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Jarr'd against nature's chime, and with harsh din
In first obedience, and their state of good.
And keep in tune with Heav'n, till God ere long
To live with him, and sing in endless morn of light.
WINCHESTER. Eter Fam
of. Ben Jore in
THIS rich marble doth inter
The honour'd wife of Winchester,
A Viscount's daughter, an Earl's heir,
Added to her noble birth,
More than she could own from earth.
To house with darkness, and with death.
Been as complete as was her praise,
In giving limit to her life.
20 nature's chime] Jonson's Epithal. vol. vii. 2.
• To do their offices in nature's chime.' Warton.
✓ Had an competicome upon her checks lanced : The humous fell down into her throat & guiende, despatched beich bit with chil
Her high birth, and her graces sweet
The virgin quire for her request
But with a scarce well-lighted flame;
Ye might discern a cyprus bud.
And now with second hope she goes,
Spoil'd at once both fruit and tree:
19 He] See Ov. Metam. x. 4.
• Adfuit ille quidem: sed nec solennia verba,
Fax quoque, quam tenuit, lacrymoso stridula fumo, Usque fuit, nullosque invenit motibus ignes.' Jortin. 33 womb] Browne's Brit. Past. b. ii. s. 1. ed. 1616. 'Where never plowshare ript his mother's wombe To give an aged seede a living tombe.”
Pluck'd up by some unheedy swain,
And those pearls of dew she wears
Which the sad morn had let fall
On her hastening funeral.
Gentle Lady, may thy grave
And some flowers, and some bays,
Sent thee from the banks of Came,
Devoted to thy virtuous name;
Whilst thou, bright Saint, high sitt'st in glory,
Next her, much like to thee in story,
That fair Syrian shepherdess,
Who after years of barrenness,
47 Lady] Cymbeline, act iv. sc. 2.
'Quiet consummation have,
And renowned be thy grave!' Warton.
The highly favour'd Joseph bore
To him that serv'd for her before,
And at her next birth much like thee
SONG. ON MAY MORNING.
Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
star] Of the bright morning star.' Hen. More's Poems, p. 322.
1 harbinger] Shakesp. Mids. N. Dream, act iii. sc. ult.
And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger.' Warton.
2 dancing] Spenser's F. Q. i. v. 2.
'At last the golden oriental gate
Of greatest heaven gan to open
And Phoebus fresh as bridgroome to his mate,
Woods and groves are of thy dressing, Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing. Thus we salute thee with our early song, And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
AN EPITAPH ON THE ADMIRABLE DRAMATIC
POET W. SHAKESPEARE.* 1630
Written not at Cambridge plasur rasing there that year
WHAT needs my Shakespeare for his honour'd
The labour of an age in piled stones?
Or that his hallow'd reliques should be hid
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name?
10 welcome] Chaucer's Knight's Tale, ver. 1511. O Maye! with all thy floures and thy grene, Right welcome be thou, fair freshe May.'
* These lines were prefixed to the folio ed. of Shakespeare's Plays in 1632, but without Milton's name or initials. It is, therefore, the first of his pieces that was published. Warton. 11 unvalued] Invaluable. Rich. III. act i. sc. 4.
'Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,' Todd.