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Th' adorning thee with so much art
I cut my love into his gentle bark, Is but a barbarous skill;
And in three days, behold! 'tis dead: 'Tis like the poisoning of a dart
My very written flames so violent be, Too apt before to kill.
They 've burnt and wither'd-up the tree. The ministering angels none can see ;
How should I live myself, wbuse heart is found 'Tis not their beauty or their face,
Deeply graven every where For which by men they worship'd be;
With the large history of many a wound, But their high office and their place,
Larger than thy trunk can bear? Thou art my goddess, my saint she;
With art as strange as Homer in the nut,
Love in my heart has voluines put.
The leaves and beauties all,
As a strong poison with one drop does make
The nails and hairs to fall :
Love (I see now) a kind of witchcraft is,
Or characters could ne'er do this.
Pardon, ye birds and nymphs, who lov'd this To one that dies with thirst?
And pardon me, thou gentle tree; A little puff of breath, we find,
| I thought her name would thee have happy made, Small fires can quench and kill; .
And blessed omens hop'd from thee: But, when they're great, the adverse wind
“Notes of my love, thrive here,” said I, “ and Does make them greater still.
grow ; Now whilst you speak, it moves me much,
And with ye let my love do so.” But straight I'm just the same;
Alas, poor youth! thy love will never thrive! Alas! th' effect must needs be such
This blasted tree predestines it; Of cutting through a flame.
Go, tie the dismal knot (why should'st thou live?)
And, by the lines thou there hast writ,
To that unlucky history.
Come, doctor! use thy roughest art,
'Tis a strange kind of ignorance this in you, There is no danger, if the pain
That you your victories should not spy, Should me to a fever bring;
Victories gutten by your eye! Compar'd with heats I now sustain,
| That your bright beams, as those of comets do, A fever is so cool a thing,
Should kill, but not know how, nor who ! (Like drink which feverish men desire)
That truly you my idol might appear, That I should hope 'twould almost quench my
Whilst all the people smell and see
The odorous flames I offer thee,
Thy constant, zealous worshipper.
They see 't too well who at my fires repine ;
Nay, th' unconcern'd themselves do prove
Quick-ey'd enough to spy my love; Ask me not what my love shall do or be
Nor does the cause in thy face clearlier shine, (Love, which is soul to body, and soul of me !)
Than the effect appears in mine.
Fair infidel! by what unjust decree
Must I, who with such restless care *Twill last, I'm sure, and that is all we know. Would make this truth to thee appear,
Must I, who preach it, and pray for it, be
Damn’d by thy incredulity?
I, by thy unbelief, am guiltless slain : Not that my love will fly away,
Oh, have but faith, and then, that you But still continue; as, they say,
May know that faith for to be true, Sad troubled ghosts about their graves do stray. | It shall itself by a miracle maintain,
And raise me from the dead again!
Meanwhile my hopes may seem to be o'erthrown; THE TREE.
But lovers' hopes are full of art,
And thus dispute--That, since my heart, I chose the flourishing'st tree in all the park, Though in thy breast, yet is not by thee known, With freshest boughs and fairest head;
Perhaps thou may'st not know thine ovom
- HONOUR. Come, let's go on, where love and youth does She loves, and she confesses too;
I've seen too much, if this be all. [call; Th Alas! how far more wealthy might I be
There's then, at last, no more to dos
The happy work's entirely done;
Enter the town which thou hast won ;
The fruits of conquest now begin ;
lö, triumph! enter in.
Remains there still an enemy?
Bold Honour stands up in the gate,
And would yet capitulate;
Have lo'ercome all real foes,
And shall this phantom me oppose ?
Noisy nothing! stalking shade!
By what witchcraft wert thou made ? And so at last, my dear, should you do too. Empty cause of solid harms !
But I shall find out counter-charms,
Thy airy devilship to remove
From this circle here of love. 1 grows too serious a cruelty,
Sure I shall rid myself of thee
By the night's obscurity,
And obscurer secrecy!
Unlike to every other sprite,
Nor appear'st but in the light.
And gently kisses every thing!
THE INNOCENT ILL.
Then on the earth, with bridegroom-heat, 1 Though all thy gestures and discourses be He does still new flowers beget.
Coin'd and stamp'd by modesty; The Sun himself, although all eye he be,
Though from thy tongue ne'er slipp'd away Can find in love more pleasure than to see. One word which nuns at th' altar might not say;
Yet guch a sweetness, such a grace,
That what to th' eye a beauteous face,
"That thy tongue is to th' ear:
So cunningly it wounds the heart, I TRY'D if books would cure my love, but found
It strikes such heat through every part,
That thou a tempter worse than Satan art.
Though in thy thoughts scarce any tracks have
been As well might men who in a fever fry,
Such charms thy beauty wears, as might Mathematic doubts debate;
Desires in dying confess'd saints excite: As well might men who mad in darkness lie,
Thou, with strange adultery, Write the dispatches of a state.
Dost in each breast a brothel keep; I try'd devotion, sermons, frequent prayer,
Awake, all men do lust for thee, But those did worse than useless prove;
And some enjoy thee when they sleep. For prayers are turn'd to sin, in those who are
Ne'er before did woman live, Out of charity, or in love.
Who to such multitudes did give I try'd in wine to drown the mighty care;
The root and cause of sin, but only Eve. But wine, alas! was oil to th'fire;
Though in thy breast so quick a pity be, Like drunkards' eyes, my troubled fancy there That a fly's death 's a wound to thee; Did double the desire.
Though savage and rock-hearted those
Appear, that weep not ev'n romance's woes; I try'd what mirth and gaiety would do,
Yet ne'er before was tyrant known,
Whose rage was of so large extent;
The ills tbou dost are whole thine own; And 'bove a clinch it could not rise.
Thou'rt principal and instrument: Nay, God forgive me for 't! at last I try'd,
In all the deaths that come from you, 'Gainst this, some new desire to stir,
You do the treble office do
Thou lovely instrument of angry Fate,
Thou pleasant, universal ill, As wholesome med'cines the disease improve Which, sweet as bealth, yet like a plague dont There where they work not vella
Thou kind, well-natur'd tyranny!
And thou in pity didst apply Thou chaste committer of a rape!
The kind and only remedy: Thon voluntary destiny, .
The cause absolves the crime; since me Which no man can, or would escape! [ So mighty forcedid move, so mighty goodness So gentle, and so glad to spare,
thee. So wondrous good, and wondrous fair,
She. Curse on thine arts! methinks I hate thee (We know) ev'n the destroying-angels are.
I'm angry; but iny wrath will prove
More innocent than did thy love. fke. What have we done? what cruel passion
Thou hast this day undone me quite; mov'd thee,
Yet wilt undo me more should'st thou not come
| VERSES LOST UPON A WAGER. So soon is spent, and gone, this thy ill-gutten AS soon bereafter will I wagers lay treasure!
'Gainst what an oracle shall say ; He. We have done no harm; nor was it theft in
| Fool that I was, to venture to deny
A tongue so us'd to victory!
A tongue so blest by Nature and by Art,
That never yet it spoke but gain’d an beart: Safe in my memory treasure:
Though what you said had not been true, What though the flower itself do waste,
If spoke by any else but you; The essence from it drawn does long and I And Fate will change rather than you should Iyes
Your speech will govern Destiny, sweeter last. She. No: I'm undone; my honour thon hast slain,
'Tis true, if human Reason were the guide,
| Reason, methinks, was on my side; And nothing can restore 't again. Art and labour to bestow,
But that 's a guide, alas ! we must resign, ,
When th' authority's divine.
She said, she said herself it would be so;
And I, bold unbeliever! answer'd no:
Never so justly, sure, before, fled.
Errour the name of blindness bore; e. Nerer, my dear, was Honour yet undone
For whatso'er the question be,
There's no man that has eyes would bet for me. To th’ wise it all things does allow;
If Truth itself (as other angels do
When they descend to human view)
In a material form would deign to shine,
'Twould imitate or borrow thine: Ske. Thou first, perhaps, who didst the fault So dazzling bright, yet so transparent clear, commit,
So well-proportion'd would the parts appear ! Wilt make thy wicked boast of it;
Happy the eye which Truth could see For men, with Roman pride, above
Cloath'd in a shape like thee; The conquest do the triumph love;
But happier far the eye Nor think a perfect victory gain'd, Which could thy shape naked like Truth espy. Unless they through the streets their captive
Yet this lost wager costs me nothing more lead enchain'd.
Than what I ow'd to thee before: He. Whoe'er his secret joys has open laid, Who would not venture for that debt to play The bawd to his own wife is made;
Which he were bound howe'er to pay? Beside, what boast is left for me,
If Nature gave me power to write in verse, Whose whole wealth's a gift from thee? She gave it me thy praises to rehearse : 'Tis you the conqueror are, 'tis you
Thy wondrous beauty and thy wit Who have not only ta'en, but bound and
Has such a sovereign right to it, gagg'd me too.
That no man's Muse for public vent is free, She. Though public punishment we escape, the
Till she has paid her customs first to thee.
BATHING IN THE RIVER. That worm which now the core does | The fish around her crowded, as they do waste,
To the false light that treacherous fishers shew, When long 't has gnaw'd within will break the | And all with as much ease might taken be, skin at last.
As she at first took me;
Among the waves appear,
Why to mute fish should thou thyself discover, Alas! what comfort is 't that I am grow
Secure of being again o'erthrown?
Since such an enemy needs not fear
Lest any else should quarter there,
Who has not only sack'd, but quite burnt dowrij
the town. (Poor ignorants !) they're mermaids all below. The amorous waves would fain about her stay,
THE FORCE OF LOVE. But still new amorous waves drive them away,
PRESERVED FROM AN OLD MANUSCRIPT,
Down the apple tumbles still;
Till within the vale it drops :
So are all things prone to Love, Kiss her, and as you part, you amorous waves, All below, and all above. (My happier rivals, and my fellow-slaves)
Down the mountain flows the stream,
Up ascends the lambent flame;
Smoke and vapour mount the skies ;
All preserve their unities;
Nought below, and nought above,
Seems averse, but prone to Love. Tell her, her beauties and her youth, like thce,
Stop the meteor in its flight, Haste without stop to a devouring sea;
Or the orient rays of light; Where they will mix'd and undistinguish'd lie
Bid Dan Phæbus not to shine,
Bid the planets not incline;
"Tis as vain, below, above,
To impede the course of Love, Above th' impurest streams that thither flow.
Salamanders live in fire, Tell her, kind Flood ! when this has made her sad,
Eagles to the skies aspire, Tell her there's yel one remedy to be had : [find
Diamonds in their quarries lie,
Rivers do the sea supply:
Thus appears, below, above,
A propensity to Love.
in the spring | Metals grow within the mine,
Luscious grapes upon the vine ;
Still the needle marks the pole;
Parts are equal to the whole:
'Tis a truth as clear, that Love Hast thou consum'd in vain ;
Quickens all, below, above,
Manis born to live and die,
Snakes to creep, and birds to fly ;
Doves are mild, and lions grim ; Three of thy lustiest and thy freshest years,
Nature thus, below, above, (Toss'd in storms of hopes and fears)
Pushes all things on to Love.
Does the cedar love the mountain ?
Or the thirsty deer the fountain ? Have all been burnt in love, and all been drown'd Does the shepherd love his crook ? in tears.
Or the willow court the brvok? Resolve then on it, and by force or art
Thus by nature all things move,
Like a running stream, to Love,
Is the valiant hero bold ?
Does the miser doat on gold?
Breathes the rose-bud scented air?
Should you this deny, you'll prove
Nature is averse to Love.
As the friar loves his cowl,
Or the miller loves the toll,
So do all, below, above,
Fly precipitate to Love.
When the Moon out-shines the Sun
Ir a man should undertake to translate Pindar , almost without any thing else, makes an excel. Ford for word, it would be thought, that one mad- lent poet; for though the grammarians and critics man had translated another; as may appear, | have laboured to reduce his verses into regular when he that understands not the original, reads feet and measures (as they have also those of the verbal traduction of him into Latin prose, the Greek and Latin comedies) yet in effect they than which nothing seems more raving. And are little better than prose to our ears. And I sure, rhyme, without the addition of wit, and would gladly know what applause our best piecos the spirit of poetry, (quod nequeo monstrare & of English poesy could expect from a Frenchsentio tantum) would but make it ten times man or Italian, if converted faithfully, and word more distracted than it is in prose. We must for word, into French or Italian prose. And consider in Pindar the great difference of time when we have considered all this, we must needs betwixt his age and ours, which changes, as in confess, that, after all these losses sustained by pictures, at least the colours of poetry; the no Pindar, all we can add to him by our wit or inless difference betwixt the religions and customs vention (not deserting still his subject) is not of our countries; and a thousand particularities like to make him a richer man than he was in his of places, persons, and manners, which do but own country. This is in some measure to be confusedly appear to our eyes at so great a dis- applied to all translations; and the not observing tance. And lastly (which were enough alone of it, is the cause that all which ever I yet saw for my purpose) we must consider, that our are so much inferior to their originals. The ears are strangers to the music of his numbers, like happens too in pictures, from the same root which, sometimes (especially in songs and odes) of exact imitation ; which, being a vile and un