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To us invisible, or dimly seen
In these thy lowliest works: yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought, and pow'r divine.
Speak ye, who best can tell, ye sons of light,
Angels; for ye

behold him, and with songs
And choral symphonies, day without night,
Circle his throne rejoicing; ye in Heav'n,
On earth join all ye creatures to extol,
Him first, him last, him midst, and without end.
Fairest of stars, last in the train of night,
If better thou belong not to the dawn,
Sure pledge of day, that crown'st the smiling inorn
With thy bright circlet, praise him in thy sphere,
While day arises, that sweet hour of prime.
Thou Sun, of this great world both eye and soul,
Acknowledge him thy greater; sound his praise
In thy eternal course, both when thou climb’st,
And when high noon hast gain'd, and when thou fall’st.
Moon, that now meet'st the orient Sun, now fly’st
With the fix'd stars, fix'd in their orb that flies;
And ye five other wand'ring fires, that move
In mystic dance, not without song, resound
His praise, who out of darkness call'd up light.
Air, and ye elements, the eldest birth
Of Nature's womb, that in quaternion run
Perpetual circle, multiform, and mix,
And nourish all things ; let your ceaseless change
Vary to our great Maker still new praise.
Ye mists, and exhalations, that now rise
From hill or streaming lake, dusky or gray,
Till the Sun paint your fleecy skirts with gold,
In honour to the world's great Author rise,
Whether to deck with clouds th' uncolour'd sky,
Or wet the thirsty earth with falling show'rs,
Rising, or falling, still advance his praise.
His praise, ye winds, that from four quarters blow,
Breathe soft or loud; and wave your tops, ye pines,
With ev'ry plant, in sign of worship wave.
Fountains, and ye that warble, as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praise.
Join voices all ye living souls ; ye birds,
That singing up to Heaven-gate ascend,

Bear on your wings, and in your notes his praise.
Ye that in waters glide, and ye that walk
The earth, and stately tread, or lowly creep;
Witness if I be silent, morn or ev'n,
To hill or valley, fountain or fresh shade,
Made vocal by my song, and taught his praise.
Hail, universal Lord ! be bounteous still
To give us only good : and if the night
Have gather'd aught of evil, or conceald,
Disperse it, as now light dispels the dark. MILTON.

CHAPTER XIX.

THE PROGRESS OF LIFE.

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely play’rs:
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts;
His acts being seven ages. First the infant,
Muling and puking in the nurse's arms,
And then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel,
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Evin in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly, with good capon lin'd,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances ;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age

shifts
Into the lean and slipper'd pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side ;
His youthful hose, well sav'd, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank; and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes

And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness, and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans ev'ry thing.

SHAKSPEARE.

CHAPTER XX.

THE ENTRY OF BOLINGBROKE AND RICHARD INTO

LONDON.

DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK.

Duch. My lord, you told me you would tell the rest, When weeping made you break the story off, Of our two cousins coming into London.

York. Where did I leave ?

Duch. At that sad stop, my lord,
Where rude, misgovern'd hands, from window-tops,
Threw dust and rubbish on king Richard's head.

York. Then, as I said, the Duke, great Bolingbroke!
Mounted upon a hot and fiery steed,
Which his aspiring rider seem'd to know,
With slow, but stately pace, kept on his course :
While all tongues cried, God save thee, Boling broke!
You would have thought the very windows spake,
So many greedy looks of young and old
Through casements darted their desiring eyes
Upon his visage : and that all the walls
With painted imag'ry had said at once
Jesu preserve thee! welcome Bolingbroke!
While he, from one side to the other turning,
Bare headed, lower than his proud steed's neck,
Bespoke them thus: I thank you, countrymen ;
And thus still doing, thus he passed along.

Duch. Alas! poor Richard, where rides he the while ?

York. As in a theatre, the eyes
After a well-grac'd actor leaves the stage,
Are idly bent on him that enters next,
Thinking his prattle to be tedious:
Ev’n so, or with much more contempt, men's eyes
Did scowl on Richard : no man cried, God save him !

of men,

No joyful tongue gave him his welcome home:
But dust was thrown upon his sacred head;
Which with such gentle sorrow he shook off
(His face still combating with tears and smiles,
The badges of his grief and patience),
That had not God, for some strong purpose, steel'd
The hearts of men, they must perforce have melted,
And barbarism itself have pitied him.
But Heaven hath a hand in these events,
To whose high will we bound our calm contents.

SHAKSPEARE.

CHAPTER XXI.

LIFE.

-REASON thus with life: If I do lose thee, I do lose a thing That none but fools would reck: a breath thou art, Servile to all the skyey influences, That do this habitation, where thou keep'st, Hourly afflict; merely thou art death's fool ; For him thou labour'st by thy flight to shun, And yet runn'st tow'rd him still. Thou art not noble ; For all th' accommodations that thou bear'st Are nurs'd by baseness: thou’rt by no means valiant ; For thou dost fear the soft and tender fork Of a poor worm. Thy best of rest is sleep, And that thou oft provok’st; yet grossly fear'st Thy death, which is no more. Thou’rt not thyself; For thou exist'st on many a thousand grains, That issue out of dust. Happy thou art not; For what thou hast not, still thou striv'st to get; And what thou hast, forgett'st. Thou art not certain : For thy complexion shifts to strange effects, After the moon. If thou art rich, thou’rt poor ; For, like an ass, whose back with ingots bows, Thou bear’st thy heavy riches but a journey, And death unloadeth thee. Friend thou hast none; For thy own bowels, which do call thee sire, The mere effusion of thy proper loins,

Do curse the Gout, Serpigo, and the Rheum,
For ending thee no sooner. Thou hast nor youth nor age;
But as it were an after dinner's sleep,
Dreaming on both; for all thy blessed youth
Becomes as aged, and doth beg the alms
Of palsied Eld; and when thou’rt old and rich,
Thou hast neither heat, affection, limb, nor bounty,
To make thy riches pleasant. What's yet in this
That bears the name of life? yet in this life
Lie hid more thousand deaths; yet death we fear,
That makes these odds all even.

SHAKSPEARE.

CHAPTER XXII.

HOTSPUR'S DESCRIPTION OF A FOP.

I do remember when the fight was done,
When I was dry with rage and extreme toil,
Breathless and faint, leaning upon my sword,
Came there a certain lord, neat, trimly dress’d ;
Fresh as a bridegroom, and his chin, new reap'd,
Show'd like a stubble land at harvest home.
He was perfumed like a milliner ;
And 'twixt his finger and his thumb he held
A pouncet-box, which ever and anon
He
gave

his nose, and took’t away again ;
Who, therewith angry, when it next came there,
Took it in snuff.—And still he smild, and talk’d;
And as the soldiers bare dead bodies by,
He call'd them untaught knaves, unmannerly,
To bring a slovenly, unhandsome corse
Betwixt the wind and his nobility.
With many holiday and lady terms
He question’d me: among the rest demanded
My pris’ners, in your Majesty's behalf.
I then, all smarting with my wounds, being gallid
To be so pester'd with a popinjay,
Out of my grief, and my impatience,
Answer'd negligently, I know not what:
He should, or should not ; for he made me mad

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