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A LOVER'S COMPLAINT.
FROM off a hill whose concave womb re-worded
Upon her head a platted hive of straw,
Oft did she heave her napkin to her eyne,
I conceited] i.e. fanciful.
Sometimes her levell d * eyes their carriage ride,
lend To every place at once, and no where fix'd, The mind and sight distractedly commix’d.
Her hair, nor loose, nor tyd in formal plat,
A thousand favours from a maund 6 she drew
Of folded schedules had she many a one,
• levelld eyes, &c.] An allusion to a piece of ordnance s sheav'd] i. e, straw.
maund] i.e. hand basket.
Bidding them find their sepulchres in mud;
These often bath'd she in her fuxive eyes, And often kiss'd, and often 'gan 9 to tear; Cried, “ O false blood! thou register of lies, “What unapproved witness dost thou bear! “ Ink would have seem'd more black and damned
here!” This said, in top of rage the lines she rents, Big discontent so breaking their contents.
A reverend man that graz’d his cattle nigh,
So slides he down upon his grained bat, 11
sleided] i.e. raw, untwisted. 8 feut] i.e. neatly, curiously.
'gan] Malone's conjecture for “ gave.” 10 fancy] i. e. enamoured one : fancy occurs several times in this vol. in the sense of love,
11 bat] i. t. club.
Her grievance with his hearing to divide :
Father,” she says, “ though in me you behold “ The injury of many a blasting hour, “ Let it not tell your judgment I am old;
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) “Of one by nature's outwards so commended, “ That maiden's 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 sawm.19 “ Small show of man was yet upon his chin; “ His phenix down began but to appear, « Like unshorn velvet, on that termless skin, “ Whose bare out-bragg'd the web it seem'd to
12 sawn] i. e. sown.
wear; “ Yet show'd his visage by that cost most dear; “ And nice affections wavering stood in doubt “ If best 'twere as it was, or best without.
“ His qualities were beauteous as his form, “ For maiden-tongued 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 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;
Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case :