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SUCKLING-HERRICK.

SIR JOHN SUCKLING. 1609-1641.

HER feet beneath her petticoat,

Like little mice stole in and out,

As if they feared the light;

But oh! she dances such a way!

No sun upon an Easter-day

Is half so fine a sight.

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On a Wedding.

Her lips were red, and one was thin,

Compared with that was next her chin;

Some bee had stung it newly.

Ibid.

Why so pale and wan, fond lover,

Prithee, why so pale?

Will, when looking well can't move her,

Looking ill prevail?

Prithee, why so pale?

'Tis expectation makes a blessing dear;

Heaven were not heaven, if we knew what it were.

Song.

Against Fruition.

ROBERT HERRICK. 1591-1660.

SOME asked me where the Rubies grew,

And nothing I did say ;

But with my finger pointed to

The lips of Julia.

The Rock of Rubies, and the Quarrie of Pearls.

Some asked how Pearls did grow, and where?
Then spoke I to my Girl,

To part her lips, and showed them there

The quarelets of Pearl.

The Rock of Rubies, and the Quarrie of Pearls.

Her pretty feet, like snails, did creep,

A little out, and then,

As if they played at Bo-peep,

Did soon draw in again.*

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying,

On her Feet.

And this same flower, that smiles to-day,
To-morrow will be dying.+

To the Virgins to make much of Time.

Her

eyes the glow-worm lend thee,

The shooting stars attend thee;

And the elves also,

Whose little eyes glow

Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.

Night Piece to Julia.

Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt,
Nothing's so hard but search will find it out.

Seek and Find.

* Oh if a man could but fasten his eyes to her feet, as they steal in and out, and play at bo-peep under her petticoats.-CONGREVE. Love for Love. Act. i. Sc. 5.

+ Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds, before they be withered.Wisdom of Solomon, ii. 8.

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I could not love thee, dear, so much,

Loved I not honour more.

To Lucasta on going to the Wars.

When flowing cups run swiftly round
With no allaying Thames.

To Althea from Prison.

Stone walls do not a prison make,

Nor iron bars a cage;

Minds innocent, and quiet, take

That for an hermitage.

Ibid.

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JAMES SHIRLEY. 1596-1666.

NLY the actions of the just

Smell sweet and blossom in the dust.+
Contention of Ajax and Ulysses. Sc. iii.

*The mind, the music breathing from her face.

BYRON. Bride of Abydos. St. 6.

The sweet remembrance of the just
Shall flourish when he sleeps in dust.

Psalm xci. 4. Common Prayer.

RICHARD CRASHAW. Circa 1616-1650.

HE conscious water saw its God and blushed.*

THE

Whoe'er she be,

Translation of Epigram on John .

That not impossible she,

That shall command my heart and me.

Wishes to his supposed Mistress.

A happy soul, that all the way

In praise of Leseius' Rule of Health.

To heaven hath a summer's day.

Sydneian showers of sweet discourse.

Ibid.

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SIR JOHN DENHAM. 1615-1668.

COULD I flow like thee, and make thy stream

My great example, as it is my theme!

Though deep, yet clear; though gentle, yet not dull; Strong without rage; without o'erflowing full.

Cooper's Hill. Line 189.

Actions of the last age are like Almanacs of the last The Sophy. A Tragedy.

year.

* Nympha pudica Deum vidit et erubuit.

Aquæ in vinum versæ.

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That e'er wore earth about him was a sufferer;
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit.
The first true gentleman that ever breathed.*

The Honest Whore. Part i. Act i. Sc. 12.

We are ne'er like angels till our passion dies.

Ibid. Part ii. Acti. Sc. 2.

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ABRAHAM COWLEY. 1618-1667.

TH' adorning thee with so much art

Is but a barb'rous skill;

'Tis like the poisoning of a dart,

Too apt before to kill.

What shall I do to be for ever known,
And make the age to come my own?

The Waiting Maid.

The Motto.

* Of the offspring of the gentilman Jafeth, come Habraham, Moyses, Aron, and the profettys; and also the Kyng of the right lyne of Mary, of whom that gentilman Jhesus was borne.-JULIANA BERNERS, Heraldic Blazonry.

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