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Of court, of city, and had let go by The swiftest hours, observed as they flew, Towards this afflicted fancy fastly drew; And, privileged by age, desires to know, In brief, the grounds and motives of her woe. So slides he down upon his grained bat, Apd comely-distant sits he by her side; When he again desires her, being sat, Her grievance with his hearing to divide : If that from him there may be aught applied, Which may her suffering ecstasy assuage, 'T is promis’d in the charity of age. Father, she says, though in me you behold The injury of many a blasting hour, Let it not tell your judgment I am old; Not age, but sorrow, over me hath power: I might as yet have been a spreading flower, Fresh to myself, if I had self-applied Love to myself, and to no love beside. But woe is me! too early I attended A youthful suit, it was to gain my grace; C! one by pature's outwards so commended, That maidens' eyes stuck over all his face. Love lack'd a dwelling, and made him her place; And when in his fair parts she did abide, She was new lodg’d, and newly deified. His browny locks did hang in crooked curls, And every light occasion of the wind Upon his lips their silken parcels hurls: What's sweet to do, to do will aptly find; Each eye that saw him did enchant the mind, For on his visage was in little drawn, What largeness thinks in paradise was sawn. Small show of man was yet upon his chin His phenix down began but to appear,

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Like unshorn velvet, on that termless skin,
Whose bare out-brag'd the web it seem'd to wear;
Yet show'd his visage by that cost most dear,
And nice affections wavering stood in doubt
If best were as it was, or best without.
His qualities were beauteous as his form,
For maiden-tongu'd he was, and thereof free;
Yet, if men mov'd him, was he such a storm
As oft 'twixt May and April is to see,
When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they be.
His rudeness so, with his authoriz'd youth,
Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.
Well could he ride, and often men would say,
“That horse his mettle from his rider takes :
Proud of subjection, noble by the sway,
What rounds, what bounds, what course, what stop he makes!”
And controversy hence a question takes,
Whether the horse by him became his deed,
Or he his manage by the well-doing steed.
But quickly on this side the verdict went.
His real habitude gave life and grace
To appertainings and to ornament,
Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case:
All aids, themselves made fairer by their place,
Came for additions, yet their purpos'd trim
Piec'd not his grace, but were all grac'd by him.
So on the tip of his subduing tongue,
All kind of arguments and question deep,
All replication prompt, and reason strong,
For his advantage still did wake and sleep:
To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep,
He had the dialect and different skill,
Catching all passions in his craft of will:
That he did in the general bosom reign
Of young, of old; and sexes both enchanted,

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To dwell with him in thoughts, or to remain
In personal duty, following where he haunted:
Consents, bewitch’d, ere he desire have granted;
And dialogued for him what he would say,
Ask'd their own wills, and made their wills obey.
Many there were that did his picture get,
To serve their eyes, and in it put their mind;
Like fools that in th' imagination set
The goodly objects which abroad they find
Of lands and mansions, their's in thought assign'd;
And labouring in more pleasures to bestow them,
Than the true gouty landlord which doth owe them.
So many have, that never touch'd his hand,
Sweetly suppos’d them mistress of his heart.
My woeful self, that did in freedom stand,
And was my own fee-simple, (not in part)
What with his art in youth, and youth in art,
Threw my affections in his charmed power,
Reserv'd the stalk, and gave him all my flower.
Yet did I not, as some my equals did,
Demand of him, nor, being desired, yielded;
Finding myself in honour so forbid,
With safest distance I mine honour shielded.
Experience for me many bulwarks builded
Of proofs new-bleeding, which remain'd the foil
Of this false jewel, and his amorous spoil.
But ah! who ever shunn'd by precedent
The destin'd ill she must herself assay?
Or forc'd examples, 'gainst her own content,
To put the by-pass'd perils in her way?
Counsel may stop a while what will not stay;
For when we rage, advice is often seen
By blunting us to make our wits more keen.
Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood,
That we must curb it upon others' proof,

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To be forbid the sweets that seem so good,
For fear of harms that preach in our behoof.
O appetite, from judgment stand aloof!
The one a palate hath that needs will taste,
Though reason weep, and cry, “it is thy last.”
For farther I could say, “this man 's untrue,"
And knew the patterns of his foul beguiling;
Heard where his plants in others' orchards grew,
Saw how deceits were gilded in his smiling;
Knew vows were ever brokers to defiling;
Thought characters, and words, merely but art,
And bastards of his foul adulterate heart.
And long upon these terms I held my city,
Till thus he'gan besiege me: “Gentle maid,
Have of my suffering youth some feeling pity,
And be not of my holy vows afraid :
That 's to you sworn, to node was ever said;
For feasts of love I have been callid unto,
Till now did ne'er invite, nor never vow.
All my offences that abroad you see,
Are errors of the blood, none of the mind;
Love made them not: with acture they may be,
Where neither party is nor true nor kind:
They sought their shame that so their shame did find,
And so much less of shame in me remains,
By how much of me their reproach contains.
Among the many that mine eyes have seen,
Not one whose flame my heart so much as warmed,
Or my affection put to the smallest teen,
Or any of my leisure ever charmed:
Harm have I done to them, but ne'er was harmed;
Kept hearts in liveries, but mine own was free,
And reign’d, commanding in his monarchy.
Look here, what tributes wounded fancies sent me,
Of paled pearls, and rubies red as blood;

Figuring that they their passions likewise lent me Of grief and blushes, aptly understood In bloodless white and the encrimson'd mood; Effects of terror and dear modesty, Encamp'd in hearts, but fighting outwardly. And lo! behold these talents of their hair, With twisted metal amorously impleach'd, I have receiv'd from many a several fair, (Their kind acceptance weepingly beseech'd) With the annexions of fair gems enrich'd, And deep-brain'd sonnets, that did amplify Each stone's dear nature ; worth, and quality. The diamond; why, 't was beautiful and hard, Whereto his invis'd properties did tend, The deep-green emerald, in whose fresh regard Weak sights their sickly radiance do amend; The heaven-hued sapphire, and the opal blend With objects manifold: each several stone, With wit well blazon'd, smild, or made some moan. Lo! all these trophies of affections hot, Of pensiv'd and subdued desires the tender, Nature hath charg'd me that I hoard them not, But yield them up where I myself must render; That is, to you, my origin and ender: For these, of force, must your oblations be, Since I their altar, you enpatron me. 0! then, advance of yours that phraseless hand, Whose white weighs down the airy scale of praise; Take all these similes to your own command, Hallow'd with sighs that burning lungs did raise; What me, your minister, for you obeys, Works under you; and to your audit comes Their distract parcels in combined sums. Lo! this device was sent me from a nun, Or sister sanctified, of holiest pote;

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