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And twice desire, ere it be day,
That which with scorn she put away. What though she strive to try her strength, And ban and brawl, and say thee nay, Her feeble force will yield at length, When craft hath taught her thus to say,–
“ Had women been so strong as men,
In faith you had not had it then." And to her will frame all thy ways : Spare not to spend, and chiefly there Where thy desert may merit praise, By ringing in thy lady's ear :
The strongest castle, tower, and town,
The golden bullet beats it down.
When time shall serve, be thou not slack
To proffer, though she put thee back.
A woman's nay doth stand for nought?
Were kisses all the joys in bed,
One woman would another wed.
7 She will not stick to warm my ear,] So the manuscript in our possession : “ The Passionate Pilgrim,” 1599, has it,
“ She will not stick to round me on th' ear,” which cannot be right.
8 Live with me and be my love,] This poem, here incomplete, and what is called “ Love's Answer,” still more imperfect, may be seen at length in Percy's “ Reliques,” vol. i. p. 237. They belong to Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh : the first is assigned by namo to Marlowe in “ England's Helicon,” 1600, (sign. A 2) and the last appears in the same collection, under the name of Ignoto, which was a signature sometimes adopted by Sir Walter Raleigh. They are, besides, assigned to both these authors in Walton's “ Angler ” (p. 149. edit. 1808) under the titles of “ The milk.maid's song," and “ The Milk-maid's Mother's answer.”
• As it fell upon a day] This poem is contained in R. Barnfield's “ Encomion of Lady Pecunia," 1598. It is also inserted in “ England's Helicon," 1600, (H. 2) under the signature of Ignoto; but as Barnfield reprinted it as his in 1605, there can be little doubt that he was the author of it.
Which a grove of myrtles made,] Some modern editors state, that in “ England's Helicon," 1600,“ grove” is printed group: the fact is otherwise ; the mistake having arisen from not consulting the original edition of that poetical miscellany : it is group in the reprint of “ England's Helicon” in 1812. 2 Careless of thy sorrowing.) “ England's Helicon” here adds this couplet :
“ Even so, poor bird, like thee,
None alive will pity me." 3 Whilst as fickle fortune smild,] This is the last poem in “ The Passionate VOL. VIII.
Every one that flatters thee
THE PHENIX AND TURTLE". Let the bird of loudest lay, On the sole Arabian tree, Herald sad and trumpet be, To whose sound chaste wings obey.
Pilgrim," 1599. It is a separate production, both in subject and place, with a division between it and Barnfield's poem, which precedes it: nevertheless they have been incautiously coupled in some modern editions.
4 The Phænix and Turtle.] This poem is printed, as we have given it, with the name of Shakespeare, in Robert Chester's “Love's Martyr, or Rosalin's Complaint,” 1601. It occurs near the end, among what are called on the titlepage “new Compositions of several modern Writers, whose names are subscribed to their several Works."
But thou shrieking harbinger,
From this session interdict
Let the priest in surplice white,
And thou, treble-dated crow,
Here the anthem doth commence :
So they lov’d, as love in twain
Hearts remote, yet not asunder ;
So between them love did shine,