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Upon her playing upon the Virginals. [128.]
Immoderate Lust. [129.]
In praise of her Beauty, though Black. [127, 130, 131, 132.]
Unkind Abuse. [133, 134.]
Love-suit. [135, 136.]
Ilis IIcart wounded by her Eye. [137, 139, 1401
A A Protestation. [141, 142.]
An Allusion. [143.]
Life and Death. [145.]
A Consideration of Death. [1-16.]
Immoderate Passion. [147.]
Love's powerful Subtlety. [148, 149, 150.)
Retaliation. [78, 79.]
Sunset. [73, 77.]
A Monument to Fame. [107, 108.]
Perjury. [151, 152.]
Cupid's Treachery. (153, 154.]
From off a hill whose concave womb re-worded
A painful story from a sistering vale,
My spirits to attend this double voice accorded,
And down I laid ? to list the sad-tuned tale :
Ere long espied a fickle maid full pale,
Tearing of papers, breaking rings a-twain,
Storming her world with sorrow's wind and rain.
Upon her head a platted hive of straw,
Which fortified her visage from the sun,
Whereon the thought might think sometime it saw
The carcass of a beauty spent and done.
Ti:nc had not scythed all that youth begun,
Nor youth all quit; but, spite of Heaven's fell
Some beauty peeped through lattice of scared age.
1 Re-ordel, cchoed.
? Laid. So the original. But it is usually more correctly printed lay. The idiomatic grammar of Shakspeare's age ought not to be removed.
Oft did she heave her napkin' to lier eyne,
Which on it had conceited characters,
Laund'ring the silken figures in the brine
That seasoned woe had pelleted in tears,
And often reading what contents it bears;
As often shrieking undistinguished woe,
In clamors of all size, both high and low.
Sometimes her levelled eyes their carriage ride,
As they did battery to the spheres intend ;5
Sometime diverted their poor balls are tied
To th’ orbéd earth : sometimes they do extend
Their view right on ; anon their gazes lend
To erery place at once, and nowhere fixed,
The mind and sight distractedly commixed.
Her hair, nor loose, nor tied in formal plat,
Proclaimed in her a careless hand of pride ;
For some, untucked, descended her sheaved' hat,
Hanging her pale and pinéd cheek beside ;
Some in her threaden fillet still did bide,
And, true io bondage, would not break from thence,
Though slackly braided in loose negligence.
i Napkin, handkerchief. lago says, of Desdemona's fatal handkerchief,
“I am glad I have found this napkin.” 2 Conceited characters, fanciful figures worked on the handker. chief.
3 Laund'ring, washing.
4 Pelleted, formed into pellets, or small balls.