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O then began the tempest to my soul!
I pass'd, methought, the melancholy flood,
With that grim ferryman which poets write of,
Unto the kingilom of perpetual Night.
The first that there did greet my siranger-soul,
Was my great father-in-law, renowned Warwick,
Who cry'd aloud-«What scourge for perjury
Can this dark monarchy afford false Clarence?
And so he vanish'd. Then came wand'ring by
A shadow like an angel, with bright hair
Dabbled in blood, and he shriek'd out aloud-
« Clarence is Come! false, Meeting, perjur'd Cla-
That stab'd me in the field by Tewksbury ;
Seize on him, furies, take him to your torments ! »
With that, methought, a legion of foul fiends
Environ'd me, and howled in mine ears
Such hideous cries, that with the very noise
I trembling wak'd; and for a season after
Could not believe but that I was in hell:
Such terrible impression made my dream.
Brak. No marvel, lord, that it affrighted you; I am afraid, methinks, to bear you tell it,
Clar. Ah, Brakenbury! I have done those things, That now give evidence against my soul, For Edward's sake! and see how he requits me; O God! if my deep prayers cannot appease thee, But thou wilt be aveng'd on my misdeeds, Yet execute thy wrath on me alone : O spare my guiltless wife, and my poor children! I p'rythee, Brakenbury, stay by me: My soul is heavy, and I fain would sleep.
U then I see Queen Mab hath been with you,
She is the Fancy's midwife, and she comes
In shape no bigger than an agate-stone
On the fore-finger of an alderman ;
Drawn by a team of little atomies,
Athwart men's noses as they lie asleep ;
Her wagon spokes made of long spinner's leg's;
The cover of the wings of grasshoppers ;
The traces of the smallest spider's web;
The collars of the moonshine's watery beams;
Her whip-of cricket's bone; the lash-of film;
Her waggoner a small grey-coated gnat,
Not half so big as a round little worm,
Prick'd from the lazy finger of a maid :
Her chariot is an empty hazel nut,
Made by the joiner squirrel, or old grub,
Fime out of mind the fairies' coach-makers.
And in this state she gallops, night by night,
Through lover's brains, and then they dream of
On courtier's knees, that dream on court'sies
O'er lawyers' fingers, who straight dream on fees :
O’er ladies' lips, who straight on kisses dream;
Sometimes she gallops o'er a courtier's nose,
And then dreams he of smelling out a suit;
And sometimes comes she with a tithe-pig's tail,
Tickling the parson as he lies asleep;
Then dreams he of another benefice.
Sometimes she driveth o'er a soldier's neck,
And then he dreams of cutting foreign throats,
Of breaches, ambuscadoes, Spanish blades,
Of healths five fathom deep; and then anon
Drums in his ear, at which he starts and wakes;
And being thus frighted, swears a prayer or two,
And sleeps again.
CH A P. XX I V.
I do remember an Apothecary,
And hereabouts he dwells, whom late I noted
In tatter'd weeds, with overwhelming brows,
Culling of simples ; meagre were his looks;
Sharp Misery had worn him to the bones :
Aud in his needy shop a tortoise hung,
An alligator stufl'd, and other skins
Of ill-shap'd fishes; and abuut his shelves
A beggarly account of empty boxes,
Green eari ben pots, bladders, and musty seeds,
Remnants of packthread, and old cakes of roses
Were thinly scatter'd to make up a shew.
Noting this penury , to myself I said,
And if a man did need a poison now,
Whose sale is present death in Mantua,
Here lives a caitilf wretch would sell it him.
Oh, this same thought did but fore-run my need!
And this same needy Man must sell it nie
As I remember, this should be the house.
1r aught of oaten stop, or pastoral song, May hope, chaste Eve, to sooth thy modest ear,
Like thy own solemn springs,
Thy springs, and dying gales, O Nymph reserv'd, while now the bright hair'd sun Sits on yon western tent, whose cloudy skirts
With brede ethereal wove,
O’erhang his wavy bed:
Now air is hush’d, save where the weak-eyed bat,
With short shrill shrieks flits by on leathern wing,
Or where the beetle winds
- His small but sullen horn,
As oft he rises 'midst the twilight path,
Against the pilgrim borne in heedless hum,
Now teach me, maid compos'd,
To breathe some softened strain, Whose numbers stealing through thy dark’ning
May not unseemly with its stillness suit,
As musing slow , I hail,
Thy genial, lov'd return!
For when thy folding star arising shews
His paly circlet, as his warning lamp
The fragrant Honrs , and Elves
Who slept in flow'rs the day, And many a Nymph who wreathes her brows with
sedge, And sheds the fresh'ning dew, and lovelier still,
The pensive Pleasures sweet
Prepare thy shadowy car, Then lead, calm Votress, where some sheety lake Cheers the lone heath or some time-hallowed pile,
Or up-land fallows grey
Reflect its last cool gleam. But when chill blust'ring winds or driving rain, Forbid my willing feet, be mine the hut,
That from the mountain's side,
Views wilds and swelling floods, And hamlets brown, and dim-discover'd spires, And hears the simple bell, and marks o’er all
Thy dewy fingers draw
The gradual dusky veil. While Spring shall pour his show'rs, as oft he
wont, And bathe thy breathing tresses , meekest Eve!
While Summer loves to sport
Beneath thy lingering light: While sallow Autumn fills thy lap with leaves; Or Winter, yelling through the troublous air,
Affrights thy shrinking train,
And rudely rends thy robes ;
So long, sure found beneath the sylvan shade,
Sball Fancy , Friendship , Science , rose lippa
Thy gentlest influence own,
And hymn thy favourite name! COLLINS,
CHA P. XX V I.
Ode to Spring
Oweer daughter of a rough and stormy sire, Hoar Winter's blooming child : delightful Spring!
Whose unshorn locks with leaves
And swelling buds are crown'd; From the green islands of eternal youth, (Crown'd with fresh blooms, and ever-springing
Turn, hither turn thy step,
O thou whose powerful voice
More sweet than softest touch of Doric reed,
Or Lydian flute, can sooth the madding winds,
And thro the stormy deep
Breathe thy own tender calm.
Thee, best belov'd! the virgin train await,
With songs and festal rites, and joy to rove
Thy blooming wilds among ,
And vales and dewy lawns, With untir'd feet ; and cull thy eariiest sweets To weave fresh garlands for the glowing brow
Of him the favour'd youth
That prompts their whisper'd sigh. Unlock thy copious stores; those tender showers That drop their sweetness on the infant buds,
And silent dews that swell,
The milky ear's green stem,
And feed the flow'ring osier's early shoots ;
And call those winds which through the whisp'ring
With warm and pleasant breath
Salute the blowing flowers.
Now let me sit beneath the whitening thorn
And mark thy spreading tints steal o'er the dale;
And watch with patient eye . Thy fair unfolding charms.