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But all unwares with his cold kind embrace Unhous'd thy virgin-soul from her fair biding-place.
But then transform'd him to a purple flower: Alack that so to change thee Winter had no power.
V. Yet can I not persuade me thou art dead, Or that thy corse corrupts in earth's dark womb, Or that thy beauties lie in wormy bed, Hid from the world in a low delved tomb; Could Heav'n for pity thee so strictly doom?
Oh no! for something in thy face did shine Above mortality, that show'd thou wast divine.
VI. Resolve me then, oh Soul most surely blest, (If so it be that thou these plaints dost hear) Tell me, bright Spirit where'er thou hoverest, Whether above that high first-moving sphere, Or in th' Elysian Fields, (if such there were),
Oh say me true, if thou wert mortal wight, And why from us so quickly thou didst take thy
(flight. Wert' thou some star which from the ruin'd roof Of shak'd Olympus by mischance didst fall; Which careful Jove in Nature's true behoof
Took up, and in fit place did reinstall ?
Of sheeny Heav'n, and thou some goddess fled Amongst us, here below, to hide thy nectar'd head?
VIII. Or wert thou that just maid who once before Forsook the hated earth, O tell me sooth, And cam'st again to visit us once more? Or wert thou that sweet smiling youth, Or that crown'd matron sage white-robed Truth?
Or any other of that heav'nly brood Let down in cloudy throne to do the world some
(good ? Or wert thou of the golden-winged host, Who having clad thyself in human weed, To Earth from thy prefixed seat didst post, And after short abode fly back with speed, As if to show what creatures Heav'n doth breed,
Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire To scorn the sordid world, and unto Heav'n aspire ?
x. But oh why didst thou not stay here below To bless us with thy Heav'n-loved innocence, To slake his wrath whom sin hath made our foe, To turn swift-rushing black Perdition hence, Or drive away the slaughtering Pestilence,
To stand 'owixt us and our deserved smart ? But thou canst best perform that office where thou art.
This if thou do, he will an offspring give, (live. That till the world's last end shall make thy name to
II. Anno Ælatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the
College, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began.
Hall, native Language, that by sinews weak
But haste thee strait to do me once a pleasure,
And last of kings and queens and heroes old,
Then Ens is represented as father of the Predica
ments his ten sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ens, thus speaking, explains.
Good luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth The faery ladies danc'd upon the hearth ; ; Thy drousy nurse hath sworn she did them spie Come tripping to the room where thou didst lie, And, sweetly singing round about thy bed Strow all their blessings on thy sleeping head. She heard them give thee abis, that thou shouldst still From eyes of mortals walk invisible : Yet there is something that doth force my fear, For once it was my dismal hap to hear A Sibyl old, bow-bent with crooked age, That far events full wisely could presage,