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When that abject insolence,
(Which submits to the more great.
And disdains the weaker state,
Shall at court be judged a crime,
Though in practice, and the time
Whose large branches vainly sprout,
'Bove the measure of the root. But let storms speak ne'er so loud,
And the astonished day be night;
Yet the just shines in a light,
TIME! where didst thou those
To give her troubles peace.
Like a late bride appear?
On the departed year.
Whose parents coffined lie,
As the spring ne'er should die,
Reflects not on the last;
And only weep the past.
Since reason did begin
Did only vary sin.
? gequiem, a service in the Romish church for the repose of the souls of the dead.
Poor bankrupt conscience! where are those
Rich hours, but farmed to thee?
As no rent-day should be !
Disorders my past years ;
Nor antidote, but tears.
Wasa native of London ; he was educated at Cambridge, and, in 1629, received a living in Devonshire. During the usurpation of Cromwell, he was ejected, like many others of the episcopal clergy, but was reinstated on the restoration of Charles the Second. Good fortune, however, came too late, for the poet died soon after his re-establishment in his former rectory.
Herrick's poetry is remarkable for prettiness, rather than any higher quality ; and in too many instances he has sullied his verses by allusions, equally offensive to delicacy and good taste.
Fair pledges of a fruitful tree,
Why do ye fall so fast?
Your date is not so past,
And go at last.
An hour or half's delight,
And so to bid good night?
And lose you quite !
May read how soon things have
Their end, though ne'er so brave',
Into the grave.
i brave, displaying pride in any qualification; here, in external show.
FAIR daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon ;
Will go with you along.
We have as short a spring,
hours do, and dry
Ne'er to be found again.
JOHN MILTON, The acknowledged prince of British poets, was born in London, December 9, 1608. He was, in early life, a diligent student; and before he attained the age of seventeen, knew the French, Italian, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Chaldee languages, almost as familiarly as his own. He was sent to Cambridge, where he took the degree of M.A. in 1632. After a residence of five years with his father, at Horton, in Buckinghamshire, where he composed some of his smaller pieces, ho visited Italy. On his return home, he forind England distracted by civil war, and, led away by early prejudices, he embraced the Republican party. During the Protectorate, he held the situation of Latin Secretary to Oliver Cromwell, and unfortunately was induced to write in defence of the crimes of the regicides. After this he was stricken with blindness, and his immortal poem, the Paradise Lost, was dictated to his daughters, who acted as his amanuenses. After the Restoration, Milton was supposed to be in some danger ; but he was protected by Sir W. Davenant, to whom he had rendered the same service when the Commonwealth was triumphant. Paradise Lost was sold to a bookseller, for a miserable sum, and published in 1667; Paradise Regained and Samson Agonistes appeared in 1670. From thenceforwarı, the poet lived in retirement, and died A.D. 1674.
The best character of Milton's powers is to be found in the well-known épigram of Dryden, which can scarcely be deemed too laudatory:
Three poets in three distant ages børn,
THE GARDEN OF EDEN.
SOUTHWARD through Eden went a river large,
Luxuriant; meanwhile murmuring waters fall shaggy, as rough with trees and nectar, nectar was fabled by the shrubs, as the sides of a beast are with pagans to be the drinks of the gods.
6 Hesperian fables ; fables respecting 2 nether, lower.
the gardens of the Hesperides, in which 3 diverse, in different directions. the apples were said to be of gold. 4 orient, eastern ; like what is pro- 7 irriguous, watered. duced in eastern countries.
8 umbrageous, shady.
Down the slope hills, dispersed, or in a lake,
THE PREPARATIONS FOR THE BATTLE OF THE ANGELS.
So spake the Sovereign voice, and clouds began
With furious expedition. 9 Pan, the god of the country, or of obvious, intervening, lying in their nature, in the ancient mythologies. 10 militant, warlike, prepared for 13 terrene, the earth.
14 battailous, warlike, threatening 11 quadrate, square.