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"And deep-brain'd sonnets that did amplify "Each stone's dear nature, worth, and quality.
"The diamond; why 'twas beautiful and hard, "Whereto his invis'd20 properties did tend; "The deep-green emerald, in whose fresh regard "Weak sights their sickly radiance do amend; "The heaven-hued sapphire and the opal blend "With objects manifold; each several stone, “With wit well blazon'd, smil'd or made some
"Lo! all these trophies of affections hot,
Of pensiv'd and subdued desires the tender, "Nature hath charg'd me that I hoard them not, "But yield them up where I myself must render, "That is, to you, my origin and ender : "For these, of force, must your oblations be, "Since I their altar, you enpatron me.
"O then advance of yours that phraseless hand, "Whose white weighs down the airy scale of praise;
"Take all these similes to your own command, "Hallow'd with sighs that burning lungs did raise; "What me your minister, for you obeys, "Works under you; and to your audit comes "Their distract parcels in combined sums.
invis d] i. e. invisible.
"Lo! this device was sent me from a nun, "Or sister sanctified of holiest note; "Which late her noble suit 21 in court did shun, "Whose rarest havings made the blossoms dote ;2 "For she was sought by spirits of richest coat,23 "But kept cold distance, and did thence remove, "To spend her living in eternal love.
"But O, my sweet, what labour is't to leave "The thing we have not, mastering what not strives?
Paling 24 the place which did no form receive, Playing patient sports in unconstrained gyves : "She that her fame so to herself contrives, "The scars of battle 'scapeth by the flight, "And makes her absence valiant, not her might.
"O pardon me, in that my boast is true ;
21 suit] i. e. suitors.
22 Whose rarest havings made the blossoms dote] "Whose accomplishments were so extraordinary, that the flower of the young nobility were passionately enamoured of her." MALONE. It may be doubted, however, if "havings" is not used here in its usual sense of fortune, estate, and not in that of accomplishments.
23 coat] i. e. coat of arms.
24 Paling, &c.] "i. e. securing within the pale of a cloister, that heart which had never received the impression of love." MALONE-Who altered the corrupt reading of the old copy, Playing" to "Paling."
"And now she would the caged cloister fly:
"How mighty then you are, O hear me tell! "The broken bosoms that to me belong, "Have emptied all their fountains in my well, "And mine I pour your ocean all among :
"I strong o'er them, and you o'er me being
"Must for your victory us all congest, "As compound love to physick your cold breast.
My parts had power to charm a sacred sun, "Who disciplin'd and dieted 25 in grace, "Believ'd her eyes when they to assail begun, "All vows and consecrations giving place. "O most potential love! vow, bond, nor space, "In thee hath neither sting, knot, nor confine, "For thou art all, and all things else are
"When thou impressest, what are precepts worth Of stale example? When thou wilt inflame, "How coldly those impediments stand forth
Of wealth, of filial fear, law, kindred, fame?
25 and dieted] The emendation of an anonymous correspondent adopted by Malone, for the reading of the old copy, "I died "
"Love's arms are peace, 26 'gainst rule, 'gainst sense, 'gainst shame,
"And sweetens, in the suffering pangs it bears, "The aloes of all forces, shocks, and fears.
"Now all these hearts that do on mine depend, Feeling it break, with bleeding groans they pire, "And supplicant their sighs to you extend, "To leave the battery that you make 'gainst mine,
'Lending soft audience to my sweet design, "And credent soul to that strong-bonded oath, "That shall prefer and undertake my troth.
"This said, his watery eyes 27 he did dismount, "Whose sights till then were levell'd on my face; "Each cheek a river running from a fount
With brinish current downward flow'd apace: "O how the channel to the stream gave grace! "Who, glaz'd with crystal, gate 28 the glowing
"That flame through water which their hue incloses.
26 Love's arms are peace, &c.] "The meaning may be― the warfare that love carries on against rule, sense, &c. produces to the parties engaged a peaceful enjoyment, and sweetens, &c." MALONE.
his watery eyes, &c.] "The allusion is to the old English fire-arms, which were supported on what was called a rest." MALONE.
28 gate] i. e. got.
"O father, what a hell of witchcraft lies “In the small orb of one particular tear? "But with the inundation of the eyes
'What rocky heart to water will not wear? “What breast so cold that is not warmed here? "O cleft effect! cold modesty, hot wrath, "Both fire from hence and chill extincture hath!
"For lo! his passion, but an art of craft, "Even there resolv'd my reason into tears; "There my white stole of chastity I daff'd, "Shook off my sober guards, and civil 29 fears; Appear to him, as he to me appears,
"All melting; though our drops this difference
"His poison'd me, and mine did him restore.
"In him a plenitude of subtle matter, "Applied to cautels,30 all strange forms receives, "Of burning blushes, or of weeping water, "Or swooning paleness; and he takes and leaves, "In either's aptness, as it best deceives, “To blush at speeches rank, to weep at woes, "Or to turn white and swoon at tragick shows;
66 That not a heart which in his level came,
29 civil] i.e. grave.
30 cautels] i. e. deceits, insidious purposes.