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Whereat the saphir visag'd god grew prowd,
And made his capring Triton sound alowd,
Had left the heauens; therefore on him hee scaz'd.
Beat downe the bold waues with his triple mace,
And looking backe, saw Neptune follow him,
O let mee visite Hero ere I die.
The god put Helles bracelet on his arme,
And swore the sea should neuer doe him harme.
He clapt his plumpe cheekes, with his tresses playd,
And smiling wantonly, his loue bewrayd.
He watcht his armes, and as they opend wide,
As for his loue both earth and heauen pyn'd;
191 talkt 1600
164 shipwrackt 1629: shipwreck Rob., Dyce etc. 1629. 1637 187 throw Dyce etc.
faire] louely faire 1629, 1637, Rob. etc.
Ilcro and Leander.
That of the cooling riuer durst not drinke,
Least water-nymphs should pull him from the brinke.
Would steale him thence. Ere halfe this tale was done,
O that these tardie armes of mine were wings!
'Tis wisedome to giue much, a gift preuailes,
Cast downe his wearie feet, and felt the sand.
And knockt and cald, at which celestiall noisc
Then nymphs & sheaphcards, when the timbrell rings,
200 vp-starting 1609-37, Rob. his 1629, 1637: Ere half his Rob.
201 Ere halfe this] ere halfe
Vnto her was he led, or rather drawne,
By those white limmes, which sparckled through the lawne.
Whereon Leander sitting, thus began,
Through numming cold all feeble, faint and wan:
Me in thy bed and maiden bosome take,
At least vouchsafe these armes some little roome,
Who hoping to imbrace thee, cherely swome.
This head was beat with manie a churlish billow,
The drooping thoughts of base declining soules,
She ouercome with shame and sallow feare,
And euery lim did as a soldier stout,
To touch those dainties, she the Harpey playd,
Defend the fort, and keep the foe-man out.
257 dropping 1629, 1637 267 now om. 1637 270 daintie 1613 272 foc-men
246 Through] Though 1598′, 1600
Hero and Leander.
Wherein Leander on her quiuering brest,
Breathlesse spoke some thing, and sigh'd out the rest; 250
So that the truce was broke, and she alas,
But deaffe and cruell, where he meanes to pray.
In such warres women vse but halfe their strength.
Entred the orchard of Th'esperides,
Whose fruit none rightly can describe but hee
And faine by stealth away she would haue crept,
Leauing Leander in the bed alone.
But as her naked feet were whipping out,
279-300 Owing probably to the displacement of a leaf in Marlowe's lost MS. these lines are given in wrong sequence in all precious editions. The early quartos all insert Ul. 279-90 between 300 and 301, which cannot be right. Singer in his edition of 1821 shifted II. 289, 299 to a position between 278 and 291, and this order (278, 289–300, 279-88, 301) has been retained by all subsequent editors. 280 some things 1598a, 1600 281 he om. 1637 287 pittie] mercy. 305 them conj. Broughton, Dyce dlc.: then Q4 displayd Qq 306 others] other 1600 lay
this] the 1600 display Singer etc.
Singer etc.: layd Qq
308 who] whom 1600
TO MY BEST ESTEEMED
AND WORTHELY HONORED
LADY, THE LADY WALSINGHAM,
one of the Ladies of her Maiesties
I present your Ladiship with the last affections of the first two Louers that euer Muse shrinde in the Temple of Memorie ; being drawne by strange instigation to employ some of my serious time in so trifeling a subiect, which yet made the first Author, diuine Musæus, eternall. And were it not that wee must subiect our accounts of these common receiued conceits to seruile custome; it goes much against my hand to signe that for a trifling subiect, on which more worthines of soule hath been shewed, and weight of diuine wit, than can vouchsafe residence in the leaden grauitie of any Mony-Monger; in whose profession all serious subiects are concluded. But he that shuns trifles must shun the world; out of whose reuerend heapes of substance and austeritie, I can, and will, ere long, single, or tumble out as brainles and passionate fooleries, as euer panted in the bosome of the most ridiculous Louer. Accept it therfore (good Madam) though as a trifle, yet 's a serious argument of my affection: for to bee thought thankeull for all free and honourable fauours, is a great summe of hat riches my whole thrift intendeth.
Such vncourtly and sillie dispositions as mine, whose contentment hath other obiects than profit or glorie; are as glad, simply for the naked merit of vertue, to honour such as aduance her, as others that are hired to commend with deepeliest politique bountie.
It hath therefore adioynde much contentment to my desire of your true honour to heare men of desert in Court adde to mine owne knowledge of your noble disposition, how gladly you doe your best to preferre their desires; and haue as absolute respect to their meere good parts, as if they came perfumed and charmed with golden incitements. And this most sweet inclination, that flowes from the truth and eternitie of Nobles, assure your Ladiship doth more suite your other Ornaments, and makes more to the aduancement of your Name, and happines of your proceedings, then if (like others) you displaied Ensignes of state and sowrenes in your forehead, made smooth with nothing but sensualitie and presents.
This poore Dedication (in figure of the other vnitie betwixt