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Oft in a smile : oft in a silent tear :
Himself's a dart, when nothing else can move:
Who then the captive soul can well reprove, When love and virtue's self become the darts of love. SIR JOHN BEAUMONT,
Brother of Francis Beaumont, and author of “ Bosworth
“ Field,” and other poems, 1629. According to Wood, he was entered at Oxford, in 1596, at the age of 14, consequently born in 1582.
DESCRIPTION OF LOVE.
Love is a region full of fires,
An object seeks, of which possess'd
The flames in ashes lie oppress’d.
Why then should lovers (most will say)
Love is like youth: he thirsts for age,
But when proceeding times assuage
We know that Hope and Love are twins ;
But what is this ? unconstant, frail,
When Love thus in his centre ends,
Are shaken off; while Doubt and Grief,
Stand in his council as the chief.
These lines I write not to remove
The best attempts by mortals made
Yet never will I men persuade
BEAUMONT AND FLETCHER.
John Fletcher was born in 1576, and Francis Beaumont in
1585; but it is impossible to separate two names so closely united during their lives. It is generally supposed that Fletcher was superior in wit and imagination, Beaumont (though the younger man) in taste and judgment. Their carliest composition was the “ Woman Hater,” printed in 1607, 4to.
[In the Knight of the Burning Pestie.]
But contented lives for aye.
[From the Tragedy of the Bloody Brother.)
Take, oh take those lips away,
That so sweetly were forsworn; And those eyes, the break of day
Lights, that do mislead the morn. But my kisses bring again, Seals of love, tho' seal'd in vain.
Hide, oh hide those hills of snow
That thy frozen bosom bears ; On whose tops the pinks that grow
Are of those that April wears ; But my poor heart first set free, Bound in those icy chains by thee,