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But we in chief; our country soon was grown
How justly would our neighbours smile' A debtor more to him, than he to 's own.
At these mad quarrels of our isle ; He pluckt from youth the follies and the crimes, Swell’d with proud hopes to snatch the whole away And built up men against the future times; Whilst we bet all, and yet for nothing play! For deeds of age are in their causes then,
How was the silver Tine frighted before, And though he tanght but boys, he made the men.
And durst not kiss the armed shore ! Hence 'twas a master, in those ancient days
His waters ran more swiftly than they use, When men sought knowledge first, and by it and hasted to the sea to tell the news : praise,
The sea itself, how rough soe'er, Was a thing full of reverence, profit, fame;
Could scarce believe such fury here. Father itself was but a second name.
How could the Scots and we be enemies grown? He scorn'd the profit; his instructions all
That, and its master Charles, hall made us one. Were, like the science, free and liberal. He deserr'd honcurs, but despis'd them too,
No blood so loud as that of civil war: As much as those who have them others do.
It calls for dangers from afar. He knew not that which compliment they call ;
Let's rather go and seek out them and fame; Could flatter none, but himself least of all.
Thus our fore-fathers got, thus left, a name : So true, so faithful, and so just, as he
All their rich blood was spent with gains, Was nought on Earth but his own memory ;
But that which swells their children's veins. His memory, where all things written were, Why sit we still, our spirits wrapt in lead ? As sure and fixt as in Fate's books they are.
Not like them whilst they liv'd, but now they're Thus he in arts so vast a treasure gain'd,
dead. W'bilst still the use came in, and stock remain'd :
The noise at home was but Fate's policy, And, having purchas'd all that man can know,
To raise our spirits more high : He labour'd with 't to enrich others now;
So a bold lion, ere he seeks his prey, Did thus a new and harder task sustain,
Lashes his sides and roars, and then way. Like those that work in mines for others' gain :
How would the German eagle fear, He, though more nobly, had much more to do,
To see a new Gustarus there ; To search the vein, dig, purge, and mint it too.
How would it shake, though as 'twys wont to do Though my excuse would be, I must confess,
For Jove of old, it now bure thunder tuo!
Sure there are actions of this height and praise
Destin'd to Charles's days!
What will the triumphs of his battles be,
Whose very peace itself is victory!
When Heaven bestows the best of kings,
It bids us think of mighty things :
His valour, wisdom, offspring, speak no less; ON HIS MAJESTY'S RETURN And we, the prophets' sous, write not by guess.
OUT OF SCOTLAND. Welcome, great Sir! with all the joy that's due To the return of peace and you ;
ON THE DEATH OF Two greatest blessings which this age can know !
SIR ANTHONY VANDYCK,
Others by war their conquests gain,
VANDYCK is dead; but what bold Muse shall dare Who, when rude Chaos for his help did call,
(Though poets in that word with painters share) Spoke but the word and sweetly orderd all.
T'express her sadness? l'oesy must become This happy concord in no blood is writ,
An art like Painting here, an art that's dumb. None can grudge Heaven full thanks for it : Let's all our solem grief in silence keep, No mothers bere lament their children's fate, Like some sad picture which he made to weep, And like the peace, but think it comes too late. Or those who saw't; for pone his works could view No widows hear the jocund bells,
Unmoved with the same passions which he dreix. And take them for their husbands' knells : His pieces so with their live objects strive, No drop of blood is spilt, wh'ch might be said That both or pictures seem, or both alive. To mark our joyful holiday with red.
Nature herself, amaz’d, does doubting stand, 'Twas only Heaven could work this wondrous thing, And does attempt the like with less success,
Which is her own, and which the painter's hand ; And only work’t hy such a king.
When her own work in twins she would express. Again the northern hinds may sing and plough,
His all-resembling pencil did out-pass And fear no harm but from the weather now;
The inimic imagery of looking-glass. Again may tradesmen love their pain,
Nor was his life less perfect than his art. By knowing now for whom they gain;
Nor was his hand less erring than his heart. The armour now may be hung up to sight,
There was no false or fading colour there, And only in their halls the children fright.
The figures sweet and well-proportion'd were. The gain of civil wars will not allow
Most other men, sct next to him in view, Bay to the conqueror's brow :
Appear'd more shadows than the men he drew. At such a game what fool would venture in,
Thus still he liv'd, tiil Heav'n did for him call; Where one must lose yet neither side can win? Where reverend Luke salutes him first of all;
THE FAMOUS PAINTER.
Where he beholds new sights, divinely fair,
Oply his beauteous lady still he loves
Ilow wretched does Prometheus' state appear,
FRIENDSHIP IN ABSENCE.
What do our souls, I wonder, do?
Content with dreams, but boldly fly
And mix, I know not how nor where!
Like loving stars, which oft combine, Yet not themselves their own conjunctions know. 'Twere an ill world, I'll swear, for every friend,
If distance could their union end :
It scorns such outward circumstance,
Lodg'd in each other's heart :
Absence itself does bounteous prove,
Like that which in Heaven's Sun does shine:
But, as his beams the farther fly,
Like objects if they touch the eye.
So much, so much both one do prove,
For thee make hours canonical.
Such and so many I'll repay,
To mock our separation.
No longer 'twill be kept from you,
I seek with verse my griefs t'appease ;
Finding at last no passage out,
No ; they are all sophisticate.
A thing so vile, and so short-liv'd,
From the neglected foam deriv'd.
Could be a woman's heart have seen
When he lay shut up in her womb?
Neither their sighs nor tears are true ;
But sighs and tears have sexes too.
Again, till these two lights be four;
TO THE BISHOP OF LINCOLN,
UPON HIS ENLARGEMENT OUT OF THE TOWER. Pardon, my lord, that I am come so late T'express my joy for your return of fate? So, when injurious Chance did yon deprive Of liberty, at first I could not grieve ;
My thonghts awhile, like you, imprison'd lay;
We'll write whate'er from you we hcar; Great joys, as well as sorrows, make a stay ;
For that's the posy of the year. They hinler one another in the crowd,
This differ 'nce only will reinainAnd none are heard, whilst all would speak aloud.
That 'l'ime his former face does shew, Should every man's officious gladness haste,
Winding into himself again; And be afraid to show itself the last,
But your unweary'd wit is always new, The throng of gratulations now would be
'Tis said, that conjurers have an art found out Another loss to you of liberty.
To carry sprits confin'd in rings about: Whe. of your freedom men the news did hear,
The wonder now will less appear, Where it as wishid-for, that is every where,
When we behold your inagic here. 'Twas like the speech which from your lips does
You, by your rings, do prisoners take,
And chain them with your mystic spells, As soon as it was heard, it ravish'd all.
And, the strong witchcraft full to make, So eloquent Tully did from exile come;
Love, the great Devil, charm'd to those circles, Thus long'd for he return'd, and cherish'd Rome;
dwells. Which could no more h s tongue and counsels miss; Romne, the world's head, was nothing without his.
They, who above do varions circles find, Wrong to those sacred ashes, I should do,
Say, like a ring, th' equator Heaven does bind. Should I compare any to him but you ;
When Heaven shall be addorn’d by thee You, to whoin Art and Nature did dispense
(Which then more Heaven than 'tis will be) The con su ship of wit an! eloquence.
"Tis thou must write the posy there, Nor did v ur fate differ from his at all,
For it wanteth one as yet, Because the 'nom of exile was his fall;
Though the Sun pass through't twice a year For the abole worl', without a native home,
The Sun, who is esteem'd the god of wit, Is nothing but a prison of larger room.
Happy the han s which wear thy sacred rings, But like a melting woman suffer'd he,
They'll teach those hands to write mysterious He who before out-did humanity;
things. Nor could his spirit constant and stedfast prove.
Let other rings, with jewels bright, Whose art 't had been, and greatest end, to move.
Cast around their costly light; You put ill-fortune in so good a dress,
Let them want no noble stone, That it ont-shone other men's happiness :
By nature rich and art refind; Had your prosperity always clearly gone,
Yet shall thy rings give place to none,
But only that which must thy marriage bind.
PROLOGUE TO THE GUARDLAN:
Who says the times do learning disallow? So, though less worthy stones are drown'd in night, 'Tis false ; 'twas never honour'd so as now. The faithful diamond keeps his native light,
W And is obl g'd to darkness for a ray,
- n you appear, great prince ! our night is done ;
You are our morning-star, and shall be our sun. That would be more oppress'd than help'd by day.
But our scene's London now ; and by the rout Your soul then most show'd her unconquer'd pow- We perish, if the Round-heads be about:
For now no ornament the head must wear,
No bays, no mitre, not so much as hair.
How can a play pass safely, when we know
Our only hope is this, that it may be
A play may pass too, made extempore.
Though other arts poor and neglected grow,
They'll admit poesy, which was always so.
Our Muse, blest prince ! does only on you rely;
Would g adly live, but not refuse to die.
Ere 'tis a play, and acted ere 'tis made.
Our ignorance, but our duty too, we show;
I would all ignorant people would do so!
At other times expect our wit or art;
This comedy is acted by the heart,
The play, great sir! is done ; yet needs must fear, To womankind, epitomiz'd in you.
Though you brought all your father's inercies here, If, as the ancients did not doubt to sing,
It may offend your highness; and we ’are now The turning years be well compar'd ta ring, Three hours done treason here, for aught we kpow.
BEFORE THE PRINCE.
ON THE DEATH OF
But power your grace can above Nature give, No tuneful birds play with their wonted cheer, It can give power to make abortives live;
And call the learned youths to hear ; In which, if our bold wishes should be crost, No whistling winds through the glad branches fly: 'Tis but the life of one poor week 't has lost :
But all, with sad solemnity,
To him my Muse made haste with every strain,
He lov'd my worthless rhymes, and, like a friend,
Would find out something to commend.
Hence now, my Muse! thou canst not me delight: IMMODICIS BREVIS EST ÆTAS, & RARA SENECTUS.
Be this my latest verse,
With which I now adorn his hearse ; IT was a dismal and a fearful night,
And this my grief, without thy help, shall write. Scarce could the Morn drive on th' unwilling Had I a wreath of bays about my brow, Light,
I should contemn that flourishing honour pow; When Sleep, Death's imagc, left my troubled Condemn it to the fire, and joy to hear breas',
It rage and crackle there. By something liker death possest.
Instead of bays, crown with sad cypress me ; My eyes with tears did uncommanded now,
Cypress, which tombs does beauiify: And on my soul hung the dull weight
Not Phabus zriev'd, so much as I, Of some intolerable fate.
For him who first was made that mournful tree. What bell was that? ah me! too much I know.
Large was his soul ; as large a soul as e'er My sweet companion, and my gentle peer,
Submitted to inform a body here; Why hast thou left ine thus unkindly here, High as the place 'twas shortly in Heaven to Thy end for ever, and my life, to moan?
have, 0, thou bast left me all alone!
But lov and humble as his grave: Thy soul and body, when death's agony
So high, that all the Virtues there did come. Besieg'd around thy noble heart,
As to their chiefest seat
Conspicuous and great;
Was fill'd with innocent gallantry and truth, If once my griefs prove tedious too.
Triumplant o'er the sins of youth. Silent and sad I walk about all day,
He, like the stars, to which he now is zone, As sullen ghosts stalk speechless by
That shine with beams like ilaine, Where their hid treasures lie;
Yet burn not with the same, Alas ! my treasure's gone! why do I stay? Had all the light of youth, of the fire none. He was my friend, the truest friend on Earth; Knowledge he only sought, and so soon caught, A strong and mighty influence join'd our birth; As if for him knowledge had rather sucht: Nor did we envy the most sounding name
Nor did more learning ever crowded lic By friendship given of old to Fame.
In such a short mortality. None but his brethren he, and sisters, knew,
Whene'er the skilful youth discours'd or writ, Whom the kind youth preferr'd to me;
Still did the notions throng And ev'n in that we did agree,
About his eloquent tongue, For much above myself I lov'd them too.
Nor could his ink now faster than his wit. Say, for you saw us, ye immortal lights,
So strong a wit did Nature to him frame, How oft unweary'd have we spent the nights, As all things but his judgment overcame; Till the Ledxan stars, so fam'd for love,
His judgment like the heavenly moon did show, Wonder'd at us from above !
Tempering tha mighty sea below. We spent thein not in toys, in lusts, or wine; Oh! had he liv'd in Learning's world, what bound But search of deep philosophy,
Would have been able to control Wit, eloquence, and poetry,
His over-powering soul; Arts which I lov'd, for they, my friend, were We 'ave lost in hiin arts that not yet are found. thine,
His mirth was the pure spirits of various wit, Ye fields of Cambridge, our dear Cambridge, say Yet never did his God or friends forget; Have ye not seen us walking every day?
And, when deep talk and wisdom came in view, Was there a tree about which did not know
Retird, and gave to them their one: The love betwixt us two?
For the rich help of books he always took, Henceforth, ye gentie trees, for ever fade;
Though his own searching mind before Or your sad branches thicker join,
Was so with notions written o'er And into darksome shades combine,
As if wise Nature had made that her book. Dark as the grave wherein my friend is laid !
So many virtues join'd in him, as we Henceforth, no learned youths beneath you sing,
Can scarce pick here and there in history; Till all the tuneful birds t' your boughs they More than old writers' practice e'er could reach bring i
As much as they could ever teachi
IX IMITATION OF
These did Religion, queen of virtues ! sway ;
He sees thee gentle, fair, and gay,
And trusts the faithless April of thy May.
Unhappy, thrice unhappy, he,
To whom thou untry'd dost shine!
But there's no danger now for me,
Şince o'er Loretto's shrine,
In witness of the shipwreck past,
My consecrated vessel hangs at lasi.
Like the Sun's laborious light,
Which still in water sets at night,
Si tecum mihi, chare Martialis, &c.
L. v. Ep. xx.
JF, dearest friend, it my good fate might be
If we for happiness could leisure find,
And wandering Time into a method bind;
Nor on long bopes, the court's thin diet, feed;
We should not patience find daily tv bear
The calumnies and flatteries spoken there ;
We should not the lords' tables humbly use,
Or talk in ladies' chambers love and news;
But books, and wise discourse, gardens and fields,
And all the joys that unmixt Nature yiel's;
Thick summer shades, where winter still does lie,
Bright winter fires, that summer's part supply:
Rich wines, to give it quick and easy birth;
A gentle mistress, and a gentler Muse.
Such dearest friend!' such, without doubt, should
Our place, our business, and our company.
But sees good suns, of which we are to give
A strict account, set and march thick away:
Knows a man how to live, and does he stay?
Lib. I. Od. v.
To what heart-ravish'd lover
MARGARITA first possest,
If I remember well, my breast,
Margarita first of all ;
But when awhile the wanton maid
With my restless heart had play'd,
Martha took the flying ball.
Martha soon did it resign
To the beauteous Catharine.
Beauteous Catharine gave place
(Though Icth and angry she to part
With the possession of my heart)
To Eliza's conquering face.
Eliza till this hour might reign,
Had she not evil counsels ta'en.
Fundamental laws she broke,
And still new favourites she chose,
Till up in arms my passione rose,
And cast awas her yoke.
Mary then, and gentle Anne,
Both to reign at once began;