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MY LORD,

Lookes not as lovely as when our delight

Else by the weeping magicke of my verse, First fashion's wings to adde a nimbler fight Thou hast reviv'd to triumph o're thy hearse. To lazie Time : who would, to have survai'J Dar varied pleasures, there have ever staid. And they were harmlesse. For obedience, If frailty yeelds to the wild lawes of sense, We shall but with a sugred venome meete :

THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE LORD P. No pleasure, if not innocent as sweet. And that's your choyce : who adde the title good The reverend man, by magicke of his prayer, To that of noble. For although the blood

Hath charm'd so, that I and your daughter are Of Marshall, Standley, and la Pole, doth flow, Contracted into one. The holy lights With happy Brandon's, in your veines; you owe Smild with a cheerfull lustre on our rites, Your vertue not to them. Man builds alone And every thing presag'd full happiness O'th' ground of honour : for desert's our owne, To mutual love : if you'le the omen blesse. Be that your ayme. I'le with Castara sit

Now grieve, my lord, 'tis perfected. Before l'th'shade, froin heat of businesse. While my wit Amicted seas sought refuge on the shore Is neither big with an ambitious ayme,

From the angry north wind; ere th' astonisht spring To build tall pyramids i'th'court of Fame. Heard in the ayre the feather'd people sing ; For after ages, or to win conceit

Ere time had motion, or the Sunne obtain'd O'th' present, and grow in opinion great.

His province o're the day, this was ordain'd. Rich in ourselves, we envy not the East

Nor think in her I courted wealth or blood, Her rockes of diamonds, or her gold the West. Or more uncertain hopes : for had I stood Arabia may be happy in the death

On th' highest ground of Fortune, the world knowne Of her reviving phenix : the breath

No greatnesse but what waited on my throne : Of cool Faronius, famous be the grove

And she had onely had that face and mind, Of Tempe: while we in each other's love. I, with my selfe, had th' Earth to her resign'a. For that let us be fam’d. And when of all In vertue there's an empire. And so sweete That Nature made us two, the funerall

The rule is when it doth with beauty meete, Leaves but a little dust, (which then as wed, As fellow consul, that of Heaven they Even after death, shall sleepe still in one bed.) Nor Earth partake, who would her disobey. The bride and bridegroome, on the solemne day, This captiv'd me. And ere I question'd why Shall with warme zeale approach our urne, to pay 1 ought to love Castara, through my eye Their vowes, that Heaven should blisse so far their This soft obedience stole into my heart. To show them the faire paths to our delights. (rites, Then found I Love might lend to th' quick-ey'd art

Of reason yet a parer sight: for he,

Tho' blind, taught her these Indies first to see, TO A TOMBE.

In whose possession I at length am blest,

And with my selfe at quiet, here I rest, TYRANT O're tyrants, thou who onely dost

As all things to my power subdu'd. To me Clip the lascivious beauty without Inst :

There's nought beyond this. The wbole world is she.
What horrour at thy sight shootes thro' each sence!
How powerfull is thy silent eloquence,
Which never flatters! Thou instructs the proud,

HIS MUSE SPEAKS TO HIM.
That their swolne pompe is but an empty cloud,
Slave to each wind. The faire, those flowers they

Thy vowes are heard, and thy Castara's name have

Is writ as faire i'th' register of Fame, Fresh in their cheeke, are strewd upon a grave.

As th' ancient beauties which translated are Thou tell'st the rich, their idoll is but earth.

By poets up to Heaven: each there a starre. The vajoely pleas'd, that syren-like their mirth

dud though imperiall Tiber boast alone Betrays to mischiefe, and that onely he

Ovid's Corinna, and to Am is knowne Dares welcome death, whose aimes at virtue be.

But Petrarch's Laura; while our famous Thames Which yet more zeale doth to Castara more.

Doth murmur Sydney's Stella to bei streames. What checks me, when the tombe perswades to Yet hast thou Severne left, and she can bring love!

As many quires of swans as they to sing
Thy glorious love : which living shall by thee

The only sovereign of those waters be.
TO CASTARA.

Dead in love's firmament, no starre shall shine
UPON THOUGHT OF AGE AND DEATH.

So nobly faire, so purely chaste as thine.
The breath of Time shall blast the flow'ry spring,
Which so perfumes thy cheeke, and with it bring

TO VAINE HOPE.
So darke a mist, as shall eclipse the light
Of thy faire eyes in an eternal night.

Thou dream of madmen, ever changing gate, Some melanchely chamber of the earth,

Swell with thy wanton breath the gaudy saile (Por that like Time devours whom it gave breath) Of glorious fooles! Thou guid'st them who thes Thy beauties shall entombe, while all who ere Lov'd nobly, offer up their sorrowes there.

To rocks, to quick-sands, or some faithlesse port. But I, whose griefe no formal limits bound, Were I not mad, who, when secure at ease, Beholding the darke caverue of that ground, I might i'th'cabbin passe the raging seas, Will there immure my selfe. And thus I shall Would like a franticke ship-boy wildly baste Thy mourner be, and my owne funerall.

To climbe the giddy top of th' unsafe inast?

court

Ambition never to her bopes did faine

(Most beauteous soule) doth in his journey faile, A greatnesse, but I really obtaine

And blushing says, “ The subtlest art is fraile, In my Castara. Wer't not fondnesse then And but truth's counterfet.” Your flight doth Timbrace the shadowes of true blisse? And when

teach, My Paradise all flowers and fruits doth breed, Fair vertue bath an orbe beyond his reach. To rob a barren garden for a weed.

But I grow dull with sorrow. Unkinde Fate, To play the tyrant, and subvert the state

Of setled goodnesse! Who shall henceforth stand TO CASTARA.

A pure example to enforme the land

Of her loose riot? Who shall counterchecke HOW HAPPY, THOUGH IN AN OBSCURE PORTUNE.

The wanton pride of greatnesse, and direct WERE We by Fate throwne downe below our feare, Strayed honour in the true magnificke way? Could we be poore? Or question Nature's care Whose life shall shew what triumph 'tis t'obey, In our provision? She who doth afford

The loud commands of reason? And how sweet A feathered garment fit for every bird,

The nuptials are, when wealth and learning meet? And onely voyce enough texpresse delight: Who will with silent piety confute She who apparels lillies in their white,

Atheisticke sophistry, and by the fruite As if in that she'de teach man's duller sence, Approve religion's tree? Who'll teach his blood Wh' are highest, should be so in innocence: A virgin law, and dare be great and good ? She who in damask doth attire the rose,

Who will despise his stiles? and nobly weigh (And man t himselfe a mockery to propose, In judgment's ballance, that his honour'd clay 'Mong whom the humblest judges grow to sit) Hath no advantage by them? Who will live She who in purple cloathes the violet :

So innocently pious, as to give
If thus she cares for things even voyd of sence, The world no scandall? Who'll himself deny,
Shall we suspect in us her providence ?

And to warme passion a cold martyr dye?
My grief distracts me. If iny zeal hath said,

What checks the living: know, I serve the dead.
TO CASTARA.

The dead, who need no monumental vaults, Wuat can the freedome of our love enthral?

With his pale asbes to intombe his faults; Castara, were we dispossest of all

Whose sins beget no libels, whom the poore The gifts of Fortune: richer yet than she

For bencfit, for worth, the rich adore. Can inake her slaves, wee'd in each other be.

Who liv'd a solitary phonix, free Love in himself's a world. If we should have

From the commerce with mischiefe, joy'd to be A mansion but in some forsaken cave,

Still gazing heaven-ward, where his thoughts did Wee'd smooth misfortune, and ourselves think then

Ped with the sacred fire of zealous love, [move, Retir'd like princes from the noise of men,

Alone he flourisht, till the fatal houre To breath a while unflatter'd. Each wild beast,

Did summon him, when gathering from each flowre That should the silence of our cell infest,

Their vertuous odours, from his perfum'd nest With clamour, seeking prey: wee'd fancie were

He took his flight to everlasting rest. Nought but ao avaritious courtier.

There shine, great lord, and with propitious eyes Wealth's but opinion. Who thinks others more

Looke downe, and smile upon this sacrifice. Of treasures have, than we, is onely poore.

TO MY WORTHY COUSIN, MR. E. C.

IN PRAISE OF THE CITY LIFE, IN THE LONG VACATION. THE RIGHT HON. GEORGE EARL OF S.

I 1.1KE the green plush which your meadows weare, Brigat saint, thy pardon, if my sadder verse I praise your pregnant fields, which duly beare Appeare in sighing o're thy glorious hearse, Their wealthy burthen to th' industrious Bore. To envie Heaven. Pur fame itselfe now weares

Nor do I disallow, that who are poore Griefe's livery, and onely speaks in teares.

In minde and fortune, thither should retire: And pardon you, Castara, if a while

But hate that be, who's warme with holy fire Your memory I banish from my stile:

Of any knowledge, wd 'mong us may feast When I have paid his death the tribute die On nectar'd wit, should turne himselfe t'a beast, Of sorrow, I'le return to love and you.

And graze i'th' country. Why did Nature wrong Is there a name like Talbot, which a showre So much her paines, as to give you a tongue Can force from every eye? And hath even powre And fluent language, if converse you hold To alter Nature's course? How else should all With oxen in the stall, and sheepe i'th' fold ? Runne wilde with mourning, and distracted fall ? But now it's long vacation, you will say Th’illiterate vulgar, in a well-tun'd breath, The towne is empty, and who ever may Lament their losse, and learnedly chide death To th' pleasure of his country-hiome repaire, For its bold rape, while the sad poet's song

llies from th’infection of our London aire. Is yet unheard, as if griefe had no tongue. In this your errour. Now's the time alone Th’ amaz'd mariner having lost his way

To live here, when the city dame is gone In the tempestuous desart of the sea,

T” her house at Brandford; for beyond that she Lookes up, but finds no starres. They all conspire Imagines there's no land, but Barbary, To darke themselves, l enlighten this new fire. Where lies her husband's factor. When from hence The learn'd astronomer, with daring eye,

Rid is the country justice, whose non-sence Searching to tracke the spheares through which Corrupted had the language of the inne, you fie,

Where he and his horse litier'd : we beginne

ON THE DEATH OF

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To live in silence, when the noyse o'th' bench Those tragicke raptures, which your name shall
Nor deafens Westminster, nor corrupt French From the black edict of a tyrant grave. (sare
Walkes Fleet-street in her gowne. Ruffes of the Nor shall your day ere set, till the Sunne shall
By the vacation's powre, translated are [barre, From the blind Heavens like a cinder fall :
To cut-worke bands : and who were busie here, And all the elements intend their strife,
Are gone to sow sedition in the sbire.

To ruine what they fram'd : then your fame's life, The aire by this is purg'd, and the terme's strife When desp'rate Time lies gasping, shall expire, Thus Bed the city: we the civill life

Attended by the world i'th' general fire. Lead happily. When in the gen:le way

Fame lengthens thus her selfe: and I, to tread Of noble mirth, I bave the long liv'd day

Your steps to glory, search among the dead, Contracted to a moment: I retire

Where Vertue lies obscur'd, that as I give To my Castara, and mect such a fire

Life to her tombe, I spight of time may live. Of mutual love, that if the city were

Now I resolve, in triumph of my verse,
Infected, that would purifie the agre.

To bring great Talbot from that forren hearse,
Which yet doth to her fright his dust enclose:

Then to sing Herbert, who so glorious rose,
LOVE'S ANNIVERSARIE.

With the fourth Edward, that his faith doth shine
TO THE SUNNE.

Yet in the faith of noblest Pembroke's line. Thou art return’d (great light) to that blest houre Sometimes my swelling spirits 1 prepare In which I first by marriage, sacred power,

To speak the mighty Percy, neerest heire,

In merits as in blood, to CHARLES the great : loyn'd with Castara hearts : and as the same

Then Darbie's worth and greatnesse to repeat,
Thy lustre is, as then, so is our flame;
Which had increast, but that by Love's decree,

Or Morley's honour, or Monteagle's fame, 'Twas such at first, it ne're could greater be.

Whose valour lives eternized in his name. But tell me, (glorious lampe) in thy survey

But while I think to sing these of my blood, Of things below thee, wbat did not decay

And my Castara's, Love's unruly food By age to weaknesse? I since that have seene

Breakes in, and beares away whatever stands
The rose bud forth and fade, the tree grow greene

Built by my busie fancy on the sands.
And wither, and the beauty of the field
With winter wrinkled. Even thy selfe dost yeeld
Something to time, and to thy grave fall niglier;

TO CASTARA.
But virtuous love is one sweet endless fire.

UPON AN EMBRACE. 'Bout the husband oke the vine

Thus wreathes to kisse his leavy face: UNCHASTITY TO THE SEX OF WOMEN. Their streames thus rivers joyne,

And lose themselves in the embrace.
They meet but with unwholesome springs,

But trees want sence when they infold,
And summers which infectious are :
They heare but when the meremaid sings,

And waters, when they meet, are cold.
And only see the falling starre :

Thus turtles bill, and grone
Who ever dare

Their loves into each other's eare:
Affirme no woman chaste and faire.

Two flames thus buro in one, Goe, cure your feavers ; and you'le say

When their curl'd heads to Heaven they reare; The Dog-dayes scorch not all the yeare :

But birds want soule, though not desire, In copper mines no longer stay,

And flames material soone expire.
But travel to the west, and there

If not prophane, we'll say,
The right ones fee

When angels close, their joyes are such;
And grant all gold's not alchimie.

For we no love obey
What madman, 'cause the glow-wormes's flame That's bastard to a fleshly touch.

Is cold, sweares there's no warmth in fire ? Let's close, Castara, then, since thus 'Cause some make forfeit of their name,

We pattern angels, and they us.
And slave themselves to man's desire :

Shall the sex free
From guilt, damn'd to the bondage be?

TO THE HONOURABLE G. T.
Nor gricve, Castara, though 'twere fraile,

Ler not thy grones force Eccho from her care, Thy vertue then would brighter shine,

Or interrupt her weeping o're that wave, When thy example should prevaile,

Which last Narcissus kist: let no darke grove
And every woman's faith be thine ;

Be taught to whisper stories of thy love.
And were there none,

What tho' the wind be turn'd? Canst thou not saile "Tis majesty to rule alone.

By virtue of a cleane contrary gale,
Into some other port ? Where thou wilt find
It was thy better genius chang'd the wind,

To steere thee to some island in the West,
THE RIGHT HONOURABLE AND EXCELI ENTLY LEARNED

For wealth and pleasure that transcends thy East.
WILLIAM EARL OF ST..

Though Astrodora, like a sullen starre,

Eclipse her selfe; i'th' sky of beauty are
MY LORD,
The laurell doth your reverend temples wreath, Ten thousand other fires, some bright as she,
is aptly now as when your youth did breath And who, with milder beames, may shine on thee.

AGAINST THEM WHO LAY

TO

THE REWARD OF INNOCENT LOVE.

Nor yet doth this eclipse beare a portent,

Lucullus' surfets, were but types of this,
That should affright the world. The firmament And whatsoever riot mentioned is
Enjoys the light it did, a Sunne as cleare,

In story, did but the dull zany play,
And the young Spring doth like a bride appeare, To this proud night, which rather weel'e term day,
As fairly wed to the Thessalian grove

For th' artificial lights so thicke were set,
As e're it was, though she and you not love. That the bright Sun seem d this to counterfeit.
And we two, who like bright stars have shin'd But seven (whom whether we should sages call.

I'th' heaven of friendship, are as firmly joyn'd Or deadly sinnes, l'le not dispute) were all
As blood and love first fram'd us. And to be Invited to this pompe. And yet I dare
Lov'd, and thought worthy to be lov'd by thee, Pawne my lov'à Muse, th’ Hungarian did prepare
Is to be glorious. Since fame cannot lend Not halfe that quantity of virtuall when
An honour, equals that of Talbot's friend,

He layd his happy siege to Nortlinghen.
Nor envie me that my Castara's flame

The mist of the perfuines was breath'd so thicke Yeelds me a constant warmth: Though first I came That linx himself, though his sight fam'd so To marriage happy islands: Seas to thee

quicke,
Will yeeld as smooth a way, and winds as free. Had there scarce spyed one sober: For the wealth
Which shall conduct thee (if hope may divine:) Of the Canaries was exhaust, the health
To this delicious port: and inake love thige. Of his good majestye to celebrate,

Who'le judge them loyal subject without that:
Yet they, who some fond priviledge to maintaine,

Would have rebeld, their best freehold, their
TO CASTARA.

braine
Surrender'd there: and five fifteenes did pay

lo drink his happy life and raigne. O day We saw and woo'd each other's eyes,

It was thy piety to flye; th' hadst beene My soule contracted then with thine,

Found accessory else to this fond sinra. And both burnt in one sacrifice,

But I forget to speake each stratagem By which our marriage grew divine.

By which the disbes enter'd, and in them

Each luscious iniracle, as if more bookes Let wilder youth, whose soule is sense,

Had written beene o'th' mystery of cuokes Propbane the temple of delight,

Than the philos'pher's stone, here we did see And purchase endlesse penitence,

All wonders in the kitchin alchimy: With the stolne pleasure of one night.

But Ile not leave you there, before you part

You shall have sometbing of another art. Time's ever ours, while we despise

A banquet raining down so fast, the good The sensuall idol of our clay,

Old patriarch would have thought a generall food. For though the Sunne doe set and rise, We joy one everlasting day.

Heaven open’d and from thence a mighty showre

Of amber com fits it sweete selfe did powre Whose light no jealous clouds obscure,

Vpon our heads; and suckets from our eye While each of us shine innocent,

Like thickend clouds did steale away the sky, The troubled stream is still impure,

Thai it was question'd whether Heaven were With vertue dies away content.

Black-fryers, and each starre a confectioner;

But I too long detaine you at a feast And though opinions often erre,

You hap'ly surfet of; now every guest Wee'le court the modest smile of fame,

Is reeld downe to his coach; I licence crave, For sinne's blacke danger circles her,

Sir, but to kisse your hands, and take my leave.
Who hath infection in her name.
Thus when to one darke silent roome,
Death sball our loving coffins thrust:
Fame will build columnes on our tombe,
And adde a perfume to our dust.

ARCHIBALD EARLE OF AR.
If your exanıple be obey'd

The serious few will live i'th' silent shade:
TO MY NOBLEST FRIEND,

And not indauger by the wind

Or sunshine, the complexion of their mind:
SIR I. P. XXIGHT.

Whose beauty weares so cleare a skin
SIR,

That it decayes with the least taint of sin.
Though my deare Talbot's fate exact a sad

Vice growes by custome, nor dare we
And heavy brow: my verse shall not be clad Reject it as a slave, where it breaths free,
For him this houre in mourning: I will write And is no priviledge deny'd;
To you the glory of a pompous night,

Nor if advanc'd to higher place envyed.
Wbich none (except sobriety) who wit

Wherefore your lordship in your selfe Or cloathes could boast, but freely did admit. (Not lancht farre in the maine, nor nigh the shelfe I (who still sinne for company) was there

Of humbler fortune) lives at ease, (seas. And tasted of the glorious supper, where

Safe from the rocks o'th' shore, and stormes u'th', Meate was the least of wonder. Though the nest Your soule's a well built city, where O'th' Phoenix rifled seemd t' amaze the feast, There's such munition, that no war brecds feare: And th' ocean left so poore that it alone

No rebels wilde destractions move; Could since vaunt wretched herring and poore John. For you the beads bave crusht; Rage, Eavy, Love, YOL VI.

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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE

And therefore you defiance bid

Of thy abode on Earth, yet every houre To open enmity, or mischiefe hid

Of thy brave youth by vertue's wondrous powre In fawning hate and supple pride,

Was lengthen'd to a yeare. Fach well-spent day Who are on every corner fortifide.

Keepes young the body, but the soule makes gray. Your youth not rudely led by rage

Such miracles workes goodnesse : and behind Of blooʻl, is now the story of your age,

Th’ast left to us such stories of thy minde Which without boast you may averre

Fit for example; that when them we read, 'Fore blackest danger, glory did prefer:

We envy Earth the treasure of the dead. Glory not purchast by the breath

Why doe the sinfull riot and survive Of sycophants, but by encountring death.

The feavers of their surfets? Why alive Yet wildnesse nor the feare of lawes

Is yet disorder'd greatnesse, and all they Did make you fight, but justice of the cause. Who the loose lawes of their wilde blood obey ! For but mad prodigals they are

Why lives the gamester, who doth blacke the night Of fortitude, who for it selfe love warre.

With cheats and imprecations? Why is light - When well made peace had clos'd the eyes

Looked on by those whose breath may poyson it: Of discord, sloath did not your vouth surprize. Who sold the vigour of their strength and wit Your life as well as powre, did awe

To buy diseases: and thou, who faire truth The bad, and to the good was the best law: And vertue didst adore, lost in thy youth? When most men vertue did pursue

But I'le not question fate. Heaven doth conveigh In hope by it to grow in fame like you.

Those first from the darke prison of their clay Nor when you did to court repaire,

Who are most fit for Heaven. Thou in warre Did you your manners alter with the ayre. Hadst ta’ne degrees, those dangers felt, which are You did your modesty retaine

The props on which peace safely doth subsist Your faithfull dealing, the same tongue and braine. And through the cannons blew and horrid mist Nor did all the soft flattery there

Hadst brought her light: And now wert so compleat Inchant you so, but still you truth could hcare. That naught but death did want to make thee And though your roofes were richly guilt,

great. The basis was on no ward's ruine built.

Thy death was timely then bright soule to thee Nor were your vassals made a prey,

And in thy fate thou suffer'dst not. 'Twas we And forc't to curse the coronation day.

Who dyed rob’d of thy life: in whose increase · And though no bravery was knowne

Of reall glory both in warre and peace, To out-shine yours, you onely spent your owne.

We all did share: and thou away we feare For 'twas the indulgence of Fate,

Didst with thee, the whole stocké of honour beare. To give y'a moderate minde, and bounteous state: Each then be his owne mourner. Wee'le to thes But I, my lord, who have no friend

Write hymnes, upon the world an elegie. Of fortune, must begin where you doe end.

'Tis dang'rous to approach the fire Of action; nor is't safe, farre to retire, Yet better lost i'th' multitude

TO CASTARA,
Of private men, than on the state t'intrude,

Why should we feare to melt away in death;
And hazard for a doubtfull smile,
My stocke of fame, and inward peace to spoile.

May we but dye together. When beneath

In a coole vault we sleepe, the world will prove I'le therefore nigh some murm’ring brooke That wantons through my meddowes, with a booke, There, when o'th' wedding eve some beautious muid

Religious, and call it the shrine of love. With my Castara, or some friend,

Suspitious of the faith of man, hath paid My youth not guilty of ambition spend.

The tribute of ber vowes: o'th' sudden shee To my owne shade (if fate peripit) l'le whisper some soft musique of

Two violets sprouting from the tombe will see: wit. my

And cry out, “ Ye sweet emblems of their zeale And flatter so my selfe, l'le see

Who live below, sprang ye up to reveale
By that, strange motion steale into the tree:

The story of our future joyes, liow we
But still my first and chiefest care
Shall be t'appease offended Heaven with prayer:

The faithfull patterns of their love shall be;
And in sucb mold my thoughts to cast,

If not; hang downe your heads opprest with dew, That each day shall be spent as 'twere my last.

And I will weepe and wither hence with you." How ere it's sweete lust to obey, Vertue thought rugged, is the safest way.

TO CASTARA,

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