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sonnets relative to the peace, a dialogue vpon the troubles past betweene Heraclitys and Democritus; an ode on Astrea, and some epigrams and epitaphs. The ode may be selected as containing some pleasing and tender images, though dilated with too many of the usual conceits of the translation.
“ An ode of the loue and beauties of Astrea.
If more than my life I loue thee,
Past all els-comparisons.
Of those pretie lips so rosiall,
As thy lively, louing kisse.
Thamber circlets of thy tresse,
Neuer were so fine a gold.
Of those rockes whence prudence flowes,
In the orient lately found,
Be no pearles of such a price.
Makes me worship at thy becke;
As thy lillies, and thy snow. 'Tis pot, O my paradice !
Thy front euener than the yce,
If by day shee meet thy face.
With blewe trailes enameld trimme,
Would mooue rocks and rauish marble. 'Tis not all the rest beside,
Which thy modest vaile doth hide
Neuer bath'd so beauteous things.
Fires my soule with burning flame?
What What fell heat of couetize
In my feeble bosome fries;
When thou daigo'st to smile on mee?
My delicious appetites,
Curled-purled, cherrilets ?
Or what member yet more trimme,
From my sight doth closely shroud.
'Tis that peerles soule of thine ;
Makes thee triumph ouer me.
I loue twinne-flames that reflect
Of thy honey-sweeter kisses.
Blusbing most Aurora-like,
And the white exceeding skin
If they be of flesh or no.
Soft and smooth, and slender, and
I A short and profitable Treatise of lawfull and enlaw.
full Recreations, and of the right vse and abuse of those that are lawefull. Written by M. Dodley Fenner Preacher of the word of God in Midleburgh. 1587. Eccles. 2. 2. I saye of laughter, thou art madde! and of gladnes, what doest thou? Imprinted at Midleburgh by Richard Schilders. 12mo. eight leaves.
This little tract has a prefatory address 66 to the Christian Reader,” and is divided under the several heads 6 of Christian exercises, playes, pastimes, or recreations," and " speciall rules of recreation. The pious author has contented himself with gathering the leading texts of scripture as applicable to his subject, without censuring or naming the general amusements of that period, which leaves his performance destitute of the information which might be expected from the titlepage. In temperance, sobriety, and apparel we are “ to square our selues according to the most sober of our age, degree, condition and sorte of life." Cards and dice are condemned and should be exchanged for “ other recreations, as pleasaunt and of greater prayse, as chesse, musicke, &c. The following extract commences the second division upon the rules of recreation, and contains the only allusion to dramatic exhibitions.
What is a Christian recreation ?-A christian recreation is an exercise of something indifferent both for the nature and vse of it, only for the necessarie refreshing of the body or minde or both. So are allowed in the Scriptures the vse of the bowe. 2 Sam. 1. 18. Of musicke, Nehe. 7. 67. Of hunting, Cant. 2.7. but so as we doe not stirre vp or prouoke Christ with it. Lastlie, for the exercise of wit, honest ridles,
“ Rules for the better vnderstanding of euery parte of the declaration of Christian exercise: and first what is indifferent both in nature and vse.
“ 1. In nature. An indifferent thing in nature is that, which is left free, so as wee are not simplie commanded, or for. bidden to vse it, but when we shall finde it in Christian wisa dome beneficiall, or hurtfull into vs, Such is not the taking vpp of the iesture, behauiour or speech of euill men: or the fayning of them in playes, because we are expressly forbid. den to take vp the outward fashion, or shape the lusts of our ignorāce. 1 Pet. 1. 14. where the word (Suschematizo. menoi) which the Holy Ghost vseth, signifieth that very maner of fayning the outward shewes which are vsed in playes. Such also is not that whiche Solomon speaketh of, to cast firebrandes, arrowes, and deadly things, and say: Am I not in sport? Pro. 26. 18. 19. Such is not the dauns. ing of men and women togither, whiche thing neyther agreeth with the shamefastnes of the one, nor with the grauitie of the other. Nay, the very sight of it in a woman is founde to overwhelme men more then strong drinke. Mark, 6. 22. And necessarilie draweth with it that which Salomo giueth to vnchast women : That her feete dwel not in the house. Prou. 7. 11.
By a thing indifferent in vse, is meant that which is not onely free to bee vsed, but also conuenient in that time and place, before those persons where wee are presentlie to vse the same; as if the thing be mado by the law ynlawfull, and withall to haue no good report, prayse, or vertue in it, then is it not indifferent. Phil. 4. 8. as dycing, wanton pictures, vaine gestures, or what soeuer hath any shewe of evill. 1 Thes. 5. 10. 22. Lastly, they are not indifferent in vse, if they give offence, as hath bia proued before."
66 2. In vse.