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Denying water to the amorous thirst.
The glory of their light,
Thou, in a lawn didst first Those golden hairs incase
Late spread unto the wind.
Thou madest loose grace unkind,
Oh honour! it is thou
Our griefs and torments thus.
But, thou fierce lord of nature and of love, The qualifier of kings,
What dost thou here with us
That art below thy power, shut from above i Go, and from us remove, Trouble the mighty's sleep,
Let us neglected, base,
Live still without thy grace,
[In Hymen's Triumph.]
Love is a sickness full of woes,
All remedies refusing;
More barren with best using : :
Love is a torment of the mind,
A tempest everlasting ;
Not well, nor full, nor fasting:
Contemporary with Shakspeare, and one of the most distin
guished tragic poets of his age. He translated, in 1587, Coluthus's Rape of Helen, into English rhyme. He also translated the Elegies of Ovid. This book was printed at Middleburgh, without date, and was ordered to be burnt at Stationers' Hall, in 1599, by command of the archbishop of Canterbury and bishop of London. Marlowe afterwards began a translation of the Loves of Hero and Leander, vulgarly attributed to Musæus, but the work was interrupted by his death. “ I learn from Mr. Malone (says Mr. “ Warton), that Marlowe finished only the two first “ Sestiads, and about one hundred lines of the third ; Chap“ man did the remainder.” His plays were, 1.“ Tamer“ lane, the great Scythian Emperor, two parts.” 3.“ The “ rich Jew of Malta.” 4.“ The tragical History of the Life 6 and Death of Dr. John Faustus.” 5.“ Lust's Dominion.” 6.“ The Tragedy of King Edward the Second. 7. “ The “Tragedy of Dido, Queen of Carthage. It is to be lamented that these plays have not been collected and published, because the writings of Shakspeare's distinguished contem
poraries, would prove the best comment on his works. Marlowe was killed during an affray in a brothel, rather before
1593. His birth, therefore, may be placed, with some probability, about 1562; for it is unlikely that he could have acquired a great reputation as an author and actor much before the age of thirty; and it is to be hoped that he did not meet with such a death at a more advanced age. Of the two following specimens, the first exhibits the most striking beauties, and the second the characteristic defects, of his style,
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD.
Come live with me, and be my love,
[From England's Parnassus.]
I WALKED along a stream, for pureness rare, · Brighter than sunshine, for it did acquaint The dullest sight with all the glorious prey,
That in the pebble-paved channel lay.
No molten chrystal, but a richer mine,
E’en nature's rarest alchemy ran there, Diamonds resolv’d, and substance more divine, Through whose bright gliding current might
appear, A thousand naked nymphs, whose ivory shine,
Enamelling the banks, made them more dear Than ever was that glorious palace-gate, Where the day-shining sun in triumph sate.
Upon this brim, the eglantine and rose,
The tamarisk, olive, and the almond tree, As kind companions, in one union grows,
Folding their twind'ring arms, as oft we see Turtle-taught lovers, either other close,
Lending to dulness feeling sympathy.