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Such as no mortals use to tread,
And Jive! Therefore on this mould, Fit only for Apollo
Lowly do I bend my knee, To play to, for the moon to lead,
In worship of thy deity. And all the stars to follow !
Deign it, goddess, from my hand, On, blessed youths! for Jove doth pause,
To receive whate'er this land Laying aside his graver laws
From her fertile womb doth send For this device:
Of her choice fruits; and but lend And at the wedding such a pair,
Belief to that the Satyr tells : Each dance is taken for a pray'r,
Fairer by the famous wells,
To this present day ne'er grew,
Never better nor more true.
Here be grapes, whose lusty blood If ladies mov'd as well as knights;
Is the learned poets' good, Run every one of you, and catch
Sweeter yet did never crown A nymph, in honour of this match,
The head of Bacchus ; nuts more brown And whisper boldly in her ear,
Than the squirrel whose teeth crack 'em; Jove will but laugh, if you forswear!
Deign, oh, fairest fair, to take 'em.
For these black-ey'd Driope
Hath often-times commanded me
With my clasped knee to clime: That we his priests should all absolve.
See how well the lusty time Ye should stay longer if we durst:
Hath deck'd their rising cheeks iu red, Away! alas, that he that first
Such as on your lips is spread. Gave time wild wings to fly away,
Here be berries for a queen, Hath now no power to make him stay!
Some be red, some be green ; But tho' these games must needs be play'd, These are of that luscious meat, I would this pair, when they are laid,
The great god Pan himself doth eat : And not a creature nigh 'em,
All these, and what the woods can yield, Could catch his scythe as he doth pass,
The hanging mountain, or the field, And cut his wings, and break his glass,
I freely offer, and ere long And keep him ever by 'em.
Will bring you more, more sweet and strong; Peace and silence be the guide
Till when humbly leave I take, To the man, and to the bride!
Lest the great Pan do awake, If there be a joy yet new
That sleeping lies in a deep glade, In marriage, let it fall on you,
Under a broad beech's shade : That all the world may wonder!
I must go, I must run
Swifter than the fiery-sun.
River God. What pow'rful charms my streams do
(bring With such force, that I their God, FLETCHER,
Three times striking with my rod,
My fishes shoot into the banks ;
There's not one that stays and feeds, That flings his arms down to the main,
All have hid them in the weeds. And thro' these thick woods have I run,
Here's a mortal almost dead, Whose bottom never kiss'd the sun
Fall'n into my river-head, Since the lusty spring began,
Hallow'd so with many a spell, All to please my master Pan,
That till now none ever fell. Have I trotted without rest
'Tis a female young and clear, To get him fruit; for at a feast
Cast in by some ravisher. He entertains, this coming night,
See upon her breast a wound, His paramour, the Syrinx bright.
On which there is no plaister bound, But, behold a fairer sight!
Yet she's warm, her pulses beat, By that heav'nly form of thine,
'Tis a sign of life and heat. Brightest fair, thou art divine,
If thou be'st a virgin pure, Sprung from great immortal race
I can give a present cure: Of the gods; for in thy face
Take a drop into thy wound, Shines more awful majesty,
From my watery locks, more round Than dull weak mortality
Than orient pearl, and far more pure Dare with misty eyes behold,
Than unchaste flesh may endure.
FROM THE FAITHFUL SHEPHERDESS.
See, she pants, and from her flesh
With his honour and his nam The warm blond gusheth out afresh.
That defends our flocks from blame. She is an unpolluted maid;
He is great, and he is just, I must have this bleeding staid.
He is ever good, and must From my banks I pluck this flow'r
Thus be honour'd. Daffodillies, With holy hand, whose virtuous pow'r
Roses, pinks, and loved lilies, Is at once to heal and draw.
Let us fling, The blood returns. I never saw
Whilst we sing, A fairer mortal. Now doth break
Thus great Pan is ever sung.
God. Fear not him that succour'd thee :
FORD. My waters to a river grow,
FROM THE LOVER'S MELANCHOLY. And 'twixt two banks with osiers set, That only prosper in the wet,
Fly hence, shadows, that do keep Thro' the meadows do they glide,
Watchful sorrows charm'd in sleep! Wheeling still on ev'ry side,
Though the eyes be overtaken, Sometimes winding round about,
Yet the heart doth ever waken To find the even'st channel out.
Thoughts, chain'd up in busy snares And if thou wilt go with me,
Of continual woes and cares : Leaving mortal company,
Loves and griefs are so express'd, In the cool stream shalt thou lie,
As they rather sigh than rest. Free from harm as well as I:
Fly hence, shadows, that do keep I will give thee for thy food
Watchful sorrows charm'd in sleep. No fish that useth in the mud ! But trout and pike, that love to swim Where the gravel from the brim
Oh, no more, no more! too late Thro' the pure streams may be seen :
Sighs are spent; the burning tapers Orient pearl fit for a queen,
Of a life as chaste as fate, Will I give, thy love to win,
Pure as are unwritten papers, And a shell to keep them in :
Are burnt out: no heat, no light, Not a fish in all my, brook
Now remains ; 'tis ever night. That shall disobey thy look,
Love is dead; let lovers' eyes, But, when thou wilt, come sliding by,
Lock'd in endless dreams, And from thy white hand take a fly.
Th'extremes of all extremes, And to make thee understand
Ope no more, for now love dies, How I can my waves command,
Now love dies, implying They shall bubble whilst I sing,
Love's martyrs must be ever, ever dying. Sweeter than the silver string.
FROM THE BROKEN HEART.
FROM ALEXANDER AND CAMPASPE..
Do not fear to put thy feet
All ye woods, and trees, and bow'rs,
Move your feet
To our sound,
All this ground,
Cupid and my Campaspe play'd
SONG TO CELIA.
What bird so sings, yet so does wail?
Ha’ you felt the wool of beaver ? O'tis the ravish'd nightingale.
Or swan's down ever? Jug, jug, jug, jug, terue, she cries,
Or have smelt o' the bud o' the briar?
Or the nard in the fire ?
O so white! O so soft! O so sweet is she!
Oh do not wanton with those eyes,
Lest I be sick with seeing : Hark how the jolly cuckoos sing
Nor cast them down, but let them rise, Cuckoo to welcome in the spring,
Lest shame destroy their being. Cuckoo to welcome in the spring.
O be not angry with those fires,
For then their threats will kill me ;
For then my hopes will spill me.
O do not steep them in thy tears,
For so will sorrow slay me ;
Nor spread them as distract with fears;
Mine own enough betray me.
HYMN TO DIANA, IN CYNTHIA'S REVELS.
Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver car,
State in wonted manner keep.
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright. As giving it a hope, that there
Earth, let not thy envious shade It could not withered be.
Dare itself to interpose : But thou thereon didst only breathe,
Cynthia's shining orb was made And sent'st it back to me :
Heaven to clear, when day did close ; Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Bless us then with wished sight,
Goddess excellently bright.
Lay thy bow of pearl apart,
And thy crystal shining quiver ;
Give unto the flying hart
Space to breathe, how short soever :
Thou that mak’st a day of night, And well the car Love guideth.
Goddess excellently bright.
Unto her beauty,
Slow, slow, fresh fount, keep time with my salt That they still were to run by her side, (ride.
Yet slower, yet, О faintly, gentle springs ![tears; Thorough swords, thorough seas, whither she would List to the heavy part the music bears;
Woe weeps out her decision, when she sings. Do but look on her eyes, they do light
Droop herbs and flowers; All that Love's world compriseth !
Fall grief in showers; Do but look on her hair, it is bright
Our beauties are not ours : As Love's star when it riseth !
O could I still Do but mark, her forehead's smoother
(Like melting snow upon some craggy hill), Than words that soothe her!
Drop, drop, drop, drop, And from her arched brows, such a grace
Since Summer's pride is now a wither'd daffodil. Sheds itself through the face, As alone there trijimphs to the life
HUE AND CRY AFTER CUPID, IN THE MASQUE ON All the gain, all the good of the elements' strife.
LORD HADDINGTON'S MARRIAGE. Have you seen but a bright lily grow,
Beauties, have you seen this toy, Before rude hands have touch'd it?
Call'd love, a little boy, Ha' you mark'd but the fall o' the snow
Almost naked, wanton, blind; Before the soil hath smutch'd it!
Cruel now, and then as kind?
SONG IN THE SAME.
If he be amongst ye, say;
Where the winged wag doth hover,
Sleep, silence child, sweet father of soft rest, How, or where herself would wish :
Prince whose approach peace to all mortals brings, But, who brings him to his mother,
Indifferent host to shepherds and to kings, Shall have that kiss and another.
Sole comforter of minds which are opprest;
Lo by thy charming rod all breathing things He hath of marks about him plenty:
Lie slumb'ring, with forgetfulness possest, You shall know him among twenty.
And yet o'er me to spread thy drowsy wings All his body is a fire,
Thou spar’st (alas!) who cannot be thy guest. And his breath a flame entire,
Since I am thine, O come, but with that face That being shot, like lightning in,
To inward light which thou art wont to show, Wounds the heart, but not the skin.
With fained solace ease a true-felt woe ;
Or if, deaf god, thou do deny that grace,
Come as thou wilt, and what thou wilt bequeath: Hell hath felt a greater heat:
I long to kiss the image of my death.
Fair moon, who with thy cold and silver shine Are his trophies reared high.
Makes sweet the horror of the dreadful night,
Delighting the weak eye with smiles divine, Wings he hath, which though ye clip,
Which Phæbus dazzles with his too much light; He will leap from lip to lip,
Bright queen of the first heaven, if in thy shrine Over liver, lights, and heart,
By turning oft, and heaven's eternal might, But not stay in any part ;
Thou hast not yet that once sweet fire of thine And, if chance his arrow misses,
Endymion, forgot, and lover's plight: He will shoot himself, in kisses.
If cause like thine may pity breed in thee,
And pity somewhat else to it obtain, He doth bear a golden bow,
Since thou hast power of dreams as well as he And a quiver hanging low,
Who paints strange figures in the slumb'ring brain: Full of arrows that outbrave
Now while she sleeps in doleful guise her show Dian's shafts : where, if he have
These tears, and the black map of all my woe. Any head more sharp than other, With that first he strikes his mother.
Dear quirister, who from those shadows sends, Still the fairest are his fuel,
Ere that the blushing morn dare show her light, When his days are to be cruel,
Such sad lamenting strains, that night attends, Lovers hearts are all his food;
(Become all ear), stars stay to hear thy plight; And his baths their warmest blood,
If one whose grief even reach of thought transcends, Nought but wounds his hand doth season,
Who ne'er (not in a dream) did taste deligbt, And he hates none like to Reason.
May thee importune who like case pretends,
And seems to joy in woe, in woe's despight: Trust him not: his words, though sweet,
Tell me (so may thou fortune milder try, Seldom with his heart do meet.
And long long sing) for what thou thus complains, All his practice is deceit;
Since winter's gone, and sun in dappled sky Every gift it is a bait;
Enamour'd smiles on woods and flow'ry plains ? Not a kiss but poison bears;
The bird, as if my question did her move, And most treason in his tears.
With trembling wings sigh'd forth, I love, I lore. Idle minutes are his reign ; Then the straggler makes his gain,
Alexis, here she stay'd among these pines ; By presenting maids with toys,
Sweet hermitress she did alone repair: And would have ye think 'em joys:
Here did she spread the treasure of her hair, "Tis th' ambition of the elf
More rich than that broughtfrom the Colchian mines. To have all childish as himself.
Here sat she by those musket eglantines,
The happy flow'rs seem yet the print to bear, If by these ye please to know him,
Her voice did sweeten here my sugar'd lines, Beauties, be not nice, but show him,
To which winds, trees, beasts, birds, did lend an ear. 'Though ye had a will to hide him,
She here me first perceiv'd, and here a morn Now, we hope, ye'll not abide him.
Of bright carnations did o'erspread her face: Since you hear his falser play,
Here did she sigh, here first my hopes were born, And that he's Venus' runaway.
Here first I got a pledge of promis'd grace :
But ah! what serves't t'have been made happy so,
My lute, be as thou wert when thou did grow
Or if that any hand to touch thee deign,
$ Sweet bird, that sing'st away the early hours,
Of winters past or coming void of care, ? Well pleased with delights which present are,
Fair seasons, budding sprays,sweet-smelling flow'rs: es To rocks, to springs, to rills, from leavy bow'rs To Thou thy Creator's goodness dost declare,
And what dear gifts on thee he did not spare,
Sweet, artless songster, thou my mind dost raise
Shall I like an hermit dwell, On a rock, or in a cellCalling home the smallest part That is missing of my heart, To bestow it where I may Meet a rival every day? If she undervalues me, What care I how fair she be? Were her tresses angel-gold; If a stranger may be bold, Unrebuked, unafraid, To convert them to a braid, And, with little nore a-do, Work them into bracelets too : If the mine be grown so free, What care I how rich it be? Were her hands as rich a prize, As her hairs, or precious eyes ; If she lay them out to take Kisses for good-manner's sake, And let every lover skip From her hand unto her lip: If she seem not chaste to me, What care I how chaste she be? No; she must be perfect snow, In effect as well as show, Warming but as snow-balls do, Not like fire by buruing too: But when she, by change, hath got To her heart a second lot; Then, if others share with me, Farewell her, whate'er she be !
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD.
Come live with me, and be my love, And we will all the pleasures prove That hills and valleys, dale and field, And all the craggy mountaivs yield. There will we sit upon the rocks, And see the shepherds feed their flocks; By shallow rivers, to whose falls Melodious birds sing madrigals. There will I make thee beds of roses, With a thousand fragrant posies; A cap of flowers, and a kirtle, Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle; A gown made of the finest wool, Which from our pretty lambs we pull; Slippers lin'd choicely for the cold, With buckles of the purest gold; A belt of straw and ivy buds, With coral clasps and amber studs : And if these pleasures may thee move, Then live with me, and be my love. The shepherd swains shall dance and sing, For thy delight, each May morning : If these delights thy mind may move, Then live with me, and be my love.
A VISION UPON THE CONCEIT OF THE FAERY QUEEN.
DEATH'S FINAL CONQUEST. The glories of our birth and state Are shadows, not substantial things ;