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ADDITIONAL POEMS TO CHESTER'S LOVE'S
LET the bird of loudest lay,
But thou, shrieking harbinger,
1 There is a curious coincidence in a passage in The Tem. pest:
“ Now I will believe
From this session interdict
Let the priest in surplice white
And thou, treble-dated crow,
Here the anthem doth commence •
So they lored, as love in twain
Hearts remote, yet not asunder;
So between them love did shine,
i Can, knows.
Property was thus appalled,
Reason, in itself confounded,
That it cried how true a twain Seemeth this concordant one ! Love hath reason, reason none, If what parts can so remain.
Whereupon it made this threne?
Beauty, truth, and rarity,
Death is now the phenix' nest;
Leaving no posterity :-
1 Threne, funereal song.
Truth may seem, but cannot be ;
To this urn let those repair
A LOVER'S COMPLAINT, THE PASSIONATE
A Lover's COMPLAINT was first printed with the Sonnets in 1609. It was reprinted in 1640, in that collection called Shakspeare's Poems, in which the original order of the Sonnets was entirely disregarded, some were omitted, and this poem was thrust in amidst translations from Ovid which had been previously claimed by another writer. Of these we shall have presently to speak. There can be no doubt of the genuineness of A Lover's Complaint. It is distinguished by that condensation of thought and outpouring of imagery which are the characteristics of Shakspeare's poems. The effect consequent upon these qualities is, that the language is sometimes obscure, and the metaphors occasionally appear strange and forced. It is very different from any production of Shakspeare's contemporaries. As in the case of the Venus and Adonis, and the Lucrece, we feel that the power of the writer is in perfect subjection to his art. He is never carried away by the force of his own conceptions. We mention these attributes merely with reference to the undoubted character of the poem as belonging to the Shakspearian system : we shall have occasion to notice it again.