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O let them come and taste this beer,
If that the Paracelsian crew
'Tis medicine; meat for young and old;
It is sublimed; it's calcinate;
It is the quintessence of malt;
It heals, it hurts; it cures, it kills;
It makes some rich, and others poor;
On a Mistress of whose affection he was doubtful.
What though with figures I should raise
A poet who, like many of his contemporaries, seems to have
mistaken extravagance and exaggeration, for tenderness and fancy. His best composition is entitled “ Advice to a « Friend:” it contains much good sense, and some good poetry, but it is too long for insertion here. Of his lighter pieces, the following is perhaps the least unfavourable specimen. His poems were printed in a small volume 4to. in 1639. He wrote, besides, nine plays, five of which were printed singly in 1639 and 1646,
Unclose those eye-lids, and outshine
The brightness of the breaking day!
Why should it fade so soon away?
Oh! let not sadness cloud this beauty,
Which if you lose, you'll ne'er recover!
To die so soon for a dead lover.
SIR JOHN SUCKLING,
Was born in 1613, and died at 28 years of age, in 1641. He
is said to have served with some distinction as a volunteer under Gustavus Adolphus; but a magnificent regiment of cavalry, which he raised in the beginning of our civil wars, and which became equally conspicuous for cowardice and finery, threw a considerable degree of ridicule on his military reputation. His four plays have little merit, but the grace and elegance of his songs and ballads, are inimitable. His works were published in 1646, 1648, 1658, 1696, &c.
Why so pale and wan, fond lover?
Prithee, why sq pale?
Looking ill prevail ?
Why so dull and mute, young sinner?
Prithee, why so mute ?
Will, when speaking well can't win her,
Saying nothing do't?
Quit, quit for shame; this will not move,
This cannot take her:
Nothing can make her.
Honest lover whosoever,
Was one wav'ring thought, if thy flame
Thou loy'st amiss,
If, when she
room, Thou došt not quake, and art struck dumb,
And in striving this to cover