ateoA, 

Praising thy srattb, despite bis cnial band. 


h it thy.wiU, ttay image sbooU kee^opa - 

My heairy eyelida to the ^weary nigfat ? 

Dost thoo desira my sluoibers should be brafcew, 

Wbile shadows, like to thee, do mock my sight ł ' 

Is it thv spirit that thoo send^M fram thee 

So iar nom bome, into my deeds to piy ; 

To find oot shames aad idle hoors in me, 

The scope ood tenour of thy jealousy ł 

O no ! thy loTe, thongh modn is noirso gnmt ; 

It b my lora that keqpa minę eye awake; 

Mme own tnie loYe that doth my rast detet. 

To play the watchraan ever ibr diy sake : 

For thee wateh I, whibt tbou dost wake elaewkefv» 

From me fisr off» with othen all-too-near. 


U thera be noihbg oew, bot that, whicb is, 
Hath beeo befora, hosr ara oor braias begnil*d, 
Whicb labooring for intention bear emiss 
Tbe seorad buraen of a Ibrmer ehild ł 
O that reoecd coiild witb a backwaid looky 
£ren of fi^e bondrad ooorses of the Son, . 
Show oie yoor imafe in seme«atiqpie book, 
Since mind at fiist m chanoter was done 1 


Sin of self-lore possesseth all młne eye, 
And all my soni, and alt my eyery part ; 
And ier this sin thera is no remedy, 
' It is so grounded inward in my heatt. 
Methinks no face so g^cioos is as minę, 
No shape so true, no trath of soch account. 
And for mysełf mtne own worth do defitae, 
As I all other in all wortfas soMioont. 
But whcn my glass shows me myself indeed, 
'Bated and chopp>d with tan'd antiqnity, 
Mme own seIf-love quite contraryl read, 
Self so self-lo?ing were iniąnity. 
'T is thee^myself) that fór myself I praise, 
Painting my ^gt with beauty of thy days. 

That I migbt sise wbaltbeold worM ooold say 

Ta this compoaed wonder of yoor frame; 

Whether we ara mended, or wbe'r better they, 

Or whatber ra«ohidoQ be the saiiie» - 

O ! sura I am» the wita of ibrmer days 

Te sobjeolB wone iiaoa giv«* adańitef psaise. 


AoAmsT my lora sball be, os I am now, 

With Time^s injnrious hand eroshM aod oV 

Whcn hours have draiord his błood, and filM hia 

With lines and wrinkles; wbeu bis youthfol moro 

Hath traTelf d On to age's steepy night ; 

And all tbose beauties, wbereof sow he 'a king; 

Ara vanishing or raoishM oot of sigbt, 

Stealing away the treasora of his spring ; 

Por soch a time do I oow lortify 

Against ooolbonding age's eroel koile, 

That he sball oeeer out fram measory 

My Braet Iora*s beaoty, tfaoogb my kirar*s life. 

His beauty shoU in tbcse Maok lines beseen, 

And they shafł lira^ aod h» ia them atiU grasiu 

• » 





Won I bare rcd by Tuneli ftll Ikuid d«fiic*d 
The lich prood oott of out- wora Imry^d age ; 
Wken 96nmdtae lofty towen I see down-ras^d. 
And htwsB etemsl d*^ to mortal ragę ; 
Wheo I bmw^ seen the hungiy oceao gam 
idTantage on the kiogdom cf th^ shwe, 
Aad the llrm Mil wm of the wafry main, 
hamśhęc atore with less, and loae with ttore ; 
Whea 1 haae aeen soch interchange of itate, 
Oratetc HaeircoiiflbuBded to decay; 
Mb hacłi tatight me thos to rumiDate— 
IW time will come aa^ take my lorę away; 
Thii thn wg tit ia aa m deeth, whtch caoiiot chooae 
Sbł waep to ba^ that which it feait to loae. 


StMs bras, tior ttooe, nor earth;nor boimdlest sea, 

8at «d mortafity o'er-away8 their power, 

Btm with thia ragę ahall beanty hoM a ptea, 

^VkoM action ia no strooger than a flower ? 

O baw sball Snmmer^a honey breatb hołd out 

Agtiost the wreckfal ńege of battering days, 

When focks impregnable are not 90 stout, 

Mar gates of ateel ao strong, but Trme decays ? 

OfeaifiiliaediUtion ! wfaere^ alack ! 

Aall 'nme>s bert jewel fnm Time'> chest Ue bid ? 

Cr wfaat atroDg band can hołd his swift foot back? 

Orwho faia apoil óf beanty can Ibibid ? 

O aoaey ooJeaa thia miracle have might» 

IM in bbcfc ink my love may stUl shine brigbt. 


T9'd with aJI ISbeat, far rtUtfal death i ery,— 

is, tobdmid daeft a beggar bom, 

Aad needy notłńng trimM hi jolHfy, 

Aad piireat laith nnbappily fEMnwoni, 

MA gildad hoMar thamefally misplai^d, 

iad maideii Tirtne rwdely strampcted, 

iid ńgbfc ii er i be tton wrohgfaily difgnieM» 

iad ftmgtfa by Hnping sway diaabled, 

iad art madę t^ngne-tj^d by anthority, 

iad ifaUy (dQclor4ik6) eontroling tkiil, 

ind Mple trath mlMalfd limplicity, 

iod capti^e Qood attending eaptam III : 

1Vd wiih all thaM^ from theae wmild I be gnne, 

i^Te that, to die» I taave my h>ve alooe. 


ia! wherefere with infectkai aboald be li^e^ 
iad with his prCMoce grace impiety,' 
That aa by him adrantage aboold achieve, 
iad laee itaelf with his sooiety } 
Wky ihoDld &1m pamtinf imitate his eheek, 
iadsteal dead aeeiag of his tiTing hue ? 
Wby ihould poor beiuity iadifeetly seek 
Bm of dmdow, Ance his foae is trna ? 
Why tboald be ll^e now Natura baokropl is, 
BWtt>d of blood to blush thraugh Uto^ feios ? 
for the hath no eacheąner now bnt his^ 
iad pnmd of many. Iivea npoa bis gaina. 
O, Um ahe storas, to show whst weahh she had, 
In dafi hmg Since, belbre tbtaa hst SQ bad. 


Taua is his cheek the map of days ontwom, 
When beauty liv'd aod died as flowers do now^ 
Before these bastard signs of iux wera bornep 
Or dorst inbabit oą a living hitnr ; 
Befora the golden trasses of the dead^ 
Tbe right of sepolchres, were shom away» 
To liTe a second life on seeood h^. 
Ero beauty's dead fleece madę anotber gay t 
In bim those hoły aotk|ae hoars are saan» 
Withoot all ornamenty itself, and tjnie» 
Making na summer of aaother^a graen, 
Bobbiag no old to dress his beauty new | 
And him as for a map doth naturę stora. 
To show &lse art what beanty was of yoie. 


Ttaota parts of thee that the world's eye doth fiew« 
Want notbiog that the thongbt of faearts can msQd>: 
Ąll tongues (the voiceof sools) gi^e tbee that dua^ 
tTttering bara truth* e?en so^ as foes oommend. 
Tby ontward thos with outward praise is crownM i 
Bot thosesane tongues that give theaso tbina owa, 
In other acoenta do this praise coofooad. 
By aeeing forther than the eye hath ahown. 
They look into the beauty of thy mind. 
And that, in fU€9«^ they measura by thy daedt; 
Theo (cfaurls) their tbougbts^ althoią^ their eyca 

To thy (kir flower add the rank smell of waedsi 
Bnt why thy odoor matoheth not tby show, 
The soWe is this, — ^that thou dost combaon^^row. 


TkAT thou art bbun'd shaU not bo thy dafect, 
^or siander*s mark was eter yet the lUr ; 
The crnameot of beauty is suspeot, 
A crow that flies in Baaven's sweetest aiei 
So thou be good, slaadeir dotb bat apprare 
Thy worth the greater, boiog waoi^d of timei 
For canker Tice the sweetest bodsdotb kira^ 
And thou presflot*st a pora uastainsd prioMb 
Tboo hast paasM by the ambush of youi^ day% 
Either not assail^d* or Tietor bcing obaig^d ^ 
Yet this thy praise eannot be so thy praias^ 
To tie up eoTy, evermora enlarg'd : 
If some suspect of ill niask'd net thy show, 
Theo thou alooe kingdoms of baarta shooldlrt ow% 



Ko lodger okoarn for me when I aa daad» 
Than you shall faear tbe suriy snllen beli 
6ive warning to the world that I am fled 
From thb Tile worid, with Tilast woms to dwati \ 
tivy, if you read thia lina, ramember^MA 
The band that writ it ; for I love you se^ 
That I in yoor sweet thougbts would be foigot, 
If thinldng on me then shoold make you woot 
O if , I say , you look npoo this Terse, 
When I perbaps com p o o oded am with alay, 
00 not so moch as my poor name rebeaiao^ 
But let yoor lora eren with my lifo decay : . 
Łsst the wise worid shoold look into yoor iilBi% 
And mock you with ma after I aa gąneC 






O, uupt tbe worid should task yoa to recite 
What ment liv*d id me, tbat you should lorę 
After my aeath, dear lorę, ibrget me quite^ 
For yoa io me can Dothing worthy prove ; 
Unless yoa woald derise some virtaoat lie, 
To do morę for me thaD minę own desert, 
And hang morę praise upon deceaaed I» 
lliao niggard tnith would willingly tmpart: 
O, lest your tnie Iotc may teem Mae in tbis, 
That yoa for loTe speak well of me antme. 
My name be buried wfaere my body is, 
And liTe no morę to sbame nor me nor yoa. 
For I am flham*d by that fpbich I briog fortfa, 
And 10 ihoald yoo, to lo^e things nothjng wortb. 


That time of year thou may^st in me beboM 
When yeilow leares, or oone, or fow, do hang 
Upon tbow bonght wbtch sfaake against the coU, 
Barę niin'd cboirs, wbere iate tbe tweet birdi sang. 
In me' thou Beett the twiłight of fach day, 
As after san-set fadeth in the west, 
Which by and by Mack nigbt doth take away, 
Death'8 secood setf, tbat seals up all in rest 
In me thoo seett the glowing of sach fire, 
That on tbe ashes of his yoath doth lie, 
As tbe death-bed whereon it most espire, 
CoDtam'd with that which it was noarish'd by. 
This thou peroeiT'sty which maket thy lore morę 

To loTo tbat weli which tfaon most leaTe ere long. 


Btrr be contented ': when that fell arrest 
Withoot all haił ahall carry me away, 
My iife hath in this linę some hiterót, 
'Which for memoriał still whh thee shall stay. 
When thoo ■e vie w c 8t this, thoa dost review. 
The very part was consecrate to thee. 
Tbe earth oan have but eartb, whicb is bis due ; 
My spiiit is tbtne, tbe botter part of me; 
So then thoa hast bat łost the dregs of Kfe, 
Thc prey of worras, my body being dead ; 
The coward oonąnest of a wretch'8 knife, 
Tbo base of thee to be remembefffed. 
Tbe wortb of that» is that which it cootaina, 
And that thia is, and this wtth thee temains. 


Winr is my ^erse so barren of new prida ł 

So for from yariation or quick change ? 

Why, with the time, do I not glance aside 

To new>found methods and tooompounds strsiige ? 

Why wńte I still all one, e^er tbe same. 

And kecp invention io a-noted weed, 

That erery word doth almost tell my name, 

Showing tbeir birth, and wbere tbey did 

O know, sweet love, I always write of you. 

And you and love ace still my argument ; 

So al) my best is dressing old words new, 

Speodiog again what is aJready spent: 

Por as the Sun is daily new and old, 

So is my Ioto still tellipg what is told. 


Tar glasf will .show thee how thy beaoties wear, 
Thy dial how thy precious minutes waste ; 
Tbe vacant leaTCS tby mind's impńnt will bear. 
And df tbis book this leaming may*8t thou taste. 
The wrinkles which thy glass will truły show^ 
Of mouthed grałeś will gire thee memory ; 
Thou by thy dial'8 shady stealth may'8t know 
Time'8 thierish progress to eternity. 
Look, what thy memory cannot oootain, 
Commit to these waste blanks, and thou sbalt BdA 
Those children nursM, detiver'd from thy brain* 
To take a new acquaintance of thy mind, 
These offices, so soft as thou wilt look, 
Shall profit Uiee, and much enrich thy book. 


So are 3roa to my tboughts, as food to Iife, 

Or as 8weatrS«i8en*d showem aie to the ground ; 

And for the peaoe of you I bold sncb shrife 

As 'twixt a miser and his weakh is fouad ; 

Now prond as an enjoyer, and anon 

Doubting the fltcbing age will steal his treaaure ; 

Now connting best to be with you aibne, 

Tben better^d tbat the world may see my pleasure: 

Sometime^ all foli witb foasting on yoar sight. 

And by and by clean starred for a look ; 

Possessing or pursoing no delight, 

SąTe what is had or must from yon be took. 

Tlius do I pine and surfoit day by day, 

Or glottotaing on all, or all away. ' 

SONNET Lxxviii. 

So oft have I inrokM thee for my Mow, 

And found such foir assistance in my Yerse^ 

As e?ery alien pen hath got my ase» 

And onder thee tbeir poesy dispene. 

Itiine eyesb that uoght the domb on bigh to aiiągr» 

And beary ignorance aloft Co fly, 

HaTc added fcathen to tbe leavned's wing. 

And given grace a double majeaty. 

Yet be most proud of tbat wluch I cootipile, 

Whose influence is tbine, and bom of thee. 

In others* works thoa doet but mend tbe style^ 

And arts with thy sweet graces grmoed be ; 

fiut thoo art all my art, and dost adyanee 

Aa bigh as leaming my rude ignorance. 


WaiŁST I alooe did cali upon thy aid, . 
My rcrse alone had all thy gentle grace ; 
But now my gracioas numbers are decay*d. 
And my sick Mnse dotli gire another place. 
I grant, sweet lorę, thjr ]ovely argument 
Desenrat the trarail of a worthier pen ; 
YK what of thee thy poet aoth iuTent, 
He robs thee of, and pajrs it thee agahi. 
He lends thee Tirtue, and he stole that word 
Prom thy behaYiour; beauty doth he gite. 
And foond it in tby check ; he can afford 
No praise to thee but what in thee doth live. 
Tben thank htm not for that whicih he doth sar, 
Since what be owes thee thoa thyself dost pay.' 




Oirow I fidnt when 1 of you do write, 
Knowing % better spirit doth use yoar name, 
Aad ia tłie praise thereof spends all hb migbt. 
To make me toogue-ty'd, speaking of yoar faue ! 
Bot ańice yoar wortfa (wide, as Łhe ocean is) 
The hamble as tbe proudćst sul doib bear. 
My saucy bark, ioferior for to his, 
<ki your broad mam dotb wiliiilly appear. 
Yoar rikalkmest help will hołd vae ap afloat, 
Whibt be opoo yoar soaodless deep doth ride ; 
Or, being wreck'd, I am a worthless boat, 
He of tali baildiof, and of goodly pride: 
Tiken if he tbrive, and I be cast away, 

was this ; — ^my 1ove was my decay. 


Oa I shall lirę yoar epitaph to make, 
Or you sunriTe when I in earth am rottan; 
Fiąm beoce yoar memory death cannoi take, 
Althoagh in me each part will be forgotten. 
Yoar aame lirom heoce immortal life shall hare, 
Thoogh I, ooce gone, to all the worid most die. 
The earth can yield me bot a oommoo grare, 
When yoQ entombed m mea's eyes shall lie. 
Yoar monument shall be my goitle rene^ 
Which eyes not yet created shall o*er-iead ; 
Aad toogoes to be, yoar being shall rehearse, 
Wben all the breathenof this world are dcad; 
Yoa s^Il shall live (sach nrtue hath my pen) 
Where breath most breatbes,— even in the mooths 
of men^ 


I oajurr tboa wert not marrted to my Mose, 
Aad tberefore may'st withoat attatnro'eriook 
The dedicated woids which writers nse 
Of their lair sabject, Ueming every book. 
Tbon art as Aur in knowledge as in hoe, 
Pinding thy worth a limit past my praise ; 
And therelbre art enfbrc'd to seek anew 
Some fresher stamp of the time-bettering days. 
And do so, love ^ yet when they haTC deris^d 
What strained tonches rbetoric can lend, 
Tlam tmly fiur wert tmly sympatibiz'd 
la tme plam woids, by thy trae-telliog iriend ; 
Aad their gniss painting migfat be better tts*d 
Where cheeks need blood ; in thee it is abus'd. 


I nraa aaw Hiat yon did painting need. 

And therefore to your ikir no painting set 

I (b«nd» ortbooght 1 fbund, yoo did eaoeed 

The barren tender of a poet*s debt: 

And the cel bre ha?e I slept in your report. 

Utai yoo yoonelf, being estant, wdl mi^t show 

How lir a modem ąuill doth come too sfaort, 

Speaking of worlli, what worth in yoo doth grow. 

Ilńs sifamee finr my sin yoo did impote, 

Which sball be most my giory, bemg dumb ; 

For I impair not beanty behig matę, 

When others wooM giTe IMe, and bring a tomb. 

Thsir iiYea Bore life m one of yoor fiur eyes^ 

Itas boih yoar poetf can in piaise dettoa. 


Who is it that says most ? which can my morę, 

Than this rich praise,— that yoa alone are you? 

In whose conflne immnred is the storę 

Which shoold esample where your equal grew. 

Lsan penory within that pen doth dwell, 

That to his subject lends not some smali glory ; 

Bot he that writes of you, if he can tell 

That yoa are yoo, so dignifies his story, 

Łet him bat copy wbat in yoa is writ. 

Not making wone what naturę madę so dear. 

And sucb a counterpart shall famę his wit, 

Making łys style admired ereiy where. 

You to your boonteons blessings add a corse, 

Being fimd en praise^ which makes yoar praiscs 


Mt toague-ty*d Mnse m maoners holds her still, 
While comments of your praise, richly compiPd, 
Reserre their character with golden quiil. 
And precious phrase by all the Mases filM. 
I think good thooghts, while others write good words^ 
And, łike unletter^d clerk, stilł ery Arnem 
To erery hsrmn that able q>irit aflbfds, 
In poUshM form of weH-redned pen. 
Heariog yoo prais'd, I say, 7 it lo, 'I is true^ 
And to the most of praise add something morę; 
Bat that is in my thoaght, whose lov6 to you, 
Thoogh words come bind-most, holds his rank before. 
Then otbera for the breath of words raspect. 
Me for my damb thoughts, speaking in effect. 


Was it the proud fuli sail of his great Terse, 
Boond for the piize of all-too-precious yoo, * 
That did my ripe thoughts in my bratn inhearse, 
Making theur tomb the womb wherein they grew } 
Was it hb spirit, by spirits tanght to write 
Above a mortal pitch, that stnick me dead ? 
No^ neither he, nor bis comp^era by night 
Giring him aid, my Terse astonbbed. 
He, nor that affsble familiar gbost 
Which nigbtly guUs him with inteUtgoice, 
As yictors, of mv sileoce cannot boast; 
I was not sick or any fear ftom thence. 
Bot when yoor countenance fiird up hb Koe, 
Then lack*d I matter ; that enfeebled mioe. 


FAftiwsŁŁ ! thoo ait too dear for my posscasjng. 
And like enoogh thoo know*st thy estimate: 
The charter of thy worth gi^es theć rdeasiog ; 
My bonds in thee'are all determinate. 
For how do I hołd thee bot by tbv granting ? 
And for that riches where is my desenring ? 
The canse of thb &ir gift in me b wantmg. 
And 80 my patent back again b swenring. 
Thyself thoo gar^st, thy own worth then not knowiiw, 
Or me, to whom tbou gaT'st it, else mistaking; 
So thy great gHt, upon mbprision growing, 
Oomes home again, on better jodgment makiog, 
Thos hoTe I bad thee, as a dieam doth flatter, 
In deep a king, but waUng, no soch ]ikatter« 



SONK£T tKJOiym. 

Wbem tbou shalt be dń|KM'd to set no light. 

And place taj merit in the eye of Boon^ 

UpoD thy side agaiosŁ mjraelf I 'U figbt. 

And pronre tbee v]|tuoas, thoogh Ukni art f o ww oro. 

Witb minę own weakness betog beit ^^^^^w^f^i 

Upoo tby part I can set down a litory 

O^fiinlU coBceard* «berein I am attainted; 

Tbat Łhoa, in losing ine» tball win mocb glory : 

And I by tbis will be a gainer ioo; 

For beadiąg all my loviog tbougbU on thee, 

Tbe injuńes that to myself I do» 

Doing tbee Taatage, doQble-vantage mOi 

Sucb i« my lo^e, to tbee 1 80 bełong, 

That for tjiy nght myielf will bear all wroog; 


SfT thst tbon didst fomke me for aome fiuil^ 

And I will eommeot opon tbat ^fiaice: 

Bpeak of my lameness, and I straight will balt ; 

Against tby reaaons making no defenre. 

Tbou canst not, )ove, dhgrace me half so ill, 

To wt a form opon deiired change, 

As I '11 myielf ditgrace : -knowing thy will, 

I will acquaintance itrangle, and Took strange ; 

Be absent firom tby walks ; and in my tongue 

Thy 8weet-beloved name no morę sball dwell ; 

Łest I (too mocb profane) sboiild do 'ń wrong, 

And haply of our old aoqoaiotance tell. 

For tbee, against myself I 'U tow debatę. 

For I must ne*er loTe him whom tbou dost hate. 


Thsn hate me wben tbon wilt^ if ever, now; 

Kow wbile tbe wcrld is bent my deeds to cross, 

Join with tbe spite of fortunę, make me bow. 

And do not drop in for an after-loss; 

Ah ! do not, when my beart hath Bcap*d tbis sorrow, 

Come in the rearward of a coDqaer*d woe ; 

GiTe not a windy ni^t a rainy morrow. 

To liuger oat a purpSe'd orertbrow. 

}f tbou wilt leave me, do not lea^e me last, 

Wben otW petty grie& bave done tbeir spitt» 

But in the onset come ; so ihall I taste 

At first the very worst of Fortnne's might ; 

And otber strains of woe, which now seem woe, 

Compar^d with loss of thee, will not seem to. ' 


Bom glory in tbeir birth, wo^ in tfaair akii], 
Some in tbeir wealth, some in tbeir body^s force ; 
Some in their garments, tbough new-&ngW iii, 
Some in their hawks and bonnds, some in their horw j 
And erery bomour^ hath his adjimct pleasure^ 
Wherein it finds a joy abore tbe ref. j 
But these particolars are not my meatare^. 
All these I bettei in one generał best. 
Thy lorę is better than high birth to me, 
Eieber tban weahh, prooder than garments' cost, 
Of morę delight tHan hawks or bories be ; 
And bftving thee, of all n^en^s pride I boa«t. 
Wretehed in tbis alone, that thoo may*st take 
All Ihfs away, and me most wretehed make. 

conKST xat 

Bot do thy worst to steal thyself away* 

For term of Ufo tbou art aasuired mines 

And life do longer than thy love will stay» 

For it dq»eDd8 upoo that lorę of thine. 

Then need I n6t to fear tbe wont of wroags» 

When in the least of them my lifii hath ead* 

I see a better stateto me belongi 

Tban tbat which on tby bumour doth depeod* 

Tbon canst not vex me with incoMtant iBLiod* 

Since that my life on thy lerolt doth lU. 

O what a happy title do I fiod. 

Happy to hare tby knre, happy to die ! 

Bnt what ^s so blessed-fcir that fean no bloi?— 

Tbo« iiiay*st be fldse, aad y et I kaow it not : 


80 sball I li?e^ sappoting thoo art trtw, . 

Like a daoeivad fauBband) so lore^s foce- 

May itUl Mem liif« ta me, tfaoagh alter^-iiev^ 

Tby looks with me^ thy heart in other plaoci 

For then can Uve no hatred in thine eye, 

Therefote in tbat I cannot know thy ehmoge^- 

In many kraks tbe fobe heart*s hśftory 

Is writ, in moods and lirowns and writfklet atiwife, 

Bnt HeaTen in thy creation did decraa, 

That in tby fooe awoat kyve should eter dwrii ; 

Wbate'er tby thooghts or thy heart^s wmkiogs be^ 

Thy kioks shoald nothingthenoe but sweetneestell, 

How like £re*s appla doCh thy beaaty grow, 

If thy sweet Tictne answer not tby show ! 


mor that ha^e power to burt and will do non^ 
ITbat do not do the tbing they most do show, 
'Who, moTing others, are themselyes as stooe^ 
Unmored, cold, and to temptation slow ; 
They rigbtly do inhertt Heaven^ graoes, 
And husband Natare's ri^hes from CKpense ; 
They ai^ tbe lords and owners of tbeir &oes» 
Others bnt stewaids of their eacelleoce. 
The summer^s 4lower is to the sommer sweet, 
Tbough to itself it only live and die ; 
Bnt if ibat flower with base infoction mee^ 
Tbe basest weed oot-braTes Im* dignity : 
For sweetest tbings tum sourest by tbeir deeds ; 
lilies that fester, spiell for worse tban weeda. 


How iweet and lorely dost tbon make tbe 
Which, like a cabker in the fragrant rasę, 
Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name ? 
O, m what sweets dost tbou thy siat eaolose 1 
That tongne that teUs the story of thy daya, 
Making lascirious oomments on thy mrt, 
Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise ; 
Nammg tby name blesses an ill report 
O what a mansloo bave those ińodB got* 
Which for tbeir habitatión chose out tbee ! 
Where beauty VTeil doth cover every .Uot, 
And all thioga tura to foir, tbat eyay óao see ! 
Take beed,.dear heąrt, of tbis larga priTilege; 
Tbe hkrdcst k^ife UI-u»d 4oUi lose his edge. 








Sdmi My fby fiudt H yootb, some wuńnaoimt 

SDoie ny- tiiy gnee m yooth and fwUe iparts 

BoUi gmeeand fkahi we to^^d of moie an) len : 

TIkw ■isk*«t IbiiHs gnees tbat to thee resort 

is ea Cbe Aoger of a thmied qiieeD 

Tbe baaeft jewel wfll be well ertaeai'd; 

80 aie thoR erimin that in thee anp ńeli, 

Ib trallia traiHiatad, and lor lnie thingi deeai*d. 

Hoe many lainbe nifbt the ttein wolf betiay, 

If like a kaib he cooM his lookt translate ! 

Bont many gazeti niFhfst thou lead away, 

If thoa VDiiid%t lue Che ttrength of all thy sUte! 

But do not to; I Iove thee ia mcb lort, 

if tboo bciog nmey miiie it tliygood #cport. 


Hev like a winter hath my absence been 
Fnnn thee, the pleasare or tfae fleetmg year? 
Wbat freesings bave I felt, what dark days seen ? 
Wbat old Deoember^ bareoess.erery where ! 
Aad y«t this time reinov'd was surainer*8 time ; 
Ute teeming auŁumn, big witb ricb inerease, 
Bearing the wanton burden of the prinie, 
Ifte vidow'd wombs after their Ibitls' decease : 
Yet thif abundant israe 9eem*d to me 
BuC bope of oirpbans, and mifidher^d fralt ; 
Ibr SBBimer and his pleasnres wait od thee, 
Aad thoa away, the Tery birds are mute ; 
Or, if tbey sing, 't is with so dali a cheer, 
Tliat leaTes look pale, dreadiog the winter's near. 


Ttam JWL have I been absent m Łhe spring, ^ 

HHiea prood-pied April, dres8'd in alf his trim, 

Hath pat a spirit of youth in etery throg ; 

That heary Satnm langhM and lespM with him. 

Yet nor tfaie lays of birds, nor the sweet smeli 

Of difierent fiowers In odoar and tn hue, 

Coold make me any snmmei^s story tell, 

Orfrom their proad lap pluck them where they grew: 

Nór did I wonder at the lifies wbite. 

Ner praise the 4^^ rennilion in the rosę ; 

Tbey were bot sweet, but figores of delight, 

Drawa afteryoB, you pattem of all those. 

Yet seem*d it wfaiter still, and, yoa away, 

k^ with your sbadow I with these did play. 


Tn fBTward Tiolet thds did I chide ;-^ [imelli^ 
Hweet thief, wbence didst tłum steal thy sweet tbal 
Ifnotfirommy loYe^sbreath? Hie porple pńde 
Wbich on thy soft cheek for complesion dwelk, 
hk my lose^s Teros thou hast too groniy dy^d. 
The Jiły I ooodenmed iat thy hand, 
And bods of maijoram had stolen thy hahr : 
The rosef fearfolly on tfionis did stand. 
One bloshing i3iame, atoother wUte despatr; 
A third, nor red nor wbite, had ftplen of both, 
Aad to his rabbery faad amocM thy breath ; 
Bot ibr hb tfaeft, in pride of all his giowth 
A Yengefnl canker eat htm op to death. 
Ifbre floweis I noted, yet I nqne eoald see. 
Bot saMto^ ookNir it bod ftoloi from thee. 


Whiib ait thon, Moae^ tbat thoa forget*st so k)Dg 
To speak of that whicb gives thee ad thy might ? 
Spend^st tboa thy fury on same worthless song, 
Bartening thy power, to lend base sobjects light? 
Retom; Ibrgetf ul Mnse, and straight redeem 
In gentle numbers time so idiy spent ; 
Sing to tfae ear that doth thy lays esteem. 
And gives thy pen bóth skili and argument. 
Rise, re8tave Mose, my love'8 sweet feoe sorrey, 
If Time ha?e any wrinUe graren there; 
If any, be a satire to decay. 
And make Time*s spoils despised erery where. 
GiTo my lote fisme futer tłńa Time wastes life ; 
So tiioa prevenf st hb scytfae, and crookcd 


O imuAMT Masa, what sball be thy amends. 
For thy neglect of truth in beaaty dy*d ł 
Both trath and beauty 00 my Iovb depends ; 
So dost thoa too^ and tberein dignifyd. 
Make answer, Sf oset wilt thoo not haply say, 
Trutk needt no atlour, wiih hit colourJU^dt 
Beauty nopeneti, beauty' t truth to lay: 
But but u bettj ifneoer intermix*d f— 
Because he needt no praise, wilt thoa be dumb ? 
Exea9 not sikoce so ; for it lies in thee 
To make him much oatliTe a gilded tomb^ 
And to be prais'd of agcs yet to be. 
Then do thy offiee, Mose; I teach thee how 
To make hUn seem long baDoaas be thowi śom* 


Mt lorę is straHgtbeB'd, thoagh morę weakin 
I iore not less, tbongb leas tbe show a{qpear; [in|^ 
Hiat lorę is meicbandis*d, wboee rich esteenńng 
The 6wner*s tongue doth pnblish er*ry where; 
Oor love was new, aad tben bot m the spring, 
When I was wont to greet it with my lays; 
As Philomel in sammer*a front doth sing', 
And stops bis pipę fal growtb of riper days: 
Not that the sammer is less pleasant now 
Than when hermounful bymns did hosh the ntght. 
Bat tbat wild masie burdeos eT*ry boagh, 
And sweets grown oommon lose their dear delight. 
Therefore, like ber, I sometime hdld my tongue, 
Beeaosą I woold M>t duli you 'with my soqg. 


Ałack ! what poveity my Matę bnngi fbttb, 
That having fuch a scope to show ber pride^ 
The argument, all baie, is of morę wortb, 
Than when it hath my added praise beside. 
O blaoM me not if I no moie can write I 
Look in yoor f^ass, and there a|ipears a ibce 
That o?er-goes my blunt iuTention qaite, 
Dalltng my tines, and doing me disgracc 
Were it not sinfiil tben, stri^ing to mend, 
To nmr the aalgeet that before was well ? 
For to no other pass my Terses tend, 
Than of yoar graces and your giftt to tell; 
And more^ mach more^ than in my Terte can sit, 
Your own glaii thowt yoa, wh«B you look In iL 




TJo DM, fair friend, you iiever caa be old, 
Itor as you were, when first your eye I ey^ó^ 
Such leems your bęauty atiU. Three winten coid 
Have from tbe forestsshook three summen' pride; 
Three beauteons springs to yellow autumn Uini'd, 
In procesf of Łhe seasons have I seen» 
Three April perfumes in three hot Junes bum'd, 
Since first I saw you fresb wbich yet are green* 
Ah ! yet duth b^uty, like a dial haod, 
Steal from his figurę, and no pace perceiv'd, 
So your sweet hue, which methinks stiU doth stand, 
Hath motion, and minę eye may be depeiv'd. 
For iear of which, h^r tbis, thou age unbred, 
Ere you weis bom was beauty*s sumnwr dead. 



Łrr not my love be caU*d idolatry. 
Nor my beloyed as an idle show, 
Since all alike my songs and pnises be. 
To one, of one,'«tiU such, aad eyer so. 
Kind is my lQve to day, to morrow kind, 
Still constant in a woodrous exoellence; 
Therefore my verae to ooostąncy confin'd. 
One thing ezprasing, lea^es out di^Senenos. 
Fair, kind, and tras, is all my aigument, 
^air, kind, aad true, Tarying to other words } 
And in thia change is my iavention spenC, 
Three tbemes in one, which wondronsaoope affoids. 
Fair, kind, and true, haye often liyVi akmey 
M^hich three, till iii>w, never kepi seat in oofB. 


Wum in the duonicle of wasted tinw 
}. see descriptions of the ifirest wigbts, 
And beauty making beautifnl old rfayme, 
In praise of ladies dead, and lovdy ^ightt, 
Then in the blazon of sweet beauty's bnt« 
Of band, of foot, of lip, of eye, of brow, . 
I see tbeir antiqne pen would bave express'd 
ETen soch a beauty ap you master now. 
So all tbeir praiaes are bot propbedef 
Pf this onr time, ali you prefiguring; 
And, for they look*d but with disrining eyes, 
They faad not skill eooogh y^ur worth to singt 
For wci^ which now bebold these present days, 
HkTe eyes to wonder, but laok tongnea to praife* 

SO>fNET ovin. 

What *k in the brain that ink nay characier, 
Wbich hath not figur'd to thee my true spińt ł 
What *s new to speakt what new to register, 
That may eipress my loye, or thy dear merit ? 
Nothing, sweet boy ; but yet, like prayen diTine, 
I must each day say o'er tbe Tery same $ 
Counting no old thing old, thou minę, I thine» 
Efen as when first i hallow'd thy fair name. . , 
So that etemal love in k>ve's fresh case 
Weighs not the dust and injury of age, 
Nor gives to neoessary wriidcles pla<w. 
But makes antiquity for aye his page; 
Finding the firrt cooceit of k>ve tbere bred, 
Where time and outward form would show iŁ dead. 


Kot mioe own fean, nor the prophetie sopl 
Of the wide world dreaming on things to come^ 
Can yet the lease of my true loye control, 
SupposM as forfeit to ą, confin*d dpom. 
The oiortal Mocn hath |ier eciipee enduHd, 
And tbe sadi augurs moc\L tbeir own presage | 
fnoertainties now crown themselyes assur^d. 
And peace proclaims oiives of endless age. 
Now with the drops of this most balmy titfie 
My loTe looks frah, and Death to me sabscribef» 
SiBce spite ofhim I 'U live in this poor rhyme, , 
While heinsults o^er duli and speechless tribes. 
And thou in this shalt find thy monument, . 
y^hf/k tyiants' crcsts and tombs of brats are^spent. 


O mm say that I was faise of beart, 
Though absence seem'd my flame to qua]ify» 
As easy migbt I from myself depart, 
As firom my soul which in thy breast doth lia: 
That is my borne of lorę : if I have rang^d, 
Like him that travels, I return again ; 
Jnst to the time, no( with the time eschangM,- 
So that myself bring water for my stain* 
Ne^er bęlieve, tłiough in my naturę reign*d 
AU frailties that besiege all kinds of blood, 
That it could so preposteroosly be stBin*d« 
To leavei for nothing all thy sum of good; 
I^MT pothing this wide uniTei«e I cali, 
^▼e thou, my roie; in it thon art piy alt 



AiASf 't is tn^e, I ha¥e gone berę and tiiene. 
And madę myself a motley to tbe Tiew, {di 
Gor^l minę own thoughts, sold cheap what is most 
Madę old offences of afiections new. 
Most true it is, that I ba^e ]ook*d on truth 
Askance and strangely $ but, by all aboTC, 
These blenches gave my heart another youtb* 
And worse essajni pro7'd thee my best of loveb 
Now aU is done, save what shall have no end : 
Minę appetite I neTcr morę will grind 
On newer piuof, to try an older fiiend, 
A god in loFCt to wboni 1 am confin'd. 
Then giye me welpome, next n^y Heaven the be&t, 
E^en to thy pure and most mobt lovuig breast. 


O poft my sake do you with fortunę chide, 
The gnilty goddess of my harmful deeds» 
That did not better for my life provide, 
lliiui public means, which public manners breeds. 
Thenoe comes it tłńt my name receives a brand. 
And almcMt thence my naturę is subdu'd 
To what it works in, like the dyer's band. 
Pity me theii» and wish I were renew'd; 
Whilst, like a willing patient, I will drink 
Fotions of «3re8ell, 'gainst my strong infection ; 
No bittemess that I wili bitter thiii. 
Nor double penanoa to correct correction. 
Pity me then, dear fńend, and f assure ye^ 
Even that your pity U enough to cure me. 




Yoom lovt aodiŃtsr doth tbe impiwnoB lUl 

Whieh Tulgar scandal itamp^d npon my brov; 

Bir wint cai« I wtio emlb me weU or Ul, 

Sb yoQ o*er-freeB my l»d, my good mllow ? 

Y«a are my alWthe-wocidy and I moit itri^e 

To kanw my ibamo and pniiet from yomr toogne; 

Nonę die to me» nor Ito nonę aliTe, 

Timt my «teel'd mue or changm, right or wrong. 

In to proiband aibym I tbroir all care 

Of oChera* wiees» that my adder^ aeuo 

Tb critic and to flatterer stopped are. 

Mark how wHh my neglect I do difpenBe:— • 

Yoa are ao strongly in my parpose bred, 

Tbai all the worid beiidei methiliks art dead. 


SncB I left yoQ, minę eye is m my mind. 

And that wluch gorerni me to go aboat, 

Botb pait bia ftmetioa, and is partly Uind, 

Seems leeing, but efiectoally ii outj 

For it no fbim deUTen to tbe heart 

Of bird, of ilower, or ibape, wbioh it doth laak ; 

Of bit ifakk objecti bath tbe mind no part, 

Mor hk o«n Tision bolds wbat it doth catcb; 

R)r if it iee tbe md^st or gentieit ligbt, 

Tbe moit sweet fisTOur, or delbrmad'st creatore^ 

Tbe moantain or tbe sea, tbe day or night, 

^e crow, or dove^ it shapes tbem to yonr laatarfr 

Incapable of piore, repłete with yoo. 

My most tme mind thus maketh mina mitme. 


On wbether doth my mind, beiof croimM vith yoa. 

Drink np the mooaicb's plague, tbis flattery, 

Or «faflther shaH I say minę eye saith tnie^. 

And that yonr kfwe tangtat it tbis alenmy. 

To make of m onst e ia and tbings indigest, 

Sncb cherobins as yonr sweet self reaemble, 

Ofeatn^ erery bad a perfect bestf 

As §ut as objects to his beams assemble? 

Otisthefirst; *t is flattery in my seeing. 

And my great mind most kingly drinka it up: 

Bfine eye weli knows what with his gust is 'greeingi 

And to bis pałatedoth prepare the cap : 

If it be poisooM, H is the lesier sio 

That minę eye Iotcs it, and doth Ant b^n* 


T^MMB Ibrns that I belbre ha^e writ, do lie^ 

Even tiiose that said I could not knre yoa dearer ; 

Yet then my jodgment knew no reason why 

My n^st fuU flamę sbould aiierwaids bum ctearer. 

Bot re(\koaing tamę, wbose million'd aocidenti 

Oreep ii\ twixt vows, and ehange deerees of kings, 

Tan sacrt4 beaaty, blunt tbe tban*tt inteots, 

DiT<»rt stroiigminds to tbe coarseof altering tłungs|' 

Alas! why, fipariag of time's tyianny, 

Migbt I not thaąsay, nom -i kne yon batt 

Wben I was certalnii^r incertainty, 

Orowning the present^ donbting of tbe rest } 

Lawt is a babę; then might I not say so^ 

To gir e foli gińrth to that whiich stiU doth gnw ? 


me not to the marriage. of true minds 
mit impedinients. "Edyc b not love 
Which altenwben it alteratioa finds, 
Or bends with the ramorer to remore : 

no ! it is an erer-Azed maft, 

That kwks on tonpests, and is neTor shaken; 
It is the star to e«ery wandeńng bark, [taken. 
Whose worth's unknown, althoagb his height be 
Love *snot Time^ fiiol) thongh rasy lips and cbeeks 
Withm his bending siekłeś compass come ; 
Lo«e alten not with his bńef houn aod weeks. 
Bat bean it oot eren to tbe edge of doom. 
If this be erroar, and apon me pro^M, 

1 narer wiit, npr no man erer loy^d. 


AooDSimetbus; that I have seanted all 
Wherein I sbookl jronr great deserts repay ; 
Forgot ttpon your dearest k>Te to cali, 
Whfareto all bonds do tie me day by day; 
Hiat I ba^e freqnent been with anknown minds. 
And given to time your own dear purcbas'd right ; 
That I hafe boisted sail lo all tbe winds 
Which shoald trsnsport me f urtbest fitmi yonr sight. 
Book botb my wilftibiesi and erronn down. 
And on just proof, surmise accumulate, 
Bring me within tbe le^el of your frown. 
But sboot not at me in your wakenM bate : 
Since my appeal says, I did strive to proTe 
Tbe oonstancy and lirtne of your love. 


Lin as^ to make onrappetites mon keea, 
With eager oompounds we oor polata arge; 
As, to prezent onr maladies unseen, 
We sicken to shun sickness, wben we purge ; 
Eiven sob being fbll of yonr ne'er-cloying sweetnets, 
To bitter sauces did ,1 firame my leeding. 
And, sick of welfiu^, found a kind of raeetness 
To be diseas'd, ere that there was tme neediog. 
Thus policy in lorę, lo anticipate 
The ilb that were not, grew to fkuHs asnired. 
And broaght to medioine a healthfol state, 
Which, rank of guodness, wouM by ill be ciired. 
But tbence I leam, and And tbe lesran true, 
Drugs poison bim that lo fell sick' of you. • 


What potions have I drunk of Syren tean^, 

Distird from limbecks foul as HeU within, 

Applying fears to hopes, and hopes to tean, 

StiU losing when I saw mjrKlf to win ! 

What wretched erroun bath my heait oommitted, 

Wbiist it bath tbougbt itself so blosaed never ! 

How bave minę eyes ootof their spheres been fitted, 

In tbe distractioo of this madding fercr ! 

O beneAt of ill ! now I fii^ tme 

That becter is by ctiI still madę better; 

And rain'd love, when it is bnilt anew^ 

Graws fturer than at fint, morę stioog, iar greater. 

So I retnra rebok'd to my content. 

And gain by Ul thrice mora than I hayc spent* 




TkAT yoa were once irokuid/ befricad* me now, 
Aod for thatsomnr, wbieh I tben did feol, 
Keeds must I ander my trangraMioii bow, 
Uniess my mrrm wera bnn or haaner'd fltoet. 
For if you were by my ankiiidiieis sbaken, 
As I by yoar*8, 3roQ have pęnM a heli of time ; 
And I, a tyraak, have no lewure lakea 
To weigh bow once I suflfor^d in your erime. 
O tbat oar night of ii«e migbt have remenibei^d 
My deepest' leme, bow bard tme tonem bita, 
And Mon to yoa, as yoo to me, tbm t e iid er V i 
Tbe bnmble sal^e wbicb woonded bosom fits ! 
But tbat yoor trespass now beoomcs a fee; 
Minę ransom yoar^s, and yamr^s must lansom bm^ 


T u better to be Tile, tban vi]e esteem*d, 
Wben not to be receiTes reproacb of being, 
And tbe jagt pteasure lost, wbicb is so deem*d 
Not by our fMling, but by otbers* seeing. 
Forwby should others^false adulterate eyes 
GiTe saltttation to my sportiTe blood ? 
Or on my frailttes wby are firailer spies, 
Wbicb m tbeir wills count bad wbat I tbink good ? 
Ko, — I am tbat I am ; and tbey tbat leYel 
At my abusesy leekon up tbeir own : 
I may be tttaigbt, tbougb tbey tbemsel^es be bereł ; 
By tbeir rank thoogbts my deeds must not be sbown ; 
UnlesB tMs generat etil tbey maintsin, , 
Ali men areiiad and tn tbeir badness reign. 


Tar gift, thy tablas, are within my brain 
Fnll cbaraoter'd with lasting meinory, 
Wbieb śhall above tbat idie rank remain, 
Beyond ałl data, eren to eternity: 
Or at tbe least so long as brain and beart 
HaTo fsculty by naturę to substst ; 
HU aacb to rszfd obliTkrn yicld his part 
Of tbee, thy reoord nerer can be miss^d. 
Tbat poor retention oould not so mnch hdd. 
Kor naed I tallies, tby dear love to score; 
Therefore to gire tbem ftom me was I bold, 
Tb trast tbose tables that receiTe tbee morę : 
To kerp an adjunct to remember tbee, 
Were to import forgetfohiess in me. 


Ko ! Time^ tfaon sbalt not boast tbat f do cbange : 

Thy pyramidsboilt up with newer migbt 

To me are nothing novel, nothing strange ; 

Tbey are bot dresstngs of a former sigbti 

Our dafces are brief, and therefore we admire 

Wbat thondost Ibist npoo us tbat is old, 

And rather make tbem bom to our desirb, 

Tban tbink that we befbre bave heard tbem told. 

Tby registers and tbee 1 both defy. 

Kot wondering at tbe present nor die past ; 

For thy records and wbat we see dotb lie, 

Madę morę or less by thy continnal hastę: 

Hiis I do Tow, and this sbalf erer be, 

I will ba tru^ despite tby tcythe and tbee. 


Ir my d^r Iotc were bot tbe child of stale, 

It nśtght for fortunek bastard be nnfather*d, 

As snbject to time's (ore, or to time^ hate, 

Weedsamoogweeds, orfiowen: witli ilowers gatherM* 

/Co, it was boilded ^r from accident ; 

It soffns not in smtling pomp, nor falls 

Ooder tbe blow of tbralled discobtent, 

Whereto tbe inyitłng time our fiauihion catls ; ~ 

It fears not policy, tbat beretic, 

Wbicb works on leases of sbort>numbef*d hours. 

But all alone stands bngely politic, [sbowers. 

Hiat it not grows with beat, nos drowns wttb 

To this I witness call tbe fbols of time, 

Which die for goodness, who liave IhM ftr cńma^ 


Wnti it angbt to me I borę tbe cmoopf, 
With my eatem tby Outward bonooriagy 
Or lay'd great baaes for eternity, 
Wbicb prove morę sbort tban wasto or ruining } 
Hate I not seen dwellers oo fonn and foTOur 
Lose all, and morę, by paying too mach rent. 
For compound sweet feregomg simple fowar, 
Pitiful tbriTen, in tbeir gaaing speotł 
Na;-^let me be obeequłoos in thy heart* 
And take thon my oMatien, poor bnt firee^ 
Wbich is not mix'd with seeonds^ knows no art. 
But mutual render, oniy vae for tbeOt 
Hence, thou SQborB*d informer! a tme loiil, 
Wben moft impeacb*d, stands least in tby oootroL 


O THOU, my lorely boy, who in thy power 
Dost bold Time*8 fickle glass, bis ucUe, bour; 
Who ba^ by waning grown, and therein sl^ow^st 
Thy ioTers withering, as tby sweet self grow*st I 
If Naturę, 80vereign mistress over wrack, 
As thou goest onwards, still^iU pluck tbee back, 
She keepe tbee to this purpose, that ber skill 
May time disgrace» aod wretcbed mioutes kill. 
Yet fear ber, O. thou minioo of ber pleasure ; 
She may deUiq» but not stiU ke^ ber treasure : 
Her audit, tbougb dełay'd, answer*d must be^ 
And ber.quietos ii to rói4ier theet 


Ih tbe old age black was not connted fur, 
Or if it were, it borę not beauty*s name ; 
But now is biack beanty's successiTe beir, * 
And beauty s1ander*d with a bastard shame. 
For sińce each band batb piit on nature^s power, 
F^rłng tbe fonl with art*S fol8e-borrow'd face^ 
$weet beauty hath no name, no holy bour, 
Bot is profonM, if not Iitcs in disgrace. 
Therefore my mistress' eyes are raven black* 
Her eyes so suited ; and tbey moumers seem 
At sucb^ who not bcMm fair, no beauty lack, 
Slaadering creation with a ftilse esteem : 
Yet so tbey moom, becomiog of tbeir woe, 
Tbat einery tongue says, beauty should totik sik 




Bom ofl, «Imii tko«, ny hmmmw nnae play^iity 
l^eo tint bIwMdwood whoie aaotioii tmuMift 
wilii tky awet flngeny »1mb fchoa foiliy twajlrt 
The miry ctmootó. tkaJL mmt ear dtĘŚoaaśh 
Dd i «iTy tłuift Jaoka» that niiiibte leap 
'IV> kbi the UMdw inwaid of tby kand. 
M tiM iraotft iMldneM by Umo blnęhiag €Uiid 1 
TV> b« SD ^ickled, thtj would dMiDge thiar itoto 
Aad ślwtm with thote dinciag dhipi, 
O^wwIunUiyfii^ersinaiiwitlisaHUeiait* > 
MalBBg ted wood morę UcM^d Hm Imi^ hp§, 
.Siiee«nłcy jaeJci 80 hap^ i«e io tbis, 
Gifftt thca thy fiiigen» ne tby lip* to kiMi- 


Ite otpeaae of spifilia • waate of ahame 

blortiBaetioa; aad till aedoii, hHt 

b |MJ*vMy BHi rd ero M i,'bioody, iiiU of blanA, 

SBTage, eitnoM^ rude, eifMi» nol to tniit; 

M^d-fto aooDery bat detpiied atraigbt ; 

Put F^ofCB baatad } and no aoonar bad^ 

AmI leaioo hatad, aa a firaHow^l bait, 

Od pofpoae bid to make tbe tafcer load : 

Mad 'm imnail^ aad in pomemno ao{ 

Bad» haviB(f and m ^tocat to bawji ciliama ^ . 

A biba in pfroQ^-««ad prof^ a Tery woe; 

^^^^ ■ 109 Piłpot^d; bebind, a dream : 

Alltbbtba«orU«ellkbova; yet nonę fcnowa wefl 

To abna tba HaafCB tbat badi men to tbb HdL 


lir mbtreaiPeyeailneaolbing Eka tbe 9«n; 
Cbrał b fiar morę rad tbao ber lipa' led : 
If fBOw be wbit^ wby tfaen ber breaats are don; 
If baiią be wirei, bbck wina groir oo ber bead. 
I hate aeen raaea damaak^ red and wbitej 
Bot no ancb loeea aee I in hercbeeka; 
And inaome perfnmee b tbere moro deligbt 
Tban in tbe bieatb tbat fiom my miatreaa reefca. 
I bre to bear ber ąseak,«— yet wełl I knotr 
Tbst BMuie batb a Hr morę pbaaing aonnd ; 
I graot I new aaw a goddem go,— 
My mbtra5e,wben ahe walka, treada on thegfoond^ 
And yet» by fieairaa, I tfaink my lov« aa rare 
Aa aoy abe b<Ay^ •itk fitiae oompam. 


T^Kio att aa tynanona, ao aa tfaon art, 
Ab tboae whoae beaatiea proodly make tbem cmel; 
For wett tboo kno«r*ot to my deaf ddting beatt 
Tboa art the laireatand moat pmciooa jeirel. 
Yet, in good Mtb, aome aay Uwk tbee beboM, 
Tby face batb not tbe poirV to ńnake love gfoan : 
To aay tbeyreiT, I dare not be ao bold, 
Althongb Iwrear it to myaelf aiooe. 
And» to be anre tbu b not fibe* I awear, 
A tboomid gnana, bat ibinkmg on tby face, 
One on aaatbofa neek, do nftaaaalMar 
Thy blaek biainat in my jodgmeBfa place, 
b lyjifaiftg irt tban blaek, aave bi Ihy deeda, 
"Aad tbcnet dua jbador, «a Itimk, fraseeda. 


Tami eyea I love, and they, as pitying me, 

Koowiog thy beart» torment me witb dbdain; 

Haire-put on bbck, aod kmng moumera be» 

Łookiąg with'pcetty ruth upon my pain« 

And truły not tbe moming Sun of Heaven 

Better b^oomea tbe grey cbeeka of tbe eaat» 

Nor tbat. iuU atar tbat oahera io tbe even^ 

0otb balf thatglory totbe adber weat. 

Aa tboae fc«io moamingoyea become thy faoet 

O let b tben aa weil boaeam thy beart 

To monro for me^ ainoe monmiag doth thee grace. 

And anit thy pity Uke in eferypait* 

Tfaan will I acrear beauty beraelf b bbck, 

Apd «i|l .tbey foul tbat thy oomptasbn bek* 


Bmaaiw tbat beart tbat makea my beart to groan 
For tbat deep woond it giTea my friend and me ! 
b 't not enottgb to tortare me alooe, 
Bnt 4ave to abrery my aweet'6t friend moat be } 
Me from myaelf thy cmel eye hath taken. 
And my nest aelf thoa hardcr baat engroei'd ; 
Of bim, myaelf, and tUee, I am (braaken ; 
A torment thrice three-fold tboa to be croBB*d. 
Priaon my beait in thy ateel boaom*a ward, 
Bat tben my fHeod^a beart lęt my poor beart bali j 
Wlioe'er beeps me, let my heart be hia guaid ; 
Tbou canat not tben nae rigonr In my jaal : 
And yet tbon wilt; fw I, being peot in thee, 
P orfir ee am thine,^ and al! tbat b in me. 


So now I have oonfeasM tbat be ia tbtne. 
And I myaelf am mortgag*d to thy will ; 
Myaelf I 'II forfeit, so tbat other minę 
Tbon wilt reatore, to be my comfort atill : 
Bot thou wilt not, nor be. will not be free, 
Pqr tboo art ooyetoua, and be b kind ; 
He leam'd bat, aurety-like, to write for me, 
Under tbat hond tbat him aa faat doth biod. 
The atatate of thy beacty thou wilt takę, 
Tbon uaarer, tbat pufst fortb all to uae. 
And aue a friend, came debtor for my lake; 
So bim I loeethrough my rnikind abuae. 
Him bare I loat ; thou baat botb him and me; 
He paya the whole, abd yet am I not free. 


Wirotraa batb ]ier wbb, tboo baat tby wilt, 
And will to boot, and will in orer-ploa; 
Morę than enoogb am I tbat ^ex thee atill. 
To tby aweet wiU makingadditioo thoa. 
Wilt tboo, whose will b large and apaeiona, 
Kot once vouciiBaKe to hide my will in thine? 
Sball will in otheM aeem right gracioaa, 
And in my wMI no fair aoceptanee abine ? 
The aea, all water,'yet receivea rain atill. 
And in abnndance addeth to hia atore; 
So tboo, being riob in will, add to thy will . 
One will of mlne^ to make thy brge will mora. 
Let no nnkind, no Cair beteecbera kill ; 
Tbmkall bot oae, and me bi tbat one WilL 




Iv iby wol chtek thee tbat I eonw to nemr, 
Swear to thy blind aoul tbat I wss thy will, 
And will, thy sool knowB) ig admitted there ; 
Thus far for Iotc, my loT»«uit, sweet, falAI. 
Will will fulfll the treasare of thy lorę, 
Ay, aa it fiiH witb wills, and my will one* 
In thingt of great receipt witb ease we prore; 
Among a number one is reckonM nonOi ■ 
Tben In tbe nomber let me paai untold, 
Tboagh in tby ttorta* acoouat I one mnsŁ be^ 
For notbing hołd me, soit pleate thee bold^ 
That nothing me, a somethiog sweet to tfaee: 
Make but my name th^ lo^e, and lorę thal still, 
And tben thou Iot^ me>-— for piy name is WilL 


Taoo blind fool» Love, wbat doft tbou to minę eyes, 
Tbat they bebold, and see not wbat they see ? 
Tbey know wbat beauty is, see wbere it lies, 
Yet what tbe best is, take the worst to be. 
If eyes, corrupt by orer-partial looks» 
Be aachor^d io tbe bay where ś\i men ride, 
Wby of eyes' falsebood hast thou forged books, 
Whereto tbe judgment of my beait is ty'd ? 
Wby sbould my heart tbink tbat aseveral plot, 
Wbich my heart knows the wide world's common 
Or minę eyes seeing this, say this is not, [place i 
To put fair truth upon so foul a foce ? 
In thiogs rigbt true my heart and eyes bare err*d. 
And to this false plague are tbey nbw transferr'd. ^ 


Wam my lorę swears tbat she is madę of tnith, 
I do bdiere ber, thoagfa I know she lies ; 
That she might tbink me some untutor'd yoathy 
Unleamed in the world's false subUlties. 
Hius Yainly thinking tbat she tbinks me young, 
Althongh she knows my days are past tbe best, 
Simply 1 credit her folse-speaking tongue ; 
On boUł sides thus is simple truth suppress^d. 
But wherefore says she not, she is uijost? 
And whenefore say not I, that I am old ? 
O lore^s best habit is in seeming trust 
And age in lorę k>ves not to bave yeacs told : 
Tberefore I He with her, and she with me, 
And in onr faults by lies we flattei^d be. 


O cAŁŁ not me to jostify the wnmg, 
Tbat thy nnkindness lays upon my heart; 
Wound me not with thine eye, but with tby tongue; 
Use power with power, and slay me not by art> 
Tell me thou lor^ elsewhere ; but in my sight, 
Dear heart, forbear to glance thine eye aside. [migbt 
What need'8t thou wound with conning, wben thy 
Is more than my o'eqpress'd defence can liide? 
Let me excnse thee : ab ! my love well knows 
Her pretty looks baTe been minę enemies ; 
And tberefore from my face she tums my foes, 
That tbey elsewhere might dart thdr injuries: 
.Yet do not so; but sińce 1 am near slain, 
Kill me potright with looks, and rid my pain. 


B^wiseaithonarteruel; donotpiMi 
My tongos-ty^d patience with too much diidaio ; 
ŁŃt sorrow lend me words* and words e a ip t esa 
The manner of VBy pity-wanting pain. 
If I might teach thee wit, better it were, 
Though not to loTe, yet, love, to tell me so ; 
(As testy sick men, wben their death be near. 
No news but bealth from tbełr physicians kwnr :) 
For, if I sbould despair, I sbould ąrow mad. 
And in mymadness might speak ill of thee : 
Now tbis ill-wrerting world is grown so bad. 
Mad slanderers by mad ears belie^ed be* 
Tbat I may not be io^ nor thou bely'd, [wide. 

Bear thine eyesstimi|^ thongb thy próod beart go 


Im foith Tdo not love tbee witb minę eyes, 
For they in tbee a tfaonsand erronrs notę ; 
But 't is my heart that lories wbat they de^ite» 
Who in dequte of Tiew is pleas'd to dote.- 
Nor are mme ears with thy tongue*fetnne d4|gbted j 
Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone^^^f 
Nor taste nor smdl, desire to be ińTited *■ ^ 
To any sensual feast with tbee alooe : ' '' 
But my fire wtts, nor my five scnses ca» ' 
Dissuade one foolisb heart from serring thee, 
Who leares nnsway^d tbe likeness of a man, 
Thy prond heart's slar^ and Tassal wretch to be : 
Only my plague thus for I coont my gain, 
Tbat ihe that makes me sin, awards me pain. 


LoTB is my sin, and thy dear firtne hałe, 
Hate of my sin, gnmnded on sinfnl Umnę : 
O but with minę oompare thou thine own state. 
And thou shalt find it merits not reproring; 
Or if it ^, not finom those lips of thine, ' 
Tbat have profon'd their scariet omaments, 
And seaPd false bonds of loTe as oft as minę; 
RobbM others* beds revenues of their rents. 
Be it lawfttl I lo^e thee^ as thou lov'8t thoee 
Wbom thine eyes woo as minę impórtune thee: 
Root pity in thy heart, that wben it giows, 
Thy pity may deserve to pity'd be.' 
If thou dost seek to bare wbat thou dost bidę, 
By self-example may'st thou be deny'd I 


Lok as a earefiil iioaiewifo runa to catcb . 
One of her foatber*d ereatures broke away, 
Sets down her babe^ and makes all swift dispatch 
In pArsuit of tbe thing Ab would baTe stay ; 
Whilst ber neglected child holds her in chase^ 
Cries to catcb her whose busy care is boit 
To follow that wbich flies befoie her foce. 
Not prizing her poor infontfs disocoteDt; 
So run'8t thou after tbat wbich llies fimn thee^ 
Whilst I thy babę chase thee afor behiad ; 
But if thou catcb thy hope, tom back to me. 
And play the mother^s part, kiss me, be kind : 
So will I pny that thou may'st have thy Will, 
If thoa tura back, aad my kNid cryitay stiU. 




Tvo 1ove8 I hacn of eomfb^ and despair, 
Which like Iwo ipirits do ^gcit ma still | 
The batter aoget is a maa ńght fair, 
The «ńoner spirit a wom^ colour^d ilL 
To win me sooo to Hell^ my female eril 
Tcmpleth my betier angel (rom my ńde* 
And would corrupt my saiyit to be a deril, 
Wooiiig hU panty with ber foal pride. 
And wbether that^my angel be tuni'd fie&d, 
Soapect I may, yet not directly tell ; 
Bat beiiąg botb from me, both to eacb frieod* 
I gueas one aagd in anotber'* Heli. 
Yet thia iball I ne'er know» bat li¥e in doubt, 
TiU my bad angel 6re my good one out. 


Trosś Iipfi th^t Łoreli <mn band did make, . 

BreathM fortb tbe soand that said, « I hate/» 

To me that ]angaish'd for ber sake ; 

Bat when sbe saw my woeful ttate, 

Straight in ber beart did mercy oome, 

Chiding that toogue, that ever sweet 

Was iis^d in giring gentle doom ; 

And tangbt it thos a-new to greet: 

Ihmte she aHer'd witb an end, 

Tbat followM it aa gentle day 

I)oth Ibłhiw nigbt, who like a fiend 

P^tm Heaven to Heli is ftown away. 

J kate from bate away sbe threw, 

And sav*d my life, mying— <' not yoa." 


Pooa sooly tbe centrę of my sinf al earth, 
Foord by thote rebel powers that tbee array, 
Wby doit tboa pine within, aad safier dearth, 
Painting thy^oatward walls to oottly gay ? 
Wby ao łarge oost, baving so short a lease, 
I>09t thou opon tby Ming mansion spend ? 
Shall worms, ioberitora of thia eiccess, 
£at up thy charge ? fs tbis thy body^B end ? 
Then, acrat, live thon npon thy 8ervaBt*8 loss, 
And let that pine to aggrayate tby storę; 
Bny terma diTine in selKng hoan of dron ; 
Witbtn be fied, withoat be rich no morę : 
Sb shalt thoa ieed oa Death, tbat feeds on men, 
Andy Death once dead, there 's no morę dying then. 



My 1ove is like a ferer, longiog stiH 

Por that which longer nursetb the disease ; 

Feeding on that which doth preserre the ill, 

The uncertain siekły appetite to please. 

Hy reason, the physician to my lo«re, 

Angry that his prescriptions are not kept, 

Hath leit me, and I desperate oow approye, 

Desire bis death» which physic did except. 

Past ciire I am, now reason is post care. 

And frantic-mad with ever-more unresŁ; 

If y thougbts and my discourse as mad meo'8 are, 

At random frum tbe truth vajoIy expre88*d ; 

For I baye swurntbee fair, and thougbt tbee bright^ 

Who. art as black as Hell^ as dark as nigbt. 

O Ml ! wbat eyes hath lo^e pat in my head, 
Which baye no oorrespondence with trae sight ? 
Or, if they ba^e, where is my jodgment fled» 
That oenaorea fobely wbat they see aright ? 
If that be fiair whereon my false eyes dote, 
Wbat m^ans the world to say it is not so? 
If it be not, then lorę doth well denote 
Łore^s eye is not so tmeas all men's: no, 
How can it ? O bow can Lo^e^s eye be tnie, 
That is 80 yesM with watobing and with tears } 
No marrel then thoagh I miirf^ULe my yiew $ 
The Son itaelf sees not, till Heayen clears. 
O ounning Łoto ! with<tean thoa keep*stme blind, 
Lest eyes weU-aeeing tUy foul &ults sboold find. 


CAivrr thoa, O crael ! say I lorę tbee not, 
When I/against myself, with tbee partake ? 
Do I not think on thee, when I fbrgot 
Am of myself, all tyrant, ibr thy sake ? 
Who bateth thee that I do cali my friend ? 
On whom frown^st thoa that I do iawn upon ? 
Nay if thou lowr'st on me, do I not spend 
Reyenge upon myself with present moan ? 
Wbat merit do I in myself respect, 
Tbat is 80 proad thy senHce to despiae, 
When all my best doth worship thy defect^ 
Conraianded by tbe nmtiofi of thine eyes } 
But, loye, hate on, for now I know thy mind ; 
Those that can see thou le¥'8t) and I am blind. 


O paoM what power hast thou this powerfal might» 

With insufficiency my beart to ąway } 

To make me giye tbe tie to my trae tight. 

And 8wear that brightoesB doth not grace the day ? 

Whence hast thou this beooming of things ill, 

Tbat in the yery refuae of thy deeds 

There is sach strength and warrantise of skill, 

That in my mind, thy worst all best eaceeds ? 

Who taogbt tbee bow to make me loye tbee morę, 

Tbe morę I bear and see just cause of hato ^ 

O, thoagh I lorę what otbers do abbor, 

With others thou tbould^st not abbor my stato ; 

If thy unworthiness rais*d loye in me, 

Morę worthy I to be bełoyM of thee. 


ŁofE is too young to know what conscienoe is ; 
Yet «ho knows not , conscience is born of love \ 
Then, gtntle cbeater, urge not my amiss, 
Lest guiity of my faults tby sweet self proTo. 
For tbou betraying me, I do betray 
My nobler part to my gross body'8 treason; 
My sool dQth tell my body tbat he may 
Triumph in lorę; flesh stays no furtber reason; 
But risiog at tby name, doth point out tbee 
As bis triumphant prize. Proud of tbis pridę, 
He is cońteoted tby poor drudge to be. 
To stand in thy affairs, fali by thy side. 
No want of qonscience hołd it that 1 cali 
Her loye, for wbose dear loye I rise and fali. 




Im Ioviiig.tliaB thou koowlit I am fiwiw o ii t, '. 
Bat tboa ait twioe ibrawoni, to me lvfe wnmnogi 
In act tby bed-vo%r broke, and naw fiatfa/toni, 
tn Towmg: nev bate afterimr tove baariag. 
Bat wfay of two oatfaa' breach do I aceaw tbae^ 
Wben I biaak twanty ?■ I am paijar^d-inoit^ 
Fór ałl my vowg aie oeths bot to miaaie thee, 
And all Dy boaeit 6dtk ia thee » lost : 
Por I hava tmom deap oathaof tby deep kindnan, 
Oatlb of tby knre, thy tratb, tby cooftancy ; 
And, to anligbbentliae, gara cyaa to bioidawiy 
Or OMde tbem strear agaiait tha tbioff tbey tee; 
?^ I bare sworn tbee fair rncna paijor^d I, 
To tmmff agatntt the tnitb, lo foal -a ba I 


CoptD 1ay*d by his brand, and fell asieep ; 
A majd o€ IMaa^s tb» advantage fouad, 
And bit lpve-kiod]tiig fire did quickly tteap 
*In a ootd Talley-fountain of tbat ground ; 
Whtcb borrowM from this boly fire of k)ve 
A datelen Uvely beat, itill to endare, 
And drew a seethiog batb wliich yet men prove, 
Against strange maladies a^scyereign ciire. 
But at my mistress* eya l/ne*9 brand new-fir'd« 
Tbe boy for trial needs woald touch my breast ; 
I sick withal, the help of batb detirM, 
And błther bied, a sad distemper'd guest. 
But found DO cure ; the batb for my help lies 
Where-Cupid gotnew fire ; my mistress* eyei. 


Trb little loT^-god lyipg once asieep, 

Łaid by bis side hir heart-inflammg brand, 

Whtiit niany nynpbs tbat towM obaste USt to keep» 

Came tripping^ ; bnt ia ber matden band 

The fairest votary took up tbat fire 

Which oumy iegioos of troe bearta had warm*d ; 

And so the generał of bot desir^ i 

Was sleeping by a Tirgin band diflarm'd. 

This brand sba ąnenched ia a cool well by, 

Which ftom love1i fire took heat perpetua), 

Growing a batb and healtbfnl remedy 

For men diseas^d; but I, my mistress* thrall, 

Came there for cure, and this by tbat I provei, 

Lore^ fire heats water, waier oools not k>ve. 



Dm not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye, 
*Oainst irhom the worid cannot bold argument, 
Persuade my beart to this faise peijnry ? ' 
Vows for thee broke deserze not pmiishmeat. 
A wuman I forswore ; bnt I will prove, 
Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee: 
My Tow was earthly, thou a heavenly loYe ; 
Thy grace being gain*d, curcs all disgrace in me. 
My ^ow was brrath, and breath a yapour is : 
Then thou fair Sun, which on my earth dost sbine, 
£ahal*st this vapour now ; in thee it łs : 
If broken, then it is no fault of minę. 
If by me broke, what fool is not so wi<*« 
To break an oath, to win a paradise ? 


Swaet Cytheraa,' nttmg by a bfoA, 

With young Adonis, JoYely, fresh, cad «.««», 

Did ooart tbiS lad with many a lovely look, 

Such kx»ka as nonę coald look bat bttQty's ąneen. 

Sbe told him starłeś todeKgbt his ear $ 

She ahow^ bim fkYonrs to aUnre hfk eye; 

To win his beart aha toucłiM bim berę and ttiere: 

Tonchaś so soft flUII ooaqaef ebisiśty. 

Bot whetber wiripe yeors did %aot coneeit, 

Or be Teftia*d to take ber flgai^d proflbr, 

The tender nibbłer woald not tcmeb tbe baH^ 

Bot smila and jest at every gelltle ofiier ;, 

Tban fell tbe on bar back, fair qiiaeii, and toward ; 

He rosa and ran away i ah, ibol, too Irawaid ! 


If loye make ma fo iaw o r n , how riiall lewear to lorę ł 
O ne^er &itb cx>«Jd bold, if not ta beaoty mm^d : 
Thongh to mysełf foiswora, to tbee I *U eowtant 

prove; [bow*d. 

Tbosethoughta to me like oakti, to tbee like oneia 
Study his bias leav«s, and makesbis booktbinaeyea^ 
Where all those pleasures lirę, tbat act can oempra^ 

If knowtedge be the mark, to knaw thea shall suffice } 
Weil leamed is tbat tongue tbat wali cmi tbcacoio-' 

Ali ignorant tbat soul tbat sees tbee withoat wonder ; 
Which is to me some piaJM, that I tby parta admire x 
Thine eye Jo¥e's lightning seams» thy Toice bia 

dreadfni thunder, 
Which (not to aoger bent) is musie and swaet flia* 
Celestial as thou ar^ O do not iove tbat wrong, 
To sing tbe Hea^ans' praise arith auch an earthly 



Scaroe had tbe 8wi dried up tha dewy mom. 
And scaroe tbe bard gone to tbe badge for abade, 
Wben Cytberea, all in !ove forioni, 
A kmging tarriance for Adonis nuule» 
Under aa osicr growing by a breok, 
A brook, where Adon Q8'd to cool bis epiean* 
Hot was tbe day; aha botter tbat did look. 
For his approacb, tbatolten there had beeo. 
Anon be comcf, and thiows bis maatle by. 
And stood stark-naked on the brook% green briu; 
The Sun look'd on tbe world with gloiioas eye, 
Yet not so wistly, as this queen on bim : 
He spying ber, bouncM in, whereas be stood ; 
Ob, Jore,'^ quoth she, ** why was I not a flood }^ 



Fair is my Iove, bot not ao fiiir as fickte^ 
Mild as a dove, bat neitber tnie nor trntty ; 
Brighter tban glaas, and yet, as glam ia, brittle^ 
Sofcer tban wax, and yet, as iron, resty : 
A little pale, with damaik dyn to grace ber. 
Nono fair, nor nooe falaer to de&ce ber, 

Her lipa to minę how often batb aha join'd, 
Between eacb kiss her oatfa of tme lote swearing ! 
How many talas to please me batb she C019M, 
Dreading my love, tbe kwa wbcreof still fiMOrins ^ 
Yet in the midst of all bar tnie protcstiogs, 
Hf r foith, bar Mitłu^ bar tean, and all waca jaitiofi.. 



She bomt with knre, as itraw «itt Are flametli* 
She tmmt out lorę, aa 0oqd as ttraą oat banetb ; 
Sbe ftmmM tlie lorSe, and yet abe ibilM tbe framug, 
Sbe bad lo?e laat, and yet she fiail a torning. 
Waa thif a lo?er, ot a lecber wbetber ł 
Bad in tbe bett, tbougb-eicelleiit m naitber. 


1f mnae and sweet poetry agree, 
Am tbey most needs^ tbe sister aód the brotber, 
Theo Bast tbe lore be great 'twixt tbee and me, 
Becauae tbou k^*st tbe one, and I tbe otber. 
Dowland ta tbee is dear, wbose beaven1y toucb 
Dpoo tbe lute dotb laTisb bnman senae ; 
Spenaer to me^ wbose deep conceit is such, 
As passing all ooneeit, needs do defence. 
Tbou kra^st to bear tbe sweet melodious sound 
Tliat Pboebns' lute, tbe^aeeo of mnsic, makes ; 
And I io deep deli^t am cbiefly drown'd9 
Wbenas Umsen to singing be betakes. 
One god is god of botb, as poets feign ; 
One knight loves botb, and bub iu tbee remain. 

Fair waa tbe mora wben tbe fiur <iiieea of lo?e^ 

Paler for s o iif w Iban ber mi>2:-wbite dove. 
For AdQn*s saka, a yoaagster praad and wild; 
Bsr stand sbe takes npon a steep-np bill; 
Aaon Adonis eomes witb boni aod boondt; 
flbe, stlly <|neeo, wHb morę tban love*s good wHI, 
F«ibade tbe boy be sboald not pass tbose gromids y 
** Once/* ąuotb sbe, <* did I see a fair sweet youtb 
Herę in tbcse brakes deep-wo«mded wHb a boar, 
Deep in tbe tbigb, a speetade of mtb ! 
See in my tbigb," qnotb sbe, *' berę was tbe sore: *' 
Sbe sbowed bers ; be saw morę wounds tban one. 
And blnsbing fled, and left ber all aloae. 


Ncet roae, fisir flower, nntimely pluck*d, soonfaded, 
Piack'd in the bud, and fsded in tba jspring ! 
Bright orient pearl, alack ! too timely shaded ! 
Fair creatnre^ kiFIM too soon by I>eatb*s sbarp sting! 
like a green ptumb tbat bangs upoa a tree. 
And USm, tbroagb wind, before the f^Il sboold be. 

I weep for tbee, and yet no causa I baTe, 
For wby ? tbou left'st me nothing in tby wilL * 
And yet tboa left*sŁ me morę tban I did crare ; 
For wby ? I crared nothing of tbee still : 
O yes, dear fricnd, I pardon craire of tbee ; 
nydisconienttheodidstbeąneathtome. ^ 


Fsir yemM witii AAonif aitting by ber, 
Undcr a myitle sbade, bęgan to woo bim : 
Shetold tbe yomig^ing bow god Mars did tiy ber, 
Aid as be felt to ber, sbe felt to him. [me /' 

** Eweo tbns," qaotb she, " tbe wari ike god embrac'd 
And tbcn she clip'd Adonis in ber amu : [me." 
"'£▼«& tbns," quoth she, ** tbe warlike god anlac'd 
is if tbe boy shonld ose like loving charms. 
" Eren tbus," ąootb she^ *' be stisad on uy Ups,*' 
And with ber Kpa OB hia <Bd aet tbe saiaore } 
Aad as sbe felcbed baBath, away be skips, 
AqA wookl not tafce ber meaning nor bar pleasnre. 
Ab! tbatlbndiayladyattbisbay. 
To kisi aad plip met^l I ratf^wny^ 


Crabbed age and youth — ^ 

Cannot li^e together; J^* 
Youtb is iiin ofpleasanoĄ 

Age is fntl of cśre : 
Youth like sommef moro, -J^ 

Age like winter weatber ^ .>^ 
Yonth like snmorfer bra^e, J 

Age fike wiotei^ bara. dJ^ 
Yoatb is fnll of sport, ^ 
Age*8 breath is short, ^ ^ 

Yonth is nlmMe, age is ]ame& ^ 
Youth is hot and bo(d, -^ 

Age is weak and cold ; -^g 

Yonth is wild, and age is tamę. "^^ 
Age, I do abhor tbee, , ^ 

Youtb, I do adore tbee ; "Sr 

O, my lore, my lore is yonng t ydL- 
Age, f dodefy tbee; ^ 

O, sweet Shepherd, hie tbee^ . ^t^ 

For metbinks tbou stay'st too long. f JH 


Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good, 
A shining gloss tbat ftuieth suddenly ; 
A ilower tbat dies, when first it *gin8 to bud; 
A brittle glass, tbat *n broken presently : 
A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flow^r, 
Lost, faded, broken, deiid within an hour. 

And as goods lost are seld or nerer fbund, 
As (aded gk>ss no rubbing will refresh, 
As flowen dead. Ile wither*d on the ground, 
As broken glass no cement can redress, 
So beauty blmnisb'd once, for erer 's lost, 
In spite of pbysic, painting, pun, and cost. 


Oood night, good rest Ab 1 oeitber be my share; 
She bade good night, tbat kept my rest away ; 
And daft me to a cabin bang^d with cara. 
To descant on tbe doubts of my decay. [row ;** 
" Farewell,'* onotb she, " and come again (o mor- 
Parewell I oould not, for I supp'd witb sorrow. 

Yet at my parting sweetly did sfie smile, 
- In scom or friendship, pili I ooostrue wbetber : 
Miy be, she joy'd to jest at my eńle, 
May be, again to make me wsinder tbither : 
fTander, a word (br shadows like myself, 
As take tbe paio, but cannot plnck tbe pelf. 


I»rd bow minę eyes throw gazes to tbe eait ! 
My beart doth charge the watchl^ the moming rise 
Dotb cite each movtng sense from idłe rest. 
Not dariog trust tbe office of minę eyes, 
While Pbikmiela sits and sings, I sit and marfc. 
And wish ber lays were tuned like tbe lark. 

For sbe dotb welcome day-ligbt witb ber ditty. 
And drires away dark dismal-dreamtng night: 
The night so pack^d, I post unto my pretty ; 
Heart hath his hope, and eyes tbdrwished sigbt; 
Sorrow chang^d to solące, solące mix*d with sor- 
For wby ? 8besigb*d, and bade me come tomorrow. 



Werę I with her, the night wpuld post too aoon; 
&ut now are minutes added to the houn ; 
To spite me now, each minutę seems an hoar; 
Yet not formę, shine, Smi, to succour flowen ! [row ; 
Pack night, peep lUy *, good day, of nigbt iiow bor- 
Short, Night, to nigh^ and length thyself to monow. 

It was a lordling*! daughter, the laireit one of tbree, 
That liked of her master as wdl as well might be, 
Till looking on an Englishman, the fiurast that eye 

Her fancy fell a turning. [could see, 

Long was the combat doubtfal, that lorę with lorę 

did fight, [knight: 

To ]eave the master loTeless, or kitl the gallant 

To puŁ in practice either, alas it was a spite 

Unto the mlly damsel. 

But one miKt be refused, morę mickle was the pain, 

That nothii^; oould be used, to tom them botih to 

gaiu, [disdain: 

For of the two the trusty knight was wounded with 

Alas, she could not help it ! 
Thnsart with arms contending was Tictor of the day, 
Which by a gift of leaming did bear ihe maid away $ 
llien lulłaby, the learnedtnan hath gotthe lady gay; 

For nQw my song is euded. 


On a day (alack the day !) 

Love, wbose ;nonth was ever May, 

Spy'd a bloasom passing fair, 

Plajriog in the wantou air, 

Through the velYet leaves the wind, 

Ali unseen, 'gan passage find; 

That the lover, sick to death, 

Wi8h'd himself the Heaven's breatfa ; 

" ^r,** quoth he, " thy cheeks may blow i 

Air, wouM I might triumph-so! 

But, alas ! my nand hath swom 

Ne*er to pluck thee from thy thorn : 

Vow^ alack, for youth unmeet, 

Yooth, so apt to pluck a sweet. 

Do not cali it sin in me, 

That [ am fbrswoni for thee ; 

Thou-for whom eyen Jotc would sweaf 

Junp but an Ethiope were; 

And deny himself for Joyc, 

Turning mortal for thy lo^e. 


« My flocks feed not. 
My ewes breed not. 
My rams speed not, 

AU is amiss : 
Love*s denying, 
FaiLh's defying, 
Heart'8 renying, 

Causer of this. 
Ali my merry jigs are quite forgot, 
Alf my Iady*8 iove is fest, God wot ; 
Where her faith was firmly fix*d in lorę, 
There a nay is płac'd without rciiiove« - 
One silly cross 
Wrought all my loss ; 

O frowning Fortune, cursed, fickle damef 
For now I see» 

Morę in women than ia men rt maJn. 

** In blach monre I, 
AIlfoarBsconł I, 
lote hath forlom me^ 

Living in thrall : 
Heait is Ueeding, 
All help needing, 
(O croel speeding !) 

Fraughted with gali. 
My sh«pherd*s pipę can sound no deal, 
My wethers* beli rings dolefoll knell ; 
My curtail dog that wont to have play*d, , 
Plays not at all, hut seems afraid; 
With sighs so deep^ 
Procures to weep, 

In howling-wise, to see my doleful pUght. 
How sighs resound 
Through heartless groand, 

like a thousand nuiquish'd men inbkx>dy fight I 
Clear wells spring not. 
Sweet birds sing not, 
Green plants bring not 

Forth ; they die : 
Herds stand weeping, 
Flocks all sleeping, 
Njrmphs back peeping 

All our pleasure koown to ns poor swahm, 
All our merry meetings on the plains, 
All our etrening sport from us is fled* 
Ali our lorę is lost, for love is dead. 
Parewell, sweet love, 
Thy like iic'er was 

For sweet oonteot, the cause of all my moaos 
Mnst ljve alone* 

Other help for him I sae that tbaro is 


When as thine eye hath chose the damę, 
And stallM the deer that thou 8hould'st itrike, 

Let reason mle things worthy blame, 
As well as foncy, partial might : 

Take coonsel of some wiser head^ 

Neitber too young, nor yet unwed. 

And when tbon com'8t thy tale to tell, 
Smooth not thy toogue with filed talk, 

Lest she some sabtle practic« smell ; 
(A cripple soon can find a halt :) 

But plainly say thoa lo^^ist her well, 

AnŁ set her person forth to sale. 

What though her irowi^mg brows be bent, 
Her cloody looks will calm ere night; 

And then too late she will repent, 
That thus dissembled her delight; 

And twioe desire, ere it be day, 

That which with soorn she put away. 

What though she striye to try her strength. 
And ban ahd brawl, and say thee nay, 

Her feeble force will yidd at length, 
When craft hath taught her thus to say : 

" Had women been so strong as mca» 

in foith yoa had not had it theo.** 

Aad to her witt frame alt thy wayt; . 

Spare not to spend, aad chiefly there 
Where thy desert may nierit praisi^ 

By ringing in thy lady^s eart 
The stroogest casUe, tower, ąndtow% 
The goldea buUet beaU it dewa. 




tero «lvays wHh umred tntit, 
Aad m tby mit be hnmble, tnie; 

CbIbm fthy lady piove oDJiuC, 
"Pnm nefer tiiou to chooie enew: 

Wben time shail lenre, be thoa not deck 

To proOer, thoogfa she pat titee beck* 

Tbe vilei aod goilcB that women woriiy 
SiMembled with an oatward thoir, 

Tbe tricks aad toyt that ra them Iark« 
The eock that treads them riiall noc knour, 

Bave yo« not heard it said foli oft, 

A «aniian*s nay doth stand for nonghtł 

Tfaiiik women iBII to thme with men» 
To fin, and nerer for to nint : 

There is no Heayen, by boly then, 
When time with age sball tbem attamti 

Wcre kiaes all the joys in bed,' 

One woman woold another wed. 

Bot aoft; enongh,— teo mnch I fear, 
Lest that my mitlies hear my long ; 

She 'U not stick to round me i' th' ear» 
To teaeb my tongne to be lo kng : 

Tet will she blnsb, here be it nid, 



is H fell npon a day, 
la the meny month of May» , 
Sitting in ą pleasant ihade 
Whjeb a gfove of myrtlet made» 
'BeaiU did leap, and birdi did sing, 
Treea did grow, and planto did ^irlng i 
Eveiy thing did banidi moan, 
Sarę the mgfatingale alooe : 
flie» poor bird, as all foriorD* 
Łeaa'd ber breast np-till a thom. 
And there song the dolefoltirt ditty, 
That to hear tt was great pity : 
" Fie, fie, ftt/* now wonld she ery, 
* Tern, Tera," by and by : 

That to hear her so complain, 

Scarce I eoold from tearsTelińdn ; 

For her grie^ Bo1ively fhown* 

Madę me think upoo nune own. 

Ah ! (thoaght I) tboo moum'tt in Tain; 

Kone take pity on thy pain : 

S c nselen trees, they caonot hear thee ; 

Bmhless beasts, they wifl not cbeer thee ; 

King Pandion, be is dead : 

Afl thy lirfends ass lapp^d in lead : 

AU thy fellow birdado siqg,. 

Ghrefess of thy sorrowing* 

£vcn so, poor hird, like thee. 

Nonę alire will pity me> 

Whibt as fickle Fortune smird, 
Tbun and I were both b^uiPd* 
Erery one that flatten thee, 
Is no Iriend in misery. 
Woids are casy tike the wbd ; 
Faithiat liriends are haid to fi^ 
£vcry man wiDbe thy friend, 
^'\ilst thoB hast wherawith to spend ; 

if it^ oC tBowns be scant, 
. tnaa will supply tby want, - * 

vnL. V. 

If tiiat one be prodigAt, 
Boantiful they will him cali : 
And with snch like flattering, 
FUy but ke »ere a king.'*' 


If be be addict to ▼ice, 
Oniekly him they will eiftice ; 
If to women be be heot, 
They bave him at oomraandement ; 
Bat if fortunę once do frown, 
Theo fanwell bis great renown : 
They that (awn'd on him beforr, 
Use his company no morę. 
He that is thy friend indeed, 
He will help thee in thy need ; 
If thoa sorrow, fae will weep; 
If tboo wake, be cannot sleep: 
Tbus of erery grief in beart 
He with thee doth hear a pait. 
Tbese are certain signs to know 
Faithfot friend from flattering foe. 


Take, oh, take those lips away, 
That so sweedy were fbrswom ; 

And those eyes, the break of day, 
ligbti that do mislead tbe mom: 

But my kisses bring again, 

Seab of lorę, but seal'd in raiik 

Hlde, oh, hide those hills of snów 
' Which thy frozen bosom bears. 
On whose tops the ptnki that grow, 

Are of those that April wears. 
But fint set my poor beart frcSe, 
Bound in those icy chains by thee.. 


Łet the bbd of loudest lay, 

On the sole Arabian tree, 

Herald sad and trnmpet be. 

To whose sound chasite wtngs obey.. 

But thoa sbrieking harbinger, 
Pottl pre-cnrrer of the fiend, 
Augur of the ferer'8 cnd. 
To this troop come tboo not near. 

From this session intcrdict 
Breiy fowl of tyraot wing, 
Sarę the eaglę, feather'd king: 
Keep the o b seąny so strict 


Łet tbe priest in saiplice wbite, 
That defuncttre musie can. 
Be the death-diviniog swan, 
Lest the repiiem leck his righŁ 

And thoa, trehle-dated crow, 
That thy sabłe gender mak'ftt 
With tiie breath thoa fiT'st and tak%t, 
'Mongst our d^oumen shalt thoa gob 

Here the antbem doth ootemwicei*^ 
Łore and constanty is dead } 
Phemx and the tnrtle fled 
ta a mntual flame firam benoe. 


6o they loi^d, as lov« m twaim 
Cad the essence bat in one ; 
Two distinetB, div»ion nonet 
Kamber there id love was. siania 

H^earta remote, yet oot asimder j 
J>tsUnce, and no ipaoe was seem 
Twirt the tuitle and bis ąueen c 
Bat in-tbem it wcre a. wondec 

So between tbęm lo^ 4id ^hine^ 
Tbat the tartle saw bis right 
FUming in tbe pbenix' sigbt: 
Either was tbe otber*« minę* . 

Property was tbos appall?^ 
Tbat the self was not the same^ 
Single natuiePs double Bąa^ę 
Keitber iwo nor one waa cui'd^ 


KeasoD, in itself eonfounded, 
Saw di^isioD grow togetber ; 
To tfaemseives yet eitber-neitbc^ 
Simple were so weU compounded ; 

Tbat it jcried, ^' bow tnie a twaia 
Seemetb tbis oonoordaoit one ! 
IiOve,bath reason, roason nonę, 
If wbat parts can so remain.** 

WbereapoD it madę tbis threna 
To tbe pbenix and the i,c^% 
iCo-sapremes and stara of lorej 
As cboros to their tiagic scenei 


Beauty; tmth, and rarity, 
Orsce in all simplicity, 
Herę enckis'd in cinden He. 

0eatb is now tbe pbenix* nest; 
And tbe turtle^s loyal breast 
To eternity doth rest, 

Leasing no posterity : — . . 
'T was not their inlbmaity, 
U was manried cbastity. 

Truth may seen, bot cannot be; 
Beauty brag, but 't is not she ; 
Tratb and beauty bury'd be. 

To tbis am let those repair 

Tbat are either tnie or fiur; 

For tbese deąd birds sigh a prayer. 

mjOiSftĄffilfii POEM9. 


Fkom off a bill whose concttre womb re-worded 
A plaintful story from a sisleriog ^e. 
My spirits to attend tbis double yoice accorded, 
And down I lay to list tbe sad^tunM taJe : 
Ere long espy'd a fickl^maid fuli pale, 
Tearing of papers/ breaking rings a-twaiu, 
Storming ber world with sprnnr'f wind and nin» 

, Upon ber head a platted hife cf straw, 
Which fortiiy'd ber yisage from the Son, 
Whereon tbe tbought migfat tbink somettme it flstwj 
Tbe carcass of a faNsauty spent and done. 
Time bad not scytbed att that youtb begun* 
Nor yoath all qait ; b <^ spite oif Heaven's fell ragc^ 
fiome beanty peep*d tbrough lattioe of sear^d sige* 

Oft did ńie heave ber napkin to ber eyne, 
Which oo it bad conoeitod characters,^ 
LaondYing tbe silken figures in the brine • 

That season*d woe bad pelleted in tears. 
And often r^ding wbat cootents it bean ; 
As often shrieking undistingaishM woe, 
In damoan of all sise^ botb high and Iow. 

Sometimes ber leverd eyes their carriage lide^ 
As they did battery to tbe spberes intend ; 
Sometime di^erted tbeir poor balls are ty'd 
To the orbed eartbj sometimes they do extend 
Tbeir Tiew right on $ anon their gazes lend 
To every place at onee, and no where fiz^d, 
Tbe mind and sigbt distrac t edly commiK'd» 

Her hair, nor looae, nor ty'd in fonnal piat, 
ProdaunM in ber a careless band of pride ; 
For some, antock*4» descended ber 8heav'd hal, 
Hanging ber pale and pined cheek beside ; 
Some in her tbreaden fillet still did bidę. 
And true to bondage, would not break from thencs, 
Tboogb slackiy braided in looseHMgligenoe. 

A tbonsand farours from a maund sbe drew 

Of amber, crystal, nnd of bedded jet, 

Which one by one she In a river threw, 

Upon whose wegping margent sbe was set,-*- 

like usury, appiying. wet to wet, 

Or monarcbs* hands, that let not boanty fali 

Where want cries tome, bot where exceas bega alL 

Of fblded scbedules bad sbe many 'a one;^ 
Which she perusM, sigb'd| tort, and gare tbe flood; 
Crack'd many a ring of posied gold and bonę, 
Bidding them find tbeir aepolcbres in mud ; 
Found yet morę letteis sadty pea'd in blood,V 
Witb sleided silk feai and affectedly 
EnswathM, and ^Vd to eurious seoresy. 

Tbese often bathM śhe in her laxiye eyes, 
And often kis8'd, and often 'gan to tear ; 
Cry'd, <* O false blood ! thoo re^ster of Ites, 
Wbat unapproved witness dost thoa bear ! [berę!" 
fnk would have seem'd morę black and damned 
Tbis sald, in top of ragę tbe lines she rents. 
Big" dasoootent so breaking their oontents. 

A rererend man, that graz'd bis cattle nigb, 

(Sometime a blusterer, tbat the ruffle knew 

Of oouit, of city, and bad let go by 

Tbe swiftest boara)-obserT6d as they flew ; 

Towards this attilcted fsncy fastly drew ; 

And, priyileg^d by age, desires to know 

In brief, the grounds and motives of ber woe. 

So slidcs be down upon bis grained bat, 
And comely-distant sits be by ber side; 
When be ag^n desires her, being sat, 
Her grierance witb his bearfng to diTide: 
If that ftom brm there may be augbt apply'4 
MThich may her suffering eestasy assuage^ 
*T is prom»'d in the «barity of age. 



* Artfaer," abe uy, « thoągli in me yotf behord 
The iiąjuiy of muiy a blastinc hoar, 

Łet it not tell yoor jadgment I am old ; 
Not age, bat wnow, oFer me hatb power : 
I migfaft as }ret ha^e beeo a spreading flower, 
rnah to myielf , if I had nlf-apf>ly*d 
Ufwe to mywśti, and to no kwe beside. 

*' Bttt HM » me ! too early I ittended 
A yo Mthfu i tiiit (it waa to geid my gnoe) 
Of one by Natnie^t outwardsso eommeoded, 
Tbat maiden't eyee slock ever all^ his foce ; ■ 
Lmfe hek^ a dwalling, and madę hnn ber place; 
And wben in bis fair parts she did abide, 
She «Bsnev ktdg^d, and newly deified. 


** His biowny locks did bang in crooked curli ; 
And cmy ligbt oocasion of tbe ^nd 
Upon his lips their sHken parcels harls. 
What 's sweet to do, to do wiH aptiy find : 
JBaeh eye tbat saw lum did enchant the mind ; 
For on bis ^isage wpM in łittle diawn, 
Wbat l a r gmeis thinks in l^radise was sawn. 

** Smali sbow óf man was yet upon his chin; 
His phenix down began botto appear, 
like nnshom ^elTet, on tbat termlcss skin, 
Wbose bare oat>bragti tbe web it seemM to wear; 
Yet 8bow'd his Tisage by tbat oost most dear j 
And nioe afieetions wa^eiing stood in doubt 
If fosst *t were as it wa8» or best witfaont. 

** His qualities were beaoteous as bis form, 

ForniaideD4oogQ'd he was^^aiid tbereof free; 

Yet, if men morM Um, was be soch a.storm 

As oa *twizt BCay and April is to see, 

Whcn winda breathe sweel^ nnnily thoagh they be. 

His mdenesB so with his anlhoriz^d youth, 

Did Uvery falswwss in a pride of triith. 

* Weil could be ride, and often men would say, 
< Tbat borse his mettle Aom hn lider takes: 
Praod of saijećtioa, noUe by tbe sway, 

What fottnds, what boands, wbat oonTse, what stop 

be makes !' 
And controrersy henoe a ^^nestión takes, 
Whetber tbe hofse by bim became his deed, 
Ot be bis maaage by Oie well-doiag steed. 

" Bot qnickly on this side fhe verdict wedt ; 

His real habHnde gave iife and grace 

To Bppertainings and to ornament, 

Aceompfish'd in himself, not in bis case : 

AU aids, thcmseWes madę fairer by their place, ' 

Came for additrans^ yet their parpo8*d trim 

Piee'd not his grace, but were all grac^d by bim. 

** So on the tip of his sabduing tongne 
AU kind of argnments and ąnestran deep. 
Alt repltcation prompt, andreason strong, 
FCr bis adtantoge^ll did wake and slee p : 
To make the weeper laagh, tbe hiugber wccp, 
He had the dialeet and different skill, 
Catehmg all passions in hn craft of wilł ; 

** Tbat be did in tbe generał bosom reign 
Of yonng, of old ; and sexes both enchanted. 
To dwell with bim in tboughts, or to remain 
In per^pnal dnty, folkming wbere be haonted : 
Consentp bewitch'd, ere be desire, have graotod ; 
And dialogii^d for bim wbat he wonld say, 
Ad^d their own wiOsy and madę their wiUs obey. 

*' Many there were that did bis pićhire get. 

To serre their eyes, and in it put their toind ; 

•like fbols that in the imagioation set 

The jB^)odly objects which abroad they find 

Of landś and mansions, theirls inthonght asstgn^d ; 

And labouring in morę płeasnres to bestow thetn, 

Than the tme gouty landlord which doth owe them : 


So many hare, that ne?er toucbM his band, 
Sweetly suppos*d them mistress of his heart 
My woeful self, that did in freeiom stand. 
And was my own fee-simple, (not in part) 
What with his art in youUi, and yootb in art, 
Threw my aJfections in his charmed power, 
Reserr^d the stalk, and gave bim all my flower. 

^ Yet did I not, as some my eąttels did, 
Demand of bim* nor behig desired, yielded ; 
Finding myself in bonoor to fbrbld, ' 

With safest dfstatice I minę honour shielded; 
£xperience for me many biilwarks buiMed 
Of proofs oew-bleeding, which remain'd tbe foil 
Of this fhise jewel, ahd his amorons s^l. * 

** But ab ! wbo erer 8hnn*d by preoedent 
The destin'd ill she must herself assay ^ 
Or lbrc*d esattplies, 'gainst ber own content, 
To pttt the by-passM perib in ber way ? 
Counsel may stop awbile what wiU not stay ; 
For when we ragę, adTice ts oflen seen 
By blonting ns to make our wits morę keen. 

*' Nor gives it satisfoction to onr blood, 
That we must corb it opon otbers* proof. 
To be fbibid the sweets that seem so good^ 
Kor fear of hanns tbat preach in our behoof. 
O appetite,' finom jodgment stand aloof t 
The one a palate hatb that needs will taste, 
Thoogh reason weep, and ery iłis ihy lasL 


" For forther I conld say, tMs man '« ttnłnte. 
And knew the pattems of his foul beguiKng; 
Heatd where his plattts in otbert* orcbards grew, 
Saw bow deeeits were guiled in his smiling ; 
Knew nywa were ever birokers to deAlhsg ; 
Thougbt, cfaaracters, and words, merely bnt art. 
And bastards of his foni adnlteiate heart 

« And long opoo these terms I held my city, 
Till thos he 'gan besiege me : * Gentle biaid, 
Hare of my suffering youth some feefing pity. 
And be not of my boly tows afraid: 
That 's to.yoa sworn, to nonę was ever sald ; 
For feasts of lo^e I bare been ca]l*d unto, 
Till now did ne*er inrite, nor nerer tow. 

** * All my ofiences that abroad you see, 

Are emrars of the blood, nonę of the mind : 

LoTO madę them not; with acture they may be, 

Wbere neither party is nor tnie nor kind: 

They sought their shame that so their shame did find ; 

And so much less of shame in me remains. 

By how much of me their reproach contains. 

'* * Among'tbe many that minę eyes hare seen. 

Not one wbose flame my heart so much aswarm*d» 

Or my afibction put to the smallest teen, 

Or any of my letsures eyer eharm*d : 

Harm have I 'done to them, but ne*er was harm'd i 

Kept bearts tn liTories, bot minę owo was free^ 

And reign*dy couunanding in his monarchy. 


** * Łook her« vfaftt tributes wounded faocies tent 
Of paled pearb, and mbies red w blood i [me, 
Figuńng that Uiey their pasńoDS Hkewue ieot me, 
Of grief »ftd blusbes, apUy undentood 
In bloodless wbite, and tbe encńmioa*d mood ; 
Effects uf temmr and dear modesty, 
fiicamp^d in beartf, but figbting outYardly. 

" < And 1o 1 bebold tbese talenUoC tfadr baur, 
Witb twisted metal BWOfonAy impleacb'd, 
I baTe receiT'd hom many a seTeral fair, 
(Tbetr )cind acceptanoe we^ingly beseecb*d) 
With tbe annciuons of iair gems enrich'd, 
And deep-bratnM aonnets thatdid ampUfy 
Eacb stoae's dear naturę, wortb, and qq^y* 

*' * The diaraond ; wby 't was beautifnl and bard, 
Whereto hu uivis'd properties.did tend ;. 
The deep-green emerald, in whoee firesb regard 
Weak sigbts their siekły radiaoce do amend; 
Tbe beaven-hued sapphire and the opal blend 
With ofajects manifoid ; each 8everal stone, 
With wit well blazouM, smi^^d or madę some rnoan. 



* Ło! allthęsetropbiesofaffBCtłonsbolt, 
Of peoeiv*d and subdued desires the tender. 
Naturę hath chargM me tbat 1 board tbem not. 
But yiefd them up whem I myself must render» 
Tbat is, to you, my oiigin aud ender : 
For tbese, of force, must your oblaiions be^ 
Since I their ^Itari yoa enpptroo me. 


* o tben advanpe of yours tbat pbrasdesf band, 
Wbose wbite weighe down the airy Beal.e of praise ; 
Take all tbese similies to your own oommanid, 
Halk)w'd with sighs that bnming Inngs; did raise ; 
What me your ipinister, for 5rott obeys, 
Works under yoMj and to your audit oomet 
Their distract pąreeis in oombined soms, 

" < Lo ! Uiis device wassent me fmm a myn* 
Or sister sanctified of boliesŁ oote^ 
Whteh late her noble suit \ń court did shuo, 
Whose rarest baTUigs madę the blussoms dotc| 
For she was sought by spiritp of richcst coat. 
But |[e|^ cold disMmce, and did thenoi remofre, 
Tó speńd her livittg in /etenpajl lofe* 

«< < But O, my sweet, what la^ur if *t to Iea>» 
The thJng we have not, masteńng ^hat not striyes ł 
Playing tbe place which did no n>rm roceire, 
Pla3^ng patient sports in unconstrained gyfes; 
She tbat her famę so to bęrself oootriTes, 
Th i scars pf battle scapc^ by U^e flight. 
And makes hęr abpence yaliant, not ber might 

** * O pardon m^, in tbąt my boast is true^ 
The accident which brought me tp her eye, 
UpoB the moment did her force subdue, 
And DOW she frould the caged cloister fly: 
Religious love put out religion's eye : 
Jifot to be tempted, vould she be enmur'dy 
And now, to tempt all, liberty procur'd. 

** * How miglkty tben you are, O bear me tell ! 

Tbe broken bosoms tbat to me belong, 

Haye emptied all their fbuntains in my well, 

And minę I potir your ocean all anaong : 

I strong o'er tbem, and you o*er me being strong, 

Must for your victory us all congest, ' 

Ascompound ]ove to pbysic your cold breast 

(• f 

My parts had po«er4o«liftm a tacred 
Wbo <UscipIia'd and ^eted in grace, 
BelieT'd ber eyes wben I tbe assail b^;nn, 
All vowB and coosecratioos giring place. 
O most potential lo? e ! vo«r, bood, nor space, 
In tbee hath neither sting, knot, nor oonfiae. 
For thoa art all, and all tiiings ełse are thine. 

" ' Wben thon impresscst, nhat are prteeptrwOrth 
Of stale eaample ? Wben tbou*fńlt inflaine» 
How ooldly tbose impediments jtand forth 
Of wealtb, of filial fear, law, kindred, famę ? 
'Uyre^s anns are peace, 'gainst rule, 'gainst seaa*, 

* 'gainst shame, 
And sweete^s, in the snffering pangs it beara* 
The aloes of all forces, shocks, and fears. 

" < Now all tbese hearts that do on minę depand* 

Peeling it break, with błeeding groans they pine. 

And suppUcant their sighs to you estcfid. 

And leave the battery tbat you make 'gainat mio^ 

Lendiog soft audiencę to my sweet design. 

And credent ^oul to that stroog-bonded oatfa» 

That shall prefer and uodertake my trotli.* 

** This said, his watery eyes be did dismount, 
Whose siębts till tben were level'd on my face ; 
Each cheek a river ninoing from a-fount 
Witl) brinish current downward flow'd apace: 
O how the ohaboel to the stream gave grace 1 
Wbo, glaz*d with crystal^^gate the glowing itises 
That flame througb water which their hue encloaes^ 

" O ^her, wbat a beli of witdicraft lies 

In tbe smali oib of one particular tear ! 

But with tbe imindation of the eyes 

What rocky heart to wafeer will not wear ? 

What bre^ so oold tbat is not warmed here ? 

O.cleft effect ! cold modesty, hot wiath, 

Both fire from hence and cbill e^tincture haftb \ 

** Forlo! bis pasńoD, but an art of craft, 

£ven there resol^^d my reason into tears i 

There my wbite stole of chastity I daft, 

Shook off my Bober'guards, and ci^il fean; 

Appear to him, as be to me appeais, 

All melting ; tboogU our drops this diffierence bore^ 

His poison'd me, and minę did him rescore. 

*f In bim a plenitude of subtle matter, 

Apply*d to cautels, all strange.forms receiyes, 

Of boming blushes, or of weeping water, 

Or swooniog paleness ; audi be Ukes and leaves» 

In either^s aptness as it best deceiyes. 

To blush at spseches rwaJL, fb weq> at woe8» 

Or to tum wbite and swoon at tragic showsr 

'* That not a heart which in his level came, 

Gonld scapa the hail of his alUhurting aim, 

Showing fair Naturę i» both kind and Ume ; 

And veil'd in them, wisuld win wbom be wpuld maim : 

Against tbe thing be sought be would esclaim ; 

Wheń he most bumt in beart-wisb^d lusury, 

He preach'd pure maid, and prai8'd cold chastity. • 

« Xhas merely witb the garment of a grace 
Tbe naked and concealed fiend be ooTer'd, 
Tbat tbe unezperiencM gave tbe tempter place, 
Which, like a cherubm, above tbem borer^d. 
Wbo, young and simple, woukl not be so lover'd } 
Ab me ! I fell ; and yet do question make 
I Wbat I should do agoin for such a sake. 



*" Oy tbat infected mdstare of his eye, . 
O, tbat fahe fire whtch in his cheeh so gWd, 
O, tfaat iorc*d thander Irom his beart did fly. 
Oj that sad breath his spungy laogs bestow'd, 
O, alt tbat borrowed motioo, s^emiug ow'd» 
Would yet agam betrfty the fbre-betray'd, 
Aod new porfert a reóonciled maid !*' 



noM is Tou Łin n, , 

Blow, blow thod winter-wiody 
Thoa ait not so unknid 

As iiian's ingratitudel 
Thy tooth it not so keeii, 
Becanse thoa ait not seen, 

Althougb )hy breaih be rade. 
Heigh, bo ! sfaig heigh, ho ! noto the green hoHy, 
Moet fricodship is feigning, most lo^ing merę iblly. 

Then bdgh, ho^ the holly ! 

Tłu Ufe IS most jolły. ^ 

"FnetiBf ffeeze, thoa bitter sky, 
That dost not bite so nigh 

As beoefits fbfgot ! 
Hioagh thoa the waters warp, 
Th j Sting is not so sharp 

As fneod remeniber'd wJt* 
Heighy ho ! &c. dcc 

Ol wmuua»*§ ■suoofr, amd lu)yi's łabous^s łost. 

On a day, (aJack the day ! ) 

Love, whose monUi Is ' ever May, 

9pied a bkisKrn, passing fiur, 

Jlaying m the wanttm air. 

Throttgh the ydret leaves the wind 

An onseen 'gan passage find, 

That the lorer', sick to death, 

Wish^d himself the Heaven»8 breath. 

** Air,* qaoth he, '* thy cheeks may blow ;— « 

Air, woold I might trinmph so ! 

Bot alach ! ' my band is sworn 

Ke'er to phick thee Irom thy thorn. 

Yoir, alack i for yooth onmeet, 

Tooth so apt io płock a swee^ ; 

Bo^ not cali it sm inr me 

That I am fecswom for thee : 

Thoo, for who|p [e^en] Jo^e woald swear 
Jano but an £tbiop were ; 
And deny himself for Jove» 
Tuniiog mortal for thy * lorę." 


A sono. 

Whhi daisio pied, and ▼tolets bloe. 

And lady-smocks all sil^er white. 
And cackoD-budSy of yellow hue, 

Do paint the meadows with delight* 
The cackoo tben on ev*ry tree 
Mocks married men, for thu^sings he | 

Cackoo! cackoo! — Owotdoffear, 
Uhpłeasing to a niarriM ear ! 

When shepherds pipę on oaten straws^ 

And merry larksare ploaghmeki's clocki^ 
When toitles tread and rooks and daws, 

And maidens bleacb their summer smocksj 
The cackoo then on eyery tree 
Mocks married meó, for thus sings he; 

Cackoo ! Cackoo ! — O word of fear, 
Unpleasing to a marned ear t 

I M niras.^ Ebg, HeL 

Sbepherd.'' £ag.Hel. 

Alas my liand hath.'* Bng. Hel. 
« Th«e tvo iuMi waatiag ia JBog. HeL 

s « 
s « 



Wnm icicles hang by the wali, 
And Dick the shepherd btóws his nail, 

And Tom bears logs into the hall. 
And milk oomes firogen borne in pail ; 

Wlien blood is nipt, and ways be foiil» . 

Hien nightjy sings the staring owi* 


INi^whit ! to-wboo ! a merry note» 

While greasy Joan doth keel the poL 

IHien all ak)od the wind doth Uow, 
And ooaghing drowns the panpnii sąir. 

And birds sit broodlngin the snów, 
And Marian's ńose k>oks red and raw ; 

When roasted crabe hiss in the bowl» 

Tben nightJy sings the staring owi, 

T«-whoo ! 

Ta-whit ! ta-whoo f a merry note^ 

While greasy Joan doth keel the pot. 



Now the hangry lion roais. 
And the wolf behowls the Moon, 

Whiist tbe heavy ploughman snoite^ 
All with weary task foredone. 

• *• My.'»- ISag. HcL 



' Now the wasted braods dorglow; - 

Whilst the acritch-cwl, soritchiDg lond, 
Puts the wretcli, that liee in woe, 

In remembrance of a sbroud. 
Now it 19 the time of night 

That the grayes, all gaping wide, • 
Every one let8J[ortfa his spite, 

In the churcnway patbs to glide; 
And we Faińes, that do run 

By the triple Hecat^s team, 
From the presence of the Sao, 

FoUowing darkness like a dream, 
Now are frolic ; not a ińoose 
Shall disŁurb tbis hallow^d hoase : 
I am sent with broom before 
^To sweep the dust behind the door. 



SiOH no more, ladies, sigh no morę ; 

Men were deceirers ever ; 
One (bot in sea, and one on shore. 
To one thing constant never : 
Then ngh not so. 
But let them go, . 
And be you bitthe and bonny ', 
Converting all your sounds of woe 
Into, Hey nonny, nonny. 

Sinj; no more ditties, stng no m# 
Of dumps so duli and heavy ; 

The liraud of men was eyer so, 
Since summer first was leaTy. 
Then sigh not so, &c. 



Tbłł me, where is Fancy bred, 
Or in the hleart, or in the head ? 
}Iow begot, bow noarished } — 


It 18 engender^d in the eyes ; 
With gazing fed ; and Fancy die» 
In the cradle where it lies. 
Let us all ring Fancy *6 tmell: 
I Ml begm it. — Ding, dong, belL 
Ding, dong, belL 



Whbbb the bee sncks, there suck I ; 
' In a cow8lip'8 beli I He ; 

There I oouch when owls do ery ; 

On the bafs baok I do fly, 

Afber summer, merrily ; 
Merrily, merrily shall I Ute now 
Uoder the blossom that hangi od tho bough. 




CoMB a?way, oome away, d^tb. 

And inlsad cypress let me be Iaid$ 
Fly away, fly away, breath, 

I am slain by a fińr cniel maid. 
My shroud of whitę, stuck all «ith ye«r, 

O prepare it ; 
My part of death no one to tme 

Did share it. 
Not a flower, not a flower sweet 

On my black coffin let there be stromis 
Not a friend, not a friend greet 

My poor corpse, where my bones shall be 
A thousand thoasand sighs to save, 

Lay me, O ! where 
Sad tnie lorer nev*er find my graye. 

To weep there I 



« Who is SiWia ? what is she, 

** That all onr swains commend ber ?" 
Holy, fair, and wise ia she, 

The HeaVeus such grace did lend her, 
That she might admiied be. 

'< Is she kind aa she is fiair ? 

« For beaoty lives with kindness :^ 
Love doth to her eyes repair. 

To help him of his blindness; 
And, being help'd, inhabits there. 

Theo^to Sy1via let us sing, 

That SyWia is excelling; 
She CBcels each mortal thing 

Upon the duli Earth dwelling \ , 
To her let us garlands bring. 



Fbab no more the beat o' ih* Sun^ 
Nor the forioas Winler'8 rages; 

Thou thy woridly task hast doiie, 
Home art gone, and ta*en thy wageat 

Golden lads and girls all must, 

As cbimnej-sweepers, come to dusU 

Fear no more the frown o' th' great, 
Thou art past the tyranfs sUtike % 

Care no more to cloihe and eal, 
To thee the reed is as the oak. 

The iceptre, leaming, physic, miat 

All follow this, and oome to dusU 

Fear no more the Hgbtning-flash, 
Nor th' all-dreaded thunder stone ; 

Fear not slander, censnre rash, 
Thou hast finished jóy and moan. 

All lover8 youńg, all iorers inusfc' 

Gonsign to thee, aad oooift to duBt« 



Vo esordser hflna tlMe ! 
Nor no vitchcnft cbarm thee f 
Ghost unlftid forbear thee ! 
Nothing iii cooae near thee I 
From it consammation htife, 
And fcBowiied be tby gnre ! 



IhcDBK the green-YOod tree 
Who Ufna to Ue with me. 

And tune bit meny notch 

Uota the sweet bird's throat^ 

Gome Ulher, oome hither, come bither; 

Herę shall be see 

No enemy 
But Winter and rongh weather. 

Who doth ombłtłOD tbon, 
And loTee to live i* the ran ; 
Seeking the fbod be eats. 
And p1eas*d with wbat be geti, 
Gome bither, come bither, oome bitbcr : 
Herę śball be wte 
No enemy 
I Bot Winter and nmgb wentbcr 










1 HIS poet was the tbird son of John Daries, of Tisbory, in Wiltdiire, not a tann^r^ 
as Antbony Wood asserts, but a gentleiiian» ibrmerly of New hm^ and aftarwards a 
practhioiier of law in his Datire plaee. Hit motber was Mary, tbe daugbter of Mr« 
Bennett, of Pitt-boase, in tbe same county. 

Vfbax not fifteen yeara óf age be was sent to Oxford, in Biicbaelmas-term, ISSS, 
irbete be was admkted a oommoner of Queen*8 College, and prosecuted bis studies 
withpenererance and soccess. About tbe begfamii^ of tbe year 1588 be remoyed to tbe 
Middie Tempk, bnt returned to Oxfbrd in 1590, and took tbe degtee of bacbełor of 
arts. At tbe Tempie, wbile be did not n^ect tbe stndy of the law, be rendered bimsdf 
obopiioua to tbe disdpbne of tbe frface by Tarious youtbfiil irregoiarities, and after be- 
lagfined was at kst removed finom commons* Notwitbstanding tbis, be was caUed 
to tbe bar in 1595, bot was agam so indiscreet as to forfeit bis pnvileges by a quarrel 
wilb Mr. Riebard Marlm, wbom be beat m tbe Tempie Hall. For tbis ofibnoe be was, 
bFebniary J 597-8, ezpeDed by tbe nnanimoas sentenoe of tbe society. Martin was, 
like himself, a wit and a poet, and bad once been eapelled for improper bebayiour. 
Botb, boweyer, outliired tbeir foUies, and rosę to considerable eminence intbeirpro^ 
fesaon. Martin became reader of tbe society, rrcórder of Łoddon, and member cf 
patliament, and enjeyed tbe esteem of Selden, Ben Jonson,^ and otber men of leanung 
and gciiias, wbo lamented bis preraatare deatb in l6l8. 

AAer tbis afiir our poet returned to Oxford, where be is sopposed to liave written 
Ul poem on Tbe ImmortaHty of tbe SouU Tbere is some mistake among bis biogra- 
phen as to tbe time of its pubbcation, or e^en of its being writłen. If, as tbey all say, 
be wrote it at Oxford itt-1598, and publisbed it in 1 599) bow is eitber of tbese facts to . 
be reooncfled witb tbe Dedication to QQeen Elizabetb, wbicb is dated July 1 1, 1592 f 
Mr. Park, wbose accniacy and leal for literary bistory induced Ińm to pot tbis qnestion 
to tbe Raders of Tbe Biograpbia Britannica, bas not attefaapted a solution ; and it most 
remain in tbis state, miless an editicm of the Nosce Teipsnm can be foimd, of a prior 
date,.or any gronnd for snpposing tbat tbe datę of tbe Dedication was a typograpbieał 


His poem, however» procurćd to him, as he desenred, a Tciy high distinction amonie 
the writen of his time, whom, in harmony of venificatłon, hefaas w surpassed. Whe- 
ther Elizabeth bestowed any marks of her favour, does not appear. He kiiew« howerer, 
her love of flattery, and wrote twenty-sis acrostic hymns on the words Elizabetha rcgina, 
which are certainly the best of their kind. 

It is probabłe that these compiimentary trifles madę him known to the courtien, for 
w^n the queen was to be enteriained by Mr. Secretary Cecil, oiir poet, by desire, coo- 
tributed his share in A Conference between a Gentleman Usher and a Post, a dramatic 
entertamment, which does not add mach to hb reputation. A copy exists in the British 
Musćnm, Harl. MS. No. 286. His progress Arom being the terras filius of a court \o 
a seat in parliament is not known, but we find that he was chosen a member in the last 
parliament of Elizabeth, which met on the 27th of October 16OI . He appears to faave 
Gommenced^his political career with spiiit and intelligence, by ppposing monopoUes, 
which were at that time too freąuently granted, and strenuously supporting the pmi- 
leges of the house, for which the queen had not the greatest respect. 

In 4consequence of the figurę he now madę, and after suitabk apolc^s to the judges, 
he was restored, in TSriuity-term 1 60 1 , to his former nuak in the Tempie. Lord Clwnoellor 
EUesmere appears to have stood his^fiiend on thb occasion, and Daries oontinued to 
ądvance in his profession, lintii the acoession of James L opened new pro^ieets. Hav- 
ing gone with lord Hunsdon to Scotland to congratulate the new king, the latter findin|^ 
that he was the autfaor of Nosoe Teipsum, gradonsly enbraced him, as a maik of Us- 
friendship, and certainly nb inconsiderable proof of his taste. 

In 1603 he was sent aś sólicitor-general to Ireland, and immediately rosę to be 
attomey*genetal. Being afterwards appobted one of the Judges of assise, he conducted 
himself with so much pmdence and humanity on the drcuits as greatly to cootnbute 
to aiłay the ferments which eusted in that country, and received the praises of his su- 
peiiors, " as a painful and well-deserying servant ofhis miyesty.^' In Trinity-tenn 1606, 
he was called to the degree of serjeant at'law, and reoeived the honour of kni^-* 
hood,>on the llth of February l6d7. His biogia|Aer attributes these promotions to 
the patronage of lord EUesmere and the earl of Salisbufy,^ith whom he corresponded, 
ąnd to whom he sent a veiy interesting aocount of a drcuit he performed with the lord 
deputy in Joly .1607* Sucb was Irefamd then that a guard of '* six or seren-soore foot 
and fifty or three-score horse" was tbought a necessaiy protection against a peasantiy 
retowring from thenr wihiness. 

In l€06 he was sent to England, with the chief justice, In order to rcpresent to king 
James the efiects which the estaUiabment of public peaoe, and these progresses of the 
law, had produced, since.the comnencement of his mąjesty^s rdgn. His reception on 
such an occasion could not bńt be iaYOurable. As his residence in Irdand.ąflforded him 
many opportunitaes to stndy the histoiy and genius of thit people, he pubtished the 
result of his iaquuies.m l6l2, under^the title of A I>iscoveiy of the tnie Causes wby 
Ireiand was nerer entirely subdued till the Beginnii^ of his Mąjest/s Reign. This has 
been reprinled four times, and has always bcen considered as a most talnable* decu*' ' 
ment for political imjuirers. Soon after the puUication of it, he was appobted the 
king^s seijeant, and a parliament hayhig been called in Irehmd tn the same year, he was 
elected representatiYe for the county of Fermanagh, the first it had ever chosen ; and 
after a violent struggle between the Roman Catholic and Protestant members, he was 
chosen speaker of the house of commons. In l6l4 he interested himself in the Kvifal 


fdiim mxiiĘ^ of antiąnaries, yitikii bad been instituted id 1590, but^Aerwards^iscon- 
tumed, aod was dow again attompted to be revived by sir James Ley ; at this period it 
conld eDumerate ainong its members tbe namte of Cotton, HackweU» Carnden, Stów, 
Spdman, and Whitlock. 

In ldl5 he pnblished Reports of Cases adjudged in tbe KJog^s Courts in Ircland. 
Theee^sayi bis biogiapber, were tbe fint leportt of Iiisb judgnients wbicb bad ever 
been aoade pabbc, duringtbe four bundred yean tbat tbe lawa of Eoglaiid bad exi»tcd 
in tbat kiogdom. To tbe Reports is aonexed a preface, addressed to lord chanoeilor 
Elksmete* *' wbicb ms witb Coke in soUdity and leaming^ and equab Blackstońe in 
daiakal ilioiCratbD and elegant langnage/' ... 

In \6\6 be retonied firom Ireland^ andfound tbat a cbaage bad .taken place in tbe 
English aditiinistration> He contawcd bowever» at king^s seijeaot» in tbe pnctice of tlie 
law, and was often aasociated as one of tbe jodges of assiae. Some of łus cbarges on 
•tbe cirćnits are still extanŁ m tbe Museom.. in l620 we find bim 8itti9g in tbe English 
piolianient for Newcastle-under-line, wb^re be dbtioguisbed hinself ebiefly 10 debates on 
ihe afUrs of Iiehnd, maintainingy agaiost Coke and otber very bigb aatborities, jkbat 
fi^land cannot make laws to bind Ireland, wbich< bad an iadependoit parliament.. 

Amidst tbeae en^loyments^ he found kdsure to republish bii Noooe T^ipsum in i6ft2f 
aloąg witb bis Acrostics^ and Orcbestra, apotm on tbe antignity and ełcelkncy of dane- 
jDg, dedkated to Charles» piince of Wales, originałly publisbed in 1596. But tliis fijat 
editioD bas escaped tbe researcbes of modem collectots, and tbe poem, as we. no w find 
jt, is imperfect Wbether it was not so in tbe fint edition may be donbted. His bio^ 
lapber tbinks it was tbere perfecta bnt wby afterwards mutilated camiot be ascertaiaed. 

Sir Jobn Daries iived four yean after tbb pubiicatioD, empioyed probably in the 
diities of his profeasion ; aod at tbe time when bigher bonoun were witbin his reacb» be 
died soddenly of an apoplexy in tbe nigbt of tbe 7tb of Deeember lfi26, and b-the fifty- 
seventh year of bis age. He bad preriously supped witb tbe loid keq)ec .Coventry » wbo 
gave bim assuraoces of being chief jastice of Eogiand. He was baiied' in St.Manin's 
Cbnrcb in tbe Fields, wherie a monument was erected to his memory, wbfcb appean to 
have been destroyed whetf the old cbufcli was puUed dowiL . . 

He nmnied, wbile in Irdand, Eleanor, the tbird daugiiter of lord Andley, by wbom 
be bad one son, wbo was an idiot and died young, and a dnogbter. Lucy, wbo was 
manied to Ferdinando, lord Hastings^ afterwards earl of Huntiogdon. Sir Jobn^s lady 
appean to have been an entbusiast ; a volume of ber prophedes was publibhed in l€49« 
4to. Antbmiy Wood informs us tbat she foretold the death of ber fausbanid, who tumec^ 
tbe matter off witb a jest She was barshly treated during tbe repuUic, for ber oflkious 
prophedesp and. is said to have been confined several yean in Bethlebem-boąpital and in 
tbe Tower of London, where she sufiered all tbe rigour tbat could be inflicted by tbese 
wbo wonld tolerate no impostures but tbeir own. She died in 16*52, and was interred 
near ber busband in St. Martins church. The late earl of Huntingdon informed lord 
Mountniorres, tbe bistorian of the Irisb parUameot, tbat sir John Davies did not w^ 
pear to have acąuired any binded property in Ireland, from hb great employments. 

The cbaracter of sir John Danes as a kwyer is tbat of great ability and learning. 
As a poliiician he stands unimpeached of corruption or senrility, and bis Tracts are va- 
lued as tbe result .of profound knowledge and inyestigation. They were lepublisbcd 
witb some originals in 178$, by Mr. George Cbafanen, who prefixed a Life of the Author, 
to wbicb tbe present sketch is ^reatly indebted. 


As a |kiet, he was one of the fint of bis day, but haś been unaocoiuitably ncglected* 
althoogh bis style approaches tbe refiiiemeot of modern times. ■ The best aibften of 
poetuad merit, bowever, seem to be agreed that his Nosoe Teipsum is a noble monumeDt 
of learning, aeuteness, command of language, aiid iadlity of venification. It .has oone, 
indeed, of the siiblimer fli|^ts which seem adapt^to pbilosophicai poetry* but be is par- 
ticulaily bappy in his images, whicb strike by their noveUy 'and ełegMice. As to his ▼€»!- 
fication, he bas anticipated tbe barmony wUdi Iłie modern eiBo* leąnures mMe sooceasfiiily 
tban any of bis cootemporaries. 

His Oi^bestra, if we oonsider the naturę of tbe snbject, is a wondcrAd mstsanoe of wbat 
a man of genius may elidt firom trifles. Whetber Soame Jenyns be iodebted to him in 
bis poem on tbe same sułgect, the reader bas now an o|qportamty of examining. His 
Acrostks are considered as the besteverwritten, but tfaat piaise issoieły not Tery gieat. 
It is amusing, however, to contemplate him giavely endeavooriiig to oTeroome the 
difficulties be had created> and seeking with greal care to ezchange an intmding word fdt 
4one better snited to bis ftyouritie initials. 

According to Wood, he wrote a yerskrn of some of the Fńhnsy wfatdi is probably lost. 
It is morę certain thAt he wrote epigrams, which were added to Marlow^s tiaaslation of 
Ovid's Epistlesy printed at Middleboigh in 1596. Mr. Ellis bas given two of them 
among bis Speehnens, which do not excite mach cmiosity for tbe rest. Maiiow's Tolume . 
is exceedingiy scarte, yrhich may be accounted for 1^ the foUowing infonnation. fai 1 599, 
the hall of the statiaaers underwerit as great a putgation as was cariied on in Don Qa]xote's 
libraiy. Marston^s PygBialioii» Mariow^s Ovid, the Satires of Hall and Manton^ 
tbe Epigrams of Drndes, &c« were ordered for immediate confl^ration by thept^riates 
Wbitgift and Bancroft^ Thcre are other pieces ireąnently ascribed to sir John Bams, 
wbidi^ Mr»' Ritson thinks^ belong to John Dayies of Hereford ; but as our authór superui* 
lended tbe cdition of his pocmspriated about fonr years befmne hn death, he indudksd all 
tfaat be thougbt proper to adbowledge, and probably, if wę except the Epigrams, nearly 
aM tiuit be had wiitten. 

The foid Dorset reoommended an edition of bis works toTate, who published tfie Nosce 
Teipsum, with the prefiue now annesed* bi 177S, anotbar edition was published by 
Mr»Thomas ]>8vies, firom a copy corrected by Mr. William llionuoni tbe poet, induding 
the Aciostics and Orcbestm. 

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'T^HERE is a natnrel love apd fboilness in English- 
•l- men Ibr -wbaterer was done in^the reignof 
qaeen Elisabeth ; we look upoo ber time as oar 
goUea age; aii4 tbe gieat men who liW in it, a4 
oar cbiefest heroes of Tirtue, and createst esamples 
of wisdoin, ooarage, integrity, and learning. 
Amoi^ many otbers, the aothor of tlUs poem 

t9 medłtate npon oiindves ; that be bas disckMed 
tonsgreaterseeretsatbomei self-refleetión b€$ng' 
tbe ouly way to Tahiable and tme knowledge, 
wbicb oonste In tbat rare science of a man'8 se^ 
wbicb tbe morał pbiJosopher Idses in a crowd of 
definitkNU^-^i^iwms^ and distinctioM s the fafistorian 
cannot find it amongst ąil bis mosty records, bemg^ 
far better aoquainted with tbe transActions of a 
tbousand yean past» tUin with the present age, or 
witk bimsetf : the writer of <iUes and romances 
waaden from tt, in Mlowing tbe deiusions of » 
wild faney, cbiments and fictioos that do not only^ 
exoeed the worfc% bot abo tbe possibility of natnre. 
Wbereas tbe resemUance of trutb is tbe utmost 
limit of poeticał liberty, wbiofa oar antbor has ▼ery 
roligiottiAy oliserTed f for he ha» nok oniy placed 
and oorinected together tbe most amiabie images 

meriu a lasting bonour ; for, as be was a most ' of sSi tfaeae powers tbat are inour Boals,botbe bas 

eloqoent Uwyer, so, in tbe composition of this 
piece, we admire bira for a good poet, and ezact 
philosdpher. It is not rbyming that makes a poet, 
bot the trae and impartial lepresenting of Tirtue 
and Tice^ so as to instmci maskind in matten of 
gieatest importance. And tbis obsenration bas 
been madę of our countrymen, tbat sir John Suck- 
Ung wrote in tbe most courtly and gentl«man-1ike 
style; WaOer in the most sweet and tewinj^ nbm- 
bers; Denbam with tbe most accurate judgment 
and correctness; Gmley with pleasiog softness, 
and plenty of Smagination: nonę erer ottered morę 
diTine thooght than Mr. Heibert ; nonę morę phi- 
hwophieal than sir John Daries* His thonghts are 
moidded into easy and significant words; bis 
ihymes never mislead tbe sense, bot are led and 
govefned by it: so tbat in reading such nsefiil 
perfiormances, tbe wit of mankind may be refiaed 
ffom its 'dross, their memories' fumished with tbe 
best notionsy their jadgments strengtbened, and 
their conceptions enlarged, by wbicb meanś tbe 
mind will be raised to the most perfect ideas it is 
capableof in fhia degenerate state. 

Bot as others bave laboured to carry ont our 
thonghts, and to entertain them with all manner 
of ddtigbts abroad ; it is tbe pecnliar cbaracter of 
this anthor, that be has taog^t os (with Ąntomons) 

funished and sąnared his matter like a tme philo- 
sopber ; that is, be has madę both body and sooi, 
ooionrandcbadowof bis poem out of tbe stors- 
hottseof bis own mihd, wbicb gires the whotework 
a. real and natura! beanty; wben that wbicb is 
bonowed ont of book^ (tbe botes of counterfeit 
completkrn) ahows well or ill as it bas moce or less 
1 ik^ness to the natura!. Bot oa r antbor is bebold-» 
ing to nooe but bimself ; and by knowing bimsdf 
tboroughiy, be bas arrired to know much; wfaich 
appean in his admirable Tariety of weiUcbosen 
metaphors and similitudes, that cannot be (bund 
witbin tbe compass of a narrow knowledge. Vi>r 
this reason tbe poem, on aoconnt of its intrJnsic 
wortb, would be as lasting as the Iliad, or the 
iSneid, if the laognage it' is wrote in wi^ as im- 
mntable as that cftbe Oraekt and Romans. 

Now it wonld be of greatbeneAt to the beaax of 
our age to carry this glass in their pocket, whereby 
tbey might learą to think, rather ttaan dress well : 
it would be of nse ałso to tbe Wits and yirtuosoes to 
cany this antidota abont them against tbe poison 
they have sucked in from Łncrstius or Uobbs. 
Tbis woold aoquaint them with sotoe principles of 
religion ; for in old times the poets were their di- 
▼ines, and eaereised a ktnd of spiritnal autbority 
amoogst tbe peopłe. Yene.inthosedays waathe 



Jiftcred style, tbe styl« of onicles and laws. The 
vow8 and.thanks of the people were recommencled 
to Łheir gods in soDgsand hymns, Whymay Łbey 
not retain this pńrilege ? for if prcMe shoald coo- 
tend włth Terse, it would be upon uiiec|ual termS| 
and, as it were, on fbot against the wings of Pega- 
tus. With what dellght are we touched in hearing 
the Stones of Hercules, Achilles, Cynis, and JBaetml 
Because in their cbarftcters we hare wisdom, ho- 
noar, fbrtitude, and justice, set before our eyes. 
It was Plato'8 opinton, that if a man could see Tir- 
tue, he would be strangely enamoared on her per- 
son. Which is the reasoa why Horace and Yirgll 
lnve continued so long in repatation, because they 
ha?e drawn ber in all the charms c^ poetry. No 
man is so senseless of ratiooal impfessions, as not 
to be wonderfully a£Eected with Qie pastorals of the 
' ancients, when under the stories of 'wo!Ves aud 
sheep, they describe the misery of people nnder 
bard masters, and their happiness onder good. So 
tbe bitter but wbolesome iambic was wont to make 
▼illany blusb ; the satire incited men to laugh at 
Iblly; the comedian chastised tbe common errours 
of life ; and the tragedian madę Idngs afraid to be 
tyrants, and tyrents to be their own tormentors. ' 
Wherefore, as sir PfaiKp Sidney said of Chaneer, 
tkat he knew not which hie shonU most wonder at, 
ęither that he ia his dark time shodld see so dis- 
tindtly, or that we in this elear age sihoald' go so 
ttnnibtingly after him ; so may we marvel at and 
bewail the Iow condition of poetry now, wben in 
dur plays scaroe any one rule of deoonim b ob- 
aerred, but in the space of two hours and an half 
we pass through all the fits of Bedlam ; in one 
icene we are all in mirth, in the neat we ars snnk 
into sadbess $ whilst even the most laboured parts 
are commonly starved for want of thooght ; a oon- 
.fiised heaap of words, and empty sound of rhyme. 

This very oonsideration sbould advance the es- 
teem of the fbUowing poem, wherein are repre- 
■antad the Tarioos mowemeots of tbe mńod ; at 
which we are as mach transpoited as włth the 
most e^teellentsceaes of passion in Sbakspeare, or 
Fletcher: for in this, aa in a mbrrour (that will not 
flatfcer) we see how the soni arbitrates in the uader- 
standing upon the varions reports of sense, and all 
tbe changes of imagination : how oompliant tbe 
wili is to hor diotates, and obeys her as a ^een 
does her kiug» At tbe sama tnne aekaowledgag a 
sobjection, and yet retaining a majesty. How the 
passions move at ber command, łike a wdl disci'' 
pUned anny $ fsom which regular eomposnre of 
the fiieulties, all operating in their proper time and 
plaee, ihcre ańses a eompbcency upon the whole * 
eoal, that infinitdy transceads alł other pleasnrat. 
What deep philosopby is this ! to disoo^rer the 
prooBss «f QqA*s ait im fasbioning the soul of man 
aAer his own image; by remaiking how one part 
mores another, and how tfaose motions are varied 
by several positioae of each part, frorn the fint 
springs and plonmets, to the very hand that pointa 
out the ▼istble and last effiacts. What «ioqtteno« 
and ibroe of wit to coavey thesa profonnd. speca- 
latioos ia tbe easiest langoage, eapressed in wocds 
so Tulgarly received, that they ars aBdeisfcood by 
tbe meanest capacities ! 

For tbe poet takes eare in every linę t&satisfy 
the understandiogs of mankind : he Ibllowś step by 
step the workings of the mind (rum the first strókes 
•f sensey theo of ^uiey, tftervards of jttdgnwBt, 

into the pńnciples both of nataral and sapeRUi-> . 
tural moti^es : hereby the soui is madę inteiligi- 
ble, which oomprehends all things besidesj tbe 
boondless tracks of sea and Imai, and the va8ter ^ 
spacji of HenTcn ; that Tital princfple ef action, 
which bas always been bosied in inquiries abroad, 
is now madę known to itsalf ; insomuch that w« 
may find out what we ourseWes are, firom wheoce 
we came, and whither we must go ; we may per- 
ceive what noble guests those are, which we lodge 
in our boaoms, which are nearer to os than all 
otber things, and ^et nothing fnrther finom onr ao* 

But berę all the labyrintbs and windiągs of the 
human frame are laid open : it is seen by what 
pulli^ and wheejs the work k carried on, as płainly 
as If a wiod#w wera opeiięd into oor breast : for it 
is the work óf GÓd słone to create a mind. — Tbe 
nezt to this is to show bow its operatkiDB are per- 

u. TATB. 



To that elear majesty which in the north 
Doth, like another Son, io' glory rise» ' 

Whidi standeth fix'd, yet ipreads her heaY^nly 

wortb; ' . . 

Loadstone to heartii and loadstar to all eyes. 

Like Heav^ in aU, like Earth to this iloney 
That through great states by her support do 

Yet abe herself sopported is o^ imnm, [stand ^ 
Bat by ihe linger of th' AJmighty** hand. 

To the diTinest and tbe richest mind, 

Beth by Art's parchase, and b^ Naturę^ dovńr, 
That ef«r was from Heaven to Eutii eonfia'dy 

To show tiie utmost of a cfeature'8 pow'r : 

To that great spring, which doth great Idngdomft 

move ; t^^^^^^^^^y 

The sacred spring, whence nght.and hoooor 
Distilling ▼irtne, shedding pcaoe and loTe, 
In cvery pbMse, as Cynthia sheda ber beams: 

I otta np aome spari^ of that fire, 
Wheraby we reaaon, live, and niovc and be^ 

These sparks by natnre e?ennore aspire^ 
Which makes them now to snch a highness flee. 

Fair sool, fince to tha fidreit body join'd, 
Yon giTe snch ]ively Hie, snch qaiclL*niDg pow'r | 

And influence of sacb celestiai kind. 
Aa keeps it stUlin yoath*s lounminl iower : 



Aa wktttt Ibe San is iNnefeotiidl the year^ 
Aad iiever doth retire his goldeo my, 

Nttck mast tbe tpinaą be everiasting there, 
And ewery acason fike the month of May. 

O! manjj maoyyean omy yon remain 

A Inppy WBgel to this hmppy land : 
Loof, long may yoa on Eartli oor empress rf igo, 

Ere yoQ m Hen? en a glorions uigel stiuid. 

Siny long (sweet tpirit) ere thon to Hea? endepart, 
Who iiiak'at eacfa place a Hea^eo whereio thon art. 

Her iD^etty^ d«voted iiibjeet 

and senrant, 

My U, 159^ 




War did my parei(ts send me to the schools, 
Tbat I with knowtedge might enrich my 

Sfiace the desire to know fint madę men fools, 
And did comipt the iroot of all mankiod; 

flor «hen 6od*s hand had written in the hearts 
Of tbe fint pareotiy all the rules of good> 

So tbat their skill inlWd, did pass all arts 
Tbat CTer were> before, or sińce the flood; 

And vben their reasou^s eye was sharp and elear, 
And (as an eagic can hehoM the Son) 

Goold bftre approach'd th* etemal iigbt as near 
As th' inteUectual angels could have done. 

Fen tben to them the spirit of lies suggests, 
Tbat tbey were blind, becanse they saw not iD, 

And bieatb'd into thetr incomipted breasts 
A cwious wishf which did corrupt their wlU. 

For that same iii they straight desiPd to know ; 

Which iii, being naught but a defiect of good, 
In afi God's works the Deril conM not show, 

While man thehr lord in bis perfection stood. 

So tbat tbemse1ve9 were first to do tbe ill, 
Ere tbey thereof tbe knowledge could attain, 

like him that knew not poison*s power to kill, 
Until (by tasting it) himself was slain. 

Fen so by tasting of tbat fniit Ibrbid, 

Wbere tbey śought knowMge, tb^ did erroor 
m tbey desir^d to know, and ill they did ; [flnd ; 

And to giYe passion eyes», madę reasoo Uiod. 

^pem was pnblisbed by Mr. Tatę, with 
the nniwersal applanse of tbe natMn; and was 
withoat dispute, escept Spenser's Pairy Qoeen» the 
best that was wriuen in^neen Blizabath^s, or eren 
kiagJaaMatbsi>kit'stiiiia. 9F.T^ 

Far then their ninds did fint in passioą see •. 

Those wretcbed shapes of misery and woe, 
Of nakedness, of shame, of poverty, [know« 

Which thea their own experience madę them 

But then grew reason darfc< that she no morę 
Gould the fair foons of good and truth discem; 

Bats they became, that eagles were before; 
A|id this they got by their desire to leam. 

But we^ their wretched ofipring, what do we ? 

Do Bot we still tastc of the fruit forbid ^ 
Whilst with fond fruitle^s cunosity, 

In books pro&ine we seek for knowledge bid. 

Wbat is this knowledge ? bot the sky-storn fire. 
For which the tbief' still chamM in ice doth sit? 

Aod whicb the poor rude satyr * did admire. 
And needs would kiss, but bamt his lips with it* 

Wbat is it ? but the cloud of empty rain, [got ? 

Whicb when Jove*s guest^ embrac^d, be monstera 
Or tbe false pails \ which oft being fiU*d.with pain, 

ReoeiT*d the water, but retaio'd it not? 

In fine, what is it, but the fiery ooach 

Which tbe youAh* sougbt» aad soogbt his deatb 
withall ? 
Or the boj's ' wings, whichi when be did approach 

Tbe Son*s bot beams, did melt and let him fallł 

And yet, alas ! when all oor lamps are bum*d^ 
Onr bodies wasted, and our spirits spent ; 

When we have all the learaod volumes tum'd . 
Which yicld men's witsboth help and ornament 9 

Wbat can we know ? or what can we diseem ? 

When errour chokes the windows of tbe mind | 
The diven fbrms of thipgs how can we leani, 

Tltat bai e been ever fsom our birth-day blind ? 

When reason'S lamp, which (like tbe Son in sky) 
Thronghofut man^s litUe world ber beams did' 

Is oow become a sparkle, w bieli doth He (spread, 
Undar the asbes, balf extinct, and dead : 

How can we bope, that through the eye and ear, 

This dying sparkle^ in this cloudy place, 

Can recollect these beams of knowledge elear, -» 

' Which węre infus^d in the fint minds by grace 7 

So might the heir, wbose falber hath in play 
Wasted a tbousand pounds of ancient rent, . 

By painful eamiog of one groat a day* 
Hope to restore the patrimony spent. 

The wits tbat dlT^dmostdeep^ and soar'd mpst highr 
Seeking jnan^s pow^rs, have found his weakness 

** Skill oomes so slow, and life so fast dolh fly, [such : 
We lesm so littłe and Ibrget so much.' 


For this tha. wisest of all ipoml men 

Said, he knno noughi, but thai he nought did krunw. 
And tbe great moclungHDastermock*^ oot.then, 

When be said, truih tctu buried deep helów. 

' Promellieos. 
^ Ixion. , . 
* Phaetoa. 

' See j£80p*s Fables* 
^ ^anaides. 
' Icarus< 



fow taow iiray we to otlim* things atUf A, 
When Done of us his own soul uńd^rstends? 

Fbr wfaich the Devil moclcs onr enrioas brain, 
When, ** knotr tbjrself,'* his oracie conunaiicb. 

For wliy slióuM we the basy soul beliere, 

. ' trfaen boidły ghe ooocludes of that and tfaii, 

When of hersolf she can no judgment give, 

Nor how, nor wlience, norwbere, nor whmtahe is. 

Ali thibgs without, whkh round abont we see, 
We seek to know, and how therewith to do : 

Bat that wbereby we reason, live, and be, 
Withln ourse1ves, we straogers are thereto. 

We seek. to know the mov!ng of each sphere. 
And the strange cause of th' ebbs and floods of 

Bnt of that clock withra our brcastt we bear, 
The sabtle motions we forget tbe while. 

We that acąuaint ourseWes witheircry zonę, 
' And pass botb tropics, and behold each pole, 
When we come borne, are to oarseWes unknowhy' 
And unac^iiainted still with our own soul. 

We study speech but others we persoade. 
We leacb-crafl leam, but others cnre with it. 

We tnterpretiaws, which other men have madę, 
Birt rekd not those which in ocrr facarts are writ. 

It is becanse the mtnd if like the eye, 

Throngh which it gathersknowledgebydegrees, 
Whose rays rcflect not, bnt spread outwardly ; 

Not seeing itself, when other things it lees ^ 

■^o, doubtless ; for the mind can backward cast 
iTpon herself, ber nnderstandińg*s light. 

But she is so corrapt, and so defecM, 
As ber own image doth herself affright 

As is the fable of the ladjr fur, 

Which fbr faer lust was tumM itito a cO^, 
When tblrsty to a stream she did repair. 

And salw herself transfoim'd thb wist ndt how : 

At first she startles, then she stands amazM ; 

At last with tcrrour she from thenee doth fiy. 
And loaths the watYy glass wherein she gaz^d, 

And iftiuns it strll, thoagb she tar thirst doth dle: 

E'eo 80 tn^*k soni which did Ood*s image bear, 
And was at first fair, good, and spotless pure, 

Since with ber sins ber beanties blotted were, 
Doth of all sights ber own sight Ićast endare : 


Ttr e'en at first reflection she espies, 

Such strange cHittłeras, and such món^ttfrs there. 
Soch toyt, such autics, and sach Tanities, 

As she retires, and sbrinks for shame an^ fear. 

And as the man 1oves least at borne to be, 
That hath a slottish househannfed withsprlt^; 

So she, impatient ber own faults to see, 
Tums from herself, and in' strangethtngs delights. 

For this few know tbemsel^es : f>f merchantt broke 
Yiew their estate with discontent and pain, 

Aiid seas are troubled, when tbey do reroke 
Th«ir flowing wav§i into thenuielTes Ugaio. 

And while kbt fece of oiibiPifd thlags w« BaA, 
Pleasing and foilr, ągteeable and sweet, 

These things transport, and carry out the mind, 
Thai with herself the mind can naver meeU 

Yet if AtBictioa once ber wan begin. 
And threat the feebler seose with sword and 

The mind oontracts herself, and sbrinketh in. 
And to herself she gladly doth retire: 

As spiden touch'd, seek their web'8 inmoat pftrt| 
M bees in storms back to their bires return ^ 

As blood in danger gathers to tbe beart ; 
As men seek towns, when foes the country bnrik 

If anght can teach us anght, Affliction*s looks, 
(Making us pry toto ouMeIve8 so near) 

Teach ns to know ourselves beyond all booka, 
Or all the leamed sehools that ever were. 

This mistress Iśtely plock'd me by the 

And many a golden lesson liath me tanght; 

Hath madę my senses ąuick, and reason cicar ; 
Reform^d pay will, and rectify*d my thonght. 

So do the winds and thunders deanse tbe air : 
So working seas settie and poi^ge the wioe : 

So Iopp'd and pruned trees do flourish fisirs 
So doth the fire the drossy gold refine. 

Neither Minerva, nor tbe leanied Muse, 
Nor rules of art, nor precepts of tbe wise^ 

Could in mybrahi thoae beams of skUl ufose, 
As but the glance of this dame>s angry eyes. 

She withln llsts my ranging mind hath brough^ 
That now beyond myself I will tiot go ; 

Myself am oentre of my otrcltn^ thonght, 
Only myself I stody, leatn, and know. 

I know my body 's of so frail a kind, 
As fiirce witbout, ferers within can kiH : 

I know the beavenly naturę ef my mind. 
But 't is cormpted both in wit and wilL 

[ know my soul hath power to know all things 
Yet is she blind and ignorant in atl : 

I Ićnow I 'm one of Nature'B littlekings, 
Yet to the least and rilest things am tbrall. 


I know my life 's a pain, and bnt a span, 
I know my sense is mock*d in evVy tbing. 

And to conclude, I know myself a man, 
Which ii a {nóud and yet « wretched tbing. 

TffE SOUL or MAŃ, 


Tbs lights ofHear^n (which aretheWorld's frir ey«i) 
Łook down into the world, the worM to <ee j 

And as tbey tum, or wander in the śkies, 
Sunrey all thia^, that (ki this dakitre be. 

SfiCT. T.] ) 

And y«t tiie liglitB wfaieh (n xny tow^r do sbinę, 
Minę tye» which Tiew a11 objects, oigh and fu, 

Look not łoCo tłiis litUe irorld of mme, 
Nor lee my fece, whecein they fized Bte. 


But (thoa) which didst xnan*8 sool of noihjng make^ 
And when to nothing it was fallen again, 

<* To make tt new, th^ form of man didst take ; 
And God with God, becam'st a man with men " 

Siiioe Natofe fclts us in no needfbl thiąg, 
Wliy wMit I meana my in¥rard lelf to aee ? 

Wbich aigfat tlie knowledge of myaelf migbt bring* 
Which to tme wisdcnn is the ftrst degree. 

Tbat pov'ry «lilch gare me eyes the woHd to view, 
To riew myaelf, inffisM an inward light, 

Whereby my ftoal, at by a nurror true, 
Of hcr OWB Ibru may take a perfcct ńght. 

B«t aa tbe ahaurpest eye dMCeroetb nougbt, 
Esoept the awn-beams in the air do shine: 

80 the beat soul, with her reBe«.*tiQg thought, 
Sees not heraelf without aome ligfat divłne. 

O Light, which mnk^at the )!ght, which mak'8t the 
day t 

'Wbich aet'at the eye witboat, and mtnd wifhun ; 
lighten my apirit włth one elear heaTenly ray, 

Wbidi now to view itsetf doth fint begin. 

For ber true fom how can iqy spark discem, 
Wbich, dim by natnre^ art did never elear? 

Wben the great wita, of wbom aH skiU we learn, 
Are ignorant boih what sbe ia, and wherew 

Ooe thinks the aonl is air ; another, fire ; 

Another hlood, diffbs^d about the heart ; '' 
inother aftkh, the elonents conspire, 

And to her eaaence each doth gire a part. 

MosicianB thhik oar aoula are harmonies, 
Fhyaicians hołd tbat they complesions be ; 

Epcines make them awarms of atomies, 
Which do by chance into onr bodiea flee. 

Some think one gen'ral soul flils ey*ry brain, 
Al the bright Sun sheds light tn every star; 

And others think the name of 000] is vain, 
And that we only well-mix'd bodies are. 

fal jndgment of her aabstance thns they raiy* 
And thua they'vary in judgment of ber seat; 

Tbr flome her chair np to the brain do carry, 
Some ttnust it down into the stomach*sheat. 

Some place it in the root of lifb, the heart i 
Some in\he ri^er, fountain of tbe Teins, 

Some aay» ahe *8 nil in all, and atl in every pait: 
Some say, she 'a not coMain^d^ butall oootains. 

Thos tbeae great clerks their Bttle wisdom show, 
Wbile with their doctrines they at haaard play j 

Toasing^ their light opinions to and firo. 
To mock the lewd, as leani*d in this as they. 

For no cra2'd bi;ain conld erer yet propound, 

TouchioK the soul, so yain and hoA a thonght; 
But some among tbeae mastera bare been fbund, 

Which in their schools the seif-same tbing bare 

God oilly wise, to pnnish pride of wit; 

Among men^s wits bare this confosion wroQght» 
As the prood tow*r whose pointa the clouds did hit. 

By topgocir*CDii fu siop was to niin brought. 

Thou that hast fiBiahioii*d twicę this soul of ours» 

So that she is by double title tbine, 
Ułoa only know'st hpr natuce and hcr pow*rs; 

Her sobjŁię form tbou only canst define. 

To jodge herseK^ she most herself transcend, 
M groi^ter circles compreliend the less : 

But she wanta pow*r, ber own pow'R to cxteQd, 
Ąs ^p(ter'd mcn caonot their streogth espreas. 

Bot tbpu, bright moroioc Star, thou riaiug Sun, 
Which io tbeae later times hast brought to light 

Thoae mysteries, tbat, aincc the world be^jun, ^ 
Laj bid in darknesa, and etenal night. 

Thou (like tbe Sun) do*at witjb an ęoanl ray 
Ihto the palące and th.e cottage shine, 

And show*at the soul, both to the clerk aud lay. 
By tUe plear lamp of praple divine* 

Tbia lamp, thtough all tbe regiona of my brain, 
Where my soul sits, doth spręad sucb ^ams of 

As now, methinks, I do distinguish plain, [grace, 
Eacjii ^ubtl.e Ime of her immortal face. 

The soul a substttnce and ,a spirit is> 

Whicb God himself doth io the body make, 

Wbich makes the man, for every man from this 
Tbe .naturę of a man and name doth t4ke. 

And thoogh thia apirit be to th' body knit, 
As an apt means 'ber pow^rs to esennse, 

Wbiob are kifie^ motioo, aaiiae, and will, and wi^ 
Yftabesurrisas^ ałthoogfh the body 

5ECT10N I. 

sooŁ W 4 nnio an a a m mo anr nmt,? wm* 

Sbs 18 a substance, and a real thing, 
Wbich batb itself an aotual working migbt, 

Which neither from the senses' power doth apriog, 
Nor from the body's humours temper'd right. 

She is a Tine, whioh doth no propping need 
To make her apread herself, or spring upright; 

She is astar, whose beams do not proceed 
From any fun, but Irom a nati^e light 

For wbcB she sorts tbipgs prcseat with things past. 
And thereby things to come doth oft fbresee ; 

Wben she dotbdoubt attat, and cfaoose at last, 
Tbese acts her ownS without her body be. 

Whca of the dew, which th' eye and ear 4o taki 
From flow'rs abroad, and bring into the brain, 

She doth within both wax alld honey make : 
Thia work ia berła, this is ber proper {MuKb 

Wben she from suodry acts one skill doth dmw } 
Gathering from dilera fights one art of was^ 

From many cases, like one rule of law j 
Tbese ber coUections, not tbe aenses are. 

' That iim ff>ul hath a pioper operatioD without 
tht body. 


When in th* effects fhe doth tU^ causes knoir, 
And, seeing tbe stream, thinks where Łhe tpńng 
doth rise; 

And, seeing the branch, cooceiYcs tbe root beIow| 
These things sbe Tiews witbout the body't eyei. 

Wben śbe, withoot a Pegasua, doŁb fly, 

Swifter tlian Kgbtiuiig*8 fire from east te west i 

About the centrę, and abave tbe^sky, 
She traTels then, althougb tbe body rest 

Wbeo all ber works sbe fonneth fint within, 
Proportions tbem, and sees their perfect eod ; 
' iCre she in act doth any part begin, 

Wbat instraments doth then the body lend ? 

When włthoat bands she doth thns oastlei bnild* 
Sees witbout eyea, and witbout fbet doth runj 

When she digesta tbe world, yct is not fillM ; 
By ber own pow'rs these miraidles are donie.' 

When she defines»>nrgues, divides, oompounds, 
Considers virtue, rice, and generał things: 

And marrying di^ers principles and grounds, 
Oat of their match a tnie conclnsion brings. 

These acttons in ber closet, all alone, 
(Retii^d within herself) she doth fulfil; 

\jtit of ber body^s organs she bath nonę, 

When she doth use the pow'rs of wit and will. 

Yet in the body*8 prison io she lies, 

As through tbe body*s windows she most look, 
H^rdivers powers of sense to esercise. 

By 'gath'ring notes out of the world*s great book. 

Kor c«B henelf disoonrse or jodge of ongbt,. 
Bot whattbesense coUects, and homedoth brmg ; 

And yet tbe pow'n of ber disoeursing though^ 
Ftam these collections is a divene tbing. 

For though our eyes can nonght but coloors see, 
. Yet coionrs giTe thens not their pow*r of sigfat : 
So, though these fruits of sense ber objects be, 
Yet she discems them by her proper light* 

The werkman od his stufFhis skill doth show. 
And yet the śtuff gives not tbe raao his skill : 

Kings tbeir affairs do by their serrants know. 
But order them by their owaroyal will. 

So, though this cinning mistress, and tbis queen, 

Doth> as her instruments, the senses use^ 
To know all things that are felt, heard, or seen ; 
, Yet sbe herself doth oolyjudge and ehooaa. 

E^tn as a pradent emperor, that reigns 
By sov<ireign title orer sundry iands^ 

Borrows, in mean afiairs, his subjects* pains, 
Sees by their eyes, and writeth by their bands : 

Bot things of weigbt and cooseąnfence imleed, 
Ifimsdf doth in bis chamber them debatę ; 

Where all his coonsellors be doth exceed, 
As fisr io judgment, as be doth in state. 

Or as the man whom princes do adirance, 
Upon their gracious mercy-seat to sit, 

JDoth common things, of course and circumstance. 
To the reports of common men eommit: 


[SECT- !'• 

But when the eause itself raust be decreed, 
Himself in person, in his proper court. 

To grave arid solemn beacing doth pipeeed, 
Of ev^ry proof, and eir^ry by-report. 

Then, like God's«ngel, be pronounceth right. 
And milk and boney from his tongue doth 

Happy are they that still are in his sight. 
To reap tbe wisdom which bis lips do sow. 

Right so the soal, which it a lady free^ 

And doth tbe justice of ber state maintaio i 

Because' tbe senses ready serrants be, 
Attending nigh about her court, the brain : 

By them the forms of ontward things she lenros^ 

For they retom into the fantasie, 
Whatever each of them abroad discems $ 

And there enroU it for the mind to 

Bat when sbe sits to jodge the good and ill. 
And to discem betwixt the fylte and true, 

Sbe is not guided by thesenses* skill. 
Bot doth each thiog in her own mirror view. 

Then she the senses checks, which oft do err, 
And e*eo against their felse reports decreea; 

And oft she doth oooóemn wbat they.prefer; 
For with a pQw'r above the sense she sees. 

Thereibre no sense the precious joys concei^es, 
Which in ber private contemplatioos be ; 

For then the rav)8h*d spirit th* senses lea^es, 
Hath her own pow'rs, and proper actioDS free. 

Her bafmonies are sweet, and fuU of skill, 
When on the body's instruments sbe playa; 

But the proportions of the wit and will, 
Thote sweet accords are eve& th' angels la]^*. 

These tunes of reason are Amphion^ lyre, 
Wherewith be did the Thełnn city fcMind : • 

These are the notes .wherewith the heavenly cboir 
The praise of him which madę the Heay^n dotii 

Then her self-being naturę shines in tbis, 
That she performs her noblest works alone : 

« The work, the touch-stoneof tbe naturę is ; 
And by their operations things are known.*' 



aapŁSCTioN or tub sbnsi. 

AiB they qq^ senselessihen, that think the sotil 
Nought but a flne perfection of the sense, 

Or of tbe fbnnb which fancy doth enroll ; 
A ąoick resulting, and a consequenoe f 

Wbat Is it then that doth tbe sense accuse, 
Both of fiibe judgmeot, and food appetites ł 

Wbat make^ us do wbat sense doth most refuae, 
Which oft in torment of the sense deligbts ł 

Senam thinks th» planeta' spheres not much asondcr : 
Wbat tells os then the distance is so far ? 

Sense thinks tbe lightolng bom before the thunder: 
What tells us then they both together are ^ 

SbCT. iii, IV.] 

When men Mem crows fer óff npon a to« V, 
SeoK saith, Łbey 're crovt : what makes us thiak 
tbem jneii ? 
Wbcn we in ajuea think atl sweet things toar, 
What makes us kiiow ofir toiigue's fidse judg* 

What po«*r was that, whereby Medea saw. 
And well approv'd, andpTais'd thebettercoone; 

Wben her rebellioos sense did to withdraw 
Her feeble pow^n, that sbe pnrmM the irone } 



perraade Ulysses^not to hear 
Tbe m eroiałd*s iongs which bo his men did pleaac, 
That they were all persoaded. throngb the ear. 
To «|ait the ship and leap into tbe seas ? 

Cooid any powY of ienae the Roman move. 
To bom his owo ńght band wtth €OQrage stont ? 

Gould seose make Mańns sit unboond, and prove 
Tbe cniel lanciog of the knotty goat } 

I>onhtle9B» in man thete is a natnre foand, 
Beside the senses, and above them far; 

** Thongh mott men being in sensual pleatnres 
drownM, ' 

It aeems their sonls but in their tenset aie.'* 

if we had nonght bot seose, then ooly they 
Should have sound minds, which have their tentet 

Bot wiadom grows, when tenaet do deeay ; 
And Ibily mott in quickett tente it Ibnnd. 

If we had nougbt but sense, each liTing wigfat, 
Which we odl brute, wonld be morę sharp than 

As haring seote^ appreheońve might 
In a mote elear a6d eseeUent degr^ 

Bat they do want that quick discoorting poir'ry 
Which doth in os tbe erring sente correct^ 

Tberefbre the bee did sock tbe painted flow>r, 
And biidt, of grapet, the cunning shadow peck'd. 

knowt, the toni througfa all things 

Senae» circamttanoei tbe doth the tubttanoe new: 

lees the bark; but the the Hfe of treet: 
Sente hean the tounds; butthethaoonooidttnie. 

Bot why do I the toul and tente diWde, 
When tente a powV, which the eitendt ; 

Which being in divers partt diyerńfyd, 
The diTen ibnnt of objeett apprehendt ? 

power tpieadt outward, bot the root doth grofw 
In tfa* ittward toul, which onły doth pereeiTe ; 
For th' ejretand eais no morę their objecti know, 
Ihan glamet know what fiicet they recei^e 

Forifweehaneetolfacoiarthoaghtteltewheyey .' 

Though onr ^ei open be, we eannot teer 
And if one pow4 did not both tee and hear, 
^Our tightt and tonndt wonld alwnyt dooble be. 

Then it theeenl a natare, wbieh containa 
The pofw^r of tente, within a greater pow^r ; 

Which dath>en9iay and ute the tente's pamt^ 
But iHi iM mltt withn her pivrate hoWr. 



If the doth tfaen the tnbtle sente eseel, 
How grott are they that drown ber in tbe blood ł 

Or in the body% hamours tempei^d well; 
As if in them suoh high perfection stood ? 

As if most skill in that musician were, 
Which had the best, apd best tnn*d instniment ? 

As If the pencil neat, and ooloors elear, 
Had pow*r to make the painter escdlent ł 

Why doth not beaoty then refine the wit. 
And good complerion rectiiy tbe will ? 

Why doth not health bńng wi^om still with it ? 
Why doth not sicknett make men brutish still. 

Who can in memory, or wit, or will, 
Or air, or fire, or earth, or water find ? 

What alchjrmist can draw, with all his skill, 
Tbe qołntes>ence of thete out of the mind ? 

If th' elementi which haTe nor life, nor sente, 
Can breed in us so great a pow*r as this, 

Why give they not themselres Kke ezcellencef 
Or otber things wberein their mixture is ł 

If she were but tbe body*s quality, 

Then she would be with it tick, maim'd, aodblind i 
Bat we percdTe where thete priTatioos be, 

Au healthy, perfect, and sharp-sighted mind. 

If she the body 't natura did partake, [cay : 

Her strength would with the body'8 strength* da» 

But when the body*s stroogatt tinewt slake, 
Theii it tbe tpul mott active, quick, and gay. 

If the were but the body*t accident. 

And her tole being did in it tubtitt, 
As wbite in tnow, the migbt hertelf abteat, « 

4|id in the body't tubttance not be mi8t*d. 

Bat it on ber, not the on it dependt ; 

For the the body dodi sostain and cherith t 
Snch teeret pow^rs of lifeto it tbe lends, 

That when they fail, then doth the body perith* 

Snce then the toul works by herself alone, 
S^ngs not from sense, nor humours well agieeiog, 

Her natore is peculiar, and her own ; 
She ft a tubttanoe, and a perfect being, 



BpT thoogh this tubttance be the root of sente, 
Sente Imowt her not, which doth but bodiet know : 

She it a tpirit,4md heav'nly influence, 
Which from th' fountain uf God't tpirit doth flow. 

Sbe łt a tpirit, yet not Uke air or wind ; 

Nor like Ihe tpiritt aboot the heart or braio; 
Nor like thote spiritt which ^chymistt do find» - 

Wben they m e^^ry thmg teek gold In yain. 



[Sect. V. 

For sbe all oatures nnder HeaT^ doŁb pass, [see, : Nor oould w« by car cyct ftU eotoun learo* 

Being 1 ike those ^i rtts, irhlcb Ood*s bright face do 
Ol like himself, whose image once shawas, 
Thoagh DO\r, alas ! sbe scaiietf hia sfaadow bdr 

For of all forms, she bolds the first degree, 
Tbat are to groas materiał bodies koit i 

Yet sbe herself is bodyless and free ; 
And, though coafin'd, is almost in6niŁe. 

Were sbe a body \ bow coułd sbe ramain 
Within tbis body, wbicb is less tban shef 

Ór bow could sbe the world^s great shape contain, 
JinA \n oor narrow brea^ts contained be } 

jUl bodies are oonflnM witbin some place. 
But sbe all place witbin herself confines: 

AU bodies bare tbehr measure and tbeir space ; 
But wbo can draw tbe3out*8 dimensiye linea? 

No body can at once two forms admit, 
Ezceptthe one the otbcr do deface; 

But io tbe soul ten tbousand forms do sit. 
And Doue intrudes into ber neigbbour^s płace- 

All bodies are witb otber bodies fil Pd, 

But sbe receives both Hpav\i and Eartb togetben 
Nor are tbeir forms by rash encouoter spilPa, 

For there tbey stand, and neitber toucheth either. 

Nor can ber wide embraceroents filled be ; 

For tbey tbat most and great^st things embrftCć, 
Eniafge tbereby tbeir nlind^s capacity, 

As streaihs enlarg^d, ertlarge the cbannel*ispae«. 

All tbiogs receivM do sucb proportion take, 
As tbose tbłngs h«te wherahi tbey are rtceiT'd | 

tto littte g^asses Ittila faces makei 

And tiarro# trebs oa imrrt>w frames ara weav*d. 

Tben wbat vast body must we make the mind, 
Wberein are med> beasta, trees, towus, seasj and 

And yet eacb tbing aprepar place dotb fiodi [ląads; 
And each thtiig ia the true proportion standa } 

Donbtless, tbis could not be, bot tbat sbe tums 
Bodies to spirita, by sublimation slrange; 

Aa fire oourerts to flre tbe tbinga it bunis; 
As we our meąts into our nature^ change. 

Fróm their gfoss fiiatter she abstrauts theformi, 
And draws a kind of quintes8ence from things; 

Wbicb to ber prot>er natufe she transfónnś. 
To bear tbem light on hel: cele^lal Urings. 

This dotb sbe, when, fr^oi thiags partiouWr, 
She dotb abstract tbe uuiversal kinds, 

Wb'ch botlyless and hnmaterial are. 
And Can be only lodg'd within our mindt. 

And thus, from dirers accidents and acta 
Wbicb do Within her pba^rmtion fmll, 

Sbe goddesses.and pow'rs di^ine abstracta ; 
As Naturę, i^ortune, and the Yirtues all. 

Again; how ean she ser^ral bodlei knoir, 

If in herself a body's form aha bear } 
How can a mtrror sundry faces show, 

If Irom all bbapes and fordM it be ftot daar ? 

f TkatifcoaoMlbf abody. 

Ejcoept our eyea were of adl colours vołd ; 
Nor sundry tastes can any tongue discem, 
Wbich is with grosa ańd bitter humoun cloy\ 

Nor can a man of passions judge arigbt, 
Except his mind be from ail passions free: 

Nor can a judge hia office well acquit» 
If be poasesaM of either party be. ^ 

Uf laatly, thia qułck powV a body were, 
Were it as swift as is tbe wind or fire, 

(Whose atoms do tbe on^ down side- ways beai^ 
And th' otber mąka in pyiamida aspire.) 

Her nimbie body yet in time muat move» 
And not in iostants tbrough all places slide : 

But she is nigh and far, beneath, abore, 
Id point of tUnCp wbicb tbought cannot divide s 

She 's sent as sooa to Cbina as to Spain ; 

And thence retums, as soon as sbe is aent : 
Sbe measurea with one time, and with one pain, 

An ell of silk, and HeaT'n's wide spreadiog tenU 

As then tbe soul a substance bath alone, 
Besides tbe body in wbich she 's confin'd ^ 

So bath sbe not a body of ber own. 
Bot is a spirit, and immaterial mind. 

Since body and soul bave auch diTan»ities, 
Well migbt wa muse, bow first tbeir match beganf 

But tbat we leara, tbat be tbat spread the skiea. 
And fix'd the Eartb, fin»t f6rm'd the soul in maa. 

Tbis true, t^rometheus first madę man of eafth» 
And shed in bim a beam of beav*nly fire ; 

Now in tbeir mother^s womba, before tbeir birth^ 
Doth in all sons of man their soula inspire. 

And as Minerra is ia fiiblas 

^rom Jovc, witbout a motbw, to procead; 
So our true Jove, without a motlkar's «d, 

Doth daily millious of Minanras breed. 

SfiCnON V. 
ąKśanaoB orarióas o» mą caiammi op aooia^ ' 

TflBif neither from eteniitj bafore. 

Nor from the tiaie, when tima*s first point bagno. 
Madę be all souls, wbich now be keapa in stora ; 

Soma m the Mooo> aod othera ia ^ba Sim: 

Nor ia a secrat eloister dotb be keap 
Tbosa vtrgiB-ipirit8| tiii tbeir marriage day ^ > 

Nar locks tbem up in chambers, wbere tbey alaof^ 
Till tbey awake witbin thase bads of clay. 

Nor did ha first a cartaio aumbar midce, 
Infusing part in baast and pait in mao } 

And, as unwilling further pains to taka, 
Wottld mąka do mora thaD thoaa ha ffanad than. 

So tbat tha widów loal, bar body dyiagt 
Unto tha nast bom body married waa i 

And 80 by oftea ohaagiog, aad anpplyini^ 
Map*a fóols to baa«i^ and hca«ta to mai) did iwn. 


(Tbese tbo^fhti an ^Mi^i fwsiiięetiiAbodietbom 

H* owre io naoiber far, tłiaii tliose tbat die* 
7Vo«aaMb moBl be «ł)ortiv^ wbA fortom. 

E«« othen* deatte to tben thór aools wn^y :) 


Bnt at Goi*t handmaid, Natnrej dodi creafee 
Bodiai in tiaoe diatmoty and order dne ; 

So God gives aouls tbe like aaceaaów dafte, 
Wliieh hinaalf makey, io Mieś foriMd new : 

Whieh hiiBMlf oiakea ef no «iat«rial thing ; 

1^ uato aQg«U be no pow'r bath giT*ii 
Cither to lonn tbe abape, or stuff to bńng 

FiDui air or iss^ or fubataaco of tbe HeaTlSi 

But many inbUe vitx |iavfi jastify*d, 
Tbat soals froin souls spińtually may ipring; 

WbJcb (if tbe naturę of tbe soul be try'd) 
Wilł c*en io naturę prove as gro>s ą tbiitf* 

hecein dolb be Nature't serfice ose i 
Tor tboogh ftom bodies she can bodies briof , 
Tet ooold die nerer aoola irom soola ftradooe, 
Aa fire fiom fire^ or łigbt from ligbt dteitb spcuig. 



Ałai! tbat aomewbowere gnat ligbtBofold, 
And in their banda tbe lamp of God did bear! 

Some rer*rend lathen did tbis errour bold, 
Haring tbeir eycs dimm'd with religioos ter. 


Kmt wben, aay tbey, by fule of faitfa we find, 
lliat ev'r7 aonl onto ber body knit, 

Brings from tbe motbcr^a womb tbe ^n of kind, 
Tbe root of all tbe iii sbi» dotb commit. 

How can ire say tbat God tbe aonT dotb ipak^ 

Bat we most make bim antbor of ber sin ? 
Tben f looa 000*$ fonl ibe dotb beginning tAJ(e> 
ia man^s «oul oorrupiiop ^i4 begin. 

For if God laake ber Brst )ie maJces ber ill, [onio ;) 
(Which God ibrbid our tbougbts sbould yield ' 

Or makes tbe body ber f|ur ^m to apillt 
Wbicia ofitsd^ it )^ pot pow*^ to dó» 

Koi A4Ma's bodj, bot \f^ iov4 did sio» 
And ao bersełf nnto cormption brougbt ; 

Bot oor poor aool corrgptied i« witłiin, 
Eiaabe bnd iuii»'d, eitber in aot pr ^fmi^ 3 

Ająd jei we see 91 bejr ai>pb pow^i^ diTine^ 

As we coald gladly tbink, from God sbe came ; 
Faio would we mi^ bao antbor of tbo wine^ 

If for tb(e djną^p we ooold 4ome ot|v»r .b|anvi> 

Tfana tbeae ^acd f«ep adt^ My jRcail wo^ Mlndi 
Wben on tbóotber pait^tbe tratb did fibiaa ; 

Wbereof we do elear demonatrytiooa 6n4» 
Hy ligbt ofi^^ouai^ aąd by Ugbt4>vio^ 

Nooe are Bo.gro8s.aa to ooatead for Mh^ 
Tliat sfl^ from bod^a .may ^raduoed boi 

Between wboee natoras ;no propiortion 10, 
Wbea raot pad łNra^cb ia 4PMh» ftiU ogm^ 

SECn^lON Yli. 


Fot all things madę, are eitber madę of noogbt, 
Or madę of staffthat ready roade dotb stand: 

Of nougbt no creature ever ^rmed ought. 
For tbat is proper to tb' AImigbty'8 band. 

If tben tbe souJ anotber son] do make, 
Booause ber pow'r ia kept witbin a boond, 

Sbe paustsome ibrmer stoff o^matter take; 
Bnt in tbe sonl tbere is no matter foimd. 

Tben if ber beay^sly foim do not agree 
Witb any matter wbich tbe n^orld cootainir 

Tben sbe of notbing most created l>e ; 
And to cieatCy to God ak>pe partaiuL 

Again, if soals do otber souls beget, 
T i* by tbemselres, or by tbe body^s pow*r: 

If by themselves, wbat dotb tbeir working let, 
But tb^ migbt iouls engender er^ry boor ? 

If by tbe body, bow oan wit and w3l 
Join witb tbe body only in tbis aot, 

Since wb«a tbey do tbeir otber woilcs fulflł, 
Tbey from tbe body do tben^selres abstraot. 

Again, if soals of soals begotken wete, 
Into eacb otber tbey sbonld cbaoge and morę: 

And cbange and motion atill oorruption bear; 
Hoiv sJ^ we tben tbe sool immortal prore \ 

If, lastly, spnls do geaeration ose, 

Tben sbould tbey ^read incorniptible seed s 
Wbat tben becomes of tbat which they* do loae, 

Wbeo tb* act of gederation do not speed ? 

And ^Uj^ tbe soul eonld caat spirituał seed, 
Yet would sbe not, becaose abe nerer dies ; 

For moftaj tbings desira tbeir like to breed, 
'nMt40 tbeymay their kind immortnUze. 

Tbeiafoia tbe angefe sons of God are naiii'd, 
And marry not, nor are in marriage gir*n : 

neir spirits and onrs are of one sobstaace fram^d. 
And boTe ooe fotber, e*en tbe Lord of fieaven ; 

Wbo wonld at first, tbat in ea^b otber tbtng 
Tbe eattb and water liring sonls sbould breed, 

But tbat maa's sonl, wbom be would make tbeir king, 
sbould iiom himself iaomediatdy proceed. 

And fphen be took tha woman from nan's side, 
Dmibtlesa bimself inspir^d ber soul abne : 

For 't is not saidt be did man'8 soul divide, 
Bat look llesb of bis flesb, bonę of bis bonę* 

Lastly, God'being madę man lor man*s own sake,- 
And being like man in all, except in sin, 

His body from tbe virgłn's womb did take \ 
But aJl agnee, God fontt*d bis seuUrithin. 


Then w the loul from God ; 90 Ptgans say, 

Whłch BRW by NaŁure*8 tight ber bear*Dly kind 5 

Namiug ber kin to God, and God*t bńgbt ray, 
A Citizen of Hjeav'n, to Eartb ooiifin'd. 

D/!lVIE89 P0EMS« [Sect. vtii. 

He looks OB Adam as a root or wali; 

Aod on bu heira et brancbes, and ai streaiBS t 
He gees al I men as one mao, thoogb they dwell 

In sundry Cities, aad hi sandry reahiia. 

But now I feel, they pluck rae by Uie ear, 

Whoin my young Muse so boldly tenned bfiod ! 

And crave morę beav*Dly ligbt, thęt; c1<^d to dear ; 
Wbich makes them think, God dotb not make 
tbe mind. 


aBAsom non Dnrivrrr. 

GoD doubtless makes ber, and doth4Dake ber good. 
And gtafts ber in tbe body, tbere to spring ; 

Wbich, thougb it be'oorrupted flesh and blood, 
Can no way to tbe soul corruption bring : 

Yet is not God tbe autbor of ber Ul, 

Tbougb autbor of ber being, ańd being there : 
And if we dare to judge our Maker^s will, 

He cair condemn us, and bimself can elear. 

Tirst, God finom infiaite eternity 

Decreed, wbatHiatb been, is, or sball be dooe ; 
And was resoW^djtbat ev*ry man sboiild be, 

And in bis tum bis race of life sbould ran : 

And so did purpose all the souls to make, 
That erer imve been madę, or erer sball ; 

And tbat tbeir being tbey sbould oniy take 
In fauman bodlss, or not be at alL 

Was it then fit tbat soch a weak erent 
< Weakaees itself, tbe sin and fisll of man) 

Bis counsePs esecntaoo sbonid prezent, 
Decreed and flx*d before the world began ? 

Afid as the root Mid braneb ara but one tre^ 
Aad well and stream do but one ri^er mak« ; 

So, if the root and well corrupted be, 
The stream and braneb tbe same comiptioa take* 

So, when the root and fnoftain of mankind 
Did draw corruption, and God's curw, by sin ; 

This was a charge, that all bis heirs did bind. 
And all his offiipriog grew oomipt thenm. 

And as wheb th' l^md dotb stonkę, the man ofiend^ 
(For part firom whole, law severs not in this) 

So Adam*s sin to tbe whole kind eatends ; 
For. all tbehr natures are bot part of his. 

Or tbat one peoal law by Adam broLe, 

Sbould make God break bis own etenal law ; 

Tb^ settled order of fthe ^orld revoke, 

And- chan^B all lorms of things wbicb be foresaw ? 

Conld EvfiH weak band, estended to the tree, 
In sunder rent that adamantine chain, 

Wboee golden linhs, aSiBCts and causes be ; 
And wbjeb to God*s own cliair dotb fik'd remain? 

O oould we see bow canae from causedoth spring ! 

How mutually they link*d and folded are I 
And heaV bow oft one disagreeiog string • 

, The harmony dotb rather make than mar I 

Tberefore this sin of kind, not persona]. 

But real and ber^itary wbs; 
The guilt tbereof, and puniahment to all. 

By oonrse of naturę and of law doth paas. 

For as tbat easy law was gir^n to aU, 
To aiicestor and bar, to first and last ; 

So was the first transgreasion generał ; 
And all did pluck the fruit, and all did taste. 

Of this we find some footitepe in onr law, 
Whicb doth ber root lirom God and Natura take ; 

Ten thonsand men she doCb together draw. 
And of them all one Corporation makei 

Yet these, and tbeir suooemors, are bnt one ; 

And if tbey gain or lose tbeir libertiesr 
Tbey barm or profit not themseWes akme. 

Bat such as in succeeding times sball riie. 

And so tbe ancesfcor, and all his bein, 

Though tbey in^numberpass tbe starsof HeaT'Oy 
Ai« still but one ; his forfeitures are thełrt,^ 

And unto them are bis advanoements gi^^n : 

Ifis ciTil acts do bind and bar them all ; 

And as from Adam all corrnpiśon take, 
So, if the fistber^s crime be capital, 

In all the Wood, law doth corruption make» 

Is it then jnst with us, to dińnherit 
Th' ttnbora nephews, for tbe fistbeHfe feult ; 

And to advanoe again, for one man's merit, 
A thousand heirs tbat haTO deserred nougbt ł 

And Tiew ąt ooce, how deatii by sin is bnmgbt ; And is not God's deeree as just as oors. 
And bow from deatb, a better life doth rise ! I If be; for Adam's sin, his sons depriT* 

Bow this G^'s justice, and his mercy taugfat ! 
We this deci:^ would praise, as rigbt and wise. 

But we that meysnre times by first and last, 
The sight of, things suocessiyely do take, 

When God on aU at onoe his yiew doth cast. 
And of all times doth but one instant make. 

^1 in bimself, as in » glass, be sees; 

For ftom htm, by him, tbrough bim, all things be ; 
His sijcbt is not discoonive, by degrees; 

Bnt^emg tb' whole, eacfa siągle part doth see. . 

Of all those naiive Tirtues, and those pow'rs, 
Wbich be to him apd to liis race did give ł 

For what is this oontagioos sm of kind, 
Bnt a privBtioii of that grace wf thin, 

And of that gieat rich dowry of the mind, 
Wbich all liad had, but for the first man*s 

If then a man on ligbt condttions gain 
A great estate, to bim.and bis, for ever ; 

If wilfully he forfeit it agam, 
Who4oth benman h» beir or blame thef^er ? 

Sbct. rxy X.] 

Si%, fbougli Ood make the sonl good, ńeh, and fur, 
YeC wben her fonn ii to tbe body knit, 

Whicfa maket the man, which onan ts AdaiD*8 heir, 
JnsUy fnrtliwiUi be takes bk grace firom it: 

And thOB the moI, benig flntfrom nothmg broiight, 
Wben God'* grace Ihiis bev, doth to nothmg 

And tfaia deoHniDg imnencfls onto nooght, 
Is e^en that «n that we are born witbaL 

Yet ooi akne the fint good qaalities, 

Wbich fan the firtt sool weie, depri^ed are; 

Bot in Uieir place the oontrary do rise. 
And real spots of sin her beauty mar* 

Nor n it itrange, that Adam'9 ill desert 
Shcnld be traiisferr*d noto bis gpnilty race, 

Wben Christ his grace and tustice doth impart 
To men aigust, and such as have no grace. 

Łaatly, tbe sool were better so to be 

Bora slave to sin, than not to be at all ; 
Snoe (if she do be^e) one seta her frce, 
• That makes her moont the higher for ber falL 



Yet this tbe carioos wtts will not oontent ; 

They yet will know (sińce God foiesaw this iU) 
Why hia high provideace didtiot preveot 

The declination of the fint man's wilL 


If by his word be had the caTrent8tay'd 
CŃr Adam's will, which was by naturę firee, 

U had been one, as if bls-wonl had said, 
I will bencefbrth that man no man shall be. 

Torwhatisman withootamoTingmind, ^ 
Which hath a jndgiog wit, and cboositig will ? 

Kow, if God*a pow*r sboald her election bindt 
Her mMioDsthen wonld oease and stand all still. 

And why did God in man this sool infiise, 
Bht that be shonld bis Maker know and lofe? 

Haw, H love be compelFd, and caqpot choose, 
fiow can it gratefal or thank-worthy prore ? . 

Love must free - b eaited be, and irotontary ; 

And not encbanted, or by hte ooostrain'd : 
Nor like that lorę, wbich did Ulysses carry 

To Orce^s isle, with mighty charms enohain'd. 

Bcsides, were we tmebangeable in will, 
And of a witthat nothmg could misdeem ; 

£qDal to God, whosft wisdom shineth still, • 
Aad never em we might oniselTCS esteeau 

Se that if man wońd be nmrariable, 
He most be God, or like a rock or tree; 

Bor e*en the perfeet angete were nst stable, 
BnthaiiaAdlmoMdeąieratethaftwe. . 

Then let ns praise that powV, which makes ns be 
Hen aa we^are^ and rest contented so; 

And, knewing man's fiill was eoriosity, 
Admire>God'« oommIs, which we tnaofot know. 

And let ns know that God the maker is 

Of all the Boals, ia all tbe men that be; 
• Yet tlieir corroptioo is no fanit of his, 

Bat 4he fint mn^s that broke God'sfint deoree. 

WHT na souŁ n uMmo ro thb bodt • 

Tb n snbstanee^ and this spirit of God'8 own making, 
b in the body plac'd, and planted here, 

" Tbat both of God, and of the world partoking;, 
Of all that is, man might the image bear.*' 

God ftrst madę aogela bodiless, pure minds; 

Then other tbiogs, which mindless bodies be ; 
Łait, he mada man, th* boriaon twiat both kioda^ 

In whom wado the worid's abńdgment sec. 

Besides, this world bełow did need one wight, 
Wbich might thereof distiDguisb ev'ry part; 

Make nse tbereof, and take tberein delight; 
And order thingt with indiistry and art : 

Which aiso God might in his works admire, 
And here beneath yield him bbth pray *r and praise; 

As there, above, the h(4y aogels cboir 
Ootb spread his glory forth with spiritual lays. j 

Łastly, the brate, unreasonable wigbts, 
Did want' a Yisible king, o^er them to reign : 

And God himself thos to the world unites, 
That so the woiid might endless bliss obtaiib 


m WHAT MAHma tub SOUŁ is WmD to IBS BOOT. 

Bot bow shall we this union well ezpress ? 

Naugbt ties the sool, ber subtlety is soch ; 
She mores tbe body, wbicb she doth possess ; 

Yet no part toucheth, bot by vłrtue'8 toocb. ' 

Then dwells she not therein, as in a tent; 

Nor as a pilot in his sbip doth sit; 
Nor as the spider in his wd> is pent; 

Nor as the wax retains the print in it ; 

Nor as a Tcssel water doth contain ; 

Nor as one liquor in another sfaed ; 
Nor as the beat doth in the fire remain ; 

Nor as a Toice throoghout the air is spread : 

But as the hir and cbeerfiil mOrning light 
Doth here and there her silrer-baLms impart. 

And in an instant doth herMlf nnite 
To the transparent air, in all and ev'ry part: 

Still resting whole, when blows the air di^ide ; 

Abidiag pnre, wben th' air is most eomipted ; 
Tbronghout the air, her beams dispersing wide ; 

And when the ^r is tos8'd, not interrupŁed : 

Sb doth the piercing soal the body fili, 
Being all in all, mad all in part difius'd ; 

IndiTińbłe, inoorruptible still ; 
Nor forowi, encoonter*d, troubled, or confas*d. 

And as the San abore the light doth biing, 
• Tboogh we behold it in the air helów ; 

So ftom tbe eternal light the soul doth spring, 
'fhough ia the body she ber po«'ra do show. 




[Sect. xxii— xxti 

This ledger-book liM in tlie bi^o behind, 
Dke Janos* eye, whicb in his poU wu set : 

The laymaii's tabJes, storehouse oT the mind; 
Which doth remember mach, and much forget 

Herę stfnse^s apprehension end doth take; 

As when a atooe is into water cast, 
•One circie doth anotber circie make, 

TiU the last ctrele touch tbe bank at last 



But tbough the appreheii8ive po«'r do paus^ 
The moti^e virtue then begins to move : 

Which in the heart below doth passions ciuse, 
Joy, grief, and fear, and hope, and hate, and love. 

Tbese passions have a free commanding might» 

\ And dirers actions in our lifó do breed ; 
For all acts done without tnie reason^s light, • 
JDo finom tbe passion of the sense proceed. 

Bat sińce the briun doth lodge the pow'rs of senie, 
How makes it iu the heart thośe passions spring ? 

The mutoal Iotc, the kind intelligence 
' Twiat heart and brain, this sympathy doth bring. 

From the kind beat, which in the heart doth reign, 
The spirits of life do their begimiing take; 

Tbese spirits of iife ascending to tbe brain, [make« 
When Łhęy oome there, tbe spirits of sense do 

These spirits of simse, in fiuitasy's high cotxft» 
Judge of the forms of otgects, iłl or wdl; 

And so they send a good or ill report 
Down to the heart, where all alfoctkni dweO. 

If the report be good, it canseth love. 
And longing hope, and fcU aasured joy : 

If it be ill, then doth it batred move, 
And trembling fear, and resing griefs annoy. 

Tet were theae natoral afiectioiis good, 

(For they which want them, błocks or de^ils be) 

If reason in ber first perfection stood, 
That she might Nature*s passions ractify. 


ŁOCAŁ Monnoir. - 

Bisims, ancther motire-power doth 'rise 
Out of the heart, from whose porę blood do fpring 

Tbe Tital spirits; whicb, bom in arteries, 
Gontinual motion to sili paita do bring. 

This makes Uie pnlses beat, and longi respire ; 

This holds the sinews łike a bridle^s reins ; 
And makes the body to advance, retire,, 

To tara, or stop, as she them slacks or strains. 

Tbus the toni tuoes the body's histramenti, 
TheSe harmonies she makes with^ife and 

The organa fit are by the body lent, 
Bótth' actions ilow from the 80ol'8 infloenoe. 



But tiow I have a will, yet want a wit, 
T' esprMs the woiking of the wit and will ; 

Which, tbough their root be to the body knit, 
Use not the body, when they ose their skilL 

These pow^rs the naturę of the soul declare. 
For to man^ soul these ooly proper be ; 

Por on tiie Earth no otherwigbts there are 
That bare these hearenly powers, but ooly 

wrr, uusoR, uuDBarrAMniMo, opimoir, jUDCiisin> 

Thb wit, the pupil of the soul^k elear eye. 
And in nuin^s worid the oniy shininj§f star, 

Looks in the mirrour of the fimtasy, 
Where all the gath'rings of the sedsea are. 

From thenoe thispow*rtheshapesof thittgs abstnust^ 
And them within her paasive part reoeivcs, 

Whicb are enlighfned by that part which acts; 
And so the fonkis of single tłungs perceiTca. 

Bot aftfer, by discoursing to and fino^ 

Anticipating and oomparing things, 
She dotb all uniwersał natures know, 

And all eflfects into their causes briogs. 

When she rates things, and moves fimn groimd to 

The name of re^on tbe oblains by this: 
But when by reason she the tnith hath found, 

Aad standeth fix*d, she understeading is. 

When her assent she lightly doth incline 

To either part, she is opinion's light : 
But when she d<fth by principles ddlne 

A certain truth, she hath tnie judgmenfs tiglit. 

And wi from senses, reaaoB's work doth spring, 
So many reasons underseuidińg gaili ; 

And many understandings, knowtedge bring, 
And by much knowledge, wisdom we obtain. 

So^ many stąirs we must ascend npright 

Ere we attain to wi8dom's high degree : 
80 doth this Earth eclipse our reasoa'8 light, 
' Wluch else (m hstants) wonld like angels 

imcAis miAs m tbb souu- 

YiT hath the soul a dowry aatural. 
And sparks of li^t, some common things tó 

Not being a blank where nanght is writ at aU, 
But what the writ^ will, may written beb 

For Naturę in man's heait her laws doth pen, 
Preseribing truth to wit, and ^ood to will | 

Which "do accuse, or else escose all men. 
For eT*ry thougfat or praetice, good or IU 1 

Sect. xxvii— xxx.] THE IMMORTAŁITY ÓF THE SOUL. 93 

Et Vso tbe kńig hit inagisŁi«teB do senre^ 

' Yet comiiioDs feed both magistrates and king -: 
Tbe comniOD*s peace the magistrates presenre^ 

And yet theM spark* giow almoat inAnite, 
M^|rif tb« worid, and all theran, their fbod ; 

A» fire so q>read8, as no place hold^ it^ 
Being iMNimh'd still with new supplies of wood. 

And thCNigh these sparfcs were almo8Łqiieaeh'd w|[tb 
Yet they wbom thai jost One hath jostify^d, [sin, 

Biave them increas'd with heav*n]y łight wUhin ; 
Aad like the widow's oil, still multip1y'd. 



AxD as this wit sboald goodness trały know» 

We hare a will, which that true good should 

Tboiigh witt do oft (when wit faise Ibnns doth show) 
Take iU lor good, and good for ill refuse. 

Will pots in practice wbat tbe wit deviseth : 
Will erer acts» and wit contemptates still : 

And as firom wit tbe pow'r of wisdom riseth, 
All olher Tirtues daugbtcrs are of wili. \ 

Wisa m tbe prince, and wit the connsellor, 
Which doth for oomraon good in counci! sit ; 

And when wit is TesolT*d, will lends ber pow^r 
To esecut^ wbat is advis'd by wiL 

Wit is the mind^s chief judge, which doth control 
Of {ancy's coart the judgoients fiailse and vaiD : 

Wiff holds the royal sceptre in the soul, 
And on the passions of the heart doth reign. 

Will is as finee as any emperor, 
Naugbt can restrain ber gentle liberty : 

Ko tyrant, nor no Łorment hath tbe pow'r 
To make us will, when we unwilliog be. 

Tm nrrsŁŁBCTDAz. memoit. 

To these high pow'rs a store-hoose doth pertain, 
Where they all arts and generał reaaons lay ; 

Which UH tbe sool, e'en after death, remain. 
And no Łethean flood can wash away. 




This is the sonly and these ber virtttes be ; 

Wbichftboagb they bave their sondry proper ends, 
And one esceeds another in degree, 

Yet eacfa on other mutually depends. 

Onr-wft is giv*n Almighty God to know; 

Onr will is giT^ to lorę him, being known : 
But God coald not be known to ns below,^ [sbown. 

But by bis works, which througb the s^ose are 

And as the wit doth reap the fraits of sense, 
So doth the qaick'ning pow*r tbe senses feed : 

Tbns while they do their sundry gifts dispense, 
*< The best the serWce of the least doth need.'* 

By borrow'd pow^r, which from tbe pńnce doth 

The qnick'oing power would be, and so woald rest; 

The sense would not be on]y» but be well : 
But wit'8 ambition loogeth to tbe best. 

For it desires in endless bliss to dwell. 

And these three pow^rs three sorts of men do make ; 

For aome, like plants, their Yeins do only fillj 
And some, like beasts, Uieir senses* pleasure take; 
. And some, like angels, do oontemplate still. 

Therefore the fables tumM to flow'rB» 
And olhers did with brytish fbrms invest; 

And did of othen make celestial pow^rs, . 
Like angels, which still traTel, yet still rest. 

Yet these three pow'rB are not three souls, but one; 

As one and two pre both containM in three ; 
Three being one number by itself alone, 
1 A shadow of the blessed Trinity. 

Oh ! wbat is man, great Rfaker of mankind ! 

l*haŁ tbou to him so great respect dost bear ! 
That thou adorn'8t him with so bright a mind, 

Mak'st him a king, and e^en an angel's peer 1 

Oh ! wbat a lireły life, what heav*nly pow'r, 
Wbat spreading virtue, wh4t a sparkliog fire, 

How great, how plentifu), how rich a dow'r 
Dost tbou within this dying flesh inspire ! 

Tbou leav*8t thy print in other works of tbine; 

But tihy whole image thou in man hast writ : 
There cannot be a creature morę divine, 

Bicept (like tbee) it should be infioite ! 

But it exceeds man's thought, to think how high 
God hath raisM man, sińce God a man beoaroe : 

The angels do ad mirę this mystery, 
And are astonish^d when they view the same. 

Nor hath be giv'n these blessings for a day, 
Nor madę them on tbe body'8 life depend : 

The soul, though madę in tfme, sar^ires for ay ; 
And though it hath beginning, sees no end. 




Heb only end is never-eoding bliss, 
Which is, the etemal face of God to see ; 

Wbo, last of epds, aad first of causes is \ 
Anid, to do this, she must etemal be. 

How senseless then and <fead a soul hath he, 
Which tbinks his soul doth with bis body dic : 

Or tbtnks not so, but so would have it be, 
That be might siu with morę security ? 

For though these light and Yicious per^ons say, 
Our soul is hut a smoke, or airy blast, 

Which, during life, doth in our^nostriis play. 
And when we die doth tam to wind at 1ai»t : 



AIthoagh tbey mj, ** Gome let ot eat anfl drtnk ; 

Our Tife is bat a spark, which quicUy dies :** 
Tliongh thus they say, tbeytcnair not whatto thiiik ; 

Btit in their mliuU teo thotiiiaiid doubts arise. 

Therefijre no her«tics desire to sprcad 
iTbeir light opinions, like these epicures; 

For 8o their 8tagg*ring thoughts are comfoited. 
And other men^s assent their doubt assures. 

Tet tHough these men against their cooscience ftrive^ 
There are some sjiarkles in their ftioty breast% 

Whkh cannot be entinct, but stitl reviTe } 
Tbat though they would, they cannot qiute be 


But whoso malces a mirror of his mitid« 
And doth with patience riew himself therein, 

His 8001*8 eternity shall clearly find, 
Though th' other beauties be deiac'd wKh sin. 

Dratm/nm ike dttin ęf kmomU«lg$, 

FiMT, fo man^fflimd we fini an i ipe ti t e 
Tb ieam and know th« tmtli of ev*(7 thini^ 

Which 18 co4iat*jml, aid bom with it. 
And from the eneiice of tbeanil deth tprin^ 


With thłi desii^ the hftUi a natiire mtglit 
To And out er^ry truth» if sbe had time ; 

Th* iDuumerabłe eiffects to 0Ort arigbt^ 
Aod by degreea, from cause to caufe to cliintk 

Bat tince our IHe to fiut away doth alide, 
A8 doth a hungry eagłe thróugh the wind; 

Or as a ihip traosported with the tide, 
Which ia their {Muaage lea^e no priat befaiod* 

Of which Bwilt little thne so much we spend, 
WhUe some 4em tbings we through the ieme do 

Tbat our short race of life isat an eod* 
£re we the principles of skiil attain. 

Or God (who to Tam eods bath notbing dane) 
Iq vain thts appetite and powV hath giv'n ; 

Or else onr knowledge, which is berę .beguB, 
Hereafler must be perfected in HeaT'n« 

Ood never gave a pow'r to one whole kind. 
But most part of that klnd did use the same : 

Most eyes haTeperfect-sight, though some betiHiild ; 
Most legs can nimbly Ton, though some be lamę. 

But in this lifo, no souUthe truth can know 
So perfectiy, as it bath pow*r to do : 

If then perfection be not (bund bdow, 
An higher place nńist make her mount theretow 

RBASoir n. 

JjttwnfiroHk iht motiott vf tht w&uJL 

AcAiN, how ean she bot immortal be, 

Wben, with tb6 motions of botfa will aad wft, 

She still aspireth to eternity, 
And never rests, till tba tftam to it ? 


Water io conduit-pipes can rat no higfber 
Than the weU-head, frtMn wheoce it fint doUi 

Then siocł to etemal God die doth a^ire, [spring: 
Sbe cannot be but an etemal thing. 

" JLtl moring tbings to other tbings do morę, 
Of the same kmd which shows their naturę soch :" 

So «arth fatls down, and fire doth mount abore, 
Till both their proper elements do toucb. 

And as tbe moisture, whicb the thirsty earth 
Sacks from the ma, to ftU her empty Tetns *, 

From put ber womb at last doth take a birtliy 
And runs a lymph ąlonig the grassy plaina: 

LoDg doth Jbe May, m loath to leaya tbe knd, 
From whose soft side she fiist did issue make s 

She tastes all places, tums to er^ry band, 
Her Aawty baoks uawUling to fiMOiake: 

Yet Natur» so her streams doth lead and carry« 
As tbat her eouiae doth make no finał itay, 

Till she herself wiło tbe ocean marry, 
Within whgse watry boson first she lay. 

E'en 80 the soulf whicb in this earthly moold, 
Tbe spirit of God doth secretly infase, 

Because at fint she dotb tbe earth bebold. 
And ^y this oiaterial worki she yiews : 

At first her motber^^earth she holdeth dear, 
And dothembracethe world, and woiidiy thiofr^ - 

She flies close by the ground, and borers here. 
And mounts not up with her oelestial wingi : r 

Yet under Hea^^h she cannot light on aught 
Tbat with her heaT*nly naturę doth agree: 

Sbe cannot rart, she cannot fis her thougbty 
Sbe cannot in this world oooteuted be. 

For who did erer yet, in honour, wealtb, 
Or pleasure of Uie sense, oontentment find \ 

Who CTcr c«as'd to wisb, when be had health ł 
Or, having włsdom, was not Tex*d in mind ? 

Then as a bee which among weeds doth fali, 
Which seem sweet flow*rs, with lustre freśh ani 

She lights on that, knd this, and tasteth all; Qpay^ 
But, pleas^d with nonę, dotb rise, and soar away: 

So, when the soul fiods here no trae cootent. 
And, like NQah*s dove, can no surę footing take^ 

She doth retura from whence sbe first was sent, 
And flies to him tbat first her wings did make. 

Wit, seeking truth, from cause to cause ascend^ 
And never fosts till tt tbe fint attain : 

Will, seeking good, finds many mtddleendsj 
But noTor stays till it the laat do gaki. 

Now God the truth and first of causes is ; 

God is tbe last good end, which lasteth tUIl \ 
Bełng alpha and omega nam*d for this ; 

Alpba to wit, omega to the will. ' 

Since then her heanńnly Ithid she doth dis|)lay. 
Iii that to God she ^oth directly move; 

And on no mortal thing can make ber stay, 
She cannot be from hence, but from idMfi^ 

^ Tbe flMl oom paw d to « viv«r. - 


ikad yet tbós fint tnie caoae, aad ImŁ ^ood cud, 

Sie cannot berę lo niell and truły tcej 
For tłus perfiectioo she must yet atteo^ 

Till to her Maker the egpoiued be. 

As a king^ daugbter, being in peraoa sooght 

Of diTen prinocB, wbo do aeighboar near* 
On nonę of then can fis a constaot tbougM, 

Though abe to all do Łend a gentłe ear: 

Tei she caa lorę a foreign emperor, 

Wbom of gteat woitb and pow'r abe b6an to be, 
If she be i*ooM but by ambanador, 

Qr bat his letters or bis pictures see : 

For ipell slie kooira, tbat wben sbe sba!! be broogbt 

faiŁo the kingdom wherć her spouse dotb reign; 
Her eytt ehall see what she conceiir'd tn ihooghty 

Himself, his state, his glory, and his train. 


So while the Ttighi aonl on Garth doth stay, 
She woo'd and tempted in ten thousand wajrs, 

By theat great pow'rSy wfaich bn the Earth bear 
Tbe wiadom ói the world, wealth, pteasitre, praise: 

With these sometimes she doth her time beguilCt 
Tbese do by fifts her fantasy possess; 

But she distastes them ałl within awhile, 
Asid m the sweetest finds a teifioosness. 

But if opon the mnrld^s Ahnighty King, 

She oaoe doth fix ber bombie lomg thooght, 

Who by his pictnre drawn in eT'ry thing. 
And sacred messages, her 1ovehath>8ongfat| 

Of him she thinks she cannot think too much; 

This honey tasted stilt is erer sweet ; 
The pleasnre of ber ravisVd thonght is sncb, 

Al almost here she with her bliss doth meet : 

Bat when in Heav^ she shaH "his essencć see, 
Tbtt is her sorYeign goód, and perfect bliss ; 

Her kiDgfaig, wii^higs, hopes, an'fioł^'d be ; 
Her joys are fuli, her motions rest in this : 

nśn is idie ctamwfd wHh garf ands of content ; 

There doUi she manna ealt, and nectar drmk : 
That pi«tence ^kiCh soch high delights present, 

Aa nerer tongue conld speak, nor heart conld 


Bvm amttmpt ąf deuth in the beUer tort qfipiriti. 

Foa this, tbe better sonis do dft despise 
The body's deaUi, and do it oft desire ; 

For wben od gronnd the barthen*d balance lies, 
The empty pait ia Itfted up tbe higher : 


.Bot if the body's death the aoul sbonld kil), 
Then death must needs against her naturę be ; 

And were it so, all souls would fly tt stili, 
For natnn hates and sbnnaher contrary. 

For all things eise, which daturę makes to be, 
Their beląg to preserze, are chiefly taoght ; 

And thoogh some things desire a change to see« 
Yet Banrer tbuąg did ioog to tnra to naught. 

If then by death the soul were quenched quite, 
She coold not thus against her naturę run ; 

SADce ev*ry senseless thing, by Nature's ligbt, 
Doth prcservation seek, destr^ction shun. 

Nor could the world*s best spirits ao mnch err. 

If Death took all, that they sbould all agree» 
Beibre this lifs their honour to prefer : - 

Vot what is praise to things that nothiog be } ^ 

Agam, if by the body 's prop she stand ; 

If on the body*s life, her life depend, 
As MeIeągQr*s on tbe fatal brand, 

The body's good she only would intend : 

We sbould not find her balf so braTO and bol^^ 
To lead it to the wars, and to the seas. 

To make it sufier watchings, hnnger, cold, 
When it migbt feed with plenty, rest with ease» 

DoubtlesB, all sOuIs bare a 8or?iving thought, 
Therefore of death we think with quiet mind; 

But if we think of being tum'd to naught, 
A trembling horrpur in bur souls we fiiid. 

JBoai ihęftar ^ dndk 01 Hu widsed touit^ 

And as the better spirit, when she doth bear 
A scom of d^ath, doth show the cannot die ^ 

So when tha wicked soul Death*s face doth fear^ 
£'en then she prezes her own eteniity. 

For wben Death's form appears, she feareth not 
An otter ąuenching or extinguishment; 

She would be glad to toeet with such a lot, 
That so she migbt ali futurę iii prerent: 

But she doth donbt what after may befall s 
For Nafeure^s law accuseth her within, 

And saith, ** T istnie what is aifinnM by all, 
That after death there is a pain for sin.^ 

Then she who hath been hoodwinkM from her birth» 
Doth first herself within Death'S mirror see ; 

And when her body doth return to earth, 
She first takes care, how she alone shall be. 

Who e^er seea* these irreligious men, ' 
With burtben of a sickness weak and faint. 

But hears them tałkiog of religion then. 
And Yowing of their souls to e^Yy saint ? 

When was there erer cnrsed aihetst broaghŁ 

Unto the gibbet, bnt be did adore 
That blessed pow*r, wfaich he had set at naught, 

Soorn'd and bla^hemM all bis life before ? 

Tbese light vmin persons stitt ars drook and mad, 
With snrfeitings and pleasures of their yooth; 

Bot at their death they are fresh, sober, sad ; 
Then they discem, and then &ey i^peak the truth* 

If then all souls, hoth good and bed, do teacfa, 
With ge&'ral voice, that souls can never die; 

'T is not man^B flatt'ringgloss,butNatureVspeech, 
Which, like God'8 oracles, can never He. 




From ike geiwral desire ąf tmmorJaSiy, 

HsNtE springs thal uniTersal itron^ desire, 
Which atl men have of immortality : 

Kot some few spińts unto this thougbt aspire, 
B«lt all men*s mindi in tbis uniteid be. 

Tben this desire of N^tore is not vaiQ, 

" Sbe eovets not impossibilities ; 
Fond thoughts may fali into some idie brain, 

Bat ODe assetat of all is ever wise." 

From bence tbat gen* rai care and study springs, 
That launching and progression of the mind, 

^^ich all men bave so mucb of futurę thinrs, 
That they no joy do in the present 6nd. 

From this desire, that main de$ire proceeds, 
Which all men bare surviving famę to gain. 

By tombs, by books, by memorable deeds; 
For she that th^ts desires, doth still remaln. 

Henoe, lastly, spiinp care of posterities, 

Por things their'kmd would eyeriastnig make: 

Hcnce is it, tbat ołd men do plant young trees, 
The frutt whereof another age shall take. 

Ifwh these mles unto onnelTes apply, 
And viev them by refllx;ti<Ni of the mind, 

All Łbese true notes of immortality 
In onr heart*t tables we shall yrńtt/eu flnd. 

RBAiOir VI* 

From the tery doubt and disputaiion cf immorłtUtłff. 

Akd thongh some impious wits do questions monrt. 
And doubt if souls immortml be,- or tio; 

That doabt their immortality doth prove, 
Because they seem immortal things to koow. 

For he who reasons on both parta' doth bring, 
Doth some things mortal, some immortal cali; 

Now, if himself were but a mortal thing, 
He could not judge immortal things at all. 

For when we jodge, our minds we mhrrors make ; 

And as those glaAea which mateila) be, 
Fofms of -materiał things do oniy take ; 

For thoughts'or minds in them we eannoi see : 

So wheo we God and angels do conceive. 
And think of tmth, which is etemal too ; 

Tben do-our minds immortal fbrms receiVe, 
Which if tbey mortal were, they could nol do! 

And as if beasts conceiv*d wbat reaioo.were. 
And that.coDcepTi^ sbould dIstinctJy show, 

They sbould the name of reasonMile beac; 
For without reasuo, notie could reason know : 

So when tl^e suul paoiiąts with so ^igh a wiag, 
As t>f etemal things sbe doubts cąn move ; 

Sbe proofs of jjer ctennity doth hring, 
E'en wheg slie^suive» th^ contcary to proA e. 

For e'en the thooght of immortality, 

Being an act dione witboat the boidy'8 aid, 

Shows, that herself alone could move and be, 
, Altbough ibe body io the grave were laid. 



Akd if berself she can so lirely morę. 
And nerer need a foreign help to take ; 

Then raust ber motion everlastiQg prove,« 
** Because herself she never can forsake." 


But though corruption cannot touch the mind. 
By aay cause ^ that from itaelf may ąniog, 

Some outward cause fate hath perbaps d^ga'4^ 
Which to the souL may utter queDcbing briMg* 

Perbaps her cause may cease^ and she mny die :. 

God is her cause,* his word her maker was; 
Which shall sUnd fixM for all eternity* 

When Ueav'n and Earth shall like a shadow 

Perbaps some thii^ repugnant to her kind. 
By strong antipathy, the soul may kill : 

But what can be contrary to the miód, 
Which holds all contrarles in coocopd still ? 

Sbe lodgeth beat, and cold, and moist, and dry. 
And life and death, and peace and war togetfaer ; 

Ten thousaod flghtmg things in ber do He, . 
Yet neither troubleth or disturbeth either. 

Perhaps for want of food, the soul may pine ^ ; 

But that were straoge, sioce aJl things bad and 
Since all God*s creatures, mortal and divine i 

Since God hiauałf is her etemal ibad. 

Bodies are fied with things of mortal kiiid« 

And JO are subjeot ta i;w)rtality I 
Bat truth, which is etemal, feeds thd mind ; 

The tree of life, which will not lat her die. 

Yet Tiolence, perbaps, the sou! destrojrs*, 
As Jightniąg, or tbfi sim-beąms» dim kht vi^i 

Or as a U^under clap, or canDoa*s «oise^ 
The pow*r of luearing doth astonuh ,quite ; 


But high perfecUon to the soul it brings, 
T enooontar things most escellectand high; 

For, when she view8 the best and graatest things^ 
They do not hurt, but rather dieąr (lie eye, 

Besides, as Homer's ^ods 'gainst armies stand* 
Her subtle form «aD throjigb all dang^ slida^ 

Bodies are, captjye, minds end.ui^ no baad c 
** And will is fę^e, and can oo'fbrce abide." 

Bttt. lastly, time perbaps tX last hath pow'r* 
To spend her lively pow*rs, an4 quench her łig]it ^ 

But old god Saturn, which doth all devour, 
Doth cherish her, and still augment her might. 

Her cause ceaseth not. 

She halh tio oonUary. 

Sbe cannot <lie for want of fbod. 

Yiolence-oannot deitioy b«r. 

Time cannot deitroy ber. 


ii«a^ńa ^asDeUi old, and airthe spberes abore 
SbaU one day fiiiot^miid their swift infttioa stay ; 

And tiiB€ itself, in time sball cease to move; 
Oąij the sdbI silrriTes, and WrcB Ibr ay. 

** Oąt bodiea, e^^ry fooUtq> that they make, 
iĆMpeh towards death, ontil at last tbey die: 

\nMther we work or play, or sleep or wake, 
Oinr IMe doth )p«aa, and with HaWt witi|;s doth 

^ot to the acMrt, tii|W diDth perfedioD giTe^ 
And addi fresk lostre to her beaaty still ; 

Aad makea her in etemal youth to lirę, 
Ijke hftr wkkh tiectar to the gods doth filL 

Tke morę the lives, the tnore she feeds oo trutb) 
Tbe morę she feada^ her atręogth doth 9or» in- 



lad whml » atreogth^ bot aa 'eSset of youth, 
Whieh if time Bune, bvw eaa tt erer ceaae ? 

' OMfecnon ACAimr tut i«cMWT*Łrnr ot titi scrbi, 


Barnów tkcee Ępieurea bejsip to smiłe. 

And say, my doctńne is morę safe than tnie j 

And tłmi I Ibnlly cfe mfsdf beguile, 
While these rece^r*d opn^ram I emue. 

OBJlcrfoii tt 

1^, what, cay they ^ doth not the toul was oM ? 

How comes it tben that aged men do dote | 
And that their braiuB grow lottiih, duli and cold, 

Wbich were m youth tbe ooly ipifiti of notę ? 

Wbat ? sre not soola within themaelrei corrapted ? 

How can their idi(M» Łhen by naturę be } 
Bow ii it that mme wiu are iiiterrupted, 

Tbat now they dazzted afe, now okariy me i. 

Tbese <|ncatient make a nibtil argmtfent 
To tack as tkink both tenae and reasoooae 9 

To whora noł ageat, from tbe iMtnnnent, 
{iar pov'r af wariEiDg» ftom tIM work is known. 

Bot they that know that wit can tbow no akill. 
But when the thiagt m teme^ glais doth Tiew, 

Sn kuow, if aocideot this ghos do spili, 
It aotiihir sess, or scet the lUsefbr truft 

1hr,.if«Mt ta^km of the 

Wbeiw tV tamo^ tonta of finilaty shookł sit, 
Aad tk' outWard seilMi, gath^iings thoald Mtaia > 

By natHta, or by chaoce, become unflt : 

Either at Icst nncapaUe it it, 

Aa4 so few thinn, or oone at all recei^es » 
Ot maff('d by accident, which bapt amiss i 
it ev'ry thing perceirei. 

The% m seuaniug ptkioa that nselk spict/ 
if they return ao aewt^ dotk nokhuig kaoa | 

Bot if they make adyectJteaMnt of lks» 
The prlBce^t caumelt all awry #e gw: 

Ev^ so the soul to soch a body knt^ 
Whose inward seases undiiposed be j 

And to receire tbe foims of things unftt, 
Whcre nothing it broagbt h^ can nothkig fie&r 

This makes the idiot, wbich hath yet a rnind, 
Able to koow the truth, and choote tbe gocid^ , 

If she such flgures in the brain 4id find* • , 
As might be found^ if it in temper stood^ 

Bot if a pfirensy do possess tbe brain, 
It so disturbs and flots the forms oif thing% 

As fiintasy prores akogetber rhin. 
And to tbe wit no tnie relation brings.* ' 

Then doth the wit, admtttkig «t1 f<nr trtfe^ 
Build fond ccmciusions on thdlse idie grounds ? 

Then dath it fly the good, and łU panoe ; 
Beliering ali that this Ćsłse spy propoundt. 

But pnrge the fanmonrs, and the ragę tppeate,* 
' Whi(^ thrs distemper in the faney wrOugUts 
Then thall tke wit, wbich neTer.bad disease, ^ 
Disooufse, aod jndge ditcreetly, as it ougbt« 

So, thoogh the doudś eclipse the Son>s fair Bgfa^ 
Yet from hit &oe they do not take one baam | 

So liave our eyes their perfeet pow^r of ńght, 
Ev'd when they look into a tioubled stream. 

Then these defects in seitte^s oigans be^ 
Not in the soulf or ia her workiug might » 

Ske cannot loae her per£ecŁ pow'r to see, 
Theugh mists and ttkmdt do cboke her windaiT 

Theie imperfectłont then we mutt impate^ 
Not to tbe ageut, but the instrument: 

We must not biame Apollo^ but hia Inte/ 
If fiilse accords from her false strioft be ttnit 

The toul in aU hath^me intetlifenc^; 

Tbough too much moisture in ao io&ot*s brain',- 
And too móch dryness in an old man*s sense^ 

Cannot the priats of oatward things retain: 

Then doth the toni want work, aad idle sit. 
And this we chikłisbness and dotage call^ 

Yet hath sba then a ą»kk aad aictive wit, 
If she had stuifand tools to wofk withai : 

For, p,we her orgaut fit, and olyeets ftur $ 
Otye but the aged maw the young man>s taaw^ 

Lot but Medea &on's youth repair, 
Aad straight she skows her wonted eacalleooai* 

Al a good hai^r stricken far rn yean, 
liśo whose cunning hands the gout doth &U^ 

All h^s old.crotcheu in hit brain be lieara. 
But on his harp playt ill, or not tt alU 

Bat if Apoll9takct kit gontawaib* 
That be his nimbie ftogers may appi^ ^ 

Apoilo^B self wtti enry at his play, 
And all tka worki applkud hit młattitisy^ 

Tkea dotaga it na w eaknem of tlw tnińdy 

But of the senw; for if the mmd did w 
la all old maa wa should tkis wtadag fiad, 





Bat most of ibem, e'«B to their 4y iog hoar, 
Betain a mind- laora łhnely, qaiok, aad fltrong ; 

And better om thcir nadentaiidiag poir^r, 
llian wtMB their tNraioi wera warm, and limbs 


For, thoogh tbe body wasted be and weak. 
And thougb the leac^ form of earth it bean^ 

Yct wb«ii we bear that half dead body speak, 
We oft are raTish'd to the heav'n]y sphercs. 



Yet say these men, if all ber organs die, 
Then batb tbe soul no pow'r ber pow*n to 

Sok io a iort, ber pow'rs extjnct do lie, 
Wben unto act sbę cannot them reduce. 

And if ber pow*rs be dead, tben what is she ? 

For lince frpm ev^ thing aanie pow'rsdo spring ; 
And from tbote pow*n, tome acU procecding be ; 

Iben kiU botb pow*r and act, and kill the thing. 

Doabtlesś, tbe body*! death, wben once. it dies, 
Tbe instrcrments of sense and life dotb kill ; 

So tbat Bbe cannot use those fikcultieś, 
Altbougb their root rest in ber snbstance itill. 

Bnt ('as tbe body liTfaig) wft and will 
.Osn jndge and cboose, without the body^s aid; 

l%oagh''on sucb objects tbey are working stilt, 
As throngh the body^s oigans 9Xt cenvey'd : 

So, wheń tiie body serres ber tnm no morę, 
And all ber senses are exthict and gone, 

She can discoutse of wbat she !eani*d beibre^ 
fn heaT*nSy cóntemplations, aH alone. 

So> if one man well on tbe Tnte dolh play, 
And hare eood borsemansbip, and leanung'8 

Hiongh botb hit lute and horse we take away, 
Dotb be not keep his former leaming still ? 

He koeps 1^ doubtless, and can use it too ; 

And dotb both tb' otber skills in pow'r retain ; 
And caif of botb tbe proper actions do, ' 

If with his lute or borse be meet again. 

flo thottgb tbe tnstruments (by wbich we ti^e, 
And view tbe worl^) tbe body*8 death do kill ; 

Yet witb the body tbey shall aił reviTe, 
And all tbcir wonted offices ftilfll. 

OB/t^noM Ul. 

•■ ' * . 

But bow, till tben, shall she herself employ ? 

Her spies are dead, wbieb bronght boine newa 


What she datb «at» nnd k^seps* sba may enjoy. 

Bat ttae bntb n^eana to andcntand no moMi 

Tban whnt dotbooa poor tOils^ wbiob notbfog get ? 
Or wbat do Mieaa-wbkb get, and cannot 1m^ } 
•like bńckleribottointowi-wtech all ont^Iet; 


See bQw. nan^i soul againit itsdf dotb striye t 
Wby sbould we not bave otber means to know ? 

As children, while within tbe womb tbey live» 
Feed by the navel : here tbey feed not sob 

Tbese cbiłdren, if tbey bad some nse of aenae, 
Aud śhould by chance their motber*s talkłng hear, 

That in sbort time tbey shall come ibrth from tbeno^ 
Would fear tbetr birth, morę than oar death we 

Tbey woold ciy out, «' If we tbis place sball leare, 
Tben shall we break oor tender navel strings : 

How shall we then our nonrishment receire, » 
Sinoe oor sweet food no otber condait brings V* 

And if a man shonld to tbese babes reply, 
Tbat into this fiur world tbey sball be broo^bl, 

Where tbey sbail view the earth, tbe sea, tbe iky, 
Thegloriou8Sun,andari tCatGod batb wrougbt : 

Tbat there ten thousand dainties tbey sball meet, 
Which by their moutbs tbey shaU witb pleaawe 

Wbich shall be cordial too as well as sweet ; 
And of their litUe ionbs tali bodies make : 

This world tbeyM tbink a fsble, e^en atf we . 

Do think the story of the golden age ; 
Or as some sensual spirits 'mongst as be, 

Which bold the world to oome, a feigned stage: 

Yet sball these infants after find all tnie, 
Thougb then thereof tbey nothing could coo- 
ceive : ^ 

As soon as they are bom, the world tbey ▼icw. 
And with their mouths, tbe norses* milk receire. 

So wben tbe sonl is bom (for death is naught 
But the souPs birth, and so we shouM it cali) 

Ten thousand tbings she sees beyood ber thoaght; 
And in an unknown manner, knows them all. 

Then dotb she see by spectades no morę, 
3be hears not by report of dooble ipies ; 

Herwlf in inatants dotb All tbings eiplore ; 
For each thing*s praen^ and before ber liai. 

ouicTf ON nr. 

But still tlys crew witb qa«Mioos me pursaes : 
If sonk deceasM (say tbey) still liTing be, 

Wby do they not retnm, to bring us news [fee^ 
Of that strange worid, wbam tbey sncb wonden 


Fond men ! if we belicTe tbat man do lire 

Under the zenitb of both frozen poles, 
Thougb nonę come thence, adTcrtisement to gir^ 
. Wby bear we not ibe Hke ftiitb of odr soals ? 

Tbe sool batb berę on Earth no morc to do, 
Than we bave buiiineM inour mother's womb ; 

Wbat cbild dotb covei to return thereto, 
Altbougb all children fint from thence do come? 


And if thatwifdbin still wise ends propound, 

Whj madę he mao, <yf othcr creatnrea, kiog ; 
Wheii (łf he peri9h here) tbcre ic not Ibond 

Bot as N<Mih*s pigeon, which returnM no oiore, 
Did ^ow, 8h« footing fMmd, for all the flood ; 

ft> wheo gcnd aoają^ departed tbroajh Deatb't 
door, ^ 

Orne not agajo, U thows tbelr dweltmg good. 

Md doabtles^ 8uch a mmiI as up doth moant, 
And dotib appear befbfe b«r MakeHs face, 

BdMs Łhis rUe world io such a bafle aceomit, * 
Am sh% looks down and scoms this wretcbed place. 

Bot soch as Mre detnided down to Heli, 
BiUier for sbama, they still themaeires retire ; 

Or t^d m chains, tbey m close priśon dwell. 
And caniioi come, ahhongh tbey mach desira. 

OBjicnoM r> 

WeU, welU 8KJ these yam spirits, thoagh Tain it is 
To tbini aur sanls to Heav'n or Heli do go ; 

Pdlitlc men have thougbt it not amias, 
T6 spread this Ue, to make men virtuou8 §6, ' 

. ifefiftwn* i 

Do yon then tłunk this morał ttrtae good ? 

1 tbiok you do^ eir'n for yoar pri^ate nun ; 
For commonwealths by rirtue erer stood| 

And oommou good the prlrate doŁb contain. 

If then this rirtue yon do tore 90 wel!, 
Hare yoo no means» ber practice to maintain ; 

Bnt you this lie must to the people tell, 
That good touls lirę in jóy, and ill in pain ? 

"Muśt rfrtae be preserred by a lie ?. 

Yłrtne and trath do erer best agree ; 
By this it seems to be a rerity, 

Since ^beeffiects so good and rirtuous be. 

For, sa the Deril the fatber Is of lies, 
So rioe and mischief do his lies ensoe : 

Theo this good doctrine did not he dertse ; 
But madę this lie, which saith, it is not true. 

For, how can that be.i«l8ą,jrhiGh er'ry tongue 
Of er*ry mortal man alBrms for true ? 

Which truth hath m all ages.been so strong, 
As, kwd-stooe iike, all hearts it erer drew. 

For, not the Chińtiao, oc the Jew alone, 
The Perńao, or tfie Turk, aeknowledge this; 

Tbis myatery to the wiU Indian koowo, 
And to the cannibal and Tartar is. 

This ricb Aasyrian dnig i^ws er'ry where; 

As common in the north as in the eas( : 
This doetrine doth not enter by the ear. 

Bat of itself is natire in the breast. 

Nonę that aeknowledge God, or prorldence^ 
Tbetr sool's eternity did erer doubt ; 

fbr all leltgłon (aketh root from bence, 
Which no póor ńaked nation lires Without, 

For ńnoe the world for man crested was, 
(For only man the nse thereof doth kiu)w) 

If man do perish Iike a withei^d grass, 
How doth GodY wisdom order thit^ below* ? 

In all the world so poor and rile a thoig^ 

If death'do qnendi ns qiłite, we har^ great wrang, 
Sincefor onr serviee all thiogs eise were wraaght ; 

That dkws, and trees, and roeks should last so łoi^» 
When we Dmstin an instant paas t» nangfafe. 

But b|eis'd be tbist Oreat Pow'r, that hath nsbless^ 
With looger łife tban HeaT*n or Barth caa hare; 
Which hath infus'd into our mortal breast 
\ Immortal pow'rs not subjeet to the grare. ■ 

For though the soal do s^.m heir grare to be^» 
And m this world is almpst bnryM qnidEi 

We hate no cause tbe body*s death to fear ; 
For when the shell is broke, ont eonca archick* 

SfiCTION xxxia 
TiiaBt nyos or ufB awwekabu toioeii 


¥om iHi Ihe-sokd^ BiseBtisI po«*iii ncmthiM j ' 
Theqaiak\iuig pow'r, thepow'k'of seaie and reason; 

Three kiads of li» to ber designsd be, [soo. 

Whidh perfieet th6se.ihreaiiow*rs in thdc dof tea' 

The first Ufo mthh.«oaier's woob is s^teot* 
Where ahe the wining pew'r doth only uae; 

Where, when sbe finds defect of nborishment; 
Sh' espela ber body, and this worki she^ri|BWl. 

ThU wecałl birth ; bnt if tłk»cbikl «ćiild sfpnkf 
He deatb wdald cali it ; andof natmre |>lain, 

That sbe woald tbffnst faim o«Ł naked and weak. 
And in bis panage pinoh bim witb sncb pain. 

Yet out he comes, and in this world is placie 
Where all his sóises in perftśction be ; 

Where he finds ilow'fs to smell, and fruits to taste^ 
And sminds to hear, and snndry form* to see. 

When he hath pa8s*d some time opon the stage. 
His reason then a Jittla saoms to wake ; [age, 

Which thongh she spring wbei^ sense doth iade witb 
Yet can she here no perfeet practice make. 

• > • . 

Then doth aspiring soul the body leare^ 

Which we cadl desth ; bnt were It known to «ll« 
What life oor sools do by this dcatb rsoeire^ 

Men would it birth or jail-delir'ry oni). 

la this third life, reasoB'Will be so bright, 
As that ber spark will Iike the sun-beams shinc, 

AndsballofOodenjóytherealsIgfat, -> • 
Being stłłl increasM by infioence dirine. 

sEcnoN xxxiy, 


O KNomAKT poor man ! wbat dost thoo bear ł- 
-ŁockM up within tbecasket oftbybnast? . 

What jewels, and what ric^es hast tbeo ^iere'ł 
Whnt heav'nly tres)u«e^f» fn'wenb« ahasU 



Łook hrfiiy foal', and thoii thalt beśatitt fi&d, 
Łike tboie wbich drQwn'd Narcittut in the flood : 

Honour and pteaaure both am in tliy mińd. 
And all tbat ib the world U countod good. 

Thiok of har wortb, and tbink tbat God did mean, 
TbisMortby mind afaould irorthy thŃigi embrace: 

Bbt not ber bcantiea with Ihy tbonghts piiclean» 
Nor ber duhonour with tby 

Kill not ber qaick;niQc pewS *ikfa surfeStingS: 

Mar not her sense wiÓi seoiuality : 
Cast not ber wit on idie thingi : 

Make not ber frce will slave to Tanity. 

Amii wbca tbou tbinV8t of her eternity, 
Thiok not tbat death agaioit ber natura it ; 

Tbtnk it a birtb : and when thoM go^si to die, 
Sing likfi a swan, aa if tboa wentit ta bUsi. . 

And if thou, like a obild, dMst fear before, 
Being in the dark, wbere thou didst nothing tee j 

Now I haTe brooght tiiee torch-łiglit, fear no morę ; 
Now wben tboa dy*tty theo eanst noi hoed-wiiik'd 

And thou, ńly toni, wbicb tnm^ with coiknib ejt, 
Tdnriew tba beams of thine owa form ditine, 

Know, tbat thou eanst know notbing perieetły, 
Wbile tiiou art clonded wHh ttaia ileahof mitte. 

Take beed of ovef^weenHigy and coinpafe 
Tby peaoock^f feet with thy gay peaoock's train : 

Słody tlie beit and higheat ffaiflga thai arcp 
But of tbyself an bombie tbought rataioi 

GMt downtthytelf, aad only itriTe to 
The glery of tby Maker^e Mcrad aame : 

fJte M Iby: pow^t, tbat blewed powV to piaife» 
Which'givaf tbce pow^r to be, and aie the 


ilU ACR08TIC V£BaX« 



or AffiaBA. 

S-AatT hefbre the day doth spring ;. <> 
L et oa awake my Muse and sing, • 
1 1 is no time to slomber, ^ 

S o many joya this time doth bring, r^ 
A s time will Cul to oufober. ^ 

B ut wbereunto tbali we bendT out layi ł & 
B 'en up toHcavenv agam to raise t^ 
T be maid' which thence descended ; ST 
H ath brooght agata the golden dayi^ ^ 




A od all the worM aiBcndatf. 


B odenem itaelf she doth reibie^ 
B *en like an ałchymist divine» 

rots tittaa of iron toraing 

1 nur tbe pomt form of goU; (V\ 
A et to eorropt, tilt HeaveQ wajc onk oc 
A od Ib taftB*d with b«niiB|« ^ ^ 



R naNAŁ Tirgin, goddesatrae, 
L et me pretume to sing to you. 
I ove, e'en great Jove hath leisure 
S ometimes to bear the Tulgar crew, 
A nd hean them oft with pleasura^ 

B lessed Astrea, T in part 

E ijoy the blessiag* yoa impart, 

T be peMe, the milk, and honey^ 

H umanity, andl eivil art, 

A richer dow'r than mooey. 

R ight gkd am I tbat now f liYe, 

E 'en in these days whereto ydu gtre 

G reat happiness and glory ; 

I f 8(fter yoo I shoutd be bom, 

N o deubt I shoold my btrth-day soonv 

A dmiring yoar sweet story. 



E Acinf now is green, and Heaven is blua^ 
L iveiy Spring which makea alt new, 
I olty Spring doth enter; 
S weet 3roong sun-beams do subdue 
A ngry, aged Winter. 

B lasts are mild, and seas are calm« 
E Tcry meadow flows with balm, 
T be earth wears all her riches ; 
H armonioas Wrds sing soch a psalm, 
A a ear and beart bewitehes. 


R eserre (sw^et Spring) this nymph of oan^ 

E temal gariands of tby flow*ra, 

G reen gariands never waBting ; 

I n ber shall tast oor sta!te's fair spńng» 

N ow and for erer tfourishing, 

A 8 foog as Heav*n is latting. 

ttYMN IV. 


E ACM day of tbine, sweet month of May; 

Ł dre makes a solemn boly-day« 

I will perf!>rm like duty, 

S ith tboo resrmblest every way 

A strea, <|iieen of beauty. 


B oth yoorr firesh bemities d6 partake, 
E itlier^s alpeet doth yummer mnke^ 
T hotighta of young lote awakhig; ' 
H earts yoii faiotb do caose to aciie^ ■ 
A nd yet be pleas'd witb acbing. 

R ight dear art thoo, and so is she, 
E 'en like attractiog sympathy, 
' G ains anto both like dearoess; 
I ween this madę antiquity, 
N ame thee, sweet May of maj«^y, 
A s beiag both like in aleam<?Mtf 



Hirtfif V. 

B AUT cheerf al moanting Itak, 
Liglit*» geotle nsher, morniog^s darkt 
1 1 merry notes delif hting : 
Sthit ai^iile thy iod;, aod lotrk, 
A id karo my new inditiog. 

B ev op this bynm, to HeaTSi it liear, 
E *eo ap to HeaT'B, aad mag it tbere, 
T o HeaT'n each moramg b«ar it; 
H tre it ■ aome sweet Bphere^ 
ladiet the aągels Jiear iL 

tmmtfA Astrea, tbat great name^ 
EioeediDg gre«t in woitb and fanie, 
G icat worth bath so reoown^d it, 
It is Astrea's naae I piaise, 
N ov tben, sweet laik, do thon it labe, 
A Mi in bigh HeAven reseUiid it* 

TO TBi moanmAii. 

Ei*iT nigtat fron er^n to ttioni, 
Łonre^t cborister amid the tbora 
1 1 Mm w sweet a singirr. 
Bo saeet, as fcir łier song I seon 
Apdlk>*s Toice and finger^ 

Bstnightingale, ńth yon dalight 
Eyer to wateh t^ stany night, 
Tdl atl the stan of Heaven, 
H <aven nerer had a sur >o bńgbt, 
i • oow to Eajth is givcn. 

Rojal Asliea makes oor daf 
X temal with her beana, nor may 
Gran darknes oTeroome ber; 
I IOW perceive wby write, 
N o ooontry bath m sboct a night, 
Al fiogiand hatb in somner. 




E n of the garden, ąueen of .ioir!fi 
Łore^s cap wherein IJiftnectar^sipowYs^ 

I Ogeoder^d first of neetar : 

S vcet nors^^ild of the spiing's yoang hwn, 
A ad beaaty^s fisir charaćter* 

B le«'d jewel tbat the Sarth doth wear, 
£*ea when tbe bcaTo younf Sun dirnws UjDar, 
T o ber hot tove pretending; 
H ioittlf likewise lihe ibrm doth be»r, 
A t Ttśog and dcsoendiog. 

R ose of tbe qaeeii of lo?e haknr'd; 
£iiglaQd*8 great ^pngs dtyioeiy moT'd» 
^ tn nnes in tbeir banner$ 

I I ibow^ tbat beaoty^s Kote indeed, 
)( ow ia this age ihooid them sooeBed, 
4 od rógn in morę sweet naBoeri 

• • • • ■ 


E uROft, tbe Earth*s sweet 

L et all tby kings tbat wonld be wis^ 

ł n politic deyotion, 

S ail bither toohaerre ber eyes, 

A nd mark her beav*nły motión. 

B raTe princea of this eiTil age^ 
E nter iota this pilgrimage : 
T bis saint*s toogue^s an oracie, 
H er eye batb nade a prince a pegc; 
A nd works each day a miraolot 

R aise bat your IooIm to her, and see 
E 'en tbe tnie beams of majesty, 

reat princes, mark ber duły ; 

1 f all the world yoa do survey, 

N o forehead spreads so brigbt a ray, 
A nd notes a prince lo łraly. 

» I 


TO PŁOaA. • 

E MnipBi of 6ow*n, tell where away 

L ies yoor sweet conrt this May, 

I o Greenwłch garden alieys: 

S ince there the hear*nly pow^n do pl^ 

A nd baont no other 7idle|«. 

B eaaty, VirtUe, BSajesty, 
E loqaent Musoi, three tiaes three» 
The new fresb Jloan, jmd Graces, 
H ave pleasare in this.p(aoe to be, 
A bove ŚH other placet. 

R oses and lilies did them draar, 
E re they divine Astrea saw, 
G ay ilow*fs they soMght for pleasare c 
I n^ead of gath'ring crowns of flowY^ 
N ow gather they Astma*s dowers, 
A nd bear to Heav*n that treasore. 


TO TBB llOimi OP UritHBIi. 

E ACH month bath praise in some d^free | 
L et May to pthers seem to be . 
I n sense the sweetest season ; 
S eptember thou ert best to me, 
A nd best doth please my reason* 

B ot neitheribr thy eom nor winę 

E xtol I those mild days of thine, 

T hougfa corn and winę might praise thee, 

H eav'a giveft thee honoar moie diyise, 

A nd bigher fortunes raise tbecu> 

R enown'd art thou (sweet month) for thii!» 
E mong thy day* ber birtb-day is, 

race, Ploity, Peace, and Honoar, 

1 n one fair boor with ber were boro, 
N ow stnce they still ber ciown adorOy 
A nd ftiU attend upon ber.. 



• • -• 

• < 

• • • 
y ' XO IBB SUN.. 

E TE of tb« world, Ibubtam of light; 
Ł ife of day, ęnd «le»th of nigbt, 
I bumbly seek thy kindnen : 
Ś weet, dazzle not my feeble tigbt, 
A nd strike me not witb blindnesB. 

B eboid TOB mildly firom that 
E 'en where tboa dow dott nu thy raoe, 
T be tpbere wbere oow tboa toroeft ; 
H »viDg like Phaetoo cbang^d thy place, 
A nd yet bearts onły bnmest 

R ed in ber right cheek thou do$t rise, 
£ xałted after in ber eyes, 
G reat g'ory tbere tbou sboweft : 
I n th' otber cbeek when thoo deaceordett, 
N ew redness unto it tbou lendeit, 
' Ą nd 90 thy round thoo goest. 



B xnBMi was hit andadty, 

J. ittle bit skill tbat inith'd tbee i 

I am asbamM aod sorry, 

8 o doli ber coonterfeit thoald be, 

A nd she to foli of glory. 

B ot bera are cokiort red and wbite, 
£ ach Une and,eacb proportioa right ; 
T hese linet, tbii red and wbitenest, 
H ave waoting yet a life and ligbt, 
A majesty, and brighUiea.- 

R ude oouoterfeit,.! tben did err, 
E 'en now when I woold needt infer 

reat boldaen ii» tby maker : 

1 did mistakei be wat not boM, 

N OT dorst bis eyes ber eyei behoM, 
A nd this roade him mistake htr. 


Or BBl ttlKlk 

£ AtTH, now adiea, my raTithM.thougbt 
L ifted to Heav>n sets tbee at naught; 
1 nfinite is my longing, 

5 eerets of aogels to be tangbt, 
A nd tbingt to HeaT'n belooging. 

B ra^ght down from HeaT^i of aagels kiody 

£ T^n now I do admire ber miad, 

T bis it my cooteroplatioo, 

H er elear sweet tpirit wbicb it refin*d, 

A boTe haman creatioiw 

R łcb soa-beam of tb' etemal ligbt, 
£ xoellent soul, how, tball I write j 

6 jood angelt make me able ; ^ 
I cannot see but by yoor eye, 

K or, bat by yoaTtoDg^ą, tignify 
A tlung so admirable. 

' AYMNZiy. 

op nn siiif-BiAMt or sta um*' 


£ zcBRitiio glorioat » thit ttar, 

L et ot beboM bfer beamt afitr 

Ina side linę reflected; 

S igbt bters tbem.oo!t| when Bear tbey are, 

A nd in right Tmes direeted. . 

B ebold ber m ber ^irtaa^t beamt, 
E Etending sun-like to aU reałmt ; 
1* be San nonę Tiewt too pearly : 
U er well «f goodness in tbese ttraamt, 
A ppears right well and cleaiły* 

R adiant Tirtaet, if yoor ligbt 

£ nfeeble the bót judgmenfs tigfat, 

reat tplendour abore meatnre 

1 s in the mind, from wheiice you Aow i 
N o wit may ba^e acoett to know, 

A nd yiew to bright a traature* 

OF Bia wrr. 

£ TB of tbat mind mott quick and elear, 
L ike HeaTeo*8 eye wbicb ikom hit tpbere 

I nto all tbingt pryeth, 

5 eet throagh all tiungs eT'ry wbere, 
A nd all their natures trieth. 

B right image of an angel's wit, 
E Eceeding tbarp and twifl like it, 
T bingt iastantly disoeming: 
H aving a natare in&aite, i 
A nd yet increas*d by leaming. 

R eboond opon tbytełf tby ligbt, 
fi njoy tbine own tweet preciout sigbt 

6 iTe^ us bat some reflcctioa ; 

I I is eoougb for os if we, 

N ow in ber speech, now policy, 
A dmire thine high perfeetion. 

ornawiŁU - 

Efia wen afieeted will, 

L oring goodnett, loatbing ill, 

I nettimable treatore ! 

S ince tnch a power batb power to tpill,, 

A nd taTe at at ber pleatnreb 

B e thoo ottr law, tweet will, and tay, 
£ T'n wbat thoo wilt, we will dbęy 
T bit law ; if I could retd it, 
U erein woald I tpend nigbt and day, 
A nd ttady still to plead U. 

R oyal free-will, and outy firee, 
£ ach other will it tbTe to thee ; 

lad it each will to terre tbee: 

1 n thee toch princćly pow*Tt it teen, 
N o spirit bot takes tbee for ber queeD, 
A nd thittkt the mott obtcrva thee. . 





X scsŁunr jeveb would yoa see, 
L oreły ladies come with mc, 
I will (for love J owe you)* 
S how yoa at rich a treasury, 
A s aaat o^ wcst can abow you. 

B eliolil. if yoa can jodge of it, 

E T*n tbat great store-boase of ber wit, 

T bat beaotiliil Urge table, 

H er meoKiry, wherein ii wtit 

AUloHMrledgeadmirable. ' 

B cad thb fiur book, and yoa sball learń 

S aą^bite skiJI ; if yoa discera, 

G aiB HeaT^ by tbiidiacenUDg; 

I n loch a meoibry diviiie, 

K atare did lonn the Mu^es nine, 

A ud Pkilas, jąueen of learmng. 

qr Hta mmct. 

B niuMUn cariosity, 

L ook en thyself with jodgtng eye, 

I f aof ht be laafty, leaTe it: 

8 o delicate a fentaay 

A t thby will straight peroeive it. 

B eeaoae ber temper ia ao AAe, 
B ndow^d with barroofaiea d'miie ; - 
T bcrefore if discord fltrike it, 
H er tme propor ti oni do tepine, 
A nd tadly do mislike it 

B igbt otherwiae a pleasore aweet, 
B 'er die takes in actions maet, 

ractng witb tmiles sach meetoesa ; 

1 n her fair ferebead beains appear, 
N o fommer*! day is balf aó elear, 
A doni*d włtb half tbat sweetnetf.. 




B CŁirt^o ahe ia, aod ber bright rayi 
Ł ie aoder veila, yet many wayi 
I a her fair form rerealed ; 

5 be direnely berseif oonveya, 
A nd cannot be coacealed. 

B y ioBtroments her pow'ri appear 
E aoeedingly welł tun*d and elear : 
T hia Inte ii ftill in measore, 
H olda atill in tonę, e'en like a apbeie, 
A nd yielda the world fweet pleasare. 

B maitfe me, Matę, how tbif tbing ia, 
Ema body like to thia 

6 a^e HeaT>n to eartbiy creatore ? 
I am bot fbod thia doubt to make, 
N o doiibt the angda bodiei take, 
A boT0 omr comnon natura^ 



E Sarnin not tli' inscrutable Heart, 

Ł ight Muse of her, tboogb sbe in part 

I mpart it to the subject; 

S eareb not,altbongh from Hear'n thou art, 

A nd this an beav*nly object. 

B ut rince she hath a beart, we know, 
E re some paations thence do flow, 
T boogb ever niled with bonoiir ; 
H er judgment reigna, they wait below, 
A nd ^ their eyes opon her* 

R ectify*d fo» they in their kind 
E ncreaae eaoh ▼irtae of ber mind, 
G oFeroM with mild tranquiłlity ; 
I n ail the regioos under HeaT'n, 
N o State dotb bear itielf ao even, 
A nd with lo sweet facility. 


OP THE fWNUHaaABLE rotTuis OP Bia Mtmw. 

£ aa thoo proceed in theae sweet pains > 
L earn, Muse, how many drops it rains 
I n oold and moist Deoember; 

5 um op May Oow^rs, and August^s gratns, 
A nd gnipea of miJd September. 

, B ear the b^*s saod in memoiy, 
E arth's grass, and the stars in the sky, 
T be Jittle moats which monnted, 
H ang in the beaqi8 of Phcebus' ey^ 
A'nd never can be coonted. 

R ecoant these numbers namberles), 
E re tboń ber ▼irtue can espress, 

6 reat wita this oount will comber, 

I nstruct thyseJf in numb*ńng schools; 
N ow courtiers use to beg for foola, 
A U soch as cannot number. 



E AGŁB-ey'd Wisdom, lifo*s load-star, 
Ł ooking near on tbings afarj 
I OTe's beat bdoF^d daughter, 
S bowirto her spińt all tbat ara, 
A s Jove l^imself bath taught her. 

B y this straight rale ahe rectifles 

E ach tbougbt tbat in her beart doth rise : 

T his is her elear true mirror, 

H er looking-glass. wherein sbe spics 

A H forma of tniŁh and erronr. 

R ight princely Tirtue^lt to reign, 

E nthroniz*d m her apińt remain, 

Q aiding oar fortanea ever ; 

I f we this star once ceąae to aee, 

Ń o doubt our State will 8bipwreck'd be^ 

A nd tom and tunk for aver. 





-B jaŁ^o Aatreli*B eome tgaln, 
Ł o here $h« dotfa ałl thtngs maintain 
f n namfier, weight, and measnre : 
8 he rules us with delightfol paio, 
A nd we obey with pleftsure. 

]^ j love sbft iMtes mors than by law,* 
£ 'en her gi-eat niercy breedeth Mre ^ 
T his ia h«r sword and sceptre; 
H erewith sHe heartsdid ever dmw^ 
A nd tfaii guard «ver kept her. 

R eward doth sit in her n|;ht hąnd, 
E ach yirtue tbence tąkes her garlaod 
G ather^d in booour*8 gardeni : 
I n ber left band (wherein sbould be 
V aught bottbe dword) sito clemency, 
Ą qd ^ćom^uerf vice ^ith p^rdoi^. 



E r*in as ber sŁate, bo is her mind, 
Ł ifted abore the rulgar kind, 
I Ł treads proud Fortune dnder; 
B un-like it siu above the wind, 
A borę the sŁonns and thunder. 

B raTe spińt» lai|pe heart, admiring iiougfat» 
E steeming eacb thiug as it onght, 
T bat swelleth not, nor sbrinketh : 
p onoiu- is always in her tbought^ 
Ą nd or great Uiiugs she tbinketh. 

R ocks, pillan, ąnd I}eaven*s aĘle^Łpe^ 
E semplify ber coostaiicy $ 

reat cbam^es ner^er change ber .: 

1 n ber sea fears are wont to rise, 
K atore permits, virtue deniea, 

A nd Boorns the face of danger. 



E MnŁBss of kłogdoms though she be, 
Ł arger is her soT'reignty, 
I f she herself do go^em ; ^ 
3 abject unŁo herself is she, 
A nd of herself tmesorenign. 

B eanty*s crown thpngh she do wear, 
E zalt^ ikylo FoHunefs chair, 
T hfon'd like the ąiieen of pteasnre : 
fi er virtue8 stiH pofisess ber ear, 
A nd coonsel ber to measure. 

R eason, if sbe incaraate were, 
£ ▼'n IlP4Mon'8 self coiiM neyrr b^ar 
Q reatnesd with rooderatton ; ' 
I n her one temper ^till is soi^n, 
fi o liberty ornnis'8be a« q\tcen, 
A nd shows no altcration: 




E wnr.go weep; my Muse and I 
L angh tbee to scom, thy feeble eyn 
I s dazzied witb the glpry 
S himng in tbis gmy poesy, 
A ud little goldeo story. 

B ehold how my proad ąuill dotfa shed 

E temal nectar on her bead: 

T be pomp of coronation . 

H atb not such pQw'r her famę to tpread« 

A s tbis my admiration. 

R espect my pen ais free and frank, 

E xpecting not reward nor tbank« 

G reat wonder oniy mores it j 

I nerer madę it meroeoary, 

N or shonid my Muse tbis burtben carry 

A s hir'd but that she love^ % 




XK A mAfiOcni BETwaeN pcmbłops abd okb of bib 





Sir, whatioeTer yoa «re plca^d to do, 
It IB your spectaY praise, that yon ąre bent» 

And sadJy set yonr princely midi tberfeto: 
Wbich makes ypa ib eąjc^ ^h|ng 69 qpBQ|l0o1t, - 

Hence b it, that yoa eame so ^oon to l^ 
A man Bt arms, in eY*ry point nright; 

The fairest flowY of noble €hivalry ; 
And of Baint George^s band, the bra^est knii^t. 

And bence it is, ńnt all yonr yoatfaAil train 
Id actłveness» and grace, yon do «xcel, 

When yon do cpwrfiy dancioga entortain, 
Then danGing'8 prai|^ may be preaented welL 

To yon, wtiose actiipo a4dt norę pniiae tfaereto, 
j Thtn all the Muicb with their pens caa do. 





Wans livea the man that nerer yet did hear 
Of diaftc Peoelope, Ulysses* qQeen ? 
Who kept her fkith anspotted twenty year, 
TUI he teŁiim*«) tiiat for away bad bceo, 
Aad many men, aod many towns bad seen : 
Ten year at śege. of Troy he ]ing*riiig lay, 
And tm ye«r in tht midland aea did ttray. 

Bbmer, to wbon the Mosm did caroose 
A p^eat deep cup wilh heaT^ly oectar fiird, 
The gwkit, deepeal cup in Jove*i great houne, 
(For Jove łuuiself bad k> expre88ly wiird) 
He dmnlc off all, nor let one drop be spilPd $ 
Saioe wbta, bb brain that bad before been dry, 
Became tfae wcU-spruig of all poetry. 

Homer doth tell tn bis abnndant Tene, 
Tbe long laborious trayels of the man, 
Aod af boM lady too be dotb rebearae, 
How sKe ilłuda with all the art ihe can, 
Th' ongratefol love whicb otber lordf began : 
For of ber lord, fibe fome bad kmg sinee snom, 
Tbat Neptiłiie*s moosters bad bis careass tom. 

Ali this be tella^ bot ooe thing be Ibrgot, 
One tbiofc most worthy bis eternal soog, 
Boi be was old, and mind, and saw it not, 
Or eise be thoagbt |ie sboold Ulysses wroog. 
To mingle it bis tragic aets amongr 
Yet «» tbere not in all tbe world of tbiogs. 
A aweeler biutben for bis Mase*s wtogs. 

Tbe eonrtly 1ove Antinons did nake, 
Aniinoas tbat frssb aod jolly knigbt, 
Whicb oftbo gallaots tbat did undertake 
To wia the widów, bad most wealth aod might, 
Wit to persuade, and lieaoty to deligbt 
The ooortly love be madę unio tbe queen» 
Homer fotgot as if it bad not becn. 

Smg then Teipsichore, my ligbt Muse sing 

His gentle art, and canning coiirteiiy : 

Yotty lady, ćan remerabcr eT'ry tbing, 

For yott are d^ogbter of queen Memory } 

Bot sing a plain aod easy me lody : 

For tbe soft roean that warblctb bot tbe ground. 

To my rude ear dotb yield tbe swcetest souod. 

' Sir Jobn Harringtoo bas writ an epigram in 
eommcodataoo of this poem. See the Sd Book, 
Bpig. 67, at tbe end of his Thtnslation of Ari05to's 
Oriando Furion, folia 

It k a great pity, and to be lamented by tbe 
po^tic al world, that so very ingenious a poem 
sboold be left onfinisbed, or, wbat is morę likely, 
that tbe imperfect part should be lost; for in all 
prababiiity be completed it, being written in bis 
youtb, in qaeen EUzabetb^s reign, as ajppetn from 
tbe coDclnsioih 

One only ntgfafs dtscpurse I caa report, 

When tbe great torch-bearer of HeaVn was goi»e 

0own in a mask unto the Ocean^ coort. 

To rerel it with Tbetis all alone ; 

Antinons disgoiMd aod nnknown, 

Like to tbe spring in gaady ornameftt, 

Unto the.casUe of tbe princess went. 

The soT*Teign castle of tbe rocky iste^ 
Wberein Peoelope the princess lay, 
Sbone with a tbousand lamps, whicb did esile 
The sbadows dark, ^std tam*d tbe nigbt to day, 
Not ^ove*8 blae teu^ wbat time tbe sunny ray 
Bebind tbe balwark of tbe Eactb retires^ 
b seen to sparkle with morę twinkłiog fires* 

Tbat nigbt tbe queen came fortb from far within^ 

And in the pretence of ber court was seen ; 

For tbe sweet singer Phemfos did begin 

To praise tbe wortbies tbat at Troy had been } 

Somewhat of ber Ulysscs she did ween. 

In bis gra^e hymn tbe heaT'nly man woold sing, 

Or of bis wars, or of bis wandering. 

Pallas tbat boor with ber sweet breath djvine 
Inspir^d immortal beaoty in ber eyes^ 
Tbat with celestial glory she did shine, 
Brighter than Yenns when she dotb anse 
Oiit of tbe waters to adom tbe skies; 
The wooers all amazed do admire. 
And ebeck their own presumptoous desire. 

Only Antinons, when at 6rrt he vtew*d 

Her itar-biigbt eyes tbat with new bonoor Bbm*d, 

Was not dismayM, but tberewitbal reńew>d 

Tbe nobleness and splendoor of bis miad ; 

And as be did fit eircumstances flad, 

Unto tbe throne he boldly did ad^aace, 

And with fair manners wo</d tbe queen to danee» 

** Goddess of women, sith yonr beav*nlineas 
Hatb now voachsaf*d itself to repr^ent 
To our dim eyes, whicb tbon^ tbey see the letti 
Yet are tbey bless'd in tbeir astonisbment, 
Imitate Hearen, wbose beauties escellent 
Are io continual rootion day and nigbt. 
And niove tbereby morę woodAr and deligbt* 

** Let me tbe mover be, to turo aboot 
Tbose gknńoos omameo^,* tbat yonth and lorę 
Have fix'd in yoii, ev*ry part tbrougbout, 
Whicb if yon will In timoly meosure mqve. 
Not all tb<9ae precioas^iypDS in HeaT'n aboTe 
Sball yield a sigbt morę ^leasing to beboldg 
With all their tums and tmcings manifbld." 

With this tbe modest princefs blusbM and noStd 
like to a elear and rosy erentide ; 
And softly did return this answer mild : 
" Fair sir, you needi must fsirly be denyM, 
Wbere yonr demand cannot be satisfyd : 
My feet whicb only naturę tanght to go^ 
Did nerer yet the art of footing know. 

" Bot wby pemiade yon me to this new nge^ 
(For all disorder and ińisrule ii new) 
For sncb misgovemment in former age 
Our old divine fbrefathen neyer knew $ 
Who if tbey liT'd, and did tbe follieś yiew 
Whicb their fbnd nephews make their cbicf affaiiK 
Would linte tbemsełTCS tbat had begot sachbełn.*' 



'* Sole heir of virtue «id of beauty- botb, 
Wheiioe'cometh U,''* Antinous replies, 
" That yoiir imperious viitue is so lotb 
To grant your beauty ber cbief 6xercwe ? 
Or iinoni wbat spring doth yoar opinion ris6, 
That dancing^is a frenzy and a ragę, 
Firit known and us'd in this new-&ngled age ? 

** Duidiig* (-bright lady) tben began to be, 

When the firsi seeda whereof tbe world did spnng, 

Tbe flre, air, eartb, and water did agree, 

By Love*a perraation, Nature's mighty king , • 

To leave tbeir fint di8order'd eombating ; 

Aad m a danoe such measure to obserre, 

Al aU tbe worki tbeir motton abould preterye. 

** Since -wben tbey still ąre carried in a ronnd. 
And cbanging ćome oqp in anoUier'8 place, 
Yet do tbey neitber mingle nor confoond, 
But ev'ry one dotb keep the boiMided space 
Wherein the dance doth bid it tum or tfaoe : 
This wondroos miracie did Lo^e deYi^Oi 
For dancing ia Love's propet exercise; 

** like this, he iramM the gods* eteraal boir'r. 

And of a 8bape)e» and fonfuaed mass. 

By bis tbfougb pierctng and digesting pow'r, 

The toming yauit of lleaven finined was : 

Wbote stairy wh^b be batb so madę to pass. 

Aa tbat fheir moving9 do a musie fVame, 

And tbey thaWifitesetUi dance anto the same. 

" Or if tlua («U ) wbicb nmnd about we see, 
(As idle Ijcwyitens iooie tiek' brains baTe taught) 
Of undiTided mofees oaMpMted be, 
Bow was tbia goodly arebitectitre wroagfat ? 
Or by wbat meais trere tbey togetbfr brooght ? 
Tbey err, that say they did coocor by chance, 
Łore nade tlieBi neet in a well ordec^^ dance. 

^ As filien AmpbiOD %itb his cbaniilng lyre 

Begot 80 sweet a sjnren of the air, 

That with ber riietoric madę tbe stOnes conspire 

The ruin of a city to npair, 

(A woi% of wit and Teasoii's wise albir :) 

80 LotVs smooth tongne, the motos such measure 

lliat they JoinM bands, and so the world was 


** How jiistty tben is danchłg termed new, 
Whicb witb tbe worid in połnt of time began ; 
Yea Time itiKlf, (wbose-btrtb Jove never knew, 
And whicb indeed is elder tban the Sun) 
Had not one momeM of bis age outrun, 
Wben out leapM Dancing Arom tbe heap of tbmgs, 
And lightly rode npon liis nimbie wthgs. 

** Rdascn batb both ber pictures in ber treasure, 
Where time tbe measure of all mo^iug is ; 
And dancing is a moring al! in measure; 
Kow if you do resemble tbat to this. 
And tbink both one, I tbink you tbink amiss : 
Bot if you judge them twins, together got, 
And Time fint bom» your judgmen^ erreth not. 

* The •ntiquity,of dsuidog. 

'< Thus dotb tt equal age witb age eifóy. 

And yet in lusty yonth for ever iow*rs, 

Like Łove his sire, whom painters make a boy* 

Yet is he eidest of tbe beav'nly pow*rs ; 

Or like his brotber Time/whose winged bours 

Ooitfg and ooming will not let him dje. 

But still prescTTe him in bis iolsncy. 


This said ; the queen witb ber sweet lipą, diWne^- - 

Gently began to move the subtJe air, 

Which gladly yielding, did itself inclitie 

To take a shape between those rubies fair ; 

And being fortned, softly did repair 

With twenty doubKngs in the empty way, 

Unto Antinous' ean, and thus did say : 

*' Wbat eye doth see the HeaT'n but doth admit^^ 

Wben it Uie morings of the Heav*ns doth see? 

Myself, if I to Heav*n may ooce aspire, 

I f that be dancing, will a dancer be: 

But as for this your frantic jollity, 

How ft began, or wbence you did łt leam^ 

I ne^er could with reason's eye discem.** 

Antinous answer*d : '* Jemtlciihit Earth, 
Wortby you are tbat bear^ily dance to lead ; 
Bot for you thiuk our Danei«g base of birth> 
And newly bom but of a brain-siok bead, 
I wili forthwith his antique gentry read; 
And, for I love bim, will his herald be^ 
And blaze bis arms, and draw his pedigree. ~ 

'< WhoiLpfe htd 8bap'd this woild, tUagrentfilir 

That all wights else in thb wide womb oantehu^ 
And had instrocted it to danoe aright*, ' 
A thoosaod measnres witb a tbouaand atrains, 
Whicb it sbonki practise with delightAil pain^ 
Until tbat fatal instant sbooid reTolve, 
When all to notbing sbould again resolve. 


" The óomeły oider and proportion tmt 
On ev*ry side, did please his wand*ring eye, 
Till glancing tbrougfa the tbin transparent air, 
A rude disorder'd rout he did espy 
Of men and women, that most spiteftilly 
Did one anotber throng, and crowd so sore, 
That his kind eye in pity wept therefore. 

** And swifter tban tbe lightning down he carne, 
Anotber shapeleas chaos to digest, 
He wili begin anotber world to frame, 
(Por Love till all be well will never reat) 
Then with such words as cannot be express'd^ 
He cuts the troops, that all asunder fiing. 
And ere they wist, he casts thete in a ring. 

*' Hien did he rarefy tbe element, 

AnA in the centrę of the ring appear, 

Tbe beams tbat from bis forebead spreading went, 

Begot an horrour and religious fear 

In all the souls that roond about bim were ; 

Which in tbeir ean attentiTeness procures, 

While he» with such like sounds» their minds allures. 

f The original of dancing. 


'''H9vaothConfasioii'ftiDot|Mr»lieadkmg CbanceS 
Pat Reaion*s noble squadron to the rout } 
Or how liiould you that hare tbe gOTernance 
Of Natwe*! cbildren, HesY^n and Earth Ibrough- 

outy > 
Pr M Cti b&tbem rales, and Utb yoanelTet withoat? 
Why should yoar feikm«hip a trouble be, 
Soce maB's c^ef pleasure ii society ? 

" ' If Mote hath not yet taogbt you, leani of me 
A comely ntoderatioo and dracreet, 
That yoar assemblief may wełl order*d be: 
Whcn my unking pow'r shall make you meet, 
With henVnly tnoea it shall be temper^d sweet; 
And be the oaodel of tbe vorld't preat frame. 
And JDO £arth*s cbildren. Dancing Bball it name. 

•* < BehoM the worid bow it is wbiried round, 
And for it ia lo wbiri*d, is named to; 
In wbose large Tolume many rulet are found 
Of tbis new art, wbicb it dotb fiairly fbow: 
For yonr qoick eyei in wand'ring to and ffo 
yrom eatt to v«t, on no one tbiog can glanee. 
Bot if yoa marb it well, it leemt to-danoe. 

** * Tirrt yoii see fisM in tbis bnge ińinnor blne 
Of trembling ligbti S a namber namberle»s; 
Fix'd tbey are nam'd, but witb a name untnie. 
For tbcjy nll.BMke, and in a dailce escpreas 
That gseat loog year tbat dotb contain no leat 
Tban tbiecMore bundreds of tboie years in all, 
the Son makes with bis ooone natural. 

* < Wlmt if to you tbese ipaiks diiorder'd seem» 

As if by ehance they had be^n scatter^d there ? 

Tht gode a solemn measore do it deem. 

And •ee'a jnst ptopoitioo ev'ry wbere, 

And kftowtbepoibls wbence first their moyings were ', 

To wbicb ftnt points when all return again, 

Tbe axle-treeof HeaT*n shall break in twatn. 

** * Underthat spangled sky, fitre wand*riog flames S 
Bendes tbe kwg of day, and fjneen of night, 
Are wbeel'd arbond, all in thetr sundry fraOMS, 
And all in sundry measures do delight, 
Yet ahogelher keep no measure tigbt : 
For by itseif, eacb dotb itself advance. 
And 1^ itself, eacb doth agalliilrd dance. 

*** Yenus, tbe nother of tbat bastard Ło«e, 
Whicb doth nsurp tbe world's great marshal's name, 
Jost witb the Sun ber dainty feet dot h moTe, 
AjmI ooto bim doth all the gestnres frame : 
Now^fter, now afbre, the flatt'ring damę, 
Witb divera cunnł^ passages dotb err, 
StiU bim respecting tbat respects not ber. 

*• * For tba^ bra^e Son the fbtber of tbe day, 
Dotb love tbis Earth, tbe motber of tbe night. 
And like a reve1ler inrirh array 
Doth dance bis galtiard in bis leman's sigbt 
Both back, and fbrtb, and sideways passing light. 
His princely gVace doth so the gods amaze, 
"nat all stand still and at bis beauty gase. 

^ Tbe speedi of Lo?e, penoading men to leam 
* By the oiderly motkrn of the flied ftarSi 


" ' Bnt see the Eastb, when be appiDnoheth near, 
How sbe for joy dotb spring, and sweetly smife ; 
But soe agaio ber sad and bea^y cbeer 
When changiiig places be retires a while : 
But those black cłoods be sbortly will esile, 
And make them all before bis presence fly, 
As mists consumM bofore bis cbeerful eye. 

'< ' Who doth not see the meaamesof tbe Moon, 

Wbicb tbirteen times shrdenceth ef'ry yearł 

And ends ber paTin, tbirteen times as toon 

As doth ber brotber, of wbose golden bair 

Sbe borroweth part and proodly doth it wear: 

Tben dotb -sbe ooyły tom ber foce aside, 

Tbat half ber obeek it tearce toottiset dewryU 

" Next ben tbe puns, sobtle, and cleaosing fire ^ 
U swiftiy carried in a circie eren : 
Though Ynlcan bepronouncM by many a liar 
Tbe oniy halting gokl tbat dwells In Heav'n : 
Bot tbat feul name may be morę ^tly gi?*n 
To your fabe 6re, that far from Heav*n is felT, 
And doth consnme, waste, spoil, dlsorder all.' 

" ' And now bebold yoor tender nnne tbe air % n 
And commoo neigbboar tbat aye runs arooad, 
How many pictures and impressions (aii* 
Within ber empty regions are tbere found, . 
Wbicb to yoar senses dancing do proponad : 
For what ara breath, speech, eeboct, nusic, wiodi^ 
Bot daikcings of tbe air in sundry kiods ? 

"* For when yoo hreadie, the air in -order mo^es, 
Now in, now out, in tńne and ■easure tme ; 
And when yoo speak, so well sbe dancing k»ves, 
Hiat dooMing (rft, and ofl lodouMing new, 
Witb tboosand formt sbe dotb hertelf endoe: 
For all tbe wofds that from yoor lipa rtpair, 
Are nanght but triokt and tnmusgt of tbe aif. 

" ' Hence is ber prattling daugbter Echo bon^ 
Hiat datices to alt Toices sbe can bear : 
There is no sound so han/h that sbe dotb scom;^ ' 
Ner any time wberein sbe will forbear 
T\e airy pavement witb ber feet to wear : 
And yet ber heańng sense is notbing ąuick. 
For dfter time sbe endeth e^ry trick. 

" * And thou, sweet motic, danoing*s onIy life, 
Tbe ear^s sole happiness, tbe air^s best speech, 
Loadstone of fellowsbip, channing rod of strife, , 
The soft m'iiid's paradise, tbe sick młnd's leech» 
With tbine own tongue thou trees and stooes caa 

That when the air doth dauce ber finett measure^ 
Tben art thou boro tbe gods* and meo's sweet plea- 

" * tattiy, wbere keep tbe winda their rev«lry, 
Their ▼iolent tumings, aad wild wbirling bays^ 
But in tbe air^s transluccnt gallery } 
Wbere sbe berself is tnm*d a hondred wayt, 
While with thoie maskera wantoniy the plays ; 
Yet in this misrule^ they si|ch nile embrace, ' 
As two at once encumber not the place. 

'Oftbellra. •Ofthoair. 



* * If tlMn Hm, alr, maSMag moi (lied Ifghti 
la ey^ry pnnrince of the imperial tky, 
Yield perfect foitnt of dmeing to your tiglitf, 
In Tain Iteach Ae ear, tbat wbich theeye 
With ccttain Yiew already doth desery. 
Bat for yonr eyet perceiTe not all they see, 
In this I wOł yonr tenws maiiter be. 

'* « For lo «iie aea* that fleeCt Rbout the land^ 
And like a yirdle elips ber solid waist, 
Monc aad measum botb doth undentand : 
For bis great cryital eye it always cast 
Up to the MeMi, and on ber fiaed &st: 
And as she danceth in her pallid^qihai% 
So daaoeth be aboot tbi eeiitie heraii 

'*' Sometimes hisproud green wiiTe* in order tet. 

One after other flow uoto the sborę; 

Wbich when tbpybaire with many kissfs wety 

They ebb away in order as hefore; 

And to make kaown bis cpartjy lo^e the more^ 

He oft doth Uy iside bis thre^ibrk'd mace, 

And with his arms Uie tim*rous Eaith embrace. 

« * Only the Harth doMi itend lor erer still, 
Her roeiu idmo^e not, nor ber moumlaiBS neet, 
(AlŁboagb seioe wita enriebM with leaming^ sktlł 
Say HeaT^B atands flrfli» and tbat the^Eartb doth 

And swiMf tMnelh nn dem e at h theirfoet) 
Yettbongh Ifae Emtb i« ever stedfast teeo, 
On ber bruod breatt bath dancing e?er been. 

'* ' For tbose Mae reine tbattbroagb ber body spread, 
Those sap|phk«ftreaa» wbicb finom greafc bilto do 

fl{>^ng*^ • * 

(The Earth*t gient do^i ; lor e¥'ry fed 
Witb:aweet firesh mdisiiire kom ftbem usomg) 
Ob«r«e a danea in tbeir «ild wand^ńng: 
And still their dance bcgeU a muripar sweet. 
And still tb^a nramw wHb the danoe doth.Deet 

«< « Of all their iiayi I lovw Meaodeespatb, ^ 
Wbbh to the tonę of dying swans doth dance, 
Socb winding sligbts» snch tums and ciicks be bath, 
Suck crenks, such wrencfaes, and socb dalliance $ 
Tbat wbethęr it be hap or l^eedlcM cbaaee» 
In tbis indeoted ooaiae and wrigglingLplay 
He aeeois to daaoaa pedbct cnoning hay« 

* ' Bot wbei0n)ra do tbcie ttieams for wer uni t 
To hecf^ themse l w e s Ibr erer sweet and olear t 
For Jet their evarlailmg oooEse be done, 
ThOy stTMgbt canrapt andfioul with ntfod appear. 
O ye sweet ngrnpha thaftbeaatgF^s tesa do fear,; 
Coatemn the drogt tbat ^by sio doth dOrise^ 
And leam of liEiretbiadaibty e3cereiae» 

** ' See bow ihooe llow^s tbat baTe sweet bnaaty too, 
(The only jewel^ that the Earth doth wear **, 
Wben the young 3un in hrayery her doth woo) 
As oft as they the whistUng wind do bear. 
Po waye their j^nder bodica berę and tbm; • 
And tboOgh iheiir dance no perfect measure is, . 
Yet i pft łi iłiTf f their tnusic makes tbem kiss* 

< Oftbesea. 
^ Oftbefiyeo^ 
^ Of other tbiogti^Mi the Earth. 

" ' What males tbe vfaie aboot the ifai to dane^ ' 
With tuniings, windings, andembracem^tSTound? 
What makes the loadstone tó tbe nortb advmnce 
His subtle point, as if firom thence bo foand * 

His cbief attracting virtue t<^ redoand ł 
Kind Natore fint doth caose all things to Iot^ 
Łore makes tbem dance and in jast order moTe. 

** ' Hark bow tbe birds do siojr, and mark thea hoar 
■Jump with the modulation of their lays, 
They lightly leap, and skip froro bough to boogh : 
Yet do the cranes deserv« a greater praisą 
' Wbich keep soch measure in their airy way^ 
As wben they all in order ranked are, 
They make a perfect form triangular. 

^ • 

<" In the chief aagle aies tbe watcblbl guide, 
And all the Ibllowen their heads do lay 
On their foregoers* backs, on either side ^ 
Bat for the captain bath no rest to stay 
His bead forwearied with the windy way, 
He beck retiret, and th«n tbe next behind* 
As his lioutenant leads tbem tbrougb the wind. 

*'*BtitwbyrelateTev*rysingu1ar? • 

Since all the world's great fortones and afiairs ' 

Forward and backwani rappM and whitM are, 

According to the orasic of the spherres: 

And Change herself, her nimbie foet nptteaft 

On a round stippery wbeel tbat rotleth «y, 

And tnmt all ttates with ber hnperiOas sway. 

" ' Leajm then to dance, you tbat are prinćesbom^ 

Andlawfut lords of earthly creatures all; 

Imitate them, and therefore take no sćom. 

For tbis new art to them iś natural 

And imitate the stars celestial : 

For wben pale Deatb your vital twist sball seTer» 

Your better parts muit dance with them for ever.* 

" Tbus Łove persuades, aild all the crowd of m^ 
Tbat stands aroand doth make a murmniing } 
As wben tbe wind loos*d from his bollow d#o, 
Among tbe trees a g«ntle base doCh ting. 
Or as a brook thntagb pebbles wandt^riog : 
Bnt in their looks they utter^d tbis plain speeeb« 
' Tbat tbey wocUd leam to dance, if Lorę 'wonld 
teacb **.' 

*' Then firat of all bo doth demoostrate plain 
Tbe rooiions aeren tbataiw in natore Ibimd, 
Upward and downwnrd, forth, and back again. 
To this side, and to tbat, and tuming round*'; 
Whereof a thousand btawls be doth compownd, 
Wbich be doth teaeh unio tbe multitade. 
And efsr with 4 twm tbey most oonchide. 

*' As wben a nympb, ariaiog fiwn tbe land, 
Leadeth a donoa. with ber kng watery traki 
Down to tbojsea* abe wryea to cvcry.hand. 
And every way doth efoas the fartiłe plam t 
Bot wben«fe laetjahr fialla inka the maan, 
Then all ber Ira y ei B ea conoludod -aio^ 
And with theacok har eowie is cireniMi 


How I^e 
'* Boondoordoyutrydtiicei* * 



" TlMit «iia» at fint Łove iwd tksm nanhallcd, 
M crtl be did tbąsbapelest moM of tbiogi, / 
He teqf ht thm. rannds and wiikding hayi to tread, 
And aboiit tren to cast thenwelTet in riags : 
As tbe two Bean, wbom the fint iiicyver flmgs • 
Witb m shoft tan about HeaYen^s axle-tiee» 
Id ft rooad danceibr evcr wheding be* . 

** But afier tbeie» as men morę citril grew, 

He did morę graye and solemn meawres frame *^ 

With soch fair order and profwrtioD true, 

And eorrespondence ev'ry way the same, 

nat no iault-ftnding eye did eTer blame. 

For e^rj eye was moved at the sight 

With soiber wond*riag, and witb sweet deiigbt. 

** Not tbow jeong ttodenti of the beat*nly book. 

Atłas tbe great, Ftometheos tbe wisa, 

Which on the stara did all their Ufe^time look, 

Coald everfind sucb measure in tbe skies, 

Sd filii of cbange and rare varieties j 

Yct «U tbe icet whereon tbese measuies go, 

Are onły spondees, solemn, grare^ end slow. 

*' Bnt for morę diverK and morę pleasiog show,' 
A Swift and irand^ring dance*^ sbe did inveoty 
WitH passages nncertain to and fro^ 
Yet with a ceitain amwer and consent 
Ib tbe qack musie of tbe fnstrament. 
Yl^e was the number of the music's feet, 
Wbicfa ttifl tbe daneedid witb five paces meęt 

** A gaHant duiee, that liyely doth bewray 

A spirit and a yirtoe mascniine, 

Imptftieat tbat ber boiiae on Earth ibould suy 

Staiee fthe herself is fiery and divine : 

Oft doth slie make ber bo4y upward fkie ; 

VtHh lofty tuns and capriob in tbe air^ 

Wbicb witb tbe losty tnues accordeth fair. 

*' Wbat sball I name tbosa owrent trarenes *\ 
ThCt on a triple dactyi foot do łnn 
Cłopeby the grptuid witb sUding pasiages, 
Wberein Chat danoer greatest praise bath won' 
Wbicb witb best order ean all orden sbun: 
Por eT*ry wbere be wantoniy tbnst rangę, 
And tom, and wind, with unexpectcd cbange. 

** Yet is tbere one tbe most delightful kiod, 
A lopfty jnmping, or a leaping round '^ 
Wbere arm in arm, two danceri ai« eoiwio'd. 
And wbirl themselTes with strict embracements. 

And stłU their feet an anapest do soond: 
An anapest is all tbeir mnńc's song, 
Wbose flfit iwo,£Betan sboit, and tbisd » loog. 

** Astbe tiolmiouatwiasof ŁedaandJoye, 

Tbat tanght the Sęmtam daneiag on th^ Madi^ - 

Of swift £nrQtas» dąnoa in Hea^^n abofe, 

Kni^ and nnited witb elemal haads; 

AmoDg the stais tbehr double image stands* 

Wbere botb are carried witb an eqiial pace, 

Togsther jumping m tbeir toming race. 

<< Thisisthen0t«beran«h0 9ai^bflghi«ye 
Venus and Mars entangled did behold. 
For in tbis dance, tbeir arms tbey ioeinpU»y» 
As eAch doth seem the other to enfold: 
Wbat if lewd wita anotber tale bave told 
Of jealoHs Yulcan, and of iron cbains ? 
Yet thia tnie sease that forged lie oootains. 

" Tbese Tarions ibrms of dancing JLofre did fsain^ 
And besłdes tbese, a bund red millions morę. 
And as be did in^ent, be taugbt tbe same, 
Witb goodly gesture, and witb oomely show, 
Now keeping state, now bumbly bonouriog Iow : 
And eirer fiir the ueiaops and the place 
He taugbt most nt, and best aooording grace**. , 

* * • • • 

" For,Łofe» witbin bis feitile worfcing bnia 

Did then conceire tbose gncious Tirgins tbree, 

Whosą ciYil moderation does maiotain 

AU decent order andconveniencyt 

And fbir respeót, and seen^y^^odesty : 

And then be tbooght it fit t^ey sbould be bom, 

Tbat tbeir sweet presence dancing migbt adon^ 

« Hence Mit tbat tbese Graneapaiatedaie 
Wtth hana in band dancing an ńidless round : 
And with regarding eyes, that stil] beware 
That tbere be no disgrace amoogst them fiiund ; 
Witb eqoat foot tbey beat the fiow'ry ground, 
Laugbiog, or singing, as tbeir passioos will, 
Yet dotbing tbat tbey do beoomes tbem iH. 

** Tbtts Loye taogbt Hien, and men tbus leamMof 

Sweet music's sonnd witb feet to oounierfeit, 
Which waslong time belbre high th«nd'xing Jove 
Was iified up to HeaTea'8 imperial seat : 
For thougb by birtb be were the priiice of Crete, 
Nor Crete^ nor Heav'n, sbould tbe yoong priocebare 

" Measurcs. 

*•* Onurantocs. 

*» Ctelliards. 
>' JLaroltBW. 

If daneers witb tUr tiMbnb hnd 

<' Since wben all ceieamnioos mystatie^ • 
A]|.9aerwioi|^ea»nBd MdigMMiarigbaB, . 
All pompsi and trinmfiha, and sotemnitlcty < 
All fti n ei » iu » liM ptiala, and like pnbUc aighi% 
Ali pariiamcntB iApmcte, and wnittka ijś^t% 
AU learped arts, and every great affiur 
A lively sbnpe of dancing aeems to betr**.* 

'< For wbat did* be wbo wfttr-bls tBw>toiąpi*4 Inte 
OaTc beaala andbloi^ an nndersMndhig tar t 
Or rather into bestini minds and brata 
Sbed and infaa'd tbe beams of reaaoo dtar ? 
Doobtlasi for men tbat mde «nd aagrag* were 
A cłvtl form of dgncing he devis'd, 
Wberewith nnto tbeir gods tbey saerifid* d. 

" So did Mnsieus, so Amfibion d!d. 

And linds with bis sweet enchantrag long, 

And he whose band the Earth df monstera rid. 

And bad men*s ears fast chained tó lAs tongue : 

And Theseos to bis wood-borń sfATeiraffibng, 

trs'd dancing as the finest policy 

To plant reli^^ and society. 

^ Grace in dancing. 

** TlKoaaand fwois of danoing in sundry affaira 
of man*alłfe. 


** And thei^elbre naw tiie Tbfacmii Orpheus' Yyre 

And Hercules himself are stellify^d ; 

And hrłiigh HeaTeuj amidst the stany ąmn, 

Danciog tbeir parts oootraaally do sltde: 

80 OD the todiac Oaoymede doth ri^le. 

And so is Hebe with tbe Maees mne, 

Por pleasitfg Jare with dancing, madę dłrine. 

^ Wlierefore 'iras Protens said liimsdf tó cfaange 

Into a stream, a lion, and a tree^ 

And many other forms fantastic strange, 

As in his fickle thonght be wish'd to be T 

But that he danc'd with suoh facility, 

As like a lion he eould pace with pride, 

Ply like a plant, and like a iiTer sHde. 

** And how w«8 Cftheus madę at fint a man« 
And then a woman, then a man again. 
But in a dailce ? which when he fint began 
He the man'!B part inmeasare did sinstain : 
But when he changM into a second strain, 
He dancM the woman*s part another space, 
And then rettfm*d into his former płace. 

*< Hence sprang the fable of Tlresias, 
Tbat he the pleasure of both sexe8 try*d ; 
For in a dance he man and wom^n was. 
By oftert change of p^ace from sidc to sMe: 
But ibr the woman easily did slide, 
And smoothlyswim with cunning hidden art, 
He took morę pleasnre in a woman's part 

" So to a'B^ Venusherse1fd1d chang«, 

And swimming through the soft and yielding wave, 

With gentle motions did so smoothly rangę 

Aa node might see where she the water dra?e : 

But this.plain truth that falsed fable gave, 

That she did dance withsliding easiness, 

PHant and cpiick in wandMng paasage^ 

'< And-menry BMhns ptiialistd dkneing too^ 

And to Ihe Lydian numbers rounds did make : 

The like be did in th* BaMem India do; 

Aud taught tbem all when PtMSbns did a wake, 

And wh«n at nig1>t be did his eoach fcnake, 

To borionr Heav*n, and Heaf«n'»great r»lling ey^ 

With oiniiiig daoóesi and witłi metody. 

" Thus.ttMgr-wbo fifst did fbuoda oommoo-weal, 

And they wbo flrst reiigion did ordain, 

By daneing Am. #ie people^a beaiti did stMiIi 

Of wfaom we tum a thousand taleftdafaign: 

Yet do -we now their perfect mtes retain. 

And ote 4i«m atill in sneh deTiaes osw^ 

As ii^tte woił^ k»g ńnoe tiidi Irithering grew* 

*< For af^r towns and kingdoms founded were, 
Between great states arose weU-on]er*d war; 
Wherein mott peifect oieasnra doth appear> 
Whether th^r weli-tet ranka respectcd ara 
In qttadrantform or semicircular : • 
' Or eise tbe aarob» when all the troops adranoe. 
And to the dn|m in gallant order dance, ^ 

" And after wąn, when wbite- wing'd Yictory 
Is with a glorióus tńnnmh beantify'd. 
And ev*ry one doth lo lo ery, 
Whiist all in gold the conquen>r d^th ride ; 
The ^lemn pomp that filis the city wide 
ObBerv^ such raak and measnre every where, 
As ii' they alto^ther dancing were. 

'* The like jurt order momnere do obserre, 

(But with uniike alfection and attue) 

When some great man that nobly did deser^e^ 

As^ whom his fnehds imj>atfent1y desire, 

Is broaght with honour to his latest flre : 

The dead corpse too in that sad dance is mo^^f, 

As if both dead and łiving dandng lor^d. 

" A diTórse cause, bat Hke sclemnity 
Unto tbe tempie leads the basbful bride, 
Which bhishetb like the Indian iTory 
Which is with dip of Tyrian purplc dy'd : 
A golden troop doth paSs on ev'ry ade 
Of Bourishing young men and ▼irgins gay, 
Which keep fkir measure all ihe flow'ry way. 

' ' And not akme the generwl moltitadc^ 
But those choice Nestors which in oouneil grwe 
Of ctties and of kingdoms do coDdode, 
Most comdy order in their scssieoshaiPe: 
Wherefore the wise Thesaalians eter ga^e 
The name of leader of their country's dance 
To hira that had thtit country'8 gOYemaneei^ 

*** And those great mastars of their liberał* mti» 
In ail their several scbools do dancing teach. 
For humble gram mar first doth set the parts 
Of coDgruent and welł according speech: 
Which rhetoric, w^tose state the clouds doth icaćb» 
And heaT'nly poetry do forward lead. 
And direrse measure dirersely do tread. 

" For rhetoric clothiog speech in rich array, , 
In looser numbers teacbeth ber to rangę, 
With twenty tropes, and tiimings ev*ry way. 
And yarious figures, and licentious change ^ 
But poetry with rnle and order strange 
So cnrioiłsly doth move each single pace, 
As ail is mar^'d if she one foot mispłace. 

'* Those arts of speech the guides and marshate are ; 

fiut k)gic leadeth reason in a danc^, 

Reason the comioisseur and brigbt load-ftary I 

In Łhis world'6 sea t' avoid the rock of cbaace^ 

For with closejbllowiog and contiauance 

One reason doth another so ensoe, 

As in conckisk;Q sttH the dance is tme. 

" So Musie to ber Qwn sweet tunes doth trip, 
With tricks of tbree,five, eight, fifteen,aad morę; 
So doth the art of numb'ring seem to skip 
From even to odd, in her proportton'd score : 
So^do those skills, whose quick eyes do explore 
Tbe just dimension both of Earth and Heaven, 
In all their rułes Qbserve a measure eren. 

« to thjs is I>ancing^'tnie BObility : 

pnoning the child ol Musie and of Łot« ; 

bancing itself both )ove and harmony, 

Wbere «11 agre^ aad AU iaiaider teonre ; 

Dajniof tha art that all «rls tim appsowei 

The fair character of Ihe world*s oonaent, 

The HeaT VstraefigQre, and th' £aTth>» onuunent." 

The queeu, whose daiuty ears had borne too Umg- 
The tedious praise of that she did despise, 
Adding ooće morę the musie of the tongne 
To the swaet speech of her aliuring eyes, ' 
B«gap to answer la such winning wite, 
As that ibrthwith Antinous' tongue was ty'd, 
His eyes ftstfis;^ his «nw«reopenwide^ " 



* Vbi«oolii/*qiiothBlie, ** gń»t gkwy yoiiba^eMn, 
To yoor trira miDioD daiicio; all ^toM While, 
By blazing kim Lore^s fint-begoCten tOB; 
.Or«T*ry Ul tbe batefol fether Tile 
That dotb Łke world with soioeriM bcguilc: 
CmBMBgly nad, religioosly profiuie» 
W]f% mooster, reMon*! canker, teose*! bwie. ^ 

<* Łdtc Uught tiie mother tbat uokind dcsire 
To w««b ber baads tg her own infiuift blood ; 
Lo?e taogbt tbe daugbter to betray ber tire 
lato most base atod ^>rartby wcnipade; 
Ławę tmogbt Łbe brotber to prepare cucb food 
To feast bis brotber, tbat tbe all-seeing Snn, t 
Wrapp'd in m. cknid, tbat wicked aig bt did tbuiu 

" And erHi tfais lelf same Love batb dancing taugbt, 

Au art tbat abowetb tb' idea of bis mind 

WMi y ai n iMs , frenry, aod niisorder frao$bt ; 

Sometimca with bhxNl aod cmekśes ankiiKl : 

For in a danoe, Tereos* mad wtfe did find 

Fit tnw aod pkce, by nrarder of b^ sod, 

T" mTenge tbe wioog hit tnutorout tire had done. 

" Wbat mean tbe mermaids, when tbey dance aod 
JBot wrtaJB death nuto (be marioer ? [siH» 

Wbat tidinga do tbe dancing doipbins bring, 
Bat tbat some dangerous storoi approacheth near r 
Tben aith both Love and DanciDg livąnes bear 
Of tucb iU bap, uohappy may I prove, 
If sitting firee I eitber dance or 1ove." 

Yct once again Antinoot did reply ; 
" OreaC ąneen, coodemn not Lore^ tbe innoeenty 
For tbia Bitabie^oąs lott, which tnutoronsly 
Uturpt his name, aod steals bis ornament : 
For tbat tme Love wbicb dancing did inyeot, 
It be tbat tim*d tbe irórId't«bote barmonyi 
ńmi liDk'd all mea in tweet tociety. 

** He fint eztracŁed from th* earth-mingled miód 
Tbat lieav*bly fire, or qtiintet8ence di^ine, 
Whłch dotb soch sympathy in beatity find, 
As is betireen the elm and fruitful Tinę, 
And so U> beiCoty ever dotb incline:' 
Łife^ Kfe it is, and eordial to tbe beart, 
And of ooTbetter part tbe better part. 

** Tli»istrBaŁofe» by tbat tnie Cupidgot, 
Which danoetb gallłanb in yoar amYoos eyet^ 
But to ytmr f roaeB beart approacheth not, 
Oaly yoar beait be daret not eoterpria^i 
And yet tbrongh ercry otber part be fliet, 
And erery where be nimbly danceth now^ 
Tbat in yooiaelf, yóiinelf p eroe i t e not bow. 

" For yonr tweet beaut| daintily transfus^d 
With dne proportiontbrougbout eT'ry part, 
Wbat ia irbut a dance, wbere Luve batb us'd 
Hit ilner eunning, and morę cnrioas art ; 
Wbere all tbe elemeuts themseWes irapart. 
And tum, and wind, aod mingle with tuch mcatore, 
Tbat tb* eye tbat taet it, tarfeiu witb tbe pleature ? 

** Love in the twinkfing of yonr eyelids danceth^ 
Łore danceth in yonr pulses and your Teina, 
Łov€ when you sdw, your needle's point adTancetb, 
And makes it dance a tboosand curious strains 
Of winding roąnds, whereof tbe form remaios : 
To show, tbtft yonr Ibir bands can dance the bay, 
Wbicb yonr llne fset woold leam at well as tbey. 

f Tnie JLofft inTWtor of doacint. 


And when yemr ivory fiagen tonoh the ttnags 
Of any silTer sounding instniment, 
LoTo makea them dance totbotfe sweet BamMiriBgt, 
r With bury tkiJl, and conning escełłent : ' 
O tbat yonr feettbote tunet wonld repMtcnt 
Widi aitificiai motiont to and fro, 
Tbat Łore tbis ąit in •v'ry part might thofwl 

" Tetyoor €ur cool, wbicb came from HeaT^n abo«» 
To mle tbit house, anotber UeaT*n beloii^ 
With diTers powera in barmooy dotb moTe» 
And all- the Tirtues tbatirom ber do flow» 
In a romid meatore band in band do go : 
Gould I now tee, at I conceiTO tbit dance^ 
Wonder aud loTe wonld catt me in a trance* 

« The richeat jewel in all tbe beaT^rty tlMtoro 
Tbat erer yet anto tbe Earth was ahown, 
Jt perfect conoord, tbe oniy perfect pteatora 
Tbat wretcbed eaith-bom men baTo erer 
For many beartt it dotb eomponnd in one ; 
That wbat to one dotb will, or tptek, or du^ 
Witb one ooatent tbey all agrea tberatOb 

" Concord't true pictnre thinetb in tbit art, 
Wheie diTert men and women ranked be. 
And cTery one doth dance a tereral part, 
Yet all as one, in meature do agree^ 
Obaerring perfect unifornuty : 
All tum together, all together tracę. 
And all together hooonr and embraoe. 

" If tbey wbem taorad ioTO batb Knk^d jp one, 
Do, at tbey dance, in all their coorte of life ; 
Neirer shall bumhig grief nor bitter moan^ 
Nor factiout diflerenoe, nor unkind ttrife, 
Arite betwist tbe hntband and ibe wilb: 
Fm* whetber fortb, or back, or loynd be g/^ . 
Al tbe man <ibtb, to mutt tbe woią#n do. 

" Wbat if by often lutercbange of pbce 
Sometime tbe woman gett tbe opper hond ? 
That it but done for morę delightftil grace. 
For oo that part the doth not erer ttand : 
But, at tbe measure't law dotb ber command, 
She wbeela about, aod ero tbe daMe doth and, 
Into ber fomer place tbe dotb ttaotrand. 

** But not akNte tbit conetpondeoea meet 
And uniform cootent dotb dancmg piaite^ 
For cemelineta tbe cbild of order aweet 
Enamelt it witb her eye-pleaaiog layt : 
Fair comelinett, ten hundred tbootand wayt, 
Througb dancing thedi ittelf, and makea itlbkie^ 
With glorioot beanty, aa4 v>^ gnMo difine. 

** For comelineat it i 
Of tbingt and actiont in fit time and place ; 
Wbicb doth in dancing tbow Hteif OMtt elear, 
When troopaoanA»'d, wbiobbere and tbemdotiaoe 
Withoat dittinguitbmódt or«boanded space. 
By dancing rale into tuch rankt are brought, 
Ai gladt tbe eye, at ravitheth tbe tbougbt. 

** Tben wby tboald reaton jndge tbat reatoaless 
Wbicb is wit'8 offtpriog, and tbe work of art. 
Image of concord and of comeliness ? 
Wbo sees a clock mofmg in erery part, 
A sailing pinnace, or a wbeeling cart. 
Bot tiiinks tbat>eaton, ere it came to past, 
Tbe firtt iinpolMTe caute and nwHt wat? 




Who mit <B mrmf tU in nnk i4fiiioe» 
But dcems a wiae oomnMiider is m pUce 
Which. Joadeth on that toive.vicU>rioii8 dance ? 
Much morę in <)«iciog'8 ait, io danciog^s graoe 
Blindiiets ittelf may reasoo's footitepa tracę: 
For f^ LabtU maże ii it ike amompiot, 
And ^mtmUfeUawilup tke intt-lie knot. 

" Bat if tbete eyes of yoan (load-staiB of Ioyc, 
' Sbowhig Ihe world^i great dance to yonr niind'a eye) 
Cannoi with all tbe{r demonstratiom move 
Kind apprehension in yoar liuitasy 
Of dancmg*8 Tirtuei and noliiUty t 
How can my barbarous tongne win ytm tbereto, 
WiiicbHeair'nand Eartb*8lkir8peecbcooldne?erdo? 

*' O Lorę, my king ; if all my wit aod power 

Haflre ^tmt yoir all the nrYice tbat they can, 

O be yoi|<preaBttt in th» present bour* 

And belp yonr senrant and your tnie liege^man, 

Ęad tbat penoasion wbicb I erst began : 

For who ia prane of dancing can penuade • 

With spch fweet lorce aa Łove, wbich dancing madę?" 

Love heard bis pray*r, and swtfter tban the wind 
like to a page, ią habit, face, and speech, 
He came, and stood Antinous bebind ", 
And many secrets to hb tboogfats dtd teaeh : 
At Ust » crystal mirror be did rench 
Unto his bands, that be with one rash ^iew, 
AU fbrms therein by Ijove's rerealing knew. 

And bnmbly honooring, gare it to the ąfatoem 
Włth this fkir spieech : ** See feirrst queen/' ąuoth 
** Tbe fiairestsight tbat evrr shnll be sees, [be. 
And ^* oniy wooder of pottaiity, 
Tbe richest work in Nature^s treasory ; 
Wbich s^ diadaiw to show on this world's itage^ 
And thiidis it lar too gnod §&r o«r rade ago* 

** But VI another worid dWided fin*, 

In the great, fortonate, trtengl«d Isle, 

Tbrice twehre degrees reoMnr^d fh>m tbe north alar, 

She wtil tbis glorioos workmanship compile, 

Wbich she hatb been coiiceiving all tbis while 

Since tbe worid*8 birtb, and will briog fortb at last, 

When 8tx and tweaty bnndred yeais are past" 

Penelope, the qneen, when she bad Ticw^d 
Tbe straage f yti dairling admirable sight, 
Pain would have prais*d the^state and palchritnde. 
Bot she was stricken domb with wonder ^uite, 
Yet ber aweet asind retain'd ber thinking migbt : 
Her raTMb^ mmd in heay'nly tboughts did dwelt, 
Bat what she thongfat, no mortal tongne can tell. 

V(Mi» lady lfnaa» whon Jove the coonseUor 
Begot efMeiBory, WisdQn'8 treaanresB, 
To your divining tongne is given a power 
Of nltering secrcAs larga and Ińnitkss: 
Yon can I^Nlelope>8 straage thwighls esprass 
Whieh she conoeiT^d, aialthen would iiinhaTMold, 
When she the weadMOB crystal 

Her whiged thoogbts borę np ber mind so bigh» 
As that she ween'd she saw tbe glorioos tbrona 
Wbere the brif^t Moon doth sit in majesty, 
A thouaaod spnrkUng itan about her riMse; 
But she bersdf did ^arkle morę akme 
Than all those thooaand heanties would haTO dona 
If they hadbeea con faand a d all in one. 

» A 


«B tte deKiiphM ef dnadof in 

And yet she thoiigbt thow stannoT*d hian«h 

To do tbeir soyereign bonour and ddtgfat^ 
As sooth'<i ber mtnd with sweet eochanting pŁea»iu«, 
Altboagb tbe ▼arious cbaoge aroaa^d ber sight» 
And ber weak judgment did eotangle <|aite : 
Oeside, tbeir moving madę ibem sbine norę cl«nr» 
As diamonds moT'd, morę sparkling do appear. 

This was tbe pietnre of ber wondroos tbooglit ; 
But who can wonder that ber thougbt was so^ 
Sith Yulcan, kingof flre^ that mirror wioagbt, 
( Wlio things to comę, present, and past, doth know) 
As there did represent in IiTcly show 
Oor glorioas Goftltsb oourt*8 diTine image, 
As it sbould be in this our golden age ' 


Htn QM wtnłing mme ttamai ds s cr ih wg fussn 
Ułk, TkmJbUom ikete: 

Her' brighter dazssiing beams of majesty 
Wero lałd aside, for she ▼oucbsafd awhile 
With gracious, ebeerful, and familiar ey« 
Ujpon therevebof hercourttosnilai 
For 80 time^s joomies she doth oft begoile : 
Like sight no mortal eye migbt 
So fuli of State, art, and Tariety. 

For of her barons brave, and ladies 

(Who bad they been elsewhere moat Mr hnd hee») 

Many aitincomparable k>Tely nair, 

^^h band in band were mterlmked seen, 

MaCing fair bonour to tbeir sovereign qaeen $ 

Forward tbey pac*d, and did tbeir pace apply 

Td a most sweet and solemn melody. 

So subtle and so curioos was tbe measnre, 
With 80 unIookM fer cbange in ev'ry strain ; 
As that Feneh)pe wrapp^d with aw«et pteasnn^ 
Whan she beheld the tme praportion plain 
Of her own web, weaT*d aml anwea?*d again ; 
Bnttbat her art waasomewhat len ahe thongh^ 
And on a merę ignoble snbjact wroaght. 

For here, like to the ailk-wem^ indnskiy, 

Beauty itaelf out bf itself did weave 

So rare a work, and of suab aobtlet^, 

As did alt eyn entangle and deceire. 

And in all oślnds a stnmge trapressioa leaTe : 

In this sweet labyrinth ^ Copid stmy, 

And ne?er had the power to pan away. 

As when th4» Indiana, neighboars of the nomiag; 

In hooour of the cbeerfnl nsipg Son, . 

With pearl and painted plumcathemselYnadoning^ 

A solemh stately measure have begun ; 

The god, well pleasM wiih tbat, fiur bononr doae, 

Sheds Ibith his beams, and dolh tbetr lacn 

With that iounortal gkmotts fiue of bis. 

9o^ lto»&€. 




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IllLDONMEwiis boro inthecitjofLoiidoDm 1573. Hisiktiier wasdeseeiidedfioma 
iwy andent 6iiiily in Wales, and hb motber was distantly related to ar Thomas M<»«, tbe 
cełdMated ami wifortiiiiate lord chancdHor, and to judge Rastall, whose Ather, ooe of 
ihe cailMsl EngMsh piiDten, married Elizabeth, the chanoellor^s sister. Ben Jonson 
ttf thifik that be mherited a poetical toni from Haywood, the epigranunatist, vbo 
abo a dislBat lelation by the mother^s side. 

Of his lather*s station m lift we haTe no aocount, bat be must bave been a man of 
cooaderable opolence, as be beąneathed to him three thousand pounds, a hii^ sum m 
thooe daj^ Young Doone received the radiments of edacation at borne onder a prifate 
tntor, and his profieicncy was sucb» that be was sent to the uaiyenity at the eariy, and 
pefł«ps onpreccdentedy age of ele^en years. At this limę, we aie told, be ondentood tbe 
JwmA and Latin hugiiages, and had in otber respects so tu exceeded the nsoal attain* 
ttCBts of boyboody as to be con^nred to Picus Miiandola, one that was ^ rather bom, 
than BHde wise by study/' He was enterad of Hart Hall, now Hertford College, where 
at the nsnal time be might ba^e taken his fint dq;ree with hooour, bat having been 
edncaled in the Roman Cathohc persoasion, be submitted to the advice of his fiMods, who 
were a^erse to the oath usaally adm.iabtered on that oecasion, Aboot his foarteentb 
ycor, be was remoTed to Trimty College, Cambridge, where be prosecated his stodies iat 
thiee years with uocommon perseTerance and i^pplause ; but here likewise his religioos 
•ernples pievęate4 his taking any dęgree, 

Ib his sev«ntccnth year, be repoired to London, <uid was admitted into Lincoln's Inn, 
with an intention to study law ; bat what progress be madę we are*not told, except that 
be Gontinoed ta give proofi of accnmnhited knowledge in generał sdenoe. Upon his 
fitfher^s dcath, which happened before be oould have been regulariy admitted into tbe 
socicty of Łmcoln's Inn, be retued ap<Mi the fortunę which his iather left to him, and had 
neail^ dissipated the whole before be madę choioe of any phm of lift. At this time, 
faowi^er, be was so young and so sobmissi^e as to be under the guanKansh^) of his 
motber and inends, who provided him with tutors in tbe mathematics, and snch otber 
biancbes of knowledge as formed the aeoomplidunents of that age; and his love of 
kindB^ which i^n ardent and discurshrę, greatty fiicilitated their hboiirs, and furnished 


his miód with mch mtdlectual stom as gaiiwd hm Itimot 

improbable abo timt his potkał attcmpts contributcd to make him morę knowii. 

It was abottt the age of eighteen dUit be bcgan to rtudy Ae coiitro^ewy brtween thc 
protestanta and papistB. Histtttonhadbeenkutnictedto talttereryoppoitumtyof cm»- 
fimiing him in popeiy, the Tri«ion of Us hnOj, and fae confimes tbat hm motbei^a 
, penuasioDS faad much weigbt She was a woman of great piety, and Iwr soiiy m all tlie 
lektions of Ufe» evinccd a most aflectiooate heait. Amidst these allureoMuts, howemr, 
he entered on the inąoiiy with much hnpartiality, and wkh the hoMSt inlention toghre 
jnray to sueh eonvictions onły as should be Ibnnded in MablMied tratfa. He has icoorded« 
in his pieftce to Pseudo-Maityr, the straggies of hb mind, wfalch be says ha ogacane 
by freqiient prayer, and an mdifieieat affection to both paities. The resolt was a 
firm, and, as it afterwards ptofed, a serions adherence to the doctrines of the reibmied 

This inąoiry, wfaich tenninated probably to the grief of his siir?iving parent and his 
frioids of the Romish pemiasion, appears to bave occnpied a considefable space of tiase» 
as we hear no morę of bun unti) be began his trayeb in his tarenty-finl ycnr, He 
aecompanied the earl of EsseK in his eipedttion in 1596, whn Cadiz was taken, aad 
•gam in 1597/ but did not letnm to England until be bad tratelied for some time ia 
Italy, fnm whence fae meant to faa?e penetrated into the Holy Land, and visited JcrlMiilnu 
and the holy sepuldire. Bat the inoomreniences and dangers of the rond in those parta 
appeared so ]nsaperat>łe tbat bega^e npthis design, althóugh withaieloctBBoewfakbfan 
often repeatod. The time, howerer, which be bad dedicated to yisit the Holy Land, Isa 
passed in Spain, and both theie andin Italy studied the faińguage, mamers, and gotem- 
nent of die oo«ntry, aHońons to ifduch are scattered tfarougbont bis poems and prose 

Ńot long after his retnm to Eogbmd, be obtained the patronage of sir Thomas Egerton. 
lord EUesmere, lord chancelłor of England, and the fiiend and predeoessor of thetittns^ 
trions BaooD. Ttiis noUeman appears to hafe been straok widi his acoompUshmentB* 
now heightened by the pdish of foreign tra^el, and appomted lum to be his chief secio- 
laty, as an introdnction to some morę important employment in the state, for wfaich helk 
said to have pronounced him yery fit The com^ersation of Donnę, at tbis period, was 
probably «nridied by obsenration, and enlivened by tbat wit which spaiides so freąoeiitiy 
in his woiks. The chancdlor, it b certain, oonoeifed so bighiy of him, as to make falfes 
an inmate in hb faoose, and a ooostant guest at hb table, wheie be bad an oppoitunity of 
miung with the most eminent characters of the i^, and of obtaining tbat notioci whicfa^ 
if not abused, gaierally leads to prefennent 

In thb hononrable employment be passed fi^e years, probdily the most agMahł^ 
of hb life. But a yonng man of a dbpo«ition incUned to gaiety, and m the eq|Oyiieiit of 
the most elegant plelMires of sodety, could not be long a stranger to love. Donne*« 
fiiTOurite object was the daughter of sir George Moor, or Morę, of Lody F^m 
in the county of Snrrsy, and niecę to lady EUesmere. Thb yonng lady lesided in the 
house of the chanceUor, and the lo?em bad oonseąuently many opportnnities to indnige 
the tenderness of an attachment which appears to faave been mutual. Beforo the 
fimiily, however, they wero probably not very cautious. In one of hb elegies 
fae ^peaks of spies and rivals, and ber lather either suspected, or from them had 
aome intimation of a connection whicb be chose to consider as degrading, and therefere 
jcemoYed his ięia^htfir to hk ow.n house at Loiiiy. But this measure was adopted 


too l^e, as the partiesi perliips dreadiog the eveiit» nad been for some titne primtely 

Hbs m w f e łcowc newi, wlien it could )be no longer concetled, was imparted to ak 
Oem^e Moor, by Heoiy, eail of Northuniberiaiid, a Dobteman who, notwithstandii^g this 
fiieadlj mterforanoe^ was afterwards guilfy of tłiat ligoior towards his youngest daiij^ter, 
^płycfa he Bow wished to soften in the breast of sir Geoige Moor. ^Sir George's lage, 
bowerer, trampotted him bęyond the bouods of reason. Ha not ouly insisted oo 
I>oiiiie's being dismissed fiom die lord chanoelloi^s 8ervioe» but caused him to be imprir 
aooed, alopg witb Samuel Brookt afterwaids master of Trioity College, and his brother 
Chriil«yher Biook, who were present at the maniage, the one aeting as hUbar to the 
lady, the other as wilness. 

IMr in^prisonment appears to faaTebeen an actof aifoitraiypower, forwehearof no 
trial beiqg institnted, or punishment inflid^^ on the parties. Mr. I>onne was first 
ftIfiaMid \ and soon iMociured the enlargement of his companions; and, probably at no 
gnat distenee of time, sir Geoige Moor b^an to relent. The eicellent ehancter of 
his aoD-in-law was so often repiesented to him» that he conld no longer resist the intended 
cansegoenoes of such applicatioos, He condesoended therefore to permit the young 
towpie to live together, and solicited the lord chanceUor to restore Mr. Donnę to his 
flitoation. This» howe^er, the chanoeUor lefosed, and in soch a mamier as to 
Iha opinioo he entertained of sir George^s oonduct. His lordship owned that ^* he 
nofcigiiedly sony for what he had done, yet it was mconsislent with his place and 
laedil to dkteige and re4ulmit sernmts at the reąoest of passionate petitionerB Lady 
Whsifiealso probably felt the sererity of this remark^ as ber unwearied solicitatbns 
had indnced the chanoeilor to adopt a measore which hesnppósed theworld wouki pio^ 
nounce capricioos and inconsistent with his character. 

. Wlmtev^ aUowanee is to be madę for the privikges of ą parent, the oondoct of sńr 
Geoig9»Meor» on this occasłon, seems entitled to no indulgenoe. Ha neither felt as a 
WmMMir acted as a wisa man. His objectin requesting his son4n-]aw to be restoied 
to tlw ehanceDor^s serme, was obWoosly that he ndght be ideased from the expense of 
•hfan and his wife, for»^ when disappointed in this, be refiised them any 
ThisharshnessredMeed Bir> Donnę toasituation the most dii t i es un g, Hk 
aslai^ tki three thonsand powds before mentioned, had been nearly eipended on his 
idm stiim and doring his ttavds ; and he had now no employment that eonld enable hun 
to.aapfmrtawifią,accustomedtoease and mipect, widi even the deoant nec cs aa rie s of 
łifew Thesasonows,lioweYer,wereconsideiably kssenedby the Mmdshipofs^ 
Wooiey, son to lady EJlesmere by ber first busband, sir John Wooley of Pitfoid in Sumsy^ 
Uglih. rln this gentic&ian's boose Mr. and Mrs. Donnę resided for mady years, and 
wesetacated with an ease and kindness which moderated the sense of d^Kndenee, and 
whidi they lepaid with attentions, thatappear tofaaTegiatifiedaBdsecwedtheaifectMn 
tf tilnr bcnevoieikt rektion. 

illns abeady been noticcd that, in his early ycan» hehad eiamined the state of the 
o s ulmiuay bctwecn the popish a|id protestant cburcbes, the result of wfaieh was his firm 

' ffe datM aicttcr ta iir IŁ Oocd«e» June 13» 1607, ia which he ejłp rt Mc i wamt hoiMSofobtaioiag a 
pUpe at eoait in the qiieen't honsebold. This nnay have heeo foon after his release, hut his hiogtmpha^ 
Wakon, fiTes few dates, and takes no notice of this circomstance. Donne^s Letters, (k 81. In another 
-letter he inakei mterest linc the place of oine of his majerty*s secrrtańti ih Irtland, hiit this has no dat& 


attachmebt to tbe latter. But this was not the only cóiiMqaeii€e of a coune of reaóiag 
in which tfae priociples of religion were necessarily to be traoed to their purer toarces* 
He appean to have contracted a potis tum of nuiKly which, ritboo^ occasioniiHy inter* 
rupted by the intrusions of gay life, and an intercoune with foreigo oatiens and fyrmga 
pleasures, becaine habitual^ and was probebly increased by the distieines brougfat on tda 
tkmily iń conseąuence of his imprudent marriage. That this was the case, appeais fiom 
nn interestuig part of his histoty, during his residenoe with sir Fianefs Wooley, wheo lie 
was soUcited to take orders. Among the fHends whom his talents procured hini was Ule 
learned Dr. Moiton, afterwards bisbop of Durham, who fint madę diis proposal, but 
widi a resenre which does faim much honour, and pro?es the traest regard for tfacf ftiferesto 
of tbe church. The drcumstance is so remarkable, that I hope I shall be pardoned fiw 
giving it in the words of his biographer. 

The bisbop ^* sent to Mr. Dornie, and intreated to borrow an hour of his time far a 
ćonference tihe next day. After their meeting, there was not many ndnates passed be* 
fore be spoke to Mr. Donnę to this purpose: — * Mr. Donnę, the oceasion of sendhi^ ftr 
you is to propose to you what I by^e often revolved in my own thought sińce I saw yoo 
'hut; which, nevertheless, I will not declare but upon Ais Gondition-—that you shall 
not' return me a present answer, but forbear diree days, and bestow sonke part of that 
time in fastbg and prayer ; and after a serious considenition of what I shall propose, 
then return to me with your answer. Deny me not, Mn Donnę, lor it is the efiect of 
a true love, which I would gladly pay as a debt due for yours to me/ Thb reąoest 
being granted, the doctor expressed himself thus : ' Mr. Donnę, I know your edncatioft 
and abiiities : I know your expectation of a state employment, and I know your fitness 
Ibr it ; and I know too the many delays and contiogencies tbat attend court promises ; 
and let me tell you, that my lorę, begot by our long friendship, and your merits, hath 
prompted me to snch an inquisition aAer your present temporal ertate, as makes me no 
strauger to your necessifies, which I know to be such as your generous spirit could not 
bear if it were not supported with a pious patience. You know I baTC formeriy per- 
suaded you to wave your court-hopcs and enter into holy orders : which I now agaia 
persiiade you to embrace, with this reason added to my former reąuest : the king hatii 
yesterday madę me dean of Oioucester ; and I am also possessed of a benefice, the pro- 
fits of which are eąual to those of my deanery. I will thmk my deanery enough for my 
jhdaintenance, (who am and reso1ve to die a smgle man) and will quit my benefice, and 
estate you m it (which the patron is wilfing I shaD do) tf €rod shall incfine your heart to 
embrace this motion. Remember, Mr. Donnę, no man's education, or parts, mikę 
him too good for this employment, which is to be an ambassador for the God of glory ; 
that God who, by a vite death, opened the gates of life to manW^id. Make me no pre* 
sent answer, but remember your proinise, and return to me the tlrird day with your resó- 

** At bearing of this, Mr. Donne's faint breath and peip1exed countenance gaye ft 
vbibłe testimony of an inward conflict ; but he performed his promise, and departcd 
without retuming an answer till the third day, and then his answer was to tlns efiect: 
' My most worthy and most dear friend, sinoe I saw you I bate been faithful to my pnn 
tnise, and hare also meditated much of your great kindness, which batfa been such as 
would eiceed eren my gratitude ; but that it cannot do, and morę I cannot return you ; 
and tbat I do with an beart fuli of humility and thanks, though I may iiot aocept ofycm 
t>fier. But, sir, my refusal is not for that I think myself too good for that caUing, fer 

ufeopdonke: ns 

nUdi kklgs> aaiey ĄuBk wo, are not good enoii^; norforttatfliycdiicatioiiaiKł 
kankft liiougli Dot cnuneiity may iiót> beiog aśosl^ wHłi God^s ^race an<1 homilily^ 
nnder me m sooie measure fil ibr it ; but 1 dare malLle m> delrr a ftiend aś j(m ate my 
caofenor. Somc uriąpilarilks of my Ufe liavtt beea to YinUe to some meti, tiiat though 
1 baTe, I thaak God, awde my peaoe witłi hni by^ penitentiid resolations agaitist them, 
aad by the amistaooe of his grace baniflhed them my afiktiemt, y«t this, wliich God 
knows to be so, » not 80 Yinble to maii as to free me fiom ńnm ceosm^ and it may 
be tbat sacred callfaig; ftom a disbooomr. And besides, whereaa it is determmed by tiie 
bcst of casiiistsy tbat God^s g^^ rimidd be tbe fint eńd, and a mamtenanoe tfae second 
soti^a to embiaoe tbat calliag ; and tboogh each man may propose to himaełf both to- 
gether, yet tbe fint may not be pat la$t« without a Tiolation of my conscience, wbkh 
betfaatsearcbeatbebeart wflljudge. And tniely my piesent conditian Is snch, tbat if 
1 mŁ my owa oooscience whetber it be reconrileal^ to tbat nile, jt is at this time so 
pefpkaed about it, tbat I can lieitfaer gt^e^myself nor yon an answer.^ You know, sir, 
wfao saysy bappy is tbat nmn wbose eonseience dotfa 'not accose him fbr tbat thing 
which be docs. To tbesel might add ollier reasons tbat dissmide me;^ but I ciave your 
hnm tbat I may focbeiff to eipiess them, and thankfully dedine yoor omr.'^ 

TUa tianactiony wbieb^ aooording to the datę of Dr. Morton'8 prombtion to the 
deanery of Gloucester, bappeoed in \G07, wfaen onr poet was in bis thirty-foorth year, 
is not nnimportant, as it diq>hiys that cbaracter for nice bonomr and integiity which dis- 
tmgaiBhed Donae in aU bb fiiture lUt, and was accompanted witb a heroic generosity of 
feeling and actłon wbidi is^ perbaps, rardy to be met with, miiess in men whose prin- 
ciples ba^e tbe foandation which be appean to haTe now laid. 

Donae and bis family lemained with sir Francis Wooley vafiii the death of this ex- 
odlcnt iriendy wboee lasI act of kindness was to effect some degree of reconciliation 
betwcen sir Geoige Moor and his son and daughter.. Sir George agreed, by a bond, to 
pay Mr. Donue e^gbt bwidred pounds on al certain day, as a portion with his wife, or 
twcnly pounds qnaileriy, for thetr maintenance, until the principal sum should be dis- 
chai ' ged . With tins sum, so inferior to what he once possessed, and to what he might 
ha«c expected, he took a iiouse at Mitcham for his wife and iamily, and lodgings for 
hianalf m London, which he often Yisited, and eiyoyed the society and esteekn of many 
persons distingnished for rank and talents. It 2ippean, however, by his letten, that his 
ineome was lar firnu adequate to the wante of an increasfaig fiunily, of whom he fre- 
ąnendy wiites in a style of melancholy and despondence which appear to have afleicted 
bja beatth* He still bad no ofier of employment, and no fixed plan of study. During 
Ibb tesideace with sir Franeis Wooley, he read much on the dril and canon law, and 
pfob^^ might have eseelled in any of the literary professions which oflfered encourage- 
Bcot, but he confesses tłmt he was diverted irom them by a generał desire of leaming, 
or wbat be calls, in one of his poems, ** the sacred hunger of science." 

In thb desoltory conne. of reading, which impro^ed lusmind at the expen8e of his for- 
tona, he spcnt two years at Mitcham, whenee sir Robert Dmiy insisted on his bringing bis 
fomily tolivewithhim, in his spacions house in Druty Lane ; and, sur Robeit afterwards 
intending to go on an embassy, with lord Hay, to the court of France, he persuaded 
Doone to acoompany him. Mn. Donnę was at tłus time in a bad stbte of health/* and 
near the end of ber pr^nancy ; and she remonstrated against his leaving ber, as sbe fore* 
boded *\ some ill in hb absenće." Her afiectionate hushand detemuned, on thb account, 
to abandon ali thooghts of hb joumey, and mtimated bb resolution to sir Robert, who. 


^or wliatever rteoD, beoune the ni»n fcdidtous for his eompmKf* Thii broaglit «tt tt 
generous conflict between Donnę and bis wife* He luged tbat be ooidd not rafiise a' 
man to wfaom be iras so mnch inddbted, and sbe oomplied, altbough witfa some nixm>" 
tance, from. a congenial scose of obligation. It was on tbk oocaskm, pfobd>ly» diat'lie 
addressed to bis wife tfae Yeiaesy <^By ourfiiststiangeand&talintemewy &c.'' Shefattit 
fonned, if this ooiye<lare be aUowed, tbe romantic desigpi of aooomponying^bim in tfae 
disguise of a page, from wbich it was tbe pmpose of thes(e iwf8e8to.di88iiade ber. 

Mr. Donnę acGordinglywaitabioadwitb tbe ęmbassy; aadtwodaysaAerthetfarmal 
at Parisy bad tbat eztraordinary wioń wbicb bas been minutely detailed by all bis bio- 
graphers. He saw, or ftncied be saw, bis wife pass tbrougb tbe room in wbich be was 
sittiiig.ałonę, with ber bair banging about ber shouldeiSy and adead child in ber arma. 
This story he often rq;ieated, and with so much confidenoe<and anaiety, tbat sir Robert 
seot a raesaenger to Draiy Honse, wbo brougbt back intettigenoe, tbat he found Mn. 
Donnę very sad and sick in bed, and that, after a long and. dangerous tebonr, sbe bad- 
been delivered of a dead cbild, wbich event bappened on tbe day and boar that Mr. 
Donnę saw tbe Yision. Walton bas recorded tbe story on tbe authority of an auonyaioiaa' 
inforinant ; and bas endeavoared to render it crediUCi not oniy by tbe oorrespondiag 
instances of Samuel and Saul, of Bildad, and of St. Peter, but those of Jdius desar and 
Brutus^ St. Austin and Monica« The whole raay be safioly left to tbe judgment of tbe 

From tbe dates of sopie of Donne's letters, it a|ipears that he was at Paris with sir 
Robert Drury in l6l2 ' ; and one is dated from tbe Spa» in tbe same ^ear ; but at wlrat 
time he retunied. is not certain. After bis return, bowever, his ftiends became morę- 
seriously anaious to fix him in some honourable and lucratiye empkiyment at conrt. 
&Ć3re this period he bad become known to king Jaipesy and was one of those leamed^ 
piersons with wbom tliat so^ereign delighted to Gonveise at his table* On one of 
those occasions^ about the year 1 6) O, tbe conversation tumed on a question reapecting^ 
tbe obligation on Roman Catholics to take tbe oaths of allegiance and supremacy ; and 
Donpe appeared to so much advantage in the dispute, that his mą^esty reąuested he 
would commit his sentiments in writing^ and bring them to him. DoUne leadily oom- 
pliedy and presented the king with the treatise pubUshed in tbdt year, under the title of 
Pseudo-Martyr. This obtained him much leputation, and the uniyeruty of Ozfckrd 
ienred on him the degree of master of arts, wbich he bad preYiousIy ieoeived from 

The Pseudo-Martyr contains rery stroftg aiguments against Ihe pope's supfcauicyf 
and bas been hi^ly praised by his biograpbers. Warburton, howefer, speaks of it in 
less faYourable terms. It raust be con&ssed tbat the author bas not araiied bun^ of 
ihe writings of the judidous Hooker, and tbat in this, as weU aS in all hu prose-wiitingBb 
ai^ many of those far-fetched conodts wbich^ however agieeable to the taste of the i^ 
have pliBced him at the bead of a dass of very indiffeient ppets. 

At this period of our bistoiy, it was deemed expedient to sekct such men for bi^gh 
<^ces in the church as promised, by their abilities and aeal^ to Tindicate tbe refonoed 
leligion. King Jame^ who was no mcompetent judge of such merit, thongh perh^M too 
apt ta nieasore tbe talents of otbers by his own standaid, conceived, from a penisal of 

' It may be neceMary to medtioD, .that the dates of sooie of his lettert da not comipood wHh 
WalloD'1 narratire^ and it is now too latc to attempt to reo^ncile theia. C 


the Ptaido-Mai^i tlitt pmme woiM prote ta ofSiiii» wd bahratk to tbe dmrch, 
mad, iłicicfoi^ not odly ettdcavoiited tt» pemndtf faiai to takeordet8» bot rtaśted e^ery 
applicaiion to escrt the roytl frfoor toimds Sum in any odier ^diiwlioii. When the fih 
noorile e«i of Somenet ieqiieited that Mr« Doane m^ bkye the phoeof one of the 
cleAs of the comidl, theo Yacńt, the kin; refiUedi " I knoir Mr. Doaae b a karned 
■mi, has the abilities of a icanied diTiiie» and wiM pio?e a powerfol {ireacher ; and my 
deaire is to picfer bin that wKy» and in that way I will deny you notUng for him." 

Soch an intimalioa must have madę a powerful napimiion ; yet theie isiioreaMn to 
cetfchide, firom any part of Mr. I>oiuie's chaiacter, that he woidd hatebeea iliduced to 
caierthechlirchmereły bythepersuasioo of faisto^ereign, howe^er ikUteriog. Tobim, 
howeter, at tUstiaMythetransition waanotdifficailt Hofand rdkufuished thefoUies of 
yoofli, and faad neaily oudived the leaMmbrance of them by otbers* His atndies had 
hM^ iDclined to theology, and bis ftame of mind was adapled to supfiort tbe character et- 
pectied finMn binu His old fiiend. Dr. Morton, probably embraced this <^iportanity to 
seeond tbe kh^ wisbes, andiemoYeMr.Donne^speraonal scniples ; and Dr. King, bidiop 
of Ijondoa, wbo bad been cbaplain to the chanceUor when Dornie was bis secretaiy,. 
and coBseipieiitly knew bis character, beard of Us intentbn witb mach satelaclaon. By 
this pidate he was ordained deacon, ami afterwalds priest ; and tbe kmg, althou^ not- 
wnsformly ponetnal in his promifles of patronage, immediately madę him Us chaplain m 
oidioaiy, and gave him hopes of faigber preferment. 

Those wbo had been tbe occasionof Mr.Donne'8enteringiatoorderSyiirereaiixiovsto. 
aee him eibibit in a new cbaiacter, with tbe abilities wbicb bad been so much admired 
in tte schobur and tbe man of tbe world. Botat first, weare toid, be confinedbispiil^ 
lic senrioes to the chorches in the Ticinity of London; and it was not until bis mąjesty 
vaqiiii«d his attendance at Wbitehaił on ao ^ipointed day, that be q>pearęd before aa 
anditory eapable of appreeiatiog bis taients. Their report is stated to bave been bighly 
fiiYOiMable. His biogiqiher, indeed, seems to be at a loss for words to expre8s the 
pathos!, dignity^ and cftct.of bis preadung; bot in what be bas adTaaoed, be no doobt 
spoke the sentiaMOts of Doniie's leamed contempoianes. Still the exoelleooe of the 
polpit oiatoiy of that age will not bear tbe test of modem criticism; and those wbo 
■ow coDsuk Mr..DoBiie's sermons, if tbey expect gratification, most be morę attentive 
to the raatter tbantbemanner. That be was apopukr and useful preacher is univemlly 
ackaowledged; and be performed tbe morę piimte doties of bis foodion witbhomili^y 
kindness, aeal, and assiduity^ 

Tbe same mootb^ wbicb appears to bave been March 16I4, in wbicb be ćntered into 

oiders, and preached at Whiteball, the king happened to be entertained, doring one of 

Ibb pi ogi — ses > at Cambfidge, apd reoommended Mr. Donnę to be raade doctor m diviuity 

Walton infonns us, that the uiu?ersity gave tbeir assent as soon as Dr. Harsnet, the vicel 

chnncelkM', madę the proposal. According, boweyer, to two letters ftom Mr. Chamber- 

lam to sir Dodley Caritoń, it appears that tbere was some opposition t0 tbe degree, in 

coBSognence of a report that Mr. Donnę had obtained tbe reyersion of tbe deaneiy of 

Canterhury. Etcu the yice-cluuiceUor is mentioned amoog those wbo opposed him. It 

is not very easy to reconcile these accoonts, unless by a coiyecture that the opposition 

waa witbdrawn when the report respecting the deanery of Canterbory was proved to be 

mitrue. And there is some probabiUty this was th^ case, for that deaneiy became vacaat 

inihe foBowmg year, and was girtn to Dr* Fotberby, a maii of much less jfame and 


1^ LBE Or DOIOIfi. 

. But wbate^r was tbe oame lyf tUs tompomy oppoiitioa at CMibri4ge» ft it oertefli 
that Dr. Donnę btcane 80 bighly citMaed aa it pi«aehtf, tluit witUi tii^fint year4ir 
his ministiy, he faad the oflkr of fourtean lUSarem Uvmg^ M of wUdi Iw declkad, oacl 
for^tfae ffune rfatoo, luuaely, that thay weft situaled al a distaftce fram Lendoa^ to 
which, mcoramoB wkfa dl meD of iutidlectiial cuimityy he appotfs to iiai«e been waimly 

In i6l7 his wife died» kiróg kmi Bev«n chOdieo. Thai afflicCiaa sinkao decp mto 
fakbearttbatłieiedredfroiii^ world «id frora his ftieads^ to inditlge a soRO«r wkieh 
oeold BOt be restnuned, and wfaieh fer some tana tntemipted his pshlie seracta ntioi' 
this he was at leagth dherted by the gentleiiien of Łiiieohi's Ino, who i^uMled him Ca 
acoept their leetwe, aad prevailed. Their high regaid for hira coatoributed to Koder 
this sitnation agreeabfey and ade^oate to the aMMeoanee of his fiEmily. ThecoDBectkMB 
^aubsisted abont two yean^ greatly to idie satisfiKtkHiaf both partiasy and of thepeople 
at large, who had now fteąuent opportaoilies of hearing thdr fiiTOorite preaeher. But 
on. lord Hay beiag appointed on an embassy to -Germany^ Dr. Donne waift reąnested to 
attend him. He was at this time In a stale of healtfa «¥hich reąuired rehiiatioB and 
cfaangeof aur, and lAer an absence of fburteen months he retomed to Ihs dnty in Ln^- 
coln*s Lm, nmeh unpro^ed ia heakb and spiiits, and about a year after, in ifóO^ the 
king cotiferred opon hkn the deanery of St. Paid^s. . • 

This promotiony like all the leading e^ents of his life, tended to tiie adri^ioenient 
of his charaeter. While it anply supplied his wants, it enabled him at the same time 
to eahibit the heroism of a liberał and generous roind, in the case of hn iather-a^4aw, 
sir Geoige Moor. This man had aever acted the pait of a kind and foigiring parent, 
aithough he eontinued to pay ihs amraal sum agreed upon by hond, in lieu of hń dai]^-> 
ter^s portion. The time wss now come wfaen Dh Donne could repay his hanhness by 
cQnvincmg hmi how unworthily it had been eseited. The ąuartel: after his appom^ 
ineat to' the deanery, when sir George carae to pay htm the stipniated sum. Dr. Donne 
rdused it^ and after acknowledging morę kindness than he had feoeived, added, " I 
know yoar present eondition is such as not to abound, and I hope minę b aućh as not 
to need it. I wiłl thereibre reoeiYe no morę from you upon that eontract/' wUch he 
immediately gftve up. 

To Ins deanery was now added the idcarage of St. Dunstan m the West, and anodier 
eedesiastieal'endowment not spedfied by Walton. Thes^, according to his Ifetters, (p. 318) 
he owed to the inendship of Richard Sachyille, eari of Dorset, and of the earl of Kent. 
From all tlib he deriv«d the pleasing {HtMpect of makmg a decent promon (br his 
chiidren, as well as of hidn^ing to a greater ettent hb liberał and humane dispoaitioB. 
Iii'l624, he was ehosen prolocntor to the conYocation, on wfaich occasion he ddivered 
a Latin orationi which is printed in the London edition of his poems, 1719« 

While m this ftiU tide of popularity, he had the misfortane to falt under the displea- 
sura of the king, who had becń informed tha^in hispubik disconrses he had meddled with 
some of tliose points respecting popeiy which were morę usurily hmidled by the poritans. 
Snch an aecusation might have had veiy serious consequenoes^ if the king had implicitly 
eónfkied in those who brought it forward. But Dr. Donne waa too great a ńcfwmttU^ 
be condemned unheard^ and aceordingly his mąj esty seni for him and repiesented whatiie 
had heard, and Dr. Donne so completely satisfied him as to his prmcąiles in chorch and 
State, that-the king, in the hearog of his councO, bestowed h^ pndse on him, and 
dedaied that he r^oked in the recoUection that it was by his persinuioii Dr. Domae had 
beoome a divine. 

LffE OF DONNŁ 123 

Akmit Ibar .jmn aftw be iMrifed the dcaaeiy of St. PtoPs, aiid when he had ar- 
lirad at hń fifty-fourtfi ]ftar, fais ooKtiMk»s natuiattipfeeUey wat attackedr by a dit- 
order wlndi had ereiy appearanoe of baoig AitaL In diis e&trenity he gave anoti^r 
ptoof of Hnt mdeiiieM of coBsekoce, m tnuMceoduitIjr supcńor to alt modein notioos 
of hoMwr, wUdi had ahfays marked hiieharacley. Wheo tłierei?as Kttlehopeofhk 
hStj he was leąobed to nkw soim piebcadal leaMa, the fiim for wbieh w«re wjr ooa- 
aUnnbfe, aad odglit hate omidtad iU0 tedy; BuUkb ha peraaptoiily reflised, tos- 
fldkn|f tuch a mearare, m his lituatioii, as a speońa of saetilege. "** I d»e iiot»'' he 
addedy ** bow npoo my- Ml bod> «fhea Ahn^faly God halh madę me oadess to the 
of the chuKfay malDe miy advaatagea out of it/' 

lynemy hoiwwoTy he aarfmd dboot five yean, wben hii tendkency to a cooiiimp* 
ratomeds md tcomBated hia Kfo on the Siat day of March 1631. He wat 
hwied w St VmA\ whan aaiomam^iit wasereded to hb memory. Hb figiAe may yet 
be aeen m the vaiilla of St. Filth'9 uader St. Fbu1'§. It itenda erect m'^ wiodćw, wifh- 
oat ita aiehe^ and deprif ed of the «n » wUch the feet were placed. Hb pkture waa 
dmwn aomelnie before hb death, when hedremed himself mhbwmdiD^sfaeetyand-the 
%aie m St FBidi's was car^ed from tfaia p^ting by Nichokie Stonel Tlw ihigmeota 
of hb UNKb are on the other side of the ^rch. Walton mentions many other pauit- 
dlgs of Urn exeoiited at difierent periods of hn lift, ifhich are not now known. ' 

Of hb- charaelar eomo jndgment męy be formed fh>m the preceding sketch^ taken 
principolly from Zoiich'8 much iinproved edition of Walton's Lńres. Hb early yeaUy 
thare ia reaaoo to khmk, althoogfa dbgraeed by no flagrant tnrphude, were not ecempt 
lioaiMIyanddbsIpatioń* In some of hb peems we meet widitiie łanąuage andaen* 
tJBianta of mec whoae moiab are not ?egr strict Afterhb maniage, howeyer, he ap« 
peara to ha«e beeome of a serioos and thongfatiU dbpositioo» hb mmd altemately ex-> 
ha u a i ed' by study, or softened by afflietion. Hb reading was ^ery estensire, and we 
find alhisions to almost every scienee m hb poems^ allbongh unfoitunately they only 
eonbibnfe to prodnee dbtorted hnages and wild eonceits. 

Hb proae wodn are nomerous, bnt» exćept the Pseadó-Martyr and a smali Tolome 
af derotioos, nonę of them were pubfished during hb Ufo. A Ibt of the whole may be 
leen ih Wood*s Athens and in Zouch'» edition of Walton. Hb sermonś haire not a 
fittk tf the charaeter of \ib poema. Tliey are not, indeed, so rugged in style, but Aey 
ahoond whfa qnaint aUusions» wfalcb now i^ipear ludkrous, althongh they probably pro* 
dneed no soch eflect in hb days. Wkh thb exeeption» they contain much good sense, 
mrneh aeąmmtanee ^A human naturę, many striUiig thougfatsi and sonie veiy just 
UMcal criticbm. 

One of hb prose wiitings reąuires morę particular notioe. E^eiy admirer of hb 
eharacter wifl widi it espunged from^the coUection. It b entitied' Bbtfaanatos^ a 0e* 
daratioD of that Paradoz, or Tbesis, that Self-homicide b not so naturally Sin, that it 
may never be otherwise. If it be asked what conld induoe a man of Dr. Donne's piety 
to write soch a treatise, we may answer in hb own wwds, dmt ^^ it b a book wńtten by 
Jack Donnę and not by Dr. Donnę." It was written in hb youth, as a trial of skill 
on a singnłar topie, in which be thought proper to eiercise Us talent against the ge- 
aeraHy recewed opinion* But if it be asked wby, instead of sending one or two copies 
to iiióids with an ii^onctkm not to print it, he did not put thb out of their power by 
destroykig the aMmisciyt, the answer b not so easy. He b eren so inoonsbtent as 
to dcsbe one of hb correspondents neither to buro it, nor publiah it. It was at kogth 


published by his son m l6^, wlio certaiiily dkl not conmiit the repuiatiooof Us fiitlMr ^ 
and if the reports of łus diaractcr be just, was not a man likdy to gife hiiasdf mucb 
Bueasiiiess about tbat ot any otlier ocmseąneace. 

Dr. DoDiie*8 reputation as a poet was Ugher in his oWn tioie tban it has beta sinee. 
Diyden fixed his cfaanicter with his usoal judginent ; as ^ the greatest wit, though not 
the best poet, of our natioo." He says aflMwaidsS that ** he affscts the met^ihyBics, 
not only in hb Satires^ bot in his amcN^ous Tersesi wfaere natore oniy shonftd ragn, and 
perplexes tfaeminds of theiair 8ex with niee specabtionB ot philosofriiy* when hMho«ild 
engage thebr hearts, and entertain them with the goftńesses of lo^e." Dryden has aiso 
pronounced that if his Satiies were to, be tiaoslated into numbers, they would yet be. 
wantii^ in dignity of esptession. The leader has now an opportnnity of comparing 
the originąls and^transbitions in Pope's woiks, and will pfobaUy.thhdc that Pope has 
madę them so mnch his own as to throw Teiy little light on Donne^s powen. He ever]r 
where elevates the eipression, and in very few iostaneas letains a whok linę* 

Pope, in his cbssification of poets, plaoes Donnę at the head of a school; that schoot 
firom which Dr. Johnson has given so many remaifcable qpeciniens of abąuidity, in hin 
life of Cowley, and which, ibilowing Diyden,. be tenns the metai^ysical schód. Orey^ 
lA the sketch he sent to Bfr. Warton, considers it as a thiid Italian -school, fidl of 
conceit, b^;un in queen Ełiiabetfa'8 reign» continaed under James and Chaiks I. by 
Donnę, Crashaw, Clevdand, canied to its height by Cowley, and endi^g perimpa m 

Donoe^s nmnben, if thcy may be ao caiied, aie certainly the moit .mgged »and n»- 
couth ofany ofonrpoets. Heappeancithertohavehai4noear, or.tohavebeeB«taily 
legardless of harmony. Yet Spenser fweeeded him, and Drammond, the fint. poGsbtd 
ver8ifier,.was his contemponoy; biit it must be allowed that beibre Dnunmoąid appeayąjji 
Donnę had relinąuished his pnrsuit of the Moses, nor would it be just to indnde the 
whole offaispoetry under the geoenlcensure which has beenusuaUypassed. Dr«JIVa»- 
ton seems to think that if he had taken pains he might not have pioved so inferior to 
his contemporaiies ; but what inducement coidd he have to take pains, as he published 
ttothing, and seems not'desirou8 of public fiune ? He was oertainly not ignorant or us- 
skilled in the higher attributes of style, for he wrote elegantly in Latin^ and displays 
considerable taste m someof his smaller pieoes and epigrams. 

At what tune he wrote his poems has not been ^asoertauied; but of a few the datea 
may be recoveied by the coimponding etentsof his life* Ben Jonsen affirmed that 
he wrote all his Ib^ pieees hdott he was.twenty*fiva yearsj^age* His SatiMs^m 
which there are soma strdkes levclled at the Refonnatkrn, must hate been wiitten wy 
early,ashe was bota youngnian when heienouneedtfaeenmiofpopeiy* Hispoenai 
.weie first published m 4to. l6SS, and 12oio. 16^^ l65l, l66;9> wl 1719* His 
the editor of the ifiąily editions. 

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A^ANY of these poenu have, for seTeral impressiom, wandered up and down, 
trustmg (as well as they might) upon the autfaor^s reputation : neitber do they 
now complain of any injuiy, but wfaat may proceed either from the kindness 
of the printer, ór the courtesy of the reader; the one, by adding something 
too much, lest any spark of this sacred fire might peridi undiscerned ; the 
other, by putting such an estimation upon the wit and fancy they find berę, 
thftt they are content to use it as their own ; as if a man should dig out the 
Stones of a royal amphitheatre, to build a stage for a country show. Amongst 
aU the monsters this unlucky age has teemed with, I find nonę so prodigious 
as the poets of these bter times> wherein men, as if they .would level under- 
fltandii^fs too, as wdl as estates, acknowledging no inequality of parts and 
judgments, pretend as indififerently to the chair of wit as to the pulpit, and 
coDoeiTe themselves no less inspired with the spirit of poetry , thaii with that of 
religion : so it is not only the noise of drums and trumpets which have drowned 
the Muse^s hannony , or the fear that the church^s min will destroy the priests* 
likewise, that now firights them froip this country, where they haye been są^ 
ingeniously received ; but these rude pretenders to excellencies they unjusdy 
own, who, profanely jushing into Minerya*s tempie, with noisome airs blast 
the laurel, which thunder cannot hurt. In this sad condition, these learned 
sisters are fled over to beg your lordstup^s protection, who have been so cer- 
tain a patron both to arts and arms, and who, in this generał confusion, haye 
so entirdy presenred your honour, that in yoiir lordship we may stiU read a 
most peffect cbarscter of -what England was in all her pomp and greatness. 
So that although these poems were formerly written upon seyeral occasions to 
seyeral persons, they now unitę themselyes, and are become one pyramid t<) 
set your lordship^s statuę upon ; where you may stand, like armed Apollo, 
the defender of the Muses, encouraging the poets now ahye to celebrate your 
great acts, by a£Pording your countenance to his poems, that wanted only so 
noble a subject. 

My Lord, 

your fnost humble seryant, 



J iBB in his last preachM aad printed book. 
His pictare in a sheet ; in Paul*s I look, 
Aad see bis staioe in a śbeel of stone; 
And surę his body iil the grav6 hath one : 
Those sheets present faim ńttó, these if yoa bny, 
Yoa baye him limę to eternity. 




In thy impfession of Donne^s poems rare^ 
For bii bteniity tboa hast ta>ni care: 
T was well and pioos ; and for erer may 
He li^e : yat I show thee a better way; 
Mnt bat his seniieos, and if tbose we buy, 
He, we, and thou, shall li^e Ł* eternity. 


Dcmat, tbe deligbt of Pbcebns, and each Mnse^ 
Who^ to tby ooe» ail otber braiiis refuse $ 
Whose ev'ry work of thy most early wit, 
Came forth esample, and rsnałn so yet: 
Longeir a knowingt tban most wita do liTe ; 
And which no* afG^ction pruse entmgfa can giTe ! 
To it tby langoage* letttts» atts, beat life» 
Whicb might with balf vankind maintain a strifc; 
Ali which I mean to praise, and yet I wodd; 
Bot lewe^ beeagae I MBiMt ai I sttoaU 1 












ARK bot thU flety and mark in thiy 
How little thsL wbach thou deiiy'ft me» » ; 
;, Mui now gackt t^M, 
flta onr two Uoods mio^led be j 
J^ifi caaaot bę taid 
ibaaiexyr lon of maideDhead, t 

Yet tflik eojoys, BKsfore it woo, 
And pamper*d sweUs with one blood madę of two^ 
And this, alas4lli morę tban weMinld do. 

Ob itay, tbree IiTc«.inuMie flea spare, 

Wbere we alii^,^tiirmore tban fflarry'd aio 

Tbis flea is yon and ( and this' ' ^ i^-^ 

Car marriage bed and marriage templ ęJai; > ^ 

nongb parents gmdge, and yoot^M^m^ 

And cloittei^d in theae liTing ^alfs of jet. 

Tboagb oae make you apt to kill me, 

Łet not to tbat ^If-murder added be, 

And aaerilege, tbree glna in kllling three. 

fAnd noir good*momnr ta onr wakiag aonJi^ 
łWbich wateh not one another out of faar^ 
|For love alt lo^e of other sights oontralt. 
And makes one little room an eTery-wber^ 
Let sea-dj80overers toAew worlds bare gone^ 
Let fnapi to otber worlds oor world bare sbown, 
Let us poeaoBsone wodd j eacb batb one, and is ane. 

My foce in tbine eye, tfame m minę cppean^ 
And tme plain bearts do in tbe foces rest ; 
Wbere can we find two fitter bemiipberea • 
Witbout sharp nortb, witbout declining wert ? 
Wbaterer dies, was not mix'd equally; ' 

Alf onr two lo^es be one, botli thou and I 
fLore just alike in all, nonę of tbese lo^es can die.- 

Cntel and sudden, bast tbon sińce ^ 4 ^ 

Pnrpled tby oait in blood of innocenee rv r *"* \ 
Wberein conld tbia fleagmlty' be, ^ 
EiMceot in tbat Uaąd^Sbichit' sŚc1?d from tbee ? 
Yet taoo triumpb'śt, and say*st that tbon 
¥lnd'st not tbyself nor me the weaker now ^ 
T is tme-j tben leain bow false lears be : 
Jast 80 m\icb bonour^ wben tbon yield'st to mej^^ 
WiU waste, as tbis flea's deatb toąb Itfe hom tW 


I «rcstpn» by my trotb, wbat tbo^ and I 
Did, till wa loT*d \ wcre.we not wcan^d till tbęn, 
Bttt snckM on cl|iidisb. pleasuras siUily ? 
Or slnmbred we in tbe sevea-8lflq»eri den ? 
Twasso; but aa all pleąsnres fonóef be^ 
If^ereriiay tK«n^ I did iee, 
Wbi4 X d«w^,iMidfot, twas but a dinamgf tj^c^ 


Go, and eatcb a falling star, 

Oet witb cbild a mandrake root» 
Tell me wbere all times past arc^ 

Or wbo cleft tbe De^iPs foot 
Teacb me to hear mermaids singing^ 
Or to keep off envy*8 stiaging. 
And find, 
Wbat wind 
Serres to ad^ance an bofiest mind. 

If tbon be'st bom to strange śigfrti, 

Things invistble go sde, 
Ride ten thoiMind ^ys atad nigbtt, 
Till aae suow wbite bafrś 00 thee. 
Tboo, when thou return^st, wilt tell me 
AU straage weMets^ tbat befiitt tbee, 
Ko w&ere 
liTea a woman tnie nld foir« 

If tbon find'st one, let aae know, 
Sućb a ptlgrimage were sw^et; 

Yet do not, f wonld not 09, 
Tbougb at neit doos n^mifbft tfiMt. 


Tboof h abe were tnie wben you met lier, 
AbA last, till you write yoiir letter, 


WiU be 
Filie^ ere I com^ to two or tbrse. 


Now tbou baA lo^d me ooe wbole day. 

To morrow wben tbou ]eeT*at» wbat wilŁ thoa sty ? 

Wilt tbou then entedete Mme new-made tow ? 

Or 8ey, tbet now 
We ere not jiut thoee penom, wbich we were ? 
Or, tbat oatba, mede m- i e ^eimU al feer 
Cf Lo¥e and bb wratb, any may foriwear ? 
Or, as tnie deatbi tme marriagei ontię, 
So lo'ven' contracts, images of tboae. 
Bind bot till sleep, deatb'8 ima^e, tbem onloose? 

Or, 3fo«ir own end to jnadfy 
For baTuig puipoi*d cbange and laladiood, yoa 
Gu bsfe no way bot falaehood to be tme k 
Vain lodatie, against tbeie ■eapee I eoidd 

Pii p nt a , aad cen^Mr, if I woatd$ 

Wbidi 1 afailńn to doe^ 
For by to moniw I may think m too. 



I Hinrł done one braver thing« 

Than alt the worthies did » 
And yet a bniTer Uience dotb spring, 

Which 18, to keep tbat bid. 

It were but madness now t' impart 
The tkill oC specnlar ftene, , 

Wben be, wbicb can ba^e leam'd tbe art 
To cut it, can find nonę. 

B(^,'ńl now iboald ntter tbi% 

Otben (becaose no morę 
Sacb śtaB, to work npoo, tbere is) 

Wonld love bot as belbre. 

Be be, wbo lordaaess witbin 
Hatb fimnd, aU ootward loatbes ; 

For be, wbo cołour lo^es and skin, 
ŁoTet but tbetr oldest dotbes, 

If, aa I baTe» yon«lao do 

Yirtne ID woman aae, 
And dare love tbat, aad aay an toob 

And fiorget tbe be and abe; 

And if tbia lofe, tfaoogb placed ao, 
From protoe men you bidę, 

Wbicb will no ftutb on tbIa beatow, 
Or, if tfaey do, deride : 

Tben you bare done a bra^er tbing, 

T^ all tbe wortbiea did. 
And a braTer tbence w31 spring, 

Wbicb ji^ to keep tb»t Ud* 


Betr old foo1» unraly Son, 
Wby doat tbon tboa^ 
Tbrougb windowa and tbioogh cortafaia, lookoB 11^ ? 
Mnat to thy nmtbna lofen* aeaaona mn? 

Sawcy pedawHc wretob, go^ cbide 

Łatę acboot-boya, or aoor 'p wnt i ec a. 
Go tell co«rt>b unU men, tbat tbe kłnffwairiJe^ 
Gall country aala to baiTuat cAoea; 
Łove, all alike, no aeaaon knowa aar dime, 
Norboora, daya, montba, wbicb are tbe raga of tii 

Tby beama, ao rererend and atrang^ 
I>Dat tbou not tbmk 
I coold edipae, and doud tbem witli a wiai^ 
But tbat I would not loae ber a«gbi ao ka^ I 

If ber eyea ba?e not blinded tbine, 

Łook, and to monrow late tell me^ 
Wbetłier botb th' Indiaa of nice and mtae 
Be wbere tbou left tbem, or lie berę with me ;/ 
Aak fiu- tboae kUiga* wbom tbou aaw^at 
And tbou abalt bear, AU beie in one bad lay. 

Sbe H all atatea, and all princes l^ 

Kotbing else ia. 
Prinoeadobutplay ua; compar^d to tbia, 
All bonoQr.'8 mimie ; ul wealtb alcbymy ;. . ^ ^ 
Tbou Sm art batf as bappy* aa we, 
In tbat tbe world 's contracted tbiia. 
Tbfaie age aaka eaae, and ainoe tby dutiea be 
To waim tbe world, tbat 'adene m waiming ua^ 
Sbine beie to ua, and tbou art erery wbere $ 
Tbia bed tby centrę ia, tbeae waUa tby ^ertti 





I CAK love botb fair and brown ; 
Her wbom abundance melta, and ber wbom imot 
betraya; \X^7*i^ 

Her wbo lo?ea loneneaa bea^ and ber wbo apoits a^js 
Her wbom tbe country fmrm'd, and wbom &e town; 
Her wbo beliet ea, and ber wbo tries ; 
Her wbo atill weepa witb apungy eyea. 
And ber wbo ia dry oorfc, and nerer criea; 
I can byre ber, aad ber, and you, aad you, 
I can loFC any, ao abe be not true. 

WlUnootbar▼Łoeco«t8atyo«^ • - » 

Wiliitnotaenreyoortnmtodo^aadłd y a wtt w tbei t? 
Or baTe you al 1 old tloea wom, aad aow «Md flaA 

out otbeia ł 
Or dotb a fear, tbat mon are trae^ tormaat you ? 
Ob, we are not^ be not you ao; 
Łet ami aad do yoa t a i e atf kaow. 
Rob BM^ bot biad me aot, aad let aie go | 
Muat I, wbo oaaw to traanU tfMaoogh yoa» 
Onm your ftM aalgeet, baeaaae yoa MU trae f" 

Yenna beard me ńng tbia aoag. 

And by loTe'a awneleat aweat, n 

Sbeheaidnottiaitmnow; itabouldbeaoaoi 

Sbe went, esamia'*d, aad ratniaM eia ~ 

Aadaaid,<<Alaa! aome tao or tbree 

Poor beretica ia bfa tbere be^ 

Wbieb tbiiA to alabliab dai^ 

Bot I bave told tbem,- ainoe ymi WiU batnie^ 

Ton AaO be tiae to tbem, wbo 'laM^ip fM.^/ 




FoB e^ery boar tbat tbou ińłt spare me now, 

I wUl rnlUm, 
UsuńcMis god of love, tw«oty to thee, 
When with my inmn my grey haim eouai be; 
HU tbeo, Jjowe^ let my faiody Twige, mm lei 
Me travaU» sq)oafii^ foatch, plot, ińfe, fiw^et, 
Kptnme my last yem** retict: thmk tbet yet 

We* bad neyer mat* 

Łei me tbink any ńwtl*9 letter minę, 

And atnest ime 
Kbep midiiighfs promne ; mietake by tbe way 
The maid, and teR tbe lady ef tbat delay, 
Only krt me bnre nooe, oo not tbe tport, 
From country gram to eomflturm of coart, 
Or cil7't qadąo»«boiea» let not nport 

My mtnd transport. 

TUt baigam'1 good $ H, wben I' am old, I be 

Inflam*d by thee, 
If thine owo boooar, or my abame, or pain, 
Tbou oovet moft, at tbat age tbon ibalt gam; 
Do tby will tben, tben tnl^ject and degree, 
imd frvit of love, Lo^e, I mbmit to tbee ; 

m tfll tben, I *» bear it, tboof b iha be 
One tbat Ioyos me. 



Fon God^ mfce bold yonr tongue, and let me lo^e, 

Or cbide my paisy, or my gont. 
My ftpa grey bain,' or niin'd fbrtones fout; 
WySk wealtb youritate, yoalmind watb artiimprofe, 

Take jmt a coorse, get you a place, 

Obscrve bit bonoar or his grace, 
Qr tbe kiag^ real or bis stampted lace 

Cóotenif^ate ^ what you wUl, approve^ 
So yoa will let me Iove. 

iUan, alaat wbo 's iąjui^d by my love ? 

Whnt mercbant*b sbipa baTO my siębs drown'd } 
Wbo mys my teafs ba^e overflow*d bis groand ? 
Wheo &A my cołds a ibrward spring remoTc ? 
Wbeadid tbebeals, wbiebmy rainsill^ 
me amra lo tbe pingoy bill ł 
ind w«m^ nad lawyeia ftid ont atiil 
litigioiis men, whom ąuanrelf mv9% 
Tbongbsbe and I do kurę. 

Gbll*s wbat yoa will, we are mnda soub by kyv«$ 

Cali ber one, me anotber iy; 
W afe tapcri tooto and at onr own eott die; 
And im in ot find tb' eaglf and tbe dore; 

Tbe pbenis riddle batb morę wit 

By na, we iwo being one, are it: 
8b t^ene nentral tbmg boCb texes fit 

fV^ die and rise tbe same, and pffove 
MyMetioof by ttais tore. 

We cmi die by ii, if not lv» by 1ove. 

And if nattte iB«b or beasee 
Omr kgeodbe^it wili be ftibr tema; • 
And if im ftotef cbfmdcle w# profe, 

VOŁ- V* 

We 11 bnild io sonnets pretty rooms. 
As well a well-wroogfat urn becomes 
Tbe greatesl asbes^ os half-acre tombs ; 
And by those hymos all sball approve 
Us canooiz*d Ibr iove: 

iCnd tbns invoke us, you whom reverend lorę 

Madę one anotber's bermitage; 
You to wbom loro was pc^ce, tbat now is raga, 
Wbo did tbe whole worid^s souł contract, and diore 

Into tbe glasses of your eyes, 

So madę sucb mirrors, and sucb spies, 
Tbat tbey did all to you epitomize; 

Gonotries, towns, oourts, bey from abore 
A patteni of our lorę. 


I AM two feok, I know, ^ 
For loTiog, and for laying m 

In wbining poetry ; 
Bot where 's tbat wise onn, tbat woold not be I, 

If she would not deoy } 
Tben as tb' £arth's inward nnrrow erooked lancs 
Do pnrge sea water*8 fretlbl mk away> 

I tboogbt, if I eoukl dnw my pains * 
Tbnmgb rbyme^A ▼ciatipn, I tboold tkam allay. 

Grief broogbt to number canoot be so fterce. 
For be tames it, tbat IHten it in Terse. 

Bot wben I bave dooe so^ 
Some man, bis act or loioe to sbow^ ' 

Dotlf set and siog my pain. 
And, by deligbting many, Irces ag*in 

Grief, which vene did reitrain. 
To love and grief tribute of ▼erae belongs. 
But not of sucb as pleases, wben t is read, 

Botb are increased by sucb soogt : 
For botb tbeir triumphs so are publisbed. 
And I, wbicb was two fools, do so grow tbreer 
Wbo aie a little wise, tbe best foolt be« 



Ir yet I liave not -all tby Iotc, 
Dear, I sball nerer have it all, 
I cannot breathc one otber sigb, to moite ; 
Kor cao entreat one otber tear to ftdt; 
And al] my treasnre, which should ptirchase tbee, 
Sighs, tears, and oa^, and-letters I ba^e spent; 
Yet no morę can be due to me, 
Than at tbe bargain madę was meant f^ 
If tbfsn tby gtft of love was partial, 
Tbat some for me, some sbould to otfaen fidt, 
Dear, I sball nerer hate it all. 

Or, if tbeo tbou giT*st me all, ^ 

All was but all, which tbou badst tben : ** 
But if in tby beart sioce there be, or sball 
New k>ve created be by otber men, ^^ 

Which baTO tbeir stocks entire, and oan tiTtean, 
In sigbs, in oatbs, in letten ontbid me, 
Tbb new 1ove may beget new fean. 
For tbis love was not TOW*d by thee. 
And yet it was thy gift being generał; 
Tbe gronnd, tby beart, is minę, whaterer sball 
Grow tbeie, dear, I should baTt It all. 


Yet, I would not bavc «]! yet, ^^ 
^He tbat hath all can bave no morę, >^ 

And sińce my love dotb e^ery da/^mit [itora; 

New gfbwtb> thon sboold*tt bave new sewaids in 

Tbott can«t not erery day give me thy beart,'^ 

If thou canstgive it, then tbou never gav'st it>^ 

li )verł riddleg are^ that thotigh thy heart depart ' 

It g tays at home, andlb ftn withjoei m fla? 

buc we Will ió V8 a way m orę liberał^ 
T hanc 

^ _ _ jęaits, to jom os, s6 we shal l 

"Be one, and onr^ff{,Kffr4 *" 


SwanasT Iove, I do not go» 

For wemriness of tbee, 
Nor in bope the worid can sbow • * 
A fitter love lor me; 

But sińce that I 
MuBt die at last, 't \i best, 
Thos to nse myself in jest 

By feigned death to die ; 

Yettemigbt the Sun went bence. 

And yet is berę to day, 
He hath no desire nor lense. 

Nor taalf so shuNt-* way : 

Tben fear not me. 
But be]ieve tbat I sball make 
Hastier jou«eys, siMe I take 

Morę wingB and apun than be. 

O łiow feeble is num'8 power, 

That if good fortunę &11, 
Cannot add another boar. 

Nor a lost bour recall ! 

But come, bad cbance. 
And me join to 't our strength. 
And we teach it art and lengtb, 

Itielf o*er us t' advance. 

^Iien thoy 8igh*8t, thoo aigh*st no wind, 

But sigh'st my soul away ; 
Wben tbou weep*Bt uokindly kind. 

My nfe'8 blood doth decay. 

It cannot be 
That tbou lov*8t me, as tbou say^st ; 
If in tbine my liCe tbou wanta, 

Ttkat art the Ufe of me. 

Let not thy dtvining heart 

Foretbink me any iii, 
Destiny may take thy part. 

And may thy fearB fdl&l ; 

But think that we 
Are but laid aaide to slcep: 
They, who one another keep 

AiiTe, ne'er parted be. 


Whbn last I dy'd (and, dear, I die 
As often as from tbee I go, 
Tbough it be but an hoor ag(v 
And loren' bowabe ftiU eternity) 

I can remember yet, tbat I 
Something ilid aay, and 8omelliing:did bestow ; 
Though I be dead, whtcb sant me, I might be 
Minę own eiceciitor, and łegiicy* 

I beard me say, tell ber anon, 

Tliat myself, tbiat is you, not I, 

Did kill me, and wben I felt me die, 

I bid me send my heart, when I was gone. 

But I, alaa \ could find tbere nonę. [lie, 

When I bad ripp'd, and seareb'd wbere bearts shonid 

It kilPd me again, that I, who still was true 

In lilie, in my last will sboukl cozen you. 

Yet I (bund something like a heart. 

For oolours tt and comers had» 

It was not good, it was not bad, 

It was entire to none, and few bad part: 

As good, as could be madę bjr' art, 

It seem^d, and therefbre f>r our loss be sad, 

I meant to send that heart instead of nune. 

But oh ! no man could hołd it, for *t was thine. 



'Ob do not die, for I sball hate 
All women 90, wben tbou art gone, 

Tbat tbee I shall not celebrate, 
Wben I remember thou wast ooew 

But yet tbou canst not die> I know y 
' To leave this worid behiad is death ; 
But wben tbou firom this worid wili^go, 
The whole worid rapours in thy breath. 

Or if, when tbou, the world's soni, goest, 
It stay, 1 is but thy carcaas tben, 

The fairest woman, tnit thy gbost; 
Bat corrupt worms, the worthiest men. ' 

O wrangling scbools, that search what fire 
Sball burn this worid, bad nouc the wit 

Unto this knowledge \o aspire, 
That this ber ferer might be it ! 

And yet she cannot waste by this, 
Nor long endore this torturing wrong. 

For morę corruption needful Is, 
To luel such a fever loog. 

These buming fits but meteors be, 
Wbose matter in tbee soon is spent 

Thy beauty, and all parta, whkb are tbfev 
Are an unchangeable firmament. 

' Yet *t was of my mind, seising thee^ 
Tbough ii in tb«e canooŁ penawer; 

For I bad rather owner be 
Of tbee ana bo«r, tban all else erer. 

> • 

• ■» 

tli I 


Twici or thrice bad I knrM thee, 
Before I knew thy fkce or name ; 
So in a voic€, so in a sbapeiess flam^ 
Aogels affect us oft, ««1 worsbip*d be: 
Still wben, to wbere Ikon wert, I came, 
I Son&e loreły gtoiiouaaotbibg did I lee; 



But anee my iral, wbose child loreis, 
T^Jlcs UidIm oflleik, ud ebe oould notking do^ 

Moresoblile Umii the parent is, 
Lswemuit not be, but take a body too; 

And therefore wbat tbou wert, and who, 

I bid )ove ask, and now, 
lliat it amme thy body, I allow. 
And Bat. itaelf in thy lipt, eyes, and braw. 

thus to ballast ]ove, I tbought. 
And 90 mora steadily t' have gone, 
MTith vare8 wbich would sink admiration 
1 9Km, I had horre's pinnace OTerfraugbt ; 

Hiy every bair for Iove to work npon 
b much too mncb, aome fitter must be >ooght i 

For, nor m notbing, nor in tbings 
Estjpeme,. aod scatteńng brigbt, can Ioto inbere ; 

Hien aa an angel &ce, and wings 
Of air, not porę as it, yetpore doth irear, 
So tby lore may be my lore^s sphere ; 

Jnat soch di^parity 
As is *t«izt airand angel'8 parity, 
TVial women^ loye, and nien'fl will erer be. 


Stat, o sweet, and do not rise, 
The light, tbat shines, comes firom thine eyes; 
The day bireaks not, it is my beart, 
liecanse that yoa and I most part. 

9tay, or else my joys will die. 

And perish in tbdr infancy. 

Tistme, *tisday; wbat thongh a<^ ? 
O wili tboa therefore rise frora me ) 
Why shoald we rise, becaase *t is ligbt? 
Did we iie down, because 't was night ? 

Łove, wbieh in wgite of daikness brooght us hi- 

ShDoid in despite of light keep us togctber. 

ligbt hath no toogae, but is all eye; 

U It conld ^eak as well as spy, 

Tbis were the wont that it ooold say» 

That being weU, I fiun would stay. 
And that I loT*d my beart and hooour so» 
That I woold ncĄ from ber, that had them, ga 

Mnstbt isin as s thec fram bence remore? 

Ob, that 's the woiat disease of lOTe; 

Thapoor, the foul, the fiJse, lorę can 

Admit, bot not the bosied man. 
He which hath bosfaiaiB, and makes h>re, doth do 
Soch wTODgy as when a manied man doth woa 


Au kii^s^andaUtheirfiifiourites, ^ 

All glory of hoDours, beautiefi, wtts,^ 

The Sun itaelf (which makes times, aa they pass^ 

Js eUer by a year naw, than itwas 

When thou aod I 6nt one- Wher saw : 

411 otber tbings to tbcir destractioo draw $ 

Only oor bre hath no decay : 
Tbis no to morrow batb, oor yesterday ; 
Kanning it never rons. ftunń us away, 
But tf oly keepa his first^taet-eferlasting day. * 

Two grayes must hide thine aod my corse : 
If one might, death were no divorce, 
Aiśs ! as well as other princes, we, 
( Wbo prince enough iu one anotber be) 
Must leave at last in death these eyes aod ears, 
Oft fed with true oatbs, and witb sweet salt tean; 

But souls wbere notbiog rlwells but love ; 
(AU otber thoughts being inmates) then shall prov0 
Tbis, or a lo^e increased tbere above, [remove. 
When bodies to their gravesy souls from their graves 

And then we shall be thronghiy bleas^d: 

But now no morę than all the rest 
Herę upon JSarth we' are kings, and ndne but we 
Can be suob kings, nor of such subjects be ^ 
Wbo is so safe as we ? where nonę can do 
Treason to us, ezoept one of us two. 

True and fiJse fears let us refirain : 
Let us h>ve nobly, and IWe, aod add again 
Yean and years unio year^, till we attain 
To write threescore, tbis is the secońd of our nsign. 



Mt name engraT*d herein, 
Doth oontribute my firmness to tbis glass, 
Wbich eyer sińce that chann hath been 
As bard as that, which graVd it, was ; 
Thine eye will gire it frice enough, to mock 
The diaman^ af either reck. 

T is much that glass should be 
Ai aii confessing and through-shine as I, 
'T is morę tbat it sbows thee to tbee, 
And elear reflects tbee to thine eye. 
But aJi such rules Iove's magie cisn undo^ 
Herę yoo see me, aod I see you. ' 

As no one point nor dash, 
Which are but accessaries to this name^ 
The show*!! and tempests can outwash, 
So shall all times find me the same ; 
Yott this entireness better may fulfil, 

Whp have the pattem with you stilU 

Orif too bard and deep " 
This leaming be, for a scratGb'd name toteach, 
It as a giYen. death's-bead keep, 
Łorers' mortality to pi each ; 
Or think this ragged bony name to be 
My ruinous aaatomy. 

Then as all my souls be 
Emparadis'd m you (in whom alone . 
I understand, and grow, and see) 
The rafters of my body, bonę, 
Being ttill with you, the mttsde, sinew, and rtm, 
WUch tile tbis honse;, wilL< 


doi«n£*s poems. 

TUI my return, repair 
Aud recompact my 8catier'd body lo, 
As all Łbe Tirtiious powers, wbtch are 
Ya^d io the stan, aie said to 6ov 
Into BUCh cbaracters as graved be, 

When tbofie stars had supremacy, 

So sińce this name was cat, 
Wben love and g^ńef their esaltation had, 

No door 'gainsC this name^s inflaence sbut; 
As mucb morę loviiłg, as morę sad, 
T #31 Inake thae ; and thou 8boald*st, till I return, 
Since I die daily, daily moom. 

When thy mconsiderate band 
Ffings ope thia casement, witb my trembling name. 
To look on one, wbose wit or land 
New baUery to Łhy beart may franoa, 
Then tbink this name alive, apd tbat tbon tbuf . 
In it ofieod'6t my genius. 

And when thy melted maid, 
Corrapted by thy lover's gold or page, 
His letter at thy pillow* hath laid, 
Dispnte tbou jt, and tamę thy ragę. 
If thou to him begfn^st to thaw for this, 

May my name sfep in, and bidę bis. 

Apd if tbis treaeoa go 
Tb an o^ert act, and tbat thou write agatn ; 
In superscribing, my name flow 
Into thy lancy from the pen, 
So in fiwgetting thou remembrast fight, 
Aad unaware to me tbalt write. 

But głass aad lines must be 

No means our flrm substantiat kire to kcep ; 

Near death inaicts this lethargy, 

And tbus ( murmnr in my sleep ; 

Impnte this idie Ulk to tbat I go, 

Bor dying men talk of ten so. 


BŁAsm> with sighs, and surroanded with tearB, 

Hitfaer I come to seek the spring, . 

And at minę eyes, and at minę ears 
Receive such balm as else cures erery tbing : 

But O, self-traitor, I do bring 
Tbe spider love, which tranśubstantiates all. 

And can con%'ert manna to gaTI, 
And that this place may tborougbly be thougbt 

Tnie Paradise, I bave tbe serpent brought, 

T were wholcsomer for me, that winter did 
"* Benight the glory of this place. 

And tbat a gTave froet did forbid 
These trees to langh, and mock me to my fdjot ; 

But sińce I cannpt this disgraee 
Eodure, nor UBave this garden, ta^% lei me 

Some senseless piece of tbia place be; 
Make me a mandrake, so I may grow here, 

Or a stone fountain weeping out my year. 

Hither with cryBteLpbiai^ k^rers, come. 
And take my teaia, which are to^e^wine. 
And try your mistress' tean at home, 

for all are fSsIse, that taste not just like minę ; 
Alasl beartS4lo not in eyet ibine. 

Nor can you morę jadge womim*f tbon^tflijr telft*y 
Tban by ber sbadow, whab she wears. 

O penrerse sex, where nonę is tnie bul ^be, 

Wl^ 's therdfore tme, because ber troth kitli aft^ 

rALEDicnoy to his 

*LL tell thee now CdeajLloyeJ wbat tbon sbalt d» 
To anger destiny, as she doth us ; 
How I sball stay, tboogb. she ek>igne me tbm» 
And l\ow posterity shaU knov it too ; 
How tbhne may out-endure 
SibyPs giory, aud obseure 
Her, who fipm Pindar eould albire. 
And ber, through wboee help Lucan it not Unae, 
And ber, wboae book. (tbey say) Homer did fiod. 
and name. 

Stody our manuscripts, tbose myriads 
Of letters, which bave past *lwixt tbe«.aodaii^ 
Tbence write our annaU, and in tiiem will ba 
To all, whom lofre*9 suMimlog fire invMies, 
Rule and eianpla-iAmd^ 
Tbere, the fisitb of any groui^ 
No schismatio will daie to wound, 
That sees, how lorę tbis grace to us aflords. 
To make, to keep^ to use, to be, these bis raoocdi. 

This book, as long llv*d as tbe elements, 
Or as tbe world*s form, thi» all-graved tomb, 
In cłpher writ, or new madę idiom ; 
We for love*sclergy only' are instmmentsj. 

Wben tbis book is madę thus, 
^ Sbould agaia tbe ravenous 
Yandals and Ooths invade us, 
Leaming were sa<^ in tlus tror unitem, [i«rK. 
Scboola might leam sdences, spheves musie, angeh 

Here lore^s diiine (sioceall diTiaity 

Is love or wonder) may fipd all tbey seek, 
Whetber abstracted spiritual 1ove tbey like, 
llieir aoula exbal'd with what tbey do not aee i 
Or loath ao to amuae 
Faith*s infirmilies^ tbey diuse 
Sometbing, which tbey nwy see and uae ; 
For tbough mind Iw libe Hea? en, where loiva ddŁb 
Beauty a oomonient type may be to figurę it. [sit,' 

Here mora tban in their bookt may. lawyers find, 
Both by wbat titles mistMsaes ara iXin, 
And how prerogaliTe these statea de^oun^ 
Transferr^d from L^re himaelf io womaakind i 
Wbo» tbough fimn beajt andeyea 
Tbey exact great sid)sidies, 
Forsake him, who on tbem reliea. 
And fimr the canse bonour or conscSence giTe; 
Chimeras, rain as tbey, or their prerogative. ^ 

Here statcsmen, (or of tbem tbey which can read) 
May of their oocupation find the gnmods, 
LDve and their art alike it deadly^ wounds, 
If to consider, what 't is, one^proceed, 
In both tbey do eacel, 
Who the preaent gorem wetl, 
Whoee weaknesa nonę delh or ifweś tell ; 
In this thy book sueb will tl^re semetbing aee, 
As in the Bibie somt ctn find aut itehymy. 


tb]r tkooghts; alWMd I 'U stady tbee, 
M \m remwet Ur oS, that greti hógbti takes: 
. Oom gntt, tcMre ii,«pre9eiioe best tńai make% 
Bot abtenoe trie*, kow long tbis love wiU be^ 
To Uke a latitude. 
Sod, or ttan, are titKett ^ew'd 
At tbeir bńgbtMt;' h» to coDdadtt 
or kmgitttdci, wbat otber way b««<B v«. 
But to«M^«iM»aa4 «facw thedarkeolipa^be? 



Gooo ve most 1ove, and musi bate iU» 
For ill is ilU and good ąttod Hill ; 

BafttlHn OTi tbings indillareiit, 
WbioJi we nay naither hate nor lo<f e» 
Bot one, and-tbeihanotber pfove^ 

A» we tball find oat fbncy bent. 

K then at fint mm Naiwre bad 
Madę wobmb aitber good «r bad> 

TbaawM we Aiglit haie^ and 
Botsinoe sbe dkl tbem so craato^ 
Tbat we may natbAr love nor bate, 

Only th« mtą^dl aU may 


H tbey weie good, it would be iMOf 
Ciood h aa Tińble as green, 

And to aU ejM ittelf betrays; 
If tbey were bid, they could not lact, 
Bad diotb itself and otbera waste, 

So thcy nor błaine nor yraiMb 

Bet they are ocin» at fmita aae oan» 
He tbat bot tBitei» be tbat defoers, 
. ' And bir tbat JeaTct all, doUtaa wd] ^ i 

Owag^d lotea are^t ebang'd lorti oC oieat $ I 
And wbea be bath the kenwl eat, I 

Wbo dolb net fliag away tbe thell ? I 


iDV£s Gsowra. 

^ ł 4 

I ącAUGB be]ieve my k>Te to be so pure 

A* I bad thoujg;ht it was, 

Because it doŁb endure 
Vici$sitiide and teason, as tbe grass i 
Md»hinkt J lied al) winter, wheo I swore 
My-l9ve was iafioite, if spring make 't morę. 

Btit if tbis medicine love, whićb cnres all sorrow 

Witb morę, not only be no quiDte88ence, 

Bot mix*d of all stufis, reziog soul oc sense, 

And of tbe Son bis actire Tigotir borrow, 

Love^ not so pure an abstract, as they use 

To say, whtcb bave no m istrcas bot their Mnie ; 

But» as all elfe» being elemented too, 

£oYe sotfaetiiBMwoald contempłate, tometimas do. 

And yet no greater, but niore enunent* 

Łore by the spring is gro*n$ 

As m tbe 4|niaineut 
SUfKn by tb*JSwi are not ęn)aig'd, but sbown. 
Oeatle kMne^deedt^ as bkMons on a bongb, 
f roin toT^^i ainikenedrraat do.biid 00^ iiow. 

If, as in water stirr^d mOft eireles be 
PnMluc*d by ooe, kive soch additlons take^ 
Those, Ukeso manyspberes, but one Hearen make. 
Por they are all oonccntric anto tbee ; 
And tboagb eacb spring do add to lorę new beat» 
As princes do in times of actioo get 
New taxes, and remit them not in peace, 
No Winter shoU afiate tbis spring^s mcrease. 



LoTB, any deril eise but you 

Woold for a git^ sool gi^e nDmetfaing too; 

At oourt yoor feUows cvery day 

Oire th' art of rhyming, bontmansbip^ or play, 

For them, which were tbeir own belore $ 

Only I ^e nothing, which gaire Biore, 

But am, alas ! by beSng lowiy lower. 

m ■ 

I ask no dispensation now 

To falsify a tear, a sigb, a tow, 

I do not sue ftom tbee to dfaw 

A non obttanU on Natuie's law ; 

These are nrerogatłves, tbey inbere 

In tbee and thine ; nonę sbould ibnwear, 

>£xcept tbat be ŁÓre't mioien wtse^ 

OiYe me tby weakness, make me blind 

Botb ways» as thom and thine, in eyes aad ound: 

LoYe ! let me nernr know ihat thia 

Is love, or tbat ]ove cbiklish is* 

Let me not know tbat others know 

That she know% my pains, lest tbat so 

A tender shame make me minę own new woa 

If tbon give nothing^ yet thou 'rt jus^ 

Because I wonld not tby first motions trust: 

Smali towns which stand stiff, till great shet 

Enforce tbem, by war's law condition not; 

Soch in loTe^s warfare is my case, 

I may not article for grace, 

Haring put Lorę at last to show tbis foce. 

'^is fsce, by which be could command 

And change ih' idolatry of any land ; 

Tbis face, which, wheresoe*er it comes, 

Cancall rowM men finom cłołsten, dead firom tombs. 

And mett botb poles at once, and storę 

Deserts with cities, and make morę 

BAineś in the earth, tban quanries werebcfbre. 

For this I/yrc is enrsg*d with me, 

Yet kłtis not ; if I must exampłe be 

To Aiture rebds 5 if th' uoborn 

Most learn, by my being cut up and tom ; 

Kill and dissect me, Łore! for thb . 

Tortore against thine own end is, 

Rack'd carcasses make ill anatomies. 



* Som man, nnworthy to be possessor, 
Of oM or new fove, bimself being fatse or weak, 
Thought his pain and shame wbiild be lesser 
If on womankind be mlgbt his anger wreak, 



And thence a kv did groir, 
One miglit but one man koow ; 
But are other creatuies to ? 

Are Son, Mboo, or stan, by law ibrbidden 
To smile where tbey list, or lend away their 1% ht ? 

Are birds dirorc^d, or are they ehidden 
If tbey ieaTe their matę, or lie abroad all nigfat ? 
Beasts do no joiuttncs lose, 
Tboogh tbey new loirers afaooae, 
But we are madę worse tban tbote. 

Whoe'er rigg^d foir ships to lie in haibours. 
And not to seek lands, or not to deal with all } 
Or build fair bouses, aet trees and arboaia, 
Only to look up, or else to let them fidl } 
<3ood is not good, unless 
A thousand it possen, 
But dotb waste witb greediness. 



DiAR love, for noChing less than tbee 
Would I bave broke this happy dream, 

It was a theme 
For reason, mocb too ftrong for fantasy. 
Therefore thou wak*dst me wi^dy; yet 
My dream tbon brok*st not, but cuotinned^st it : 
Thou^art so trtie, tbat thougbts of tbee suflice 
To make dreams tnith, and fables bistories ; 
Enter these anns, for sioce thou tbooghfst it best 
Not to dream all my dream, let's act tbe rest. 

As Ugbtning or a taper*s llgbt, 

Thine eycs, and not thy noise, wak'd me; 

Yet I tbougbt tbee 
(For tbou 1oy'st tri^tb) an ange! at first sigbt. 
But w^en I saw thou saw^st my beart. 
And knew'st my thonghto beyood an angePs art, 
Wben tbou knew*st what I dreamt, tben tbon 

knew*8t wben 
Escess of Joy would wake me, and cam'st then ; 
I must coafess, it could not chobse but be 
Pralbiw to thińk tbee any thing but the«. 

poming and stayiog sbow'd tl^ tbee. 
But rising makes me doubt, that now 

Tbou art not tbou. 
That lofje is weak, wbere fear's as stroag as bie> 
T iś not all spirit, pnre and brare, 
If mixture it of foar, sbame, honour, bare, 
Percbance as toreh^s, wbich must rnudy be, 
Men ligbt and put out, so thou deaPst witb lae, 
Tbon cam'8tto kindle, goest to come: tban I 
Will dream tbat bope again> but alse would ^le. 

FhiitB of nrach griaf tbey are, emblens of more» ' 
Wben a tear fidk, that tbou fiOFst, whicb it boi« ; 
So thou and I are notbing tben,- wben on m di 
, shore. 

A wurkman, tiiat hath eopiet by, caii lay 
An Europa, Afiric, aad aa Asia, 
Afld qoicfcly make that, whieb was noChiog, all : 

So dotb eacb tear^ 

Wbich tbee dotb wear, 
A globe, yea world, by tbat impr es s i on grow, 
TiU thy tears mii^d witb minę do ov6rAow 
Tbas world, by waters sent fran tbee, my H< 

O morę than ifooB, 
Draw not up saaa to drowB me ID tfayapbwef 
Weep me noi dead in tbiae armsi bwifcAcar 
To teach tha sea, what it may do too sood; 

Let noi tbe wind 

Esample flnd 
To do me morę barm tban it purposeUi: 
Since tbou and I sigb one aoOtber^s braalfa, 
Wboe*er sigbs most, is cmelest, aad baślrt thc 
otbei^ś deatb* 


Lar ne ponr fbrth 
My tears before thy face, whilst I stay berę. 
For thy face ooins them, and thy stamp tbey bear: 
Ap4 ^ ^^>* mintaga tbeyare ■omethipg wortb, 

For tbos tbey be 

^regnaot of thee ; 



SoMB tbat bare deeper digg'd LoTe's minę tlm& I» 
Say, wbere bis centric happiness dotb lie : 

I 've loT^d, aad got, and told. 
But sbonld I k^e, get, tell, tiU I were old, 
I diould ndt find tbat bidden mystery ; 

Ob, t is impostnre all : 
And as no cbymic yet tb' elisir got. 

But glorłfles bis pregnant pot, 

If by tbe way to him befall 
ScNne odoriferous tbing, or medlcinal, 

So lovers dream a rich and IdtagMelight, 
But get a winier-seemhig sommer's nłgbt. 

Our ease, our thrift, our bonoor, and our day, 
Sball we for tbis yaio bubble*s shadow pay ? 

Ends love in tbis, that my man 
Can be as happy as I ; if be can 
Endore tbe short scom of a bridegroom*s play! 

Ibat loTing wretcb tbat swears, 
T is not tbe bodies marry, bot the minds, 

Whicb be in ber angelic flnds, 

Would swear as justly, tbat be bears, 
In tbat day*s rude boarse minsŁrelsy, the spherea. 

Hope not for mind in women ; at their biest 
Sweetness and wit, tbey *re but mummy powest* 


Waoaraa guesses, thinks, or dreams ba knowi 
Who is my mistress, wither by this curse; 
Him only for bis pursa 
May soroe duU wbore to lo^e dispose. 
And then yieM unto all tbat ane bis.foes ; 
May be be scoraM by one, wbom all else soom, 
Forswear to others, wbat to ber b' bath swom, 
WithfoarofmissiDgtAameofgattiogtonk • 


Tbe worid*! whole Mp is sunk: 
Tbe generał balm th' hydroptic 4«rth h«th drank, 
Wbither, a» to the bed's.fe«^ life is ghrunk, 
Dead and interr^d ; yet all these seem to lau|by ^ 
Gompar^d with me^ who ąm their epitaph. 

Study me fhen, yoa who shall loYere be 
At tbe nest worid, tbat is, at tbe nest spring : 
For I am a rery dead tbing, 
In wbom love wroogfat new alcbymy. 
For bis art did espreas 
A quintessence even from nothingness, 
From duli prirations, and lean emptiness : 
Ut ruinM mie, and I am re-begot 
Of abficnoe, darkness, death; tbings whicb art not 

All others from all tbings dcaw all that'8 good, 
life, soul, form, spint, whenoe they being baTe ; 
I, by love's linibec» am tJie grave 
Of all, tbat *8notbing. Oftaik>od , 
Have we two w^t, and so 
Diown*d tbe wbole world, us two; oft did we grow 
To be two cbaoieSi wben be did sbow 
Care to augbt else ; and often absences 
Withdrew our soulś» and madę us carcasses. 

Bat I am by ber deatb (wbiob word wrongs ber) 

Of tbe firtt dothiag the eUdr growa s 
Werę I a maa, tbat I ware one 
Ineedsm«atknow; IsiMoMprafer, 
If I were any beaat» 

Some ends, some meaos ; yea płaats, yea atones 

And lonre, all, all some properties iDvest. 
If I an ordinary notbing were, 

As sbadow, a light, and body mutt be bera. 

But I am nonę; nor will my sun renew : 
You to^ers, for wboae sake tbe lemer Sua 
At tbis time to tbe Goat is nm 
To feteh new lust, and gńre it you, 
fiqioy yoar sumoMr all, 
Since sbe eąjoys ber long nigbfs {estiwal, 
Let me piepare towards ber, and let me oall 
Tbis lumr ber vigil and ber ere, siaoa tbis 
Botb tbe year*s and tbe day*s deep midnigbt is. 

r;go«l his tramp may be 
MaJbe, bv bai (binking who batb madę tbem s»ob : 
' And majT he Hael no to«cb 
Of conscience^ but of fisme, and be 
Aii^uisb'd, not tbat 't was sin, bot tbat 't was sbe : 
Or may be for ber Tiitae faweienoe 
One, tbat batea Urn eoly for impotence, 
Aad equal traitors be sbeaad bis seoae. 

May be dream treason, and beUere tbat be 
Meant to perform U, and a orfe os, aad die, 
And no reoord tell why t 
Hit fl0Qs» whicb nooe of his may be, 
Inhnjt nnthing bu^ bis in£smy: 

Or may he so long parasitea bave fod, 

Tbat łie w^ald foin be thein, wbom he batb bred, 

And at tbe last be ciieumca^d for bread. 

The ¥cnom of all stepnlamea, gamester's gal 
Wbat tyrants and iMr aabjects interwisb, 
What plants, minę, beaals, fowl, fitb, 
Can contribttte, all iii, wbiob all 
Prophets or poeta ^pake ; aad all, whicb sbi 
B* aaiiea'^ In scbedoles unta Ibis by me, 
FaU-ontbatnum) for if it be a sbę. 
Naturę befoine band batb out-carsed me. 


Smca boifffi my ]opfr-stray'd eyes to me, 
Whicb, ob ! too long bave dwelt on thee ; 
Bai if they there ba^e leara'd aucb ilł, 
8ach forc'd fashiona 
And folsepassions, 
Tbat they be 
Fit forno good sigbt, keep tbem stiU. 

Send home my ł^^mless beart again, 
Whicb ao uawoctby tboa^tcould stain ; 
Bot if it bc^ taugbt by tbine 
To make jestings 

Of pfotestingSi 
And break both 
Word and oatb, 
Keep it still, 't is aone of mine. 

Yet send me back my beart and eyes^ 
Tbat I may kaow iod see tby liea^ 
And may iaugb and joy, wbea tbou 
And dost langoisb 
For some one, 
Tbat wiA nonę, 
Or proye as fokę as tbou dost now. 



T n tha yasi^ msdttigtat, aad H is the day s, 
Łbm^ wfao^aoarae aaaen Iwan heiielf uamasks ^ 

Tkt 9m h tft m^ waSfmam Us iaskr' 
- 8andfortbiigbfiydbi^aD0SM>int»ayi; 


I nx mine eye on tbine, a^d thera 

Jfity my pktme boniing in tbioe.«3re» 
My pictare drown'd in a tianąMuent taar^ 
' Whaa I knk lower» I espy$ 

Hadst tbou tbe wicked skill. 
By pictures madę and man^d, to kill ; 
Howmany ways mighfst tboa perform tby will ! 

But now I 've dmnk Łby sweet sak tean^ 
And tboogh tboa ponr morar I 'U depart I 

My pietDie Tarnsbed* taiMib ałl foan, 
Tbat I oan ba endamag^d by tbat art & 
• Thoaghltoaralainafnia 

One picture ntore, yafctiiat will ba,- • 

Being in tbme*o»n bewt, frant ałlmalice free. 



THE BAir. 

CoMB, ljve wjth ne, and be my \xntt 
nd we will some new pleasures proYe 
Of golden sands, and crytial brookiy 
Witii Bilken lines and siIver.hookfl« 

There will the riTer wbispYiog ran, 
Wann'd by tbioe eyes morę than the Sun: 
And there th* enamour^d fish w^U play, 
Beifging themsdyes ibey may betray. 

Wben tboa wilt swim in tbat !ive bath, 
'^ch 6sh, which every cbannel hatbj 
Will amorously to thec swim* 
Gladder to catcb thee, than tboa hiob 

If thou to be 80 seen ait loath 
By San or Moon, thoc darken*8t botby 
And tf myself have leare to see, 
I need not their light, ha^ing tboe. 

Let othen freeze witb angiing weds. 
And ctit their legs witb shellii and weed% 
Or treacherously poor flfih beset, 
With strangling snare, orwinding net: 

Let coarse bold hands finom slimy nett 
The bedded fish in banka out^wrest, 
Or curidas timiton liem^ fllk Hies* 
Bewitch poor fishes' wand'rii^ eyes : 

For thee, thon need^st no sucb deceit» 
For tbou tbyself art thine own bait ; 
That fish, tbat is not catcfa'd thereby, 
Alas! JiYiMrAirthanL 


Whdi by tby scorn, O nraid^ress, I am dead. 

And thon sbalt iStkmt tbee free 
Of all solicitstion firom me, 
Then sbaH my gbost come to tby bed. 
And tbee fBign*d vestał m irorse arms sball see ; 
Tb^ tby sick taper will begin to wink, 
And be, wbose tbou ait, being tiKd before. 
Will, if tbou ttir, bfe* płrfc% to Irake him, think 

Thon caU*st for morę. 
And in a hką tlaep ey en from tbee shnpk. 
And then, poor aspen wretcb, negleoted thon 
Bath'd in a oold ąnicksilyer sweal wilt lin 

A Terier gbost t)ian 1 1 
Wbat I wilt say, I wUl not tell tbee now, 
Lesttbatpresenratiieet andsinoamykńroigspent, 
T 'd ratber tbou shoBkł^painfally repen^ 
Than by my tlueatnings rest still innocent* 



H> is stark mad« wboerer aayi 
Tbat be hatb been in loTe an hour, 

Yet not tbat kn^ so bgoh deeays^ 
But tfaat it caU teo in !«• wfmot derom | 

Wbo will bel»evQ 1M» if I s«Piar 
Thai I baTe bad tb6 plagne a jmr ? 
Who wouid not lai^«t me, if IśbfuM 
1 saw a iaghtof pomier Unra m 4ay ł 

Ab! wbat a iarifle !••& bMTt^ 

If once tnto I«Te'f banda ii oona 1 
All other gńeis alloy a port 

To other grieft, and aik themselyea bni ioine. 
They come to-us, but ns Lorę drawi^ 
He swallows us and ne?er chawi i 

"By bim, as by chain^d shot, whole ranks do diej 

He is the tyrant pike^ and we tbe fry. 

If 't were not ao, wbat did become 

Of my heait, wben I first saw tbee? 
I brougbt a beart imo the room. 

But finom Łhe room I carried nonę with me : 
Tf it bad gone to tbee, I know 
Minę would bare taugbt thine beart to show 

Morę pity unto me: but Łofv«, alas, 

At one first Uow did abiver it as glass. 

Yet nothing oao to notbmg fali. 

Nor any place be empŁy lioite^ 
Therefore I think my bieot batli all 

Those pieces still, tbowgfa tbey do Mt uaite : 
And now as broken glawas abow 
A bundred laser faces, so 

My rag« of bcact can like, with, •nd adora^ 
But after one s&cb lorę can loTe no nMPt* 



As Tirtuons men pass mildly away, 

And whisper tó tlieir souls to go, 
Wbilst some of their sad friends do say, 

« Now his breath goes," and some say, f* No;^ 

So let us melt, and make no noise* 
No tear-floods, nor ńgb-tempesU mon^ 

'T were profiuaation of our joys 
To tell the laity our iove. 

Moring of th* Earth bringi barms and feara. 
Men reckon wbat ifdid, flod meknt ) 

But trepidation of the spberei, 
Hiougb greatcr far, is inoocent 

Duli sublunary k>Tera' lorę * 
(Wbose soni te aedte) asnnot admłt 

Of abaence, 'cansć it doth remore 
The tbing wbicb^elemented it 

But we by a Iotc so far refin'd, 

Tbat ourselves koow not what it is» 
later-assured of the mincf , 

Caiel^ eyes, lips, and hąnds, to miss. 

Our two soulf therefore, whiob are <um^ 
Tbougb I must fgo^ ^fdure noi yet 

A breach, but anexpansio^ 
lika gold 




)f Ihey be two» tiiey SM Uro ■» ^ 

Aś stiff Vm comęmmn aie Un, 
Jhy ionl,\te fiz'd Ibgt, jnakcs m 4iQ«r 

To moTe^ bai4oUi» tf tb' «tlMr da 



And tboogb it in tb« oMlie ń^ 
Yet whcn tbe oUwr te dotb rotag 

It leuM and bmk«iif aAcr it, 
And gfow cncty ■§ tbsi oohms bo' 

Soeb wilt tboD be to me, wbo mii8t» 
Like tb' otber foot, obliqaely ran, 

Thy fimmeiB nakes my cłrde jost, 
Aad makci me eod where I begao. 


Wam, like a pilknw od a bed, 

A p fe gwyt bank welN up, to teit 
Tbe Yicdet' Aeiiabig htmó^ 

Sat wulV\iin «Mitbei% bum^ >- 
Our baadt ^em flrmly eemótted 

By * fiut balm» vbieh tiMBoadid spring, 
Our eye-bearai tńted, and did tbread 
'- OnrcywpoaeoedcMibleMiiiif: 
SotoCBgM^Mtbandaaayiab ^ 

Wm all tbe meani to make os ooe, / 
^Asd pictarei m ooreyet to fet 

^ 'twixt tVO ^ual aemies &te 

Sfttpends nnceitain Tłctory, < 
Oar soalt (wbicb, to adtance adr rtate, 

Werę gooe out) bnag 'twiact ber and me. 
Aad whiliŁ oor ^uU negotiate there. 

We iike eeiialcbral statuet lay, 
AU day tbe same our pofitnret #ere. 

And we laid nothiog all tbe day/— "^ 
If aay, so b^ lorę retfh^d, 

Tbat be muIs* langnage nnderstood, 
And by good lof e were ^rown all mind, 

Witiiia couTenient distance fteod, 
He (tbaugb be knew not wbicb aoul spake, 

Became botb meant, botii spake, tbe same) 
Migbt tbence a new concoction take. 

And part far parer than he came. 
TkÓM ectnmj doth aaperpłeK 

(We said) and toll os wbai we ]ove^ 
We teeby tbis, it was not fgy^ 

We see, we mw not wbat did move : 
Bot as all seTeral souls cootain 

Mistnre of tbings tbey know not wbat, 
Łore tbese mix'd sonhi doth mix again, 

And makes both one, eacb tbis and tbat. 
A single Tiolet transplant, 

Tbe strengtb, tbe colour, and tbe siae 
(All wbłcb beftnre-was poor and scant) 

Redooble* still and mnltiplies. 
Wben love witb one another so 

loterani^nates twp sonh, 
Tbat abler sool, wbicb theiyse dotb llow» 

DefeclB of loweliness controls. 
^frir vb^ •>• ^bis new soul, know, 

Of wbat we are eempes^d aad madę : 
For tbe atoof^ ef wbicb we grow, 

Aie MMily wbom m ohange ^^ bifade* 

Bot, O, alas ! so loog, so fSur . 

Our bodies-wby do .#e foibear ? 
Tbey are oon, tnoagh not we, we are 

Tb* intelligCMes^ tbey tbe sphaMsr^— 
WeowetbenklhaaksbeoaiBsetfaey thoa . 

Did ns to us «t fint eootoy, - y -. . 

rielded tbeir maili fsmw totis, > ^ 

Nor are dross to na, bat allay. 
On man HeaTanfa inftoenoa woriw not se^- 

But tbat it first imprims tbe air, 
Por sool intotfai aottl may fllew^ 

Tbongh it to body fint Mpair« 
As our blood labonrs to beget 

Spirits, as IMee aools ąs it ean, 
Becaose sncb Attgien need to kidt 

Tbat subtla koot, wbicb makea aa naa ; 
So must porę lor^ sools defecend 

V affections and to faculties, 
Wbicb sense may reacb and apprebendy 

Elsę a great prince in prison ues^ ' ■" * 
P our bodies tura we tb^, and so 

Weak men on lorę Mteal^d may lodk | 
l0ve*8 mysteries in souls do grow. 

But yet the body isjMff book ; ^-^-^ ^ 
And if some lover, ąacb as we, 

Hare heard this dialogue of o^, 
Let bim still mark os, be diall see ^V^< 

Smałl ebangCy wben we 're to bodies gruwn. 



I LOKU to talk witb some old ]over'a gbost, 

Wbo 4y'd before the god of love was bom : 

I cannot tbink tbat be« wbo then lorM most, ^ 

Sunk so Iow, as to lorę one whicb did sooni. 

But sińce this god prodnc'd a destiny. 

And tbat yice>nature custom lets it be ; 

I must lóve ber- tbat 1oves not me. * 

Surę they, wbich madę bim god, meant not so mucb. 

Nor he in his young godhead praclisM it 

But when an even flame two hearts did tooch,. 

His offlce^was iadulgently to fit 

Actives to passives, correspondency 

Only bis subject was ; it caiiaot be 

LoTe, till I loTc ber that k)ves me. 

But every modem god w(ll fiow eAend 
His Yast prerogatiy^ ai (br as Jo«e, 
To ragę, to lust, to writwto, to ca i nmand, 
AU is the puriieu of the god of lam. 
Ob, weie we wakenM by tbis tjnranay 
T> imgod this cbiM agaitt, it oonid not ba 
I sfaould lofa ber, wbo toms not me^ 

Rebel and atheist too, wby murmur I 
As thougb I felt the worst that Love oould do? 
Łove may noake me leaTe loving, or migbt try 
A deeper plague, to make ber lorę me too, 
Wbicb, sińce she loyes before, I 'm loatb to see; 
Falsehood is worse than hate } aad tbat must be^ 
If die wbom 1 k>ve should kiTc me. 





To whaŁ a eumbanome ungifiliimaw 
And bortlMMMu cogpukmce my lo?0 had 

But thai 1 dłd, to ipake lilen, 

And keep it in proportkm, 
GiTo it a diety mada it faed npoiw 
That whicłi ]ove wont endoret, ditcratkii. 

Above one si^ a-day I aUow^d him not, 
Of which my fortnna and my fimits tod part; 
And if eometimei by ttealth be got 
A sbe-Bigb hem. my njiitrem' bcart. 
And tbougbt to feact on that, I łetbim eee 
T was MKtber Tery aound, nor meaot toma* 

If he wnmg firom me a tear, I briii*d it so ' 

With scorn or sbame, that bim it nourishM not; • 
If he 8aćk*d ber% I let him knov 
1* was not a tear which he had got 

Ifis drink vas coanterfeit, aa was hif meat ; 

Her eyes, which rpU towards all« weep not, but sweat 

Wbaterer she woold dictate, I writ that. 
Bat buint my lettars, which sbe writ to me ; 
And if that fiiTour madę him fot, 
Imid, "Ifany titlebe 
I CooTeyM by this, ah ! what doth it ayail 
\ To be the fortieth man inan entail ?" 

\Thu8 I reclaimM my bnzzard lo^e to fly 
At what, and when, and how, and where I cbose ; 

Now negligent of sport \ lie. 

And now, as other ralc^ners use, 
I spring a mistress, swear, write, sigh, and weep, 
And the gamę UlPd, or lott, go talk or sleep. 


Bbvobi i sign my iast gasp, let me breathe, 
Oreat Love, some legacics ; I here bequeath 
Mina eyes to Argos, if minę eyes can see ; 
U they beblłnd, then, Love, I gire thrm tbee; 
My toogue to Famę; t' ambassadors mtne eari ; 

To women, or the sea, my tears ; 

Thou, Ldyo, hast taught me beretofore 
- By making me love her who 'd twenty morc, 
That I sbould gtve to noQe, but such as had too 
mocb betbre. 

My eoDstane^ I to tls^ plantts giva; 
My trutb to thcm who at the coort do Irre; 
Minę ingenaity and openneiB 
To Jesutts ; to bolbons my penńnauiBS; 
My silenee t' any who abroad kave beta ; 
My money to a capnehin. 
Thou, Lorę, taogh^st me, by appointing me 
To lo?e there, where no lorę receiy'd can be, 
Only to giTe to such as ha^e no good capacity. 

My fiuth I giye to Roman Catholios; 
AU my good woilw unto the schismatici 
Of Alnsterdam; my best eiriUty 
And oonrtship to an nniTenity : 
My modesty I gi^e to soldiers bar& 

My patienoe let gamesters sfaavek 
Tbon, Lora, taoghfst me, by mikiig me 
Lorę ber, that holds my loya dlsparity, 
Only to gire to tboM thatetimt my gifb ttdIliMty. 

I gi^e my reputation to those 
Which were my firieods; miae indostry to Ibes : 
To scboolmta I beąoeath my doobtfiilncas ; 
My sacknem to pbymeiaas, or esoem ; 
To Natumall that I ib rhyme baie wiitj 
And to my €olnpaaiy my ^t. 
Thon, Ło^B, by oHdńig mradare 
H«r, wbo begot tkia hm» m ma befon^ 
Tanghfst nm to make, as thaagh l.g«ra»filieDldo 

To him, ibr whom the paming-bell ńezt tolls, 
I gire my physic books ; my wrttten it)lls 
Of morał coufkaels I toBedlam glye: 
My braaen medali, unto them wbich 1ive 
In want of bread ; to. them, which pass among 
AU foreigners, mioe Engtisb tongue. 
Thou, Lo^e, by majci^g me 1ove one, 
Wbo thinks her friendship a fit portion 
For younger loveri, dost my gifU thiis d isp itipdr - 

Therefora 1 11 gif<e •» mora, bot I Ml ondo 
The world by dying ; baoaasa l4ive daaa4D0. 
Tben all your beantkaiwiUba no morę ipoith 
Than gold in mines, where Doaadokbdimwit Ibrtfa ; 
And allyonr gmaes na siara usa<ahall Jhaine^ * 
Than a suft-dial ńi « grave. 
Thou, Łore, taogbt*st me, by making me 
Lorę her, wbo dotb-oeglaoft bolli m*«ii4il»e, 
T iuTeat and«prBatiaalbi»<ma «ayv t^anmbilila all 



. >••>». 



Wnosraa comes to sbrond me, do not harm ',' \ 

Nor question much 
That subtle wreaih of bair abont m{ne arm ';* ' 
Thd msrstery, the sign, you most not toodi, ' 

For t is my ontwatd souY, 
Yiceroy to that, which unto Hea^^i b^ng gooe. 

Will leave this to coutrol, ' 
And keep thesc limbs, her prcMnces, from ^R«olu- 



For if the sinewy thread my brain lets fali 

Through eyery pait, 
Can tie tbode parts, and make me one of all ; 
Tbose haire, which upward grow, and strength and 

HaTO from a befcter braim 
Can better do 't : eacept she meant that I 

By this should know my pain, 
As prjsoners then are manacl'i^ whan th^y 'ra ooo- 
demn'd to diew 


ite'er she maaat by 't, bmry k with me. 

For Since lam" 
LoTe*s martyr, it might bread Molatiy, 
If into other bands tbase rriies eame.' 

As 't was humility 
Tafibrd to it all that aaoal eaa d<^| 

So 't is some bm^ery, 
That^ sinee yeairoald bate mma of me, I baty some 




Łrms thmkM thoo, poor ilower, 
WlMnn I hK9t wmtcb'd sU or seven days. 
And Meo Ihy Wrtlit«n* •«» włi«t «?cry hcmr 
GaTe to thy.gvo#th» tbae ta this keight to nifle, 
Aod now doit teo^ and triufliph od tliis bongh, 

That H vin ft«eze anon, and that I ihall 
T6 monow fiod theeiairn, ornot at alL 

Lłttle tlimk*9t tbou (poor heart, 

That labourest yet to nestle tbee. 
And tłuDk*8Ł by hoTering berę to get a part 
In a forbiddeD or forbidding tree. 
And hop'st ber etifibem by loog aiege to bowt) 

Ijttle tbink*st thoa, 
Tbat tboa to morrow, ere tbe Son dotb wake. 
Most witb this Son and me a joarney take. 


But thoo, wbicb lo^^st to be 

Salytle to jrfagne thyself, will ny, 
<' Alas! 'rf yoQnMMtgo,«k«t'stbattoiiie? 
Herę liei my buskwM, and berę I will stay : 
Yott go to ffiendi, wfaoie loYoand means preaeDt 

Ymioos cootent 
To yonreyei, eari, and taste, and erery pait, 
If thea your body go, what need your beart >'* 

W^flj tben» itay berę: bot know, 
^Hi^ tiKm basi itaid aaddonethy most, 

A naked tbhiktDg heait, that makes no ihow, 

Is to a woman%ut a kiod of ghoftt ; 

How tball she know my beart; or, ha^ing nonę, 
Know tbee for one ? 

Pmctice may make ber know wme other part. 

Bot, take my wocd, ahe d^ nol ki^ow a beart. 

HeeŁ me «t London thea - 

Twenty days bence, and thou sbalt see 
Me fresber ai»d morę ftt, by being wHb men, 
Than « I bad Btaid sUll with ber and tbee. 
For Qod*s sake, if yuu can, be you so too: 

I win głye you 
Tbere to anoŁber friend, wbom yon sball find 
As my body as my mind. 



wHicn rr u cnVATS. 

Uroii this p r htt roee btłl, 

(Wtaele^ Hear'n would distill 
A diowcT of rafai, eteb seteral drop i&tgbt ^ 
TS bk owirpflinroie, and grow manna so j 
And wbere t^ieiiifbnn and their infinitie 

Make a tei^^stria] gallaacie, 
* Aa tbe smali stan do in tbe sky). 

I walk to find atmekurct; and I see 
lliat t is noC a mera wcnfeifi, that is she^ 
Bot most or raonTot less tban womaa be. 

Yet k^non J md^ wbicb floirer 

Iwisb, asix,or fioor; . , 
For shoaldmy tr«a4oYei«fls tbao woman be, 
She wcre scąjrae any thingj ml.tbm sboald.die 

Be morę than woman, she would get above . 
Ali thoogbt of SGK, and tbink tomowe 
My heart to study ber, and not to loTe ; 
Both these were monsters; sinoe tbere most i^side 
Falsebood in wotnan, I ceaM morę abide^ 
She were by art than Natnre lUsify^d. 

Iive, primrosć, then, aod^thriTe 

With thy tnie nnmber fiTe ; 
And women, wbom this flower dódi r c prescu t ^ 
With this myslerions number be eontent; 
Ten is tbe fnrtbest nnmber, if half ten 

Belongs noto each woman, then - 

Each woman may take half ns men r. 
Or if this will not seire tbeir tam, sinoe all 
Nnmbeff are edd or eren, sinoe thc^IbU 
First into fire^ women may take ns ąll. .^ 


Whbm my graTe is broke up again 

Some second gnest to entertatn, 

(For graves have'learn'd tbat woman-heaJ, 

To be to morę than one a bed) 

And be that digs it, spies 
A bracelet of bright hair about the bonę. 

Will be not let ns alone, u 
And tbink that tbere a łoving eoople lies^ 
Who tbought tbat this deTice might be some way 
To make their souls, at the last bosy day, 
Meet at this graye, and makf 9 1 ittle stay f 

If this fiill in a time, or land, 
Where m8ss-devotion dotb oommand, 
Then be tbat digs ns np, will bring 
Us- to the bishop, or the king, 
Tomakeu8re]iques; then 
Tboo shalt be a Mary Magdalen, and I 

A sometbing else thereby ; 
All women sball adore ns, and some men | 
Aud sińce at such time miracles are soogbt, 
I would baYe that age by this paper tacfgbt 
What miracles we luurmless loren wroaght. 

First we lov'd well and faithinlly, 
Yet knew not i^hat we low^d, nor wby i 
DiflTrence of sex we neTer knew. 
No morę than guardiaa angels do j 
Goming and gotng we 
Perchance might kist, bot yet between those meałs 

Onr bands ne^er touoh*d tbe seals, 
Wbicb Naturę, injnr>d by late law, set fi^ : 
These miradet we did; b«it now, alas ! 
All measure^and all laagnaga I tbouM pass, 
Shoold I tell what a mhaele she iMn. ' 



laan I am dead, and doctors know not wby, 
Andmy fiiiiids' onriońty 
Will have me cnt up, to sorvey each part. 
And they sball StoA your pietnre in minę beart ; 
You tbink a sndden damp of łore 
WiU throogb all their senses morę. 
And work on them as me^ and so prefer 
YoMr muider to tbe same of numacre. * : 

Pioor Yktante ! bat if yod dare be brmre, 
And pieatiire in the oofli|ottt bawe, 
Tirtt luli th' eDortaons giant, your Ditdaiiiy 
And let tfa' «nohantres8 Hoapor not be tUiiii ; 
And llfce a eoHŁ or Yandal rfoa, 
Deface records and hiatotfiM 
Of yoar own acta and triumpfaB ov0r ni«n : 
And withont soch ad^anti^ kill me tfaen. 


For I«oald miufter np, as weD as yen, 
My giaiits and my witebes too, 
Which are ^aat Goostanoy, and^Seeratnesrfy 
Bat these I ntiitiker Jookr for nor profess. 
KłU me as woroan ; let medie 
As a merę man ; do yon bot try 
Your passive mloiir, andyen 8hall<find tboi 
Kaked yon .'re odda enot^ ot wuf 


mE laissoLUTioy. 

Shs 's dead^ and aU; wbkh die. 
To their first elements resolye ; 
Aad we were mutoal ełements *o us^ 
Aod madę of one anolher. 
My body then doth her^s inToWe, 
And those things» whei^f I consistr hereby 
In me abiindant grow.and burthejioas. 
And nomrish noi; but smoiher. 
My 6re of passion, sighs oF air, 
Water of Uars, and earthy sad despair, 

Which my materiats be, 
(Bat near wom out by love*s security) 
She^ to my loss, dotb by ber death repair; ' 
And I migbt iive long wretched so, 
Bnt tbat my fire doth with my fuel grow. 
Kow as tbose active kin^, 
Wbose foretgtt coDquest treasnre brings, 
Receive mom, aod śpepd morę. and soonest break, 
This (wbicb I 'm aiiia8'd that 1 can mak) 
This death hatb with my %t6re 
My noe inef!Baa'd. 
And so D>y soul, morę eamesjtly ndeas^d. 
Will outsuip ber'8: as bullets tUmn befora 
A later bnllet may o'ertake, tbe powder%eing more.^ 

mGAisw wrs. 


I t 

, Tbov art ix*aD Wack aa my beart. 
Kor half so biittla aa ber heantlKta mt; 
Wbat woold'st tbo« say ? sbaUbothourproperties 
by thee be tp^ke > 
Kotfamg morę endlesi^ ńbthiDg acwMr broke. 

Marriage tmga aro not of^is ttoff; 

Oh !t why shoold an^lest precions, or less tongh, 

Tignre oor lo^es ? ^^4ii iu thy name thoa harc 

Wdltfaty,^ 'f ' {m*away.»» 

« I 'm cbeap^ and «o«g«t bot ftshkHH flW 

Yct slay wHh me, sińce thon ait oome. 

Orcie tłiis ing«i^s top, irhliA M'M1ier tbnmb : 

Be jnsUy proitd^ ^nd gMly mfii^thit thon dost 

dweltwiAiiie^ K " "- " mee. 

fihe that, ohl^bMU b# lihkijiwMttfmi bt«^ 


I MBTfla stoop*d ąo hnr aa .they» 
Which on «n eye, cheek^ lip, can preyj 
Saldom to tbem, whicb aoar \i^ bigb«r 
lluui Tirtneor tbe miód t' admire ; 
Tor seose and undeaKandiąg jaay 

Know what giTesrael to their firt: 
My loTe,)tboagh sifly^ ts mo^ bravs^ , 
For may I misa,«benc^er I ccajr^ 
If I know yet what I would bare. . 

If tbat be simply perfectest, 
Wbiph can by no means be express'd 

Bnt ne^tives, my luve is so. 

To all which all k)ve, I say £(o. 
If any, who deciphen best, 

What we know not (ourseli»s} can know^ 
Let him taach me that notbjog* Tom 
As yet my eąse and comfort is, 
Thongh 1 speed not, I oanootmiBSi 


, Taki bead of lóńng me, 
At lesst remember, ł forbad it thee ; 
Not that I shail repair my nnthrifty waśift 
Of breath and jbiifiwL npon thy sighs and t eą i Ł 
By being 40 theeSoi what to me thou ^tftBt^- 
But ąo great jey p ur life at once ontwears: 
Then lest th}^!^ by my d^th fhistrate b^ 
[f Ihou lov<B me, take heed of lorinc me. 

Take haod of batbg me, 
Or too much triumpb fai the Tidoiy | 
Not that I shall be minę own oifićer. 
And hate with bate again retaiiate: 
But thon wiLt lose tbe style of conąuefOTj 
If I, thy conquest, perish by thy hate: 
Then, lest my being notbing lessen thee, 
If thon bata me, take heed of h^tii^. me^ ^ 

I • 

Yet love and bate me too, 
So these estremes shall ne*i^ thcir ofilce do ; 
Love me, that I may die the g«ntlet- way t ' 
Hate me, becanse thy lorę *s too great for me : 
Or let these two thematlyes^ not m€; decay^ 
So shall I live thy stage, not trinmph be c 
llien lest thy knre thon hate, and me undo^ 
O lei me Iwe, yet hoe and hate me Uń, * 



So» go break off this Tast lamenting khs, 
Which sucks two sonls, and fapoars both away. 

Tom thon, gbost, tbat way, and let ińń tdm tfahi. 
And let ourselves beoigfat onr happiest day^ 

As ask nonę leaye to love ; nOf tiitt we owe 
Any so ćheab a deAth,'as teymg, Gn t 

Go; andifllUttfiM«fa«veaot^idt*lBlU'dthe^ 
Ease me with death, by biddln^ me go toa 

Or if it have, let my woid wotk <m tte^« 
AndajostoAoeod«fM«fttfierte ^ ^ 

Eieeptttbetoolatet»kill«e#Bv • 

JMDg OOMM IKM, gW^i tBMi BHMOIgf vat 





FWoM my fint twenty yeai^i/^hice yesterday; 
I Bcarce beK^d thou oonld^St be goiie awfty, 
For forty morę 1 fN im fitronrs past, [last 

And forty oo hopes, that thou would*st ttiey mig^ht 
Tears drowoM ouebmidred, and ń^hs b!ew outtwo; 
A tboannd 1 did neith«r thhik, nor do, 
Ot not dińde, aTl be!ng one thoQg;ht of yoa : 
Or in a tfaoaaand norę fbrgot that toa 
Yet cali not tbis km^ life ; bui ^mk, that I 
AlB» by being dead, immortal : cao ghosts die? 


Mq \cm!t saitb, 1 1ove» nor My. other 

Gan judge a pórfoct lover ^ 
He tfainks that els« nonę can or will ągree, 

That any Ioves but he : 
I camioi say I Wd, fot wbo can say 

He was killM yesterday : 
lote with exces& of baaiL norr yoong than old ; 

Death kilts with too much cołd ; 
We die but once, and wbo lov'd laat did die, 

He tbatsakb twitfe^.dptb lie : 
For tbiM|gbbo-«tflaaio w^e, and stlr awhilę, 

M doth Ibe sente bąguile. 
Soch life ia Uhe the ligbtr wbich bideth yet» 

Wbąa the life's light is set; 
Or likc th^.beat,' wbich fire in solid matter 

Le%?^ befaiad two boOrs after. 
Onoe I b7'd and dy'd ; and am now beoome 

Mtne epitapb aiid tannb. 
Herę dead men speak their łast, and lo do I; 

Iove-sUuĘih lo, b^rc I die* 


SOKO. ' 

SoiJŁV3oy, now I am gon«,' 
And you alonB» 
(Wbich canoot be» 
Sincę.I mnst lepąf mysell with thee. 
And carry thee with me) 
, Yet wben nnto oju eyes 
Abśeace denles 
And makes tQ us a constant night, 
Wben otbert change tą light ^ 
O gire^na way to grief. 
But let belief 

Of ^Htoal ]ove, 
Tbis woniler to the Yulgar pror^ 
Oor bQdi«9|» not we, move* 

. Le$, mttby wit beweep, 

Wc^nds,, bot ^nse deep ; 
For wben we miss 
By distance oor hopes jpisting bliss, 
Even then oar souls sbalt kiss: 
Footo b«ve no meana to neet, 

Whythofdd.«iff€lay • 
Over onr^pśótSM* Kuch sway^ 

To tie u» lo>tlMl'Wa^ ł - - • 

Pamewell to IjOVE. 

WłłUT yet to prore 
I thooght tbere was soroe deity in lo¥e, 

So did I revereBce, and ga^ve 
Worsfaip, as atbeists at their dyiog bour 
Cali, what tbey cannot aane, «n nuknowAp^ywer* 

As ignorantly did I cra^e: 
Thtts wben 
Tbings not yet known are coveted by tam, 

Our desiiea give them fashion, and so^ 
As they was kwer, fali, as tbey sise giow*. 

But from late fair 
His higbiKss (sitting in a golden <Aair) 

Is not less ear*-d for aller three days 
By children, than the tbuig, which loven so 
Blindly admire, and with such worsbip woo : 

Being bad, ei^ying it decays ; 
And tpusnce, 
What before pleasM them alł, takes but one sente^ 

And that so lamely, as it leares behindi 
A kfaid of sorrowing dullness to tbe nund. 

Ab! cannot we, 
As well as cocks and lions, jocnnd be 

After such pleaSures ? nnless wise 
Naturę decrecAl (sińce each such act, they say, 
Dimioisbeth the length <^ life a day) 

Tbis; as she would man should despise 
The sport, 
Because that o&er curse of being sbort. 

And only for a minutę madę to be 
Eager, desn«s tO raise posterity. 

Since so, my mind 
Shalł not deshie what no man eUe can find, 

I *J1 no morę dote and run 
To purtfue tbings, which had endamag*d me. 
And wben I come whcre moTing beaoties be, 

As men do, when the summer Sun 
Grows great, 
Though I admire their greatness, shun their beat; 

Each place cao afford shadows. Hall fail, 
T is but spplying worm-seed to the tait 



DiAa lorę, continna oice «Mid cfaaste. 
For if yon yield, yoo do me wrong^ ' 

Letdutlerwitstofowe^tendbailCb > 
I bare enough to woo thee loqg*> 

Ali pain and joy is in their way; 
The things we fetir brin^ lass aiaiay - 
Than feaf, and hope bnogs greater joy : 

But in tbemśelyea l^ey-oaaa»t stay. 

Smali fairours wolimy prąydl^ inereace t^- 
Granting my suit, you give ine all ; ^ 

And th^^n ipy prayers.must needs surcea^e, 
For I hare madę your godhead foli. 

BsMts^cann^ 9rtt ifor,,bca))ty see^ • 
Tbey mąn^s afiections only moire? 
Beasts other sports of to«0 do pni¥% 

jWi^bOl4ter|fe«lii}g^tUnifMrr - 



Then, Łoye, pioiong my saiC'; lor thu 
^ Bjclowis sport, I Bport do wiiu jc» « -■« " '^ 
And that doth Tirtne prore in na, 
Whtcb erer yet batb been a lin. 

My comiog^ near may spy flome ill, 
And now the world is gTv'n to scoff : 
To keep my lorę (then) ke6p me ijff, 

And w> I shall admire tbee ttill. • 

Say, I bavemade a perfect choice; 

Satiety oars^es may kill ; 
Tben giYe mc bat tby face and ▼oiee, 

Miae eye and ear tbou canst not fili. 

To make ma ńeb, ok ! be not poor, 
Giire me not alt, yet lometkmg leodi 
So I thałl fltłll my suit coimmend. 

And at your win do less or morę. > 
Bat if to all you oaodescend. 
My lo^ę, oor sport, yoor godbead ood. 

» y 



Stahd ttUU and I will rcad to tbee <. 
A lecture, lot^e, in love'8 pbilosopby. 

These three bours, tbat we ba^e spent 

Walking berę, to shadows went 
AJong witb os, wbich we ouńelres prodac*d ; 
But now the San is j«st above our beąd. 
We do tbose sbadows tread : 
And to braTe cleanMM aU tbinga are redu€'d. 

So wbiist oar infant Iove8 did grow, 

Di^ułses did and sbadows iSow 

Frbai us and our carat t but now 't is not so. 

Tbat love batb not attatnM the bigb^st degree, 
Wbiob is still diligent lest otbers see ; 
Except our Iove8 at this noon stay. 
We sball new shadows make the otber way. 
As the flrst were madę to blind 
Otbers ; these, whicb come bebind. 
Will work upon ourseWes, and blind our eyes. 
If our lOTe^s faint, and westwardly deciine j 
To me thou folsely thine, 
And I to tbee mino actions sball disgaise* 
The mondng sbadows wear away. 
But tbese grow longer all the day : 
But ob ! love's day is short, if loye decay. 

LoYe is a growiag, or fiill oonstant light; 
And bis ibort minule, alter nooo, is nigbt. 



BoTH robb'd of air, we bgtb Ue m one ground, 
Both wbom one fire had bamt, one water drownU 


Two by tbemseltet eacb otber fofe and lear, 
Slain, crael friends by parting baire Mia*d berę. 


Br cbi|dren's birth and deatb I am beoome 
So dry, tbat I am now minę own sad tomb. 


'OoT of a fired ship, which by no way 
But drowning couJd be re8cu'd from the flame, 
Some men leap^d forth, and ever as they <»ifne 
Near the foe's ships, did by tbeir shot decay : 
So all were lost which in the ship were found, 
They in tbe sea being burat, they in the bumtabip 


UMsaa an under-min'd and shot-łmiis^d wali, 
A too botd captun perisb'd by tbe liedl, 
Wbose brave misfortnne bapphest nien enTyM» 
Hiat bad a tower for tomb bis bones to hide 


'' I AM anable," yooder beggar cries, 

<< To stand or meve ;" if be say trne. btfJi)^. " ' 

► r 


Youa mistress^ that yoa follow wliorei, stiU taseth 

Tisstrange.thatshesboukłthttsconfesslt, tbough^t 

be troe. 

> • 


Tar sins and hairs may no man eqaal oril; 
For as tby sins increase, tby bairs do HiL 


Ir in bis study be hath io mneb care 

To hang alt old strange things,' let his wtfebewtfre. 


Tkir father all from tbee, by his last will, 
Gare to tbe poor ; thou hast good title still. 


Tby flattering picture, Phryne^ *s like to thee 
Only in this, that yoa bot£i pamted be. 


PtiiŁO witb tweWe years itndy batb been grier^d 
To b' understood, wbaa will be ba belieT^d } 

Kloćkius so deeply bath swom ne^er mora to co»a 
In bawdy booia, Jtkat ba daiis not flo borne. 




TfBT this man gelded Martial, I amuse ; 

Sicept himself alone his tricks would use, 

Jm Cath'riDe, for the coart's sake, put down sŁei^s. 


lat, E9op'ft fellow-daYes, O Mercury, 
Whtcb could do all thmg8> thy fUth is ; and I 
like £sop's self, whićh nothing ; I confets, 
I abouSd baye had tnore fiaitfa, if tboo had'8Ł lets; 
Tby credit lost tby credit s 't is sin to do, 
Ib tbis case, as tboa would'st be done unio, 
TobdiereaU: cbange tby name $ tbonaitltke 
Mercury m stealing , but liest like a Oreek. 

Ompanoii io tbe worid again is bred : 
Balphiuis is sick, tbe broker keepe his bedL 




FoKD womuh wl^ich ivould'stbave tby husbauddie, 

Aad yet comp1aiD'8t of his great jealousy : « 

If nrobi witb poisoD be lay aa 's last bed, 

His body with a serecloth coyered, 

DrmYiiig his breatb. as tbiek and ahort as can 

ThffiiiinUosi ciochefting rausician, 

Ready witb loathsome Yomitlng to spew 

H]S99t4 oat of one Heli iota a. new, 

If ade deaf with bis poor kiiidred'8 bowling cries, 

Begging witb fiew feign'd tean great legacies, 

Tbou wouId*st not weep, but jolly and firolic be, 

As a slave wbich to morrow sbould be free ; 

Yei weep'st tbou« wben tboo seest bim bungerly 

Swallow bis own death, heart's-baae jeabusy* 

O giYe bim nsany thanks, be *s oourteoos, 

Tfaat in sospecting kindly wameth us; 

We must not, as we Qs*d, Aoot bpenly 

In sooflBng riddies his deformity : 

Nor, at his board togetter beiog sat, 

With words, nor touch, scarce looks adulterate. 

Nor, wben be swoln and pamper*d with high farę 

Sts down and snorts, cag^d in his basket chair, 

MusŁ we usnrp his own bed any morę. 

Nor kisB and play in his house, as before. 

Now do I see my danger j Ibr it is 

His realm, bis casUe, and his diocese. 

Bat if (as envłous men, which would revile 

Tbeir prince, or coin his gold, themselves exile 

loto another country, and do it there) 

We play in anotber*8 house, what sbould we fear ? 

Tbeie włJI we scom his boośebold policies, 

His fllly plots and pensionary spies ; 

Ą^ the inhabitants of Tbames' right side 

Do Loodoo^s ma) or ; or Germans the pope's pride. 



Mifiar, attd kwe thy FkiviA, for she • . • 
Hath all tblngfl, wheraby Q«b«n bęaut«oitfkbt( 

For though her eyes be smali, her mouth is great; 
lliough their^s be iTory, yet herteetfa be jet; 
Though they be dim, yet she is tight enough, 
And thongb her batshhair 's foul,faer skin is rougb ; 
What though her cheeks be yelfow, her hair's red, 
OiTe ber thine, and she hath a maideohead. 
Hiese tbings are ^eauty** elements; where tbese 
Meet in one, tbat one must, as perfect, please^ 
If red and wbite, and eaeh good ąuahty 
fie in thy wencb, iie'er ask where it doth lie. 
In buying tbings perfumM, we aik if there 
Be mnsk and amber in it^ but not where. 
Thongb all her parta be not in th' usual płace- 
Sb' hath yet the anagrams of a good iace. 
If we might pot the letters but one waj^r^ 
In tbat lean dearth of wofds, what conld we say ? 
Wben by the gaurat some mnsicianB make 
Ape^ffectsong; others will undertake, 
"By the same gamut cbang*d, to eq«al it. 
Things simply good caa never be unfit ; 
She 's Ibir as aay, if aU be Itke bor; 
And if nonę be, then she is singular. 
AU love is woDder ; if we jaMy dO 
Account her wonderful, why not 'lorely too ? 
I/)ve built on beauty, soon as beauty, dies ; 
Choose this faee, ohang>d by no defonnities. 
Women are all like angels | tbe fair be 
Like those which fell to wone": but soch as she, 
like to good angeb, nothing can impair: 
T is less grief to be ibtil, than f baye been fair. 
For one nigbt^s revel silk and gold we choow, 
But in long jonmies ck)tb and leather use. 
Beauty is barren oft } best husb«ids say, 
There is best land, where there H ^le^ way. 
Oh, what a so^ereign plaster wiii she be^ 
If thy past sins baye taught tbee jealousy t 
Herę needs no spies nor eunuchs, her commit 
Safe to thy ibes, yea, to a marAosit. 
Like Belgia'8 cities, wben tbe i»untry drowns, / 
Tbat dirty Ibułness guards and arms tbe towns ; 
So doth ber face guard her ; and so for tbee, 
Who, forc*d by business, absent oft must be ; 
Sbe, wbose foce, like clouds, tums the day to nigbt« 
Who^ mightier than the sea, makes Mours seem 

Whom, though seven yearsshe in the stews had laid, 
A nunnery durst receirci and think a maid; 
And though in cfaildbirth^s labour she did lie, 
Midwives would swear t weie but a tympany; 
Vlf bom, if she accose hersolf, I credit less 
Than witches, wbich impossibles confess. 
Obe like nonę, and lik'd of nonę, fittest were ; 
For tbings in fttfhion orery maii will wear. 



Ałthough thy band and faith, afld good works too, 
HkyeaealM thy k>fei, which aotbiog sheuld undo^ 
Yea though tbou ftdl back, tbat apostasy 
Confirms thy love; yet mu^, mnoh'I fear tbee. 
Women are ISiK the arts, forc'd unto nonę, 
Open to all searchers, unprizM if unknown. 
If I hare caoght a bird, and let bim fly, 
Another fowler, nimg those means as I, 
May catch tbe same bird j and as the^e things be, 
Women art ma4e fori^enj not bU9> wr me. 


Foiceg, goats, aad all bentsycliwige whentlMy i^lease, 
Sball womeo, morę liot, wiły, wild, tbaa tfaoe^ 
Be bound to oae mata, aod bid Katme theo 
Idly make tbera ąpter t' endare than men ? 
Tbe^ 're our cłogs, not tbeir ovii ; if a mair be 
ChainM to a galley, yet tbe gałiey 's free. (tbere, 
Who bath a pkMigh-land, caata aU his teed-ooni 
And yet allows bis ground morę coni sbould bear j 
Tboiigh Dannby iDto the sea nmst ńowp 
Tl^ sea recei?es the Rhiiie» Yolga, and Po, 
By Naturę, whieh ga^e it thia iiberty. 
Tbou loT^at, but ok ! caa^st thou Ioto it and m« ? 
likenęss glues lorę ; and if that thou so do^ 
To make us Itke and ]ove, must I change too ł 
Horę than thy hate» I bate 't $ ratber lat me 
Altów her cllaage, tbao change as oft as she ; 
And so not teach, bot force my opiniony 
To love not any one, nor every one. 
To live in one land ts captirity. 
To ran all oonntries m wild ragueiy ; 
Wateri stink soon, ifinone plaee tfaey *btde, 
And in the Tast sen ara morę pntrify'd : , 
But wfaen tbey kim one bank, and leaving this 
Kever kiok baick, but the next bank do kks, • 
Then are Uhay porest; cbange is the nuneTy 
Of musie, jDy» life, wid eternity. 



Ongi, and but onee, found in thy company, 
All thy supposed 'scapes ara laid on me } 
And as a tbief at bair is qnestion'd thers 
By all the men that hare been robb'd tiiat year,' 
So am I (by this tr aitow m t meam warfńfA) 
By tbe hydroptiefblber calecfais^d* 
Thougfa he bmd went to seareh^ith glaced eyes, 
As Łhongh he came to kiU a cockatricef 
Thongh he haCh oft tworn, that he wooM remove 
Thy beauty's beauty, and food of our k^ 
Hope' of bis coods, tf I with tbee' were seen ; 
Yet cbse and secret, as oar^nis, we *te been. 
Thongh thy immortał mother, whicfa doth lie 
Stiłl btiri«d in her bed, yet will not die, 
Takes this adrantage to sleep o)it day-light. 
And watoh thy entries cnd retonis all ntght ; 
And, wben she takes thy band, and woukł seem khid, 
Doth searoh what rings and aErmlets she cut llnd ; 
And kissing noles the Coloor of thy lace^ ^^ 
Aiid fearing łeiftthon *tt swoln, dotfithee embraoe; 
And, to try if thon long; doth name strange meats, 
And notes thy paleness, blasfaes, sighs, and sweats. 
And poUticly will to thee coąfess 
The sins e£faer own yo«ith*8 rank lustiness ; 
Yet loTe these sorcVtes did remore, and moye 
Thee to gułl thine own mdther fbr my love. 
Tłiy liUle brethren, which like fairy śprites 
Oft skipp^d mto onr chamber those sweet nights. 
And kiss^d and dandled on thy fhtber*8ltoee, 
Were brtb'd nfkt dny ; ^tell what they did see : 
The' grim digtft fbot hf jfh tron-bound senring-mao, ' 
That oft names €M id-otttlls, and oniy theit, 
He that, to-bar theilm gnte, doth as wide 
As tbe great Rhodhitt CoIomus strld^ 
l^hich, if in Heli no otber pnins tbere w#re, 
Makes me fhar ReU, becanse h€ must be there : 
Though by tlly fHth«r he wi0r« hii^d to this, 
Coofal ■ ar tei ' ii UlM B any toueh or kiss; 

But, oh ! too common ill, I brought witb me 

That, which betrayM me to mioe enemy : 

A loud perffime, which at my entrance ciy 'd 

E*en at thy father's iiose, so were we spy*d. 

When. like a tyrant king, that in his bed 

Smelt gunpowder, the pale wietch shirered; 

Had itbeen somebad smeH, he woald bave thougbt 

That his own feet or breath the smell had wroa^k^ 

But as we in our isle imprisoned, 

Wbere cnttle onły, and diven dogs are bfed» 

The prtecioos unicohis strange monstera cali, 

So thougbt he sweet strange, that had nonę at alL 

I Unght my silks tbeir whistling to forfaear, 

E*en my oppre6s'd shoes dumb and speechless vere i 

OnIy, thou bitter sweet, whom I had laid 

Nezt me, me traltorooaly hast betray'd. 

And unsuspected hast invtsibiy 

At once fled tmto him, aod 8tay*d wtthme. 

Base ezcfement of eartb, which dost confound 

Sense from distinguishing the sick from sound^ 

By thee the silly amorous sucks his death. 

By drawing in a leprous hartofs braath; 

By thee the grealest stain to man^ estate 

Palls on os, to be callM effeminate | 

Thongh you be much lovM in tbe prince*s halt, 

There things, that seem, esceed substantial. 

Gods, when ye fUm'd on altars, were pleas'd well, 

Becaose you *re burnt, not tbat tbey likM your smelL 

You 're loathsome all, bdng ta*en simply alon^ 

Shall we love ill things joinM, and hate each ooe^ 

If you were good, your good doth soon decay ^ 

And you afe r«rs, that takes the good away. 

AU my perfiimes I give most wilUngly 

r embalm thy fktber*s oorse. What! wiUhedie? 



Hem take my ptctore ; tbotigh I bid fareweTl : 
Thine in my heart, wbere my soul dwella, shaii dwefl, 
T is like me now, but, I dead, 't wiH be moie, 
When we are shadows both, than 't was belbre. 
Wben weather-beaten I come back; my hand 
Perhaps with rude oars tom, or sun-beams ta«i'd^ 
My face and breast of hair-ćbth, and my head 
With care's harsh sudden hoariness o^erspread ^ 
My body a sack of bones; broken within. 
And powder^s bine stains 8Catter'd on my skin i 
If riyal fbois tax thee tf faave kff'd a man 
So fonl and eoarse, as, oh ! f may seem then« 
This shall say what I waa : and tbou shalt say, 
," Do his hnrts reach me ? doth my worth decay ? 
;Or do tbey reach his judging mmd, tbat he 
:Sbould now lorę less, what he did lorę to see ? 
That which in bfm was fair and delicat^ 
Was biit the miłk, which hi love'8 chiklish state 
Did nursd it : who now is grown strong enough 
To feed on that, which to weak tastes seems tough." 

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On ! let me not sęrve so, As £hos6 men serre, 
Whom honoor^ smoles at once flattćr and stanre : 
Pooriy enrich*d with great «len*s wordsor looks : 
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Arlhose iMatrous flmtteren, which ttill 

IMr prinoc^i styl«s which many names falSUi, 

Wheoce they oo tńbute haye, and bear no away. 

Soch Mnrices I ofier aa shall pay 

TheoMeWes, I hate dead names : oh« than lefc me 

PaTonrite in oidinary, or no fitTOuńte be. 

When my soul was in ber own body aheath'd, . 

ifor yet by oatbs betrotbfd, nor klnes breath'd 

Into my pargatory, fiaithless thee ; 

Thy fa«art seem'd was, and steel tby ooMtancy : 

So carelcas flowen, ftrew'd on the water^ feoe» 

The cnrled whir^pooU snck, imacie and embraće, 

Yet drown t^em^ so the tai|er's beamy eye, 

Amonmsly twinUing, beckońs the giddy iy, 

Yet buTBi hb wingi ; and 0uch the Devił i8» 

Searoe TWćng thero who 're entirely hifr 

Wben i b«hold a stream, which ftom the ąiring 

Doth, with doobtfol jnelodioas naonnuiing, 

Or to m speechles slumber, calmiy ride 

Het wedded cbannel'8 boeonij and there chide^ 

Aad bend her brows, and swell, if any bough 

Do but stoop dowu t6 kiss her otmost brow : 

Yet if her often gnawing kiases win 

The traitaroos banka to gapę and let her Wt 

She raaheth Yiolently, and doth div0roe 

Her froai her natiTe and her kng-kept conne, 

And roars and brayes tt, and in gallant sconiy 

Ifl flattering eddies promising retnm, 

8be floots her channel, which thencefbith is drj ; 

Then say I, '* ihat ia 8he» and thia am L" 

Tet let not thy deep bitterneis beget 

Oateleas despair in me, for that will whet 

My mind to icom) and, oh ! love dall^d with pai» 

Was ne'er io wiie, nor weU arm*d, a« diidain. 

Then With naw eyee I shall tonrey and tpy 

Beath in thy cbeeks, and darkneas in thine eye : 

TVNigh hope bieed Ihith aad Vff% thnt tanght I 

Bhall, ' 
AsnatioMdolininiBoaae,fiointhykiivefhll; , 
Hy hate shali ontgrow ttdne^ and utlerly 
IwillraiKmnoathydaUiaBcei aadwhan t 
Ma the racnaan^ in that raaolata alata 
Wbat buits it OM la be cBunaunnnioate} 

Aa minę : who haye with amormia delicaciea 
Refin>d thee into a bltaafui paradiae. 
Thy gracea and good worka my creatnres be, 
I planted knowledge and liib'B tree in thee : 
Which, oh 1 ahali atrangen taste? Jtfiiat I, alaa I 
Frame and enaipei piątej and drink In glaaa i 
Chafe wax for other'a aeaJa ? break a oolfti ibroc^ 
And leaye him then being mada a ready horae.? 



Aa the sweet aweat of roaea in a atill. 

Aa that, wbich hom, chaTd moakat^ porea doth tDU> 

Aa the almighty balm ci the early eaat» 

Such are the aweei drops of my miatreaa' breaat; 

And on her neck her akin nwńk luatra aeta, 

They aeem no aweat dropa, biit pearl ooroneta* 

Rank aweaty froth thy miatreaa' brow deAlea^ 

like apermatic iaaue of ripe menatnioua bila*. 

Or like the akum, which by need*a lawleM law 

Enibrc*d, Sanserra'a ataryed men did draw 

Fh)m parboilM shoea and boola, and all the raa^ 

Wbich were with any aoyereignfatneaa bleai^di 

And like yile atonea lying in aaffron'd titi, 

Or warta, or wheela, it hanga upon her skin. 

Bound aa the world 'a ber head, on every aid% 

like to the fatal bali which fell on Ide : 

Or that, whereof God had auch jealouay, 

Aa for ^ myiahing thcraof we dieb 

Tby head is like a rough>hewn atatoe of jet, 

Wbere marka for eyea» noae, mouth, are yet scarc* 



NATOta^a tay idiot, I tanght thee to h»ve, 
Andintfbaiaophiatry,ohl Jkht thoa doat piwa 
Tbo aubtle ! FooV thon dfd'»i not andemand 
The myatic lai^uagaof tha eye nor hand: 
Kor oouId'at thou jodge the diffannce of the air 
Of aMh% aad aay, thia Kea, thia aonnda deapair s 
Kor by th' eye^a water koow a malady 
Despm^ly bot, or cbapging feyeronaly. 
I had not tanght thee then the alphahet 
Of flown, ho« they, deyiaeftilly baing aal 
And bound np* mighi with apaaóhlaaa aeeraay 
Beliyar erranda nately and mntnałly. 
Eemember, stncn all thy worda aaM to be 
To eyeiy anitor, <* I, if nor ftienda agrae •** 

WeceaU the kww tricka that thy wit eonld reach : 
And sincean lMttr'todiacottraaoottid aGafeahaye mada 
Ona aaawer in thee, and that ill-amy*d 
In biyken proyerba and tom aenteacea; 
Tbob act not by ao many dntiea hu^ 
(That, fh»« the wori^comi|aonhayingaoveKMtbae, 
mlaid thee, netther Io be aeen nor aaa) 

Łike the firat Chaoa, oi^ flat aeeming foce 
Of Cynthia, when the £aith'a ahadowa her embraca. 
like ProieiiHne'a white beanty-keeping diea^ ' 
Or Joye^ beat fortnne'a urn, ia her foir breaat 
Thaaa 'a like worm-eaten trunka cloth'd in aeal'a 

Or graye, that 'a dnat withont, and atink within. 
And like tbat alender stalk, at whoae end atanda 
The woodbine qoiyering, are her arma and banda. 
Like rougb-bark'd elm bougha, or the ruaaet al^ 
Of men late scoorgM for madneaa^ or for ain$ 
like aun-parch'd quartera oo the city gate, • 
Soch ia tby tann'd akin^s lamentaUe atate: 
And Uke a bunch of rągged carrota atand 
The ahort awola fingers of thy miatreat* haod« / 
Then like tbe chymic's maacu^n»eq^al fht% 
Which in the limbeck*a warm womb doth iną^ra 
Into th* earth^a wo|^hleąa dirt a soul of góld» 
Soch cherishing beat her beat-lov'd parldotl^hoUL 
Thine 'a like the dread mouth of n fired gu% 
Or Uke hot liquid metala newly run 
Into cUy moolda, or like to that £tna» 
Whare round about the graaa » bnmt awny. 
Ara net yonr kiaaea then aa filthy and more^ 
Aa a worm aocking an enyenamNiaoce ? 
Both not thy fearauł hand in foeling quake^ 
Aa one which gathering flowcra atUl nnca a naka ^ 
la not your last act harah and ynlen^ 
Aa when a plough a atoay gronnd doth npt * 
So kiaa good turtlea, so de?qutly nica 
A piieat ia in hia handliiąg aacrificeb ^ 
Aad ntce in aearching wooada the ujrgeoR i% 
Aa we, when we embraoe* or tou6h» or kiaa: 
Leaye her, and I will leave mmparii^ thui^ , 
She and oampariaena are odioaa. 





No spring, nor summcr^s beauty, hath sucb grace, 

Aa I bave^seen in one autumuarface. ^ 

Yóang beauties force our Ioycs, and that *8 a rapcj 

This doth but counsel, yet you cannoŁ 'scape. 
If *t were a shame to lovc, here *t wcre no sbane : 

Affections here take rcTcrAce^s name. 
Wcre her firrt yeare the golden age ; that 's tnie. 

But now the 's gold oft try'd, and tver new. 
That was ber tonrid and inflaming time ; 

Tbis is her habitable tropie ciim«. 

Fair eyea; who asks morę beat than comes from 

He In a fever wishcs pestilenće. [hence. 

Cali not these wrinkles grave8 : iT graves they were, 

Tbey were Love'g graves; or eise he is no wbcre. 

Yet lies not Love dead here, but herc doth sit 

Vów*d to this trench, like an anacborit. 
And here, till her*s,whicb mnstbe his death, come, 

He dolh not dig a grave, but build a tomb. 
Here dwcUs be -, though he sojoum ev*ry where 

In progrcss, yet his standing bouse i« here. 
Hete, where still evening is, not noon nor night^ 

Where no yoluptuousness, yet all deligbt* 
In all ber wórds, unto all hearers fit, 

You may at revels, you at councils sit 
ITiis is LoTe's timber, youth his underwood ; 
Thcre he, as winę in June, enr^ges blood, 
Which then comes seasonablest, when our tastc 

And appetite to otber tbiogs is past 
Xcrxe8' strange Lydian love, the plaUne tree, 
Was loT*d for age, nonę being so old as she, 
Or else becauie, being young, natnre did bless 

Her youth with age's glory— barrenness. 
If we lorę things long sought $ age is a thiug, 

Which we are fifty yea» in compassing : 
If transitory things, which soon decay, 

Age must be loreliest at the latest day. 
Bat name not winter-faces, wbose 8kin*s slack ; 

Lank, as an untbrift^s purse, but a souPs sack : 
Wliose eyes seek light within ; for all bere's sbade; 
"C^liose mouths are holes, rather wom out tban 
Whose every tooth to a sereral place is gone 

To vex the soul at resurrection ; ' 
Name not these living death-heads anto me. 

For these not ancient but antique be : 
I hkte extremes : yet I had rather stay 

With tombs than cradles, to wear out the day. 
Since soch Love*s natural stalion is, may still 

My love descend, and joumey down tne bill i 
Not panting afler gruwing beauties; so 
1 shall ebb on with them, vho bpmeward go. 


Imagi of her, wbom I loTe morę than ihe, 

Whoie fair impressioo in my faitbful heart |^ 
Makes me her medal, and midLes her k>ve me, 

As kings do coins, to which their stamps impart 
The Talpe : go, and take iny heart from hence» 

Wfaićb notr is g^rown too great and good for me.. 
Honours oppresa ^eak spirits, and our sense 

StroBgobjccUduUi tke more« the ie«i w€ tee. 

When you are gObe, aad renoB gode with you, 

Tben FanUsy is queeD, aod soul, and mil j 
She ean present joys meaner than yon do ; 

ConTenient, and moie proportional. 
So łf I dfoam I bave yoo, I have you: 

For all our joys are bat fiuitaaticaL 
And so I 'scape tfae pnia, for pm istme; 

And Bleep» which locks up lense, doth loek out alL 

After such a fruition I shall wake, 
MiA, bat the waknig, nothiog shall r^eat ; 

And riiall to lorę mors thankfnl sonneU make, 
Than if morę honoor, tcan, aiid painf were sp6«t. 

But, dearest heart, and, dearer image, 8Uy» 
Alas! trnejoysat beat are dreamsenoagh; 

Though you stay here, you paąa too fost away i 
For e%*en at 6r8t lifo^s taper is a smdŁ. 

FiU'd with her lOre, may 1 he rather grown 
Mad with moeb hcait, than idiot with mme. 



LiKCCAci, thou art too narrow, aod too weak 
To ease us now, great sorrows cannot speak. 
If we could sigh out accents, and weep words» 
Grief wears and lelsans, that tear^s breath aA»rdfc 
Sad bearu, the less they aaem, the morę tbey ai»t 
(So guiltiest men stand matebt at the bar) 
Not that they know not, fod not their estąte. 
But eKtreme sense hath madę them desperat«s 
Sorrow, to whom we o#e all that we be, 
Tyrant in th* fifth aod greatest monarchy. 
Was -*t that she did possew all heacU befere^ 
Thoo hast killM her, to make thy empire morę ? 
Knew*st tboasomewojild^ that knew her not, laamnt, 
As in a deluga^ieinśb th' Innocent ? 
Was t not enongh to hkv9 that palące mm. 
But thoo most raseit too^ that was undone ? 
Hadst thou stay^d thera, and kłok*d oot at her eyne^ 
AU had ador*d thee, that now fnmi thee flies; 
For they let oat morę light than tbey took in» 
They told not when, but did the day hegin; 
She was too saphirine and elear for thee ; 
Clay, flint, and jet now thy fit dwelUngs be : 
Alas! she waa too p«u«, bat not too weak ; 
Who e*er saw crystal ordnance but would break h 
And if we be thy coM|aest,by ber foli 
Th' hast loat thy end* in her we periah all: 
Or if wę ltTe» we Hto bat to rehd, 
That know her better now, who knew her weU. 
If we shoold vapour out, and pine and die* 

Since shd first went, that were not misery : 

Sbe cbang^d our world with her^s : now she is gm^ 
Mirth and prosperity^s oppression: 
For of all morał Ylitues she waa all» 
That ethics speak of viiiues cardinał. 
Her sonl waa pąradjse : tbechenihin 
Set to keep it was Grace, that kept out fiin : 
Sbe had no morę than let in Deaih, for we 
All reap consumption from one fraitfial tie&s < 
Ood took her hence, leat 8om» of na .ahonld loce < 
Her, like that plant, him nnd bia kma oboiei' 
And when we tearm ha meroy sbndia this, * 

Toraiseoarnttodatotfea^tty where- now aheipe ' 
Whom if ber ¥irtiMs weuU knye lefr iier atafr,; > 
We M had a saint, łmne oom-mkolMip . » ^ ■ •'/ 
Her heart was that atmagt huth^. where sncred ftM^ 
I Religioo, did nol comui, hutiatirim. o ■ ^ ' 




Soełi piety; ao ctete me of Cknf s day, 
HMt whmt we ton to feast, ihe tani'd to pray, 
Aad did pieflgare here io devoat taite 
The reit ofiier high sabbath, which sball la^. 
^nfels did hand ber up, who nest 0od dweil, 
(For slie was of that order wkenoe most fell) 
Her body^s lelt with ot, lest some had aud, 
She ooald not die» eaoipt they gaw ber dead ; 
for fnta lem Tiitoe and less beanteoiimeM 
Tbe Gentilcs firamM tbem gods and goddenes ; 
tbe ravenoiM Earth, tbat now wooa her €o be 
Barth loo^ will be a Łennta ; and tbe tree, 
Tbat wiapa tbat crystał in a wooden tomb, 
Oall be tiook up spraee, fillM witb diamonc? : 
And we łier nd glad friends ałl bear a part 
Of |prkf» lor all wooM break a «toie^ heart. 




KoT^ ihat in oeloor it was like tby hair, 
AnailctB of tbat thoa inay'8t stiii let me wear : 
Kor, that ihy band it oft cmbracM and kiss^d, 
Por ao it bad tbat good, wbieh oft I missM : 
Nor for tbat siHy ołd moraltty, 
Tbat as tbese Ihiks were kntt, ourlores sboold be ; 
Moarn I, tbat I tby seYenibId cbain haye lost :. 
Kor fiir tbe lBCk'8 sake; but tbe bttter cost. 
O ! shall tweire rigbteoas angełs/ wbicb as yet 
No lcaven of vile solder did admit ; 
Nor 3f«t by any way baye strayM or gone 
¥rom the llrrt state of thejr creation; 
4«g^ which Heayen eoinmanded to proride 
All tiiings to me, and be my faitbftil guide ; 
T6 gain new ftieodsy t' appease old enemies ; 
To eooliDrt my aonl, wben I lie or rise: 
Shall these twelye innocents by tby semere 
Sentence (dread jadge) my sin's great burden bear? 
Sball they be ds[mn*d, and in tiie famaee thrown, 
And pani8h'4 Ibr ofieńoes not tbeir own ł 
Tbey s«re not me, tbey do not ease my pains, 
Wben in that HeH they 're bomt and ty*d in chains : 
Were they bot crowns of France, I eared not, 
lor most of tbem tbeir natnral eoantry rot 
I think pomesseth, tbey oome here to us, 
So pale^ ao bmie, so iean, •» nńDOOs ; 
And bowsoe'er Prench kings mott Ckritłien be, 
Tbeir crowns are cireumcis*d most Jewishly ; 
Or were tbey Spanish stamps still trarelHag, 
Tbat are become as eatfaoiic as tbeir king, 
Those nnlick'd bear-wbelps, unfird pistoleis, 
Tbat (morę than camioo-sbot) a^ails or lets, 
Wliicb, negligently left annmndcd, look 
like many aagłed figures in Che book 
Of some dread oonjurer, that would enibrce 
Naturę, as these do jnstiee, fiom'her oourse. 
Which, as the-sonl ąoiekens bead, feet, and heart. 
Aa streama lihe reifls fwu throogh th' Parth^s ev'ry 
Yisit all eonntneą and bare slily madę [pert,, 
Gofgeons France nitn*^; nigged and deeay^d 
Scotland^' which knew n^ stat«*., prood ło one day ; 
AndmangM seyeateen-headed Belgia : 
Or were it soch gold ai tbat, wherewithaH 
Ałmighty cfayniot fton eMli«iiMral 

Haying by snbtle fire a ^1 out-pull'd, * 

Are dirtily and d^speretely guird: 

I would not spit to ąuencb the fire they 're in, 

For they are guilty of much heinous sin. 

Bot sball my harmless aogels perish ? Shall 

I lose my guard, my ease, my food, my alt ? 

Much hc^e, which they sbould nourish, will be dead 

Much of my able yootb, and lusty head 

Will vanish, if thon, lorę, let tbem alone. 

For thou wilt Jore me less, wbeu they are gone ; 

And be content, tbat some lewd 8queakiDg crier, 

Weil pleasM with one Iean thread-bare groat for birCp 

May like a devil roar through every street. 

And gali the fmder*8 conscience, if they meet. ^ 

Or let ąne creep to some dread conjnrer, 

That with fimtastic scenes fills foU much paper; , 

Which hath divided Heayen in tenements, [renfai 

And with whores, thieves, and murderera,stuff'd his 

So fuli, that though be pass tbem all in sin, 

He leares bimself no room to enter in. 

But if, when all his art and time is spent, 
He say 't will ne*er be found, yet be content; 
Receiye from him the doom ungrudgingly,. 
Because he ts tbe mouth of Destiny. 

Thou 8ay'st, alas ! the gold doth still remain, 
Though it be cbang'd, and put ioto a cbain; 
So in the firat fall^n angels resteth still 
Wisdom and knowlodge, but 't is tum'd to iii : 
As these should do good works, and should proride 
Necessities; bot now must nurse thy pride : 
And they are still bad angels ; fiiine are nonę : 
For form giyes being, and tbeir form is gone : 
Pity tbese aofels yet : tbeir dignities 
Pass yirto4» poinars, and principalities, . 

Bot thou art resolute ; thy will be done; 
Yet with siich anguish, as ber ooly son 
The mother iu the hungry graye.doth lay, 
Unto the fire these martyrs I betray. 
Good souls, (for you giye liie to eyery thing) 
Good angels, (for good messages you bring) 
]>e8thiM you might haye been to such an one, 
As would hare loy'd and woTshtpp'd you aJooe : 
One that would sufler hunger, nakedness, 
Yea death, ere he would make your number laak 
But I am guilty of your sad decay : 
May your few fellows louger with me stay. 

Bid>iOh, thou wretched finder, whom I hate 
So, that I almost pity thy estate, 
Gold being the heayiest metal amongst all, 
May my most heayy curse upon 'thee fali ; 
Here fetter*d, manacled, and hang^d in chains^ 
First may*8t thou be; then chainM to bellisb pains; 
Or be with fbreign goM brib'd to betray 
Thy country, and fail both of it and thy pay. 
May the next thing, thou stoop'st to reach, contain 
Poison, whose nimbie fume rot thy moist brain : 
Or libels, or some interdicted thing, 
Which, negligently kept, thy ruin bring. 
Lost-bręd diseases rot thee ; and dwell with thee 
Jtching desire, anfl no abiiity. 
May all the eyils, that gdd erer wrought ; 
Ali mischief, that all deyils erer thought; 
WaA after plenty ; poor and gouty age ; 
IW ptagae of trayaifers, love and marriage, 
Afflict thee ; and at thy Iife*9 last moinent 
May thy swobi sins themsclyes to thee preaent 

But I forgiye: repent, tbou tionest man: 
Gold is restoratire. restore it then: 
Bot if that from it thou bc*st loth to part, 
Because 't ia cordial, woald 't were at thy heart. 




CoME, Fates ; I fear yon not. AH, whom I owe, 
Are paid but you. Then 'mt me ere I go. 
But chance f^rom you all soreretgtity łUth got, 
Łx>Te wounded noae but tbose, wbom Death dares not: 
Triie if yoa were and just in eąuity, 
I should baTe vanquish'd ber, as you did me. 
Elsę lo^ers should not brave death's)iains, and live: 
But 't 18 a role, " death oomes not to reUeve.** 
Or pale and wan death*9 terrours, are they laid 
So decp ih loYers, they make death afraid ? 
Or (the ieast comfort) have I company } 
Cr can the Fates love death, as well as me ? 

Yes, Fates do silk unto ber distaffpay 
For ransom, whioh tax they on us do lay. 
Xi0Te giTes ber youtb, wbich is the reason wby 
Yóuthś, for ber sake, some wither and soroe die. 
Poor Death can noŁhing głve ; yet for ber sake, 
Still in ber turn, be doth a lover take. 
And if Death should prove fi^lse, she fears him not, 
Our Moses to redeem ber she batb got. 
That fotal night we last kiss*d, 1 tbiui pray'd, 
(Or rather tbus despair'd, I sbould bare said) 
Kisses, and yet despair. Tbe fbrbid tree 
Did promise (and deoeive) no morę than she. 
Like lambs that see their teats, and mnst eat httjf 
A food, whose taste batb madę me pine away. 
Dive8, when thou saWst bliss, and crav'd8t to touch 
A drop of water, thy great pains were sucb. 
Herę grief wants a fresh wit, for minę being spent. 
And my sighs weary, groans are atl my rent ; 
Unable longer to endure tbe pain, 
They break like thunder, and do bring down rain* 
Tbus, till dry tears solder minę eyes, I weep : 
And then I dream, how you securely sleep. 
And in yonr dreams do laugb at me. I bate. 
And pray Loye all may : be pities my state, 
But aays, I therdn no Tevenge sball find ; 
The Sun woutd shine, though all the world were Uind. 
Yet, to try my bate, law show^d me your tear; 
And I hau dy'd, had not your smile been there. 
Yowr frown undoes me ; your smile is my wealtłi ; 
And as you please to took, I haye my bealth. 
Methottght LoTe pitying me, when be saw this, 
Gave me your bands, the backs and pąlms to kiss. 
That cur^d me not, but tobeai* pain gave strength; 
And what is lost in fbrc^, is took in lengtb. 
I caird on Lotc again, who feaT'd you so, 
That bis compassion still prov'd greater woe : 
For then I dreamM I was in bed with you, 
But durst not feel, for fear *t should not be true. 
Tbis merits not our anger, had it been ; 
The queen of cbastity was naked seen : 
And in bed not to feel the pain, I took. 
Was morę tban for Actaeon not to took. 
And that braast, wbic^ lay ope, I did not know, 
Bpt for the cleamess, from a lump of snów. 



SiNce she must go. and I must moiim, come Night, 
En V iron me wIth darkneas, whilst I write : 
Sbadow that Heli unto me, n^ich alone 
I am to iuffer, when my bre is gooe. 

Alas ! the darkest magie emomk do it* 

And that great Heli to booŁ are shadows to it. 

Should Cynthia quit tbee, Veiius, and each atsr, 

It would not form one thought dark aa minę msm ; 

I coujd lend tbem obscureness now, and aay 

Out of myseif, there diould be ao morę dmy., 

Snch is already my self-wautof aigbt, 

Did not the flre within me foree a light. 

Oh LoTe, that fire and darknesa shonM be ■aiz'd, 

Or to thy trinmpba soch stFange tormenta fix'd t 

Is *t becauae tboo thyaelf art blind, that we 

Thy maityrs most no morę each other sae ? 

Or tak'8t tboo piide to break ua on.thy whed. 

And view old Chaos in the paina we feei ? 

Or bave we left undooe same matnal right, 

That tbus with parting thou aeek^tt n^ to ąpite ł - 

No, DO. The fault is minę, impute it to m«^ 

Or rather to conspiring Desttny ; 

Wbich (sińce I l«T'd) for me before decreed, 

That I should suffer, when I fevM indeed : 

And therefore soooer now, tban I can say 

I saw the golden frait, t is wcapt away: ' 

Or as I 'd watchM one drop in the vait slraaiD» 

And I left wealthy oaly ta a dream. 

Yet, Love, thou ''it blindsr tbaa thywlf in this^ 

To Yes my do¥e-like friend for my amias: 

And, where one sad ttuth may expiato 

Thy wratb, to make ber fortunę run my fote«. 

So blinded J«8tiee doth, when favonrites foU, 

Strike tbem, tbeir. bonae, their frienda, tbeir U* 

Yonrites all. 
Was 't not enough that thou didst dait thy firca 
Into our bloods, inflaming our deairea» 
And mad^st us sigh and blow, and pant, aad 

And then tbyself into our flames didst tum ? 
Was 't not raougb, that tbou didst hazard na 
To paths in Ioto so dark and dangercNu: 
And ttaoae ao ambnsh^d roond with honaefaold spiea^ 
And over all thy busband*s tow^ring eyea^ 
lnflam'd with th' ugly tweat of jealoosy, 
Yet went we not still on in ooostancy } 
Ha^e we for tbis kepi goards, like 9pf o'er ipy ł 
Had eorrespondence, wbilst the foe ? 
StolUn (morę to sweeten them) our many btissca 
Of meetings, oonference, embraoemento> kioes } 
Shadow'd with negligence our bett respeota ? 
Yaried our language through all dialects 
Of tiecks, winka, looks, and often under boards 
Spoke dialogues with onr feet for from our wordt ?' 
Have we prov'd all tbe secreta of our art, 
Yea, thy pale inwards, and thy papting heaitł 
. And after all tbis passed purgatory, 
Must sad diTorce make os the ▼ulfrar ftory } 
First let our eyea be rt^eted ąnite throagh 
Our tuming brains, and both our lipa grow to : 
Let our arma clasp like i^, and our łear 
Preeze us together, that we maj^ atick here; 
Till Foirtuue, that would ruin us with the deed, 
Strain his eyes open, and yet make them bleed. 
Por Love it cannot be, whom hitherto 
I have accus^d, should auch a misefaief do. 
Ob Fortune, thou *rt not worth my least eaclaim. 
And plague enough thou hast in thy own name: 
Do thy great went, my fńenda and I bave anni, 
Though not against tby strokes, agaioat thy hamw. 
Rend us in snnder, thou oanst not divide 
Our bodies^ but that our aouls are ty*d. 
And we can love by lettors stjil> and gifka. 
And thoughts, and draama ^ loTonererwanteth sbiiW . 



I will Bol look wpoa the qmek*niD(( Son, 

Bot jtiaigtat her beuity to my sense shall ran ; 

Tbe nir dbmil notę h«r toft, the fire mott porei 

W«i«n snggwt her dear, and the eaith soro; 

Thne stmll wmt lose our panages ; the Bprin;, 

How freah oor łot« was in the begioning; 

The sommer, how it ennpeB'd the year; 

And aatamn,-vhat oor golden hanrests were» 

Tbe Yinter I 'U nat thiok on to spite thee. 

Bot ooiiBt it a loBt seaaon, só thall she. 

AkI, dearett friend, sińce we mnrt part, drown nSght 

With hope of day ; borthens well borne are lighŁ 

Tbe odld and darknesi longer hang somewhere, 

Tet Pticebns eqaally lights all the sphere. 

And what we camiot in like portion pay, 

Tbe worid eajoys m mass, and so we may. 

Be erer then yoorsel^ and let no woe 

Win on yoor faeaJth, yoor youth, yoor beanty : so 

Declare youraelf base Fortane's enemy. 

Ko less be yoor oootempt than her inconstancy ; 

Tbat I may grow enamoar'd on yoor mind, 

When my own thooghts I here neglected find. 

And thsi to th' oomfort of my dear I tow. 

My deeds shall still be, what my deeds are now | 

The poles shall morę to teach me ere 1 start, 

And when I ćhaAge my ]ove, I '11 change my heart; 

Nay, if I was bot oold in my desire, 

Think HśkTo bath molioo lost, and the worid fire : 

Much morę 1 oonld ; but many words ha^e madę 

That oft sospteted, which men most persuade : 

Take tiierelbre all in this ; I lorę so trae, 

As I wil> AeVer look fiir UŚa in yoo. 



Habk, Bewt! O En^y, thoo shait bear desoryd 

My Jolia ; who as yet was ne*er envy'd. 

To 'somit gali kt slander, swell her teins 

With calomny, tbat HaU itself disdains, 

fa ber eontinoal practioe^ does ber bast^ 

To tear opmkm eT'n ^nt of the breast 

Of dearest Ańeods, and (which is wone than Tile) 

SticksjealoiHyiBwedlock; herowncbiid 

Seapesnottheshow^nofenYy: torepeat 

The moostnins £ubions, how, were alire to eat 

Dear repatatnob Wooldto Ood she were 

Bat hałf ib loth to act vice, as to hear 

My miłd reproof ! ]ljv'd Mantoan now again, 

That female mastis to limn with his pen 

This sbe^Chimera, that bath eyes of fira» 

Boming with angor, (anger feeds desire) 

Tongn*d like tbe nigfat-ciow, whose ill-boding cries 

6ive not Ibr oothing but new iąjuries. 

Ifer breath Kke to th« jnioe in Tenanis, 

That blasts the springs, thoagh ne^er soprasperoos. 

Her bands, I know not how, us*d myre to spili 

The food of othert, tban benelf to fili. 

Bot, oh ! her mmd, tbat Oroos, which ineludes 

Legions of oiifiohla^ coontless mokitodes 

Of fomar oorses,' prejeets nnmade np, 

Abttsas yet noftuiiiien*d, thooghu corrapt, 

MiMbapen eav(l^ palpable unfenitbs, 

Inaritabla «««»•, salf^^aeoosing loatbs : 

These, like those atooM swarming in the so% 

Throng in her bosom for oreati^n. 

I^lusbtogitoherbalfherdM; y^lsay^ 

Ito^lKłisali^ftfcdfiMbad^ittlia. - 



I SINO no barm» good sootb, to aoy wight. 
To lord, to fool, cuckold, bef gąr, or knight. 
To peace-teaching lawyer, proctor, or brava 
I Reformed or redticed captain, knave, 
Officer, juggler, or jostice of peace. 
Juror or judge ; I touch no fat sow'a grease; 
I am no libeller, nor will be aoy, 
But (like a true man) say there are too many : 
I fear not are iemu, for my tale 
Nor count nor couńselłor will red or pale. 

A oitizen and bis wife th' other day, 
Both ridiog on one hone, upon the way 
I overtook ; the wench a pretty peat. 
And (by her eye) well fitting ibr tlie feat : 
I saw tbe Tbcherous citizen tum back 
His head, and on his wife's lip steal a smack. 
Whence apprebending that the man was kiud, 
Ridiog before to kiss his wife behind. 
To get acquaintaoce with him I began. 
And sort discourse fit for so fine a man; 
I a8k'd tbe number of the plaguy blU, 
Ask'd if the custom-farmers held out still, 
Of the Vh'ginian plot, and whether Ward 
The traffic of tbe midland seas bad marr'd ; 
Whether the Britain Bursę did fili apace, 
And likely were to give th* £xchange disgrace; 
Of new-built Aldgate, and tbe Moorfield crosses, 
Of storę of bankrupts and poor mercbants' losses^ 
I urged him to speak ; but he (as mute 
As an old oourtier wam to his last suit) 
Replies with oniy yeas and nays; at last 
(To fit his element) my theme I cast 
On tradesmen*s gainsj that set hfs tongutf a g,oiog« 
" Alas, good sir,** ąuoth he, '* there it no dong 
In oourt nor city now." She smird, and I, 
And (in my conscience) both, gaye him thelie 
In one met thought But he went on apa<M^ 
And at the present times wjth sucb a fncm 
He rail^d, as frayM me; for Ite gare no pralie 
To any bot my lord of £s8ex' days : 
CalPd those tbe age of acŁion. " Tru^" quotb he, 
"There 's now as great an itch of brarery,, 
And beat of taking op, but cold lay down; ' 
For put to push of pay, a way they run r 
Our onIy city-trades of hope now are 
Bawds» tavem-keepers, whore, and scri^eoer; 
The much of privileg'd kinsmęn, and tbe storę 
Of fresh protęctions, make the rest all poor : 
In tbe first state of their creation 
Though many stoutly stand, yet proTes not one 
A rigbteous pay-masŁer-" Tbus ran be on 
In a continii*d ragę: so yoid of i^eason 
Seem^d bis harsb taJk, I sweaA fiM: feac of treason. 
And (trothXhQw copld I less? when in the^rayer^ 
For the piotectaon of the wise lord mayor 
And hi&wise brethien^s worships, when oue prayeth, 
He swore that nonę could say amen with faith. 
To get him off from what I glow'd to hear, 
(la happy time) an angel did appear, 
The bright sign of a k>F!<d and wall-tn^d inn, 
Where many citizens with their wires had been 
Weli os'd and often i hera I prayVl him atay, 
To toke some due rsfroshment \if the way. 
Look, how he laakUfthat hid Itiagald, biabope^ 
AndafsretornloiyiMiBolhJngbotaroiMii >■■ 



So he on me ; refusM and madę away, 
Though wtlling sbe pWded a weary day : 
I found my miss, struck hands, aod pray'd bim tell 
(To hołd aoąoaintance still) where he did dtrell ; 
He harely nam'd the street, promi8'd the n ine ; 
But his kind wife gave me thd very aign. 



To make the doubt elear, that no woman 's tnie. 
Was it my fate to prove it strong in you ? 
Thought I, but one had breathed purest air. 
And must »he needs be faise, because she *s fiur ? 
Is it yoar beauty'8 mark, or of your youth, 
Or your perfection not to study truth ? 
Or thtnk you I^eav'n is deaf, or hath no cyes, 
Or thoee it hath smile at your peijuries*? 
Are Tows ao cheap with womeo, or the matter 
Wbereof they 're madę, that they are writ in water, 
And blown away with wind ? Or doth thetr breath 
(Both hot and cold) at once make life and death ? 
Who could ha^a thought ao many accents sweet 
Form*d into words, so many sighs should meet, 
As from our hearts, so many oaths, and tears 
Sprinkled among (alt 8weet*ned by our fears) 
And the divtne impression of stoPn kisses, 
That seard the rest, should now prove empty b1 isses ? 
Bid you draw bonds to forfeit ? sign to break ? 
Or most we read you quitc from what you speak. 
And iSnd the truth out the wrong way } or must 
He first desire you false, who Md wish you just? 
O, I profiine: though most of women be 
This kind of beast, my thooghts shalt except thee. 
My dearest 1ove ; though froward jealousy 
With circttniftanoe might uige thy inconstancy, 
Sooner I 'U think the Sun will oease to cheer 
The teemiog Earth, and that fbrget to bear : 
Sooner that riTers will run back, or Thames 
With ribs of ice in June will bind bis streams ; 
Or Naturę, by whoae strength the world endures, 
Would change ber course, befbre you alter yours. 
But oh ! that treacherous breast, to whom weak you 
Did trust our couosels, and we both may rue, 
Having his falsehood found too late, 't was he 
That madę me cast you guilty, and you me ; 
Whilst he (black wretch) betrayM each simple word 
.We spake unto the cunning of a third. 
Curs*d may he be, that so our Iotc hath slain. 
And wander on the Earth,.wretched as Cain, 
Wreiebed as he, and not deserre least pity ; 
In plaguing him let misery be witty. 
I^et all eyes shun him, and he shun each eye, 
Tjll he bie noisome as his infamy ; 
May he without remorse deny Ood thrice. 
And not be tmsted morę on his 80ul*8 price; 
And after all self-toririent^ when he dies 
May wolvw tear out his heart, Yultures his eyes ; 
Swine eat his bowels ; and his falser tongue, 
That utter^d all, be to some raven flung ; 
And let his carrioo-corse he a longer f^ast 
To the king's dogs, than any other beast 
Now I baye curs'd, let us our love revtve ; 
In me the flame was never morę a]ive ; 
I could begin again to court and praise, 
And in that pleasure lengthen the short days 
Of my liie*s lease ; like painters, that do take 
Delight, not in madę works, but whilst they make. 

I conld reneif thofee' times, ffhtn fint I ćbNt 

Lo^e m your eyes, that gave my tongue the 1av 

To like what you Iik'd ; and at masks and plays 

Commend the setf-satme aeton, the same w«ys ^ 

Ask how you did, aod ofteii, with inteot 

Of being cfficiotts, be impertineat; 

All which were such soft^astimes, as in thea» 

Love waa as subtily catch'd, as a disease ; 

But being got it is a treasore aweet, 

Which to defend is haider than to get : 

And ougbt not be prolan*d on either part. 

For though H it got by chance, *t is kepi by sit. ' 



WnofeTsa fovei, if he do not propoae 

The right tnie end of lorę, he 's one that goe» 

l'o sea for nothing but to make him sick : 

Love is a bear-whelp bom, if we o*er-lick 

Our loTc, and foree it new strong shapes to tek«^ 

We err, and of a lump a monster make. 

Were not a calf a monster, that were grown 

Fac'd like a man, though better than his own ^ 

Perfection is in unity : prefer 

One woman first, and tben one thing in ber* 

I, when I value gold, may think opon 

The doctilness, the applicatioii, 

The wholeaomness, the ingenuitf, 

From rust, from soil, from fire erer frees 

But if I lorę it, *t is beause *t ia mada 

By our new naturę (use) tbe soul of trade. 

AU these in women we might think upoo 
(If women had them) and yet kire but one. 
Can men morę injure women tl^an to say 
They love them for that, by which they *re not tbey ^ 
Makes Tirtue woman? mnst I cool my blood 
TiU I both be, and find one, wise and good } 
May barren angelft lorę so. But if we 
Make lo¥e to woman, ^irtue is not she: 
As beauties, no, nor wealth : he that strayi thns 
From ber to bers, is morę adulterous 
Than if he took ber maid. Search every spbera 
And firmament, our Cupid is not there : 
He 's an infemal god, and under ground, 
With Pluto dwells, where gold and fire aboond ;, 
Men to such gods tbeir sacrificing coab 
Did not on altars lay, but pits and holcs ; 
Although we see celestial bodies raore 
Abo^e the earth, the earth we till and 1oVe : 
So weher airs contemplate, words and heart^ 
And Tirtues; but we lorę the centric part. 

Nor is the soul morę worthy, or morę fit 
For love, than this, as infinite as iŁ 
But in attaining this desired place 
How much they err, that set out at the faoe^ 
The hair a ftrrest is of ambushes, 
Of springs and snares, fetters and matiacles ; 
The brow becalms us, when 't is smooth and plain; 
And when 't is wrinkled, shipwrecks us again. 
Smooth, 't is a paradise, where we would hate 
Immonal stay ; bot wrinkled, H is a gra^e. 
The nose (like to the sweet mmdian) runa 
Not 'twixt an east and west, bot 'twixt two sans^ 
It Ieave8 a cheek, a rosy hemisphere 
On either stde, and then directs us where 
Upon the Islands Fortunate we ialf. 
Not faiut Canaries, but ambrosial. 
Unto her swelling Ups when we are come. 
We aftchor tbere, and think omnel? es at bSmit^ 



ForthęsTieenall: Ihwe ly im* i«igi» ttad thare 
Wise Deiphk oracles do fili tht «ar ; 
Tbeo in « cnek* wfaere cbotea pcwis do iwell 
Tbe remora, her cleiivuig toofiie doth dwaU. 
Tbese and (the glorioos promootory) ber chin 
Bung past tbe strails of HfiU«ipoot» batweco 
The Sestos and AbydoA of her breasti, 
(Not of two lovan, bat tvo lorn the aeits) 
Soeoeedt a booDdleM sea, but yet tbine eye 
Some island moles may icatter^ there deeory ; 
And saiUng towards her India, in that way 
Shail at her fair Atlantic aavel stay i 
Though there the carrent be the pilot madę, 
Yet ere tboa be where thou ihould'tt be eMbay*d, 
Tboa shalt upon another fbrest fet, 
Wbere many shipi^recfc and no fiirther get. 
Wben thou art thete, consider wfaat thit cha«e 
MiMpent, by thy beginning at the feoe. 

Rather set out below ; practite my art; 
Some lynunetry the fbot hath with that part 
Which thou doat seek, and is thy map for tbat, 
Lorely enongh to stQp, but not stay at: 
Łi^st sobject to disguise and change it is ; 
M^ say the DeWl nerer can change bis* 
It in the emblem, that hath figw«d 
Firmn^; H is the first part that comes to bed. 
Givility we see refinM : the kiss^ 
Whieh at the hce b^an, transplanted is, 
Since to tbe band, sińce to th' imperial knee, 
No4r at the papai ibot dełights to be. 
If kiogs think that tbe nearer way, and do 
Riae ćńom the foot, ^rers may do so too: 
For as free spheres morę faster far than can 
fiirds, whom the air resists ; so may that man, 
Which goas this empty and ethereal way, 
Than if ai beauty^s enemies he stay. 
Kich Natore hath in women wieely madę 
Two purses, and their mouths arersely laid : 
They then, which to the loWer tńbute owe; 
>That way, which that excheqaer looks, must go: 
He which doth not, his errour is as great, 
As who by clyster giTes the sconsaob meat. 



Com, madam, come, all rest my powers defy, 

Uatil I labour, I in labour lie. 

Tbe foe oft-times haTing tbe ibe in sight 

Is tir*d with standing, though he ne^er figbt. 

Off with that girdłe, like Heavrn'8 zonę glittcring, 

But a fiir lairer world encompassing. 

Uapin that spangled breast-plate, wbich you wear, 

That th' eyes of bosy ibols may be stoppM there. 

Uniaea youndf, for that harmonioos chime 

Telb me from yoo, that now it is bed-time. 

Off with that happy bosk, which I eaty, 

That still can be, and stilł can stand, so nigh. 

Yoor gQwn going off such beanteous state rereals, 

As when tłuoo^ flow'ry meads th' biU*s shadow 

A HeaT'n like Mahomefs paiadise; and thongli 
III spirits walk in wbite, we eas'iy know 
By this theee angels fitim an eril sprite; 
T^ose set our hairs, bot these our flesh nprigbt* 

Ucense my roving hands, and łet tbem go 
Beibre, behiniel, between, aboye, befew. 
O my America ! my Newfbnndland ! 
My kingdom*s lafest when with one man man*d. 
My miiie of precious Stones : my empeiy, 
How am I blessM in thns discotering tbee ! 
To enter in these bonds is to be free ; 
Then wfaere my band is set, my sfeal shall be. 

Fuli nakedness ! all joyft are due to tbee ; 
As sonls unbodied, bodłeś unolotb^d must be. 
To taste whole joys. G ems, which you wo men use, 
Are like Atlaiita's bali, cast in men's riews ^ 
That when afbol's eye lightelh on a gem. 
His earthly soul^nay cou^t that, and not them: 
Like pictures, or like books' gay coTerings, madę 
For laymen, are all women thus array'd. 
Themsehes are oniy mystic books, which we 
(Wbom their. imputod grace will dignify) 
Must see reveal'd. Then sińce that I may know ; 
As liberally as to thy midwife show 
Thyaelf : cast all, yea, this wbite linen hcnce; 
There is no penanoe due to innocence. 

To teach thee^ I am naked flrst ; wby, then, 
What nced%t thon barć morę corering than a man ? 




Off with that wiry coronet, and show 
The hairy diadem, which on yonr faead doth grow : 
Kow off with thosa shoes, and theń softly tread 
In this haf&B hal]ow*d tempie, this soft bed. 
In such wbite fobes Heaven's angelf us^d to be 
ILe?eal'd to men: thoa aogel bńng*ft with tbee 


samo iiAttiin on st. ▼ASjanniiB'fl bat. 

Haił bishop Yalentine, whosa day this is, 

All the air is thy diocese. 

And all the chirping cboristers 
And other birds are thy parishioners: 

Thou marry'st every ^car 
Tlie lyric lark, aad the grave whispering dof e; 
The sparrow, that neglects his Kfe for lorę ; 
The hoasehold bird with the red stomacher; 

Thou mak'8t the blackbird speed as soon, 
As doth the goldflnch or the halcyon; 
The husband oock looks out, and straight is spęd. 
And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed. 
This day more cheeriully than ever shine. 
Tbisday, which might inflame tbyseU^ old Yalentine. 

Till now thon wanii'dst with mnitiplying lo^es 
Two larfcs, two sparrows, or two doves ; 
All that is notbiog unto this, 
For thou this day couplest two photiam. 

Tlion mak'Bt a taper see 
What the Son never saw, and what the aik 
(Which was of fowi and beasts the cage and park) 
Did not contain, one bed contains throogh thee 

Two phenhces, whose joined bi^asts 
Are unto one anotber mutual nests ; 
Where motion kindles snch fires, as shall giTO 
Yonag phenizas, and yet the old shall live : 
Whose lorę and oourage nerer shall decline, 
fiut make the whole year through thy day, O Ya- 



Vp ihan, lair pbenU bride» femtntą Ute Sun ; 

Thyself from thine a$»ction 

Tak'st wflrmtb fuoiigh, aod frcm tłune eye 
AU 1e«er biids wiU Uke their jolUty. 

Up» up, fttir bride, ąnd cali 
Tfay ttan from oot (beiir sereral baxes, tako 
Tby rubles, peads« And diatnotids forth, and make 
Thyicślf t coMtellatioti of Łbem all : 

And by their blaziog signiff, 
Tbat a great princett falls, bat doth not die : 
Be thoa a new star, that to us porteods 
Ends of much wonder ; and be thou those endi. 
Since thon doflt tkb day in nav gjory shine, 
May all men datę records firom this day , Yalentine. 
< > 

Come forth, oome fiirth« and as one glorions flame^ 

Meeting aaother, growt tbe same : 

80 meet thy Fraderick, and so 
To an unseparable «iuon go ; 

Since separaticNi 
Falls not oo snob thiogs as ars in^nite, 
Nor things, wbich avstwt once, and dismiits; 
You 're twice ioseparable, gteat, and one. 

Go then to wbere thn bidbop stays. 
To mke yonone, bis way, whicb dirers irays 
Must be dSected ; and wben all is past, 
And tbat y' are one, by bearts and hands madę fiut ; 
You two have one #ay left yourseWes t' entwine, 
Besides this bishop^s knot, of bishop Yalentine. 

But ob ! what aila the 9fm, tbist bence be stays 

Longer to day tban other days ? 

Stays be new K^bt fh>m tbese to get ? 
And finding berę snob ftars, is loatb to set ? 

And wby do you two walk 
So slowly pac'd in tbis procession ? 
Is all yonr care but to be look'd upou. 
And be to others tpectacle and talk ? 

Tbe feast with glnitonons dela^ 
Is eatMB, and too kmg tbelr meat tbey praise. 
The maskers come Ute, and I tbink will stay, 
Like fciries, till tbe cock crow tbem away. 
Alas! did not anftaauity assign 
A nigbt as well as day to tbee, old Yalentine ? 

Tbey did, and ńigfat is come: and yet we see 

Formalities retarding tbee. 

Wb«t mean thete ladies, whicb (as tbougb 
Tbey were to take a clock in pieces) go 

So nicely abont tbe bride ? 
A bride, before a goodnaight coold be said, 
Sbould Tanish trem ber dotbes into ber bed ; 
As sools from bodiM steal, and are not spjr^d* 

But now she 's biid : wbat tbougb sbe be ? 
Yet there are morę delays ; lor wbere is be ? 
He comes and passetb throogb spbereafter spbere; 
First ber śbeetSi then ber anns, tben any wbere. 
Let not tbis day tben, but this nigbt be tbine, 
Tby day was b^t tbe eve to tbis, O Yalentine. " 

Herę lies a sbe fkm, and a be Moon there, 
Sbe gires tbe best Kgbt to his spbere, 
Or each is betbj and all, and so 
Tbey unto one anotber notbing owe $ 

And yet tbey dn^ but are 
So just and rich ta tbat ecun wbich tbey pay, 
Tbat ntitberwonM, nor needs, foibear nor stay^ 
Keither desiresto be sp«r'd, nor to spare: 

Tbi^ qoiekly pay their debt, and then 
Taks no aoąoittaaoes, bnt pay again; 


Tbey pay, tbey gire^ tbey leftd, aad sn let ibil 
No occasion to be liberaL 
Morę tmtb, morę oourage in tbese two do sbtne^ 
Tban all tby tortles bave and sparrowsy 

And by tbis act of tbese two pbemxes 

Naturę again restored is ; 

For sinoe tbese twó are two no norę, 
lliere 's bntono pbenbi still, as was belbre. 

Rot now at last, and we, 
(As SB^is watob the Sttn's uprise) wHl stay 
Waiting wben your ^es opeoed let out day, 
Only desii^d* because yonr face we see ; 

Others near you shsJl wbispering speak. 
And wagers lay, at whicb side day will break. 
And win by <AMerńng tben wbose band it is 
Tbat opens first a curtain, ber's or bis ; 
Tbis will be tried to morrow after nine, 
Till whicb bDur w« tby day enlaige, O Yalentine. 


DBCBIf BBK, tój 161S. 

AŁŁomAMis FOfnnio mios in ihb couKimr nr omisr- 


oiTBs AM Acconrr os hd Pintfoss Tuaini, asd of 




UnsBAsoKABŁS msu, ststue of jce, 

What could to oonntry^s solitude entice 

Tbee, in this year's cold and decrepid time ? 

NaturCs instinct draws to tbe warmer dime 

Ev'n smaller birds, who by tbat oourage dare 

In nnmeroos fleets lail through their sea, tbe air« 

Wbat deKcacy can in fields appear, 

Wbilst Flora berself doth a frae jerldn wear? 

Whilst winds do all tbe troes and bedges strip 

Of leares, to f umisb rods enoogh to whip 

Tby madness irom tbee, and all springs by frost 

HaTing tak*n oold, and their sweet murmnis kist } 

If thou tby faolts or forttmes would^st lament 

With just solemoity, do it in Lent: 

At Gourt tbe spring already adTanoed is, 

Tbe Sun stays longer up ; and yet not bis 

The gUny is ; far other, other flres ; 

First zeal to prinoe and state ; then loTe's desires 

Buro in one breast, and like HeaT'n's two great lighta, 

The first doth govern days, tbe other nights. 

And tben that early ligbt, whicb did appear 

Before the Sun and Moon created were, 

Tbe prince^s faTOur, is diffos^d o'er all» 

From wbich all fortunes, names, and natures,fan ; 

Tben from those wombs of stars, tbe brideli bright 

At e^ery glance a constellation flies. 
And sows tbe oourt with stars, and doth prerent 
In light and pciwer tbe all-eyM firmamenL 
First ber eyes kindle other ladies* eyes, 
Then from their beams their jewels* lustres rise. 
And from their jewds torches do take fire ; 
And all is warmtb, and light, and good desire. 
Most other couits, alas ! are like to Uelly 
Wbere in dark ploU Bre withont light dotb dwsH: 
Or but like st9ves, for lust and cńvy get 
Coutinoal but ąrtificial beat i 


Hart zeal •wl Wn, grown one, all ckrnda digest, 
jlad make our court air eferiaiting east 
Aad canst thou be from thence? 


No, lamthere: 

As HcaT^ii, to men disp06*d, is ef'ry whore ; 

So are tbose oourts^ wtaose princes animate, 

Kot only all tbeir hoase, but all thetr state. 

Let no roao think, because he 's fuli, b' hath all, 

Kings (aa Łheir fntteni, 6od) are liberał 

Not ooly m fulnęss bat capacity, 

EnłargiDg narrow men to feel and see. 

And oomprebeod the bleasings tbey besŁow. 

So reclas*d bermitsoftentimea do koow 

Morę of HeaT*n's gk>ry, thao a worldling can. 

M man is of the world, tbe heart of man 

Is an epitMoe of God'8 great book 

Of creatmes, and men need no fbrtber look ; 

So 'a the country of courts, where sweet peace 

As their own comńioo soul, gire life to both. 
And am I then from court ? 


Breamer, thou art 

Think*si thou, fantastic, that thou hast a part 

In tbe Indian fleet, because thou hast 

A little spice or amber in thy taste ? 

Beeanse thou art not frozen, art thou warm ? 

Seest thoo all good, beeanse thou seest no harm ? 

The Eaith doth^in ber inner bowels hołd 

Slnff well dispos'd, and which would fiua be gą\d : 

Bot ne?er shall, except it chance to Jie 

So npward, that Heav'n gild it with his eye. 

As lor diTine tbings, faith comes from above, 

SOy tor best ciTiI use, all tinctures move 

Fipocn bigher powers ; from God religion springi ; 

Wisdom and honour from the use of kings : 

Then mibegnile thyself, and know with me, 

That angels, tbough on Earth employ'd they bey 

Are still in Hear'n ; so is he still at home 

That doth abroad to bonest actions come : 

Chide thjTself then, O ibol, whićh yesterday 

Migfafst hare read morę than all thy books be- 

Hast thoa a history, which doth present [wray: 

A coart, where all affectioos do assent 

Unto the ldBg*s, and t^at, that kings are just ? 

And wbere it is no levłty to trust, 

Where tbere is no ambition but t' obey, 

Wbere men need whisper nothing, and yet mav ; 

Where tbe king*s farours are so plac'd, that all 

Find that the king tberein is liberał 

To tbem, in him, because his favoura bend 

To virtue^ to the which they all pretend ? . 

Tbon bast no such ; yet here was this, and morę, 

An eamest lorer, wise then, and before. 

Our little Cupid hath sued lirery, 

And is no morę in his minority ', 

He is admitted now into that breast 

Where the king^s counsels and his secrets rest. 

What hast thou kwt, O ignorant man ! 


...• I knew 

AU this, and only tberefore I withdrew. 
To know and feel all thSs, and not to ba^e 
Words to expre» ]t» makes a Ban a grare ' 

Of his own thongl^tB ; I wonld not tb«refore stay 
At a great feast, ha?ing no grace tó say. 
And yet I 'seapM not here ; ibr being come 
Fuli of tbe common joy, I ntter^d some, 
Read then this nuptial song, which was not madę 
Either the ooort or men*s hearts to invade ; 
But sińce I am dead and boried, I could frame 
No epitaph^ which might ad^ance my famę 
So much as this poor song, which te«tłfies 
I did nnto that day some sacrifice. ^ 


Taou art repńerM, old Year, tbon sbalt not die, 
Tbough thoo upon thy death-bed lie, 
And sbonld*st within five days expire; 

Yet thou art re9cu*d from a mightier fire, 

Than thy old soul, the Sun, 
' When he doth in his largest circie run* 

The passage of the west or east wonld thaw. 

And open wide iheir easy HąM jaw 

To all our ships, ooold a Promethean art 

Either unto the northem pole impart 

The fire of these inflaming eyes, or of this tovhig 

n* BftUAŁmr ot^rbsohi, 

Bnt, undłsceming Muse, which heart, which eyes, 
In this new couple doat thou priie, 
When his eye as inflaming is 
Ai her*s, and ber heart Iotcs as well as his ? 

Be tried by beauty, and then 
The bridegroom is a maid, aad not a man; 
If by that manly oourage they be try*d, 
Which scomsiąnjusto^inion; then the bride. 
Becomes a man : should chance on enyy^s aA 
Diyide these two, whom Naturę scaice did part, 
Since both have the inflaming eye, and both the 
loTing heart 

III. EAuniG OF TBB saiSBGaooii. 

Thongb it be some divorce to think of yon 
Single, 80 much one ara yon two^ 
Let me here oontemplate thee 
First, cbeerful bridegroom, and first let me ide 

How thou prerent^st the Sun, 
And hb red foaming horses dost outrus} 
How, having laid down in thy 80vereign's bnast 
AUbusinesses, from tbenoe to ran^est 
Them, when these triumphs cease,thoa forwaid art 
To show to ber, wbo doth the like impart, 
The fire of thy inflaming eyes, and of thy knring 


Bnt now to thee, fair bride, it is some wrong. 
To think thou wert in bed so long; 
Since soon thou liest dOwn first, 't is fit 
Thou in first rising should allow for it« 

Powder thy radiant hair, 
Which if without such ashes thou wouldlt wear, 
Thou wbo, to all which come to look npon, 
Wert meant for Phoebus, would'st be Pfaaeton. 
For our ease gire thine eyes th' unusual part 
Of joy, a tear ; so quench'd, thou may^ impait. 
To us that come, thy' inflaming eyes i to him, thy 
loTiDg heart 




Hiim thoa detcend*8t to oar infirmity, 

Who can the San in water see. 

So dost thoa, wfaen in silk and fołd 
Thou clond'st ihyself | emce we, which do behold, 

Are dnst and worms, t ib jost 
Ow objects be the fruits of wormt and dost 
Let eveiy jewel be a glorions star; 
Yet stan are not so pnre as thchr spheres are. 
And though thoa stoop, t> appear to us in part, 
Still in that pictore thcm eolwely art, [ing heart 
Which thy inflaming eyes have madę witbin his lo¥- 


Kow from your east you issue forth, and we» 
As men, which through a cyprets see 
The ffisiiig Sun, do tbink it two ; 
So^ as you go to charch, do think of yoa : 

Bat that Taił being gcne, 
By the cburoh rites yoa are ffx>m tbenceforth one. 
The churcb triumphant madę Ihis match before. 
And now the militant doth strive no morę. 
Then, reverend priest, who God'8 recorder art. 
Do fńm his dictates to these two impart 
Ali btessings which are seen, or thoughty by angePs 
eyeor lieart* 

▼II. Tli ■■HEDicnow. 

BlessM pair of swans, oh may you interbring 
Daily new joys, and nerer sing : 
Utc, tilł all grounds of wisbes fail, 

Till honour, yea till wisdom grow so stale, 
That new great heights to try, 

It most 8erve your ambition, to die, 

Raise heirs, and may here to the World'8 end live 

Hdrs fh>m this king to take thanks, you, to giTe. 

KstuTR and grace do all, and nothing art ; 

May never age or errour orerthwatt [this heart 

With any west these radiant eyes, with any north 



Bot yoa are oror-bless^d. Pienty thk day 

Injores; it canseth time to stay ; 

Vm tablet giuan, as thoogli this feast 
Wonld, as the flood, destrdy all fowl and beast. 

And were-the doctrine new 
That tka Eaith moT*d, this day wonld make it tme ; 
For every part to danoe and lerel goet, 
Tkey Iread the air, and fali not where they rosę. 
Thougfa six bours sińce the San to bed did part, 
The masks and banqvets will not yet impart 
A son-set to these weary eyes, a centrę to this heart. 

IX. Taa ■U9B*s Gonio to ■!& 

What mean^st thoa, bride, this company to keep } 
To sit op, till Uiott fain would sleep? 
Thou may'&t net, when thou 'rt laid, do lo^ 
Thyself must to him a new banquet grof , 

And you must entertain, 
And do all this day's dances o*er again. 
Know, that if Sun and Moon together do 
Rise in one point, they do not set so too. 
Therefore thou may^st, fair bride, to bed depart, 
Thou art not gone being gooe ; where'er thou art, 
Thou leav*st ia him thy watcbfbl eyes^ in him thy 
loYiDg heart. 


As he that sees a star Ikll rnns apace. 
And finds a gelly in the place, 
So doth the bridegniom hastę as mach, 
Being told this star is faU*n, and finds ber such» 
* And as friends may look strange 
By a new fashion, or apparePs change : 
Their souls, tboogh kmg acquatnted they had beeo^ 
These clothes, their bodies, nerer yet had seen. 
Tberelbre at flrst she modestly might start. 
But must fbrthwith surrender eyery part [or bcart. 
As freely, as each to each befbre gave either haiiA 


Now, as in Tullia's tomb one lamp bumt clear» 
Unchang^d for fifteen hundred jrear, 
May these Iove>lamp8, we here enshrin^ 

In warmth, light, lasting, eąual the dime. 
Fire ever doth aspire. 

And makes all like itself, tums all to fire, 

Bot ends in ashes ; which these cannot do. 

Por nonę of these is fuel, but fire too. 

This is joy*s bOnfire then, where Love's strottg arta 

Make of so noble indiTidual parta [bearts. 

One fire of ftmr inflaming eyes, and of two loióng 


At I baTe brought this song, that I may do 
A perfect sacrifice, I '11 bum it too. 


No, sir, this paper I ha^e jostly got. 
For iu bnmt incense the perfiime b not 
His only, that presents it, bot of all ; 
Whaterer celebrates this festiral 
Is oommon, sińce the joy tbereof is so. 
Nor may yoorself be priest : but let me g>» 
Back to the court, and I will lay 't upoo 
Soch altars, as prize your derotioa. 



Thb sun^beams in the east are spread, 
Leare, lea^e, fiur bride, your solitary bed. 

No morę shall you return to it alone, 
It nurseth sadness ; and your body's print, 
Like to a grave, the yielding down doth dint ; 

You and your otber you meet there anon : 

Pat Ibrth, pat ibrth, that warm balm-breathing 

thigh, [smother, 

Which when next time yoa in these sheeta wiU 

There it most meet ancitber, 

Which nerer was, bat must be oft morę nigh; 
Come glad from thence, go gladder than you camą 
To day put ou perfectiou, and a woman's name. 

Danghters of London, yoa which be 

Our goldeu mines, aód fumiBfa*d treasury; 

You which are angełs, yet Still bring with yoa 
Thousands of aipgela on your marriage days. 
Help with your presence, and derise to praiae 

These rites, which aiio anto you grow doe; 




Ooneeitedly dren her, and be tangnM 
Bf sroa fit place for eveiy flower luid jewely 
Hmke her for love fit fuel 
As gfty M Flora, and as rich as Inde ; 
So mmj she iair aad riob, in DOthiog lamę. 
To day pot on perfcctkmj and a woinaii^ Bamab 

And 3rou, frolic patridaos, 

Sons of tboae atnatora, wealth*8 deep oceam* 

Ye painfted coortien, barrels of otbers' wits, 
Ye countrymen, who bot yoor beastii love nonę, 
Ye of thoae feliowsbips, whereof he 's one, 

Of stody and play madę strange hennaphrodits, 

Herę Bhiue ; tbis bridegroom to the templ^briog, 
Łd, m yon path wbicb storę of strow'd flow^re gracetb, 

The sober viT:gin paceth ; 
JBsoept my sigfat fail, 't h no other tbing. 
Weep not, nor blnsfa, here is no grief nor shame. 
To dny put on perfection, and a woaian's name. 

Tby two-leaT'd gates, fair tempie, imfi>id, 
Aod tbete t«o in thy saered boeom hołd, 

TUJ, mystically join'd, but one tbey be; 
Tben may thy lean and huoger-star? ed womb 
liOog tine espeet tbeir bodies, and their tomb^ 

Im% after their oiro parsnls fatten thee. 

Ail elder claUns, and all oold barrennessy 
Ali yielding to new loTes be far for ever, 

Whidi mi|[^t theie two distever, 
Alvays all tb' other may eaoh one ponets; 
For tbe bśst bride, best worthy of praise and famę, 
1)» day put on perfection, and a «oaiao*s namek 

Winter days bring much deligbt. 

Not fof theraselve8, but for they sooo bring night; 

Other sweets wait thee tban these di^erK meati, 
Other disports than dancing jollities, 
Other We tricks than glancing with tbe eyes, 

Bot that tbe Sun still in our balf sphere sweats } 

He flies in winter, bot he now stands ttill, 
Yet shadons tum ; neon point he hath attain'd^ 

Hb steeds will be restrain'd. 

But gallop live1y down tbe western bill; 
Thou shalt, wben he hath mn tłie Heav'ns' half frame, 
To night put on perfection, and a woman*8 name. 

The amorons evening star is rosę, 

Why then should not oor amorous star enclose 

Uerself in her wi8h'd bed ? release your string^ 
Musicfans, and danoers, take some truce 
With these your pteasing laboun, for great use 

As much wearioess as perfection brings. 

Ton, and not oniy yoo, but all toiPd beast 
Retit duły ; at night all their toils are dlspensM ; 

But in their b^ commencM 
Are other labours, and morę dainty feasts. 
She goes a maid, who, lest she tum the same, 
To night puts on perfection, and a woman'8 name. 

Tby Tirg^n^s ginlle now-untie. 

And in tiiy nuptial bed (Lore^s altar) Me 

A pleasiog sacrifice ; now dispossess 
Thee of theie chains and robes, ilirhich were pot on 
T adom the day, not thee; for thoo alone, 

like virtne and tnith, art best in nakedness: 

This bed ts onIy to Tirginity 
A grave, but |o a better state a cradle ; 

Tilt now thou wast but able 
To1>e what now thou art ; ffaen that by thee 
No morę be said, " I may be," but •* I am," 
To night ptti oo perfectiOD, and a woman*8 name. 

Ev*n Iłke a IsiCfaftd man, oonteot, 

That thb life for a better should be Mpeai ; 

So she a mother's rich style doth pre£er. 
And at the bridegroom'8 wish^d approaoh doth lie^ 
Like an appointed lamb, wben tenderly 

The priest comes on his knees t' embowel her* 

Now skep or watch with morę joy ; and, O light 
Of HeaT^Of to morrow rise thou hot and early, 

This sun will love so dearly 

Her rest, that kmg, long we shall want her sight. 
Woodersarewrought; for she, whioh bad oo name. 
To night puts on peifection, and a woman'& n«m«^ 



AwAT, thoB ohaageling motley hmnoorist, «• 

Lea^e me, and in this standing wooden che8t> 

Consdrted with these few beoks, let me lie 

In prison, and heie be eoflto'd, when I die: « 

Here are Ood^ ooodoits, gra^e dirines ; and herefr 

Is Nainre*s secretary, the pbilosopher; 

And wiły statesmen, which teacb how to tie 

Tbe sioews of a dtfn mystie body ; 

Here gathering chronielers, and by them stand 

Oiddy fantastic pM^ of each land. 

Shall I leare all this ooqptant company. 

And foUow headlong wild unoertain thee ? ^ 

First swear by thy best lorę here, iu eamest, 

(If thoo, which loT'st all, canst Ioto any best) 

Thou wilt not leave me in the middle street, 

Thoogh some morę spruce companion thoo dost 

Not thoogh a captain do come in thy way [meet^ 

Bright parce] gilt, with forty dead men's pay ; 

Not though a brisk perfum'd pert coiirtier 

Deign with a nod thy courtesy to answer; 

Nor come a yelTet justice with a long 

Great train of błne-coats, twelTO or foorteeo stit»g| 

Wilt thou grin or fewn on him, or piepare 

A speech to court bis beauteous son and heir ł 

For better or worse take me, or leaTO mes 

To take and leave me is adoltery. 

Oh ! monstroos, soperstitioos poritan 

Of refin'd manneis, yet ceremonia] man, 

That, when thou meet^st one, with inąuirtng eyes 

Dost search, and, like a needy broker, prize 

The silk and gołd he wears, and to that race, 

So high or fcw, dost raise thy forroal hat ; 

That wUt coosort nonę, till thoo have known 

What laods he hath in hope, or of his own ; 

As thoogh all thy companions should make thee 

Jointores, and marry thy dear company. 

Why shoo1d*8t thoo (that dost not onIy approre,. 

But in rank itchy lust, desire and love, 

The nakedness and barrenness t' enjoy 

Of thy plump mnddy whpre, or prostitute boy;) 

Hate Yirtue, thoogh she naked be and bare } 

At birth and death our bodieii naked are; 

And, till our souls be unapparelled 

Of bodies, they from bliss are banished : 

Man'8 first błess'd state was naked ; when by sin 

He lost that, he was cloth'd but in beast's skin, 

And in this cdarse atttre, which I now wear, 

With God ud with the Moses I oonfer. 




Bot ńiioe thon, like a contrite peidlmt^ 
Chańtably wuti^d of tby sini, dost repent 
These v«iuties and ^ddineMes, lo. 
I shttt my chamber door, aad oome^ let '• go. 
But sooner may a cheap whoTB, who hsth been 
^ Woni oat by as many wveral man in ain, 
* As are black feathen, or musk-ooloiired bon, 
Name her ehild'8 right tine fbther 'moogśt 

Sooner may one g«M», who fball bear away i 
The infiuitry of London benoe to India ; 
And toooer may a gnltin; weatber-tpy, 
By drawing foith HeaT'n'B acbeme, teU certainly 
What fashlon'd hats, or ruib, or tiiitt, neat year 
' Our głddy-headed antic youth will wear, 
Than thon, when thou depart*ft froA me/can 

Whither, why, when, or with wbom, thoo would^stga 
But bow sball I be pafdoB'd my offence, 
That thns hare ti«i*d against my oooacicnce ? 
Now wearein thertraei; hefintofall, 
Improridently proud, oroepa to the wali ; 
And 80 impriaon^d, and hemm*d in by me; 
Sells lor a lifede state bis liberty ; 
Yet tfaougb be cannot skip fortb now to greet 
E^ery fine silken painted Ibol we meet, 
He tbem to him with amorous smilet-alhires, 
And grios, smaoks> ihmgs, and soch an iteh ea- 

As 'prentices or school-boys, whieb do know 
Of some gay sport abroad, yet dare not go. 
And as flddJen stoop kmestat ^ghest sound, 
So to the most brave stoops he nigh'8t the ground. 
But to a graTe man he doth moTe no morę 
Than the wise politio bonę woold heretofore^ 
Or thou, O elephant, or ape, wilt do» 
When any names the king of Spain to you. 
Now leaps he uprigfat, jogs me, andcries, ** Do you 

Yonder well-ia^ourM youth?" — « Whieh?''— 

••Oh I Htshe 
That danoes so di^inely."— « Oh,'* said I, 
" Stand still, most yoa danoe here for company ?'* 
He droop^di we went, tiU one (which did eicel 
Tb* Indiana m diinking his tobaeoo weU) 
Metus: theytalk*d; I whisper'd, "Letwgo^ 
*T may be you smell him net, truły I do./* 
He heais not me, bot on the oiher side 
A many-cok>ov'd peacook havlog 8py*d9 
ŁeaTes^him and me } I for my lost sheep stay ; 
He follows, overtakcs, goes on the way, 
Saying, ** ffim, whom I last Ml, all repnts 
For hu device, in bandsoming a suit. 
To jodge of lace, pink, panea^ print, ewt, and plait, 
' Of all the court to have the beat oonoeit.'' 
** Our duU comedians want him, let him go ; 
Botoh ! Ood strengtheo tbee, why 8(oop'st thou so ^* 
** Why, be batb tinvaiPd kmgi no, but to me 
Which understood nonę, be doói seem to be 
Perfect Fk^och and Italian." I replyM* 
*< So is the poi.'* He answef'd not, but spy^d 
Morę men <k sorti of purts, and qnaiitłes; 
At last his lorę be in a window spies. 
And like iigbt dew ethaPd be lltngs from nw 
Yiolently ravidi*d to his lechery. 
Many thcf^ Wei^ be coold command no merę ; 


Snt, thottgh (Ithank Ged for it) I do hftt# 
Perfectly att this town, yet there 's one stasfee 
In all ill tfaings so eieellently best, 
Tbatbatetowardsthem breeds pity towards the i 
Thongb poetiy indeed be soch a s(n, 
As I think that brings dearth and Spaniards in : 
Thoagh like thepestilence and old fosUooyi lowe, 
Ridlingiy it catch man, and doth Teniove 
Never, till it be sUrT'd out, yet their state 
ts poor, di8arm'd, like papte, not worth bato? 
One (like a wretch, which at bar jndg*d as dend, 
Yet prompfai hini» which stands nezt, and caoaoft 
And 8av«8 his life) giyes iiliot actors meant, [rand, 
(Starving^ himielf ) t» li^e by 's labour^d sobnea. 
As ID iome orgaos poppets dance above 
And bellows pant bdow, which them do mof«. 
On6 wouU move lorę by rfaymes ; but witc]Hsmll% 

Briug not now their old foan, nor their oM barne; 
' Rams and slings now are silly battery, 
Pistolets are the best artillery. 
And they who write to lords, rewards to get, 
Are they not like singers at doors for mtat ? 
And they who write, beeause all wTite» havestiB' 
Th* escuse for writing, and for writing iii. 
But he is worst, who (beggariy) doth chaw 
Others wit 's froits, aad in his ra^enons mscw' 
Rankly digested, doth those things out<s|Mnr, 
As his own thmgs; andtbey 'rshisown,'t iś^tme^ 
For if one eat my meat, thougb it be known'^ 
The meat was minę, th' escremeot is his ««n. 
But these do me no harm, nor tb€y wfaidi use 
«*«**«« uid ont-usure Jews, 
T' oot-drink the sea, t' ootHmear the fitay, 
Who with 9in'8 all kinds as familiar be 
As co nfem or s, and for whose sinfni sake 
Schoolmen new tenementa in Heli must m^ke t 
Whose stmagesins canonists eoitld bardlyiell 
la which commandment*s large reeeit liiey dwell 
But these puniah themseires. The insolenoe 
Of Ooscus, oniy, breeds my jqtt oflfenoe, " ' 
Whom time (which rots all, and makes bolchei ^oi^ 
And pkMiding on mntt make a calf an ok) 
Hath madę a lawyer ; which, alas ! of lato 
But scarce a poet; joliier of this state, 
Than are new benefic*d ministers, he throwa 
JUke nets or lime-twigs, wbereaoe'er he goes, 
Histitle of barrister, onevery wench. 
And woos in langoage of the pleas and bench. 
A motion, lady : speak, Ooscus. ** I liave been 
In lorę e*er sińce łrkerimo of the ąueeik 
Gontinukl claims I 've madę, injunetions got 
To stay my iival*s suit, thatthe should not 
Proceed ; spare me, in Hillary term I went ; 
You said, if I retom^d next 'size in Lent, 
I should be in remitter of your gnoe $ 
In th' interim my lettere ^bouM take plaee 
OfaffidaTits.** Wofds, words^ which woold tear 
The tender labyrinth of a maid^soft enr 
Morę, morę than tea Solavonilsns seolding, mors 
Than when wśtids in our ruln^ abbies Maf^- - 
When dok whh poMpy, stad pessestfd With BRms ' 
Thouwaa«andmed,Ihó|iVl; btitttlenj^^hiehdboosn* 

HequarreH'd, fonght, bled| and, tornad out of ' ŁawpttieifebftwmeMgalftrbold-sbiitordpuCe 


Directly eame to me, bangfttg ^he hend, 
And coDStadtly awhile mutt keep his bed. 

Worse than 4mbrótAel'd«nNi«|Mli iinMHfeute^ 
K«w Ukn^an «#Milre watehoMNi be mM ^Nffit^ 
His band stUlm a billj now he noillaJlb 



Idfy, ISke priiOBecs, which whole monUis win tmtn, 
Thaftiialy soretyifaip hatli Imnight them tbere, 
Aad to erery siiitor lie in erery thing, 
Iik« a Mag*! fkToarite, or llke a king; 
Ukt a wedga- in a blodi, wriog to the bar, 
Beuiog iike aaset, and, moro shamelefi hr 
TteBcafledvliore%lietotli6gravejiMlge7 for 
Battardy aboanU not ia kiagt' titJes, nor 
Simony and lodDaiy in eliaich-M«i't Uwm, 
As thcaa things do tn Um ; by theae be tbriTei* 
Shortły <aft tb' Ma) be >ll compan all the land: 
Trom Seoti to Wight, ftom Mount to DoTer Strand, 
Mad apying bein meltmg witb luzniy, 
Sataa will aoijoy attheir ńns, as be. 
For (aa a tbril^ wenob aetapes kitcbe»-ftnff, 
AmA barreUiag tbedrapiiinga, and tbe lonff 
Of waating candle% wbieh m tbnty year, 
KeKdy kept, parchanco buyi weddmg cbeer) 
PiecfTBeal be gets bnidB, aad ipendi as mucb time 
Wringiag eacb acro, as maids pnlling prime. 
In parrhment tben^ laige as the fields, be draws 
Asaarance ; big, as gloss^d civil lawa, 
9o hnge, that men (tn oor time's forwardnen) 
Are C^heis of tbe cbnrch for writing len. 
Tbese ha»mtes not; nor for tbese written pays, 
Tlierefore sparea no Icngtb, (as in those flnt days, 
WhcB Łalherwas piDfoiB'd» be did desire 
Sbort aefer mrlsr^ saying as a friar 
Sacfa day his beads, bnt ba^ing lefl tbose law8» . 
Addi to Chriaf s prayer the po»er and glory clanse: ) 
JBot wbcn be sells or cbanges land, b' impain 
Ks writńigą and, uawatcb*d, leave8 out nt keireSf 
And slily« as aay oommenter goas by 
Hard wońb or sense $ or in dnrinity 
M oontrowrters ia vouch'd tests leaTe out [doubt 
Shrewd words, wbieb might against them elear the 
Wbere aie tboae sprcad woods, which ek)th'd berę- 

ThosebongblJaiids? notbi]ilt,norbonitwithindoor. 
Wbere tbaold landlord'8 troops and alnas ? In balls 
GsrtfaMiaa fosts and fulsome Baoefaanals 
EipiaUy Ibate. Mean^Ue8B*d. InricbaMnsbomes 
X bid kiU sooM beasts, bat no becatombs; 
Kone stanre, nooe s^eit so. Bnt, (ob ! ) w* allow 
Good worka aa good, but out of fashion now, 
likeold rieh waidroites. Bnt my words nońe draws 
Witbia tha vast reach of tb* bngestatute iaws. 


Kmn pity ebaeks my ipleen ; bta^e soom forbidi 
Tboae tears to isne, which swaU my eye-lids. 
I most not laugb, nor weep sins, but be wise; 
Gan raMing tben cnre tbese wom maladies? 
-Is uoi our mistreas, foir Religion, 
As .worthy of our soul'8 devotion, 
As Ttrtue was to tbe flrst bluided age ? 
Are not IIaaven's joys as valiani to asMwge 
Lasts,.as Eartb^ honoui^ was to them ł Alaai 
As we do them in meaas, sball they snrpass 
Uiiatbeaad? And. sball tby fotber*s spirit 
Mect blind pbiloaopben in HeaT*n, wboae merit 
Of stfiot lifeiBnayb' impiited faith, and baar 
Tbee, whoia be taagbt so easy ways and near 
To fołkm, damD'd ? Ob, if tboo dar'8t, faar tbis: 
Uliis łear, great oonrage and high vakMir isb 
Dar^st tbóp aid jnotinonsDutcb ? and dar'st thott lay 
Tbea in sbips' miodcn tepukhres, a prey 

To leadei^srage^ to stormg, to ibot, to dearth ?, 
Dai^ tboo di^e sens, and dongeona of tbe eaith ł 
Hast thou cooTageoua flre totbaw tbe Ice 
Of froaen north discoveiies, and tbrice 
Golder tban salamaaders ? ]ikedivine 
Cbildien in th' oven, flies of Spain, and tbe linę, 
Wbose couatriea linibecs to oor bodies be, 
Canst thou for gain baar? and must every be 
Which cries not, *' €k>ddesi,* to thy mistress, drsw,- 
Oreattbepoiaooonswoids? oonrage of&trawl 
O desperate ooward, wilt thou seem bold, and 
To thy foes and bis (wlm roade tbee to stand 
Csntinel in tbis worid*t gairison) thus yield. 
And for foibid wars leatve th' appointad field ? 
Enow thy foes : tbe fonl deril (be, wbom tboo 
Stri^^st to please) for bate, not lorę, would allow 
Tbe fońi im whole realm to be ąaiti aad aa 
Tbe world's all paits wither away and pass, 
So tbe world's tełf, thy other ky^^d foe, is 
In ber decrepit wane, aad thou knring tbis 
Dost loTe a witberad and wora stmmpet; laat, 
Flesh (itself '8 death) and joya, wbteb flesb oan taste^ 
Thou kn^st; and thy foir goódly soul, which dot^ 
Give tbis llesh power to tasie joy, tbon dost lotbOk 
Seek tnie religion: O wbere ? Mirreus, 
Thinking ber unbous*d bers, and fled from ui^ 
Seeks ber at Romę, there, because be dotb know . 
Hiat she was there a tbousand jroars ago: 
He lores the rags so, as we berę obey 
The state-dotb, wbere the prince sat yesterday. 
Grants to such bra^e ]oves will not be entbraU'dt 
But lo^Rss ber ooly, wbo at Oeaera is caU'd 
Religion, plain, simple, soUen, young, 
Contemptuous yet unhandsome t as among 
Lecberous bumours, tbare is one that judges 
No weoches wbobome, bot couiae country dradgei» 
Orajos stays still at borne here, and because 
Some preachers, Tile ambitious bawdą and lawa 
Still new Iike foshions, bid him think that she 
Which dweUs with us, is only peifocts be 
Embraceth her, wbom his godfothers will 
Tender to him, beiag tender $ aa wards still 
Take such wi^es as their guaidians offer, or 
Pay Yalues. Cureless Phrygias doth abbor , 

All, because all cannot be good; as one, 
Koowing some women wborss, ^res marry noBe» 
Gracchos lo^es all as one, aud thiaks that so^ 
As women do in divers countńes go 
In diTers babits, yet are still one kiod; 
So dotb, 80 is religion ; and thia blind- 
Ness too much light breeds. But nnmoved thou 
Of force must one, and forc'd but one allow. 
And tbe right ; ask thy fotber which is sbę. 
Lat him ask bis. Tboogb Truth and Falsehood be 
Near twins, yet Truth a little elder is. 
Be bttsy to uetk ber ; bdie^e me tbis, 
He 's not of nonę, nor worst, that seeks the best* 
V adore, or scorn an image, or protest, 
May all be bad. Doubt wisaly, in strange way 
To stand inqniring right, is not to stray ; 
To sleep or run wiong, is. On a huge bill, 
Cragged and steep, Trnth standa, and be, that wiU 
Reach ber, aboot must and about it go; 
And what tbe hilPs suddeoness resists, win so. 
Yet stri^e so, that before age^ death's twilight, 
Thy soul rest, for nonę cau work in that night. 
To will impliea delay, tberefore now do : 
Hard deeda the body'8 pains ; hard koowledge to 
The miod'8 endeavonrs reach ; and mysŁeries 
Are Iike the Suo,^azsling, yet plain t' all e3*es. 



KeepthettoOitWUebtfaMiłMttftNwd; OModoiMt ) Meto hMr thif,yet Imwtbe eMrtieni 

Ifa att ill eue, thmi God balh with hit band [stand | Wi^h bis toDgac, m his tongiM csIPd ooMplioMBC ? 

Sign'd kingą blaiik-chaitei% to kiU wImid they hale. 

Nor are thy ^netn, but hangmai» to fiite. 

Fool and wratch, wiłt th^a Ict tby son) be ty'd 

Taiiian'8 Iswi, by which sbe shaU not be try^ 

At the last day ^ Or will ii tbea bool thee 

To say a Philip or a Oregory, 

A Harry or a Martin toaght aie thia) 

Is not this esense for merę eonftiaries, 

KqaaUy stfong } canaot both sides say so ł [know ; 

That thoo nay^ rightlr obey powcr, her boonds 

Those i>ast ber natare and naaie's ehśsig*d; to be 

Then bombie to her is idolairy. 

AB8treani«are,poireria; tbose bfess'd flowers^ that 

At the<n>ugh stieaB'^ calm head, thrite and dowelt ; 
Bat hanng left their loots, and thcmselve8 giiren 
Totbestrcam^styTannousrage^alas! aredriven 
ThrcHigb miUs,roeks, and woods, and allastyalnoft 
Cotttam'd in going, in the sea are k)st : ^ 
80 perish soolś, whicb morę cboose men^ m^ost 
Pknrer, from God daim^d, than God faimself to tmst 


Wbił; Ijoay wiar receive, and die. Mysia 
Indeed is great, bot yet I hare beeo in 
A pmgatory^ soch as fiear^d HeU is 
A recreatioii, and scant map of this. 
My mind, aeitherwith pride'siteb, nor yethatii bcen 
FoisoD^d with knre to see» or to be seen ; 
I had no mit there, nor nawauit to sboir, 
Yet went to oonrt ; but as Glare^ which did go 
1V> mass in jest, oatoh'd, wasfstn to disburse 
The hnndred marks, whioh is the statnte^s cune^ 
Before be scap*d ; so *t pleas*d my desttny 
(Gailty of my sin of going) to tbink me 
As prooe to sili ill, and of giMd as foi^get- 
Fal,. as pfoad, lastfal, and as moeb in debt, 
As yain, as widem, and as fiUse as ibey 
Which dwełi in eoort, for onoe geing that way 
Therefore I suffiar^d this: towards me did run 
A thiog morę straoge, than on Niłe's slime the Sun 
£^ brad, or all which into Noah*s ark came : 
A thing which wonld have pos*d Adam to name: 
Stranger than seven aatiqnanes^ stodies, 
Than Afric*s monstors, Gniaaa*s raiities, 
Strangcrthanstrapgen: one, who for a Dane 
In the nBne*s maaacre had surę been slain» 
Ifhe had liv^ then; and without help dies, I 

Wben neit the 'prentices 'gatnst strangers rise ; "^ 
One^ wbom the watoh at noon lets scaroe go by ; 
One, t' whom th' escamining jnstice surę would ery, 
" STir, by your priesthood, tell me what you are.'* 
His clothes were strange, though ooane i and black 

thongh bare; 
Sleereiess his jerkin was, and it had been 
YeWet, but 't was now (so much ground was seen) 
Become tufflsflBHy ; and oar children sball 
See it plain rash awhile, then nought at all. 
The thing hath traveU*d, and faith speaks aU tongues, 
And only knoweth what t' ad stotos belongs. 
Madę of th' accents, and best pbrase of all these, ' 
He speaksone language. If strange meats displ/ease, 
Art can deoeive, or hunger furce my taste ; 
But pedanfs motley tongne, soldiers bombast, 
Mountebank's drog-tongue, nor the terms of law, 
Are-stroog enough preparati^es to draw 


In whicb he can win widowa, and pay soSRi, 

Make men speak treasen, cosen sabtlest whares* 

Out-ilatter farourites, or ootlie either 

Jorius or Surius^ or both togetber. 

He. names me, and oomas to m« ; I whispcr, *^Ct9A ! 

How have I sum^d, that thy wrath*a ftniona iod» 

This feUow, chooseth me." He satlh, '< Shr, 

I lave yonr jodgment ; whom do yon prefor, 

Fot the best liaguist V* and I sillily 

Said, that I thought Calepine^s Dictioaary. 

" Nay, but of men, most sweet sir ł" Been thea, 

Some JesuitSa and two rererend men 

Of oiir two academies I nam'd ; hete 

He siopp^d me, and said : " Nay, your apostles wara 

Good pretty linguists, so Ptaurgos was; 

Yet a poor gentleman ; all these may pam 

By trayel }'* tben, as if he wonld h»vc sald 

His tongue, he prais'd it, and sneh wonden lirild, 

That I was fain to say, << tf yon had ti¥'d, sir, 

Time enoiigb to have been inteipraker 

To Babe]'8 bńcklayera, snra the tow*r had stood." 

He adds, <* If of court-life yon knew the good* 

You would leave kMieness." I said, '« Mol alMie 

My leoeoessis; but ^artan's fisshkMH 

To teach by painting druiikavds,dotii not last 

Now; Aretine'8 pictares haTO Uftade few chasto ; 

No morę can princes* coorts, though there he^cm | 

BetterpieUvesof¥ice,te«dimeriitne." ['<a^ais^ 

He, like to a high-itreteh*d lut»«lring^ sąneafcM, 

'T is sweet to talk of kings."— «< Ab Westa^sater/* 

Said I, " the man that keepa the abbey ton^ 

And for his priee doth, with whoewer coeMs, 

Of all onr Harrys and our Edwarda taJk, 

Prom king to king, and aU their kia ean wedfe: 

Yenr ears sball hear nonght bot Idngs ; your eyefe 

Kings only; the way to it is King^s Street* [meet 

He smack'd, and cry'd, *< He *s base, meehmue 

So 're all yonr English men in thehr disoomae* 
Are not your Freochmen neat } " '* Minę, as yno 
I have but one* sir, loofc, he follows meu*' [eee^ 
" Certes tfaey >re neatly €lo4h*d. I of this mind aaft» 
Your only wearing is your ^rogaiam,'* 
" Not so, sir, I have morę." Underthis piUA 
He would not fly ; I chafd him: bot as iteh 
Scratoh*d into smart, and as blunt iron ground 
~nto an edge, burU worset eó I, fool, fonnd, 
Crossing hurt me. To fit my suUenness, 
He to another key his styie doth dress : 
And asks, what news; I tell him of new plejrs. 
Ha takes my hand, and as a stiU wfawh steya / 
A semibrief 'twist eacb drop, be niggardiy, ' 

As lotbe to enńch me, so tells many a lie^ 
Morę than ten HoUensbeads, or HeJls, <]r.9ton% 
Of triTial hou^ehold trash he knows; ha kaows < 
Wben the queen firowa'd or smH'd, aml ha knoaia 

A sobtle statesman may gatber of that; 
He knows who kwas whom; aad who by poison 
Hastes to an ofllce^s rererrion; 
He knows who liath sold hialand, and now.di|th heg 
A licence dd iron, boots, and shoes, and>eg9- 
Shells to transport; shortly boye ehałi not play 
At span^oonter or bkiw point, bat ehaM finy 
Toil to some courtier ; and, witer than alb as, 
He knows, what lady is not pamted. Thns • 
He with home meats ckys me.' I belch, epew, tfii, 
Look pale ^nd siekły* like a. patient, yet 


Bedtfutksoawore; aiiA it ha M miderlook 

T« say Galio-Belgicoi witbout book, 

Speaks of aH atotei ąnd daeds that have baoi śno^ 

Tbe S^iatilanis oame to tb> iois of Amyaoi. 

Łike a big mih, at aigbt of k»Uied naafc, 

Readjr to traTail: so I ligh* aad tweat 

TbhaartlBiiiiacarDO taJkio YaiB; fbryat, 

ESther my liaoour or his onm to fit, 

He, Uke * iHrivtlag'd tpj, whooi notbing oaii 

Dńoredk, libels ooir 'gaiwt aacb great maD. 

He oMiies a price fi>r eveiy ottea paid; 

He aaith, ow wais tbrive iU> bceauie dday4; 

That cAces are entaiyd, aad tbat thcfe aró A 

Perpetuitiet of Łheiii» lastiog as Hr 

Astbelastday; and ibat gnat oficera 

00 vilh tfae piiatoi sbare, and Donkirken. 
Wbo araaiei ia meat, ńaelotbef, ia bona be notes'; 

Ifeiiioreaiaas^dtbeBCirGe^sprisoDefiyWbeD (r 
Tbey lelt tbemsahrat tani bótfts, {eh mywBtf tiiefi 
Bron Miag tiaitor, aad nrtboagbt I saw 
One of our giaat statucB ope bis jaw 
Tb anek asa in, for bearing hin ; I foaad 
That as bcmit Teaoaoiis leachton do giow sound 
?y gi^ing otben tbeUr sores, I migbt grow 
Gtiiky, and be f ree : tberefore I did show 
Ali aigiiB of loatbicg ; bat siace I am in, 

1 most pay minę and my fbrefatlier^s sin 
To tbe last fiMtbilw* Tbefeibre to my poirer ^^ 
Toagbly and sia^^bandy I bear tbis cmms-; bat th* 
Of meroy nam was oomc : be tries to brno^ [boar 
Metopay afiBeto'scapebistorturiiig» [tiagly;'' 
Andsays, "Sir, caoyouspareme?" Iiaid, « Wii- 
" Nay, sir, can yoa spare me a ciown ł" Tbank- 
GaTeityasraasom; but as fiddlefs still, [fiiliy I 
Thoogfa tbey ba paki to ba gooe, yet nasds wiU 
Tb^asteneanrajig aponyaa; sodidbe 
Włtb his ioag compicmental thanks Tea me. 
Bat be is gjoneTlEuiEś tó^his needy waat, 
Aad tbe prerogatiye of my crown: scant 
His thsbiks were eaded wbeo I ( wbicb did see 
AU tbe oamt fiU'd witb socb stange tbings as be) 
Ran fyom tbcnce witb socb, or morę hasto than one, 
Wbo iean morę actaooa, doth basie fima prisoo. 
At bome in wbolesome sołitarinsss 
My pitaoossoal began tbe wretcbednets 
Of soiton atcourt to asaani, and a tnnoe 
Łike bis, wbo dieamt be saw Heli, did advaace 
Ilself o*er me : sncb omn as be saw tbere 
I saw at cmNt,and woisa, amł morę. Łow fear 
Becomes4be goilty, not tb' aociosr. Umo 
9i^ if none^s slave, of bigb bom er rais^ men 
Fearfrawns? and, my mistress lYutb, betray thae 
To tb* bnAng, bmggart, pttff'd nobiJity 7 
No, no; tbon, wbiob sinee yesterday hast been 
Almost nbont tbe whola worM, bnst tfaon seen, 
O Sari, in aU tby joomey, Tanity, 
SnebnasweUsthebbidderofourconft? I '* 
Tbink, ha which mada yonr waaen garden, and 
lYnn^jiorted it frorn Italy, to slaml 
Witb ns aft l^sodon, Aonts onr conrtifln, fnr 
Just sncb gay paioted Ibmgs, wbidi no sap nor 
TiMebawaitt tbennoorsaia; and nataral 
Someof theatodu are, tbeirlimite bastard aU. 
n* is ten o^kMb aad past| all whóm tbe Mensę, 
Bakmn, tcaais, diet, ^er tbe staws 
Bad all tbe momiog faeU, now tbe saeond 

Time madSteady, that day m iseks are fiMmd 
In tbe presenoa, and I, (Ood pardon me) 
As frcsb aodawMt tbeir ap^aiab be^ as be 


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TbefiayatbflysoldtobiiytheHk <<FMrakług' 

Tboee bose ars,'* ery the^atterers; andbring 
Them nest week to tbe thaitn to sell. 
Wanti reaeb nil stotes. Me seemstbeydoas weU 
At stage^ as court: all are playera ; wboe*er kwkś 
(For tbeńiselTeadare not go) o'er Cbeapside boofc% 
Sball find thaic wardiobe'8 inrentery. Noi^ 
The ladies come. As pirates, wbicb do know 
That tbere came weak sbips fhuight witb coohineal, 
The men boasd them t aad pruae (as they tbiak) 
well [bongbt. 

Their beauties} they tbe men*Hwitsf both ara 
Why good wits ne'er wear scarlet gównie 1 thoogfat 
Tbis cansec tSese men men^s wilt for spaccbes bny« 
And wpmen boy all reds, wbicb scarlels dye. 
He ca]i'd her beauty lime-twigs, ber baar net: 
Shefean ber dmgsill bud, her hair loose set. 
Woold n*t HeracUtns laugb to see Macrine 
From bat to shoe, bimself at door refine, 
As if tbe presenee were a Moschite; aad lift 
His skiiti and bose^ aad cali bis clotbes toshril^ 
Blakiag them confem not only mortal 
Great stains and boles in them, bot Tcnial 
Feathen and dast,wberewith they fonicatoi 
And theń by Durer's rales sunrey the state 
Of his each limb, and witb strings tbe odds trisn 
Of hisneck to his leg, aad waste to thighs. 
Sa in immacnlate clotbes and symmatry 
Perfect as eircles, witb sucb nicety, 
As a yoang preacher at his first time goes 
To preach, he enters; and a lady, whLb oWss 
Him not so much as good will, be arrssts, • 
And uoto her protests, protosts, protests ;. 
So much as at Bome woold serve to Ve thiowa 
Ten cardinsls iato the lnquisition i 
And whiipera by Jesn so oft, that a 
Pursniyant would ha^e ravisb'd him awaji^ 
For saying our lsdy*s psalter. But t is fit 
That they each other plagoe, they merit it 
But berecomesOlorious, tl^t will plagaetbem bath, 
Who in the other eztreme only doth 
Cali a rouyb carelessaess good fasbioa; 
Wfaose cloak bis spurs tear, or whom be spits on, 
He cares not, he. His ill words do no harm 
To him, be roshes in, as if, Arm, Arm, 
Ue meant to ery; and tbough his froe be as Ul 
As theira, wbicb in old hangings wbip Cbrist, still 
He strives to look worse, be kMps all in awe; 
Jests like a licens^d Ibol, oommands bke law. 
Trrd now I leave this place, and bot pleas*d so^ 
Am men from jails to eiecution go^ 
Go through tbe great cbamber (wby is it buag 
With the seven deadly sins ?) bemg aOMiag 
Those Askaparts, mea big eaougb to tbidw 
Cbaring-cross for a bar, men that do kaow 
No token of worth, but queen's man, and fina 
liriog, barrels of beef, aod flaggoos of winę. 
I shook like a spy^d spy. Preacbers, wbicb are 
Seas of wit and aits, you can, tben daie 
Drown the sins of this place, for, for me, 
Which am but a scant brook, it enougb sball be 
To wash the stafais away : althongb I yet 
(With Maebabee, modesty) the kuown merit 
Of my work lesmn : yet some wise men sball, 
I hope, estaem my wits canonical. 


Thou sbalt not langh in this leaf, Muse, nor tber, 
Whom any pity warms. He which did lay 



lUleita inalcA cMicti€«ą( be hóDg lu^dAnl^ 
May mak« good ćourtiera, but who coortaei* good? 
Frees from Uie sting of jeśu, all, who i& actrei&« 
Are wretcbed or wioked, of these two a tbem6^ 
Cbatity and liberty^ glV9 me. lYhat is be 
Who (>ifiber>9 ragę, and.suitoi^s miseiy 
Gan wńte io jest ? If all tbingfe be tn all, 
As I think; stnce all, wbich w^re, are, and Bball 
Be, be madę of the flame elemeati: 
Bach thing ea^b thing implies or represeDU 
Tben, sun is a world; in vhich officeiB 
Are the rut nrhiimg seas, and sukon 
V ^iriogB, DOW fuli, DOW fthallow, now dry, which to 
Iliat, whichdrowos tbem, run ; thoegelf reasoosde 
Pro^e the world a man, in which offleere • 
Are Che ^afunriog stomach, and suitors 
Th*psoreBMnt% whłcb they Toid. Ali men aredost, 
How much worae are suiton, wbo to men*s luat 
Afe JDfde pceyB ? O wone ihan dust or worms* 

* aeat! 
For they eatfrou now, wboseacWei worms shall eat. 
'l^ąf^wpe ti^ miUs which grind you ; yet you are 
ne wind which dri^es them ; a wastftil war 
l8 fooght agaiDSt you, and you figbt it; they 
Adulterate law, and you jireimre the way, 
like wittala, th' iflsae your own ruin is. 
Greatest and feireat empreasK know you this ? 
Alas ! no raore thaniThames' ealm head doth know, 
Whose me^ ber aims dniwn* or whcte oom o^er* 

YoaUviV wbosą rłgbteouineM she loresi whom I, 

By bąviBg leaye (o aerve, am most richly 

For senńoe paid authooK^d, now begin 

To know and weed oat this enormous ńn. 

OagęoCniityiKOnl Some better wit - 

Gall it aome wotk nameb if ongbt equal it 

Th' iroa ag^^aa^ when jastioe was aold i now 

Injuitice is fiold^earer fiu* ; allow 

AU c.laim*d ieeą and duties, gamestersi amon 

The inoney^ which yoo- aweat avid sw«ar fwt *s gone 

Into akher bandt : sa oontrorerted lands 

Scape, like Ąngelica. the 6tr>ver'8 haadi. . 

If law be in the ^g^sbeart^ and be 

Have no beaiito reń^t letler or fee, 

WbecewUtiboaan^l? powerof tbeeourtibelow 

Flowa from tbetet maio head, and tbeae ean throw 

Tbee, if they auek tbee in, to miaery. 

To fes|(k9nw haHei^ Buiifth^iDjury 

Steel thaa tD-4affe cemplain, aJas I thou go'st 

AgdwMJ^ eg t> ea <mpiynds, wben tbpu artmeai 

Heayy and iaost faint ; and in these labours they, 

'Gainirt ąbw t|wi H»wid^at ^wpliun, will ia i^ 

Become great seafl,<)'er whtcb-^ep thou ahalt be 
Forc'd to lęab^-flpldea bridge% thou ^alt aee 
Thati^lli^.ffMwait^r^wnMiii^tbeskbef^se. . 
AU ttoCS Mow tliefer like^eniy irbohai^stuty h«r(^ 

l^ir Law^a wbita leifnd naae be atniApeM^ 
To warrant tbefti : she ia estoblisJied 
lleoorder to Destiny en Eartb^ and she 
Speaks Fate^s Yorda, and telis who most be 
Ricb, who poor, wbo in chaina, and wbo in jaib 
She is all fair, b<łt yet hath f ml long nails, 
With which she scfatcheth suitors. In bodkB 
Of men, ao in law, nails are estremities ; 
So offioers stcetcb to morę than iaw caa do^ 
As ouraails reaoh what no ebe pait oomes toi. 
Whybar'stthoutoyonofflcer? Fooł,hathbe 
Got these goods, for which arst men faiaWd to th 
Fool, twioe, thrioe, thon hast bongbt wieo^g, Md 

hungerly ^ 

Begg*st rigfat» but tfaat dole comes not tUl. these diew 
Thou had'st mucb, and Uiw'Burim and thuoHuni tc^ 
Thonwould'stlbrDiorei and for aU ba8t.papf» •< 


Enough to cloth^ aU the great Cbarrick^ipepposi. >< 
Sell that, and by tbat thou much mora •bajtlees^' 
^Tian Hunmoo, when be sold '• ankiąnifcieB* * ' 
O, wretch I that thy fortunes sbould moBabgt 
.£sop's fables, and make tales prt^bedea* 
Tou arc the swimmingdog, whom sbadowicoieiied^'/ 
Which dty'st, near diowning» for what Yaniahcid* a 


Judges a^^pods; and be vbe madę them 90^ - 
Meant ną|MnflP4bo«ld bą.fore>d t»lhem u^go 
By means oi^aggi^ , .<WheBr6«ippUoatiowi , 
We^Md tfr^Petf, ftotdopiiiiatipas^ 
Powers, cberubins, and all HeaTen'8 ooorts,.if we 
Sbould pay fee^-MJieMs i|ai)y.bM«i w««id be 
$car^e:M.JitagH:«a '^ ia^ nfatkaoger 
A stoic, a cowańi, ytm a ofm^tt 
TosiidMpifWDT«nt«e«Miin»«ód.<aU •• 
AU his clothei^x:ep0i,.bQob%.priiBem».aafji aU. 
His plate, ęhsIiiBrsyad mialaba.tbeiit aitf«i)r> ... 
AndaskafoftiteMnfiDgł Qb&«A^«QA3i kw 

Slup nesct, sociely and tnie friendship^ 
Man's best coatentment, doth aeenrely slip. ' 
His paasioBS and the worłd'B tronblei rook Mt^^ 
O sleep, wean'd Irem thy dear ftieod's oo m^ uy^- 
In a cradle fne from dreaoM or thongbts^ tlttm 
Where poor men Ile, for Ictngs asieep do foar. - 
ilere Sleep's boese by iraioua Arioato, 
By sUwer4opgu'd Ovid» and masy noe^ 
Ferhaps by goldeD-mootb^d Spencer* too pordy, 
(Whieb-builded was some dosen sfeoiiea bigb) 
ihadrepaa^dfbuttbatrit wastoorotfeen, *' - 
As Sleep awak'd by rats from thence was gotteai 
And I wiU build no new, for by my wiłl, - ■■ ' 
Thy fiBther*8 boase.shaU be (be iairasi ftill,: t 
Ib EsoesCer. Yet, methinka> fof aH their wil^ 
Those wits tbat say nothing, beatdeaerlheel*- 
Without it tbere is no senie, ooly ia thia - 
Sleep is ualike a kong pareotbeaii» 
Not to mffTĄ eharges, bnt would I bod shipt 
The time I spent in i^andon, wben I kept 
Figbting and untmst gaUanta* oompauyy < 

In which Natta» the new knight* saiaedon me, • 
And offisred me the expeińeiice hohad bougbt 
With greateocpense. I fouad htm tbcoogbły taoght 
InTcuring bums. . His tiiing bad had more>aciBn 

Than T »•«. hiflsaelf ; Kko Epps it oftenwan* 

And stiil is hurt* T^ bis body and aCa^ 
Tlie pbysio and cooAsei < whieh eame too late 
'^Gainst whores and dioe) he now 00 ma 
Mós^^opecfieiaUy be speaks of these. -*'■ " 

-I found, by hitt, leaat souod him svbainoiti(BOw& 
Be swears well, 4p«aka Ul, but best of dolbci^ * 
W1>at fii^««)PMr«wbat wba^winter, wbettbe spsiaig;»«. 
He bad iiv«ig, bat now tbeao waya eomo iia 
Hia whole rev(gaiifSk Whec* biawiKira oow^weUs^ 
4ud |NMb a«em.aiooe bis fiatber^s deMJi& bfttaUa* 
. Yeą be tells vfiH .ottwngly eaeh. hid oaose 
Wby when* forsake ihetr ba^idi* iTo/these^oamo- 
He!lcDowsoftt|ada<ął,andonrhis.skiU « •@aoe 
Tbeleaaljotiil that oc these be qfiarcalwUI» " ' 
Tbough sobeir,bainetefoogb^ Ikiuir > . • 
,^What mjwjadiit.fełoMfiPndnhb^d jrMttiU go^ 







WilkiA « point al MOfl: yM ibr kil tiiit 
fWhiefa ii BMit atnągo) llMt* tbhiki no BMI k 
Morę koneit tban lumtelf. Thm men maj wtnt 
OooKialte, %bilrt betag brodglit up^ignonnit^ 
Th«y«Mthemielv»loTice. .And beńdot ttioie 
lUibml arts fbreDaniM, noTićar kiiowB, 
Nor olhOT ciq|iteio l6» thm he, bit scbodb 
Aro ordiiMries, irbere civil men fleem foolt, 
Or ore far bein; tbore; bit besŁ booka, pb^ 
Whorcy meeting godly tcctoct, perbapt be pi«yt. 
Hb fint ttt preyer wai for bit fttbei^B iO, 
Aadtidctfaatboiiiigbtaie: tbat bod, ontU 
Tbe hoMb -«ore gooe be tronbled Ood no mort ; 
Aad tiicn wA^A bim bot bit ri^bt, tbat tbe wbort 
Wboaibebodkept,iiiigbtiiowkeepbiin: tbetpeoA» 
Tli»^leftooebotheroiieveiiteniit; tbe went 
To Bridewdly be nnto tbe wut, wbere want 
Bath BMido bim Tatiant, and a lieatenant' 
Hekboeo«ea wbere, at tbey past apaoe, 
He tteps atide»«nd Ibr bit eB|itain*li place 
He prayt again : teHi God, be will oooibtB 
nt tint, twear, drJnk, dio^ and wbort tbenoefortb 
OnthitooiiditioDktiiatifbitcapCaindie pets» 
And be tneoeed, but hit prayer dtd nol ; tbey 
Both caabie^d came bome, and he it braTor now 
TWn bit captain : all men wonder, few know how, 
Cn be rob? Ifo;— Cbeatł No|— or doth be ipend 
Hitowiił NOb JPIdot, be it tby dear fKend, 
Tlmt beapt bim np, I wonld thon wert tbineown, 
Or tbon bad'tt at good a friead at thou art one. 
No prtBwt want nor liitare bope mado me 
0twv fat onoe I did) tby IHtnd to be j 
Bot be had emeUy potseti'd tbee then. 
And at onr netgbbonn tbe Low-Gmintry man» 
Bting (wbiltt tbey were loyal» witb tyranny 
0|i pra t t' d) brtke loote, bare tince reliis*d to be 
Mgeet to good Idogt, I fcnnd eren to 
Vtrt ^oa «A Tid of bim, thon *t bare no noo. 
OMi]d'tt thou bot ebiooto at well at lo^e, to nona 
Tbontbonkfttbetooood: tnrtle aod demon 
flhonld tpw tbe plaoe in eongs, and Iototr nck 
Oenid make tbee oniy Łove^ bierogiypbic: 
ny h i ipra i ia ilMNild be tbe loving elm and vine^ 
Vhere now an ancient oak witb iry twine, 
H m iiiiy 'd tby^ymbói it. O dire mitcbanoe ! 
ind. O tOo veree ! Aod yet «nr Abraham France 
Wfitaa tbnt» and jeatt not. Good Fidut for tbit 
Unit pardon me: tatirtt bite wben (boy kitt. 
Bat aa for Natta, «a ba^ tince lbU*n ont : 
Bara on bit kneet be pray^d, elte we badfongbt 
And beeanae God wgoM not be tboold be winner, 
Kor ynt wonid bave tbe deatbof tucb a tinner, 
At bb taduDg, o«r qnarrel it defen^d*. 
1 11 laave bim aUiii prayett, and at I beaid, 
BSi latt; andy Fidns, ]naą and I do know 
I nnt biiMend» and dmtt bata been bit fot^ 
Andwoaldbeeitberyet; botbedaietbe 
Nathar ynt, Siaep biota him ont and taketin thaa. 
** ThmmM^yaa^koomf it ttke a table-book^ 
Thm M mamif^d new writina nerer took.*' 
Henr how tbe bnAeTt ebedta, capboard and fira 
Ipattld: (by whieb dtgrtat yoang men Mpita 
lacowt) and bow tbat idie aod śbe^ttate 
IWben at my. jndgmeat cltar^ ) my toul did batc^ 
lIow I fonnd tbeia ( if tbat my brifliag pen 
I>aiit taka ao baad a taak ) kingt were but aMa» 
Ąad by thair place morę noted, if tbey err; 
Bbv tbey aadtbeir lordt unworthy men piefo j 
Aad» as nnthri1lt» bad ratSitr głve away 
0Mat atam to flattarta^ ten ttoill dtUt aay I 
VQL. V. 


So tbar llMir grtitnHt bkle, and ^reatnett^bcMr;* 
By ginng tbem tbat Wfaich to ^órt!H tbey owe: 
What treason it, and wbat did Bssez kilP 
Not tme treaton, but trtatonhandled iłl : 
And which of tbem ttood for their country'! good ?' 
Or ithat migbt be tfie oaute of so much blood } 
He said tbe ttunk, and men might not hare said 
Tbat tbe was old before tbat sbo was dead. 
Hitcatewasbardtodoorsoffer; loath 
To do^ be madę it harder, tiod did both s 
Too much preparing lost them all their Titos; 
like some m płagues kill'd witb pretenrattYtfr 
Friends, like land-toMiert in a ttorm at tta. 
Kot knowing wbat to do, for himdid pray. 
Tbey tóld it an tbe world i wbere wat their wit ł 
Cofb pntting on a swoid, might have toJd it 
And princet mutt fear foTonritet morę than fooi^ 
For ttill beyond rerenge amUtkm goat. 
How sińce ber deatb, with tumpter borta tbat Soot 
Hath rid, wbo^ at his oomiag up, bad not 
A tumpter-dog. But till tbat I can write 
Thingt wortb tby tentb reading, dear Nick, good 


Mia write^ tbat loro and reaton diiagree. 
But I ae*er law 't expret8*d at t it in the» 
Weil, I may lead tbee, God mntt make tboe oae; 
But tbine eyes blind too, there 's no bope for tbee. 
Thon 8ay*st, she % wite and witty, foir and ftee ; 
Ali thete are reatons wby she tbould tcom tbee. 
Tbon dott proteit thy Iove, and would'it it thow 
By matching ber, at she would mateh berfoe: 
And woold'st persnade ber to a wotae oflbnce 
Than tbat, whereof tbou dtdtt accuae ber wench. 
Reasan there *t nonę for tbee; but tbon may^ Taa 
Her with eaample. Sky, for fear bar tea ' 
Shun ber, tbe n ead t arait cbange; I do not sao 
How reason e^ can bring tbat mmi to tbee. 
Thon aft a matcb a jnttice to njoicę. 
Fit to be bis, and nbt bit daugbter^t choiee. 
Dry*d witb hit throatt, she *d scaroaly ttaywitbtbae^ 
And wonld'ttth*baTe tbit to choote, Hifebaaigftaa f 
Go then and panish tome toon goltan tbiff ; 
For ber dead botband tUt bath monili*d t n an g ii » 
In liating tbee. Tlmn may'tt one like tbit maat | • 
For tpite taka ber, prove kind, make tby 

Łet ber see the tb caote^ and tol 

Honest duldren, let ber disbonett ba. 

If the be a widów, I '11 wairaot ber - 

Sbe *n tbee before ber flrrt botband pnfor 9 

And will wUk tboa had^st bad ber maidenbtad | 

(Sbe ił knre tee so) for tben tbon bnd^tt r 

Bat tbou tnch ttrong 1ova and w 

Thou mutt tbtiYe ttaere^ or erar li<va disgraaM. 

Yet paosa awbila, and thon nMy^ łsfn tataa 

A time to oome, wbeMitt tbe obij boy tbask 

If thon ')t not panae nornhangt, aha ^H bag tbnfr 

On iriut the aan, .laiva for nothlng aHow. 
Betidet, iwre wert tao mwefa gain and miiirbMBlhai 
And wbien thon aft r t wan itd, dttart diaSi 
Now tbou batt oddtof biin«balovct» be omgr donbk 
Her conttaney, bat nonc-ean put tbee ont. 
Again, be tby lows tme» tbe HI p^tw diriną - 
And m Umead te f«ad en t «iU ba tbianc 


DONsnrt «»Ms. 

For tiMOih ti«« «MMt Mf« thM 0^ otiiAr lon^ 
And to wili ailouioe ber as Ugh above • 
ViTtae, w cftme nlMfTe^effeot €«a be ; 
*T U YiitiM tp be ebaifee, wbieh śb^ 'U make thee. 



TO HM* cwinopBłR aiooK, nu>M nt iMiAsn^ TorAct 

Wrm THS MAŁ 0V BStfS. 


Tboo, whioh ait If (t is noŁhing to be m) 
Thou, which ari ttill tbyielf, bj tbis ihalt kncm 
Pftft of our pMMafe j aod a band, or eye^ 
By Hilliard dMim» is vofth a bistory 
By a wone paioter madę; and (withont pfrtde) 
Wben by thy jtidgment they are dłgnify'd, 
My llnes are soch. T is the pre-emmenoe > 
Of friendship only t' impute excellence. 
England» to wbom we 9«e wbat we be» and bare^ 
Sad tbat ber sons did seek a Ibreign ffrave, 
(For Fate'8 or Foriuaers driflB nene can gatotay, 
Honour and misery bare one iaoe, one way) 
From out ber pregnant entrails sighM a w*ind, 
Wbłcb ai th' air^s nriddle OMble roon did Ifaid 
Soe^ stron» re ii tton ee» tbat itoetf it threw 
Pownward agam; and so wbeo it did riew • 
How in tbe poct our fleet dear time did leese, 
Withering Uke priwners, wbich lie but for fees, 
Mildly it kiss'd our s«ila, and fresb and sweet^ 
As le a stomacb star? 'd, wbose insides meet, 
Meat oemcsi ii ca«ie» and swoleoursailt» wben we 
So joy 'd« aa jSarab ber sweUiag joy>d to aea : 
Bat 't was bat so kind^ as o«r oonntrymen, [tben. 
Whicb bring fri«da ^M^y^s way, and leare them 
Tben like two initk^y kmgs, wbieb dweUing far 
Asundefv«ieel«9Binafc a tbird to war, 
The sotttb and weit iwinds joii^d^ and, astfaey blew, 
Waves bke a lolling trench before tbeni tbrew. 
Sooner than yo« read tfate^line^ did «be gale, 
Ukft sbol Jiot teii«d ttłblrit^ «ur eails assail ; 
And wbaJiiA fint was osUM a gusty tbo same 
Hath now a t/bumi% matm a tampastti oame. 
Jonas, I pity tbee, and ourae tboae men, 
Wbe^wbeatbestorm rag^d most, did*wake tbee 
Sleep 18 pain*s easiest laWe, and doth Mii [tben: 
AU odkoesiof death» esoept to kilL 
Bot wben C wak^, Isaw Aat Isawoot 
I and tbe San, wbich sbould teśtńi tfaea^ bad fbrgot 
East, west, day, m^$ and I eooid only say, 
Had tba werid lasted, that it bad bwsn day. 
Tbooiaiids one noises wcre, jtk wa 'moogit all 
Conld nom by bis-ngbtwanie,*bat thonder eaHt 
Lightning was all our light, and ittainM morę 
Than^ tbe Son hkd drottk-the lea beflM. 
Some cofi^*d in tbeir eabins lie, eqqally 
QiieT'd tbat tbey «rp notdaad, and yelnrast-diet 
And as sin-bunlen^d souls fnnn grareiwill cre^ 
At the last day, sonie f»rtb tbeir oabbins peep: 
And trembUng a<k what news, and do bear so 
As jealous busbands,. what they woiiM«6t know. 
Some, sitting on tbe hatches, wootd seem tbere 
With hideous gaaiog to Cear awi^ feMf. 
Tbere note.tbey.tbe sbi>*a Bickii6we^ tbe »ast 
8kak*4j|^M#gaa;.a^Ml»M4^Wli«iito .* 

With a 8riid«op«y okiM^d* mA <s«r tooUii^ 
Snapping, like to too bigh-etntob'^ tnble 

And ffom our tatter^d sailsiagi drop dowaaiv 
As from one<bang'd ia cbains a ye»i aap. 
Yea aren our ocdoance» plao^d ćr oiir •detee«#' 
Strires to bnwk ioose, and 'scspeawoy fiwa^b w i o ^ j 
Pumping hath tis^d onrnen,4adwbi*'aAbacai» t 
Seas into seas tbrown we nick in agaia: .> . 
Hearing hath deafM «ur tailors, and if ibey * - 

Knew how to bear, tbere 's Dm» knowawbatt^aaigr* 
ComparU to these Ptorms» death ią bat ai|a#l«i^ 
Heli tomewhat ligbttome, tbe Bswada^saalai. •> 
D a ri m es s , Lighfs eldest brother, bis birth-right , 
Claims o'er tbe world, and to Heav*n hath chańd 

Ali tbings are ooei and that one jaooe can be^ 
Since all ibrms uniform delbrmity 
Doth cover ; so that we, esoepiGod say. 
Anotber fiat, sbalł bare no morę day, . 
So Tiolent, yet loog thete fories be, 
That though tbine abseaoe 8tarve me, I wish not 



Ooa storm is past, and that storm'styranna«i ra^ 

A stupid calm, but notbing it doth swage. 

Tbe ^le is inverted, and fiur morę 

A btock afflictsnow, than a stock before* 

Stormscbafs^ and non wear out tfaenseises ar W14 . 

In calms, Hesren laughs to see ns laaguisb thuiu ' 

At steady as I oould wisb my thoughts wers, • ^ 

Smooth as thy mistrets* ^łara, or what sbinea th«Mi> -. 

The sea isnow, and as th)ę isies wbicb-wa ^ 

Seek, wben we can move, iMir sbipa rooted ba, 

As water did in storras, now piteb run»out; 

As lead, wben a flr^d churcb becomea one qpoot ^ * 

And all our beaoty and our trim deeays* 

like courts remeving, or like eadiog playi. v 

The fighting plooe now aeamens' ragę supply | ' 

And all the taokling is a firippery. 

No nse of lantboms ; and in one place lay 

Featbers and dust, to day and yesteiday. •. ^ 

Eartb*s bollownesses, wbich tbe wo«id's luagi 9K% ' 

Have no morę wind than th* opper Yault ef aiat > 

We can nor lost friends nor soaght ibes sąDoaar* ^ 

But, meteor-like, 8ave that we morę not, b«wer» . 

Only the calenture togetber drawa 

Dear firiends, wbich meetdead in greatAA^i mami 

And on tbe hatehcs, as 00 altan, lies ^ 

Fjush one, his own priest, and owa aacrifice* 

IWbo liye, that mirade do muUiply, 
Whera walkers in botoreoi do ootdia^ 
If in despile of these we świto, that batb ■ -^ 

No mote refreshing than a brimstone .balb ; • f 
But from the sea into tbe ship we lani» 
Uke parbeylM wtetobes, on tbe oaala to bpia. ^ 
Like Baja^et «Beag'd, tbe sbepherd'* sooff 1 
Or like slaok- shiew'd Sampson, bis hair oB^ 
Laogmsh dar febips. No« as a a^Fliad 
Of asts dont tb* emperor's lo^d snake insadM . 
The crawUttf galleys, sea-guU«^ finny oUpi* 
Itfigbt brare our pinnaoes, our bed«ńd ships : } 

Whetber a rótten lUto and bope of gain, 
Or to dtBusft-me firom tba^neaay pajn 
Pf beiDg beioir^d and io^ingł or tbe 4bint 
Of bonottik or fair death, ottUpaah*d me tok | 
I lose my end: for here as well as I 
A despsstft^mNr liyi%.a)MloQir«nlr«tt9-. . < 



Stmg, di](^, wni tli, wUcłi froai or tovafdf ffio^ 
U pali witti Ui^ or prey, or doii^pdies; 
f^Bte giudg 6 8 Hi alL ml doCh tubtUy lay 
A ■ooorge, 'g«mit wliich we aH foi^ to pny. 
He that at tea pnys ft>r tncfre wind, as well 
UBAer tlie xŃ>lei may beg cold, bdat in HelU 
Wtet arem tbeo ł Bom little morę, alat ! 
Is Bum Bow, than, before he wai, be was ? 
NatfaiDg; flbr os, we are ibr notbiog fit ; 
fHairff or o^anelYet stiU dispropor&oD it; 
We birre no power, no will, no seose ; I Ut, 
I dKwM DOi tben thns feel tbis misery. 

TO 9im BSntT WOOTTOM. , 

tban kłSMs, letters mingle souls, 
For tbns friends abaent speak. Tbis ease controls 
Tbe tediousnesB of my life : but lor tbese^ 
I conid inrent notbtng at all to please; 
Bat I aboold witber io one day, and pass 
Ib a lock of hay, tbat am a bottle of grass. 
life ia a Yoyage, and in our life^s ways» 
CboDtries, ooort% towns, are rocks or remoras ; 
They break or stop all sbips, yet oar state 's sucb 
ThM ^fkoagb tban pitcb tbey stain worse) we mnst 

If io tbe fumaoe of the eren łine^ 
Or under tb' adverse icy pole thon pine, 
Tbott kmm*st, two temperate regioos girded in 
DipeU tbcie: bat, ob ! wbat refnge can*st tbon win 
PBrcb*d in tbe court, and in tbe country frozen ? 
Sbalt óties bnilt of botb extremes be choaen ? 
Gan duDg or garlic be a perfume ? Or can 
A Bcorpioo or torpedo cure a man ^ 
Otties ara want of all tbree ; of all tbree ? 
fp łBOtty riddle ?) each is worst eqaalty. 
Chies are scpolebres ; tbey wbo dwell tbere 
Are carcases, as if nonę snob tbere were. 
Ind co«iTts are tbeatres, wbere soroe men piay 
Prinees, some slaTes^ aód all end in one day. 
Hms country is a descArt, wbere tbe good 
Gaitt*d inbabits not ; bom, 's not understood. 
fhUń nem become beasts, and ptone to all evils j 
In c iiS ea , blodcs ; and in a Tewd oourt, de^ils. 
As in the flfst cbaos conftisedly 
Each eieteenfS qnatities were in th' otber tbree : 
flb pride, lust, coretize^ beiog selera] 
To ttitte tbree places, yet all are in all, 
Asd mingled tbns, tbeir issne is tncestaons: 
Falsdiood it denizonM ; Tirtne is barbarous. 
Let no man say tberts, Tlrtoe^s flinty wali 
Sball lock Tice in me ; 1 *n do nooe, but know all. 
Men are spnnges, wbicb, tb pour oot, receire: 
Wbo know Mse play, latber tban lose^ deceiTe. 
Tor m best oadftfttandings, sin began; 
Angde sinn'd first, tben de^ils, aud tben man. 
Oi^ petdbanoe betsts «in not ; wretchedwe 
Are beastfi in alt, bnt yirfalte f nteg^lty. ' 
I think if men, wbieb in tbese plaoes lii^ 
Ite«t*lbok in tbensehres, and Ibemsel^ea retrieire, 
Tbey w«»M likesifangers greet tbemseltes, seeing 
Dtapiao yotttb pkumk old HaUwi. [tben 

Be tłien fMtte'<owii bóme^ and fn Cbyself dwell; 
Inn any wbere5 tooltonanee mnketb Heli. 
And seeing'lli»ABaU, wbicb every wbere dotb nma,* 
Carrying lilrown bonie etill, s<ili isat bomei 
fblk)w(1orbe'»easy'pacM)tb1ssnail, ^ 
Betbineawnpnlaia^*Qrtb»WMidV<by^jftiL « 

And in tbe-world^ seii^do' ndtfike coffb-^l^ 
Upoo tbe water*s face, nor in tbe deep 
Sink Iłke a lead witfaoot a line : bnt as 
Fisbea gitde, leasing no print wbere tbey pass, 
Nor maklng souud : só closely tby course go, 
Let men di^rate wbetber tboa 'bnalbe or no : 
Oniy in tbis be no Oalenist To make 
Courfs bot ambitions wbolesOme, do not take 
A dram of oountry'8 dulhiesa; do not add 
CorrectiTes, but as cbymics purge the bad. 
But, sir, I advise not yon, Iratber do 
Say o^er tboee lessons which I leamM of you ; 
Whom, free irom Oermany*s8cbisms, and łigbtneis 
Of F^noe, and Mr Kały 's fbitblessness, 
Ha^ing from tbese suck'd all tbey bad of wortb. 
And broogbt bome tbat faith whicb you carry*d 

I tbrougbly Iotc : bot if myself 1 'to won 
To know my mles, I ba^e, and you bate Donnę. 


Wno makes tbe laat a pattem for next year, 
Tums no new leaf, but stilł tbe same things reads j 

Seen tbi^gs be sees again, beaid thingsdotb bear. 
And makes bis life but like a pair of beads. 

A palące, wben 't is that wbićh it sbonld be, 
Lea veB growing, and stands ancb, or ebe decayt ? 

But be wldcb dwells tbere, is not so ; for be 
Stri^es to nige npward, and bis fortunę nise. 

So bad yonr body ber moming, hath her nwm, 
And sball not belter, ber uczt change is night : 

Bot ner fair larger guest, t* wbom Sun and*Moon 
Are sparks, and short ll^d, claims another right^ 

Tbe noble aouł by age grows lustiei^ 
Her appetite aud ber digestion mend ; 

We mnst not starce, nor bope to pam^ ber 
With w6man's milk and pap uoto the end. 

PrOTide you manlier diet ; ybn bave seen 
All librańei, wbieb ase sobools^ oamps/aadooaits | 

Bnt ask yonr ganers^ if you bare not been 
In barrest ioo indnlgent to yonr tporU. 

Wonld yon redeem it? Tban yonrself transplant 
AwbUefrombence. PerebaneeootlaodisKground 

Bears no morę wit tban ouis; but yet morę sćant 
Are tboee diTCfsions tbere wbicb berę 

To be a stnnger batfa tbat beneflt^ 
We caa begionmgs, bnt not babits cboke. 

Go. Wbitber? Hence^ Yon get, if yon tbrget } ' 
Kew fenlts, till tbey pnseifbe to ns, are smoke. 

Onr soul, n^faose eńiintry *9 Tliitn^, aod tkA ber ' 
fbth«r, . •. - 

Into tbis world, ooirnption^s sink, is sent ; 
Yet so iftueii in bet- tramiil she doth tr^thcr, ' 
' Tbatstewtiiiiis bome wil^ tban ehe iTent ' 

tt paya yoa Heli, if it teacb you to spare, 

i And-nMke yon mAiam*d to nmke yonr bawlb^k 

Wbieb w)ien beteelf Iriie Ufeieos in tbe air> y' . 
Yoatb«iU«^Wr>tttatbii|^*enoagbtbeiiiw'rfc " 




Of Chidk lote-lilttł lum, bot tmt him mam 
And in yonr aftomooiii tlmifc wliat yon told 
Aitt prodiird Mm «l Moraing pray«r before. 

Łrt falMhcwtf liiSft ii dlicord' mger yoo. 

EIm be not frpward. But whj do I touch 
Tbings, of whicti oooe U fn yoor pnctice new, 
- And tribles and fruit-trenchen teach at much ? 

Bnt^hufl I make yoa keep your promUe, air^ 
lUding I bad yott, tbough yoo ftill itay*d theie. 

And in tbew thoag:1its, aithough you never stir, • 
Yoa caOM.wiJli me to Micl»in» and are here. 


LiKS one, wbo in ber third widowbood doth profeii 

Henelf a mm, tyM to rttiredneM, 

80 afiecti my Jdose m>iP a ehaate ibUownem^ 

Since the to iew, yet to too many, batb ihown 
H<Mr Iove-ao0g weeds and satirio tbonn are grown, 
Wbere leedi of belter Arta ate eariy town ! 

Tboogb to ląąe and lorę poetiy, to me^ 
Betrotb'4 to 00 one ar^ be no adaltery ; 
ffffmWiM of fDO^ iU» ai ill deedi^ be. 

For thoogb to os it leem but light and tbin, 
Yet in thowfiMtbfiiisoale^ irbeie God tbiows in 
Men^i workiy yanity weigbi as mncb as sin. 

If our soMli bn^e stainM their ftmt wbite, yet we 
May cletbetbem with faith and dear bonesty, 
Wbich God bnimtes as natite parity. 

Tbereis no Ttrtne but religkm; 

Wise, TaUant, sober, just, are namet wbicb nonę 

W^ftnt, wbieb want not Tioe-coTering discretion. 

8eek we thisb <Hirtelyet kk o utt e he e ? foratf 
Meu fofo^ tbe Sun witb mucb more foroe to pass. 
My gjitbering liis beams witb a crystal glam; 

So we (if wtf into owtdfm will tun^ 
' Blowing eor spmfc «f firtue) omy out>bnni 
Tbe.ftffwwy wbicb doth aboot our baarts sąiounu 

Tou bi«Mr» pbyridttM, wbcn tbcy imdd lafbse 

lato any oll tbt Muls of simpl«B| use 

Plaoes, wbeiw tfiey may Ue still warm» toebume. 

8c» wońcs reth«dnmfi 10 tts; ioroam 
OiddihTrand be erery wbere bot at bomę, 
Sucb ncedom ddtb a banisbment beoome ' 

• • « ł ' ' 

We are but iarmera of oorseltm ; yet may« 
If we can ajtock. ounelYes, aod tl^riTe, npląy 
Mncl^ j|imch,gpod treasure ibr tbe grant reut day. 

J i wiH i i ^ymif fbemjto th | n el f y improtU 
And waftb YaftBimMmnłtlhii^ bune^nicHwimo^d, 
But to kno^etblil^iJuwiiKtbM^MiA voaU'b^ Jeif!^i. 

. to tia HBMaT wnotnMu 

HiBE H no more news tban yirtue; I may as uralL 
I^Il you Calais, or Saint MicbaePs Hjlopn^ as %tjf 
That ticę doth here habttually dwelt 

Yet as, to get stomachs, we watk np ańd clowm* 
And toil to sweeten rest; so, may uod frown, 
If but to loath both, I baunt court and towik 

For here no one is firora th* eatremity 

Of Yiee by any oCber mason firee^ 

But that M nem to bim stitf 'swutfm tfmnhe^ 

In tbis worid^ waitee tfaey, wbom rugged 
(God's ooBUBłsmry) doth ao tfaiongbly biAo^ 
As in th' oourt's sąuadion to manhal their 

If tbey stand aim'd with ńUy bonesty, 
With wishiog, prayers, and neat iniegrity, 
Uke Indians *gainst Spanish bosts tbey be. 

Suspieious boidnem to this plaoe belongs, 

Ańd t' baTe as many ean as all ha^e tonguea ^ 

Tender to know, tougb to acknowledge wranga. 

Believe me, dr, in my youth's giddiestdays^ 
Wben to be llke tbe oouit was a player^ pńi*^ 
Plays were not so like eourt% as oourts like playu* 

r Tben let us at tbese mimie antios jest, 
Wbose deepest pcojects and egregious guesti 
Are but doli morels at a gamę at cłiesi. 

But 't is pn incongratty to smile, 
Tberelbre I end ; and bid fareweU awbife 
At uouit, thougb ftum oourt were tbe better 


RsAsoH is our souls* left hand, €uth ber rigbt^ 
By tbese we reach divlnity, that *s you ) 

Their lores, wbo bate the.btesńng of yuur łig(bt; 
Grew from their reason ; mioe fbom 4air fiiil^ 

But as althougb a sąuiat Mt-bandednem 
.B' nngracious, yet we cannot want that hand t 

So would I (not V incraase, but to eaprem 
My adth) aa I beliere, so undentand. 

Therefore I study you first in your saints, 

Tbose friettds^ wbam your eieotion gloHUes; 
Tben in yuut deeds, aeoemes, and restminla, 
' And what you nad^ and wbnt yourself detfaft. 

But anoH, thu reapoi wby you 're lof^d by al^ ^ ' 
Grew faiflttłte^ 40od m> pum reason's reaeh, 

Then back.again t' impłicit faith I fali. 
And rest ML.^wbat Ihe C^itboiiccvaioejd(ilb taaA ( 

Tbut yoit are food d mid.iiotaBebentie 
Denies it; if htr did, yetynu are ton 
For rocki^wbich high d(^ seem, deepHppitod atiol^. 



ki er^ry thiag there natorally growt 
A babamum, to keq> it fresh and new, 

If t were oA^if^teMby estriitticblMrs; 
Yo«r birth and beaaty are this balm in jou. 

Mt ^oa óf l^aroing and religion, . ' 

And Tircnti, aod tućh ingredieot^ bave madę 
Anutfiridąt^whpoeDpęration . 

\qt cures, wbąt can be done oi^ taid. 

Yet this is not yoor physic, bat your food, 
A diet fit llNhyci«| Itor yonate bm 

The fint good aa§el, tMMetli^^mitid^finiiiie itiiod^ 
Ttel-«li«r-did mfrbiiiaii'! rtiape appcan 

yeir.are thenrGod^a naiterpieoe, and lo 
Hi»4Mtqrlbroar tonrea; >doaByo«do» 

yoor fettam home pnuńona; and bettoir 
Thk life on tbat ; so make one life of twa 
TóTy 90, Oodhełp me, I weold not mbs yon tiwre, 
For all tlir gooi «hich jna can do me berę. 


Ytelnve MAM »a,'afid to ipftrtMest tUngt, 
c . mrtoe^ artv beaaty« ftrtanej no# I eee 
Barenem» or ose, not natare, value brings ; 

And aocli^ aa tbt^ areciPcttmttaiic^»ihey be. 
T«o illa ean Bc^cr perples Hi, «fc) I? crtcitte. 
But of tw* good tłdngt iv« mty lMf?e or obeme. 

Tberefore at conrt^ -arfaiob i« not 'viftoe*t dime^ 
When BCmnBccndent beigbt (as lowneis me) 

€Me»łitriMilseąiirnotiW: atlmyrbyme 
Toor mtaes challenge, which tbere rarest be ; 

Vor as dark teats need notes; some there most be 

To naher yntne, and say, This is she. 

So in the coantry'8 beanty. To this pbce 

Yoa are the seasom, madam, yoo the osy, 
"T i»b«ft a^graise efaploesi^till yoar ISmo 

Ekhale tham» and a Ihi^k oloie bnd display. 
^ ifthi a'4 and 4Peel«i'd else» ber sweels sh' eashiinaB ; 
^Ghi»% when the Son at Brasil Aim^ 

Out fiom 3ronr ehariot moming breaks at nigfat, 

And frlsillei beth eomputatienf so ; 
8mi.» new woHd doth rite here ftom yomr light. 

We ypnp new cfMtnraa bj ttew'reeh'amgsgOi 
This shoiff Ihnt Ton fitom natnre lontidy stmy, 
Thnt suifier not an artificial day. 

)' .. • • . • ' 

b t)H|kgpiMi *v!e mado tha oonit th^^atipodeik 

And wilPd yo«r daUgatc, thn wnlgar Son, 
1»do yrofrae en t nn wił ofl ^ae ^ 

Whilst here to yoa we sacrilióea ran i 
y # rh g tlm > ti pi rnts .y ^ S Bi, ywi m*.nkKyt 
we a y m d.yonr JmImiiMi and yonc dietatet My. 
• ''•''» •"»."». », . - ' >.• 

, lEifc ta«Mii deily iMridł dwrilMft ifwi, 

Yoor ▼irtnons toni, I now not saorifice; 
These arai)Mtifioni, lorii aot h^moB'^ tbesr«tio ' 

Bot that-l may norfey thifedldee^ 
Jfcitt vslig8ap8,'asiiMeh'M» halh bCM ^ ^ > 
Of UmMt ft ■Miai —I JMiilai ad liai ■ artilihi f 

Asallyhitd^gotoB^mei/loil i l ilh f Hlij r V 
Estsem religiom, aadlM9ld.iwttWh0it) 

Bat serye discouoe aadimriflAW^ \ 
WHhthat, which dotb HUfmhsi^Jo^eft.. 

And shon th* entangling labjnrintbs of schools, 

And make it wit to thii^^ wi«u^ fbolĄ ;» . > 

So tn this pilgrimage I woujd behold 
Yoa as you 're Virtu,e'6 temi^jno^ a$ she j 

What walls of tender crystat hec ińfold, 
What eyes, hands, bosom, her pure altars be^ 

And after this 9urvey oppose (o an' J 

Bailders of chapels, you, tb* EscutiAL 

Yet not as consecrate, 1>iit m^e1^|^'at fk\t : 
On these I cast a lay and oountry eye. 

Of past and futurę stories, which are rars^ 
1 find you all record and prophecy. 

Porge bot the book of Eate, thiit iit:ątoit 

No sad nor goilty legeods, yoa are it. 

If good and Iovely were not one, lOt botii 
You were the transcript and original. . . 

The elements, the parent, and the growth ; 
Ąnd^every piece of yoa is worth. their aU. 

Soentire are all your deeds aadyou, jthat you ., 

Most do the same thińgs stiU ; you cęjonpi iW9* 

.; e .'.\ 

' f. .f" 

Bot these (as nicest school divjnity 
Serves heres^ to fiirther ór represi) 

Tsste of poetic ragĄ or flattery ; 
And need not, where a)l heaits one trath pńMbs ; 

Oft from new prooft and new phrase new doubts 


As straage attire ałieae the men w<a knom . 

LeaTing then basy praise, and all appeal 
To bigher eouits, se9se*a 4ecren ip trpOb 

The mina, tbe mągaeine, the commop»waat, 
The story of bea«tgr> is TwickoMB li.end SW4 

Who bath seen one, wcnild both ; as whohath been 

In Puadise, would leek the cberabio. . ,..,„ 

..i * 

smcs Łoan muiBiaT of cfittBusT, n^m At iiBi it(3u 

0V JUŁtlBti. 

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•Mam is a laa|^ where alt beaiti ifeeded b^ 
Wisdom malBiBbim an-Aikr iHiei»«lltagra0^ 
The fcol» to «liott thefa^helM dotttfić.KlP>ir/ .' >* 
Isaport to others, and a theatre. - 

Nop,4tape^harso,biil»frhimsalflheiiipwr^ ^< "T 
All which was man inhim^ iaeat a«ny : - . I 

Aiidiiowhhibeastson<ine«ooih«rfM)dr . 
Yet coaple in anger, and new monsters breed : 
How happy \ be, which bath due place ąfmgp'4< 
To his biMSts ; aad-disafiłrested^ hif mind*! 
Empal'd himself to keep tbem out, not in^ , 
Cso sow, and dares trust oorń, where they bsTe been; 
Can nse his horse, goat, wolf^ and er^iy beast, . 
And b' not ats Ifimself to all ihe reiti ' ' " 
BIse man ttot dnly \t the herd of s#iti^„ ' '' , 
Bht be *«11iQiiel£tevH*s too; trhididftl inhtttie'^ ' 
Tbem toan headloog rage> and madę them wotm : 
Fmrmnc^i«ddw«ii^hito Ontf^iMnNtfiaitMiie. 
Ar«Mriąttiiiiye«fi lqr aur Amk4ouols:lekft hi: - 



60 to the pniliihmentąwhich X3od ćloth fling, 

Oar. appreTiifehsion ćoiitribotes t^e sting. 

To U9, as to his chicken?, he doth cast 

Hemtock ; and vre, ad toen, his hemlock taste: 

We do iofuse to wbat be meant for meat^ 

CoriteWeiiess, or intense cold or beat 

For God bo Mch sptcrfie poison bath 

As kills, men knoir not how 4 bis fieroest wnth 

Hath ne aiitipathjr, but may be good 

At least for physic, if not for our food. 

Tbiu mao, that might be bis pleasure, is bis roi ; 

And is his devi), tbafmrgbt be his god. 

Sinoe th«n otir business is to recUfy 

Nature» to tifhat she was ; we 're led awry 

By tbem, who man to us in little show ; 

Greaterthan due, no form we ran bestow 

On him j for man into himself can draw 

AU ; all bis faith can swallow, or reason cbaw j 

AU that ii finVS, and ail that wbicb doth fiU, 

All the rtnitfd world, to man is but a piU; ' 

In all it works not, but it is in all ' 

Fóisonous, or porgati^a, or cordial. 

For knowtedge kindles calenturas in some. 

And is ta otbers icy opium. 

As brafe as true it that profession then, 

Wbjcb yóu do use to make; that yon know man. 

Iliis makes it credible, you "re dwelt npon - 

Air worthy books; śad now ar»«ucb an one. 

Actions are autbors, and of tbose in you 

Yoar ffiradft fiad ev*ry day a mart of new. 

TO THE ooujf x>98 OF B£mroao« 

V HATZ written tben, wben yoa writ^ seem^d to me 

Worst of spiritual yices, simony : 

And not t* have written then, seemp little less 

Thau worst of cWil vioes, ^haokjes^nttSr 

In ^bis my debt I seeiń'd loath to confess, 

In that i seeai'd to shun beboldmmc«s t 

Bnt *t is not śo Nothings, as I am, may 

Pay all tbey ha^e, and yet ha^e all to pay. 

Such borrow in their paymenta, and owe morę. 

By haying lea? e to write so, tban before. 

Yet sińce lich raines in barren grodnds are shown, 

May not ( yiełd, not gold, but coal or stone? 

Temples were not demolish^d, though profene : 

Hcre Peter Jovc*8, there Paul bath Dina^s fanc. 

So whether my hymns yon admit or oboosę, 

In me you 've bolk>w^d a Pagan Muse, 

And dcuizon^d a stranger, who» mistaugfat 

3y blamers of tbe times tbey jnarrM, bath ąoiągblt 

Yirtues in cpmerB, which now brąvely do 

5bine m the world's best part, or all it, you. 

I have been told, tbat Tirtue in CMrtiefp^ baarts 

Sofięrs an ostracism, aod departs. 

PfofitTeasc^ fitness, plenty, bid it go^ 

But wbither, onjy knowiog yoo, I kotom I 

Yoor, or you yirtue, two vast uses aerre^ 

U ransoms one sex, and cne court presenpes; 

There *s notbing but jpour worth, whieb being trae 

Is known to any otber, not to you: 

And you can never Imow it ; to admii 

No knqwiedge o4 your wortb, is saote o£ it 

^ut sińce to you your pnises discords be, 

5toop otbers* ills to meditate with ma, 

Óh, to confesB we know nó(t wbat we ^OaId» 

h half excusc, ^ knof tigt ^h^iwe wouUi 

Lightness dej^feflseCh ot, m gimm fills y 

We sweat and faint, jret still go down tbo hilb| 

As new pliilósophy arrests tbe Sun, 

And bids the paesi^e Earth abont tt mu ; 

So we haTe dulPd onr mind, it bath no eods ; 

Onły the body 's busy, and pretends. 

Asdead Iow Ettrth eelipaes ftnd oonkwb 

The quick high ICoon : ao d«Ch «ho body tooh. 

In nonę but us are stieh iMB'd enginas TOoiidf 

As hands of double affioes tortheground 

We till with them ; and them to Heaven we ruse ^ 

Wbo prayer-less labonrB, or withoot these pmy, 

Doth but one half, that *b nona; ba whiob imcl» 

" Plow, 
And look not baek,'* to aUmr. 
Good seed degenerates, and oft obeys 
The 9oil's disease, aad into fiockle straft i 
het the miqd*s tbougbts be bot tngiwpbn^id to 
Into tbe body, and bastaidly they graw. 
Wbat bale could huit onr bodies like onr^va ł 
We, but no Ibreign tyrants, could remove 
These, not eograT*d, bnt inbom dignities, 
Caskets of sools ; temples and palaces. 
For bodies shall finom death redeemed be 
Sonia bot preser^^d, bom naturallyftee; - 
As men to our prisons now, soaU to na sum seat, 
Which leam Tice there, and oome m imMoesL 
First seeds of every creature are in us, 
Whate'er the woiid hath had, or pracioof, m* * 
Man'8 body can produce : hence bath tt been, 
That Stones, worms, frcigs, and snakes, in oaan »ro 

But who e'er saw, though Naturę can work sc^ 
lliat pearl, or gold, or corn, in man did grow ? 
We 're added to the worki Yirginia, and sent 
Two new stars lately to the firmament ; 
Why gmdge we ns (not HMkven) the djgmtjr 
T* increose with ours tbose fmir souls' CQa:y;>aoy ł 
Biit i must end tbis lettor ; though it do 
Stand on two tmtba, neither is tme to you. 
Yirtue hath some perversenes8 ; for sbe wiU 
Neither be]ieve ber good, nor other*s ilł. 
Even in you, yirtue's best paradise, 
Yirtue bath some, bat wiae dcigrees of viee. 
Too many vi'rtues, or tdo mucb of one, 
Begetś in yoo unjust sutpioioo. 
And ignoraoce of viee makes ▼irtue lesf, 
Quenchińg compassion of our wretobednesib 
But these are riddtes : aome aspersion 
Of vioe bećomes well some oompłezion.»e Tioe y^ ▼ioe, and J9»y eorrod# 
The baid with bad, ft spider with a toad. ^ 
For 80 ill tbralls not them, but tbey toma ilL 
kod mąkę, ber do mucb good against ber will; 
But in your eommon-wealtb, or world in yoo, 
Yicis bath no office or good work to do. 
Take then no ^icions purge, but be oontent 
Witb pordial Tirtue, your koown nourishmeyt. 




•..■■».."►• • .'• 

Tta» twiUght of two yeats, not past, nor nesł, 
Some emblem is 01 me, or I of thią, 

Who, (meteor-Kke^ of atoff and form p6rpkx'd, 
Whose what and whereio disptttatioa ») 
U X ibould eąA me any thing^ AiCN^ld nim. 



IMilor tt> tk' oU, Bor oreditnr to th' new : 
That caoDot my, mythnlM I have fnrgot. 

Kor tRBt I tKhwithlMiMi, and ]F6t tema trae: 
TbMrwenr^ since ttaaae tioiat ik)«r*d me yon. 

b recompenar I ifoakLalnMr f atiiW' timM [nich. 
What ym «eie» a»d teadr tkam tP mge towaidf 

Yerae embatas ▼iitnei and^tomlM or throoes of 
lYesenre frail tranaitory fcme, aa jnoch [rhymes 
Jki spwe doth bodtet firom compt ah^s Umolu 

Iftne ara ■liort4iT'd ; thetinetiireof your name. 

Oreatea in tbem, but dissipatea as fait 
New spiritt; -for ftrong agents with the mme 

Force, that dotb warm andeheriah us, do wafte; 

Kept hot viŁh stroog esttracts no bodies last 

So my Tene, bnilt of your just praiae, migbt want 
Seaaoo and likaKhood, the ftrmest basa*; ' 

And mada of miracle, now faith is want, 
WiM mobfa won, and so ponew no place ; 
And yon and it too mach grace might diagracci 

Wben all (afe tnith oomnaada awant) eonfeas 
Ali trath ofyon, yet tbey wiU doobt how I 

(One oorn of one Iow ant-biłPs dost, and łoM) 
Shonld oame, fcnow, or ezpms a tbtng lo bigfa. 
And (not an incb) measnre inflnity. 

lot td! them, nor myMlf, nor yon. 
Bot leave, lest tnith b' eodaagerM by my praise, 
Ani tom to Ood, wbo knowi I think tbii trae, 
And uaeth oft, when tach a heart miiHnyi, 
TomakaitgMd; ibr rach a praiaer prayi, 

He win bert teacb jon, how you ihould lay out 
Hia atock of beauty, leaming^ iBVOttr» bk>od ; 

He will perptes leenrity with &nbt, [you goody 
And elear thoae donbU; hide fiom yoii» and abow 
And to incraaae yonr appetite and food. 

He will teach yoa, that good and bad have not 
One latitude in cloMters and in coiirt ; 

IndilTerant there the greateat ipaće bath got, 
Some pity*s not good there, aome Tain diiport. 
On thie aide sini witli that place may oomport. 

Tet he, as. he bounds leas, will fix yonr bouń^ 
Which i^leaaure and delight may not ingren; 

. And ihougfa what nono eise Tost, be truliesŁ yours, 
He will aafce yoo, what you dld not, posBesSi 
By laaagt othcrs' (not Tioe» but) weakneM. 

Be will make yoa speak truths, and credibly, 
And make yoa doubt that othen do not so : 

He will prorfde yoa keys and tocks, to Spy, 
And 'scape spics, to good cnds, and he will diow 
What yoa will not acfcnowledge, what not know. 

Vdr yoar own conseiaoee he gives innocence. 
Bot for your famę a disereet wariness, 

And (thongb ta 'scape than to rerenge offence 
Be beCter) he shows both, and to repreis 
Jdy,wben yottr stale iwaUs) sadne«,whea tis leis. 

Fnttrneed of tean he wJU detod ywr spa|^ 
Or make a rebaptiaiag of one teąri 

He camiot; (tba* *^ ha w91 not) disearoU 
Your nama y and when witih actjiva joy wn he«r 

tlieB ^ is.«or new year. 

90 ns 


Man to Qodf$ image, Bve to OMin^a was madę, 
Nor find we that Ck)d breath'd a sool in ber j 

Gsnons wiU not chnreh^foacdons you invnde» 
Nor laws to civil oAce you prefen 

Who Tagrant transitory oomets sees* 

Wonders, becaose tbey 're rara ; but a new star, 
Wbose motion with the firmament agrees^ 

Is miracle; for there no new things are. 

In women so perchanoe mild innoosace 

A seldom oomet is, but active good 
A miracle, which reaioii loapes aind seose; 

For art and naturę tfais in them withstood* 


As such a star the Magj lad to view 
The manger-cradled infont, Ood below: 

By Tirttte'8 beams (by famę deriv'd liram you) 
May apt souls, siiid the wont may firtna knonr. 

If the world^ aga aad deatb be ai^gnad wali 
By the Smi's foU» whioh Hiw towards Basthdnth 

Then we migbt foar that Yirtoe^ ainoastefeU 
So Iow 9» woman, should be naar ber end. 

I But she 's not stoop*d, but rais*d $ exil'd by men 
She flol to Heav'n, that 's heaf^ly thtnpi, that *» 
She was in all nen thinly Bea(tter*d then. [you i 
But now a mass contracted in a few« 

She gilded us, bot you are gold $ and sbe 
Ittformed us, but transnbstantiates you ; 

Soft dispontions, which, 
Eludr-like, she makes not elean, but new. 

Tbough you a wifo*s and motber^s name retain, 
T is not as woman, for all are not soj 

But Yirtne, haVittg mada yon virt»e, 's fain 
T adhere in tbese namel, ber and you to show* 

EIse, being alike pure, we should neither see, • . 

As water being into ahr rarefi'd, 
Neither appear, till in one clotid tbey be > 

So for our sakes you do Iow names abide^ 

Taught by great constellations, (which, being frath'd 
Of the most stara, take kw names Crab and Bóllt 

When single planets by tbe gods are nam*d) 
You a>yet uot great names, of great things fiull. 

So you, as woman, one doth eomprehend^ 
And in the Tale of kindred others see; 

To some you are reveal'd, as in a firiend^ ^ 

And as a virtuocis priuoe Air oA to me. 

To whom, becaose fiom yon all Tiiitnastes^ 
Aad 't » tMit nona to dare eamffsnplste you^ - 

1, which do so^ as yonr tmaeol^ieat 
Some tribtttfi for that; ao thesa H 


If you can think tbese ^atierie^ tbey are, 
For then .your iuogment ^9 below my prai3<v 

If thejf were so, oCt $atteries wgrk as^i^r , , 
Ab couas^, ana aa far th' cy)deavour raise. . 



.86 my Ul reaebiiw rtm might there gmw good^ 
But I remain « |iw»D*d ^unUin ttlll ; 

And ftet y<iar'Mtdt]r,'Tirtue, koowłedge, bloo^, 
Are morę jibórealł ilstterjr than my wilL " ' 

And if I BiMM' itfńr, H !ś Doi yoq, 
^ot tny owB jaagmeot, who did łotw ago 

9i^»ttbiiBBM»'tfuit atlthete {nraites ih&ald be true, 
Aad rirtuesfaoald ybur beauty* and birth oatgrow. 

No# ttiat my propbecies are aH fulftird, 
Batber thaa God shoold not be bonoar*d ioo^ 

And all thete gifts confessM, wbich be instillM, 
y^nctf were bound to say that wbiub I dOb 

So I but yonr fMorder am in tbis, 
Or móath. and speaker of tbe uniTerse, 

A mMAirial noMry ; for *t is 
Kot I, but you and fiune, tbat make Łbifi verse. 

I was yom^ propUcf in your younger days, 
And nom ywt ćbapladn, God fai you to pcaoe. 

TO MR. J. W. 

Ałł bail, t««et poeH! nad Mlof ranre strang llre^ 
Tban bath or tball enkindle my duli •pirit^ 
I kyr«d whaC Natore ntve tbeć, but tby nierit 

Of «it aad ait I l<H« n&, bot admire ; 

Wbo baf#before or shall wifte after tbce, 

Tbeir works, thougb tougbly labonred, wUl be 
lika i iift w i c y oragettf mańf^ firm stay, 
Oratriy and litetwifiglKlfe to mid-day. 

Men say, and trały, tbat thay better be, 
Which be eavy'd tlian pity>d : therefbre U 
Because I wisb tbe best, do thea envy : 

O woold'st thou by like reason picy me. 

But care not for me, I, that OTer was 

In Natnre^i and in Foitone^i gifts, a|M ^ 
(But for tby grace got in tbe Mnse'i sebool) 
A maosŁer aad a b^gar, am a fooL 

,Ob, bow I grieva, tba^ iate-bom modetty 

Hath got sucb root in easy waxen beaiti, [parts 
That men may not themseWes tbeir own good 
^tol , witbout suspect of surąuedry j 
For, but tbyself, no subject can be iSÓund 
.Worthy tby quill, nor any ąuill resoand 

Thy wofth bot Uihie : bow good it wen to saa 
A poem in tby praise, and writ by thee ! 

Now if tbis song be too bfMh for rbyme, yet as 
The paintei^s bad god madę a good deril, 
T will IJNB good proie, altbougfa tbe Yerse be eriL 
If tbou forget tbe rhyo^e, ,^ tbou dost pass> 
Tben write, that I may foUo^, and so be 
Tby echo, tby debtor, tby foil, tby zanee. 
I sball be fbought (if minę like tbine I sbape) 
All tbe world's lion, tboogb i be tby ttj^. 

TO MR. T. w. 

*. Hastb tbae, haisb Tersa, as fiut aa tby lama measure 
Will^Te thee leave, to bim j my pain and pleasure 
I '^e giTen tbee, and yet tbon ait too weak, 
Feet and a reasoning sool, aod tongue to speak. 

Tell bim, all ^neitiooiy wbieh men htm di/fyJpii 
Both of tbe place aad painsof Heli, are ended^ 
And 't 18 dacreed, our Hall is but privatiaii 
Qf bim, at least in thk £arth*s habitation: 
And His wbopa I ani, wfeere in etery Mreet 
Infootions foUow^^UMrtake, aad maet - 
liia I or dia^ by yiM ntf lofe ik tftaC, 
Yoo aie nf pawm^ or aise my tMtaoMttt 

TO MU. T. w. 

PaiGNAirr again with th' old twins, Hope.and Fei 
Oft ba?e I ask*d for tbeor both bow aad whera 
Tbon wart, aad what any hopes of letters werer 

As in onr straets sly beggars aarrowly 
Watcb motioos of tbe giyeHs band or ejt. 
And erermore conceire soma bope thereby. 

And now tby almi is giy^o, Łhe letter's read, 
The body risen again, tbe whicb was dead. 
And tby poor starweling bouotifoUy fed. 

After tbis banfuetmy sani dotb say graea^ 
And praise tbaa for % and zeaknisly easkn 
Tby love i tbougb 1 think tby k>re in tUs 
To be as glutiona^ which say midsfc their«MaC» 
Tbay loTa that best, o£ which they aioit do 


At once from hence my lines and I depart, 
I to my soft still walk% tbay to my beart ; 
I to tbe nurse, they to tbe chiM of art 

Yet as a firm honse, tbongb the carpenter 
Perisb, dotb stand : as an ambassador 
Lies safo, howe*er bis king be in danger : 

So, tboogb I languish, press^d witb me1ancho1y» 
My Terse, tbe striet msp of tfiy misery, 
Sball lite to see tbat, for wbose want I dia. 

Therefere I envy tbem, and do rtpent, 
That from mibappy me tbinga happy are sent^ 
Yet as a picture, or bare sacrament, 
Accept tbese lines, and if in tbem there be 
Merit of Iotc, be^tow tbat loTe on me. 

TO KR. C. B. 

Tbt friend, wbom tby deserts to thee euchaia, 

Urg*d by tbis inescusable occasioii, 

Thee and tbe samt of bts<affKtion 
Learing bebind, dotb of both wants complatn; 
And let the loye, I beat to both, sustain 

No błot nor maim by this diyision ; 

Strong 18 tbis k>ve, whicb ties our bearts in one^ 
And strongr^hat iore pursu^d with amorous pain: 
Bot tbougb bettdes mysielf I leare bebind 

HeaTen's liberał and the thrice foir Sun, 

Going to where 8iarv'd Winter aye dotb won ; 
Yet foTe*s hot fires, which martyr my sad mind» 

Po ąend forth scalding sighs, which ha^e tbe art 

To melt all ice, but tbat whicb walls ber bearL 

TO MB. ft. B. 

TBov» vhicłi to searcli oat the saont paitB 
Or th' Indist or nther Para^M 
Of knowledge, bart wiib couMge and ad^ioe 

Łately ląiKb*d nto the Yast lea ał arti^ 
Dodain not in thy coostant traT€Hing 
Td do aa other Toyagen* and make 
Some tarns into less creeks, and wiiely t«ke 
P^reah water at the Helicooian i pring. 

1 riog not riren>Iike to tempt; for I 
Am hanh j nor aa those fcluMnatici witk yoa; 
Whicfa draw aU wite of ^ood hope to their trew; 

B«t aeehig in ymi hńght qparkt of poetry, 
I, thonigh I brought no ftiel, had desire 
With tbe«e aitieidate UasU to hfeir tbe fim - 

TO ML a. B« 

LBTffiKS. , iSi 

That I r^ce, that uato wbeće t^ aiti 
Thougb 1 stay here, I can ikok Mod ęo^ h«Bit; 
As kindly as any enaqKwrVŁpa^ieott 
His picture to bis ab«ent love hath sent. 
AJl mws I think soonar reaoh t|u^ tba««|iie ; 
HaTens are HcaTVia, and shipś.iriog^d af^b be^ 
The which both gospel and stm threatpiogii bstag; 
Goiana^s harrest is nipt in thajipruigy 
I fear ; and with iis (methinks) Fate deals so, 
As ««th the JfTw^s guid« God. óii; bed^d »bew 
Him the ricb tanid^ bot baiT'd his entry to i 
OoT slowness is our punishmeot itod sio« ' - 
Percbimce, these Spanish basinesaęs.bepg dope^ 
Wbicb as the Earth between the Moon and Sun 
Edipse tbe light, wbtoh Qaim» wonU »nh 
Onr discontinioed bopes we ^h»ll retrienet 
Bat if (as all th' all nuist) hopessmokeawayi 
Is not al migbty Yirtae an Indią ? * • • 

If men be worlds, there is in every one 
Sooietbing to answer in somp psoportim 
Ali tbe world'8 richer: ^d ia good men tbii 
Yirtoe our form^s form, and óur soul's soui is^ 

b not thy aacred bnnger of science 
Yei satkfy'd ? is not thy brain*s ricb bi^e 
FuUUM with boney, wbicb tboit dost dorhre 

¥nm tbwsrta' spirits and their* ąuiotessenee ł 

Tbms wean tbysetf at last, and thee witbdraw 
SbomOambridge, thy oid nnrse; and, as tbe rest, 
Bereto«gfaly cbew and stardlly digest 

Tli' immeaMe TMt volumes of our common la»r; 

Andbeginaoon, lestmy griefgrieretheetoo^ ' 
Wbicb is that that, wbicb I sbouid have begnn 
In my yootb^to moming, now late must be dooe : 

And I as giddy trarellen must do» 
Wbidi stray or sleqp all day, and having lost 
I^gbt and strengtb, darie and tir^d must tben 

If tfaoa unto thy Muse be married, 
Embracf ber erer, ever mulŁiply ; 
Be ikr from me that strange adultery 

To tempt tbee, and procure ber widowfaood ; 

My norse, (for I had one) because I 'm oold» 
BiTorc^d he^self ; tbe canse being in me, 
That I can take no new in bigamy j 

Not my will only, but pow'r dotb withbold i 

Henoe oomes It duit these rbymes, which never had 
Mother, want matter; and tbey only have 
A little form, the which their fotber gave : 

Tbey are profone, imperfęct, oh 1 too bad 
To be connted children of poetfy, 
Bacept coofirm'd and biab^ped by thee. 

' TO UtL B. w. 

If, as minę is, thy life a slumber be, 
Seem, wben thou read^sŁ these lines, to dreamof me j 
Kerer did Morpbeos, nor his brotber, wear 
Shapes io like tbose sbapeS| whom tbey would ap- 

As thia my Ictter is like me, iw ii 
Hath my name, wofds, band, feety beart, mind, and 


It is my deed of gift of me to thee, 
It is my will, myself the legacy. 
80 thy retirings I I6ve, yea en^y, 
Bred jn thee by a wtse melancbolyi 

m-MUmJ. Bo-.) 

; •• 


Of that Aort rof I of friends writm my JieBB^ 
Which with thy oame begins, mw^ą their Asput 
Whetber in th' English proviooes tbey b(^ 
Or drink of Po, Se^i^an, oc Danuby* 
There *s nooe, thatsometąmeagrieets ^M^^uKkii and yet 
Your Trent is Lethe', that^ ppj^ m fW^ Cd^^- 
You do not duties of societitt, 
If from th'embraoeofak)v^ wifayettfłsef 
Yiew yoor fot bea8ts,.akr^teb1d banis^ aad labocrr^d 
fields, ' ■ ' 

Eat, play, lide, take all joys, wbieb aH day jields, 
And then agaio to yeurembraocments goj 
Some hours op us your friends, and some be s i ow 
Upon your Muse{ ebe tfóth.we sball repent, 
1, that my k>Te» iłvB, tbat ber giAs aa you ate^pent. 

TO m. j. p. 

BŁiss'n are your north parts, for all this kmg time 
My Son is with you, cold and dark's our clime. 
Heatcnni Sun, wbicb itay'd so kwg from os this 

Stay*d in your north (I think) for she was there, . 
And bitber by kind KatuK drawn fh>m thence, 
Herę rages^ chafbs, and tbreatens pestilence^^ 
Yet I, aa long as sbe from hence doth stay, 
Think thiamo sooth, no summer, por no day. 
With thee my kłnd and unkbid' beart is run, 
There saeriflee i t to that beaateous Suń : 
So may thy pastures with their i^wery feasts, 
As suddenly as laid, fbt thy lean b^uts j 
So may thy woods oft poll'd yet erer wear 
A green, and (wben she list) a golden hair ; 
So may all thy sheep bring foith twins ; and so 
In chase and race may thy horse all ont-go; 
So may thjr love and ooonge ne^er be cold ; 
Thy son n^er ward ; thy tof *d wifis nePer leam oU ; 
But may'8t jtbou lush great tbiags^ and them at- 

As thou teIPst bcTi and nonę bot ber, my pain. 



JBegeU itrange oraatures od Nile** dirtj tlime, 
In me ycNir f»th«rly yet luity rhyoMi (•soie ; 
(For tbese songi are their fniits) hawe wioaghtibe 
Bat tliottgh th* engendring foroe, ftom wtience they 
Be ttrong eoough, and natnre dotli admii 
SeT'n to be bom at once; I send as yet 
Bat six; tbey say, tbe«eventh hath still some maim: 
I cboose your jadgment, which the eame degree 
Doth with ber siater» your inTention, faold. 
Ab fire tbese drossy rbymes to pońfjp, 
Cr as ełiiir to change tbem to gold ; 
Voa are tbat alchymist, which alwasrs had 
WH, wboseoDesliarkooald makegoodthiDgsof bad. 

Bat thoogfa ihepdrt iis» to ftear mj aft psaysra 
For yoor ipcreaac^ Qod b as otar me beie; 

And to sead yoo whót I rfiall beg, his staiia 
^length and case ai« alike e^ery #bere. 



Arm those rer^rend papers, whose soul is [name, 
Our good and great kiog^s lor^d band and fear^d 

By which to you be deriYes much of bis, 
And (how he may) makes you almost the sarnę, 

A taper of his toreb, a eopy writ 

From bis original, and a Mr beam 
Of the same wam and dazzUng San, thoogh it 

Must in anotber spfaere his tirtoe stream; 

After those learaed papers, which yoor ^and 
Hath stor^d with notes of ose and pleasnre too, 

From which rich treasury you may command 
Fit matter, whetber you wiH write or do ; 

After those loring papers, which -friends send 
With glad gnef to your sea^ward steps farewell, 

Which tbicken on yoa now, as pray^rs asceod 
To Hearen in troops at a good man's passing beli; 

Admit this bonest paper,, and ałlow 

It soch an audience as youTself wonid ask ; 

Wbat yoo mnst say at Yeniee, tbis OMans now. 
And hath for natnre^ wbat yoa haTe fertask. 


To swear mach k>Te, not to be chang^d belbre 
Hbnour alone will to yonr fortunę fit ; 

Nor shall I theo honoor yoor fottone more, 
Than 1 haye done your noble^anfting wil. 

Bat *t is an eaaer k>ad (tboogh t>oth oppicss) 
To want than gwemgreatness; forweam 

In that, oor own and only busineH ; 
In tbis^ we nuist for otben' ▼{< 

TO MR8. M . H. 

Mad pftpef^, stayj and grndge not berę to barn 
With all those sons, whom tby brain did create; 

At least lie bid with tne, till tiiou retnrn 
To rags agaio, which is tby natite state» 

Wbat thoogfa thoa bare enongh anworthiness 
To come anto great place as others do/ 

Tlutt 's much, emboldens, pulls, thmsts, I confes ; 
But 't is not all, thoa shouldst be wicked toob 

And that thoa canstnot leam, or not of me, 
Yet thoa wih go ; go, sinoe tbou goest to 

Wbo lacks but faults to be a piiiice, forsbe 
Thith, whom tbey dare not pardon, dares 

But ^en tbou oom^ to that perpleidng eye, 
Which eąualty clahns lore and reverenee, 

Tbou wih not long dispate'it, tbou witt die ; 
And baTing little now, hare then no 

^ is theretbro well yoor tpirita nmr are ptaM^d 
In their laat fomace, in actnrity ; if^ 

Wbich fits tbem (sohoob siad coorts and wan o'er* 
To tooch and tatta m any bert degi^ 

For na, (if tbere be sneh a tbing at I) 
. F(Htaiie(tf tbere iK^ch a tbing as sfae) 
fipies tbat I bcar so wdl bar tyraany, 

Tbal tba tbinki BOthiBg <lM to lit for Bi^ 


Ytt when her warm redeeicning band (wbicb it 
A foirade, and madę such to work moro) 

DMb tottch thee (saples»1eaf)thoa growit by liiis 
'Her ereature, glorifyd morę than before. 

Then at a motber, whłob delightr to hear 
Her eariy diild misspeak half utter'd wordt, 

Or, because majesty doth never foar 
III or bold speech, she audience afibrds. 

And then, coki speechless wretch, thoodietta&ani. 
And wifsely ; what ditcourse is left for thee ł 

From fcpeech of iii and fier tbou must abstain ł 
And Is there any good which is ńck she ? 

Yet may*lt tbou praise her servantt, tboagh not ber ; 

And wit and virtue and honour her attend. 
And sfaice they Ye but her dotbes, thou shalt not 

If tbou her shape and beauty and grace commead. 

Wbo knows tby destiny ? when thou hast done, * 
Perchance her eabinet may harbonr thee. 

Whither all noble ambilious wits do nm; 
A nest almdst as fiill of good as sbe. 

When thou art there, if aay, whom we know, 
Werę sa^^d before, and did that HeuTen paitake, 

When she reyoWes his papers, mark what show 
Of fofOur sboi ak»e; to tbem doth make. 

M$rk ify to gat them, 8|ia o^er-skip the rett, 
BCark if she read them twice, or kiss the name ; 

Mark if sbe do tbe ftame tbat they protest ; 
Maik if the maik, whither her wottan 

'Mark if sligbt things b* objected, and o^erblown, 
Maifc if her oaths against faim be not ttitt • 

Reserf^d, and Chat ihe gneve the^s net iMr own, 
And chidet llieHlboaintt that dedttfrea-irilk 

« « 



I btd thMln^db tiMf to In» wy ^, 

Nor to make mytelf ber familiarj 
Bttt 10 much 1 d» iove ber ohoice» tbat I 

Wottid foin love him, that ahatt be ipf 'd c£ hen 


fioiioo».ii to eablimojMnfiaBtieD, 

And so rafia*d ; tbat wben Qod was alODe, 

And creatureleM ai fint. bUnaelf bad nonę ; 



wluch »e troad^ - 
with whicb we 're joy^d or fed, 
baoMp botli abeve our bead ; 

So firom Urn pertow doih all hoaoor llow ; 
Khigs, wbom tbe; woald bare booour^d, to ue show, 
Aad but direct our bonoar, not bestow. 

Worjthuk from herbe the pura part must be won 
From grom by stiUin^, tbis is better done 
By drepii^d dvi9» tban bjr tba fire or San: 

Ga»Q odt tbeof madam, bow Iow yonr praises lie; 
Id laboMfee^s ballada oft morę piety 
6od findt, tbaa inte deam't melody« 

Aad ordaanee tta%*d on iow^.ao many mile 
Sfeod not tbeir ▼«oe, nor laat to bmg a wbiię» 
As fina Irom tb* EarŁh'a Iow raalta in Sioil iiie. 

Shoold I aay I IitM darfcer tfaan were tme, 
Yottr radiatioD oaa all ckaidf 8iiMa«> 
Bat one : *t is best light to contemp]ate/Vott« 

Yoo, for wbose body Ood madę better clay, 
Ortook sonl^to stnff, sncb as shall lato decay, 
Or soiefa as needs smali elmnge at tbe last day. 

Tbis, as an amber drap enwr^s a bee, 

Corerittg disooverB your qaick sonl ; tbat we [see. 

May in 3paBrtbrougb4bine ftont onr beart's thonghts 

Yo« taacb (tboiigb we leam not) a tbing miknown 
To onr late times, tbe use of specular stone, 
Tbnmgb wbiefa all thlngswitbln withoutwere sbown. 

Of sach were temples ; so^ and sncb you are ; 

Beingiand seeming is your eqnal care ; 

And ▼irtttes' wboie sum is but know and dare. 

is a wise man^s soul, and so 
ReligioD is a Cbr»tian% and you know 
Ho« these are ooes ber yea is not ber no. 

Bat as oor sools of ^sowtb and sools of sense 
Have birthrigbt of onr reason*s soał» yet bence 
Thay Ay not£ram tbat, nor aeek precedence : 

Nature's Arst lesson so discretion 

Most not gradge aeal a płace- nor yet kMp:none, 

Mot banish itself, nor religion. 

. Nor may we bopa to solder still and knit 
Tbese tao, and dBM ta break tbem^ agr most wit 
BfS ooUeHloa to jnUgin^bąiba it. 

In tbose poor typas of God (roond circies) so 
Relłgion*s tjFpes tbe piaoaleii centres flow» 
And are in alLtbe lioes whicb all ways go. 

Ifeilher evei: wiougblinyea#k)M^ r 

Or prinotpaUy* tben retigion > 

Wrought you? ends> aad your ways discretioa* 

Go tbitbor stiU, go tbesame way you went( 
Wbo 80 wottld cbaoge, doth covet or lepent ; 
Neither ca» wgmdk fou, great and inooeent. 


Taiur unripe side of Bartb» tbat heavy dime . 
^Tbat gives.os man up now, like Adam's time 
Befbre be ate ; nian*s sbape, tbat woold yet bb 
(Knew tbey not it, and flearM beasti' company) 
So naked at tbii day, as tboogb man tbere 
From Paradisesognat &diptMoa were, 
As yet tbe news oould not anriTed be 
Of Adamus tasting the foibidden tree; 
Depriv'd of that fnee stoto whicb tbey wera i% 
And wantiag the reward, yet bear tbe «n. 

But, asfrom eatrenieheigbts wbodownwaidkx(ks, 
Sees mea at cbildren*s shapes, riTen ^s brooks. 
And losetb yoiinger forms ; so to your eye 
Tbese, madam, that without yotardiskanea lie. 
Most eitber mięt, or notbiag saem to be, 
Wbo are at bome bnt wit ^ mtre atomy. ^ 

But I, wbo can bebold tbem mova and atay, 
Haye finmd ftiyself to you jost tbeir midway $ 
And now mnst pity- tbem < . for as tbey do 
Seem sick to me, jost so most I to yon ; 
Yet neither will I rex yonr eyeą to aee 
A sighing ode, nor cross-arm'd elagy.- 
1 come not to cali pity from your heart, 
like some wbite-lirer^d dotanl, that wonld pait 
Elsę ^m his slippery sool witb a iaint gtoiop 
And faitbf«lly (withont yon amile) iMre gooe. 
I cannot feel tbe tempest of a frown, 
I may be rais^d by love, but not thrown down; 
Theogh I can pity tbose sigb twioa a day, 
I bate tbat tbing wbispers itsalf away; 
Yet sińce all lorę is fererisb, wbo to traes 
Doth talk, yet doth in feve's ooU agua fireese* 
'T is lo«^ but witb such fatal weakness madę, 
That tt deetroys itself witb its own shad& [pain, 
Wbo flrst hK^k^d sad, giieVd, phi'd, and show>d bis 
Was be that fint toogfatwomen todisdatn. 

As all things wera but one nothing, doli and weak, 
Uotil this imw disoider^d heap did break, , 

And sevMral desires led paitf away, 
Water declin'd witb eartb,'the air did sUy, 
Fire roae, and eacb from othffr bot anty*d, 
Tbemselfes miprison^ were aad parify'd : 
So was bure, fint in rast cooftąsion bid, 
An unripe willingness whicb nothing did, 
A tbint» an appetito whicb bad ao ease, 
Tbat foand a want, but knew not what woold please. 
What pretty imiooenee in that day BMV*d ! 
Maa ignofantly walk*d by ber be kyr^ ; 
Botb sigh'd and intenbaag^d a spsaking eye, 
Both trembled and were siek, yet kaew not wby. 
Tbat natural fearfobansy tbat stmek man dumh. 
MIght ^elŁ (tbosa tioMs oonsidei^d) mgn baoome. 


At aM immmi^mt^^hm iUik ^_, 

Findi but the plaos $ .«ft«r, tbe neaMrt way i 

So paakw ii to woflm/i lQir% p|^oql^. 

Nay, further off, than when we fint let oat 

It is not loir^ tbat g«e« or dotb ooolaul ; 

ŁoTe either ęoaąaent or but n^eto * frióid* 

Man'ibfllter fMirtcoiisistootfporerfif^ - 

And finds itself mliowM, ei« it dotrę. 

Iove it wite beie, fceept bome^ f^^m nm»anutf, 

And joumies not tiU it flnd iWMMi>-wnf • 

A wettber<;beaten lover» but o«Ott koMs, 

Is tport for eTery girl to practite on. 

Wbo stmat thiońgb wQiBnii%fl«iait wooMB tofaHMr» 

It lott, and seekf hittbndbw totfutg^i 

It it merę ticIkneM nfter on^diidiuni. 

Tbough be be calfd aloud, to look a^n. 

Utotbenńnandgńowei oaeaMWMttltigfat 

Shall freta* in,y love to cryttal in a nigbL 

I caa love firtt, 8Dd(if I wio) k>ve Ml; 

And cannot be remov'd, unlen die wilh 

It it ber iaaU» if I untiire remain; 

Sbe ODly can unty, I b«d again. 

Tbe boMitieiof lorąwitb eate Ido, 

Bot am no porter for a tediont woe. 

Bot, flMdan» I oow tbtnk OB yoo ; aad hare, 
Wbere w6arealoarbMcbti,yoa biUappear; 
We ara bot obiudf, you tfi» Inm ournoooHray, 
Bat a foul sbadow, not yoar break of day. 

Yon are aą enMund aJŁ tbat ^t foir and rigbt; 
And oChen' geod rafieett but baok yoor UfbU 
Yoo are a perfoctneM^ to ęurioot bit, 
Tbat yoongeit fiatteriet do scandal it) 
For what it iBora daOi wbat yw are Miteiin ; 
And tbougb befoo4 15 down jUie bill again. 
We bave no aeatt way to you, we csott lo 't; 
You are tbe straigbt lina, tbing prait'd, attribute : 
Bach gpodw you >• ligbt; to many a^tbade • 
You make^aadintbein ara your motiont uu4m, 
Tbese ara your pictocet to tbe life. FnHB-far 
We tee you morę, and here yo«ir Zaoit are : 
80 tbat no fouaUin good tbei«'<i» doUl giow 
In you, but our dim aotiont fointly tbow t 

Tben find I» if man^t nobUat part be teiak 
Your pureit luttre mutt tbat sbadow morę. 
The sonl witb body is a Hea¥*n oombin*d 
Witb Eartb, and for man'8 eate nearar j«b*d. 
Wbere tbougbti, tbe sUn of toul, we undentand, . 
We guess not tbeir lasge natures, but oommand. 
And loTe in you tbat bounty it of ligbt, 
Tbat giTet to aH, and yet bath infiuite: 
Wbose heśt doth foroe ut tbitber to intend, 
Bat soul we find too eartbly to atcend ; 
UH «low«QQ(M8 |witk.iMd« it pboliy poM^- 
Able imm^ctal «]e«niMii«ta^en4w«* 
Wlv» dare «q^re tbit jpumay «itb a fteia,.. 
Hatb weight wU& fiwoą bim JieaiUang bacJragagii 
Nom9c^cąnimp«iir«iM«f«tainaiidiMra:: :.r: 
IntbatpuBfowgMaf a^iiiortbybwe, • j y < > 
TbaneartM9tiubttanaa«aA.iintatfd«pton^ .. r 
And Ififre.bŃfi i»atpa^t»i9owFQna.«i^tei«.< . ń ' 
^ 9ucbiBaylH^e€(yaiiadfbind; may«i^B«y. 

Bu]^Jib^«wDlububbktf vb«i tbAy^ie^bichart^^hay' 

Tboogb for rgpffl^noftbwp iiJmawawęjfiady- 
T^eSw>t4KHnfqc|#yą|^4INM^.tlHidi.feam^ • 

Tbere«i«|i4i99al^Uitiam^Nm>bMia3M^ . r „. . 1 

But at a<rtts)|Mii.aMiuapit liiMUjrąatUtnigK « mA ( — 



Remote or aaafporjboirtttfter ^be^Hmm | 
Tbeir ▼iitae^inaht nil ckntkftbktmitfftm 
Thera it lio fimiUiiiiiin, <mt mil 1t> jey.>t ,. ■] -,- ,»/ 
He oMCb jpMftMet:(whom ▼iriaaO >f tfuado nofb) 
TostykUtnwMbingTagB^iYaińakiP^bww t ^r. r 
Tmr, thnt impmii m ifusiy tbiB>| flili|bti t 
Is foncied bytbatonl^MfeAppetiiar .^ v. 
Wby Itaw amoag tbe virtuaaii Mt Jtamo^ > 
It, tbat lofe it tbem tdl conftraec maftiar » y t- / 






MMTWEMM sn oNiY wwnwtk AKII mu Tl^fifii 


^* .3?1?H 

If bar ditdaiiDi leatt change in jpa cąn vu^% ' 
You do not loyc; , '^ , 

For when tbat bopc giyes fuel ta tbę fire^ 
You tell desire^ 
LoTe it not love, but gi ven foee ; ^. ^ 
And to it minę, to thould yourt Bie. 

Her bearty tbat mdti to hear of otber^t moan. 

To minetostone; 
Her eyes, tbat weep a ttrangbr^t eyat to tea, 

Joyto woupd ipi: ^^ .,^ 

Yet I so well afiect eacb part, 

As (caat'd by tbem) I loye my tmart. 

Say ber ditdainiagi jwtły. most be, gcff^ii 

WiJEbnameofcbatte^ . \ ,, .,, , 

And tbat tbę frownt, lest looging tbontSt^ffCt^^^. 

An!d ragii|^ breed ; ■ ' ^ - 

So bar «tdayia.j!ai> n^t^er ofl^; , ,,„,,,. ^^^ 

Unless self-lQV«uV/B pnvate ęnd.. . ,, ,3^*,, ^r 

'T is lorę bree^ iove in me, and colddisdam ^ 

Killt t bt>| t g?ii n ; . ^ m. .,, ,nVl 

As watar caus^th fire tó fret ąod Uiofi^. ^,, .,. , ^^ 

Tnil ąU cwuiye. J ,^^^^^^,^ 

Who can of iove morę ncb gin make, 

Thap to lovfj*t self ^ loTp't.oiprą sp^ vi«„<>v 

I *u ncver 4ig .»» ^łwirry. oran beart,, ^ . ^ ^ j. 

To have no part ; ' ^ 

Nor roatt in toy eyei^ ^bąd^ ^>^^V^999 ., ^^^^y 
Canicolarr . _ .. J.^,,xo 
Who tWt wigr would a loTer m^y<^, ^,. ^ ^^^^ 
May show bis patience, not his Iot6. 

Afcown may be,»9ińeańięs ł<y l?jJy4f?.g5^rf'^!,\ 
And for tbat ragmg bomour there is surę 

..■;w*'4.neyśs*<»Mj^>«^,>y!il,!;!i « V 

r 1:; " '. " >.ur ■. ;- v^':i^h^ oT 


'nKOoa I be dead and buried, yet I faaye 
(Liviag in yaią)jMllldN»«i^i«l»«f3hiRlM4uthfo9 
At oft at ^lMąJ.tM<»|«ifAadlA t nd teoi^i Jsón 





Mart boUi to gmrtli «« 





» iMBd^ to lhc»B cDnAutaM grow ; 
FSnt I coakml tera l(»««liei« IMI 
YiMr stock, «ni orar pndigiil^ ipeiik 
▼oor taHMWi^ 4w tinoo I- 
Yirtiic and-inćotjr^ botai thc^c-ue giown 
Id yon, I ihoald not think or say they tbiiia» 
(So as 1 liałe) in «o y ńft um ihie ; 
Nest I oonfini this my co pf caałon, 
Kir *t ia tome fiu]|fc.iiMia mack to touch opon 
yoarpfmiietoypa, where half rigbtsaeein too much, 
AimI mMitf yoor nuiMiS' ilAcere oodiplezkrn bluiłu 
Kezt I confesi m' impeniteoce; for I 
Om lonree repeót my firt t fault, ńnee thereby 
Remote Iow tpiriti^ which ibaJI iie'er read yoii» 
May in leM letsou find enoagh to do, 
By atudyóig oopifet, not origmals ; 

Dśtttnt citiśn. 


TO "noi lAm cAmsTy akd ma. imsx iicviy faoM 



Hbb» wberrby all all taiiits inroked are» . 
T were too mncb achitm to be tingular, 
AM ^gAimt a practłce generał to war. 

Tek torabig to tahiti tbonld m' hnaulity 
To otber lamt tban you direeted be, 
Tbat were to make my icbitm berńy. 

Nor woold I be a oonrertite eo cold, 
Am not to tell it ; if tbb be too bold, 
Fudcmi are ia this market cbeaply sold. 

Whcre, beeause ikith is fai too k>w degree, 

I tboagbt it some apostleship in me 

Ib speak things, whieh by (isitb alone I see. 

Tbat ia, of yĆMi, wbo are a finbamimt 

Of nrtoes, where no one is grown or spent; 

Tliey *re yoor mateńals, not yoar ornament 

Otbeit, wbom-we call.f i iluwi s , are not so 

la their wbote snbetanee i but tbeir riitnes groir 

Bat in tbeir bumonn, and at seasons show. 

Tor wbea throogh tasteless flat bulbility 

In dougb-bakM men some barmlessness we see, 

T ia bot bk phl^m tbat *b Tirtnoos, and not he : 

flo is the blood sometlmes ; wboerernm 
To daager qnimportQn'dy be was tben 
Mo better tban a sangoine-rirtaoas man. 

8o doister^ men, wbo in preteaea of fear 
Allo u ń U ib ati b us tethblifelbitiear, "" 
fiara YDtne in melaacboly, and oniy tbera. 

tpmtaal ćMerio tńiAo, iHMcIl i»aU 
Uigioaa find Ibulla, andl b i ^ os aoMI, 
Bara thip<igh (bk MU tlftM bill ia ttMir g»n« 

WeWa tfana bm^piMiliiMti tog«M'««'fagMwa^ 

Wben lirUialaoor sou^s oomplotioD: 

Wbo knows bis Tistiie^ nam* er plaoe^ batb nooiw 

Yirtne '% bot agueish, when t is sereial, 
By oooaskNi wBk*d and eireumstantial ; 
True Tirtue^s sool, always in ałl deeds alt. 

TUi iriftne thinking to glte dignity 
To yoor sool, fMmd tbere no infirmity, 
Por your sool was as good yłrtne as shc. 

Sha tbcnibra wmight opon tbat part of yoa> 
Wbicb is searee less tban soiil« as she conld da^ 
And so batb madę yoilr beanór ▼brtne to(v 

Hence oomas it, tbat yoor beanty womids not beaiti^ 
As otben*, irttb proAme and sensnal darti^ 
But as an inftnence rirtnous thoiights impaits. 

Bot if soch fiiends by tb' honour of yoor sigbft 

Grow capable of tbis so great a ligbt, 

As to partake your ▼irtnes, and tbeir migbt : 

Wbat mnst I think tbat infloenea srast de^ 
Where it finds simpatby and m^tier too^ 
Yirtne and beaoty, of tbe aamestoff as yoa ? 

Whieh is your nobla worlbysisler; śh^, 
Of wbom if, wbat in tbis my ecstasy 
And rerelatioB of yon both I see, 

I sboold #rite here, as in short gaHeiries 
The master at tbe ead kuge głaises ttes, 
So to present the room twice to omr eyes : 

So I sbould gire this letter tength, and say 
Tbat wbfofa I said of you ; thore is no way 
nom either, but to th' otber, not to stmy. 

May theielbre this b' enongh to testiiy 
My true devotion, free Irom flattery ; 
He tbat belie^ss himself, doth nerer Ue. 


AUO0S1V 1614. 

Fao, great, and good, ńnee seeiag yon we see 
Wbat HeaT^n can do, wbat any earth can be : 
Snce now your beaoty shines, now when the Sun, 
Gimm stale, is to so Iow a va1ue ran, 
Tbat bis disbe«el'd beama and scatter'd flres 
Serre but for ladies' periwigs and titts 
In loTers* soonets : you eome to repair 
God's book of creatures, teaching what is fair. 
SiODa now, when all is witber^d, sfarunk, and dry*d, 
All TiKtoes ebb'd out to a dead Iow tide, 
All tbe wofrld's ftame being cmmbled into asnd, 
Whare eWy man thinks by himself to stand, 
Integrity, IHandship, and conadenc^ * 
(Obmama of gteatness) being tapour^d hence. 
And narrow man batog flll'd with Httle shares, 
Courts, city, churob, are all shops of sraall-wares, 
All baring^blown to sparics their noble flre, 
Aad diawii tbeir saaad gM lOgM lnt6 wire ; 



AHtr3f1ii|rby«!ov*'(rRW«iei*" ' •-.-/'■ 

To make ahrid|ffAettt$ and 1o draw to Tess, 

Eveii that notbing, whTeh at firtt we were ; 

Since ia these ttines ytm greatness doth appearj^ 

And that welearn by^ it, that mati, to get 

Towards bitn that ^ Ih^inte, musi filrst be great 

Since in an age do ill, as nonę is fit 

So much as to accuse, nmch less mend it, 

(For wbo can jodge or witness of tfaose times, 

Where all alike arc gniłty df the ctimcs ?) 

Whare be, that would be good, is thougbt by alt ' 

A monster, or at best fantastical: 

Since now joa dtint be good, and tBat I do 

Disoern, by daring to conteiliplate yon, 

That there may be degrees of iSttr, grent, good, 

Tbrougb your łight, largeness, Tirtue nndentood : 

If in tbis sacrifioe of minę be tbown 

Any smali spark of tbefe, całl H your own : 

And if things Kke tiiese baTe been said by me 

Of othen ; cali not that idolatry. 

For had 6od madę man first, and raan bad seen 

The third day's fniits and flowen, and Tariout 

He migbt bave said ihe best that he conld aay 
Of those feir creatores, which wcre nade fhat day : 
And wben neict day he bad admit^d the birth 
Of Sun, Moon, stan^ Curer than late^pnii8'd 

He might have said the best that he conid say. 
And not be chid fór praising yesterday t 
So tliough some things are not together trne, 
As, that anotber's woftihiest, and, that you; 
Yet to say so doth not condemn a man, 
If, wben he spoke them, they were both tnie tben. 
How hit a proof of this in our soul groira ? 
We first have sonis of giowtb, and sense; mnd 

"When oor łast sonl, our soni immortal, came, * 
Were fwnUoir*d into it, and have no name : 
Nor doth he i^jure those sools, which doth cast' 
The power and prftise of botb tbem on the last; 
No morę do I wrcmg any, if I adore 
The same things -now, whieh I ador^d before, 
The subject cbaag*d, and measnre ; the same thing 
In a Iow oonstable and iitthe king 
I re^erenoe ; his power to work on me : 
So did I humbly rererence each degree 
Of fiur, gnnty good ; but noore, now I am come 
From having fonnd their wailks, to find tbeir 

And as I owe my first souPs tbanks, that they 
For my łast soul did fit and mould my clay, 
So am I debtor unto tbem, whose woith 
Enabled me to profit, and take forth 
This new great łesson, thas to stndy yon ; 
Which nonę, not reading others first, could do. 
Nor lack I light to read this book, though I 
In a dark care, yea, In a grave do Ile ; 
For as your fellbw angels, so you do 
lUustrate tbem, wbo come to study ^ón. [ 
The first, whom we in histories dofihd 
To have professM all arts, was one bom bllnd : 
He 1ack'd those eres beasts have as well as we. 
Not those, by which angels are seen and see; 
So, thongb I 'm bom without those eyes to live, 
Which Fortune, who hath nonę herself, doth give, 
Which are fit means to s^ brigbt courts and you, 
Yet may 1 see 5rou thus, as now I do j 
I^shall by that all goodncss have discera'd, 
ABd,thougfaIbumiiiyIibT«ry, bćleara^d." '^ 



You that are «b^ ^ yoh/tbat *s dt3^bfe Ihe, " 
In ber dead fać^ hitlf of yom^lf ahall s^ ; * 
She Wm» the other ptfrt ; for so the;^ do, 
Which build them iVi<^hips, tiecome oue of tw5| 
Śa two, that bttt tfaetnseftes no fHhd ^n fit, 
Which were to beso, when they ircre WJt yet' 
Twins, thoogfi tbeTrbftth Cuscoand MnsćO talt^' 
43 divers stars o^e boństetlation make ; *" 

9air'd like two eyes, have et]ual motion, so 
Both but one means to see, one way to gb. 
Had yon dy*d first, e carcass she had been ; ' ' 
And we your rich tómb iń her faice had seen. 
She Uke the toni is gdne, and* you berę stay. 
Not a lirę friend, but th* other hi!f of cfay ; 
And sińce you act that part, as men* say, here 
Łies sneb a prince, when but one part is theie ; 
And do all hononr and devotton due 
Unto the wbole, so we all revetenee jron ; 
For aoch a fnendship who would not adore 
ńi you, who are all what both were before ? 
Not all, as if some perished by this, 
9ut so, as all in yon contracted is i 
As of this all though many parts decay, 
The pore^ which element^ them, shall stay. 
And though diffas'd, and spread in hdhnte, 
Shall re-collect, and in one all unitę: 
So madatt), as her soul to Heav*n is fled, 
Her flesh rests in the earth, as in the bed ;' 
Her Yirtues do, as to their proper spbere. 
Return to dweń wtth yon, of whom they were : 
As perfect motions are all circufar; 
So they to you, their ąea* whence less streams are* 
She was all spices, you all metah ; so ' . 

In you two we did botb rich Indias kn(»w. 
And as no fire nor rost can spend or waste 
One dram of gold, but what was first shall last | 
Though itbe fbrcM in water, earth, salt, «r« 
: Expans*d in influite, nonę witl impair ; ' 
So to yourself you may additions take, * 
But nothing can you less or changed mak^ 
Seek not, in secking new, to seeta to doubt; 
lliat you can match her, or not be withont $ 
But let some ^utfaful book in her rwm be^ 
Yet hut of Judiith no su^ book as she. 





Waiai is that boly fire, which vene is.said 
To baTe } is that enchanting force deca^d ? ' "* 
Yerse, tbatdraws Nature*s works from Natore^ law, 
Thee, her best work, to her work cannot dra w, 
'Have my tears quench'd my old póetić fire ; 
Why quench*d they not as well that of desire ? ' 
Thoughts, my mind's creatures, often are with thee| 
But I, their maker, want' thdr liberty : ' 

Outy tbine image in my heart doth Sit; 
But that is wax, and fires envlron it •••■•'. 

My fires have driven, thine hate drawn it hence; ^ 
And I am fobb^d of picture, heart, and seb^ ' 
Dwells with me stlll mlne irksome memory! 
Which both to keep and lose gncVeii eąnally. ' '''^ 
That tells how fair thou art :, thou' art sofiur, 
As gods, when gods to thee Ido comparc, ' ^ 

Afe grfec'd thereby i and'to^tfke blind men lee^* 
What Ikings ggds aie, I ny they 'nr lite in thee. 



F^ if w« jotUy edtt m^h lillBr 
A Mttk Yorld, wh«t ihaJl ve cftił tb« then ? 
Tiioa tri not aoR; «ad«lear, «ad ttraigfat, 
As ^otrOyM mn,e9duh ńd liKcf •!« ; 
Bat thy rifht band, and chaek, awl ę^eoBly 
Are Iłke tby other lumd, iwd ehoek* «iid «ye. 
Sack ««• my Pb«o awhile^ but ibaJl b« nevflr 
As thoii wwty^rt^ and ob \ nuy^s^ Ibon be €ver. 
Hcte lóieia «iiear in tbeir idolatiy, 
Tbat t am sucb ; bat.|pńaf dtsQok>iiniaM: 
And y et I griew the less, lest grief remoYe 
Hy beau^Tt and make m' aawoiiby of tby lo^ti ^ 
Playsaoneaoftboy włtbthee? obi tbere wanta yat 
A ointnal leeting,. wbicb ibonld tiraeten iL 
His chin, a tbomy hairy uneyennets^ 
Doth threaUn, and some daily cbaafe pomem. 
Thy body ia a aatnral paradise, 
In who«e sel( nnmanur*d, all pleasurc lien. 
Kor needs|ierfection; wby «hottld*stthou tben 
Admit tbe tiUage of a baish loagh maa ? , 
Men leaTebehind tbem thati which tbeir sin sbowi, 
And are as tbieves trac'dy wbicb rob when it snowt ; 
Bot of onr dallianoe no morę aigns there aie» 
ThaB fishcs leare in ttreams, or birds in ai». 
And between as all iweetoeas roay be bad; 
All, all that naturę yields, or art cao add. 
My two Upi, eycs, tl»igb^ differ from tby two^ 
But soy as tbine from one anotber do t ' 
And, ob ! no mora ; Łbe \tkaum being tocb, 
Wby sboold tbey not aUke in atl parto toaeh ? 
Haad to straAge band, Jip to Up nonę denies; 
Whysbooldtbey breast tobreatt,orthJglM to tbigfai? 
Likenesi In^gets soch itrange seif-flatteiy, 
That toaching myscif,. all seems done to tbee. 
Mjoedf \ fflplyacf I and mfaie own banda I kim. 
And amorously thaiik myself for this. 
Me in my glasa I caU tbee ; but, alas ! 
When I would kits, tean diof minę eyes and gUus. 
O ctira^ljiis loring madoess, and restore 
Me to me^ tbee my balf^ my all* my morę. 
So may thy ćbeek's redoutwear acarlet die. 
And tbfeir wbite whitepesa of the galaxy ; 
9o may tlLp migbty ąmazing beauty moTe 
ĘnTy in aU womeo, and in all men love ; 
And so be ćbange and sicknesi far from tbee^ 
As tboa, by eoming near, keep'H tbem firom tae. 

TnMonun. FriMdstteoitts^lfM. Hut I tbee tell 
Ąp to my friend» and myielf as counsel: 
Lstibr awhile the time't unthrilty ront 
Gontemoleaniing, md all your studies flont : 
Łetthem sooni Heli, tbey wiU a seijeant fear, 
MoM tbaa wethem ; that ere lung God may fodiear. 
Bat creditora will not Łet tbem iiwrease 
In riot and esoem, as their meaas cease ; 
heUthtm soorn him that madę tbem, and sdll ahna 
His grOoe^ ba( lorę the wbore^ who bath undone 
Tbem and their soub. But, that tbey that alkiw 
Bal ona God, ihould ba?e religioos enow 
For the q[uoen's mask, and their hnsbaods, for morę 
Thmi all tbe Gentiles knew or Atlas bora. 
Weil, let all pasa» and trust him, who nor oracks 
The bfuisad ^ced, nor ąuencbetb laoktng flax. 


JAM. ^,1603. 

Tin statft ę^ ii^*s afiairsarc the beit plays 
KeaCt yours ; 't is not morę nor less than d»e praise: 
Write, bat toach not Łbe much descending race 
Of lords' booses, ap mttłed in worŁh'8 place, 
As bok tbe|q9selves nonę think tbem usurpersi 
U ia^na iault in thee to luil^r tbeirs. 
If the qoeen mask, or king a bnnting go, 
Tboogli all the coort foUow, let tbem. We koow ' 
like tbem in goodnem that coort ne^er will be, 
For thatweieiirtue, aod not flatteiy* ' 
Forgei we were tbrust out It is bat tHds 
God threaŁ9i9 kiogs» kings lórds, ai lords do us* 
Jndge of sbcaiijgers, t^ust and belie^e yourfHeodi 
And to z^e^ aod when I thie friendshłp end, 
With gmty codscienće let me be worse stung ' 
T1iaa^wi^,Bo|^ham*ś t^tanóe tldetisźor Oookli 


HOT. 9, 1603. 

It great men wrong me^ I will spare myielf; 

If mean, I will spare tbem ; I know, tbe pelf, 

Wbicb is itl got, the owncr doth opbraid ; 

It may oornipt a jadge,*1bhke me afraid 

And a jury: but 't will revenga in this, 

That, though bimself be judge, he guilty ii. 

What care I though of weaknem men tas ma ? 

I M rather sufferer than doer 1^ ; . 

That I did trust it was my natnie^s praise^ « 

For breach of word I knew but as a pbrase. 

That judgment ia^ that sutely oan comprise 

Tbe world in precepts, most happy aod mosttrise^ 

What though ? though less, yet some of both haTO 

W4io bare leam'd it by use and misery. [we; 

Poór I, whom erery petty cross doth trouble, 

Who apprehend each hurt, that*s dooe me, donble» 

Am of this (though it should think m«) eareleas^ 

It would but fbrce me t' a stricter goodness. 

They haye great gain of me, who gain do win 

(If soch gain be not lossj from erery sin. 

Tbe standing of great men*s livGS would afibrl 

A pretty sum, if God would sell his word. 

He canoot ; tbey can theirs, and break them too, 

How unlike tbey are that tbey 're likencd to } 

Y<st f cooclude, they are amidst my ęwiU, 

U good, like gods j the naught aie so Uko dertls. 

Tt> SIR THO. ROl^K. 




Tbłł ber, tf she to hired ser vauU diow 
Dislike, before they take their leare they go ; ' 
When nobler fpirits start at no disgrace; 
Por who bath bot one mind, ^ath but one fiu^e. 
If then wby I take not my leare she ask, 
Ask heragain why she did not unmask. 
Was she or proud or cruel, or knew Rhe 
*T would make my loss morę felt, and pity'd me ? 
Or did she fear one kiss might stay for moe ? 
Or eise was she onwiłliug t sbould go ? 
1 thlok the best, and Iotc so faithfuUy, 
' I cannot choose but think that she loYes me. 
If this prove mft my faith, then let faer try 
fiow ia hor farricf I would fniatll^. 



UdiM hATe .bokHy fev>d ; bid he^ r0iiev 
Tbat decay'd wortb, and prove the tiraet pwt triM. 
Tb«i he, wbose wit and Terse grom nom to laóie, 
With tongs to ber wUl the wikl Irnb tmme. 
Ho«e*er, I *il wMr the bUck aQd wbite ńbbaiid; 
Wbite for ber fiortuci, black for rniBe th«U ttsad. 
I do esteem ber f«vo«r, not tbe lUiff ; 
If wbat I baTe was giTon, I 'to eooagb, 
AnA all 'g welł, lor bad she lof^d, I had not bud 
AU my frienda' bate ; tor now dqiartiof lad 
I feel not that: yetat tbe raek tbe goat 
Cnres, ao batb tbis wone grief tbat qaite pot out i 
My fint diaeaie nougbt bot tbat wane curstb, 
Wbieb (I dare fomay) notbiog cares but deattk. 
TaU ber all tbis befcro I am-fnrgot, 
Tbat not too late sbe grieve sbe kir^d me not 

Bttrdoi^ttiwitb tbiB, I was to depart less 
WlUiog tban tbose wbicb die, and not oonfefl. 


wmsnc, ar occAfion or im mnrmaŁT dbatr or 


nt waou is tipmiiwrmD. 


> t 

T9 ike p/fiin 1^ Ae deqd, and the anaiomy. 

Wbcł dy'd tbe worid, tbat we migbt Hto to lee* 
Thm worid of wit in bis aaatomy i 
Koerflwantshisgood; so wilder beirs 
Bedew tbehr fotber's tombs with forced tears, 
Wbose 'Matę reąuitet tbeir losi : wbil6 thos we gai% 
Weil may we walk m blacks, bnt not oomplain. 
Yet bow can I consent tbe-world is dead. 
Wbite tbis Masę R^es ? wbicb in bis spłrifs stead 
Beems to tnform a worid, and bids it be, 
Ib spite of loss or frail niortality ? 
And tboo tbe snbject of tbis wełl-bom thoQgbt» 
Thricenoble maid, oonidst not bare foond nor sougbt 
A fitter time to yield to thy sad ibte, 
Tban while tbis spirit lires, tbat can rdata 
Thy wortb so well to aur last nepbew's'eyne, 
Tbat tbey sball wonder botb ai bis and thine: 
Admired matcb ! wbere stńves in mntnal graoe 
Tbe conniog penctt and tbe comely fbc^ ; 
A usfc, wbicb thy feir goodness madę too mach 
For tbe boM pride of vulgar pens to toocb : 
Eoongb it is to praise tbem tbut praise tbefb ' 
Aod say, tbat but enongh tbose praiaesbe, 
Wbicb, hadst tbou liv'd, bad bid tbeir fearful bead 
Ph>m th* angry checkings of tby modeit mdt 
0Mtb bais reward and shame; wben enyy^s geoa^ 
Aod gain, H is sale to giTe tbe dend tbebr om. 
As tban tbe wise Egypfcians went to lay 
Morę OB tbeir tombs tban booses ; tbese of dtgTy 
But tbose ofbrsssormarblewere: sowo 
Oi^e móre anto tby ghost tban noto thaa. 
Yet what we gire tą thea, tboa^far'st to m. 
And may>st bat tbank thyseif, for being tiius: 
Yet wbat tboo gaT^st and wert, O bi^ipy rnaid* 
Tby gmea proMd all dtt% irbna *t it fipBii. 

80 tbtat bigh songt, tkai to tboe tidted bio, 
Senre bat to soond tby msikar*s praise and 
Wbieh thy dear sonl as sw tet l y sings to bim 
Amid tbe cboir of saiofts and serapblm, 
As any angels* toogoes can sing ot tbae; 
The sttbjects <tiflhr, tfaougb tb<> skill agrea : 
For as by inftnt years men jadge of age^ 
Thy early Iov% thy Tirtues did prtta^ 
Wbąt bigh part ;tboa bear*st in tbose best of 
Wbc^eto no boidto, nor no end bdpags. 
Sing on, tboa Tirgm tool, wbose kiSBfal gain 
Thy kife^ick parenfts ba^ bewail'd in vaiBi 
Nerer may thy name be in songs Ibrgot, 
Till we sbaU sing thy ditty and tby nota. 


TBB Piasr AiorimsABr* 

Wiini tbat lich soul, wbicb to ber Hea^^ it goMw 

Wbom jUI do celebrat^ who knoar tbey *wt one, 

(For wb9 is turę be bath a tool, Bnlett 

It see, and judge, and foUow worthiBctB, 

And by deeds ^se it ? h^ wbo dotb tiot diit^ 

May lodge an mmate sooC bot *t is not his) 

Wben tiMt qoeen ended bera her pt o gress time^ 

And as t' ber standing boose to Heaf>n did dti*bf 

Wbere, kMtb to n^e tbe saints attepd ber kog, 

She 's BOW a part botb of ^e cbfir ancl song : 

Tbis worid in tliat great eaffthgaake langusAad; 

For in a common bath of tears it bied, 

Wbicb drew tbe-ttiongcat Tital tpirits oot : 

But saccoor'd tbem with a petpleKed doii^ 

Whether tbe worid did lose, or gain m tbK 

(Bacause siuoa now no other way tbere is 

But g oodnes s, to see ber, wbom all woold see^ 

All most endeavour to be good as sIm) 

Tbis gr^t oonsumptioo to a fever tani'd, 

And 10 tbe worid bad fitsj ii joyM, it moans^; 

And as men think tbat aguet pbysic mn. 

And tb* agne being spent, gi^e OTer care: 

So tboo, sick worid, mistak'st thyseif to be 

Wett» wheop alasl tboa 'rt in a letbatgy : 

Her death did wound and tamę tbee tben, and tbea 

Tboa mighttt ba^e bHter tpu*d tbe Son, or wmmu 

That womid was de^ ; bat 't is morę misery, 

Tbat tboa hast tost thy sense and menM>ry. 

T was baaTy then to hear thy tOIcc of moan. 

Bot tbis is worse, that tboa ta% tpeechless grown. 

Tboa hast Ibrgot tby name tboa badst ; tboa waM 

Nothing but tbe, aad ber tboa hast o*erpaaC 

For as a child kept Irom tbe fonnt, until 

A pńaoe, eicpected long, come to folfil 

Tbe certmonies, tliott nnaam^d badst laid, 

Had not ber ooming tbee ber palaoC/made; 

Her name defin'd tbae, gave tłiee form and flraoM^' 

And tbou foi]get*tt to ctlebrate tby name. 

Soma mottbs sbe batb bean datd, (but beiiifdaad» 

MeasaiM of tima ara all dBtsrmmad} 

ButkRigsh'batbbaaBaway,loQg,long9 yet 

Offen to idll os, who it is tbat *s gode. 

Bot as in ttatasdoabtlbl of fbture beiis^ 

Wben tfcknem without remedy impatrt 

The pretent prioce, tbey 're loatb it shoald be 1 

The prinoe doth laoguish, or tbe prinoe ia daidt 

So oiBiikiBd, MiBg now a geneial tbaw, 

A ttigi^g akai^plt $am^ c^oal to kir. 

FiaiiaAL EŁBOiES. 


The cemciit. vluch dłd itutidaWf oompact 
Aod gite all yirtues, n<nr rcsolv'd aod slack^d* 
Thou^ht it soDie blaspbemy to say sh' waa dekd, 
Or thiat oar weakness was discorered 
In that ooofessioD; therefore spoke no morę, 
llMn ton^es, the suul being gone, the I088 deplore. 
Bat thoa^h it be toe late to soccour thee» 
Sck world, vea dead, yea patrified, eince ahe, 
Thy intriiu^ic balm aod tby preservative» 
Can never be reoew^d, thou neyer lłve; 
I (sińce no man can make tbee 1ive) will try 
What we may gaio by thy anatemy. 
Her death hatb taught ut dearly, that thou'Mt 
Oimipt and mortal in thy piirest part. « 
Łet DO man say, the worid itsetf being dead, 
*T 18 labonr lost to haye discoTered 
Tbe worid^s inftrmities, liiioe there is nonę 
Aliye to study this disaection ; 
For there *a a kiod of worM remainUig still ; 
Tlioagb she, which did inanimate and fili 
The worid, be goiie» yet in thji latt kmg night 
Her ghoet doth walk, that is, a glimmering light, 
A funt weak Ioyc oI yirUiey and of good 
Reflects irom her on them, which understoed 
Her worlli ; and though she haye abut in all day, 
The twilight of her memory doth stay ; 
Which, hom the oarcass of the old world free^ 
Creates a new world, and new creatures be 
Prodoc^d: tbe matter and the stuif of this 
Herjrirtae^ and the form our prictioe is;. 
And tboogh to be tbos elemented arm 
These creaŁnrea from home-bom intrinsic harm, 
(For ail assumM uftto this dignity, 
* So many weedleas paradiies be, 
Which of themaelyes produce no yenomont sio, 
Eacccpt some fbreign serpent bring it iu) 
Yet becaose outward storms the strongest break. 
And stroigth itself by oooftdence grows weak, 
This new world may be safer, being told 
The dangers and diseases of the old: 
For with doe temper men do then famgo 
Or coRret thing^ when the^ their true worth kaow» 
There is no health ; phystcians say that we 
At best enjoy but a neatrality. 
And can there be worse sickness tban to kiKMr» 
That we are neyor well, nor can be so? 
We are bom minous : poor mothers ciy, 
That cbildren oome not right nor onledy, 
Eicept they headioog coipe and fali upgn 
An ominons precipitatioD. 
How witty*s rain, bow importnnate. 
Upoo mankind I it labourM to friistsata 
Eyen Ood's parpose i and roade woman» atat 
For man's relief, canse of his languishment; 
lliey were to good eodt, and they are w^Ug 
But accesmry, and prinoipal in iii f 
For that fint marriage mą <mr funecal : 
One woman at one blow then kill'd ns a11» 
And fliągly one by one they kiU us now^ 
And we delightfulty oorsolTeft alłow 
To tbatisonsumptiani and^ praAipely hihid» 
We kili otirselyet to propag^^ aor kiodi 
And yet we do not that; w^mm/Ńnem - 
There is not now that aąan^nd, which w«atheB» 
When as the Sim and mM did saaca tftatińe» r 
(Joint-tenants of the werid) wb« iriioafal Bwnrhres 
Whni ftagj0xkd lĘwefi^ and the Ipi^g^ir^d trać, 
Gomp^d'«utb man> dy'diumiw»łty f 
When, tf a skM%i»& had 4t«rsaaar 

From the obsenrai^ maiikijlg, hic 9<A^Mnr :: -^ 

Two or thiee hmidred yeara 10 foe ^ agaia. 

And theo make up his obseryation plain; 

When as the age was long, tbe size was gieat;. 

Man's growth oonfess*d and recompens^d tbe raeat i 

So spadous and large, that eyery sonl 

Dłd a £ur kingdom and larga r^m eontrol; 

And when the yery stature thus erect 

Did that sool a goiód way towards Heay*n direci : 

Where is this mankind now ? who liyes t» age. 

Fit to be madę Methnsalem his page } 

Alas! we scarce liye long enougb to try 

Whetber a true madę cłock run right or lie. 

Old grandsires talk of yesterday with sorrow : 

And for our cbildren we resenre to morrow. 

So short is life, that eyery peasant striyes, 

In a tom house, or field, to have three liyes. 

And as in lasting, so in length, ts man, 

Contracted to an inch, who was a span ; 

For had a man at first in forestk stray^d 

Or shipwreckM in the sea, one would haye laid 

A wager, that an elephant or whale, 

That met him, would not hastily assail 

A thinic 80 eqoal to him : now, alas ! 

The fairies and the pygmies well may pass 

As credibte ; mankind decays so soon. 

We *re scarce our father^s shadows cast at noon : 

Only death adds t' our length : nor are we grown 

In statnre to be men» ttlt we are nonę. 

But thi%were light, did our less yolume hołd 

All the 6ld text; or had we changM to gold 

Their ftilyer, or dispos^d into less glass 

Spirits of yirtoe, which then scatteHd was : 

But 't is not so: we hre not relir^d, bot damp*d ; 

And as our bodies, so our minds are crarop*d : 

T is sbrinking» iiot elose weatying, that hath thus 

In mind aod body both bedwarfed us. 

We seem ambitioos God^s whole work f undo; 

Of nothing he madę ns, and we striyetoo 

To bring ouneWes to nothing' back ; and we 

Do what we ean» to do t as soon as he ; 

With new discaifs on oursełyes we laar. 

And with new pbysie, a worse wngine fiitr. 

This man, this wf»M's yice-eniperor, in whom 

AU fiienltics, all graces are at borne; 

And if in other creatures they appear, - 

They 're but man*s ministen and legats there, 

To iroric on their rebellions, aod reduce 

Tfaem to eiyiUty and to nun's use: 

This man, whom€k)d did woo, and, loth f attend ' 

Tiłl man 4Miie up, did doim to man descend r 

This man so grsat^ tbatall that is^ is his. 

Oh what a tiiie and poor tfaing he is f 

If man wera aay thing, he *s nothing now ; 

Help, or at leaat so^e tisM to waste ali«w 

V ha oOer wanta, yet when ne did depart 

With' her, whom we kment, he lost his beart. 

She, of whom tfa* aneients seem*d tó propbesy, 

When they calFd -firtoes by the name of she ;; 

Sh^ in wbem yirtae waa so much refin^d, 

That for allay-sMtó so pnraa mind 

Sha.took the weaker seas shev that oould diive 

The poisoBoas tinctnre and the stała of Eye 

Out of her thonghts and deeds, and purii^ 

All by < a trne i^giona alćhymy ; • 

She, she is dead | she^»deadi when thou know^sttbUy 

Thou know^t Jiow poor a trifimg thing man is, 

And leamUt thas maoh by onr anatomy, 

The heastbemg perish'd, no part can be-free. 

And thataacąBpi then IM (not banąnet) on 

The supaiftf iiml faęd, wiifioiłi 

\ > 



Thy better gfavth growt witbared and scant ; 

Be morę than man, or tboa 'rt less than an ant. 

Tben as mankind, lo is the world*8 wbole frame 

Quite out of joint, almoit created lamę : 

For before Gród bad madę up all the rest, 

Corruptioo enter*d and deprav'd the best: 

It seiz*d tbe angeli, and tben fifBt of all 

Tbe world did in ber cradle take a 6łll» 

And tam'd ber brains, and took a.general maim, 

Wronging eacb joint of tb' uniTeraal frame. 

The noblest part, nian, felt it fint; and theo 

Both beaifts,andplants, cnrsM in the curK of man; 

So did the world from tbe first hour decay, 

That ereniug was beginnui; of the day ; 

And now the springs and iummen, whicb we see, 

tike sooi^of women after fifty be. 

And new pbiloaopby calls all in doubt, 

The element of fire ia qułte pat outt 

Tbe Sun is lott, and th' Eartb; and no man*B wit 

Can well direct bim where to look fbr it. 

And freely men oonfesa that tbis world *fl spent, 

When in tbe planets and the firmament 

Tbcy seek lo many new ; tbey see that tbis 

Is crumbled oot agam to bis atomies. 

*T ł^ all in pieees, all coherence gone, 

All just supply, and all relation; 

Prince, tubject, fatber, son, are tbingt foi^got. 

For every man alone thiiiks be batb got 

To be a pheoiz, and tbat'tben can be 

Nonę of that kind, of which be is, but be. 

Tbis is the world'8 condition now, and now 

She, that should all parti to reunion bow ; 

She, that bad all magnetic force alone 

To draw and fasten tnnder*d parts iu one ; 

She, whom wite Naturę bad inTented thcn, 

When she dbaenrM that every sort of meti 

Did tn tbeir Toyage, in tbis worid's sea, stniy, 

And needed a new oompass ibr tbeir way ; 

She, that was best and first orighial 

Of all fair eoptes, and the generał 

Steward to Fate ; she, whoie rich eyes and breast 

Gitt the West Indiei, and perfiim'd the E&st, 

Whose haYing breath'd in tbis world did bestow 

Spice on those isles, and bad them still sniell so; 

And tbAt rich India, which dotb gold inter, 

Is but as single money ooin^d from ber: 

She, to whom thiś world mast itsdf refer, 

As suburbs, or the microoosm of ber ; 

Sbe, she is dead ; she 's dead : when tbou Imow^irt tbis 

Thou know'Bt bow lamę a cripple tbis world is, 

And leamtt tbns much by our anatemy, 

That tbis world^s generał siekness dotb not Ke 

In any humour, or one c«rtain pait; 

Bot as thou saw^st it rotten at the heart, 

Thou seest a bectic fever hatb got hołd 

Of the whole substance not to be oontroJM ; 

And that thon hast but one way not t* admit 

The world'8 infectioo, to be nonę of it. 

For tbe worId*8 8ubtl'st immaterial parts 

Feel tbis consuming woond, and age*9 darta. 

For the worid's beauty is decay^d or gone, 

Beauty, that 's colour and proportion. 

We think tbe Heav*n8 enjoy their spherical, 

Tbeir ronnd proportion embracing all, 

But yet their Tarious and perplexed Course, 

ObserrM in diver8 ages, dotb biorcę 

Men to find out so many eccentric parta, 

Sach diverB down-right lines, sucb orerthwarts, 

As dispn^KMrtion that pure form : itteart 

Tbe firmament in eiglic aiid fcrty sbares , 

And in tbese oonstdlatioiis tben aiise 

New stan, and old do vanisb from onr eyes ; [war, 

As thoogh Heav*n suffered eartbquakes, peace or 

When new tow'n rise, and old demolisb'd are. 

Tbey bare impard within a zodiac 

Tbe firee-bom Sun, and keep twelre signsawake 

To watcb bis steps; tbe Goat aod Grab cootrol 

And firight bim back, who else to either pole 

(Did not tbese tropics fetter bim) might run: 

For his course is not round, nor can the Sun 

Perfect a cirele, or maintain his way 

One inch direct, bot where be rosę to day 

He oomes no morę, but witb a oozening line» 

Steals by that point, aod so is seipentine: 

And seeming weary of his reeling tbus, 

He means to sleep, being now fiiirn nearer ns.> 

So of the stars, which boast that tbey do run 

In cirele still, nonę ends where be begun : 

All their proportion*s lamę, it sinks, it swells ; 

Por of meridians and parallels, 

Man hatb weavM out a net, and th'is net thrown 

Upon the HeaT*n8 ; and now tbey are bis own. 

Loth to go up the bill, or labour tbus 

To go to Heav*n, we make Hea¥'n oome to ns. 

We spur, we rein tbe stan, and in their race 

Tbey *re diwersly oontent t* obey our pace. 

But keefM tbe Earth ber ronnd proportion still ? 

Dotb not a Tenams or bigher bill 

Rise 80 high like a rock, that one might think 

The floating Moon would sbipwreck there and sink ? 

Seas are so deep, that wbaletf being struck to day, 

Perebance to morrow scaroe at middie way 

Of their wish^d joumey's end, tbe bottom, die : 

And men, to sound depths, so much iioe ontie, 

As one might justly think, that there would rise 

At end thereof one of th' antipodes : 

If nnder all a Tault infernal be, 

(Which snre is spadous, escept that we 

Invent anotber torment, that there must 

MilUons into a strait hot room be thrust) 

Tben solidness add roundness haTO no place : 

Are tbese bnt warta and pockholes in the fiu^ 

Of th' Earth ? thmk so: but yet confess, in tbis 

The world*s proportion disfigur^d is ; 

That those two legs, whereon it deth rdy, 

Rewaid and punishment, ara bent awry : 

And, ob ! it can no morę be questioned, 

That beanty's best proportion is dead, 

Since eren grief itself, which now alone 

Is left us, is witbout proportion. 

Sbe, by wbose lines proportion should be 

Examin*d, measure of all symmetry, [mnde 

Wbom bad that ancient seen, wbo thou^ht sonls 

Of harmony, be would at next bave said 

That Harmony was sbe, and' tbence infer 

That soals were bot restiltaoces from ber. 

And did firbm ber into our bodies go, 

As to our eyes the forms from objects flow: 

She, who, if those great doeton truły said, 

That th' ark to man's proportion was madę, 

Had been a type fbr that, as that might be 

A type of ber in tbis, that contraiy 

Both clefnents and passioos li^^d at peace 

In her, who caus*d all cifil war to ceaae : 

She, after wbom wbat form 8oe'er we see, 

Is discord and mde incongmity ; 

She, she is dead, she 'sdead ! when thon know*st this, 

Tbou knowlit bow ugly a monster tbis world is ; 

And leam^st tbus much by our anatomy, 

That berę is nothing to enamour thee: 






And that not onty fiaulU io inwaril parts, 

Corraptioos tii our brains, or iu our heaitf, 

FDisooing tbe fountains, wbencc our actioni spring, 

Endanger us; but that if every Łbing 

Be not done fitly and in proportioii« 

To satisfy wise and good lookers on, 

Suce mo8t men be nieb as most tbink tbey be, 

They 're loatbsome too by this deformity. 

For guod and well must io our actions meet; 

Wtcked is not much wone tha^p indiscreet. 

Bat bcauty*6 other secood element, 

Golour and lustre, now is as near spent. 

And bad tbe world his j ust proportion, 

Werę it a ring still, yet the stone is gone \ 

As a compafińoiiate torcoise, which doŁh tell. 

By lookiDg pale, the wearer is not well : 

As gold falls sick being stuog witb mercury, 

AU the world's parta of sucb oomplexion be. 

Whao Natnre was most busy, tbe first week 

Swadling the new-bom Eartb, God seem^d to like 

That she sbould sport herself 9ometimes and play, 

To mingle and Tary colours every day : 

And then, as thougb she oould not make enow, 

Himaelf bis varióus rainbow did allow. 

Sight is the noblest sense of any one, 

Yet sight bath only cotour to feed on. 

And uolour is decayM : Sammer*s robę grows 

Dosky, and like an oft-dy*d gannentsbows. 

Our blushing red, wbich U8*d in cheeks to q»read, 

Is inward sunk, and only oar souls are red. 

Perchance the world might have reoovered, 

If she, wbom we lament, bad not been dead : 

Bot she, in wbom all white, and red, and blue 

(Beattty*8 ingredients) voluntary grew, 

As in an anvex'd Paradise, from wbom 

Did all things* Terdure and their lustre oome, 

,Whoae composition was miraculous, 

Beiog all cok>or, all diaphanous, 

(For ur and fire but thick gross bodiei were, 

And iWeliest stones but drowsy and pale to her) 

She, she ia dead; she ?8 dead : when thou know^stibis, 

Thon know'st how wan a ghost this our world is : 

And.leani*st thns much by our anatomy, 

That it sbould morę afiright than pleasure thee : 

And that, sińce all fiur coloor then did siak, 

T is now but wicked yanity to tbink 

To ooloar vicious deeds with good pretence, 

Or with bought colours to illude men's seose. 

Nor in aught morę this world^s decay appean, . 

Than that her influence the Heay'n forbears, 

Or that tbe elements do not feel this, 

The latber or the mother barren is. 

The ekmds cuocei«e not rain, or do not pour, 

In the doe birtb-time, downtiie balmy shower; 

Th' air doth not motherly sit oo the earth. 

To batck her seasons, and give all things birth ; 

Spring-times were oommoa cradles, but are tombs; 

And &lse conceptions fiU the generał wombs ; 

Th' air shows such meteors, as nonę can see, 

Not only what the}^ mean, but wbat they be. 

Earth such new worms, as woald have troubled much 

Th' Egyptian magi to have mada morę such. 

What aitift now dares boast that be can bring 

Heav^ hither, or coostellate any thing, 

So as tbe inflnence of those stars may be 

lmprisan'd in a heib, or chąrm, or tiee. 

And do by toueh all which those stan coold do ? 

The art is lost, and oorrespondence too \ 

For HeaT^n gires little, and t||e Earth takes less, 

And man least knows their trade and porpOHi* 

If this commeree*twiłlHcav'n and Eartb were not 

Emban^d, and all this traffic quite forgot, 

Shoi for whose loss we baye lamented tbus^ 

Would work more fuUy and pow'rfulIy on os : 

Since herbs and roots by dying'lo8e not all. 

But they, yea ashes too, 're med'cinal, . 

Deatb coold not quencb her ^rtue so, bot that 

It would be (if not follow*d) wonder'd at: 

And all the world would be one dying swan, 

To sing her faneral praise, and yanisb then. 

But as some serpeofs poison hurteth not, 

Except it be from the live serpent shot ; 

So doth her Yirtue need her here, to fit 

Tbat unto us; she working morę than it. 

But she, in wbom to such maturity 

Yirtue was grown past growth, that it must die; 

She, from whose influence all imprestion came, 

But by leceiTer^s impotences lamę; 

Who, thougb she oould jiot transubrtantiate 

AU States to gold, yet gilded erery state, 

So that some prinoes have some temperance ; 

Some coanselknrssome purpose to advance 

The oomoKm profit ; and some people hare 

Some ftay, no morę than kings sbould gire, to craTe; 

Some women have some tacitumity, 

Some nunneries some grains of chastity. 

She, that did thus much, and much niore coutd do. 

But that oor age was iron, and rusty too; 

She, she is dead ; she % dead ! when thou know^st this, 

Thou know'st how dry a cinder this world is: 

And leam'8t thus much by oar anatomy, 

That 't is in yain to dew or moibfy 

It with thy tcars, or swcat^or blood : nothtng 

Is worth oar traTail, grief, or perisbing, 

Bttt those rich joys, which did possess her heart, 

Of which she 's now partaker, and a part 

But as in cutting up a man that 's dead, 

The body will not last out, to have read 

On erery part, and thefefore men direct 

Their speech to parts,' that are of most efiect ; ' 

So the world's careaas would not last, if I 

Were punotual in this anatomy; 

Nor smells it well to hearers, if one tell - [welL 

Them their diseaae, who fain wóuld tbink they 're 

Here theraibre be the end; and, blessed maid, 

Of wbom is meayt whafcever bath been said, 

Or shall be apoken well by any tongue, [song^ 

Whose name refinea coarse lines, and makes prose 

Accept this tribute, and his first yeaHs rent, 

Wbo^ till hii dark short taper's end be spent, . 

As oft as thy feast sees this widow^d Eaith, 

Will yearly celebrate thy secood birth ; 

That is thy death ; for though tbe sool of man 

Be got when man is madę, 't is bom bat then, 

When man doth die ; oor body *% as the womb, 

And, as a midwife, Death directs it home ; 

And yoa her creatares whom she works opon, 

And baye your latt and best coneoctioa 

From- her eaunple and ber yirtue, if you 

In re^erence to her do tbink it due, 

That no one sbould her praises thus rehearK ; 

As matter fit for chronicie^ not yerse: 

Youchsafe to cali to mind that God did make 

A last, and lasting'Bt piece, a song. He spake 

To Moses to deliTer unto all 

Tbat song, becaose be knew tbey wonid let fkll 

The law, the propbets, and tbe history. 

But keep the song still in their memory : 

Such an opinion, in due measure, madc 

Me this gr««t cAoe boldly to inyade : 



Nor oould inoompfebeiifibleMte deier 
Me from thuf tryiog to impfiioii b«r ? 
Which wben I mw that a ttrict gimve eould do^ 
I ww not why yetie might not do to too. 
Vene bath a middle naturę ; Hear^n keqM loals, 
The graTe ksept bo^ieiy Tene the fiune emoUs. 


*T n loM to trofft a tomb with soch a goeit, 
Or to ooofine ber in a marble cbent, 
AIcs ! wbat 'i maible, jeat, or porphyry, 
Priz'd with the chryiolite of either eye, - 
Or with tboie petrls and nibies which ibe was ? 
Join the two Indict in one tomb, 't b glatf ; 
And to is all to ber materiali, 
Tbough erery incb were ten Etcurials ; 
Yet she 's demolish^d : can we keep ber tben 
In works of baads, or of tbe witi of men ? 
Can these memorialf, rags of paper, gire 
Life to that name, by which name tbey most live ? 
Siekły, alas ! short Uv'd, abortive be 
Thoie carcaif TerMi, wbo«e ioal is not she ; 
And can she» wbo no longer would be she, 
(Being such a tabemacle) stoop to be 
In paper wrapM ; or wben she woold not lie 
In such an bouse, dwell in an elegy ? 
Bat 't is no matter $ we may well allow 
Ver8e to tWe so long as the world will now. 
For ber deatb wooiide4 it The world contains 
Princes for arms, and coonsellors for brains ; ' 
Ławyen for tongues, di^ines for bearts, and morę 
Tbe rich for stomachs, and for backs the poor ^ 
Tlke of&oers for bands ; merebants for feet. 
By which remote and distant countries meet: 
But those flne spirits, which do tune and set 
This organ, are those pieces, which beget 
Wonder and love $ and these were she ; and she 
Being spent, the world must needs decrepit be : 
For stooe deatb wiU prcweed to tńampb still, 
He can fiod notbing after ber to kill, 
Fjccept the world itself ; so great was sbe, 
Thus brave and confidóit may naturę be, 
Deatb cannot give her such another blow, 
Because she cannot snch another show. 
But must we say she 's dead ? may 't not be said, 
That as a sondred dock is piecemeal laid, 
Not to be tost, but by the maker*s hand, 
RepolishM, withoot errour tben to stand ; 
Or, as the Afńc Niger stream enwombs 
Itself into the eartb, and after comes 
(HaTing first madę a natural bridgę, to pass 
For many leagoes) far greater than it was, 
May 't not be said, that her grave sfaail restore 
Her greater, purer, flrmer than before ? 
HeaY^n may say this, and joy in 't; bat can we^ 
Wbo ltve, and lack her berę, tbis 'vantage sec } 
What is *t to tts, alas ! if tbere ha^e been 
An angel madę a throne, or cherubin } 
We loae by 't : and as aged men are glad; 
Being tasteless grown, to joy in joys tbey bad ; 
So now the sick-starrM irarld must feed upon 
This joy, that we bad ber, wbo now is gone* 
Rejoice tben. Naturę and tbis world, that you, 
Fearing tbe last fire^s bast*ning to sobdue 
Your force and Tigour, ere it were near gone^ 
^Visely bestow*d and laid it all on one i 

I One, wbose elear body was so pnre and tfaitf, 
Because it need disguise no tbought within; 
T was but a thioagb-ligbt scarf ber mind t' tordl ; 
Or ezbalatkm breathM out finom ber soal : 
One, wbom all men, wbo dnrst no morę, admir'd : 
And wbom, whoe^er bad wortb eooogb, desir'd. 
As, wben a tempie 's built, saints emulate 
To which of them tt sball be eonsecrate. 
Bot as wben HeaT'n looks on ns with new eyes, 
Tboae new stars erery artist esereise ; 
Wbatplace tbey sboald assign to them, tbey doubt, 
Argne, and agree not, till tbose stars go out : 
So the worki study*d wbose tbis piece sboiUd be, 
HU she can be no body's eise, nor she: 
Bot like a lamp of balsamom, desir*d 
Bather t' adom than last, she soon ezpii^d, 
Cloth'd in ber Tirgin-Wbite integrity j . 
For marriage, though it dotb not stain, doth dte. 
To *scape th' infirmities which wait upon . 
Woman, she went away before th* was one ; 
And the world*s busy noise to overcome, 
Took so mncb deatb as servM for opiom ; 
For tbough sbe coald not, nor coald cboose to die, 
Sb' bath yielded to too long an ecstasy. 
He wbicb, not knowing ber sad bistory, 
Sbould come to read the book of Desttny, 
How fair and diaste, bombie and high, sb' had beeq» 
Mncb promis*d, much perfonn*d, at not fifteen. 
And measuring fotore tbings by tbtngs before. 
Shonld tnm tbe leaf to read, and lead no morę, 
Would think that either Destiny mistook, 
Or that some leaves were tom out of tbe bóok ; 
But t is not so : Fate did but usher her 
To years of reason*s use, and then infer 
Her destiny to hersełf, which liberty 
She took, but for thus much, thus much to die ; 
Her modesty not suffering ber to be * 
Fellow-commissioner with Destiny, 
Sbe did no moie bot die ; if after her 
Any sball ltve, which dare true good prefer, 
KTery soch person is her delegate, 
T* acicomplisb that which sbould have been ber fote. 
They sball make up that book, and sball bare Łbanks 
Of fote and ber, for fllling up their blanks. 
For futurę Tirtuous deeds are legactes, 
Wbicb from tbe gift of ber eicample rise ; 
And 't is in HeaT'n part of spiritual mirtb. 
To see how well the good play ber on Eaitb* 


WHtasm, ir occasion op tbi auioioos ma-to op 
nas. BŁisAsrra dkubt, na imcommoditibs op thb 



Tkś karbingęr io ike progress. 

Two souls morę here, and minę (a thind) orast MOfve 
Paoes of admiration and of lorę. 
Thy soul (dear Tirgin) wbose tbis tribute is» 
MoyM from this moirtal sphere to Kvely bliss; 
And yet mofes still, and still aspires to see 
The worId's last day, thy glory's fuli degree: 
Like as those stars, wbicb tbou o'erk»kest for. 
Ara in their płace- aud yet still ao^red are : 



No soul (wfailsi with the luggage of this cjay 
It cloggai łs) can ibilow thee half way ; 
Or see thy ffi^ht, whioh doth oar thougbU oatgo 
So fast, as now the lightmny moYca bot slow. 
Bot DOW thoo art as high in HeaTen ilown, 
As HeaT'n'8 from as ; what sonl besides thine own 
Can tell thy joys, or say, he can relate 
Thy gk>rioQS jonrnals in that blessed state ? 
I enTy thee (rich sonl) I enry thee, 
Altboogh I cannot yet thy glory see : 
And thon (great spirtt) ^hicb hen fbUow'd hast 
So fiist, as nonę can follow thine so fast; 
So far, as nonę can Ibilow thine so Hr, 
(And if this flesh did not the passage bar, 
Hadst canght her) let me wonder at thy flight, 
Whicb loBg agon hadst lost the mlgar sight. 
And now mak'st proad the better eyes, Uiat they 
Can see thee lessenM in thine airy way ; 
So while thoo mak'st her soul by progress known, 
Thon mak*st a noble p rogres s of thine own ; 
From this world's careass ha^ing monnted high 
To that porę life of immortality ; 
Since thine aspiring thooghts themselves so raise, 
That morę may not beseem a creatore's praise ; 
Yet still thoo Tow*st her mote, and erery year 
Mak*st a new progress, whiist tboa wand'rest here ; 
Still apward moont ; and let thy makei^s praise 
Ifonour thy Łaora, and adom thy lays: 
And sińce thy Mose her head in Heatren shronds, 
Oh let her nerer stoop below the cloods : 
And if those glorioos sainted sools may know 
Or what we 'da, or ^hat we sing below, 
Those acts, those songs shall still eootent them best, 
Which praise those awfol pow'rs, that make them 


NorraiMo coold make me sooner to coofess, 

That this Nrorid had an ereilastingness, 

Than to oonsider that a year is nm, 

Since both this lower wDrid*8, and the San's son, 

The lostie and the Tigoor of this all 

Did set ; t were blasphemy to say, did fisll. 

But as a sbip, which hath struck sail, doth mn 

By force of that ibroe, which before it won: 

Or as sometimes in a beheaded man, 

Thoogh at those two red seas, which freely ran. 

One from the tronk, another from the headt 

His sonl be sail'd to her etemal bed, 

His eyes will twinkle, and his tongne will roli, 

As thongh he beckiied and call'd back his sonl, 

He grasps his hands, and he polis op his feet» 

And seems to reacb, and to step forth to meet 

His sonl ; wben all these motions^ which we saw, 

Are bot bb ioe, which crackles at a thaw : 

Or as a lote, which in moist weatber rings 

Her knell alone, by cracking of her strings; 

So stroggies this dead worU, now sbe is gone: 

For there is motion in cormption. 

A» some days are at the creatton nam'd, 

Before the Son, the which Iram^d days, wasfbmM ; 

So after this Son 's set some show appears. 

And orderiy Ticissitode of years. 

Yet a new delnge, and of Lethe flood, 

Hath drowB'd ns all; all have foigot all good^ - 

Porgettiog ber,' the main reserre of all $ 

Yet in this deloge, gross and generał, 

Thoo aeest me strire for life ; my life shall be 

To be hereafter prais^d for praising thee, 

Immortal maid, who thoogh thoo woQld*st refosa 

The name of mother, be onto my Muse 

A father, sińce herchaste ambiiion is 

Yearly to bring forth soch a child as this. 

These hymns may work on futurę wits, and so 

May great grand-children of thy praises grow; 

And so, thoogh not revive, embalm and spice 

The worid, which else would potrify with vice. 

For thos man may esteod thy progeny, 

Until man do bot Tanish, and not die. 

These hymns thy issoe may increase so long, 

As tiil God's great Tenite change the song. 

Thirst for that time, O my insatiate sool. 

And senre thy thirst with God^s safe-seaUng bowi 

Be tbirsty still, and drink still, tlU thoo go 

To th' oniy health ; to be bydroptic so, 

Forget this rotten worid ; and onto thee 

Let thine own times as an old story be j 

Be not concem'd : stody not why, or when; 

Do not so much as notbelieve a man. 

For thoogh to err be worst, to try troths forth, 

Is ikr morę business than this werld is worth. . 

The worid is bot a careass ; tbou art fed 

By it, bot as a worm that careass bred ; 

And why shoold'8t thoo^ poor worm, consider morę 

When this worid will grow better than before ? 

Than those thy follow worms do think opon 

That carcasB^s last resorrection ? 

Forget this worid, and scarce think of it so, 

As of old clothes cast off a year ago. 

To be thos stupid is alacrity ; 

Men thos lethargic have bttt memory. 

Lo(dL apward, tbat 's towards her, whose happy state 

We now lament ^not, bot congratolate 

She, to wbom all this worid was but a stage, 

Where all sat bark'ning bow her youthfolage 

Shoold be employM, b«eao8e io all she did 

Some flgore of the golden times was hidL 

Who coold not lack wbate'erthis worid coiild givc^ 

Becaose she was the form that madę it li^e ; 

Nor coold oomplain that this worid was unfit 

To be stay*d in then, when she was in it. 

She, that fint try'd indifferent desires 

By Tirtoe, and yirtue by religioos fires ; 

She, to whose persoo paradise adher^d ; 

As coorts to princes : she, whose eyes enspher*d 

Star-ligbt enoogh, t' ha^e mad^be sonth oontral 

(Had she been there) the star-foll northem pole ; 

Sbe, she is gooe ; she ^ gooe : when thoo know'st this, 

What Iragmentary robbish this worid is 

Thoo know'st, aod that it is not woith a thooght $ 

He hoooors it too much that thinks it noogbt. 

Think then, my sool, that death is bot a groom, 

Which brings a taper ta the ootward room, 

Whenoe thou spy^st first a little glimmering light^ 

And after briogs it nearer to thy sight : 

For soch approacbes doth Heav^ make in death : 

Think thyself labooring now with broken breath» 

And think those broken and soft notes to be 

Dirisioo, and thy happiest harmony. 

Think thee laid on thy death-bed, loose and slack ; 

And think that bot onUnding of a pack. 

To take one precioos thing, Uiy sool, from thence. 

Think thyself psirohM with feTer*s Tiolence, 

Anger thine agoe morę, by calling it 

Tbypbysici clndetheslacknessof theflt. 



HuDk that tbóu heai^st thy Imell, and thtiik w) more» 
Bat that, as bells callM tbee to church before, 
5o thii to the tnuinphaoŁ cborch całls thee. 
Think Satan*B seijeants round about thee be, 
And think that but ibr legacies they tbrait; 
Gire one thy pride, t* another give thy luit : 
Give them thoee sins, which th«y gBve thee before, 
And trust th' immaculate blood to wash thy score. 
Thitik thy^friends weeping round, and think that they 
Weep but becaose they go not yet thy way. 
Think that they close thine eyes, and think in this, 
That they confess much in the world amiss, 
Who dare not trust a dead man*s eyo wlth that, 
Which they from God and angels cover not. 
Think that they sbroud thee np, and think from 
They re-invest thee in white innocence« [thence, 
Think that thy body rots, and (if so Iow, 
Thy soul exalted so, thy thontchts can go) 
Think thee a prince, who of themselyes create 
Worms, which insensibly dcvoiir tbeir state : 
Think that they bury thee, and think that right 
Lays thee to sleep but a Saint Lncic*s night. 
Tbiuk these things cheerfully, and if thou be 
Drowsy, or slack, reroember then that she, 
She, whose con)plexion was so even madę, 
That which of ber ingredients should inrade 
The otherthree, no frar, no art could guess; 
So far were all rempvM from morę or less: 
But as in mithridate, or just perfumes, 
Where all good things being met, no onepresnmes 
To govem, or to triumph on the rest, 
Oniy because all were, no part was best ; 
Aud as, tbough all do know, that quantitie8 
Are madę of lines, and lines from points arise, 
Nonę can these lines or quantitics unjoint. 
And say, this is a line, or this a point ; 
So though the elcmebts and hnmours were 
In her, one could not say, this go^ems there ; 
Whose eyen constitution mtght hare won 
Any disease to ventnre on the Sun, 
Rather than ber; and make a spirit fear, 
That 1^ too disuniting subject were ; 
To whote proportions if we would compare 
Cubes, they *re unstable; circies, angular; 
She, who was such a chain as Fate employs 
To bring mankind all fortunes It enjoys, 
So fast, 80 evcn wrought, as one would think 
No accident could threaten any link; 
She, she embracM a sickness, gave it-meat, 
The purest blood and breath that e'er it eat; 
And hath taught us, that though a good man bath 
Title to Heay'n, and plead it by ))it faitb, 
And though he may pretend a oonques^ sińce 
Heav'n was oontent to suffer yiolence; 
Yea, though hc plead a long posseasion too, [do) 
(For they 're in Heay'n on Earth,who Heay*n*s works 
7*hough he had right, and powY, and place befbre, 
Yet Death must usher and uniock the door. 
Think further on thyself, my soul, and think 
How thou at first wast madę but in a sink ; 
Think, that it argued some infirmity, 
That thosc two soul?, which thcn thou found*st in me, 
Thou fed^st upon, and drew'st into thee both 
My second soul of scnse, and first of growth. 
Think but how poor thou wast, how obnoxiou8, 
Whom a smali lump of flesh could poison thns. 
This curdled milk, this poor unletter*d whelp, 
My body, could, beyond escape or help, 
Infect thee with original sin, and thou 
Could^st neither then refuse, nor leaye it now. 

Think, that no stnbbom aullen anchorit, 

Which fix'd t' a pillar, or a graye, doth sit 

Bedded, and bath'd in ali his ordures, dwells 

So foolly, as onr soals in their first-built ceUtf 

Think in how poor a prison thou doit lie, 

After enabled but to suck, and ery j \ 

Think, when 't was grown to most, 't was a poor u 

A proyince paokM up in two yards of skin. 

And that usurp'd, or threaten*d with a ragę 

Of sicknesses, or, their tme mother, age: 

But think that Death hath now enfranchis'd thee^ 

Thou hast thy espansion now, and liberty. 

Think, that a rusty piece di8Chaiig'd is flown 

In pieoes, and the bullet is bis own. 

And freely flies : this to thy soul allow, 

Think thy shell broke, think thy sonl batch'd but 

And think thisslow-pac*d soul, which late diddeaire 
T' a body, and went but by the body's leaye* 
Twenty perchance or thirty miles a day, 
Dispatches in a minutę all the way 
*Twixt Heav'n and Earth $ she stays not in the air. 
To kłok what meteors there themselyes prepafej 
She carries no desire to know, nor sense, 
Whether tb* air^ middle regkNi be intense ; 
For th' elemeot of ftre, she doth not know, 
Whether sbe pass'd by such a place or no ; 
She baits not at the Moon, nor cares to try 
Whether in that new world men tiye and die. 
Yenus retards her not, f inąnire how she 
Can (being one star) Ilesper and Yemr be; 
He, that charm^d Argns* eyet, sweet Mercury, 
Works not on her, who now is grown all eye ; 
Who, if she meet the body of the Sun, 
Goes through, not staying tiłt his course be run; 
Who finds in Mars his camp no corps of guard* 
Nor is by Joye, nor by his fetber, barr^d ; 
But erc she can-consider how she went, 
At once is at and through the firmament. 
And as these stars were but so many beads 
Stning on one string, speed undistJnguish'd leads 
Her through those spheres, as through those beads 

a string, 
Whose ąnick succession makes it stiU one tfaing : 
As doth the pith, which, lest onr bodies slack, 
Strmgs hit the little bońies of neck and back ; 
So by the soul doth Death string Heay^h and Earth ; 
For when onr soul enjoys this her third birtb, 
(Craation gaye her one, a secondgrace) 
Heayen is near and present to her fisoe ; 
As colours are and objects in a room, 
Where darkness was before, when tapen come. 
This nnist, my sonl, thy long-ihort progress be 
T* adyance thesethooghts ; remember then that she, 
She, whose fair body no such prison was, 
But that a sonl might well be pleas*d to pass 
An age in ber; she, whose rich beauty lent 
Mintage to other beantles, for they went 
Bot for so much as they were like to her; 
She, in whose body (if we dare prefer 
This Iow world to so high a mafk as she) 
The western treasure, eastem spicery, 
Europę, and Afric, and the unknown rest 
^Were easily found, or what in them was beat ; 
And when we *vb madc thii; large discorery 
Of all, in her somc one part then will be 
Twenty such parts, whose pienty and riches is 
Enough to make twenty such worlds as this ; 
She, whom had thf^y known, who did first betroth 
The tutdar angels, and assign^ otie both 



To oatioDs, eitwa, and to oompanies, 
To fooctionB, offices, aod digiutiea. 
And to eąch lOTeral man, to him aod bim, 
Thej wottld haTO giY^o her one for eyery limb ; 
She, of whose soul if we may tay»^'t was gold, 
Her body was th' electram, and did hołd 
Many degreesof tbat; weundeistood 
Her by her aight ; her pure and ek)quenŁ blood 
Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctiy wrought, 
That one might almoet say, her body thought; 
She, she thus richly and largely hoos*d, is gone. 
And chłdes us, sIow-pac'd snaiis» who crawl upon 
Oor pHaon^a prison, Earth, nor tbink ns well, 
Longer than whUst we bear onr briltle sbelL 
Bat 't were but littŁe to have chang^d our room, 
If, as we were io this our living tomb 
Oppr^sM with ignorance, we still were so. 
Pdor soul, in this tfay flesh what doit thoa know ? 
Tboo know'st thyself so liUle, as thou know'st not 
How tiiou dłdst die, nor how thou wast begot 
Thou neither know^st how thou at fint cam^st in, 
Nor how thou took'st the poison of nifua^s fin ; 
Nor dost thou (though tbou know^st that thou artso) 
By what way thou art niade immortaI,^QOw. 
Thou art too narrow, wretch, to comprehend 
Eren thyself, yea, though tbou would'8t bot bend 
To know thy body. Haire not all soub thougbt 
For many ages, that our body 's wroiąght 
Of air, and fire, and other elements ? 
And now tbey think of new ingredienti. 
And one aonl thinks one, and another way 
Anothcr Łhinks, and 't ia an eren lay. 
Know*sŁ thou hut how the stone doth enter in 
Tbe bladder'1 cavey and nerer break the skin ) 
KnoWst tbou how bkxid, which to the heart doth 

I>oth fiom oiie Tentricle to th' other go ? 

And for the pntrid stnff which tbou dost spit. 

Knowali thou how thy lungs have attracted it ? 

There are no passages, so that there is 

(For ought thou kfiow*st) piereing of sobstances. 

And of those many opinions, which men raise 

Of nails aod hairs, dost thou know which to praise ? 

What hope faave we to know oorseWes, when we 

Know not the least tbings, which for onr nse be ? 

We see id authors, too stiflTto recant; 

An fanndred oontroverses of an ant ; 

And yet one watches, starves, freezes, and sweats, 

To know but catechisnis and alphabets 

t>f anooneeming things, matters of fact ; 

How others oo our stage their parts did aet : 

What Csesar did, yea, or what Cicero said. 

Why grasB u grcen, or why oor blood is red, 

Are mysteries which nooe ha^e reachM nnto ; 

In this Iow form, poor soul, what wilt thou do ? 

Oh ! wheo wilt thou shake off this pedantry, 

Of bemg t^&ght by sense and ^uitasy ? 

Thou look'8t througfa spectacles ; smail things seem 

Bdow ; but np unio the wateh-tower get» 
And see mil things despoil'd of fallacies : 
Thou sbalt not peep through Uttices of eyes, 
Nor bear through labyrinths of ears, nor leara 
Sy Circuit or collections to discem; 
In HeaT^n thou straight know'st all concerning it, 
Aod what concems it not, shall straight Ibrget. 
There thou (but in no other scbool) may*st be 
Ferehanoe as learoed, and as ftill as sbe ; 
She, who all libraries had throughiy read 
At borne in her own thonghti, and praotised 

So much good, as would make as many morę : 

Sbe, whose ezample tbey must all implore, 

Who would, or dp, or think weli, and confiess 

That all the Yirtuous actions they ezpren, 

Are but a new and worse edition 

Of her some one tbought, or one action : 

She, who in th' art of knowing Heav*n wasgrown 

Herę opon Earth to sucb pecfection, 

That she hath, ever sińce to Heav'n she came, 

(In a far fairer print) but read the same; 

She, she not satisfy^d with all this weight, 

(For so much knowledge, as would over-fireight 

Another, did but ballast ber) is gone 

As weli t' enjoy as get perfectioa j 

And calls us after her, in that she took . 

(Taking herself) our best and worthiest book. 

Return not, my soul, fromthis ecstasy. 

And meditatbn of what thou shalt be. 

To earthly thoughts, tlU it to thee appear, 

With wbom thy conversation must be there« 

With uhom wilt thou converse ? what station 

Caost thou cboose out free from infection, 

That wiil not give thee theirs, nor drink in thine } 

Shalt thou not find a spungy slack dłvine 

Drink and suck in th* instructions of great men. 

And for the word of God vent them again ? 

Are there not some ooorts (and then no things be 

So like as courts) which in this let us sec, 

That wit9 and tongues of libellen are weak, 

Because they do morę ill than these can speak ? 

Tbe poison 's gone throogh all, poisons affect 

Chi^y the chiefest, parts ; but some effect 

In nails, and hairs, yea, excrements wiil show ; 

So lies the poison of sin in the most Iow. 

Up, Hp, my drowsy soul, where thy new ear 

Shall in the angels* songs no disoord bear j 

Where thou shalt see the bleoed motber-maid 

Joy in not being that which men baTc said ; 

Where she 's eaalted morę for being good, 

Than for her interest of motherbood i 

Up to those patriarchs, which did longer sit 

Especting Christ, than they 'fc enjoy^d him yet: 

Up to those prophets, which now gladly see 

Their prophecies grown to be history: 

Up to th' aposties, who did bray^ly run 

AU the Sun's coursei, with morę light than the Snn : 

Up to those martyrs, who did cafanly bleed 

Oil to th' ap08tle's lamps, dew to their seed: 

Upto those Yirgins, who tbought, that almott 

They madę joint-tenants with the Holy Ohoft," 

If they to any should his tempie gi^e : 

Up, up, for in that sąoadron there doth live 

She, who hath carry'd thtther neyr degrees 

(As to their number) to their dignities : 

She, vfho being to hersełf a state, enjoy^d 

All r03ralties, which any. state employ'd ; 

Por she madę wars, and triumph'd ; reasoa still 

Did not o'ertbrow, but reotify her will :' 

And she madę peace ; for no peace is like thi^ 

That beaoty and chastity tog^er kiss: 

She did high justice, for she crucify'd 

Ev'ry first motion of rebellion's pride : 

And she gave pardons, and was liberał. 

For, only heiself except, she pardon'd all: 

She ooin'd, in this, that her imprestion gaTe 

To all our actions all the worth they hAye: 

She gave protections; the thonghts of.hef breast 

Satan's rude offieers could ne'er arresL 

As these prerogatives, being met in one, 

Madę her a sotereign state $ religion 



Maele her a charcli ; and these two madę her all* 

She, who was all thu all, and ooald not fali 

To woree, by company, (for aht wat still 

Morę antłdote tban ail tbe world wat ill) 

Sbe, she dotb leare it, and by deatb surmę 

All tbis in Heari!; wbitber wbo dotb not strive 

The morę, because sbe 's tb«|re, be dotb not know 

That accidental joys in Heay^n do grow. 

But pause, my sou^ ; and study, ere tbou (all 

On accidental joys, th* essentJat. 

Still before accessories do abide 

A trial, must tbe principal be try*d. 

And wbat essential joy canst tbou expect 

Herę upon Eartb } wbat permanent effect 

.Of transitory causes ? Dost tbou \ove 

Beauty ? (And beauty worthiest is to move) 

Poor cozenM cozener, that sbe, and that tbou, 

Wbicb did begin to lorę, are neitber now. 

You are both fluid, cbangM sińce yesterday $ 

Next day repatrs (but 111) last day*8 decay. 

Nor are (although tbe river keep tbe name) 

Yesterday's waters and to day'8 tbe same. 

So flows her face, and tbine eyes ; neitber now 

That Saint, nor pilgrim, wbicb your loving vow 

Concem'd, rematns; but whilst you tbink you be 

Constant, you 're bourly in inconstancy. 

Honour may bave pretence unto our lore, 

Because that God did live so long above 

Without this honour, and then loY^d it to, 

That be at last madę creatures to bestow 

Honour on him ; not that be nceded it. 

But that to bis hands man might grow morę fit. 

But siflice all bonours from inferioTS flow, 

(For they do give it ; princes do but show 

Wbom they would bave so hononr*d) and that this 

On such opinions and oapacities 

Is built, as rise and fsll, to morę and len, 

Alas! 't is but a casual bappiness. 

Hath ever any man t* himself assign^d 

Tbis or tbat bappiness t' arrest his mind, 

But that anotber man, which taket a wórse, 

Thinks him a fbol for ba^ing ta'en tbat eourse } 

They who did labour BahePs tow'r t' erect, 

Might bare consłder'd, that for that efiect 

All tbis whole solid Eartb could not allow. 

Nor fumish forth materials cnow; 

And that his centrę, to raise such a place. 

Was fcr teo little to haye been tbe base : 

No morę affinrds this woiid foandation 

T* erect true joy, were all tbe means in one. 

But as the heatben madę them 8everal gods 

Of all God's beoefits, and all bis rods, 

(For as the winę, and oom, and onions are 

Oods unto them, so agues be, and war) 

And as by changing that whole precioos gold 

To such smali copper ooins, they lost the old, 

Aad tost their only God, who ever must 

Be sought alone, and not in such a thrust ; 

So much mankind true bappiness mutakes ; 

No joy enjoys that man, that mauy makes. 

Then, soul, to thy first pttcb work up again ; 

Know that all lines, which ci rei es do contaió, 

For once that they the centrę touch, do touch 

Twice the circumference ; and be tbou such, 

Double on H«av'n tby tbunghts, on Eartb employ^d ; 

All will not Bcrve; only who have enjoy*d 

The sight 6f God in fulness, can tbink it; 

For it is both the object and tbe wit. 

This is essential joy, where neither |ie 

('an suffer dimidution, nor we ; 

IT is such a fuli, and racb a fiUmg good, 
Had th' angels once lookM on hfan, they had 
To fili the place of one of them, or morę, 
She, whom we celebrale, is gone before : 
She, who had here so much essential joy, 
As no chance could distract, much lem destroy ; 
Wbo with God's preseoce was aoquainted ao, 
(Hearing, and speaking to him) as to knoir 
His iace in any natura! stone or tree, 
Better tban wben in images they be : 
Wbo kept by diligent devotion 
God's image in such reparatioo 
Within her beart, that what decay was grownp 
Was ber first parents' fault, and not her own s 
Wbo, bong sdicited to any act, 
Still heard God pleadtng his safe pre-ocntmct s 
Who by a faitbiul confidence was here 
Betroth'd io God, and now is married there ; 
Whose twilights were morę elear tban our mid-day ; 
Who dream'd deroutlier tban most use to pray : 
Who being here filPd with grace, yet strove to be 
Both where morę grace and morę capadty 
At once is giyen : she to Heav'n is gone, 
Wbo madę tbis world in some proportioo 
A Heav'n, and here became unto us all, 
Joy (as our joys admit) essential. 
But could tbis Iow world joys essential tooch^ 
Heay^i^s accidental joys would pass them much. 
How poor and lamę must then our casual be ? 
If thy prince will his subjects to cali thee 
My lonl, and this do swell thee, tbou art tben. 
By being greater, grown to be less man. 
When no physician of redress can speak, 
A joyful casual yiolence may break 
A dangerous apoetem in thy breast ; 
And whilst tbou joy*8t in this, the dangerous rest, 
Tbe bag may lise up, and so strangle thee. 
What e^er was casual, may eyer be: 
What should the naturę cbange ? or make the same 
Certain, which was but casual when it came ? 
AU casual joy dotb loud and plainly say, 
Only by coming, that it can away. 
Only in Heav'n joy*s strengtb is never spent, 
And accidental thiągs are permanent. 
Joy 0f a soufs arrtTal ne'er decays ; 
(For that soul erer joys, and ever stays) 
Joy, that their last great oonsummation 
Approaches in the resurrection ; 
When earthly bodies morę celestial 
Sball be than angels were ; for they could lali ; 
This kind of joy dotb every day admit 
Degreeaof growth, but nooe of losing it. 
In tbis fresh joy, 't is no smali part Uiat she, 
She, in whose goodness be that names degrec^ 
Doth injnre ber; ('t is loas to be call*d best, 
Hierę where tbe stuff is not suob as the rest ;) 
She, wbo left such a body as even she 
Only in HeaVn could leam, how it can be 
Madę better ; for sbe rather was two souls, 
Or like to fuli on botli sidesrwritten rolls, 
Where minds might read upon the outward skin 
As strong records for God, as minds within: 
She, who, by making fuli perfaction grow, 
Pieces a circle, and still keeps it so, 
Iong*d for, and longing for 4, to Heav'n is gone, 
Where she receiTes and giyes addition. 
Here in a place, where misderotion frames 
A thousand prayers to aaints, whose Tery names 
The ancient church knew not, Heay^n knows not yet. 
And where what lawi of poetry admit, 



Um of T«figiOB ha.v€ at leut the same, 

tamoital maidf I might mvoke thy name. 

Could KOJ oiint proroke tbat appetiie, 

Tbou here sbould'ft nwke me a French oooTertite. 

But thou voQld'8t not ; Dor«oold'&tthoii be oontent 

To take this for my second year*! tnie rent, 

DŃl this coin bear any other fftamp than his, 

Tbat gaTe thee power to do, me to say this: 

Since his will ts, that to posteńty 

Thou sboold^st for life and death a pattem be, 

And tbat the world shoald notice have of this, 

The purpose and th* anthority is hia. 

Thou art the proclamatioa ; and I am 

The tmmpet, at wbose toice tbe pe<^>le came. 







LooK on me, Faith, and look to my faith, Ood ; 

For botb my centres feel this period. 

Qf wdght one centrę, one of greatnesB is ; 

And reason u tbat centrę, faith is this ; 

For into onr reason flow, and there do end 

AU, that this natura! world doth comprehend ; 

Onotidian tbings, and eąnidistant hence, 

Shut in, for man, in one circumference : 

Bat for th' enormoos greatnesses, which are 

So disproportion'd, and so angular, 

As is God's etsence, place, and proridence, 

Wbere, bow, wbeo, wbat iouls do, departed bence; 

Tbese tbings (ecoentric else) on faith do strike : 

Yet neither aU, nor opon all alike. 

l^or reason, pat to ber best eztension^ 

Almost meets foith, and makes botb centres one* 

And nothing erer came so near to this, 

M oontemplatioo of that prince we miss. 

For all tbat faith migbt credit, mankiod coald, 

Reason still secooded, that this prince would. 

If tben least moviog of the centrę make 

Morę, than if whole Heli belch*d, the world toshake, 

Wbat most this do, centres distracted so, 

Tbat we see not wbat to believe or know } 

Was it not wali be]iev'd till now, that he, 

Whoae repotation was an ecstasy. 

On neigbboor states, wbich knew not wby to wake, 

TiU be disoorerM wbat wayshe would take ; 

For whom, wbat princes angled, when theyiuy'dy 

Met a torpedo^ and were stupify'd ; 

And otber's stodies, bow he would be bent ; 

Was bis great fother^s greatest instrument. 

And actłv'ftspirit, to convey and tie 

This soul of peace unto Cbristianity ? 

Was it not well believ*d, tbat he would make 

This generał peace tb' etemal overtake. 

And that bis times mi|^t bave stretchM out so for, . 

As to touch tbose of wbich tbc^ emblems are ? 

For to confirm this just belief, that now 

The last days came, we saw Heav'n did allow, 

Tbat, but fin>m bis aspect and exercise, 

In peaceful times nimours of wars sbould anse. 

Bnt now tbts faith b beresy : we most 

Still stay, and Tex oiir great gmndmother, Dust 

Ob, is God prodigal r bath he spent his storę 

Of plagues on us ; and only now, when morę 

Would ease us much, doth he grudge misery ; 

And will not let *8 enjoy our curse, to die ? 

As for tbe Earth, tbrown lowest down of all, 

'T were an ambition to desire to fali ; 

So God, in our desire to die, doth know 

Oor plot for ease, in being wretched so : 

Therefore we live, thongh such a life we bave, 

As but so many mandrakes on bis grave. 

What had bis growth and generation done, 

When, what we are, his putrefoctiiki 

Sustains in os, Earth, which grtefs animate ? 

Nor bath our world now other soul than that. 

And could grief get so high as Hea^^, tbat ifńte, 

Forgetting this tbeir new joy, would desire 

(Witb grief to see bim) he had stay'd below, 

To rectify our errours they fbreknow. 

Is th' other centrę, reason, faster tben ? 

Wbereshould welookfbrtbat,now we 're not men } 

Por if our reason be our connection 

Of causes, now to us there can be nonę. 

For, as if all tbe substances were spent, 

*T were madoess to inquire of aocident ; 

'So is 't to k)ok for reason, he being gone» 

The only subject reason wronght upon. 

If fste bare such a cbain, whose dilera links ' 

Tndustrious man discemetb, as he thinks, 

When miracle doth come, and so steal in 

A new link, man knows not wbere to begtn: 

At a much deader lault must reason be, 

Death having broke off sucb a link as be^ 

But now, for us with bnsy proof th come, 

That we 've no reason, frould prove we had some; , 

So would just lamentations : therefiwe we 

May safelier say, tbat we are dead, than he. 

So^ if our grieb we do not well declare^ 

We *ve double escuse ; be 's not dead, we are. 

Yet would not I die yet ; for though I be 

Too narrowto think bim, as be b be, 

(Our souls' best baiting uid mid^period, 

In ber kmg joumey of considering God) 

Yet (no dishonour) I can reach hUn tbus, 

As he embrae'd the fires of lorę, witb us. 

Ob, may I (sińce I live) but see or bear, 

That sbe-intelligence wbich mov'd this spbere, 

I pardon Fate, my life ; whoe*er thou be, 

Which hast tbe noble consóence, thou ait she : 

I coDJnre thee by all the cbarms be spoko. 

By th' oatbs, wbich only you two never broke. 

By all tbe souls ye sigb*d, tbat if you see 

Thesolines, you wisb, I knew your history. 

So much, as you two mutual HeaT'ns were here» 

I were an angel, singing what you were. 








I BAVE learaed by tboM laws, wherein I am 
little cooYeraanty tiiat be which bestows any 
coit npon tfae dead, obliges him wbich it dead, 
bot not his heir; I do not tfaerefore send 
tbis paper to your ladyship, tbat yon sbould 
thank me for it, or tbink tbat I tbaok yon 
in it; your faTonn and benefits to me are so 
much 'above my merits, tbat they are eveD above 
my gratitode ; if tbat were to be jodged by words, 
wbich most espren it. Bot, madam, sińce yoor 
noble brotber's fortunę being yoon, tbe eri- 
dences aiao conceming it are yoiirs : so bis fbtoes 
being yoorsy tbe evidences concemiog tbat beloog 
also to yoO) of wbich by yoor aeceptance tbis 
may be one piece; in wbich ąnality I bnmbly 
present it, and as a testimony bow entirely yoor 
lamily possessetfa 

yonr Iady8hip's 
mott bnmble and tbankfiil servanty 


Fair soul, which wast not only as all souls be, 

Tben when thou wast infased, harmony, 

But dtd'st conttnue so; and now dost bear 

A part in Ood'B great organ, this wbole sphere; 

If looking up to Ood, or down to us, 

Tbou 6nd tbat any way is penrious 

Twist Heav*n and Earth, and tbat men*s actions do 

Come to your knowledge and aflections too, 

See, a od with joy, me to tbatgood degree 

Of goodness grown, tbat I can stndy tbee ; 

And by tbese meditations refln'd, 

Can unapparet and enlarge my mind, 

And 90 can make by tbis soft eestasy, 

This place a map of Hea^n, myself of thee. 

Thou seest me here at midnight, now all reet ; 

Time's dead-low water, when alt minds di^est 

To morrow's business, wben tbe labonrers ba^e 

Such rest in bed, thattheir last church-yard gra^e, 

Subject to change, will scsrce be a type of this \ 

Now when tbe client, whose last hearf ng is 

To morrow, sleeps; when the condemned man, 

( Who when be opes his eyes must shut them then 

Again by death) aithongb sad watch be keep, 

Doth practise dying by a little sleep \ 

Tboii at tbis midnight seest me, and as soon 

As that Son rises to me, midnigbt *s noon \ 

AU the worłd grows traasparant* and 1 aee 

Through.all» botb chorch and state^insecing tbee; 

And I discern by €svoor of this light 

Myself, the bardest oUJect of the sight 

God is the glass ; as thou» when thou dost aee 

Him, who sees ail, seest all conceming thee \ 

So, yet unglorified, I comprehend 

AU, in tbese mirrors of thy ways and end. 

Tbough God be our tnie glass, through which we aee 

All, stnoe the being of aU things is be, 

Yet are the trunks, which 4o te us derive 

Things in propoftion, fit by perspective, 

Deeds of good men : for by thetr being b^^ * 

Yirtnes, indeed remote, seem to be near. 

But where can I aiBrm or where arrest 

My thoughtB on his^deeds ? which shall I callbest ? 

For Ouid TJrtoe cannot be look'd oo, 

Nor can endure a contemplation. 

As bodies change, and as ( do not wear 

Those spirits, humours, blood, I did lastyear; 

And as, if on a stream I fix minę eye, 

That drop, wbich i look'd on, is presently 

PushM with niore waters from my sight, and gone: 

So in this sea of Yirtues, can no one 

Be insisted on ; virtues as riTers pass, 

Yet still remains that virtuous nian there was. 

And as, if man feed on man^s flesb, and so 

Part of lus body to anotber owe, 

Yet at the last two perfect bodies rise, 

Becanse God knows where every atom lies ; 

So if one knowledge were madę of all those, 

Who knew his minutes well, be might dispose 

His virtues into names and ranks ; bnt I 

Sbould injttre naturę, wrtue, and deitiny, 

Shoold I divide and discontinue so 

yirtue, whwh did in one entireness giow. 

For as be tbat shoold say, spirits are fhim*d 

Of all the purest parts that can be namM, 

Honours not spirits half so mach as he 

Which says they ba^e no parts, bat shuple be : 

So is.*t of Tirtue ; for a point and one 

Are much entirer than a million* 

And had Fate meant t' ha^e had his Tiftues told, 

It would have let him live to have been old. 

So tben that Yirtue in season, and then this. 

We might ha^e seen, and said, tbat now he is 

Witty, now wise, now temperate, now jast : 

In good short lires, Tirtues are fain to thrust. 

And to be surę betimes to get a płace, 

When they would oKercise, lack time, and spaoe. 

So was it in this penon, forcM to be. 

Por lack of time, his own epitome: 

So to exhibit in few years as much, 

As all the long-breath'd cbrooiclers can tooch. 

As when an angel down from Hea^hti doth fly, 

Our qnick thought cannot keep him company; 

We cannot tbink, now he is at the San, [ran, 

Now through the Moon, now tfarough tbe air doth 

Yet when he 's come, we know he did repair 

To all *twixt HeaT'n and Earth, Sun, Moon, and air ; 

And as this angel in an instant knows; 

And yet we know this sudden knowledge grows 

By quick amasstog several fbrms of tlmigs, 

Which he successive1y to order brings j 

When they, wbose slow-pac*d laase thoogfatacannot 

So fast as he, think that be doth not so; [go 

Jast as a peifect reader doth not dwell 

On every sylłable, nor stay to spell, 

Yet without doubt be doth disthictly see. 

And lay Łogether €very A and B % 



So io fliiort4iT'd good men isnot uuJerstoi o d 
£ach wrentl ▼ńtue, bdt the compoand good. 
Por they all virtae*s paths in that pace tread, 
Jis angełs go, and kaow, aod as men read. 
O wby shouid theii these meii, tbese Inmpsof balm, 
Sent tuther tbe world*s tempest to becaim, 
fiefiyre by deeds tbeyare diflTus^d attd spread, 
.Aod to make us alire, tbemselTet be dead i 
O, wol ! O, cifcle ! why m qtiick1y be 
Tby ends, thy biitb; and death clos*d iip in tbee i 
Since one fi)ot of thy compam stiU was plac'd 
In HeaT'n» the other might securaly 've pacM 
In the most lar^e extent throngb e^ery patb, 
'Whicb the whole world, or man, th' abridgment, 

Thoa know*st, that thoagh tbe tropie circies ha^e 
(Yea, and thoae smali ones which tbe poles engraYe) 
Ali the same rouodoess, eyetmess, and all 
Tbe endlessoess of th' eqainoctłal ; 
Yet wben we oome to measure distances, ' 
How hefe, bow there, tbe Son affected is; 
When he doCb faindy work, and wben preTail ; 
Only great ciicles tben can be onr scalę : 
So tbough thy circle to thyself espress 
AU tending to thy endless happiness; 
And we by our good ose of it may try 
Both how to Iłve welt (yonng) and bow to die. 
Yet sińce we must be.pld, aad age endures 
His torrid zonę at court, aad calentares 
Of hot ambitioD, irreligion*s ice, 
2eal*s aguea, and bydropte ararice, 
(Inftrmitied, whicb need the scalę' of trnth, 
As well as lust and ignorance of yonth ;) 
"Why didst thoa not for these give medicines too, 
And by tby doing tell us what to do ? 
Iliofigh as smali pocket^elocks, wbose e^ery wheel 
Doth each mis-motion and distemper feel ; 
Wbose hands gets sbakiogpalsies; and wbose stfing 
(ifiasinews) slackens ; and wbose soul, tbe spring, 
Sspires or langiiisbes ; and Wbose palse, the flee, 
Ełther beats not, or beats nnerenly ; 
Wbose ▼oice, the beli, doth rattle or grow dnmb, 
Or idle, as men which to their last boor come ; 
If ibeae docks be not wound, or be wonnd still, 
Or be not set, or set at every will | 
So yonth is easiest to destmction, 
If theo we folkyw all, or Ibllow nonę. 
Yet as in great clocks, whicb in steeples chime, 
Plac^d to infbrm whole towns, t*employ their time. 
And eiTour doth morę harm, being generał, 
When smali clock*s faults only on th' wearer fali : 
So work the foolts of age, on which the eye 
Of cbildren, senrants, or the state rely ; 
Wby would'st not thou tben, which hadst such a 

A clock so trae, as might the Sun control, 
And daily hadst from him, who gave it tbee, 
Instroctions, soch, as it oould never be 
Diaorder^d, stay berę, as a generał 
And great snn-dial, to hare set us all } 
Oh, why wouki*st thou be an instrument 
To this omiatara] course ? or why oonaent 
To this, not miracic, but prodigy, 
That when the ebbs longer tbaa flowings be, 
Yirtue, wbose flood did with thy youth begin, 
Shonld so much faster ebb out than flow in } 
Tbough ber 'flood were blown in by tby firet breath, 
All is at Ottce sunk in the whirl-pool, death. 
Wbich word I woald not name, but that I see 
Death, else a desert, growa a court by thee. 

Now I am surę that if a man woald ha^e 

Good company, bis entry is a graye. 

Methinks all cities now but ant-hills be, 

Where when tbe 8everal labourers I see 

For cbildren, boase, \)rovision, taking pain^ [grain: 

They 're all but ants, canrying egg8> straw, and 

And church*yards are our cities, unto which 

The moBt repcir, thab are in goodness rich ; 

There is the beat conoourse and confluence, 

There are the boly suburbs, and from thence 

Begins God's city, new JerusaJem, 

Whicb doth eatend ber utmost^ates to them : 

At that gate tben, triumphant soul, dost thou 

Begin tby triumph. But sińce laws allow 

That at tbe triumph -day the people may, 

Ałl that they will, 'gainst the triumpher say, 

Łet me berę ose that freedom, and express 

My grief, tbough not to make tby triumph less. 

By law to triumphs noneadmitt»i be. 

Tlił they, as magiatrates; get Tictory ; 

Tbough then~to thy force ali youth*8 foes did yield» 

Yet till fit time had bronght thee to that field. 

To wbich thy rank in this state destin'd thee, 

That there thy counsels might get yiciory. 

And so in that capacity remore 

All jealoosie8'twixt prince and subjecfs loye, 

Thou could'st no title to this tnumph bave, 

Thou didst intrude on Death, usurp a grave, 

Tben (tbough yictoriously ) thou hadst fought as yet 

But with thine own ąffections, with the beat 

Of youtb's desnes, and colds of ignorance. 

But till thou sbould'st successfuUy adyauce 

Thine arms 'gainstlbreign enemies, which are 

Both enyy, aud acclamations popular, 

(For both these engines equally defeat, 

Tbough by a diyers minę, those wbich are great) 

Till tben thy war was bot a ciyil war. 

For which to trinmph nonę admitted are; 

No morę are they, who, tbough witll good saocess, 

In a defensiye war their power espress. 

Before men triumph, the dominion 

Must be enlarg'd, and not pfe8ery'd alone ; 

Why 8hoald'st thou tben, whoae battles were to win 

Thyself from those straits Naturę put ibee in. 

And to dellyer up to Godthat state, 

Of whicb he gave thee the yicariate, 

(Which is tby soul and body] as entire 

As he, who Ukes indeotures, doth reqaire ; 

But didst not stay, t* enlarge his kingdom too. 

By makhag otbers, what thou didst, to do ; [morę 

Why should'st thou triumph uow, wben Heay^n no 

Hatb got, by getthog thee, than 't had before ? 

For Heay'n and thou, eren when thou Ityedst here, 

Of one anotber in possession were. 

But this firom triumph most disables tbee, 

That that placet which is ooaquered, must be 

Left safe from preaent war, and likeły doubt 

Of imminent oommotions to break out : 

And hatb he lefl us so ? or can it be 

This territory was no morę tban be ? 

No, we were all bis charge ; tbe diooese 

Of every eiemplar man the whole world is: 

And be was joined in commission 

With tatniar angels, sent to eyery one. 

But tbough this freedom to upbraid, and chide 

Him who triomph*d, were lawful, it was ty'd 

With this, that it might neyer refereiice baye 

Unto the senate, who this triumph gaye ; 

Men might at Fompey jest, but they might not 

At that authority, l^ which be fot 



Łeare to trimnph, before by ag« he might ; 

So thoagh, triumpbant tool, I dare to wńte 

MoT^d wiŁh a reręrential ang«r» tbus 

That tbou so early would'8t abandoo us ^ <* 

Y«t 1 am far from daring to dispuifee 

Włth that great 80vereigiity, whose absolata- ^ 

PreR)gative hatb tbm dispeńs^d witb thee * 

'Gainst Natare's laws, wbich jast impugnen be 

Of eafly triumph : and I (thoagh with pain) 

Lessea onr losa, to magnify thy gain 

Of triumpb, wben I say it was piore fit 

That ałl men sboold lach tbee, than tbou laek it ' 

Thoagh then in our times be not sufferad 

That testimony of love unto the dead, 

To die trith tbem, and in their graves be hid, 

As Saxoo wires, and French loldaiii did ; 

And thoagh in no degree I can ezprets 

Grief in great Alexander's great exceM, 

Who at his friend^s deatb madę whole towns direat 

Their walls and bulwarks, which became them best : 

Do not, iair soul, this sacrifkoe refase, 

That in thy grave I do inter my Muse ; 

Which by my grief, great as thy worth, being cast 

Behmd band, yet hath spoke, and spoke her last. 



Mah is the world, and death the ocean. 
To which God giTes the lower pafts of man. 
This iea enrtrons al), and though as yet 
God hath set marfcs and bounds 'twixt ns and it, 
Yet doth it roar, and gnaw, and still pretend 
To break our bank, whene^er it taket a friend : 
Then oar land-waters (tean of passion) Tent ; 
Our wateit then above oor firmament, 
(Tears, which oar soul doth fiir our sins let lali) 
Take all a brackith taste, and luneral. 
And even thoae tean, which shonid wash sin, are sin. 
We, after God, neiw diown oar world agajn. 
Kothing bat man, of all emrenom^d things, 
Doth work npon itself with inbom stings. 
Tears are imlse spectacles ; we cannot see 
Throngh passion^s mist, what we are, or what she. 
In ber this sea of death hath madę no breach; 
But as the tide doth wash the slimy beach. 
And leaves embroider^d works upon the sand, 
So is her flesh refin'd by Death'8 cold band. 
As men of China, after an age*s stay 
Do take up porcelain, where they baried day ; 
So at this gra^e, her limbec (which refinel 
The dtamonds, rubies, sapphires, pearls, and mines, 
Of which this flesh was) her soul sball inspire 
Flesh of such stafi; as God, when his last fire 
Annuls this world, to recompense, it shall 
Make and name them th' elixir of tliis all. 
They say, the lea, when it gains, loseth too; 
If carnal Death (the yoanger brother) do 
Usurp the body ; oor soul, which suli^ect is 
To th' elder Death by sin, is freed by this j 
They perish both, when they attempt the jost; 
For gnTes oaV trophies are, and both Death^ dost. 
So, uDobnoxioas now, she hath baried both; 
For nonę to death sins, that to sin it loath. 
Nor do they die, which are not loath to die ; 
So hath she this and that ▼irginity. 
Grace was in her extremely ^ligent, 
That kept her from sin, yet madę her repent 

Ofwhattmall spod para wbite ooiDptaina! Mmm, 

How little poison cracks a cryttal glass ! 

She «nn'd, but jast enough to let us see 

That God'8 word must be tnie, aUmaun Atf. 

So moch did zeal her oonseience rarify, 

That eztreme truth lack'd little of a lie ; 

Makmomissionsacts; laying the toiich 

Of sin on things, that sometime may be sueh. 

As Moses' cherobins, whose natures do 

Surpass all speed, by him are winged too,: 

So woold her soul, already in Hea¥'n, seem tfaco 

To climb by tears, the common stairs of men. 

How fit she was for God, I am content 

To speak, that Death bis rain hastę may rąwnt : 

How fit for lis, how even and how sweet, 

How good in all her titles, and how meet 

To have reform'd thia fbrward heresy, 

That women can no parts of friendship be ; 

How morał, how diTine, sball not be told, 

Łest thły, that hear her ylrtaes, thinić her old ; 

And lest we take Death's part, and make him glad 

Of iuch a prey, and to his triumph add. 



Dbaih, i recant, and say, unsaid by me 
Whate>er hath slipt, that might dimtnish thee ; 
Spiritual treason, atheism 't is, to say, 
That any can thy summons disobey. 
Th' Earth's &ce is bot thy table { there are set 
Plants^ cattłe, men, dishes for Death to eat. 
In a rude hunger now hemillions draws 
Into his bloody, or plaguy, or stanr'd jaws : 
Now he will seem to spare, and doth morę waste^ 
Eating the best first, well pre8erT'd to last: 
Now wantonly he spcHls, and eats us not, 
Buthreak^ off friends, and lets us pieoemeal rot. 
Nor will this earth serre him ; he sinks the deep^ 
Where harmless flsh monastic silence keep; 
Who (were Death dead) the rows of Uving sand 
Might spunge that element, and make it land. 
He Tounds the air, and breaks the hymnie notes 
In birds', HeaT*n's choristers, organie throats; 
Which (if they did not die) might seem to be 
A tenth rank in the HeaTenly hierarchy. 
O strongand Iong-liT'd Death, how cam'8t thon iił? 
And how without creation didst begin ? 
Thou hast, and shalt see dead, befinre thou dy*st, 
All the fbar monarchies, and antichńst. 
How coald I think thee nothing, that see now 
In all this all, nothing else is, but thou ? 
Our btrths and li^es, vices and Tirtues, be 
Waateful consumptioos, and degrees of thee. 
For we to live our bellows wear, and breath, 
Nor are we moTtal, dying, dead, but death. 
And thoagh thou beest (O mighty bird of prey) 
So much recUum*d by God, that thou must lay 
All, that thou kiirst, at his feet; yet doth be 
Resenre butfew, and leaves the mojst for thee. 
And of those few, now thou hast OTertbrown 
.One, whom thyblow makes not ours, nor thineowuj 
She waa morę stories high : hopeless to cooie 
To her soul, thou hast ofiier'd at her lower room. 
Her soal and body was a king and court : 
But thou hast both of captain nuas^fl and fort 



As booMt Ml mń, thoagh tbe Icingt remcnre ; 
fi)odi€s of samto rest lor their aoult aboTe. 
I>eatli geto twist aonls and bodies tuch a place 
As sio inthinaŁes *tvixŁ just men and grace ; 
fiotb work a separaŁkm, no divoroe : 
Her 8oal is fcoiM to usber np her eone, 
Which shail be almott anotber aoul, for ibere 
fiodies are purer than best tools are bMe. 
fiecauae in her ber Tirtoes did oatgo 
Ker yeafs, woo]d*ft tbou, O emalous Death» do lo^ 
And ińll her yonng to thy Iobs ? mott the cost 
Of beauty anid wit.-apt to do harm, be iost ? 
Vnmt though thou foand^st her proof 'gą^ost sint of 

youth } 
Ob* erer^ age a diverse sin pursa'th» 
Thon 8bould*st bave stay*d, and taken better hołd ; 
Shoftly ambitious ; covetou8, wben old, ' 

She migbt ha^e prov'd ; and soch devotioa 
Jtflght ooce haTe AtrayM to soperstition. 
If all ber vtrtues migbt bave grown, yet might 
Almndant Tirtae have bred a prond delight. 
Had sbe persever'd jott, tbere would ha^e been 
Some tbat woald sin, mis-tbinking she did sin. 
Sacb aa would cali her friendship lorę, and feign 
Th sociablenen a name profane i 
Ot sin by tempting, or, not daring that. 
By wishing, thoogh they never told ber what 
liias might *st thou We slain morę louls, had'st thou 

not cro8S'd 
Thyself, and, to triompb, thine army loct 
Yet tbough these ways be lost, thou hast left bnę, 
'Which 18, immoderate grief that she is gone: 
But we may 'scape that sin^ yet weep as much ; 
Our tears are doe, because we are not such. 
Some tean, that knot of iriends, ber death must cost, 
Becaose tbe chatn is broke ; thoagh no link lost. 

To thyself only. All will spy in thy fince 
A blnsbing womanly di8C0vering grace* 
Ricbly cloth'd apes, are caird apes; and as sood 
EdipeM, as bright we cali the Moon, the Moon, 
Men of France, ^hangeable chameleons, 
Spittles of diseases, thops of fashions, 
- łiove'sfuellers, and th' rigbtest company 
Of pUyen, which upon the world's stage be. 
Will too too ąuickly know tbee ; and alas, . 
Th' inidiiTerent Italian, as we pass 
His warm land, well cońtent to think tbee page, 
Will bunt tbee with aucb lust and hideous ragę, 
As Lot's ikir gnests were ▼ex'd. But nonę of these. 
Nor spungy hydroptic Duteh, shall tbee displease, 
If thou stay here. O, stay here ; for, for tbee 
England is only a worthy gallery, 
To walk in ezpeetatioo, till from thence 
Our greatest king cali tbee to his presence. 
When I am gone, dream me some happtnesi, 
Nor let thy looksonr long bid love confess ; 
Nor praise, nor di^praise me i nor bless, nor curse 
Openly love'8 forće ; nor in bed firigbt thy nurK 
With midnight'8 startings, orying out, ** Ob ! oh I 
Nurse, O ! my Ioto is slain; I saw him go 
0'er the wbite AIps alone ; I saw him. I, 
AasailM, token, flght, stabb^d, błeed, &I1, and die." 
Augure me better chance, except dread Jove 
Think it enoogh for me V hare had thy loTe. 


Br oar first strange and fatal interview, 
By all desires, which thereof did ensue. 
By oor long striving hopes, by tbat remorse, 
Which my words maacułine penuasiTe force 
Begot in tbee, and by the roemory 
Qf horts, which spies and rivals threaten'd me, 
I calmly beg. Bot by thy father's wrath, 
By all pains, which want and diTorcement hath, 
I conjure tbee; and all tbe oaths, which I 
And thou ha^e swoni to seal joint constancy, 
I berę nnswear, and ovenwear them thns i 
Thou shalt not lorę by means so dangeroos. 
l*emper, O fair love ! Icnrels impetuous ragę, 
Be my tnie mistress, not my fetgned page ; 
1 'U go, and, by thy kind leave, leave behind 
Tbee, only worthy to nurse in my mind, 
Thirst to come back; O, if thou die before. 
My sottl from other lands to tbee shall soar ; 
"Hiy (else almighty) beauty cannot move 
B^e from the seas, nor thy.Iove teach them loye, 
Kor tamę wild Boreas* harshness; thou hast read 
How roogfaly he in pfeces shirered 
Fair Orithea, wbom he swore he loT*d« 
Fali HI or gCNMl. 't is madness to hare proT^d 
Baogers unurg'd : fieed on this flattery, 
Tbat absent loyers one in th' other be. 
Diwemble nutbiog, not a boy, nor change 
lliy body'8 habit, nor mind ; be not strange 


Mt fortunę and my choice this custom break, 
When we are speechless grown to make stonea qieak : 
Though no stone tell tbee what I was, yet thou 
In my graye*s inside seest what thou art now : 
Yet thou 'rt not yet so good; till Death us Lay 
To ripe and mellow here we 're stubbom clay. , 
Parents make us earth, and aouls dignify 
Us to be glass ; here to grow gold we lie. 
Whilst in our souls sin bred and pamper*d is, 
Our sools beoome worm-eaten careasses ; 
So we ourseWes miraculously destn>y, 
Here bodies with less miracle enjoy ^ 
Such privileges, enabled here to scalę 
Hea¥'n, when the trumpefs air shall them exhale. 
Hearthis, and mend thyself, and thou mend*st me. 
By making me, being dead, do good for tbee ; 
And think me well compos'd, that I could now 
A last-sick boor to syllables allow. 



Tbat I migl^t make your cabinet my tomb. 
And for my famę, which I Iove next my soul, 

Next to my soul provide tbe happiest room, 
Ad mit to that place this last funeral serowi. 

Others by wiłls give legacies, but I 

Dying of you do beg a legacy. 

My fortunę and my will this custom break, 
When we are senseless grown, to make Stones speak s 
Though no stone tell thee what I was, yet thou 
In my graye^s inside see, what thou art now : 



Yet thou 'rt not yet so good ; tjll as death lay 
To ripe and meUow there, we 're ftabborn clay« 
Parents make us eartb, and bouIs dignify 
Us to be glass ; here>to gro* gold we lie; 
Whłlst in onr sonls sin bred and pampei^d ii, 
Our soub beoome worm-eaten carcasses. 


Dbath, be not proud ; tby hand gare not this blow, 

Sin was ber captiTe, whence tby power dotb flow; 

Tbe exeootiooer of wratb tbou ait. 

But tadestroy tbe just is not tby part 

Tby coming terronr, angaisb, gii^ deoounces ; 

Her bappy state coaragpe, ease, joy pronoiinces. 

From out tbe crystal palące of ber breast, 

Tbe claarer sonl was całHd to endlets rest, 

(Not by tbe tbnnd'ring Yoice, wherewitb God threaU, 

Bot as with crowned satnts in Heat^n be treats) 

And, waited on by angels, borne was brougbt. 

To joy that it tbrougfa many dangers songbt ; 

Tbe key of mercy gcntly did nnlock 

Tbe door 'twiit Heav'n and it, when life didknock. 

Nor boast, tbe fairest frame was madę tby prey, 
Because to mortal eyes it did decay ; 
A better wttness than thon art assnres, 
That tbough dissot^M, it yet a space endores ; 
No dram thereof shall want or loss sutUin, 
When ber best soal inbąbits it again. 
Go then to people cursM beibre they were, 
Their souls in trinmph to tby conque$t bear. 
Olory not thon tbyself in these bot tears, 
Which our face, not for ber, but oar barm wears : 
Tbe mouming liTery giT'n by Cfrace, not thee, 
Whicb wills our souls in these streams washM should 
And on our h^rts, ber memory's best tomb, [be ; 
In this ber epitapb dotb write tby doom. 
Blind were tbose eyes, saw not bow brigbt did sbine 
Hirougfa flesh's misty vetl those beams dłvine ; 
Deaf were tbe ears, not cbarm'd with that sweet 

Wbłcb did i* tbe spiritus instmcted Toice abound ; 
Of flint tbe eonscienee, did not yield and melt, 
At what in ber last act it saw aind felt. 

Weep not, nor gmdge then, to bave lost hersight, 
Tanght tbus, onr after-stay 's but a sbort nigbt : 
But by all souls, not by corruption cboked, 
Let in high raisM notes tbat pow^r be inroked ; 
Calm tbe rougb seas, by which sbe sails to rest, 
Fropn sorrows berę t' a kingdom ever b]ess*d. 
And teach this hymn of ber with joy, and sing, 
Tlie graoe no congnett gett, Death hath no siing. 


SoaRow, that to-tbis house scarce knew tl^e way, 
Is, ob ! heir of it, our all is his pay. 
This strange chance claims strange wonder, and to 
Notbing can be so strange, as to weep tbus. [us 
'T is well, bis ]ife*s loud speaking works deserre. 
And gtTe praise too; our cold tonguet could jiot 

T 19 wdl, be kept tears from onr eyes before, 
Tbat to III this deep iłl we might ba^e storę. 

Oh, if a sweat-briar climb np by a tree^ 
If to a paradise tbat transplanted be, 
Or felPd, and bnmt for hoły sacrifice, 
Yet, that must witber, which by it did rise ; 
As we for bim dead: tbough no famiły / 

E*er rigg'd a soul for HeaT^n^s discovery, 
With wbom morę Tenturen morę boldly dare 
Yenture their *states, with him in joy to sbarc;. 
We lose, what all friends lovM, him ; be gains nom 
But life by deatb, which worst foes would allow j 
If be could ha?e foes, in wbose practice grew 
Ali yirtues, wbose nkme subtle scbool-men knew. 
What ease can hope, tbat we shall see him, begely 
When we must die first, and cannot die yet ł 
His children are his pictures ; oh ! they be 
Pictnres of him dead, senseless, cold, as be. 
Herę needs no maible tomb, snice be is gooe i 
He, and about him bis, are tum^d to stone. 


O TO what height will love of greatness dri^e 

Tby learaed spirit, sesqui-superlatiTe ? [tbea 

Yenice* yast lakę thou hast seen, and would^stse^ 

Some raster thing, and fi>und*st a courtezan. 

That iniand sea having discoYer^d well, 

A cellar gulf, where one might sail to Heli 

From Heydelberg, thou long^st to see : and-thou 

This book, grcater than all, producest now. 

Infinite work .' wbich dotb so far extend, 

That nonę can study it to any end. 

*T is no one thing, it is not fruit, nor root. 

Kor poorly limited with head or foot. 

If man be therefore nnan, because he can 

Reason and laugh, tby book dotb half make man. 

One half being madę, tby modesty was such, 

That thou on tb* other half would^st never toudu 

When wilt thou be at fuli, great lunatic ? 

Not till thou exceed tbe world ? Canst thon be Uk« 

Aprosperousnose-bomwen, which sometimesgrom 

To be lar greater than tbe motber nose ? 

Go then, and as to thee, when thou didst go, 

Munster did towns, and Gesoer authors show ; 

Mount now to Gallo-belgicus ; appear 

As deep a statesman as a garretteer. 

Homely and familiarły, when thou com'st back,. 

Talk of Will Oonqueror, and Prester Jack. 

Go, bashful man, lest berę thou blush to look 

Upon tbe progress of thy gloriiAis book. 

To which botb Indies sacriftccs send ; 

The West sent gold, which thou did'st freely ^end, 

Meaning to see *t no morę upon the press : 

The East sends hither ber deliciousoess ; [henoe. 

And tby leaves must embrace what comes froni 

The myrrh, the pepper, and the frmnkincense. 

This magnifles tby leares ; but if they stoop 

To neigbbonr wares, when merchants do onboop 

Yoluminous barrels ; if tby lea^es do then 

Convey these wares in parcels nuto men ; 

If for vast tuns of corrants, and of figs, 

Of m^*cinal and aromatic twigs, 

Hiy leaves a better metbod do proYide, 

I^yide to pounds, and ounces subdivide. 

If they stoop lower yet, and rent oar wares, 

Home-manufiictures to thick popular fairs. 



If omu-pregtMmt thero, npod trarm ataOs 
Tbey hatcfa all wsres, for which tbe bayer calls ; 
Tben thus thy lesTea «e jnitly may oommend, 
Tbat they all kind of matter comprehetod. 
Thns thou, by means, which th' ancieoti iiever took, 
A pandect inak'st, and untyenal book. 
The btmYest beroes, for their country's good, 
Scatter^d in ^diYers lands their limba and blood ; 
Worst malefoctors, to whom meo are prtze, 
Do pubiic good» cut in anatomies; 
So will Łby book \ń pieces, for a lord, 
Whfcb casts at Fortescne^s, and all the board 
Pronde wbole booki ; cach leaf enoagb will be 
For friends to pass time, and keep company. 
Can all carouse up thee ? no, thou must fit 
Measarea; and fili out for tbe half-pint wit. 
Some ahall wrap pills, and aave a friend'a life ao ; 
Some sball atop moakets, and ao kill a foe. 
Thov shalt not eaae the critica of next age 
So mach, as ooce their hunger to aaanage : 
Nor riiall wit-piratca bope to find thee lie 
All ło ooe bottom, in one library. 
Some leaTca may paate stringa there io other booka, 
And 80 ooe may, which ca another iooka, 
Pilfer, alaa ! a little wit from you ; 
But hardly mach j and yet I think thia tnie. 
Aa Sibira waa, your boók la myatical. 
For erery piece ia aa much worth aa all. 
Therefore minę impotency I confoaa, 
Tbe healtha, wbich my brain beara,muatbe for leaa: 
Thy giani-wit o'ertbni>wa me, I am gone ; 
And, rather than read all, I would lead Yione. 

I. !>. 



Sesd me aome tokens, that my hope may live, 

Or tbat my eaaeleaa thoughta may aieep and reat ; 
Send me aome honey, ta make aweet my hire, 

That in my paaaiooa I may hope the beat. 
I beg nor ribband wroagbt with thy own banda, 

Tó knit oor lorea io tbe fontaatic atiain 
Of new-toach^d yonth j nor ring, to ahow the atanda 

Of our afiection, that, aa that 'a roond and pUun, 
So abould our lorea meet in aimplicity $ 

No, nor the corala, wbich thy wriat eofold, 
Iac'd op togetber in congruity. 

To show our tbooghta abould reat in the aame hołd ; 
Ko, nor thy picture, tboiigh moat gracious. 

And most desir'd, 'cauae 't ia like the beat; 
Nor witty linea, wbich are most copioas, 

Within the writinga, which thou haat addre8a'd. 
Heod me nor thia, nor that, t' increaae my aooie ; 
Bat swear thou tbink'tt I lóvif thee, and no morę. 



16 Aucnsn, 1601. 

roniA BATraicoff. 


0-nisaa at the porcheaand entrieaof thór buildinga 
aet their arma ; I, ihy picture; ifany colooracan 
dełiter a miud ao plain, aud fiat, and through- 
light aa minę. Naturally at a new author I doobt, 
and atick, and do not aay quickly, Good. I cen- 
aore ttoch, and tax; and thia liberty coila me 
morę than othera. Yet I wonld not be ao rebelliooa 
againat myaelf, aa not iodo it, aince I knre it; nor ao 
unjuat to othera, to do it sine taliooe. Aa long as I 
give them aa good hołd upon fne, they muat ptfdco 
me my bitinga. I foibid no reprehender, but bim 
that, like tbe Trent council, forbida not booka, but 
autbors, damniog wliatever aucb a name batb or 
ahall write. Nonę write ao ill, that be givea not 
aomething exemplary to follow, or fly. Now wfaen 
I begin thia book, I haye no purposa to come into 
any man*a debt; how my atock will hołd out, I 
know not ; percbance waste, perchance increase in 
use. tf I do borrow any thing of antiquity, be- 
aidea that I make account that I pay it to poaterity, 
with as much, and ąs good, you ahall atill fiod me 
to acknowledge it; and to thank not bim only, that 
bath digged out treasure for me, but tbat hath 
ligbted me a candle to the place. AU, which I 
will bid you remember, (for I włH bave no auch 
readera aa I can teach) is, that the Pythagorean 
doctrine doth not only carry one aoul firom man to 
man, nor man to bea^t, but indifierently to plants 
aiao : and therefore you must not grudge to find 
tbe aame aoul in an emperor, in a post^borse, and 
in a maceron ; aince no onreadineaa in the aoul, 
but an indispositłon in the organa, works thia. And 
therefore, tbough this sou I could not moTe when it 
waa a mekn, yet it may remember, and can now 
teil me, at wbat lascivions banquet it waa aenred : 
aod tbough it could not speak, when it waa aapider, 
yet it can remember, and now tell me, who used it 
for poieon to attaiu dignity. Howeyer the bodiea 
have dulled ber other facultiea, ber memory hath 
eyer been ber own ; which makea me ao aerioualy 
deliver you by ber relatlon all ber pasaages from 
ber first making, when ahe was that apple wbich 
Eve eat, to thia time when ahe is ahe, whose lif^K 
you sball find in tbe end of thia book. 

nRST ftONG. 

I SINO the progreaa of a deatbiesa soul, 
Whom Fate, which Ood madę, but doth not control, 
Plac'd in most shapes ; all Umea, before the law 
YokM ua, and when, and sińce, in thia I sing; 
And the great world Ł' his aged eyening, 
From infant moro, tbough manly nooo I draw ; 
Wbat the gold Cbaldee, or silyer Persiaa aaw. 




Greek brass, or Roman iroo, 'is in this one ; i Aod mend the wrecksof th* empire, and late Home, 

A work t' ouUwear Seth's i^an, brick and stone, I And IWd when emy great change did come. 
And (boly writ excepted) madę to yield to noue. J^ad first in Paradise a Iow but f^lroom. 

Thee, eye of Heav*D, this great toni eoTies not ; 
By tby małe fotce i» all, we ha^e begot. 
In tbe firet east thon now begin'8t to shine, 
Suck*8t eariy balm> aod island apices tbere ; 
And wilt anon in thy loose-reinM career 
At Tagns, Po, Seine, Thames, and Danow dtne, 
And see at night thy western land of minę ; 
Yet hast tbon not morę nations eeen than she, 
That before tbee one day began to be ; 

Yet no Iow room, nor tben the greatett, less, 
If (as devoat and sbarp men fitly gness) 
That cross, our joy and grief, (wbere naib did tie . 
Tbat all, which always was all, erery where ; 
Which coold not sin, and yet all sins did bear ; 
Whłch could not die, yet could not cboose batdie ;) 
Stood in the self-same room in Calgary, 
Where first giew the forbidden leamed tree ; 
Por on that tree hang in secaritie [frf 

^ And, thy frąil light beingqiiench*d, shall loog, looM^This soul, madę by the Maker'8 will fnm puUioc 
ont]ive the& » • ' 

outliye tbee. 

Nor, holy Janos, in whoae soreretgn bont 

Tbe ehureh, and all the monarcbies did iloat $ 

That swimming college, and free hoapital 

Of all mankind, that cage and ńvwrj 

Of fowls and beasts, in whose womb Destiny 

Us and onr latest nephews did łnstall ; 

(Prom thence are all deri^M, that fili this all) 

IMdst thon in that great stewardship embark 

80 diTers shapes into that floating park, [apark 

M have beoi mpy^d, and inlbrm*d by this heav'nly 

y^ Oreat Destiny, the oommisnry of God, 
/ That hast mark*d ont a path aod period 

Por every thing ; wbo, where we oiO&pring took, 
\ Oor ways and ends seest at one instant. Tbon 
\ Knot of all canses, tbou, whose changeless brow 
\ Ne^er smiles nor iirowns, O voochsafe thou to look. 

And show my story, in thy etemal book. 
. That (if my prayer be fit) I may understand 
\ So much myself, as to know with what band, 
How scant or liberał, this my life's race is>spann*d. 


Prince of the orchard, fkn as dawninig mora,i 
Penc^d with tbe law, and ripe as soon as bom, 
That apple grew, which tbis sonl did enli^e ; 
Till the tben climbing serpent, tbat now creeps 
Por that offence, for which all diankind weeps, 
Took it, and t* ber, whom tbe first man did wive 
(Wbom, and ber race, only forbiddings drive) 
He gave it, sbe t* ber husband ; both did eat : 
So perished the eaters and the meat; [sweat. 

And we (for treason taints tbe blood) thence die uaA 


K ^ 

To my six lastres, al most now out-wore, 
Eicept thy book owe me so many morę j 
£xcept my legend be free fitom the lets 
Of steep ambition, sleepy poverty, 
Spirit-quenchJng sickness, duli captivity, 
Distracting business, and from beauty's nets. 
And all that calls fiom this and t' oUiers wliets ; 
O ! let me not lanch out, bat let me sa^e 
Th' espense of brain and spirit ; that my grave 
His right and due, a whole unwasted man^ may hare. 

Man all at once was there by woman skin ; 
And one by one we 're berę slain o'er again 
By them. The mother poiaonM the welt-head, 
Tbe daughters here comipt as, Tivnlets ; 
No smallness *scapes, no greatness breaks their pets : 
Sbe throst us out, and by them we are led 
Aatray, from tuming to whence we are fled. 
Werę prisoners judges, 't wonld seem rigoroas ; 
She sinnM, we bear; part of our pain is thus [os. 
^ ^o loTe them, whose fault to this painful love yót'd 

So iast in os doth this corrupCion grow, 
That now we dare ask why we should be so ; 
Would God (disputes the curious rebel) make 
A lawy and would not haye it fcept ? Or can 
His creature*s will cross his ? Of eyeiy man. 
Por one, will God (and be jost) vedgeance take ? 
Who sinn*d ? 't was not foibidden to the snake. 
Nor ber, who was not tben madę; nor is 't writ, 
That Adam cropt, or knew the apple ; yet 
^The worm, and she, and be, and we endure for it. 

Bot if my days be long, and good enough, 
In Tain this sea shall enlarge or enrough 
Itself ; for I will through the wavc and foam, 
And hołd in sad lone ways a live1y sprite, 
Make my dark heayy poem light, and light 
Por, thoagb through many struts and lands I roam, 
I lanch at Paradise, and sail towards home : 
The conrse, I there began, shall here be stay*d ; 
Sails hoisted there, struck here ^ and aochors laid 
In Thames, which were at Tigris and Euphrates 

Por the great soul, which here amongst us now 
Doth dwell, and moves that band, and tongue, and 

Which, as the Moon the sea, moves os ; to hear 
Whose stosy with long patience yoa will long ; 
(Por t is the crown, and Iast strain of my song) 
Thts sonl, to whom Luther and Mahomet were 
Prisonś of flesh i this sonl, which oft did tear. 


But snatch me, heay*n1y spirit, from this vain 
Reck^ning thetr Tanity ; less is their gain 
Than hazard still to meditate on ii I, [toys 

Though with good mind ; their rea80ix*s like tbose 
Of glassy bubbles, which the gamesome boys 
Stretch to so nice a thinoess through a quill, 
Thattbey themsełves break, and do tbemsebreaspilL 
Arguing is heretic's gamę, and eaercise, 
As wrestiers, perfects them: not liberlies [resies. 
Qf speech, but silence; hands,not tongues, end he» 

Just in that instant, when the serpent*s gripe 
Broke the slight yeins, and tender conduit pipę, 
Through which this soul from the tree *& root did draw 
Life and growth to this apple, fled away 
lliis loose soul, old, one and another day. 
As lightning, which one scarce dare say he saw, 
'T is so soon gone, (and better proof the law . 
Of sense, than faith reąuires) swiftly she flew 
T* a dark and foggy plot ; ber, ber fates threw 
There through th' Earth*s pores, and in a pl»iiŁ 
Kous*d ber anew. 



YV pknt, thns aUed, to ittelf did forc^ 

A pl|Me^ where no pUĆe was ; by iiature's coune 

Ai nr nom water, water fleets away 

Trom thicker bodks j by this loot thBiiig'd ao 

Hip ipongy con^nes gave bim place to grow : 

Jąt Min our stieets, wben the poople stay 

To lee tlie prince, and so flll op the way, [near, 

nal woMOlf icaree eouM pa<s; wben she comes 

Tbey throol!; and cleaTe ap, and a pastage elear, 

At if fcr tbftt time tb«r round bodies flatned w^e. 

Bi ńflit ai^ be tbrasŁ oat towards tbe eayt, 
wdtwanl bk kft; th' ends did tbemielre* digest 
iBloteoietwrifaring«s tbese fingen were : 
And aa a •)uinb*rer itretcbing on his ^^ed, 
Tliit tray be ttys, and tbat way scattered 
Jlif olher leg, wbicb feet witb toes up bear; 
Gfew on hia middle part, tbe first day, balr. 
To iliow, tbat in loYe*i bus*ness be sboold 8^V 
A doler be, and be us*d, veU or ill : 
Hisappieskindle; bisleałcsfbiiceofcoiicepIJo^IdlL 

A mooth, bot damb, be b«tb| blind eyes, deaf ears; 
And to bis sboolden dąn^gle aubtle batrs; 
A yooof Coloflkos there be stands oprigbt s 
Aad, as tbat grooiri by bin^ w&tp oooąoefed, 
A learfy nriąnd wears be on bis bead 
Encbas'i witli litile fraits, so red and bri^bt, 
That for .tben yoa woiiU cali your loTe's lips wbiie ; 
80 of a looe ttobaimted plac^ po88esB'd, 

fhia SDoI^s aecond inn, boilt by tbe gue^t 
irring boiied mao, this 9iiiet mttadrake, rest 

Already tbis bot cock in baA,sa»d trec, 
In field and tent o*erfluttera bis oest ben ; 
He asks ber not wbo did so taste, norwbepj 
Nor if bis sister or his niecę she be. 
Nor doth sbe pi|le for his incopstancy, 
If ia ber sigbt be change ; por dptb refase 
Tbe next; Uiat calls; bot^ Iiberty dp i;ise; 
WKere storę is of bbtb l^inds, both kinds may freelj 
\ oboppe. 

Men, tiU l^ey took lana, wbich madę freedom less, 
Tbeif dangfaters and tbeir sisters did ingress ; 
Ttll now anlawftil, therafore ill, H was not | 
' So jolly, tbat k can move this soal: is 
Tbe body so free of bis kindnesses, 
Thatjsetf-presenring it batb now forgot. 
And skfek'neUi not tbe sonfs ftnd body's knot, 
WbiehtenipYancesIraiteos? Analy onbisshe-fricnds 
He Uood, and spirit, pith, and marrow speifds. 
Ul jtewaid of himself, bimself in three,yean ends. 

Elsf»migiiŁhakmgbanre4iv'd4 man did not know 
Of gummy blood, wbioh doth in boUy grow, 
Hoiir tó make bwd«lime, norbeir to dateiTO . 
Witb feign*d calls» bis nets, or eawrappiog anare 
Tbe Irśe mhabitants of th' pliant air. 
Bfan to beget, aod womaa tp concehre^ 
Ask'd not of foots, nor of oock-apanowa, tcaTO^ 
Yet cbDoaath be» thoagh nono of tbese Jie feaiSy 
Pleasantly three ; tben straitned twenty years, • 
To Ji^Te, and tp inerease bit race, bimself outwears. 

No hutflil woman came tbis plant to grie^e, 
9ot H was, becaose there was nonę yet bat "B^e: 
And she (with other porpose) Idird łt ąoite ; ' 
^Br sin ]ięń nofr brongbt in inftrmitie^ 
AÓd .80 ber oradled cmfd the moist-rea eyę^ 
Bad never sbut, nor slept, singe it saw light ; 
Foppy Ae knew, she knew the mandr^ke's n^ight. 
And tore up bolb, and so eoord ber child's blood : 
thifirtnoos weeds might long unvex*d have stood ; 
Bat be 's riiórt lir^d, that with his death can do 
-^ "^ most good* 

To ati milietter*d sooPs ąuick nimbie bąste 
Aireftllingstafs, and hearfsthongtats, but skiwpac*d : 
Tbiumr than bant air flies tbis soal, and she, 
Wbom four new ooming, and ibur parting Suns 
Bad fbnnd, and left the mandrake^s ieoant, mw 
TlMMightless of cbange, wben ber ftrm destiny 
Oo«fin'd, and^ ei^oaPd ber, tiiat seem'd so 'tree^ ' 
Into a smali bine' sfcell ; tbe wbich a pbor 
Warm biid o^eńpiead, and sat still eremie, 
TS^ ber enclos]d child kick'd^ an4 pic)L>d itsetf t door. 

Oat cnpt 9 sparrow, this 8put*s mpring inn. 
On wiŃote raw airms stiff lieatbrars nówbognu 
Ai children^s teeth thraogb gams, tobrtak wini pain; 
Hia flesb is ielly yet^ and bis bqpM ibreads; 
AU a neir'<Knmy mantle overspre»asJ 
A mottth be opes, wbich woald as mach contain 
As bit late boose, and the tot bour speaks plain. 
And cbirps alood for meat If eat fit for men 
His hibn steals Ibr bim ; and so leeds tben 
One, tbat witiun a month will beat bim ftom his 



In thk worid^s yooCh iriso Natore did mAke h^ste^ 
TUags T^ieii'd fOOBCTy ańd did kmger U|l ; 

Tbis coąl witb orerblowiną qaeocb'd ^ d^, 

The soal from ber too active Ofg^ns fled 

T* a brook ; a femąle fish's agady roę V 

With tbe male's jelły newly leat 'oed wjks^ / 

Por they hąń, intertoacb*d, as ibey did pass{ 

And one of those smali bodies, fikted so, 

This soal infoprm'd; a^ ab)e it to ro^ 

Itself witb finny oars, wbich she did fit, 

Her scales seem*d jret of parebnient ; and os yet 

P^rcbanoe a fisb, bat by no damę, yoo ooald ddl 8t^ 


Wben goodlyr Hke a ship in ber fuli trim, 
A swan so wbite, that yoo nsąy nnto bim 
Compąra all wbiteness, bot biiQsel| to nonę, 
Olided ąlopg, aod, ąs b,e glided, wą^h'd, 

, And with bu arched neck tbis poor fisb/catch'd: * 
It n^T'd.with State, as if to look upoo 
Lowtbingsitscorn^d; and yet, beibre tbat one 
Gould tbink be sought it, be bad swallow^d dear 

; Hiis, and mocbsocb ; and, unblsim'd» devoQi^ thero 

Alł, but wbo tooiwift, toogreat, or well mmed were. 

• •"■■■* i »■ 

Now swam a prisop in jiprisoa m|l^ 
And now this soal in double walls was sbutf 
'Till, ipelted witb |^e swan*8 digęstiTe fire, 
Sbe left ber boose tbe fisb, and yapour^d fi>rtj^ ; 
Fate, cot allbrding bodies of morę ^ortb 
For ber as yet, bios ber again retire ' 
T' anothor ^ib, to wy new dom 
Madę a now Cf9fi ibr bo, tbot oan to bobo 
Besistanoe make, nor oomplaini, is sum gon^ | 
Weakqesi ilivites» but ailenee imsts oppretsion. 

Pace with the natWe stream this fisb doth kee|iL 

, And jouniies witb ber towards tbe gl«»y deep; 
O " r 



Bnt oft retarded ; onee widi • hidden nct» [tansl*^ 
Thongh with great windowa, (for wben need fint 
These tricki to catch food, tbeo tbey were not 
As now, with cnrioiis grcediness, to let [wrought. 
Nonę 'scapp, bat few, and fit for nie to |;et) 
M m thU inp a rav'nott8 pikę was ta'en, 
Wbo^though bimsetfdistress^d, would fainba^eslain 
This wretcb : so bardly are ill babits left again. 

Herę by ber smallnesi sbe two deatbs o*erp4st» 
Once inoocence ^*ap'd, and lefi tb'oppres8or ftst; 
The bet tbrougli awajn, Ibe keep# tbe liifiid patb, 
And whether sbe laap np somcjlimes to bfeatb, 
And 3uck in air, or ftnd it undemtatb ; 
Or working partS lihe tnilb, or Umbeca hatb, 
To make the watcr tbttt» and air like ftUb, 
Cares not. bot aafe Uie place she 't oome unto^ 
Where finteh with lalt wares neet $ aad whattodo 
Sbe knowa not, bot b etw e e n both makei a board or 

86 fttr from biding ber guetts water is, 

Tbat she shows them in bigger qoantitiei, 

Tkan tbey «re. Thua ber, doobtftil of ber way, 

For gaaie» and not for bno^» a sea^^pie 

Spy'd throotb faii traitoiwua ipectacle hom bigh 

The siliy fisb, where ii diipating łay. 

And, t' end berdoobii atid ber, beart-beraway; • 

Exalted ibe 'a boi to tb' exaltffr*i good» 

(Ai ara by great onea nan, wbicb knrly rtood) 

It 'i raisM to be tho ralaar^s mrtrtment aad food. 

Is any kind aubjeot to rape like fiah ? 
Ill unto oaan tbey neither do, nor wish ; 
Pishen tbey kill not, nor with noiae awake ; 
Tbey do ndt bunt, nor ttrive to mak^ a prey . 
Of beasts, ilor tbetr yoang sona to bear away i 
Fowła tbey pdtaue tiot, nor do undertake 
To apoil the nestk iiidnstrłona birda do make; 
Yet them all theie ónkhid ktnda fe«d opon : 
To kill them ia air ocćapation. 
And lawa make fbata and lenta for tbeir deatmction. 

A sadden atiff iaad-wtod in that aelf ho«r 
To aea-ward .forc^d tbk bird, that did de^our 
The fiah ; be carea not, for with eaae be fliea, 
Fat g]uttooy's beat orator : at laat 
80 long be hśih flown, and batE Bown ao fkai, 
Tbat leagil^ o'eirp*aB*d at aea, now tir^d he liea, 
And with bb (itey, that ttll tbeo langtiishrd, di^ : 
The aoula, no \oofter fbes, two ilfays ttid err. 
Thf ńeh I follow, and keen no calendaf 

Of tb' otber : be li^ea yet in aome great bfflcer. 

, < . . . * 

Inlo an tmbryon fitb omt aoul b thrown^ 

And ip d«Aiim^ thrown out again, aad growa 

To auob YastOMi $ as if umnanacled 

Firom Greeee, Morea were, and that, by aomo 

Eacthqus&e unrooted, looae Morea awam i 

Or aeaa from Afnc'a body had aeyered 

And toni the hopeful promontory*8 head, 

Thia 4sh wonid aeem theae, and,, when all bopes fait, 

A great ahip ovenet, or without saH [whale. 

Hulling, migfat (when thls was a whelp) be uke thIa 

At erery atroke hia braiM llns do take, 
Moie cifdiBa bi tbe brotett aea tb«y mak«f 
Than oauMon^a voioea, wben tbe ^ir tb«y teafs 
Hia fiba an pUlara, And bla bigb «n)h'd rooT 
Of bark, that blunta beat ateel, ia thnuder-proof. 
Bwim in bim awallow'd doiphina witbowi itK, 
4iid feel DQ iides, as if bis Tast womb were 

Some inhind ae») tnd «iw. m kua wen^ 

He apoutea river8 up, aa if be meant 

To join our ae^s with aeaa aboye the firniammfc^ 

He hiinta not^&sb, but aa an o^cer 

Staya iń bis court, at his own net, and there 

All suitora of all aorta IbemaeKea enthrall > 

So on his back lies thia whąle wantooing, 

And in hia gutf-tike tbroat sacka eyery^log. 

Tbat paaseth near. Fish cbaseth fiah, andaJJf 

Flier«nd follower, ud thia whirlpool iall; 

O migbt not atatea of morę eąuality 

Conaitt } and ia i^ of neceasity [mu^t die ? 

Thattbonaand guiltleaa amalfa, to ipake one grp^tp 

Now drinka he up aeaa, and be eata up ^ocks ^ 
He juatlea ialands, and be ahakea firm rocks : 
Now in a roomful houae thia aoul doth floaty 
And, like a prioce, ahe aenda ber fącoltieą • 
To all ber Timba, diątant aa provincea« 
The Sun bath twen'ty timea both Crab and Goat 
Parched, aince firat lanchM forth thn living boat ; 
T ia greateit now, and to dcstruction 
Nearest: there 'a no pauae at perfectioo; 
Oreatnesa a period bath, ]but hatb no atatioo. 

Two lifde fishea, wbom be nerer harm'd. 

Nor fed on tbeir kind, two, not tbroughly •nD*d 

With hope tbat tbey coutd kill jiim, nor cóuld do 

Good to tbemaekes by hia death (tbey did not eat 

Hia fleab, nor auck thoseoiU, wbicb thence outaueai^ 

ConapirM against bim ; and it migbt undo 

The plot of all, that the plottera were two^ 

But that tbey fishea were^ and pcmld not spea^ 

How ahall a tyrant wise sŁrong projecta break, 

If wretchea can on them the cummop angj^r-wreak ? 

The flail'd-finnM thresher, an^ steel-beak'd aword- 
Oniy attempt to do^ what all do wish : [fi»b 

Hie thresher backa bim, and to beat bęgins j 
The sluggard whale vields to oppreaaioo. 
And, t' bidę himself from abame and danger, do^m 
Begina to aink ; the awbrd-fiah upward spina. 
And gorea him with hia beak ; hia-atajf-like fius 
So well the one^ hia aword tbe otber pliea, 
That, DOW a acoff and praj, tbis tyrant dies, 
Aad (hjs own dole) feeda wiCh bimself all companicft* 

Who will rerengę bis death ? ór who will cali 
Thoae to account, that thougbt abd wrought hia falJ 'ł 
The heira of alain kingą we sęe are often ao 
Transported with^tbe joy of wbąt they get, 
Tbat uiey reveogę and obaequi€s forget| 
Nor will againai auch men the people go^ 
Bećaoae he 'a now dead, to wbom tbey should show 
toYt iń tbat acL Some kingą by Tice being giown 
So needf of aul^jecfa love, ^hat of tbeir own 
Tbey thmk tbey loae, if love be to the dead prince 

Thia sou!, now tree from priaon and passioDi^ 
Hath yet a Uttle indignation, 
That ao amall bammera aboutd ao aoon down beat 
So great a caatle : and baving for ber bouse 
Got the atrait ck)ister 9f a wretched móuse^ 
(Am baseat men, tbat bave not what to eat. 
Nor enjoy aught, do far morę hate tbe great, 
Than tbey, wbo good repoa*d estatea poaaeaa) 
Tbia soul^ late taoght tbat fieat thłnga mi^tby le« 
Be slaini to gallani miscbief doth benelf a^msst 



yrf ltoiVgwt IMIŚttiyiśeśt antfetopbnty 
(Tbe tely JmgtoAtkB |ń«t Ubb^) tbe gUat 
Ofbeatti; wboth0«glitteafehiid,toiiifkehiniwiie. 
Bot to ba jort «ild ttenlEfiil, lotk t' oflbuA 
( Yet Naturę hath f if^a btm no Imecs to bend) 
Hioneif ba np-pnpk, od hitesetf nii«% 
Aad, ^De to dodc, siupects no enemies, 
SfiU sleeping stood ; vext not bis fantasy 
^aek dreaots, like an unttent Bow carelessiy 
piobosck did remisuly lie* 

In wbicb, as in a jallery, this mounsT ' v 

WalKM, and 8urvey*d the roonis of thiś va8t bousei 
And to the hrain, the sooPs bed-ctiamber, went, y 
Aad 9naw'd tbe llfe-cords tbcre : like a whole toim 
Clean underaiinM, tbe slain beast tumbted dowd; 
With bim tbe mnrd'rer dies, wbom envy sent 
Tb Idll^ not 'sćape (for oniy be, that meant 
To dic^ did erer kin a maa of better room^ 
Aad t&os be inade bW fbe bis prey and toińb : 
Wbo cares niot to turo back, oaay any wbitber come. 

Nesct bous'd tbis sonl ą wolfs yet UDborn wbelp^ 

Till tbe bert midfwife, Ńature, gave it belp 

To i«iie : it couM kiU, as sooii as ga 

Abel, aa wbite and raiU» as-faiasbeep were, 

( Wtoy m tbat trade, of cbnrćb aad kiogdoms tbere 

Waa tbe fint tyfte) was#tHI ittfbktid go 

With this ardlf, ibat h bred Ms kws and WM ; 

And y#t Mi kitćh, his centhf^, attends 

The ih)ek so nftar, 8« welt ytwim and defemis, 

That lUtf iMif (hofieless ehM) to cormpt her intends. 

He took a «dafffa, aiiidh iinće ttiecessftilly 
Oreat men baf(6 flfteil ttf keh, to ^apy 
The ooMisMi^ or ta brMk €be|ylots of foei; 
Td Abal^ tent bfe fteidetli hi tbe datl^ 
On whotoikifta tba biteh stept: «re aha ćonid bark; 
Attack'd h«r tntH stridt gHp^ yet le ćall'd tfaóse 
EmbinccttMMtfPlOYe; td lore^s irork be goea, 
Wheie d0edittot« iliore thin wdrdt; nor d»th tbe 

Nor mocb redst, nor needs be straiteo so 
His pvey, for were ^e loosć, she would not bark 


He badi enfiag^dfieir; bis śhe wboHy bides : 
Wbo not ber own, nonę otbeitfś secrets bides. 
If to tbe docl ba come, and Abel tberę, 
She lieigns boaoe t>arki|igs, but sbe bitetli nolj 
Her faitb ts qa|(e, biit nol ner love forgot* 
At last ą tdąp, of wbicb some eirery wbere ' 
Abd had pl&'d, ends^ loss and fear, 
Py the wolTs deatb ; and now just time it wąs, 
Imt a oaick soiil sboiild gi^e life to tbat ma^s 
Of biood in AbeYs bitcb» and thither this did pass. 

Some haTe their wires, their sisters sóme begot; 

But in the liires oif ein]perorB yóo sball not 

Read of a lust, the wbicb may eqnai tbis: 

Thi s wolf begot Wutśti, and llitlahed, 

What be bapin afire, wben be tras dead. 

Son to himself, and Iblher too, be iś 

A fidfai; hOtf f>r l»lncb scbootmen woald miss 

A prop^r name. Tbe wbe!p of t>otb tbese lay 

In Alan fśnt, aUd with soft Mośba, 

Bk aiiter, being jronng, it utM to sport and play. 

He floon for b^ too barsh and cborfisb grew, 
dud Ahd (the d^ni dead) wouM fue tbn pew 

FortbeileM; bbhitf <rftdot1iidltbas<mAd<a^ 
Hc^ as his dun, firaoi thtep Arcf^e «olves a«ay, 
Andy aa hitt ńre, be nade tfaeln hM owo piiey* 
Fire years be lrv*d» and oozea'd witb his tMde ; 
Tben, be^lesstbat bis faułts -were bid, betrBy*d 
Himself by fNgb^ and, by ś\i folhHred, 
Froin dogs a wolf, firom wohres i. dog he iled ; 
An^ Kk^a spy to both iMes filśe; be peilrtiel 

It ^fek'ned nest i. toyfal ape, aad so 
Oasbeiome it wai, tbat it might fireely 90 
From tent to tent, and with tbe obildren pUy i 
His orgam now so like tbeirs h9 dotb flnd, 
Tbat, wby be oftnoot langb aad sp^k bis miad, 
He wonders. Mncb with all, most he ddth stay 
Wttb Adamus fifth dangfater, Słpbatecia: 
Dotb gaaeon ber, and, wbere ihe passeth, pass^ 
Gatheirs ber^fruit^ and tonibles on tbe grass ; 
And, wi8e8tofthkLtkiod,.tbefirsttniek>TerwaiU * 

He was the first, tbat mona detir'd to ba^e 
One tban anotber 5 first, tbat e'er did crave 
Love by mute sigos, and bad no powęr to speak ; 
First, tbat cbuld make loTO-^ces, or ćould do 
Tbe Yanlter^s sombersaMs^ or ns*d to woo 
With boiting gambols, bis own bones to break, 
To make bis midtress meny ; • ih* to wreak 
Her anger on himself. Sins against kind 
They eas'ly do, thftt can lA feed their mind ^ 
With oulrward'1>eaQty, beanty they in boys and 
beasts do ^uod. 

By tbis misled, too Iow thiugs men havę provM, 
And too bigb; . beasts and angels ha^e beeo lov'd c 
Tbis ape, tboogb else througb-vaio, in this was wisa; 
He 8eaeb'd at tbings tpo higb, bnt opon way 
Tbere wasy and be luiew ąpt sb^ woutd say nay^ , 
9is toys preTaii not, likelier means be tries^ 
He gazetb on ber fbce witli tear-shioi eyes. 
And up-lifta subtily with bis rasset paw 
Her kid«s)cin aprou w^hout fear or awe 
Of naturę i naUise batb no goa]» tbougb she bath 

First she was silly, and kfemnotwbat be meant: 
That Yurtne, by bis touches cbait and npent^ 
Succeeds an itcby warmtb, tbat melts ner quite ^ 
She knew not first, nor cares not wbat be dotb^ 
And willing half and moiie. inore than balf wratb, 
She neither pulls nor pusbes, but out-rigbt 
Now cries, and now repents ; wben Tbelemiie, 
Her brother, eoterM, apd a great stone tbrew 
Af&r the ape, wbo tbud prevented flew. 
Tbis house tbus batter^d dQwn, t^ kóuI pos8ess'd» 

And whetber by tbis cbange sbe loseor win, 

She cpmcs out nez^ wfaiere tb* ape wpuld ba;^e gońe 

Adam and Eve bad mingTed btppds, and now, 
Like chymic's equal fires, ber. i^emperate womb 
Had stew'd and form'd it : an^ pA<t did becom.e 
A spungy liver, tbat did riciily aHow, 
Like a me ćcoduct pn a bigh bitTs brow, 
Like-keeping moistnre onto e^ery part ; ' 
Part bard'ned itself to a thicker beart, 
Wboee bosy fbrn^ces Itfe^s spłrits do import. 

Anotber part became tbe well of senae, 

Tbe ten^ well-arm'4 fteling brain, fym wbopcić 



Those sineiMrtritigi, whieh do mxt hodim Ue, 
Are imveU'd oat ; and, hak thera by one «iid» 
Did Łhis ioal limbs» these liaibfl a sool attend ; 
And Bow they joinM, keepin; aome ąnality 
Of ewery past shape ; sbe knew treacheiy, 
Rapine, deceit, and liut,^ aod ilU eoough 
To be a woman : Temech she is now, 
SJ>t9r aod wife to G«iB, Cain, thst first didploagh. 

Whoe^er thoa baoit, that read^st this tttlleti writ, 
Which joft ao nwch courti thee, as thou dost it» 
Let me anrest thy thoughts ; irooder with me 
Why ploof hing, baildiag, roliog, aad tbe rest, 
Or most of those arts, wbence oar lires are blert, 
By ciirsed Cain'8 race inTeoted be, 
And b]eBS'd Setfa vex'd us with astronomy. 

^^^Hiere 's notbiog simply good nor Ul akoie^ 

\^ Of every qttalityoomparison 
\ Th« oaly measnre is, and judge opinioo* 



u Ł4CQa01IA» 

Deign ot my handi Uds erown o/prayer ani prain, 
Weav'd in my lone devoat m^lancboly, ' 
Thoa, wbicb of good hast, yea, art treasury, 
AM changin^ unchAogM, ancieot of days ; 
But dó not v^'th a v\\e crown offrail bays 
Keward my Mu9e*8 wbite sincerity, 
But wbat thy thomy crown gain*d, that gite me» 
A tsrown of glory, which doth flower always. 
The ends crown our worka- but thou crown*st oor 
For at our ends begins our endłess rest ; [ends^ 
The first last eod now aealously po a s cs t, 
With a strong sober thirst, my sonl attends. 
T iś tiine that>heart aild voiee he łifM high, 
fiąhaHoą to oU, that mli, u nigh, 

II. umyacaAanoii* 

Sihaikn to alit tliąt mH, is nigh; 
That all, ^hich ąlwa^s is all crery where, 
Which cannpt wp, and TH &I1 stos mmt bear, 
Which cannot dię, yet cannot cboose bat dić, 
Ło, faithfol Tirgin, yields hImKelf to lie 
In prison, in thy womb ^ and thoagh be there 
Can take no sin, nor thoa give, yet be Ml w^r, 
Taken firom thence, flesh, which deąth'8force may 
£re by the spbercs time was ćreatod, thou ftry. 
Wast in his mind, who is thy Son, and brOther, 
Whom thou conceiT'st conceired ', yet tboa^rtnow 
7*hy Makpr»s maker, and thy Fathcr^s mother, 
Thoa' hast light in dark, and 8hutt*8t in little room 
Jmmęnaty^ Mitai^d in^thy dear womb* 

III. NATiyrnr. 

htUMuńty, dwter^d in thy dear womb, 
flow leay^ his well-beloT'd imprisooment* 
There be hatli madę himself to bis intent 
Weak enongh, now intb our world to come; 
But oh, ioi; tbee, ior bim, bath th* inn no room ? 

Set lay him in his stal], and from the orient 
lars and wise tnen w^U trąTel, to prezent 
'* cSect ot ł{ero4'«ioalpai gei^ralydooiD. 

Seest tboa« my aobl, wttb thy iiHM eyo, liAw ba, 
Which fiUs all place, yet nona bolds hii^ dodi lia ? 
Was not his pity towards thee wondrous bigb, 
That would hay6 nsed to be pitied by thee ? 
Kiss him, and with him into -Egypt go» 
H^Oh hii Imd motim, mAo partaket thy woa. 

if. nifpŁB. 

With hit land )nothśr, who partahes thy woe, 
Joseph, tum back ; see where your child doth sit . 
Blowiąg, yea, blowing out those sparks of wity 
Which himself on the doctors did bestow ; 
The world but lately could not sp^k, and lo 
It saddenly speaks wondenp : wbęoće comcs it, 
That all which was, and all whicH sbould be writ, ' 
A shallow-scemin^ child should deeply know ? 
His godbead was not soul to bis manhood. 
Nor bad time inelIow*d him to thjs ripeness ; 
But as for one, which bath a long task^ 't itf good 
With the Sun to begin his bosłnas, 
He in ^is agefs moming thns began. 
By nurachi ezceedmg power 'qf mtau 


By mrad^$ tac^eUng power ęf^ 

He faath in some, envy in some begat; 

Por, wbat weak spirits admire, anUŃtioiB hmte; 

In botb affectKMis many to him ran : 

But oh I the worst are most, they wiU and caa, 

Alas ! and do unto th' immaculate, 

Whose oreature ?ate js, uoir presońbe ą fii^ 

Measortńg self-life's ininite to span, 

Jfay, to an loch. Ło, where coodemned he 

Bears Kis own cross with pain; yet by-apd-by» 

Wben it b«ars him, be most bear morę aad' ' 

Now thou art lifted up, draw me $o thee. 

And, at thy death gińog soch liberał dole, 

Mouf w^h ąne ikqp ąfiUty- blooti my d^y toni. 


Moiti wiih ona dnpąftky bkod, my śry toul 

Shall (though she now CKtreme degrea 

Too stony blird, and yet too fleshty ) be 

F^eed by that drop, from heing starr^d, bard or fbol ; 

And life, by this death abled, shall oontrol 

Death, whom thy death siew j nor shall to me 

Fear of first or last death bring misery, 

If in thy lifeVbook my name thou enioll : 

Flesb łn that long sleep is not putri^ed. 

But teadethat there, of wbich, »nd fdr which 1 was ^ 

Nor can by other means be glorifled, 

May then sitts sleep, and deAth sooń finom me pasi, 

That, wąk'd fn>m bótb» I again lisen maj 

Saiuta the lott and ^erlasting day, 

nii 4iCziiM0ib 

Salute the last and ęverlasiing day, 

Joy ąt th' uprising of this Sun, and Son, 

Te, wbose tnie tears or tribulation 

Haye purely wash'd or bumt your drosąy elay ; 

Beholdthe highest, paitiog bence away, 

Lightens tbe dark clouds, which he tnuuls upcWj 

Nor doMi be by asopnding show akNie, 

But tuĄ lie, and he first^ enters tbe way. 

•■ j f 



o itroog nun, wbie% hut battar^d IlMT'n fin- me, 
MUd Łamis which withlhSr bkwd hart maikM the 

Bfiglit torelly irlii<!h shiii'tt, tliat I the way may lee, 
Oh! vith thy own blood quench thy own juit 

.And if thy Holy Spirit my Mme did raise, 
Dmgm mt wng hands tka ercwm ąfprmfer andpraite. 


Tbou haat madę me» and thall thy iraric decay ? 
Sapair me nów, Ihr noir mme end doth hastę } 
I ran to dcath, and death meets me as ihet, 
Aod alJ my pleasorei are like yeiterday. 
I dare not morę my dim eyes any way ; 
Daomir behind, and death before doth caat 
8nch terrour, and my feeble flesh doth wajte 
By on m it, which it fwaids Heli doth weigh. 
Cidy tboo art above, and when fwaids thee 
By thy leaTe I can look, I rwe again ; 
Bat <Mir oU rabtle fbe so tempteth me, 
Tliat not one honr myielf I can suatain ; 
Thy giaoe may wmg me to prezent bis art, 
And thoa like adamanf. draw minę upon heart 





Oh! my Uack soal, nofw thon ni nimmoAed 
By Sicirnasn, JJeath's herald and champion ; 
Thoa 'rt like a pilgrim, which abroad hath done 
Treasm, and duist not tura to whancebe is iled j 
Or like a thief, which tiU death'* doom be lead, 
Wisbeth himself deU^cred finom priaon ; 
Bat danm'd and hawrd to eaecolion, 
Wisheth that stiU he might bMmprMOned : 
Yet grące> if thoa lepent, tboo caoit not laok } 
But woo shall gire thee that grace to begin ? 
Oh, make thyself with holy mouming black. 
And red with binshing, as thou art with sin$ 
Orwash CheeiaChriskfsbIood, which baththismight, 
That, beiog red, it dies red eonli to.wfaite. 


I AM a little werid, madę ennohigly 

Of elements and an angelic sprint } 

Bat black sm hath betray'd to endlesa nigkt 

My world's botb parU, and, oh ! botb parUmnttdie. 

Yoa, which beyond that Heav*n,which was mostbigfa, 

Hare foand new tpheres, and of new land can wiite^ 

Pour new seas in młue eyes, thai so I might • 

Drown my worid with my weepiog eame^tly; 

Or wash it, if it must be drown*d no morę: 

Bat ob it most be burnt ; aias ! the fire 

Of lust and enry burnt it hesetolbre. 

And madę itfooler: let their flames retire^ 

And bom me, O Lord, with a flery seal 

Of thee and thy hoiise, wbich doth in eatiąg heaL 

Aa due by many titles, I resign 

Mys^ to thee, O God. First I was madę 

By thee, and ibr thee ; and, when I was deoay'd, | 

Tby blood boaght that, the which before was 
thme; ** 

I am thy soo, madę with tbyself to shine, O* 

Tliy aerrant, whose pains tbou hast stiU repayM, J/ 

Thy aheep^ thine image, and, till I betray'd ^ 

Myael^ a tempie of thy spirit di^ine. c*. 

Why doth the ^evil that nsurp on me ? C , 

Why doth be steal, nay, rarish that's thy right ł ;'^ 

Sacć^ thoa rise^ and for thine own work fi|^ ;<^ 

Oh! I shall sooo despanr, when I shall see A 

TliaŁ tboo 1o«^ maokind well, yet wilt not cboose^r Thenasosy soaltoHe«Va,ber~i|iits«it,takesflightt 

And j$aitb-bom body in the Eaith shall dwell, 
So.iUl my sins, that all may hare their right. 
To whfsrejtbey 're'bred, and wouM p/ess me to Helk 
Impule me righteóns, thus purg^d-of eril ^ 
For tbna I leaTe.tbe worid, the flesb, tha 

And Satan hmea me^ yet ia^bth to kse me. 


Ob ! might thesfe sighs cnd tears letun again 

Into my breast and eyes, wbich I haTe-spcat, 

That I might in this holy discontent 

Mbom with some Irait, as I have moam*d in Taini 

In minę idolatry what sbow'rs of lain 

ICne eyes did waste? what griefr my beart did 

' rent ? 
Tliat solferance was my sin I now repent; 
*Caase I did sufler, E most suffer paia. 
TV hydioptic drankard, and nigbt-fcouting thief, 
The itchy lecher, and sd^ticklnig proud, 
Haye th' remembrance of past joys, for relief 
Of ooming ills. To poor me is alłowM 
No ease i for loog, yet ▼ebemeot, grief hatb been 
Tb' cffect and caaac^ tbe panisbment and sio. 


TkiKiafiiyplay1ilastsoena,faereliea^f«Bf a^oint *^ 
My pilgrimage's last mile ; and my raee^ ' ^ 

Idly yet qaickly mn, hath this last pace. 
My span^t last ineh, my ndnate^s latest point ; 
And glattonous Death will instantły mijoint 
My Ćódyand sonl, and I shall sleep a spaoe; 
But my 'ever-waking part shall see that foce, 
Whose foar already sbakes my every joint: 



At tbe «iQiid.fitfth's imagin'd ooroen bknr ■ 
Your trumpets^ aagals, and arise, arise 
From death, you numberless infinities 
Of sools, and to yodr seattered bodies go^ 
All, wbom t^' flood did, and Are ehall omthrow; 
All, whom war, death, age, ague^s tyraonies^ 
Despais^ Itw^chaooe hath slain $ and yon, wfaoseeysp 
Shall behold Ood, and never taate deatb*s woe. 
Bat letjtbem s|eep, lord, and me moum a spece; 
For, if ąbove all these my siaa aboond, 
*T is late to ask abundaace of tby grace, 
When we are tbere. Herę on this holy giound 
Teai:b me how to repent ; for that 's as good, 
As if thoo ba4^st sesFdntyi^oa wHbthy bfoodL 


nmmirs piOEMS. 


IF fakhfiil flonk \m ńUU 8l«ifi'4 

As aagelfty tboa my lather** aoal doth aee^ 

And adds this ^fVi to fali felicit{r, 

That TnUatkUy I HeU's iride montb o^entridc: 

Bat if our miiMU tó these loiila be d^acryM 

By circuoui^aoe* aad by »;<»> tb*^ be 

Apparent in us not immediately, 

Howfihairmy soięd^s i»ihite Łratk by tbem be try'4 ? 

Tbey $ee idolaftEOns Aoven weęp and moani, 

Aad style bktyheMoui ootóuTen to cail , 

On Je^oB* tAiutf and phańteical 

Dissemblert feigB deratloD* Umii tura, 

O pensiTe soid, to l3od$ for be kaowa beat 

Tby gńd, far ha pot it into my ^bi;eatt. 



If poisonoos rnwOBraUs, and li that tiee, 
Wbose fruit th^ew death on (else immoctai) us, 
If lecbenoias goats, if aerpeots enyieu8» 
Cannot be dama'd, t\n$\ why sbeuld I be ? 
"Whj should ińtent or reafoii, boifei in me, 
Maie tam, elae ei|ual, in me mMre beioous ? 
And mercy beiog easy and glotious 
To God, in hi» stem wrath why tbreatent be } 
But who am I, that dare dii^iute «ith thce ! 
O God, oh4 cf thiue ouly wwtby blood, 
And my tears, make a bea^^nly tcthean iood. 
And droipo in it my sin^s black mhmory : 
That thou tfifotwber tbem, some obumas debt; 
rthJ9k U mfiXGy, if tboM wilt finipBt. 

Dcrry, be not ptood, thongh some b«ve catled thee 
Mighty a|id diraedftil, for thon art not so; 
For tboee, wbom thou think'it tbon dost oreithrow, 
Die potypoor death $ sor yet canat thoa kill me.' 
From retfc and slecp, wbieh bat thy pietnre be, 
Moch pkeaam^esi finom theemach mbwmoatflow; 
And soooest oar best men witłt tbee do go, 
Rest of their bąnei, and aohfs ddivery. [men, 
Tbbu 'tt slave to ftte, ebance, klagi, and desperate 
And <)o8t with poiaon, war, and sicknam dwcII, 
And poppy or eharma can make na aleep' as well, 
Attdbettertban tby strąka. WhysweU^atthoathen) 
One short sleep past, we wake eiafnalfy ; 
And dnatb abaill ha no mora, dentfa^ thou ahalt die. 

Snt in my face, yoa Jews, and piaree my side, 
Buffet and scofi^ seonrge and enttMf tm : - 
For 1 ba^e sinni^d, and ainD'd ; aad only he, 
Who coald do no inb^uity, hath d^d : 
But by my death cannot be satisfi^ 
My sioa» wbieb pam the Jews^ hopicty : « 
Tbey kiU'd once an inglorioua mmi, fmt I 
Croctfy him daily, being now gk>nfi*d. 
O let.tee tben bia strange love stiti admire : 
Eingfi pardon, but he borę our panishment.; 
And Jacob came, cloth'd in vile harrti atdK, 
Bafto sapplant, and with gainfhl iatent : 
God cIoth'd himself in vile mao^s Aeah, that so 
He might be weak enongh to aaffM^wga. " 


War are we by aU ^aeatorfls waHed on ? 

Why do the progidal elcments so|yply 

life and food to me, being morę porę than lę 

Simpler, and fiicther Atmi corruption ? 

Why bcóok*st tbou, ignorant borse, snbjectio»? 

Why do you, buli and boar, so sHlily 

Dissemble weakness, and by one man% stroke oiey 

Wbose whole kind yoo might swallow and feed upoo ł 

Weaker I aun, woe's me ! and worse than you ^ 

You haye not Mnn'd, nor peed be timoroos, 

But wonder at a greater, for to us 

Cneated n«ture dotb tliase thii^ s«bd«e; 

But theic Craator, wbom sin^ nor naturę 17'd, 

For us, bia cneaturast aad hia ftps* halh 4y'd. 


What if this presen^ węre the world^ Ust ląigbt ? 
Mark in my heart, O sou), where thou dost dwelV 
The picture of Christ cn}ci&'d, ęąA (eU 
Wbclher bis oonntcnaoca pąn tjbe^ affirągbti . 
Tean in his eyes ąceufcb tbe aaiaziv|g light» [fell. 
Blood fiUs his ffowoi, which from his pierc^d becd 
And cao Łbąt tongue a4iu^S^ .^^ ^^^ Heli, 
Which prayM forgiveness for his fbe^s fierce spight ? 
No, no ; but as in my idolatry 
I said to all my profaDe mistresses, 
Beauty of pity, fouinesa only is 
A sign of rigour : so I say to' tbee j 
To wicked spirits are honid shapes asaign^d, 
This beau^oos form assnmei a piteous mmd. 


BATTsa my heart, threeH>enon*d God ; for yoa 
As yet but knock, breathe, shiiie, and seek tomdpd ; 
That I may risa aad stand, o^arChrMr m^ pA bend 
Your force, to break, bte^, huFn, aad make me acw; 
I, like an usavn>d to«n to anothier due,' 
Lahoar t* admit yaa, but oh, to bo ani j 
Reasont y<MMr Tiaefoy in me, we iboald aefond* 
But 18 captiT^d, and prawa waak- omuttna $ ' 
Yet daarly i lave you, and woirid be V»if*d fkio, 
But am betroth'd unto your enemy: 
DiYorce-Bia, natie^ or break that kaataigaia, 
T^e me to you, imprison ode ; for I, 
Eicept yon entbralł me, nerer riiall be firee j 
Nor oTer chaste, ezcept you raTish me. 


WiŁTthoaloreGod, ashethee? thendigesti 
My soul, this whalesome raeditatioil, 
How God the sphrit, by angels waited on 
In Heayli, doth make his tempie in tby breast ; ., 
Tbe Fither having begot a Son most bless^d. 
And sttU/begetting, (for be ne'er begnn) 
Hath deignM to choose theeby adoption, 
Coheir to his glory, and sabbatłi*s endless rest.' 
And as a robb^d man, whichi^y searcb doth 6nd 
His stofn stuff sold* most kae or buy 't again : 
The Sun of glory came down, and was slain, 
Us, wbom h' had madę, and Satan stole, f nnbind. 
*T was much, that man was madę like Ood before ; 
But, that ood aboald be mada Nke man, much motet 




Fftiwfli, part ci \m dcmble interMt 

Dnto thy kingdoin Iby Soa giTCi to mc; 

His jcHotare i n the kteAty liiiuŁy 

He k«epi^ md (pv<t to ne bit dMih*s co»|iiMt 

ThislAmb, wboM detth with Ufo the world bath 

Ww from tbe wor]d'f begianinf tlaio; and he 
Hatb madę two wills, whicb, with tbe legacy 
Of his and thy kingdcMB, thy soos inrest; 
Yet such are these lawt» that meo arfae yet, 
Whetber a man tbose ttatutes can ftilfil ; 
,NoDe doth; bot thy allitiealiDf grace and spińt 
Reri^e again, what law and letter kill : 
Thy lawls abfidgment and thy last oommand 
It ali bot lorę j O let tSiis last wUl staod ! 


Im thaty O ąueen of qiieens, thy birth wat free 
From thaty which othen doth of grace bereaTe, 
When ID their mother*s wanb thcy Kfe receiTe, 

God, as his fole-boni danghter, loYed tbee; 

To match thee like thy birth'8 nobility, 
He thee his Spirit ror his ipouse did ]eave, 
By wbom thoa didst bis oniy Son conoei^e, 

jUid so wast linkM to ali tbe Trimtyt 

Cease then, O qiieens» that eartfaly crowns do wear, 
To glory io tbe pomp pf eaitiily things ; 

If men such higt^ raspects noto yoa bear, 
Which daughten, wires, and motben are of kingi, 

What boDour can noto that queen be done, 

Who bad yonr Ood for lather; spoose, and son ? 


SnicK Cbiist ambrac^d tha erom ktelf, dare I« 

His image, th' image of his cross deny ? 

Wenld I baTC profit by tbe sacrifice, 

And dare the chosen aJtaf to despise ? 

It borę ali other sins, but it ii fit 

That it sbould bear tbe sin of scomiog it ł 

Wbo from tbe picture would STert bis eye, 

How woold he ly his pains, wbo there did dla? 

Tkom me no pnlpit, nor misgrounded law. 

Nor scandal takcn sball this cross wHhdraw ; 

It sball not, Ibr it cannpt; for tbe lost 

Of this croti were to me anothęr crpts ; 

Betterwere woiie, for no ai&ictioit. 

No cross is lo extreme> at to hav9 noDeu 

Who can biot out tbe cross, wbicb tb' instmm^t 

Of Ood dew^d on me in tbe sacraąkefit ? 

Who can deny me power and Ub«^y 

To stretch minę araiSi and minę own cross to ba ? 

Swim, and at erery strnlie tboo art thy cross i 

Ule mast and yard ma)(e one, wbere seąs do tots. 

Look down, tbóu ipy'st oor crostesin smail tbiogti 

Look ujp, tbon sęest binis rais*4 ąsk crotąęd wiag«. 

AU the glQbe's frama, find sph^ros, it im^tbiog elta 

Bot tbe meridiaaVcroMing paraUfls. 

Materia! ctotset tbea good pbysic \j« ; 

But yet spiritoal bare ebiefdignity. 

These fbr extracted chymic medicine 8erve, 

And cnre much better, and as well preserYej 

Tlien are you yonr own physic, or need none^ 

When stłtPd or porg'd by tribulation : 

For, when that cross ongrudgM unio you sticks, 

Tben are you to yoortelf a crucifiz. 

Am perchance car^^ers do not facet make. 

Bot that away, which bid them there, do take: 

Let crosses to take what bid Chritt in tbee^ 

And be bis image, or not hit, bat he. 

But at oft alcbymists do coiaers pcore, 

So may a self-datpistog get telf-love. 

And then asworst torteits of best meats be, 

So is pride, istued from humility ; 

For 't is no child, but monster : tbereCore cross 

Your joy in crosieSf ebMs 't is double lost ; 

And crsm thy lenses, eise both tbejjr and tboo 

Most perisb soon, and to destructiob bow. 

For if th' eye see good ot^acts, and wiU takd 

No crost from bad, we cannot 'tcape a make. 

So with harth, baid, toor, ptinking cross tbe rętt, ' 

Make them indifierent ali ; notbing bes^ 

Bot most tbe eye needs crotsing, that can ronm 

And move ; to tb' otbers objects must come h^fnf^ 

And crost thy heart : for that in raan alone 

Pantt dewnwardSy and hatb palpitation. 

Crost tbose detorsions, when it downward tenJs, 

And when it to fbrbidden beigbts pretands* 

And as the brain though bony walts doth rent 

By sotures, wbicb a cro8s's form present: 

So whe« tby brain works, e'er thou ntter it, 

Crost and correct concupiscenoe of w>t. 

Be coretoot of crottesy l«t nonę &11: 

Cross no man else, but cross tbyself in alU 

Then doth tbe cross of Christ work £titbfiillf 

Within OUT bearts, when we ]ove barmla^sly 

Tbe crost*s pictures much, and with mora aaiw 

That crossu cbildrea^ wbicb o^r oitmei aia* 


» •« 

Br Eupbrates' flow*ft^ida 

We did bidCk 
From dear Juda far abtentady 
Tearing tbe air with our ctwi, 

Aud oor eyes 
With their tireamt his stream aogmented. 

When poor Sion's doiefnl stcte, 

Saeked, bumed, and inthralPd ; 
And the tempie tpoil'd, wfateta we 

Ne'er tbould lee, 
To our miithiets mindt we call^d: 

GNir oiate harpa, imtaB'd, unttrmig^ 

On greto willowt naar be^Ma ut ; 
Whera We tittis^ alt forkiny;' ' 

Thili la seoftt 
Our prand spoitafa'|^ deiide us. 
. .'. - . • - • ' 

'* Oomą, m4 «aptiva8, leaire yonr momas, 

And yaurgróaas 
Under Skm^^raiiis fa^iyi * 
Tune yoor barpą aiid ting u^ łąyy 

Of your God, and let *t be metry/' 


' Can, ah 1 can we Icarc our moaiit ? 

A&d our gitians 
Under Sion'8 tuiiw bury } 
Can we ttt tłils land sing lays 

In the praise 
Of our God, and here be merry ł 

No; dearSioii, if I yet 

Do forget 
Thine afflictkm miserable, 
Let my nhnble joints betome 

StifT and numb, 
To toach warbłing hafp nnabl6 

Let my toogue loae singing sidll, 

het tt ttill 
To my parcbed roof be glew'd i 
If in eitber hArp or yoice 

I rejoice, 
TSII tby joya shafl be renewM. 

Lord, eime EdMn's tnrit^itraa kin^, 

Bear io mind, 
In our ruina how they rereird : 
Studt, kHl, barn, tbey cry'd out stiU, 

Sśck, bum, kill, 
Down wHh idl» let aH be leve1Pd. 

And,*th0D Biibfel, when tfae tide 

Of thT pride, 
Now a flowing, 'grows to tuming ; 
Yłctornow, ahall tben be thrall^ 

And sball Ml 
To as Iow an ebb of moamingw 

Happy he, wbo tbdl thee waste^ 

tJfl withont all mercy waated. 
And abaH mak^thee taste tcÓA lee, 

By thy meant ha^e teca and tnted. 

Happy, wbo tby tender bant 

Ffom theannt 
Of tbeir wajling motbei* teamg, 
'Oaimt the walls sball dash th«r bones, 

RnthleM stooea 
With their brains and bleod bennearing. 



Słisp, sleep, old Son, tbou eant not linve re^pnit 
Aa yet the woand, thou took*8t on Friday last ; 
Sleep tben, and rest: thewoildnaybeartiiyetay, 
A better Sun r&se before thee to day j 
Wbo^ not oontent t* enlighten aM tkat dwell 
On tbe Earth's face, as tbou eoliglMkned Heli; 
And madę the dark fres łangnith in thnt Tale^ 
As at thy presenoe. l^ei^ our firea.giow pale: 
Whoie body having walk'd on Earth, and now 
HaBt*ning to HeaT^n, woold that he mi^ mlknr 
Himself uhlo all sUCions,. and fili nil. 
For theae three days become a minend. 
He was all gold, when he lay down, but roMi 
AUtinctarei anddothootaknedi^pOit 

Łeaden and inm wills to good, Imt is 
Of pow'r to make ef*n maiol Beih like hk. 
Ibui one of tliose» whoee crednioos piety 
Tbonght^ that a ionl one mightdiaoeni and leir 
Go firom a;body« at this sepolchte been. 
And issuing from the sheet this body seen, 
He would have jttstly thonght tfais body ar souły 
If not of any mani yet of the whole. . 





I PitBSfJMfi yon lather try what yoii can do in me^ 
than what I can do in vene; yon know my atter- 
most when it was beat, and eren then I dki best, 
when I had least truth for my sabjects. In this' 
preseąt case there is so moch tmth, as it delbnts 
all poetry. Cali therefore thb paper by what 
name yon wtU, and tf it beoct worthy of hil)D» nor 
of yon, nor of me^ smother it, and be that the s»- 
cnfice, If you had oommaoded ma te luTe 
waited od his body to Scotiuid and preached 
there, I woold have embraced the obUgatkMi 
wilb morę alacńty j but I thank yon, that yo« 
woold command me that, wliich I was loath to 
do, for e^en that hatli gifes a tinctnre of merit tw 
the obedieDoe ot 

yoor poor friend 
, . and ser^ant ID Christ Jenis^ 

j. oomiB^ 

WnRHta that soni, whieh now comes up to you. 
Fili any former rank, ór make a new, 
Whether it Uke a naihe nam'd there befbre» 
Or be a name itself, and order morę 
Than was inHeay^ntill now; (formaynothe 
Be 80, if e?ery sereral angel be 
A kind alone) wbalever order grow 
Greater by him in Heaińi, we do not so; 
One of yoor orden grows by his access ; 
Bot by his loas grow all our orders less : 
The name of faUier, master, IHend, tbe name 
Of sobjeet and of prinoe, in one is lamę ; 
Fair mirth is dampM, and oonversation Uack, 
The honsehold widoWd, and the garter slack } 
Tbe cbapel wants an ear, council a tongue; 
Story a theme, and musie lacks a song. 
Blesi^d order, that hath him ! the km of him 
Gangfen*d all orders here; alt lost a limb ! 
Nerer mada body soch hastę to oonfeas 
What a sool was; all fbrmer eonielinesi 

fled in a muiiite, w\^ tfaa lOal was pne. 
And, haviiig łosi that beaaty, wonld h«we nonę t 
Sb feil our mooastHteB, m ńn hstant growiiy 
Not to Icfli houses^lnifto hmpB of stooe; 
So aent his body, tbst Aur form it wore, 
Unto the ipbere 6f {brms, and doth (before 
Hiś soq1 shftil fiU np his sepniclinl sfeone) 
Andcipate • nsometion ; 
For as it is his Hme, now his soal 's-herey 
So in the Ibnn thereof bis bod3r's there. 
And if, ^r S9sl, not with fint imwoeots 
Thy BtatioD be, but with the peoitents | 
(Aiid who shall dare to ask then, when I am 
l^d scarlet in the blood of that pure Łamb, 
Whetber that odour, whicU is scarlet theo, 
Werę biack or wbite before łn eyes of men ? ) 
Whem thou tcmembrest wfaat sins thon didst flnd 
Amongst those many friends now left behiitd. 
And secst snch sinners, as tbey are, with thee 
Got thither by repentance, let it be 
Thy wiah to wish all there, to wish them clean ; 
Wish him a Da^ her a Magdalen. 


So tbough the least of his pains, deeds, or words, 
Wonld busy a life, she all this day afforda. 
lliis treasnre tben in pross, my sool, ap-lay. 
And in my life retail it arery day, ' 


Tamut, frail flesh, abstain to day; to dAy 

My sool eats twice, Christ hither and away; 

She sees him man, so like Óod madę in this, 

Tbat of them both a circie emblem is, 

Whose firet and last concur ; this dobhtfal day 

Of feast or fast Christ eame, and went tway. 

She sees him nothing twłce at once, whó 's all ; 

She sees a cedat pliint itself, and fali: 

Her maker put to making, and the head 

Qf Jife, at once, nót yet alive, and dead ; 

She sees at once the vicgin mother stay 

BeclQs'd at home, poblic at Golgotha. 

&d and rąjoic^d she 's seen at oooe, and seso 

At almost fifty and at searce fifteen : 

At oooe a son ispromis'd her, and gon«; 

Gabriel gires Christ to her, he her to John: 

Not i^ly a roother, she 's in oibity, 

At oooe reeeiver and the legacy. 

All this, and all between,.th]S day hath shown, 

Th* abridgment of Christ*s story, which makes one 

(Aa in plain maps the fhithesi wett is east) 

Of th' angd's aoe and contutmnałum ett, 

Jkm well the ehurcb, God's court of Isctilties, 

Deals in sometimes and seldom joining these I 

As by the self-fix'd pole we never do 

Direct our coorse, bnt the next star thereto, 

Which shows where th' other is, and which we say 

(Because it strays not far) doth never stray : 

So God by his oharch, nearest to him, we know 

And stand firm, if we by her modon go; 

ffis spirit as his fiery pillar doth 

Łead, and his chorch as cloud; to one end both^ 

This chorch, by letting thosefeasts join,hath shown 

Death and ooneeption in mankind are one;. 

Or H was in him the same humility, 

Tliat he wonld be a man, and leare to be 

Or as creation he hath madę, as God, 

With the last jodgment but one period; 

ffis imitating spouse woold join in one 

Manhood'8 estremes : he shall come, he is gone* 

Or as tbough one blood drop, which thence did M, 

Accq>ted, would baTe 9erv*d| he yet sbed all; 



amiNo WESTWAko* 

Łn' ińnh*i sool be a s^here, and then id this 
Th' intelligence, that moTes, derotion is; 
And as the other sphens, by being grown 
Sulject to foreign motion, lose tbetr own s 
And being by others horried erery day, 
Searce in a year thetr natura! form obey: 
Pleasnre or business so our souls admit 
For tbeir first morer, and are irtiiifd by it. 
Hedce is t, that I am carried fwards the west 
This day, when my souPs form bends to tbe eait j^ 
There I sbould see a Son by risii^ set. 
And by tbat setting endlfiss day beget 
But that Christ on his cross did rise and fali. 
Sio bad etemally benighted alt. 
Yet dare I almost be glad, I do not see , 
That spectacle of too much weight for me. 
Who sees Ged*8 face, that is self-life, most die; 
Wbat a death were it then to see God die? 
It madę his own lieutęnant, Naturę, shrink ; 
It madę his fbotstasol crack, and the Son wink. 
Could I behold those hands, which span the potes. 
And tune all spheTes at once, pierc'd with those holes? 
Could I behold that endless heigbt, which is 
Zenitl) to ns and our antipodes, 
Hiynbied below us i or that bhiod, which n 
Tbe seat of ałl our soals, if not of bis, 
Bfade dirt of dust ? or that flesh, which was wom 
By God for his apparel, ragg^d and tom ? 
If on these thtngs I dorst not look, dunt I 
On his distressed mother cast minci eye, 
Who was Ood's partner here, and fumish^ thus 
Half of that sacrifice, which ransom'd us } 
Tbongh these things, as I ride, be from minę eye, 
They "re present yet unto my memory, 
F^r that looks towards them ; and thou look^fet to- 
wards me, 

Saviour, as thou hang'st upon the tree. 

1 ton my back to thee, but to receire 
Corrections ; till thy merdes bid thee leaye. 
O think me porth tbine anger, punish me^ 

I Bum off my rast, and my defonnity ; 
Restore thine image so much by thy grace, 
That thon may'st know me, and I Ml tura my facew 



Fathbi of Heay'n, and him, by whom 
It, and us for it, and-all else ibr us 

Thou mad'st and govem'st e^er, come, • 
And re-create me, now grown ruinous i 
My heart is by dgectioii clay. 
And by self-fnurder red. 
From this red eartb, O Father, puige away 
All ^ickms tinotures, that new fashioned 
I may riie.op fium death, beli»re I *m dead. 




O Son of God, trho seein; iwo ttuogs, 
Sin, and Death^ crept in, which were nerer madę, 

By beańng one, tcy^óit wilh what itiagn 
The otluBr coald thine beritage invade; 
O be tboa nąi|'d anto my beart. 
And cracified again i 
Fart not from it, though it from thee would part. 
But let it be, by applying ao tby pain, 
Drown'd in thy biood^ and in thy paauoo slain* 

tlU HOŁY. oBonu . 

O Holy Gboet, whoae tempie I 
Am, but of mad walU and condeosed dusŁ, 

And being sacrilegioosly 
Half vasted with youth'8 fires, of pride, and lost, 
Must with new storms be weather-beat ; 
Double in my heart thy flame, 
"^IThich tet devotil sad tears iutend ; and let 
(Though this glan lanteiti, flesh, do suflbr malm) 
Fire, sacrifice, priest, altar be the aame. 


O blessed gloriom Tii^y, 
Bone6 to pbiiosophy> but milk to iaith* 

Which as wise serpeiits diverdy 
Must slipperipess, yet most entanglings hathj 
As you distiDgttish'd (indistinct) 
By pow'r, love, knowledge be ; 
Giye me such self diff^reot iostinct, 
Of these let all me elemented be, 
Of pow'r to love, to know you uononber^d thrae. 

ni wnauf kakt. 

Por that fair blessed mother-maid, ^ 
Whoee flesh Tedeem'd us (that sbe-cherubin, ^ 

Which unlock^d Paradise, and madę ^ 
One claim fn innocencć, and disseizM sin ; ^ ^ 
Whose womb was ą strange Heav*ii, for there 
Ood clothM hunself and grew) \ 
Oar zealous thanks we pour. As ber deeds were, 
Our heipsy so are her prayers ; nor can she sneA 
In Tain» who hath such tiUes unto you. / ' 


And sittoe tbis life our nonage is, 
And we in waidsbip to thine angeis be^ 

NaliTe in HeavVs fiur pnlaoes, 
Where we sh»U be bot denizon^d by Łhee ; 
As th* Eaith^ oonceiyfaig by" the Son^ 
Yields fair dirersity, '^.. 

Yet never knows what ooorsethat4ight doth mn: 
So let me stndy, that minę actions be 
]9irorthy their sight, though blrad In how they see. 

•m rAfaiAscBs. 

And let thy patnarch*s desiie 
(Those great grandfatbers of thy church, which saw 

Morę in the oloiid, thaaa w« in fire, 
Whom natura oleM'd moni than aB^graeeaiidJaWf 
And now ia 0«»r^ still praty, that we 
May use our new helpi rig%t) 
Be satisfy^d, and fractify m met 
Let not my mmd be btiod^r by mora fight^ 
Nor faith, by mkioft added, lOi^ liMr«a;ht; 

TMS raonfCn. 

Thy eagln-Hgfated piophttt too^ 
(Which were thy chuich's organa, and did 
^ That harmony, which madę of two 
One law, and did nnity, but not eonfoand; 

Those beaT'nly poetB, whiefa did see 

Thy will, and it ejcpress 
In rsrthmic feet) m oommon^pray for me; 
That I by them eaeuse not vtj 
In seekiog secrets or poettenets. 

taZ AI*08TŁIS. 

And thy illustrious zodiac 
Of twalTe Aposties, which ingirt this all^ 

(From whom who6oe'er do not tafce 
Their light, to daik deep pits thrown down do fal!) 
As through their prayers thou hast let me know, 
That their books are diyine; 
May they pray still, and be beafd, that T go 
Th' old broad way in applying; O decUne 
Me, when my comment wonld make thy word minc* 

THE ltA11Ta& 

And ttnet thou ao desirously 
Didst k»g to die, that k»g befoie thon coald'sty 

Aod long sińce thou no morę conld^st die, 
Thou in thy scatterM mysUc body would'st 
In Abel die, and ever sińce 
In thine ; let their blood come 
To beg for us a discreet patience 
Of death, or of woree life ; for, oh ! to some 
Not to be martyrs is a martyrdom. 

tm comrusoiis. 

Tbarefiore with thee tńnoipbeth there 
A yirgin sqaadn>n of wbite confeaKrs, 

Whoae bkiods betrotłiM, not married were ; 
Tender*d, not taken by those ra^ishers : 

They know, and piay, chat #e may know i 
In erery Christian 
Hourly tempestaous peraecndons grow. 
Temptatłons martyr na aliye s aman 
Is to bimaelf a Dipcleiiaa. 


The oold white^nowy numiery, 
(Whićh, as thy mother, their hi|^ abbess, spnt 

Their bodies back again to tbeią, 
As thou hadst lent them, clean an4 Innocent) 
Though they have not obtain^d of th^ 
That or thy church or I 
Shonld keep, as they, ou)r first integrity s 
DiYorce thou sin in us, or bid it die, ' 
And cali chaste widowhood Tirginity* 

TU noCToas* 
The sacred aeadem a