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Witness those rings and roundelayes The scrich-owles egges, and the feathers blacke, Oftlieirs, which vet remaine; The bloud of the frogge, and the bone in his Were footed in queen Maries de yes backe,
On many a grassy playne. I have been getting; and made of his skin But since of late Elizabeth A purset, to keep sir Cranion in.
And later James came in ;
They never danc'd on any heath,
As when the time had been.
By which wee note the fairies
Were of the old profession; And twise by the dogges was like to be tane.
Their songs were Are Maries,
Their dances were procession. 10 Witch.
But now, alas! they all are dead, I from the jaws of a gardiner's bitch
Or gone beyond the seas, Did snatch ihese bones, and then leap'd the ditch: Or farther for religion filed, Yet went I back to the house againe,
Or else they take their ease. Kill'd the blacke cat, and here is the braine. A tell-tale in their company 11 Witch.
They never could endure;
Their mirth, was punish'd sure :
O how the common-welth doth need
Such justices as you !
Now they have left our quarters ;
A Register they have,
A man both wise and grave.
By one that I could name
To William for the same.
To William Churne of Staffordshire,
Give laud and praises due,
With tales both old and true;
Were lost, if it were addle.
$126. Unfading Beauty. For now foule sluts in dairies
This little beautiful Sounet is reprinted from a small Doe fare as well as they;
volume of “Poems by THOMAS CAREW, Ex. One of and though they sweepe their hearths no less the gentlemen of the privie-chamber, and sewer in Than mayds were wont to doe,
ordinary to his majesty Charles I. Lond. 1640." Thuis Yet who of late for cleanliness
elegant, and almost forgotten writer, whose piems
have been deservedly revived, died in the prime of Finds six-pence in her shoc?
his age, in 1639. Lament, lament, old abbies,
In the original follows a third stanza, which, nct bess The fairies lost cominand !
of general application, nor of equal teerit, I have They did but change priests babies,
ventured to omit. But some have chang'd your
Hee that loves a rosie cheeke,
Or corall lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek Who live as changelings ever since,
Fuell to maintaine inis fires; For love of your demaines.
As old time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.
But a smooth and stedfaste inind,
Gentle thoughts, and calm desires, These prettie ladies had.
Hearts with equal love combiud, When Tom came home from labour,
Kindle never-dying fires ;. O. Ciss to milking rose,
Where these are not, I despise Then merrily went their tabour,
Lovely cheekes, or lips, or eyes. And nimbly went their toes,
$ 127. Song. The Sky-Lark. Shenstone. § 129. A Pastoral Ballad. In Four Parts.
SHENSTONE. Go, tuneful bird, that gladd'st the skies, To Daphne's window speed thy way;
1. ABSENCE. And there on quiv'ring pinions rise,
Ye shepherds so cheerful and gay, And there thy vocal art display.
Whose flocks never carelessly roam ; And if she deign thy notes to hear,
Should Corydon's happen to stray, And if she praise thy matin song,
O call the poor wanderers home. Tell her, the sounds that soothe her ear
Allow me to muse and to sigh, To Damon's native plains belong.
Nor talk of the change that ye find;
None, once, was so watchful as 1 :
-I have left my dear Phillis behind.
Now I know what it is to have strove
What it is to admire and to love, Then bid her treat yon witless beau
And to leave her we love and admire. And all his faunting race with scorn; Ah, lead forth my flock in the morn, And lend an ear to Dainon's woe,
And the damps of each evening repel : Who sings her praise, and sings forlorn.
Alas! I am faint and forlorn :
-I have bade my dear Phillis farewell.
Since Phillis vouchsaf”d me a look,
I never once dream'd of my vine:
If I knew of a kid that was mine!
But now they are pass'd, and I sigh, 'Twasthen, by the cave of the mountain reclin'd, And I grieve that I priz'd them no more.
A hermit his nightly complaint thus began: Though mournful his numbers, his soul was
But why do I languish in vain? resignd;
Why wander thus pensively here? He thought as a sage, though he felt as a man.
0, why did I come from the plain,
Where I fed on the smiles of my dear? “Ah! why, thus abandon'd to darkness and woe, They tell me, my favorite maid, Why thus, lonely Philomel, flows thy sad The pride of that valley, is flown ; strain?
Alas! where with her I have stray'd,
And thy bosom no trace of misfortune retain. When forc'd the fair nymph to forego,
What anguish I felt at my hear!!
Yet I thought, but it might not be so, O soothe him whose pleasures, like thine, pass She gaz'd, as I slowly withdrew;
'Twas with pain when she saw me depart. away! Full quickly they pass, but they never return!
My path I could hardly discern;
So sweetly she bade me adieu, “ Now gliding remote on the verge of the sky, I thought that she bade me return. The moon, half extinct, a dim crescent displays;
The pilgrim that journeys all day But lately I mark’d, when majestic on high
To visit some far-distant shrine, She shone, and the planets were lost in her if he bear but a relique away, blaze.
Is happy, nor heard to repine.
Where my vows, my devotion, I owe,
And my solace wherever I go.
2. HOPE. For morn is approaching, your charms to restore, My banks they are furnish'd with bees, Perfum'd with fresh fragrance, and glitt'ring Whose murmur invites one to sleep ; with dew.
My grottoes are shaded with trees,
Kind Nature the embryo-blossom shall save: I seldom have met with a loss,
Where the hare-bell and violet grow,
Not a pine in my grove is there seen,
With her mien she enamours the brave; But with tendrils of woodbine is bound; With her wit she engages the free; Not a beech's more beautiful green,
With her modesty pleases the grave ; But a sweet-brier twines it around.
She is every way pleasing to me. Not my fields in the prime of the year
O you that have been of her train, More charms than my cattle unfold:
Come and join in my amorous lays ! Not a brook that is limpid and clear,
I could lay down my life for the swain But it glitters with fishes of gold.
That will sing but a song in her praise. One would think she might like to retire When he sings, may the nymphs of the town To the bow'r I have labor'd to rear;
Come trooping, and listen the while ; Not a shrub that I heard her admire,
Nay, on him let not Phillida frown; But I hasted and planted it there.
-But I cannot allow her to smile.
For when Paridel tries in the dance
Any favor with Phillis to find,
O how, with one trivial glance, To prune the wild branches away.
Might she ruin the peace of my mind! From the plains, from the woodlands, and In ringlets he dresses his hair, groves,
And his crook is bestudded around; What strains of wild melody flow!
And his pipe- may Phillis beware
Of a magic there is in the sound !
'Tis his with mock passion to glow : Each bird shall harmoniously join
'Tis his in smooth tales to unfold,
“ How her face is as bright as the snow, In a concert so soft and so clear,
And her bosom, be sure, is as cold; As she may not be fond to resign.
How the nightingales labor the strain, I have found out a gift for my fair,
With the notes of his charmer to vie; I have found where the wood-pigeons breed; How they vary their accents in rain, But let me that plunder forbear,
Repine at her triumphs, and die.”
To the grove or the garden he strays,
And pillages every sweet ;
Then, suiting the wreath to his lays, And I lov'd her the more when I heard
He throws it at Phillis's feet. Such tenderness fall from her tongue.
“O Phillis," he whispers, “ more fair, I have heard her with sweetness unfold
More sweet, than the jessamine's Aow'r! How that pity was due to a dove,
What are pinks in a morn, to compare? That it ever attended the bold;
What is eglantine after a shower?
“ Then the lily no longer is wbite ; So much I her accents adore,
Then the rose is depriv'd of its bloom;
Then the violets die with despite, Let her speak, and whatever she say,
And the woodbines give up their perfume." Methinks, I should love her the more.
Thus glide the soft numbers along, Can a bosom so gentle remain
And he fancies no shepherd his peer; Unmov'd, when her Corydon sighs?) Yet I never should envy the song, Will a nymph that is fond of the plain,
Were not Phillis to lend it an ear. These plains and this valley despise ?
Let his crook be with hyacinths bound, Dear regions of silence and shade!
So Phillis the trophy despise ; Soft scenes of contentment and ease!
Let his forehead with laurels be crown'd, Where I could have pleasingly stray'd,
So they shine not in Phillis's eyes. If aught in her absence could please.
The language that flows from the heart But where does my Phillida stray?
Is a stranger to Paridel's tongue ;
Or sure I must envy the song.
And the face of the valleys as fine ;
4. DISAPPOINTMENT. But their love is not equal to mine.
Ye shepherds, give ear to my lay,
And take no more heed of my sheep: 3. SOLICITUDE.
They have nothing to do but to stray,
I have nothing to do but to weep. Why will you my passion reprove,
Yet do not my folly reprove : Why term il a folly to grieve,
She was fair, and my passion begun; Ere 1 show you the charms of my love? She smil'd, and I could not but love; She is fairer than you can believe.
She is faithloss, and I am undone.
my crook :
Perhaps I was void of all thought;
And Phæbe was pleas'd too, and to my dog said, Perhaps it was plain to foresec,
“ Come hither, poor fellow !” and patted his That a nymph so complete would be sought
[look, By a swain more engaging
But now, when he's fawning, I, with a sour Ah! love ev'ry hope can inspire :
Cry, “Sirrah!" and give him a blow with It banishes wisdom the while; And the lip of the nymph we admire And i'll give him another; for why should Seems for ever adorn'd with a smile!
Be dull as his master, when Phæbe's away? She is faithless, and I am undone ; Ye that wjiness the woes I endure,
Sweet music went with us both all the wood Let reason instruct you to shun
[too; What it cannot instruct you to cure. The lark, linnet, throstle, and nightingale Beware how you loiter in vain
Winds over us whisper’d, Aocks by us did bleat, Amid nymphs of a higher degree:
And chirp went the grasshopper under our feet. It is not for me to explain
But now she is absent, though still they singon, How fair and how fickle they be.
The woods are but lonely, the melody's gone!
Her voice in the concert, as now I have found, Alas! from the day that we met,
Gives every thing else its agreeable sound. What hope of an end to my woes, When I cannot endure to forget
Will no pitying Power that hears me comThe glance that undid my repose ?
plain, Yet time may diminish the pain :
Or cure my disquiet, or soften my pain? The flow'r, and the shrub, and the tree,
To be cur'd, thou must, Colin, thy passion reWhich I rear’d for her pleasure in vain,
move, In time may have comfort for me.
But what swain is so silly to live without love?
No, deity, bid the dear nymph to return; The sweets of a dew-sprinkled rose,
For ne'er was poor shepherd so sadly forlorn. The sound of a murmuring stream,
Ah! what shall I do? I shall die with despair: The peace which from solitude flows,
Take heed, all ye swains, how ye love one so fair. Henceforth shall be Corydon's theme. High transports are shown to the sight,
But we are not to find them our own : Fate never bestow'd such delight,
$ 131. A Pastoral Ballad. Rowe. As I with my Phillis had known.
Despairing beside a clear stream, O ye woods, spread your branches apace; A shepherd forsaken was laid; To your deepest recesses I fy;
And, while a false nymph was his theme, I would hide with the beasts of the chase, A willow supported his head. I would vanish from every eye,
The wind that blew over the plain, Yet my reed shall resound through the grove To his sighs with a sigh did reply ;
With the same sad complaint it begun; And the brook, in return to his pain, How she smild, and I could not but love; Ran mournfully murmuring by. Was faithless, and I am undone!
Alas! silly swain that I was !
(Thus sadly complaining, he cried ;)
When first I beheld that fair face, $ 130. Phæle. A Pastoral. Byrom. 'Twere better by far I had died.
She talk’d, and I bless'd her dear tongue;
She could doat on so lowly a clown,
To forsake the fine folk of the town!
To think that a beauty so gay
What though I have skill to complain,
Though the muses my temples have crown'd; And, still as it murmurs, do nothing but chide: Alust you be so cheerful, whilst I go in pain? What though, when they hear my soft strain, Peace there with your bubbling, and hear me
The virgins sit weeping around; complain.
Ah, Colin! thy hopes are in vain,
Thy pipe and thy laurel resign;
All you, my companions so dear,
And now the sounds increase : Who sorrow to see me betray’d,
And, from the corner where he lay, Whatever I suffer, forbear,
He sees a train, profusely gay, Forbear to accuse the false maid.
Come prankling o'er the place. Though through the wide world I should range, But (trust me, gentles), nerer yet 'Tis in vain from my fortune to fly;
Was dight a masquing half so neat, "Twas hers to be false, and to change;
Or half so rich, before ; 'Tis mine to be constant, and die.
The country lent the sweet perfumes, If, while my hard fate 1 sustain,
The sea the pearl, the sky the plumes,
The town its silken store.
In flaunting robes above the rest,
With awful accent cried :
Let her own that her shepherd was true. Has here presum'd to hide ?"
At this the swain, whose vent'rous soul And deck her in golden array;
No sears of magic art control, Be finest at ev'ry fine show,
Advanc'd in open sight;. And frolic it all the long day:
“ Nor have I cause of dread,” he said, While Colin, forgotten and
“ Who view, by no presumption led, No more shall be talk'd of or seen,
Your revels of the night.
“ 'Twas grief, for scorn of faithful love,
Amid the nightly dew." § 132. A Fairy Tale. Parnell.
“ 'Tis well," the gallant cries again, In Britain's isle, and Arthur's days,
“ We fairies never injure inen When midnight fairies daunc'd the maze,
Who dare to tell us true.
“ Exalt thy lore-dejected heart; Edwin, I wis, a gentle youth,
Be mine the task, or ere we part, Endow'd with courage, sense, and truth,
To make thee grief resign; Though badly shap'd he been.
Now take the pleasure of thy chance ; His mountain back mote well be said
Whilst I with Mab, my partner, daunce, To measure height against his head,
Be litile Mable thine."
He spoke, and, all a sudden, there
Light music floats in wanton air ;
The Monarch leads the Queen:
The rest their fairie partners found:
And Mable trimly tript the ground
With Edwin of the Green.
The dauncing past, the board was laid, But one Sir Topaz dress’d with art,
And siker such a feast was made
As heart and lip desire :
Withouten hands the dishes fly,
The glasses with a wish come nigh,
And with a wish retire.
But now, to please the fairie king, "Twas near an old enchanted court,
Full every deal they laugh and sing, Where sportive fairies made resort,
And antic feats devise; To revel out the night.
Some wind and tumble like an ape, His heart was drear, his hope was cross'd, And other some transmute their shape, "Twas late, 'twas far, the path was lost
In Edwin's wond'ring eyes. That reach'd the neighbour town: Till one, at last, that Robin hight, With weary steps he quits the shades,
Renown'd for pinching maids at night, Resolv'd, the darkling dome he treads,
Has bent him np aloof; And drops his limbs adown.
And full against the beam he Aung, But scant he lays him on the floor,
Where by the back the youth he hung, When hollow winds remove the door,
To sprawl unneath the roof. A trembling rocks the ground:
From thence, “ Reverse my charm," he cries, And, well I ween to count aright,
“ And let it fairly now suffice, At once an hundred tapers light
The gambol has been shown." On all the walls around.
But Oberon answers, with a smile, Now sounding tongues assail his car,
“ Content thee, Edwin, for a while, Now sounding feet approachen near,
The vantage is thine own."