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Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
Full character'd with lasting memory,
Which shall above that idle rank remain,
Beyond all date, even to eternity:

Or at the least so long as brain and heart
Have faculty by nature to subsist;
Till each to razed oblivion yield his part
Of thee, thy record never can be miss'd.
That poor retention could not so much hold,
Nor need I tallies, thy dear love to score;
Therefore to give them from me was I bold

To trust those tables that receive thee more:
To keep an adjunct to remember thee,
Were to import forgetfulness in me.

No! Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change:
Thy pyramids built up with newer might
To me are nothing novel, nothing strange;
They are but dressings of a former sight.

Our dates are brief, and therefore we admire
What thou dost foist upon us that is old;
And rather make them born to our desire,
Than think that we before have heard them told.
Thy registers and thee I both defy,
Not wondering at the present nor the past;
For thy records and what we see doth lie,

Made more or less by thy continual haste:
This I do vow, and this shall ever be,
I will be true, despite thy scythe and thee.

If my dear love were but the child of state,
It might for fortune's bastard be anfather'd,
As subject to Time's love, or to Time's hate,
Weeds among weeds, or flowers with flowers ga-

No, it was builded far from accident;
It suffers not in silent pomp, nor falls
Under the blow of thralled discontent,
Whereto the inviting time our fashion calls:

It fears not policy, that heretic,

Which works on leases of short-number'd hours,
But all alone stands hugely politic,

That it nor grows with heat, nor drowns with

To this I witness call the fools of time,
Which die for goodness, who have lived for crime.


Were it aught to me I bore the canopy, With my extern the outward honouring, Or laid great bases for eternity,

Which prove more short than waste or ruining?

Have I not seen dwellers on form and favour
Lose all, and more, by paying too much rent,
For compound sweet foregoing simple savour,
Pitiful thrivers, in their gazing spent?

No; let me be obsequious in thy heart,
And take thou my oblation, poor but free,
Which is not mix'd with seconds, knows no art,
But mutual render, only me for thee.
Hence, thou suborn'd informer! a true soul,
When most impeach'd, stands least in thy con-


O thou, my lovely boy! who in thy power
Dost hold Time's fickle glass, his fickle hour;
Who hast by waning groan, and therein show'st
Thy lovers withering, as thy sweet self grow'st;
If nature, sovereign mistress over wreck,
As thou goest outwards, still will pull thee back,
She keeps thee to this purpose, that her skill
May time disgrace, and wretched minutes kill.
Yet fear her, O thou minion of her pleasure!

She may detain, but not still keep her treasure:
Her audit, though delay'd, answer'd must be,
And her quietus is to render thec.


In the old age black was not counted fair,
Or if it were, it bore not beauty's name;
But now is black beauty's successive heir,
And beauty slauder'd with a bastard shame.

For since each hand hath put on Nature's power,
Fairing the foul with art's false borrow'd face,
Sweet beauty hath no name, no holy hour,
But is profaned, if not lives in disgrace,

Therefore my mistress' eyes are raven black,
Her eyes so suited; and they mourners seem
At such, who not born fair, no beauty lack,
Slandering creation with a false esteem:
Yet so they mourn, becoming of their woe,
That every tongue says, beauty should look so.

How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st,
Upon that blessed wood whose motion sounds
With thy sweet fingers, when thou gently sway'st
The wiry concord that mine ear confounds,

Do I envy those jacks, that nimble leap
To kiss the tender inward of thy hand,
Whilst my poor lips, which should that harvest

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The expence of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;

Enjoy'd no sooner, but despised straight;
Past reason hunted; and no sooner had,
Past reason hated, as a swallow'd bait,

purpose laid to make the taker mad:
Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof,-and proved, a very woe;

Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream:
All this the world well knows; yet none knows

To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.


My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips red:
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damask'd, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight,
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak,-yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go,-

My mistress, when she walks, treads on the

And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare,
As any she belied with false compare.


Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,
As those whose beauties proudly made them cruel;
For well thou know'st, to my dear doting heart
Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.

Yet in good faith, some say, that thee behold, And will, thy soul knows, is admitted there; Thy face hath not the power to make love groan: To say they err, I dare not be so bold, Although I swear it to myself alone.

And, to be sure that is not false I swear,
A thousand groans, but thinking on thy face,
One on another's neck, do witness bear

Thy black is fairest in my judgment's place.
In nothing art thou black, save in thy deeds,
And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.

Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me, Knowing thy heart, torment me with disdain; Have put on black, and loving mourners be, Looking with pretty ruth upon my pain.

And truly not the morning sun of heaven Better becomes the grey cheeks of the east, Nor that full star that ushers in the even, Doth half that glory to the sober west,

As those two mourning eyes become thy face; O let it then as well beseem thy heart To mourn for me, since mourning doth thee grace, And suit thy pity like in every part. Then will I swear beauty herself is black, And all they foul that thy complexion lack. CXXXIII.

Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan For that deep wound it gives my friend and me! Is't not enough to torture me alone,

But slave to slavery, my sweetest friend must be?
Me from myself thy cruel eye hath taken,
And my next self thou harder hast engross'd;
Of him, myself, and thee, I am forsaken;
And torment thrice threefold thus to be cross'd.
Prison my heart in thy steel bosom's ward,
But then my friend's heart let my poor heart bail;
Whoe'er keeps me, let my heart be his guard;

Thou canst not then use rigour in my gaol;
And yet thou wilt; for, being pent in thee,
Perforce am thine, and all that is in me.

So now I have confess'd that he is thine,
And I myself am mortgaged to thy will;
Myself I'll forfeit, so that other mine
Thou wilt restore, to be my comfort still;

But thou wilt not, nor he will not be free,
For thou art covetous, and he is kind;
He learn'd but, surety-like, to write for me,
Under that bond that him as fast doth bind.

The statute of thy beauty thou wilt take,
Thou usurer that putt'st forth all to use,
And sue a friend, came debtor for my sake;
So him I lose through my unkind abuse.
Him have I lost; thou hast both him and me,
He pays the whole, and yet I am not free.

Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy will
And will to boot, and will in overplus:
More than enough am I that vex thee still,
To thy sweet will making addition thus.

Wilt thou, whose will is large and spacious,
Not once vouchsafe to hide my will in thine?
Shall will in others seem right gracious,
And in my will no fair acceptance shine?

The sea, all water, yet receives rain still,
And in abundance addeth to his store;
So thou, being rich in will, add to thy will
One will of mine, to make thy large will more.
Let no unkind, no fair beseechers kill:
Think of all but one, and me in that one will.

If thy soul check thee, that I come so near, Swear by thy blind soul that I was thy will,

Thus far for love, my love-suit, sweet, fulfil.
Will will fulfil the treasure of thy love,
Ay, fill it full with wills, and my will one.
In things of great receipt with ease we prove;
Among a number one is reckon'd none.

Then in the number let one pass untold, Though in thy stores' account I one must be; For nothing hold me, so it please thee hold

That nothing me, a something sweet to thee: Make but my name thy love, and love that still, And then thou lovest me, - for my name is Will.


Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes,

That they behold, and see not what they see?
They know, what beauty is, see where it lies,
Yet what the best is, take the worst to be.

If eyes, corrupt by over-partial looks,
Be anchor'd in the bay where all men ride,
Why of eyes' falsehood hast thou forged hooks,
Whereto the judgment of my heart is tied?

Why should my heart think that a several plot, Which my heart knows the wide world's common place?

Or mine eyes seeing this, say this is not?
To put fair truth upon so foul a face?
In things right true my heart and eyes have err'd,
And to this false plague are they now transferr❜d.

When my love swears that she is made of truth,
I do believe her, though I know she lies;
That she might think me some untutor'd youth,
Unlearned in the world's false subtilties.

Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young, Although she knows my days are past the best, Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue; On both sides thus is simple truth supprest. But wherefore says she not, she is unjust? And wherefore say not I, that I am old? O love's best habit is in seeming trust, And age in love loves not to have years told. Therefore I lie with her, and she with me, And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be. CXXXIX.

O call not me to justify the wrong, That thy unkindness lays upon my heart; Wound me not with thine eye, but with thy


Use power with power, and slay me not by art! Tell me thou lovest elsewhere; but in my sight, Dear heart, forbear to glance thine eye aside! What need'st thou wound with cunning, when thy


Is more than my o'erpress'd defence can 'bide?
Let me excuse thee: ah! my love well knows,
Her pretty looks have been mine enemies:
And therefore from my face she turns my foes,
That they elsewhere might dart their injuries.
Yet do not so; but since I am near slain,
Kill me outright with looks, and rid my pain.

Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
My tongue-tied patience with too much disdain;
Lest sorrow lend me words, and words express
The manner of my pity-wanting pain.

If I might teach thee wit, better it were, Though not to love, yet, love, to tell me so; (As testy sick men, when their deaths be near, No news but health from their physicians know :) For if I should despair, I should grow mad, And in my madness might speak ill of thee: Now this ill-wresting world is grown so bad,

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In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes,
For they in thee a thousand errors note;
But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise,
Who in despite of view is pleased to dote.

Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted;

Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone,
Nor taste nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone:

But my five wits, nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unsway'd the likeness of a man,
Thy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be:
Only my plague thus far I count my gain,
That she that makes me sin, awards me pain.

Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate,
Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving:
O but with mine compare thou thine own state,
And thou shalt find, it merits not reproving,

Or if it do, not from those lips of thine,
That have profaned their scarlet ornaments,
And seal'd false bonds of love as oft as mine;
Robb'd others' beds revenues of their rents.

Be it lawful I love thee, as thou lovest those Whom thine eyes woo as mine importune thee: Root pity in thy heart, that when it grows,

Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.

If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
By self-example may'st thou be denied!

Lo as a careful house-wife runs to catch
One of her feather'd creatures broke away,
Sets down her babe, and makes all swift dispatch
In pursuit of the thing she would have stay,
Whilst her neglected child holds her in chace,
Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent
To follow that which flies before her face,
Not prizing her poor infant's discontent;

So run'st thou after that which flies from thee,
Whilst I, thy babe, chase thee afar behind;
But if thou catch thy hope, turn back to me,
And play the mother's part, kiss me, be kind!
So will I pray that thou may'st have thy will,
If thou turn back, and my loud crying still.

Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which, like two spirits, do suggest me still;
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman, colour'd ill.

To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her fool pride.

And whether that my angel be turn'd fiend,
Suspect I may, yet not directly tell;
But being both from me, both to each friend,
I guess one angel in another's hell.
Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.


Those lips that Love's own hand did make, Breathed forth the sound that said, I hate, To me that languish'd for her sake; But when she saw my woeful state,

Straight in her heart did mercy come, Chiding that tongue, that ever sweet

Was used in giving gentle doom;
And taught it thus a-new to greet:
I hate she alter'd with an end,
That follow'd it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who like a fiend
From heaven to hell is flown away.
I hate from hate away she threw,
And saved my life, saying-not you.

Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,
Fool'd by those rebel powers that thee array,
Why dost thou pine within, and suffer dearth,
Painting thy outward walls so costly gay?

Why so large cost, having so short a lease, Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend? Shall worms, inheritors of this excess, Eat up thy change? Is this thy body's end? Then, soul, live thou upon thy servant's loss, And let that pine to aggravate thy store: Bay terms divine in selling hours of dross;

Within be fed, without be rich no more:
So shalt thou feed on death, that feeds on men,
And, death once dead, there's no more dying then.

My love is as a fever, longing still
For that which longer nurseth the disease;
Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,
The uncertain sickly appetite to please.

My reason, the physician to my love,
Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,
Hath left me, and I desperate now approve,
Desire is death, which physic did except.

Past cure I am, now reason is past care, And frantic mad with evermore unrest; My thoughts and my discourse as mad men's are, At random from the truth vaiuly express'd; For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright, Who art as black as hell, as dark as night. CXLVIII.

O me! what eyes hath love put in my head, Which have no correspondence with true sight! Or, if they have, where is my judgment fled, That censures falsely what they see aright?

If that be fair whereon my false eyes dote,
What means the world to say it is not so?
If it be not, then love doth well denote
Love's eye is not so true as all men's: no,

How can it? O how can Love's eye be trae, That is so vex'd with watching and with tears? No marvel then though I mistake my view;

The sun itself sees not, till heaven clears.
O cunning Love! with tears thou keep'st me blind;
Lest eyes well seeing thy foul faults should find.

Canst thon, O cruel! say I love thee not,
When I, against myself, with thee partake?
Do I not think on thee, when I, forgot,
Am of myself, all tyraut, for thy sake?

Who hateth thee that I do call my friend?
On whom frown'st thou that I do fawn upon?
Nay, if thou low'rst on me, do I not spend
Revenge upon myself with present moan?

What merit do I in myself respect,
That is so proud thy service to despise,
When all my best doth worship thy defect,

Commanded by the motion of thine eyes? But, love, hate on, for now I know thy mind; Those that can see thou lovest, and I am blind. CL.

O from what power hast thou this powerful might, With insufficiency my heart to sway? To make me give the lie to my true sight, And swear that brightness doth not grace the day?

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With others thou shouldst not abhor my state; A maid of Dian's this advantage found,

If thy unworthiness raised love in me, More worthy I to be beloved of thee.


Love is too young to know what conscience is;
Yet who knows not, conscience is born of love?
Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss,
Lest guilty of my faults thy sweet self prove.
For thou betraying me, I do betray
My nobler part to my gross body's treason;
My soul doth tell my body that he may
Triumph in love; flesh stays no farther reason;
But rising at thy name, doth point out thee
As his triumphaut prize. Proud of this pride,
He is contented thy poor drudge to be,

To stand in thy affairs, fall by thy side.
No want of conscience hold it that I call
Her love, for whose dear love I rise and fall.


In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn, But thou art twice forsworn to me love swearing; In act thy bed-vow broke, and new faith torn, In vowing new hate after new love bearing.

But why of two oaths' breach do I accuse thee, When I break twenty? I am perjured most; For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee, And all my honest faith in thee is lost:

And his love-kindling fire did quickly steep
In a cold valley-fountain of that ground;

Which borrow'd from this holy fire of love
A dateless lively heat, still to endure,
And grew a seething bath which yet men prove,
Against strange maladies a sovereign cure.

But at my mistress' eye love's brand new-fired, The boy for trial needs would touch my breast; I sick withal, the help of bath desired,

And thither hied, a sad distemper'd guest, But found no cure; the bath for my help lies, Where Cupid got new fire; my mistress' eyes. CLIV.

The little love-god lying onee asleep,
Laid by his side his heart-inflaming brand,
Whilst many nymphs that vow'd chaste life to

Came tripping by; but in her maiden hand
The fairest votary took up that fire
Which many legions of true hearts had warm'd:
And so the general of hot desire

Was sleeping by a virgin hand disarm'd.

This brand she quenched in a cool well by, Which from love's fire took heat perpetual, Growing a bath and healthful remedy

For men diseased; but I, my mistress' thrall, Came there for cure, and this, by that I prove Love's fire heats water, water cools not love.



DID not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye, 'Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument, Persuade my heart to this false perjury? Vows for thee broke deserve not punishment. A woman I forswore; but I will prove, Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee: My vow was earthly, thon a heavenly love; Thy grace being gain'd, cures all disgrace in me. My vow was breath, and breath a vapour is; Then thou fair sun, which on my earth dost shine, Exhalest this vapour vow; in thee it is;

If broken, then it is no fault of mine. If by me broke, what fool is not so wise To break an oath, to win a paradise?


Sweet Cytherea, sitting by a brook, With young Adonis, lovely, fresh, and green, Did court the lad with many a lovely look, Such looks, as none could look but beauty's queen. She told him stories to delight his ear; She show'd him favours to allure his eye:

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Where all those pleasures live, that art can comprehend.

If knowledge be the mark, to know thee shall suffice;

Well learned is that tongue that well can thee commend;

All ignorant that soul that sees thee without wonder;

Which is to me some praise, that I thy parts admire ;

To win his heart, she touch'd him here and there: Thine eye Jove's lightning seems, thy voice his

Touches so soft still conquer chastity.

dreadful thunder,

Which (not to anger bent) is music and sweet fire. Celestial as thou art, O do not love that wrong. To sing the heavens' praise with such an earthly tongue. IV.

Scarce had the sun dried up the dewy morn, And scarce the herd gone to the hedge for shade, When Cytherea all in love forlorn,

A longing tarriance for Adonis made,
Under an osier growing by a brook,

A brook, where Adon used to cool his spleen.
Hot was the day; she hotter that did look
For his approach, that often there had been.

Anon he comes and throws his mautle by,
And stood stark naked on the brook's green brim;
The sun look'd on the world with glorious eye,

Yet not so wistly, as this queen on him: He spying her, bounced in, whereas he stood; 'O Jove,' quoth she, 'why was not I a flood!'


Fair is my love, but not so fair as fickle,
Mild as a dove, but neither true, nor trusty,
Brighter than glass, and yet, as glass is, brittle,
Softer than wax, and yet, as iron, rusty;

A lily pale, with damask dye to grace her,
None fairer, nor one falser to deface her."
Her lips to mine how often hath she join'd,
Between each kiss her oaths of true love swearing!
How many tales to please me hath she coin'd,
Dreading my love, the loss thereof still fearing!
Yet in the midst of all her pure protestings,
Her faith, her oaths, her tears, and all were

She burn'd with love, as straw with fire flameth,
She burn'd out love, as soon as straw out-burneth;
She framed the love, and yet she foil'd the framing,
She bade love last, and yet she fell a turning.
Was this a lover, or a letcher whether?
Bad in the best, though excellent in neither.
VI. *)

If music and sweet poetry agree,
As they must needs, the sister and the brother,
Then must the love be great 'twixt thee and me,
Because thou lovest the one, and I the other.

Downland to thee is dear, whose heavenly touch Upon the lute doth ravish human sense; Spenser to me, whose deep conceit is such, As passing all conceit, needs no defence. Thon lovest to hear the sweet melodious sound, That Phoebus' lute, the queen of music, makes : And I in deep delight am chiefly drown'd,

When as himself to singing he betakes. One god is god of both, as poets feign; One knight loves both, and both in thee remain. VII.

Fair was the morn when the fair queen of love.

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Paler for sorrow than her milk white dove, For Adou's sake, a youngster proud and wild; Her stand she takes upon a steep-up hill; Anon Adonis comes with horn and hounds; She silly queen, with more than love's good will, Forbade the boy he should not pass those grounds; 'Once,' quoth she, 'did I see a fair sweet youth 'Here in these brakes deep wounded with a boar, 'Deep in the thigh, a spectacle of ruth!

See in my thigh,' quoth she, 'here was the


She showed hers; he saw more wounds than one, And blushing iled, and left her all alone.

*) By Richard Barnefielde.

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Fair Venus, with Adonis sitting by her, Under a myrtle shade, began to woo him: She told the youngling how god Mars did try her, And as he fell to her, she fell to him.

'E'en thus,' quoth she, 'the warlike god embraced me;

And then she clipt Adonis in her arms: 'E'en thus,' quoth she, 'the warlike god unlaced me,'

As if the boy should use like loving charms.

'E'en thus,' quoth she, 'he seized on my lips,' And with her lips on his did act the seizure; And as she fetched breath, away he skips,

And would not take her meaning nor her plea


To kiss and clip me till I run away! Ah! that I had my lady at this bay,

Crabbed age and youth,


Cannot live together;
Youth is full of pleasance,
Age is full of care:
Youth like summer morn,
Age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave,
Age like winter bare.
Youth is full of sport,
Age's breath is short,
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold;

Youth is wild, and age is tame.
Age, I do abhor thee;
Youth, I do adore thee;
O, my love, my love is young:
Age, I do defy thee;

O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay'st too long.

Beanty is but a vain and doubtful good,
A shining gloss that fadeth suddenly;
A flower that dies, when first it 'gins to bud;
A brittle glass, that's broken presently:

A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower,
Lost, faded, broken, dead within an hour.
And as goods lost are seld or never found,
As faded gloss no rubbing will refresh,
As flowers dead, lie wither'd on the ground,
As broken glass no cement can redress;

So beauty blemish'd once, for ever's lost,
In spite of physic, painting, pain, and cost.

Good night, good rest! Ah! neither be my share:
She bade good night, that kept my rest away;

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