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The Argument of the First Sestyad.

Hero's description, and her loves;
The Fane of Venus, where he moves

His worthy love-suit, and attains;

Whose bliss the wrath of Fates restrains,

For Cupid's grace to Mercury:

Which tale the author doth imply.



ON Hellespont, guilty of true love's blood,

In view and opposite two cities stood,
Sea-borderers, disjoin'd by Neptune's might:
The one Abydos, the other Sestos hight.
At Sestos HERO dwelt; HERO the fair,
Whom young Apollo courted for her hair;
And offer'd as a dower bis burning throne,
Where she should sit for men to gaze upon.
The outside of her garments was of lawn,
The lining, purple silk, with gilt stars drawn,
Her wide sleeves green, and border'd with a grove,
Where Venus in her naked glory strove

To please the careless and disdainful eyes
Of proud Adonis, that before her lies;

Her kirtle blue, whereon was many a stain,

Made with the blood of wretched lovers slain.
Upon her head she ware a myrtle wreath,

From whence her veil reach'd to the ground beneath.
Her veil was artificial flowers and leaves,
Whose workmanship both man and beast deceives.
Many would praise the sweet smell as she pass'd,
When 'twas the odour which her breath forth cast.
And there for honey bees have sought in vain,
And beat from thence, have lighted there again.
About her neck hung chains of pebble stone,
Which, light'ned by her neck, like diamonds shone.
She ware no gloves; for neither sun nor wind
Would burn or parch her hands, but to her mind,
Or warm or cool them, for they took delight
To play upon those hands, they were so white.
Buskins of shells, all silver'd, used she;

And branch'd with blushing coral to the knee;
Where sparrows perch'd, of hollow pearl and gold,
Such as the world would wonder to behold:

Those with sweet water oft her handmaid fills,

Which, as she went, would cherup through the bills. Some say, for her the fairest Cupid pin'd,

And looking in her face was stricken blind.

But this is true; so like was one the other,
As he imagin'd HERO was his mother:

And oftentimes into her bosom flew;

About her naked neck his bare arms threw ;
And laid his childish head upon her breast,
And, with still panting rock, there took his rest.
So lovely fair was HERO, Venus' nun,

As Nature wept, thinking she was undone,
Because she took more from her than she left;
And of such wondrous beauty her bereft :
Therefore in sign her treasure suffer'd wrack,
Since Hero's time hath half the world been black.

Amorous LEANDER, beautiful and young, (Whose tragedy divine Musæus sung)

Dwelt at Abydos, since him dwelt there none,
For whom succeeding times may greater moan.
His dangling tresses, that were never shorn,
Had they been cut, and unto Colchos borne,
Would have allur'd the vent'rous youth of Greece,
To hazard more than for the golden fleece.

Fair Cynthia wish'd his arms might be her sphere; Grief makes her pale, because she moves not there. His body was as straight as Circe's wand;

Jove might have sipp'd out nectar from his hand,

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