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Whether above that high first-moving sphere,
Or in th’Elysian fields (if such there were)

Oh say me true, if thou wert mortal wight,
And why from us so quickly thou didst take thy flight.

VII. Wert thou some star which from the ruin'd roof, Of shak'd Olympus by mischance didft fall; Which careful Jove in nature's true behoof 45 Took up, and in fit place did reinstall? Or did of late earth's sons besiege the wall

O sheeny Heav'n, and thou some Goddess fled Amongst us here below to hide thy nectar'd head?

VIII. Or wert thou that just Maid who once before 50 Forsook the hated earth, O tell me footh, And cam'ft again to visit us once more? Or wert thou that sweet smiling Youth? Or that crown'd matron sage white-robed Truth? Or any other of that heav'nly brood

55 Let down in cloudy throne to do the world some good?

Or wert thou of the golden-winged host,
Who having clad thyself in human weed,
To earth from thy prefixed seat didst post,
And after short abode fly back with speed,

60 As if to show what creatures Heav'n doth breed,

Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire To scorn the fordid world, and unto Heay'n aspire?


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But oh why didst thou not stay here below
To bless us with thy heav'n-lov'd innocence,

To slake his wrath whom sin hath made our foe,
To turn swift-rushing black perdition hence,
Or drive

away the slaughtering pestilence, To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart? 69 But thou canst best perform that office where thou art.

Then thou the Mother of so sweet a Child
Her false imagin'd loss cease to lament,
And wisely learn to curb thy sorrows wild;
Think what a present thou to God hast sent,
And render him with patience what he lent;

This if thou do, he will an ofspring give,
That till the world's last end shall make thy name to live.

II. Anno AEtatis


At a Vacation Exercise in the college, part Latin, part English. The Latin Speeches ended, the English thus began.

A I L native Language, that by sinews weak

Didst move my first endevoring tongue to speak, And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc'd, slide through my infant-lips, Driving dumb filence from the portal door, 5 Where he had mutely sat two years before: Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask, That now I use thee in my latter task: I



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Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
I know my tongue but little grace can do thee:
Thou need'st not be ambitious to the first,
Believe me I have thither packt the worst:
And, if it happen as I did forecast,
The daintiest dishes shall be serv'd


laft. I pray thee then deny me not thy aid

15 For this same small neglect that I have made: But haste thee ftrait to do me once a pleasure, And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure, Not those new fangled toys, and trimming slight Which takes our late fantastics with delight, But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire Which deepest spirits, and choicest wits desire: I have some naked thoughts that rove about, And loudly knock to have their passage out; And weary of their place do only say

25 Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array; That so they may without suspect or fears Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears; Yet I had rather, if I were to chuse, Thy service in some graver subject use,

30 Such as may make thee search thy coffers round, Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound: Such where the deep transported mind may

foar Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav'n's door Look in, and see each blissful Deity

35 How he before the thunderous throne doth lie, L 3


List’ning to what unshorn Apollo sings
To th'touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
Immortal nectar to her kingly fire:
Then passing through the spheres of watchful fire, 40
And misty regions of wide air next under,
And hills of snow and lofts of piled thunder,
May tell at length how green-ey'd Neptune raves,
In Heav'n's defiance mustering all his waves;
Then sing of secret things that came to pass 45
When beldam Nature in her cradle was;
And last of kings and queens and heroes old,
Such as the wise Demodocus once told
In solemn songs at king Alcinous feast,
While sad Ulysses soul and all the rest

Are held with his melodious harmony
In willing chains and sweet captivity.
But fie, my wand'ring Muse, how thou doft ftray!
Expectance calls thee now another way,
Thou know'st it must be now thy only bent 55
To keep in compass of thy predicament:
Then quick about thy purpos'd business come,
That to the next I may resign my room.

Then Ens is represented as father of the Predicaments his

ten sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ens, thus speaking, explains.

, OOD luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth The faery ladies danc'd upon the hearth; 60


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Thy drousy nurse hath sworn she did them spy
Come tripping to the room where thou didst lie,
And sweetly singing round about thy bed
Strow all their blessings on thy sleeping head.
She heard them give thee this, that thou shoulds Nill
From eyes of mortals walk invisible:

Yet there is something that doth force my fear,
For once it was my dismal hap to hear
A Sibyl old, bow-bent with crooked age,
That far events full wisely could presage,
And in time's long and dark prospective glass
Foresaw what future days should bring to pass;
Your son, said she, (nor can you it prevent)
Shall subject be to many an Accident.
O'er all his brethren he shall reign as king, 75
Yet every one shall make him underling,
And those that cannot live from him asunder
Ungratefully shall strive to keep him under,
In worth and excellence he shall out-go them,
Yet being above them, he shall be below them; 8o
From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing.
To find a foe it shall not be his hap,
And peace shall lull him in her flow'ry lap;
Yet shall he live in strife, and at his door
Devouring war shall never cease to roar:
Yea it shall be his natural property
To harbour those that are at enmity.


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