Deep in the thigh, a spectacle of ruth!
See, in my thigh," quoth she, “ here was the sore!"
She shewed hers; he saw more wounds than one,
And blushing filed, and left her all alone.

Sweet Cytberea, 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 shewed him favours to allure his eye;
To win his heart she touched him here and there;
Touches so soft still conquer chastity.
But whether unripe years did want conceit,
Or he refused to take her figured proffer,
The tender nibbler would not touch the bait,
But smile and jest at every gentle offer:
Tben fell she on her back, fair queen, and toward ;
He rose and ran away; ah, fool too froward !

IV. Venus with young 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, so fell she to him. "Even thus," quoth she, “the warlike god embraced

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And then she clipped Adonis in her arms : “Even thus," quoth she, “the warlike god unlaced

me;" As if the boy should use like loving charms : “Even 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 pleasure. Ah! that I had my lady at this bay, To kiss and chip me till I run away!

II. 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 mantle by, And stood stark naked on the brook's green brim; The sun looked 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 I not a flood ?"

III. Fair was the morn when the fair queen of lors,

Crabbéd 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 thce,
Youth, I do adore thee;

O, my love, my love is young:
Age, I do defy thee ;
O, sweet shepherd, hic thee,

For methinks thou stay'st too long.

Paler for sorrow than her milk-white dove,
For Adon'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
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Thine eye Jove's lightning seems, thy voice his Sweet rose, fair flower, untimely plucked, soon faded,

dreadful thunder, Plucked in the bud, and faded in the spring !

Which (not to anger bent) is music and sweet fire Bright orient pearl, alack! too timely shaded ! Celestial as thou art, O do not love that wrong. Fair creature, killed too soon by death's sharp sting! To sing the heavens' praise with such an earthly Like a green plum that hangs upon a tree,

tongue. And falls, through wind, before the fall should be. I weep for thee, and yet no cause I have ;

Beauty is but a vain and doubtful good, For why? thou left'st me nothing in thy will.

A shining gloss that fadeth suddenly; And yet thou left'st me more than I did crave;

A flower that dies when first it 'gins to bud; For why? I cravéd nothing of thee still :

A brittle glass that's broken presently; O yes, dear friend, I pardon crave of thee :

A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower,
Thy discontent thou didst bequeath to me.

Lost, faded, broken, dead within an hour.

And as good lost are seld or never found,
Fair is my love, but not so fair as fickle,

As faded gloss no rubbing will refresh, Mild as a dove, but neither true nor trusty;

As flowers dead lie withered on the ground, Brighter than glass, and yet, as glass is, brittle, As broken glass no cement can redress, Softer than wax, and yet, as iron, rusty:

So beauty blemished once for ever's lost, A lily pale with damask die to grace her,

In spite of physic, painting, pain, and cost. None fairer nor none falser to deface her.

XI. Her lips to mine how often hath she joined, Good night, good rest. Ah! neither be my share: Between each kiss her oaths of true love swearing! She bade good night that kept my rest away; How many tales to please me hath she coined, And daffed me to a cabin hanged with care Dreading my love, the loss thereof still fearing! To descant on the doubts of my decay. . Yet in the midst of all her pure protestings,

"Farewell," quoth she, "and come again to-morme;" Her faith, her oaths, her tears, and all were jestings. Fare well I could not for I supped with sorio. She burned with love as straw with fire flameth;

Yet at my parting sweetly did she smile, She burned out love as soon as straw out-burneth ;

In scorn or friendship nill I construe whether : She framed the love and yet she foiled the framing;

'T may be she joyed to jest at my exíle. She bade love last and yet she fell a turning,

'T may be again to make me wander thither ; Was this a lover, or a lecher, whether ?

Wander, a word for shadows like thyself,
Bad in the best though excellent in neither.

As take the pain but cannot pluck the pelf.

Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye,

Lord how mine eyes throw gazes to the east ! 'Gainst whom the world cannot hold argument,

My heart doth charge the watch ; the inorning rise Persuade my heart to this false perjury?

Doth cite each moving sense from idle rest. Vows for thee broke deserve not punishment.

Not daring trust the office of mine eyes, A woman I forswore; but I will prove,

While Philomela sits and sings I sit and mark, Thou being a goddess, I forswore not thee:

And wish her lays were tunéd like the lark; My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love ; Thy grace being gained cures all disgrace in me. For she doth welcome day-light with her ditty. My vow was breath, and breath a vapour is ;

And drives away dark dismal-dreaming night: Then thou fair sun, which on my earth dost shine, The night so packed, I post unto my pretty; Exhal'st this vapour vow; in thee it is :

Heart hath his hope, and eyes their wished sigli: If broken, then it is no fault of mine.

Sorrow changed to solace, solace mixed with somn. If by me broke, what fool is not so wise

For why? she sighed, and bade me come to-moto To break an oath to win a paradise ?

Were I with her the night would post too soon ; IX.

But now are minutes added to the hours ; If love make me forsworn, how shall I swear to love ?

To spite me now each minute seems a inoon ; 0, never faith could hold if not to beauty vowed :

Yet not for me, shine sun to succour flowers! Though to myself forsworn, to thee I'll constant prove; Pack night, peep day, good day of night now borse Those thoughts to me like oaks to thee like osiers bowed. Short, night, to-night, and length thyself to-moto Study his bias leaves, and makes his book thine eyes, Where all those pleasures live that art can comprehend. If knowledge be the mark, to know thee shall suffice; It was a lording's daughter, the fairest one of the Well learnéd is that tongue that well can thee commend; ' That likéd of her master as well as well might be All ignorant that soul that sees thee without wonder; | Till looking on an Englishman the fairest eye could ses Which is to me some praise, that I thy parts admire ; Her fancy fell a turning

Long was the combat doubtful, that love with love

did fight, To leave the master loveless, or kill the gallant knight: To put in practice either, alas it was a spite

Unto the silly damsel.

But one must be refused, more mickle was the pain, That nothing could be used to turn them both to gain, For of the two the trusty knight was wounded with

disdain ; Alas, she could not help it! Thus art with arms contending was victor of the day, Which by a gift of learning did bear the maid away; Then lullaby, the learned man hath got the lady gay;

gay: For now my song is ended.

Heart is bleeding,
All help needing,
O cruel speeding!

Fraughted with gall!
My shepherd's pipe can sound no deal,
My wether's bell rings doleful knell;
My curtail dog that wont to have played,
Plays not at all but seems afraid;

My sighs so deep,

Procure to weep,
In howling-wise, to see my doleful plight.

How sighs resound

Through harkless ground, Like a thousand vanquished men in bloody fight!

XIV. On a day (alack the day !) Love, whose month was ever May, Spied a blossom passing fair, Playing in the wanton air : Through the velvet leaves the wind, All unseen, 'gan passage find; That the lover, sick to death, Wished himself the heaven's breath. “ Air," quoth he, “thy cheeks may blow; Air, would I might triumph so! But alas! my hand hath sworn Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn : Vow, alack, for youth unmeet; Youth so apt to pluck a sweet. Do not call it sin in me, That I am forsworn for thee; Thou for whom Jove would swear Juno but an Ethiop were ; And deny himself for Jove, Turning mortal for thy love."

Clear wells spring not
Sweet birds sing not,
Loud bells ring not

Herds stand weeping,
Flocks all sleeping,
Nymphs back creeping,

Fearfully :
All our pleasure known to us poor swains,
All our merry meetings on the plains,
All our evening sport from us is fled,
All our love is lost for love is dead.

Farewell, sweet lass,

Thy like ne'er was For a sweet content, the cause of all my moan

Poor Coridon

Must live alone, Other help for him I see that there is none.

Whenas thine eye hath chose the dame,
And stalled the deer that thou would'st strik.',
Let reason rule things worthy blame,
As well as fancy, partial tike:

Take counsel of some wiser head,
Neither too young, nor yet unwed.

My flocks feed not,
My ewes breed not,
My rams speed not,

All is amiss:
Love's denying,
Faith's defying,
lleart's renying,

Causer of this.
All my merry jigs are quite forgot,
All my lady's love is lost, God wot:
Where her faith was firmly fixed in love,
There a nay is placed without remove.

One silly cross

Wrought all my loss; O frowning fortune, cursed, fickle dame!

For now I see,

More in women than in men remain.

In black mourn I,
All fears scorn I,
Love hath forlorn me,

Living in thrall :

And when thou com'st thy tale to tell,
Smooth not thy tongue with filed talk,
Lest she some subtle practice swell
(A cripple soon can find a halt);

But plainly say thou lov'st her well,

And set thy person forth to sell. And to her will frame all thy ways; Spare not to spend, -and chiefly there Where thy desert may merit praise, By ringing always in her ear:

The strongest castle, tower, and town,

The golden bullet beats it down.
Serve always with assuréd trust,
And in thy suit be humble, true ;
Unless thy lady prove unjust,
Seek never thou to choose anew :

When time shall serve be thou not slack
To proffer, though she put thee back.

What though her frowning brows be bent,
Her cloudy looks will clear ere night;
And then too late she will repent
That she dissembled her delight;

And twice desire, ere it be day,

That with such scorn she put away. What though she strive to try her strength, And ban and brawl, and say thee nay, Her feeble force will yield at length, When craft hath taught her thus to say,

“ Had women been so strong as men,

In faith you had not had it then." The wiles and guiles that women work, Dissembled with an outward show, The tricks and toys that in them lurk, The cock that treads them shall not know.

Have you not heard it said full oft

A woman's nay doth stand for nought? Think, women love to match with men, And not to live so like a saint: Ilere is no heaven; they holy then Begin when age doth them attaint.

Were kisses all the joys in bed,

One woman would another wed.
But soft; enough-too much I fear;
For if my lady hear my song,
She will not stick to ring mine ear,
To teach my tongue to be so long :

Yet will she blush, here be it said,
To hear her secrets so bewrayed.

Take, ch, take those lips away,

That so sweetly were forsworn;
And those eyes, the break of day,

Lights that do mislead the morn :
But my kisses bring again,
Seals of love, but sealed in vain.
Ilide, oh, hide those hills of snow

Which thy frozen bosom bears,
On whose tops the pinks that grow

Are of those that April wears :
But first set my poor heart free,
Bound in those icy chains by thee.

Let the bird of loudest lay,
On the sole Arabian tree,
Herald sad and trumpet be,
To whose sound chaste wings obey.
But thou shrieking harbinger,
Foul pre-currer of the fiend,
Augur of the fever's end,
To this troop come thou not near!
From this session interdict
Every fowl of tyrant wing,
Save the eagle, feathered king:
Keep the obsequy so strict.

Let the priest in surplice white,
That defunctive music can,
Be the death-devining swan,
Lest the requiem lack his right.
And thou treble-dated crow,
That thy sable gender makest
With the breath thou gir'st and tak'st,
'Mongst our mourners shalt thou go.
Here the anthem doth commence :
Love and constancy is dead;
Phænix and the turtle fled
In a mutual flame from hence.
So they loved, as love in twain
Had the essence but in one;
Two distincts, division none :
Number there in love was slain.
Hearts remote, yet not asunder;
Distance, and no space was seen
'Twixt the turtle and his queen:
But in them it were a wonder
So between them lore did shine, "
That the turtle saw his right
Flaming in the phonix' sight :
Either was the other's mine.
Property was thus appalled,
That the self was not the same;
Single nature's double name
Neither two nor one was called.
Reason, in itself confounded,
Saw division grow together ;
To themselves yet either neither,
Simple were so well compounded ;
That it cried, how true a twain
Seemeth this concordant one!
Love hath reason, reason none, -
If what parts can so remain.
Whereupon it made this threne
To the phoenix and the dove,
Co-supremes and stars of love ;
As chorus to their tragic scene.

THRENOS. Beauty, truth, and rarity, Grace in all simplicity, Here inclosed in cinders lie. Death is now the phonix' nest; And the turtle's loyal breast To eternity doth rest, Leaving no posterity :-"T was not their infirmity, It was married chastity. Truth may seem, but cannot be ; Beauty brag, but 't is not she; Truth and beauty buried be. To this urn let those repair That are either true or fair ; For these dead birds sigh a prayer.

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