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Sundays ilio pillars are
Which parts their ranks and orders.
The Sundays of man's life.
More plentiful than hope.
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Thou art a day of mirth:
Fly hand in hand to heaven!
THE BOSOM SIN.'
Lord, with what care hast thou begirt us round 1
THOMAS CAREW. 1589—1639.
Or the personal history of Thomas Carew we have not many particulars He was educated at Oxford, and, after travelling abroad, was received with great fevor at the court of Charles I. for his elegant manners and personal accomplishments. All his poems are short and occasional, and were exceedingly popular at the time. "Sprightly, polished, and perspicuous," says Headley, "every part of his works displays the man of sense, gallantry, and
1 "This sonnet la equally admirable for the weight, number, and expression of the thoughts, and for the simple dignity of the language; unless, Indeed, n fastidious Uste should object tc the salt** half or the sixth iine."-o*r*iof. M
breeding. He lias the ease, without the pedantry of Waller, and perhaps less conceit:" and Campbell remarks that «his poems have touches of elegance and refinement, which their trifling subjects could not have yielded without a delicate and deliberate exercise of the fancy; and he unites the point and polish of later times with many of the genial and warm tints of the elder muse." It is deeply to be regretted that he should have employed such talents upon subjects generally so trivial, when he might have shone in the higher walks of poetry, and built for himself a wide-spread fame.
EPITAPH ON THE LADY MARY VILL1ERS.
The Lady Mary Villiers lies
PERSUASIONS TO LOVE.
Starve not yourself, because you may
Bewitching siren! gilded rottenness!
Grief is the shadow waiting on thy steps,
Which, as thy joys 'gin towards their west decline,
Doth to a giant's spreading form extend
Thy dwarfish stature. Thou thyself art pain,
Greedy intense desire; and tho keen edge
Of thy fierce appetite oft strangles thee,
And cuts thy slender thread; but still the terror
And apprehension of thy hasty end
Mingles with gall thy most refined sweets:
Yet thy Circean charms transform the world.
Captains that have resisted war and death,
Nations that over fortune have triumph'd,
Are by thy magic made effeminate:
Empires, that knew no limits but the poles,
Have in thy wanton lap melted away.
Thou wert the author of the first excess
That drew this reformation on the gods;
Canst thou, then, dream those powers that from heaven
Banish'd th1 effect, will there enthrone the cause 1
To thy voluptuous den fly, witch, from hennc;
There dwell, for ever drown'd in brutish sense.
Gehvase Markham was a very voluminous writer in the reigns of Elizabeth, James I, and Charles I., but neither the period of his birth nor his death has been ascertained. He commenced author about the year 1592, and lived to a good old age, dying in the latter part of the reign of Charles L His education had been very liberal, for he was esteemed a good classical scholar, and was well versed in the French, Italian, and Spanish languages. He seems to have been a general compiler for the booksellers, writing upon almost every subject His popularity in his day was unrivalled, muny of his works reaching numerous editions.1 The following excellent remarks aro from his work on Housewifery :*—
THE 000D HOUSEWIFE.
Next unto her sanctity and holiness of life, it is meet that out English housewife be a woman of great modesty and temperance, as well inwardly as outwardly; inwardly, as in her behavior and carriage towards her husband, wherein she shall shun all violence of rage, passion, and humor, coveting less to direct than tc
1 Bt« A Hit of hit works In Lowndes's "Bibliography," ill. 1211, and In Drake's "Shakspeare," L MS: also In tbe "Centura Llterarla," v. 105-117.
t I most rive tbe UUe as a curiosity: "The English House-Wife, containing the Inward and out. ward virtues which ooght to be In a compleat woman. As her skill in physlck, chlrurgery, cookery extraction of oyls, banqueUng-stnff, ordering of great leasts, preserving of all sorts of wines, con* cetted secrets, dlsUustlons, perfumes, ordering of wool, hemp, flax; making cloth and dying, the knowledge ofdayriea, office of malUng, of oats, their excellent rules In families; ol brewing, baking, and all other things belonging to an household. A work generally approved, and now tbe elghtb time much augmented, purged, and made most profitable and necessary for an men, and the general good of this nation. By O. Markham."
be directed, appearing ever unto him pleasant, amiable, and delightful; and, though occasion of mishaps or the misgovernment of his will may induce her to contrary thoughts, yet virtuously to suppress them, and with a mild sufferance rather to call him home from his error, than with the strength of anger to abate the least spark of his evil; calling into her mind, that evil and uncomely language is deformed, though uttered even to servants; but most monstrous and ugly, when it appears before the presence of a husband: outwardly, as in her apparel and diet, both which she shall proportion according to the competency of her husband's estate and calling, making her circle rather strait than large: for it is a rule, if we extend to the uttermost, we take away increase; if we go a hair's breadth beyond, we enter into consumption ; but if we preserve any part, we build strong forts against the adversaries of fortune, provided that such preservation be honest and conscionable.
To conclude, our English housewife must be of chaste thoughts, stout courage, patient, untired, watchful, diligent, witty, pleasant, constant in friendship, full of good neighborhood, wise in discourse, but not frequent therein, sharp and quick of speech, but not bitter or talkative, secret in her affairs, comfortable in her counsels, and generally skilful in the worthy knowledges which do belong to her vocation.
GEORGE SANDYS. 1587—1G43.
This eminent sacred poet, the son of Archbishop Sandys, was born in 1587, and in his eleventh year he entered St Mary's Hall, Oxford. He spent many years in travelling in the East, visiting Asia Minor, Palestine, Persia, Egypt, &c.; and notwithstanding the labors of more recent travellers, his works still have a high reputation, and are still referred to as of die first authenticity and credit To an ardent spirit of curiosity and research, he united a pure and discriminating taste, and a spirit of true piety. Ho died in 1643.'
The principal poetical work of Sandys is a translation of the Psalms of David, incomparably the most poetical in the English language, but yet, at the present day, scarcely known.
THE LAMENTATION OF DAVID OVER SAUL AND JONATHAN.
Thy beauty, Israel, is fled,
Sunk to the dead;
Thy mountains stain.
Lest that sad story should excite
Their dire delight!
Their pleasure flow:
Yon hills of Gilboa, never may
You offerings pay;
Clothe y<oi with flowers:
The bow of noble Jonathan
Great battles won;
With slaughter red.
How lovely! 0 how pleasant 1 when
They lived with men!
Than lions are:
Sad Israel's daughters, weep for Saul;
Lament his fall,
And crown'd with peace;
How are thy worthies by the sword
Of war devour'd 1
Of my torn heart!
Thy love was great; 0 never more
To man, man bore!
Loved at that rate!
The following is a part of his preface to his travels, admirable alike for the beauty and piety of its spirit, and for the vigor of its style:—
THE FALL OF ANCIENT EMPIRES.
The parts I speak of are the most renowned countries and kingdoms: once the seals of most glorious and triumphant empires; the theatres of valor and heroical actions; the soils enriched with all earthly felicities; the places where nature hath produced her