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And not thy fortune? Who can clearly see
LXIV. TO THE SAME.
UPON THE ACCESSION OF THE TREASURERSHIP TO HIM. $7
Not glad, like those that have new hopes, or suits,
87 The Earl of Salisbury was made Lord High Treasurer in 1608.-B.
Wherein what wonder see thy name hath
That whilst I meant but thine to gratulate,
LXV. TO MY MUSE.
Away, and leave me, thou thing most abhorred That hast betrayed me to a worthless lord; Made me commit most fierce idolatry
To a great image through thy luxury.
Be thy next master's more unlucky Muse, And, as thou'st mine, his hours and youth. abuse.
Get him the time's long grudge, the court's illwill,
And, reconciled, keep him suspected still. Make him lose all his friends, and, which is worse, Almost all ways to any better course.
With me thou leav'st a happier muse than thee, And which thou brought'st me, welcome Pov
She shall instruct my afterthoughts to write
LXVI. TO SIR HENRY CARY.38
That neither fame nor love might wanting be To greatness, Cary, I sing that and thee;
38 The first Lord Falkland, son of Sir Edward Cary, and
Whose house, if it no other honor had,
Against thy fortune; when no foe that day.
Love ho ors, which of best example be
When they cost dearest and are done most free, Though every fortitude deserves applause,
may be much or little in the cause.
He's valiant'st, that dares fight, and not for pay; That virtuous is, when the reward's away.
LXVII. TO THOMAS, EARL OF SUFFOLK.40 Since men have left to do praiseworthy things, Most think all praises flatteries. But truth brings
father of the gallant Lucius, Lord Falkland. Sir Henry Cary was appointed by King James Lord Deputy of Ireland. He died in 1620, in consequence of having broken his leg on a stand at Theobald's. - B.
89 The castle and river near where he was taken. JONSON. The incident occurred in 1605, when Spinola defeated Count Maurice in an attempt made by the latter to surprise one of his covering parties at the passage of the Roor. — B.
40 He was so created by James I. in 1603, and bore several great offices of state. In the twelfth year of the same king, he
That sound and that authority with her name, As to be raised by her is only fame.
Stand high then, Howard, high in eyes of men, High in thy blood, thy place, but highest then, When, in men's wishes, so thy virtues wrought, As all thy honors were by them first sought; And thou designed to be the same thou art, Before thou wert it, in each good man's heart. Which, by no less confirmed than thy king's choice,
Proves that is God's, which was the people's voice.
LXVIII. ON PLAYWRIGHT.41
Playwright, convict of public wrongs to men,
LXIX. TO PERTINAX COB.
Cob, thou nor soldier, thief, nor fencer art,
was constituted Lord High Treasurer, and it is not improbable but this epigram was addressed to him on his promotion to that high station. W. The epigram has a much earlier date than Whalley assigns it. It was probably written upon his accession to the title of Suffolk, when he was also appointed Lord Chamberlain. - G.
41 The allusion to "private beatings" identifies Marston as the playwright of this epigram. "He had many quarrels with Marston," says Drummond, "beat him, and took his pistol from him.” — B.
When nature bids us leave to live, 'tis late
Though life be short, let us not make it so.
LXXI. ON COURT PARROT.
To pluck down mine, Poll sets up new wits still, Still, 'tis his luck to praise me 'gainst his will.
LXXII. TO COURTLING.
I grieve not, Courtling, thou art started up
LXXIII. TO FINE GRAND.44
What is't, fine Grand, makes thee my friendship fly
Or take an epigram so fearfully,
42 Probably, as Gifford supposes, one of the brothers of Sir John Roe.
48"Optima quæque dies miseris mortalibus ævi
VIRGIL, Georgics, III. 66.
44 Randolph has imitated this Epigram in his Pedlar; a forgotten piece, from which Dodsley took the plot, and something more than the plot, of his Toy-Shop.-G.