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He wounds with louc, and forst them equallie
To dote vpon deceitfull Mercurie.
They offred him the deadly fatal knife,

That sheares the slender threads of humane life,
At his faire feathered feet the engins layd,

Which th'earth from ougly Chaos den vp-wayd:
These he regarded not, but did intreat,
That Iouc, vsurper of his fathers seat,
Might presently be banisht into hell,
And aged Saturne in Olympus dwell.

They granted what he crau'd, and once againe
Saturne and Ops began their golden raigne.
Murder, rape, warre, lust and trecherie,
Were with Ioue clos'd in Stigian Emprie.
But long this blessed time continued not:
As soone as he his wished purpose got,
He recklesse of his promise did despise
The loue of th'euerlasting Destinies.
They seeing it, both Loue and him abhor'd,
And Iupiter vnto his place restor'd.

And but that Learning, in despight of Fate,
Will mount aloft, and enter heauen gate,
And to the scat of Ioue it selfe aduaunce,
Hermes had slept in hell with ignoraunce,
Yet as a punishment they added this,
That he and Poutie should alwaies kis.
And to this day is euerie scholler poore,
Grosse gold from them runs headlong to the boore.
Likewise the angrie sisters thus deluded,







To venge themselues on Hermes, haue concluded

That Midas brood shall sit in Honors chaire,


To which the Muses sonnes are only heire :

And fruitfull wits that in aspiring are,

Shall discontent run into regions farre;

And few great lords in vertuous deeds shall ioy,
But be surpris'd with euery garish toy;
And still inrich the loftie seruile clowne,

Who with incroching guile keepes learning downe
Then muse not Cupids sute no better sped,
Seeing in their loues the Fates were iniured.

(The end of the first Sestyad.


447 deadly fatall] fatall deadly 1637 457 warre, lust] war and lust Rob. etc. 465 but that] that but 1629, 1637 inaspiring Dyce etc.: high-aspiring conj. Bull.



Hero and Leander.


Hero of loue takes deeper sence,

And doth her loue more recompence.

Their first nights meeting, where sweet kisses

Are th' only crownes of both their blisses.
He swims ' Abydus, and returnes ;
Cold Neptune with his beautie burnes,
Whose suite he shuns, and doth aspire
Heros faire towre, and his desire.)1

By this, sad Hero, with loue vnacquainted,
Viewing Leanders face, fell downe and fainted.
He kist her, and breath'd life into her lips,
Wherewith as one displeas'd, away she trips.
Yet as she went, full often look'd behind,'
And many poore excuses did she find
To linger by the way, and once she stayd,
And would haue turn'd againe, but was afrayd,
In offring parlie, to be counted light.
So on she goes, and in her idle flight,
Her painted fanne of curled plumes let fall,
Thinking to traine Leander therewithall.

He being a nouice, knew not what she meant,
But stayd, and after her a letter sent,
Which ioyfull Hero answerd in such sort,
As he had hope to scale the beauteous fort,
Wherein the liberall graces lock'd their wealth,
And therefore to her tower he got by stealth.
Wide open stood the doore, hee need not clime,
And she her selfe before the pointed time

Had spread the boord, with roses strowed the roome,
And oft look't out, and mus'd he did not come.





At last he came, O who can tell the greeting

These greedie louers had at their first meeting.

He askt, she gaue, and nothing was denied,
Both to each other quickly were affied.


Looke how their hands, so were their hearts vnited,
And what he did she willingly requited.

(Sweet are the kisses, the imbracements sweet, When like desires and affections meet,


For from the earth to heauen is Cupid rais'd,
Where fancie is in equall ballance pais'd)

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Yet she this rashnesse sodainly repented,
And turn'd aside, and to her selfe lamented,
As if her name and honour had beene wrong'd,
By being possest of him for whom she long'd:
I, and shee wisht, albeit not from her hart,
That he would leaue her turret and depart.
The mirthfull God of amorous pleasure smil'd,
To see how he this captiue Nymph beguil'd.
For hitherto hee did but fan the fire,

And kept it downe that it might mount the hier.
Now waxt she icalous, least his loue abated,
Fearing her owne thoughts made her to be hated.
Therefore vnto him hastily she goes,

And like light Salmacis, her body throes




Vpon his bosome, where with yeelding eyes
She offers vp her selfe a sacrifice,

To slake his anger if he were displeas'd.

O what god would not therewith be appeas'd?

Like Esops cocke, this jewell he enjoyed,
And as a brother with his sister toyed,


Supposing nothing else was to be done,
Now he her fauour and good will had wone.

But know you not that creatures wanting sence
By nature haue a mutuall appetence,


And wanting organs to aduaunce a step,

Mou'd by Loues force, vnto ech other lep?
Much more in subiects hauing intellect,

Some hidden influence breeds like effect.
Albeit Leander rude in loue, and raw,


Long dallying with Hero, nothing saw

That might delight him more, yet he suspected

Some amorous rites or other were neglected.
Therefore vnto his bodie hirs he clung,


She, fearing on the rushes to be flung,

Striu'd with redoubled strength: the more she striucd,
The more a gentle pleasing heat reuiued,
Which taught him all that elder louers know,
And now the same gan so to scorch and glow,
As in plaine termes (yet cunningly) he crau'd it,
Loue alwaies makes those cloquent that haue it.

55 you] ye 1613 pleasing] pleasant 1600


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Shee, with a kind of graunting, put him by it,
And euer as he thought himselfe most nigh it,
Like to the tree of Tantalus she fled,
And seeming lauish, sau'de her maydenhead.
Ne're king more sought to keepe his diademe,
Than Hero this inestimable gemme.
Aboue our life we louc a stedfast friend,
Yet when a token of great worth we send,
We often kisse it, often looke thereon,
And stay the messenger that would be gon:
No maruell then, though Hero would not yeeld
So soone to part from that she decrely held.
Jewels being lost are found againe, this neuer,
T'is lost but once, and once lost, lost for eucr.
Now had the morne espy'de her louers steeds,
Whereat she starts, puts on her purple weeds,
And red for anger that he stayd so long,

All headlong throwes her selfe the clouds among,
And now Leander fearing to be mist,
Imbrast her sodainly, tooke leaue, and kist.
Long was he taking leaue, and loath to go,
And kist againe, as louers vse to do.

Sad Hero wroong him by the hand, and wept,
Saying, let your vowes and promises be kept.
Then standing at the doore, she turnd about,
As loath to see Leander going out.

And now the sunne that through th'orizon peepes,
As pittying these louers, downeward creepes,
So that in silence of the cloudie night,
Though it was morning, did he take his flight.
But what the secret trustic night conceal'd

Leanders amorous habit soone reucal'd,
With Cupids myrtle was his bonet crownd,
About his armes the purple riband wound,

Wherewith she wreath'd her largely spreading heare,
Nor could the youth abstaine, but he must weare
The sacred ring wherewith she was endow'd,
When first religious chastitie she vow'd:

Which made his loue through Sestos to bee knowne,
And thence vnto Abydus sooner blowne
Than he could saile, for incorporeal Fame,
Whose waight consists in nothing but her name,

85 being] beene 1613-37 1629, 1637

94 vsde 1600









100 downwards 103 what] when 1637 113 incorporall 1598a, 1609

Is swifter than the wind, whose tardie plumes
Are reeking water and dull earthlie fumes.
Home when he came, he seem'd not to be there,
But like exiled aire thrust from his sphere,
Set in a forren place, and straight from thence,
Alcides like, by mightic violence

He would hauc chac'd away the swelling maine,
That him from her vniustly did detaine.
Like as the sunne in a Dyameter,



Fires and inflames obiects remooued farre,
And heateth kindly, shining lat'rally;


So beautic, sweetly quickens when t'is ny,

But being separated and remooued,

Burnes where it cherisht, murders where it loued.
Therefore cuen as an Index to a booke,

So to his mind was yoong Leanders looke.


O none but gods haue power their loue to hide,
Affection by the count'nance is descride.
The light of hidden fire itselfe discouers,

And loue that is conceal'd, betraies poore louers.
His secret flame apparantly was seene,
Leanders Father knew where hee had beene,
And for the same mildly rebuk't his sonne,
Thinking to quench the sparckles new begonne.
But loue resisted once, growes passionate,
And nothing more than counsaile louers hate.
For as a hote prowd horse highly disdaines

To haue his head control'd, but breakes the raines,
Spits foorth the ringled bit, and with his houes
Checkes the submissiue ground: so hee that loues,
The more he is restrain'd, the woorse he fares.
What is it now, but mad Leander dares?
O Hero, Hero, thus he cry'de full oft,
And then he got him to a rocke aloft,

Where hauing spy'de her tower, long star'd he on't,
And pray'd the narrow toyling Hellespont

To part in twaine, that hee might come and go,
But still the rising billowes answered no.
With that hee stript him to the yu'rie skin,
And crying, Loue I come, leapt liuely in.





126 sweetly] quickly 1637
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131 but gods hane power]

115 windes 1637 1609-37 128 it's cherisht E. P.

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