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So flides he down upon his grained bat,
And comely distant fits he by her side ;
When he again delires her, being fat,
Her grievance with his hearing to divide ;
H that from him there may be ought apply'd,
Which may her suffering extasy affuage :
"Tis promis'd in the charity of age.
Father, she says, tho'in me you behold
The injury of many a blasting hour,
Let it not tell your judgment I am old;
Not
age;

but forrow, over me hath power : :
I might as yet have been a spreading flower,
Fresh to myself, if I had self-apply'd
Love to myself, and to no love beside.
But woe is me! too early I attended

A youthful suit : it was to gain my grace ;
©! one by nature's outwards so commended,
That maidens eyes stuck over all his face ;
Love lack'd a dwelling, -and made him her place ;-;
And when in his fair parts she did abide,
She was new lodg’d, and newly deify'd.
His browny locks did hang in crooked curls, ,
And every light occafion of the wind
Upon his lips their filken parcels hurls.
What's sweet to do, to do will aptly find ;
Each eye that saw him did inchant the mind:
For on his visage was in little drawn,
What largeness thinks in paradise was fawn.
Small thew of man was yet upon his chin,
His phoenix down began but to appear,
Like unshorn velvet, on that termless skin,
Whofe bare out-bragg’d the web it seem'd to wear, 's
Yet thew'd his visage by that cost most dear :
And nice affections wavering, stood in doubt
I best 'twere as it was, or best without.

His qualities were beauteous as his form,
For maiden-tongu'd he was, and thereof free:
Yer if men mov'd him, was he such a storm,
As of 'twixt May and April is to see,
When winds breathe sweet, unruly tho' they be. -
His rudeness fo with his authoriz'd youth,
Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.
Well could he ride, and often men would say,.
That horfe bis mettle from his rider takes;
Proud of subjection, noble by the fway,
What rounds, what bounds, what course, what stop
And controversy hence a question takes, she makes!:
Whether the horse by him became his deed,
Or he his, manag'd by th' well-doing steed?:
But quickly on this fide the verdict went.;.
llis real habitude gave life and grace
To appertainings and to ornament;
Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case ;
All aids themselves made fairer by their place,
Can for additions yet their purpose trim,
Piec'd not his grace, but were all grac'd by him..
So on the tip of his fubduing tongue
All kinds of arguments and questions deep,
All replication prompt, and reason strong,
For his advantage still did wake and sleep,
To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep:
He had the dialect and different skill,
Catching all passions in his craft of will;
That he did in the general bosom reign
Of young, of old, and fexes both inchanted,
To dwell with him in thoughts, or to remain
In personal duty, following where he haunted ;
Consent's bewitch'd, ere he defire have granted;
And dialogu'd for him what he would say,
Afk'd their own wills, and made their wills obey.

Many there were that did his picture get,
To serve their eyes, and in it put their mind ;

;-
Like fools that in th' imagination set
The goodly objects, which abroad they find,
Of lands and manfions, theirs in thought allign'd;
And labouring, in more pleasures to be tow them,
Than the true gouty landlord, who doth own them.
So many have, that never touch'd his band,
Sweetly suppos’d them mistress of his heart :
My woful self, that did in freedom ftand,
And was my own fee simple, not in part,
What with his art in youth, and youth in art,.
Threw my affections in his charmed power,
Reserv'd the stalk, and gave him all my flower.
Yet did I not, as some my equals did,
Demand of him, nor being desir'd, yielded :
Finding myself in honour fo forbid,
With safeft. distance I my honour shielded :
Experience for me many bulwarks builded
Of proofs new bleeding, which remain'd the foil
Of this falfe jewel, and his amorous spoil.
But ah! whoever fhunn'd by precedent
The deftin'd ill, she must herself affay ?
Or forc'd examples, 'gainit her own content,.
To put the by-past perils in her way?
Counsel may. Itop awhile what will not stay :
For when we rage, advice is often feen,
By blunting us, to make our wits more keen.
Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood,
That we must curb it upon others proof:
To be forbid the sweets that seem so good,
For fear of harms, that preach in our behoof.
O appetite! from judgment stand aloof.
The one a palate hath, that needs will taste,
Tho' reason weep, and cry, it is thy latt..

For further I could say this man's untrue,
And knew the patterns of his foul beguiling,
Heard where his plants in others orchards grew,
Saw how, deceits were gilded in his smiling,
Knew vows were ever brokers to defiling ;
Thought characters and words merely but art,
And bastards of his foul adult'rate heart.
And long upon these terms I held my city,
Till thus he 'gan besiege me: Gentle maid,
Have of my suffering youth some feeling pity,
And be not of my holy vows afraid ;
What's to you sworn, to none was ever said. -
For feasts of love I have been call'd unto,
Till now did ne'er invite, nor never vow ;-
All my offences, that abroad you see,
Are errors of the blood, none of the mind;
Love made them not, with acture they may be,
Where neither party is nor true nor kind:
They fought their shame, that fo their fhame did fiad.
And so much less of shame-in me remains,
By how much of me their reproach contains.
Among the many that mine eyes have seen, ,
Not one whose fiame my heart to much as warmed, --
Or my affection put to the smallest teen,
Or
any

of
my

leisures ever charmed :
Harm have I done to them, but ne'er was harmed ;s:
Kept hearts in liveries, but mine own was free,
And reign'd commanding in his monarchy.
Look here what tributes wounded fancy sent me,'-
Of pallid pearls and rubies red-as blood;
Figuring, that they their paflions likewise lent meg
Of grief and blushes apriy understood ;
In bloodless white, and the encrimson'd mood,,
Effects of terror, and dear modesty,
Eucamp'd in hearts, but fighting outwardly.

And lo! behold these talents of their hair,
With twisted metal amoroufly empleach'd,
I have receiv'd from many a several fair ;.
Their kind acceptance weepingly beseech’dg.
With th' annexions of fair gems inrich'd ;
And deep-brain's sonnets, that did amplify
Each stone's dear nature, worth and quality :-
The diamond! why 'twas beautiful and hard,
Whereto his invis'd properties did tend :
The deep green emerald, in whose fresh regard
Weak fights their fickly radiance do amend :
The heaven-hued saphyr, and the ophal blend
With objects manifold ; each several stone,
With wit well blazon'd, smild, or made some moan
Lo! all these trophies of affections hot;
Of penfiv'd and subdu'd defires, the tender ;
Nature hath charg'd me, that I hoard them not,
But yield them up, where I myself must render;
That is, to you: my origin and ender.
For these of force must your oblations be
Since I their altar, you enpatron me.
O! then advance (of yours) that phraseless hand,
Whose white weighs down the airy scale of praise !
Take all these fimiles unto your own command,
Hallow'd with fighs, that burning lungs did raise ;
What me your minister for you obeys,
Works under you, and to your audit comes
Their diftract parcels, incombined sums.
Lo! this device was sent me from a nung
Or fifter sanctify'd, of holiest note,
Which late her noble suit in court did shun;
Whose rarest havings made the blossoms doat,
For she was fought by fpirits of richest coat,
But kept cold distance, and did thence remove,
To spend her living in eternal love.

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