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And now she beats her heart, whereat it groans,
That all the neighbour-caves, as seeming troubled,
Make verbal repetition of her moans ;
Passion on passion deeply is redoubled :

Ah me! she cries, and twenty times, woe, woe!

And twenty echoes twenty times cry so. She marking them, begins a wailing note, And sings extemp'rally a woeful ditty; How love makes young men thrall, and old men dote; How love is wise in folly, foolish-witty :

Her heavy antbem still concludes in woe,

And still the choir of echoes answers so.
Her song was tedious, and outwore the night,
For lovers' hours are long, though seeming short:
If pleas'd themselves, others, they think, delight
In such like circumstance, with such like sport:
Their copious stories, oftentimes begun,

End without audience, and are never done.
For who hath she to spend the night withal,
But idle sounds, resembling parasites,
Like sbrill-tongu'd tapsters answering every call,
Soothing the humour of fantastic wits?

She said, 'tis so: they answer all,'tis so;

And would say after her, if she said no.
Lo! here the gentle lark, weary of rest,
From his moist cabinet mounts up on high,
And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast
The sun ariseth in his majesty;

Who doth the world so gloriously behold,

That cedar-tops and bills seem burnish'd gold.
Venus salutes bim with this fair good-morrow:
O thou lear god, and patron of all light,
From whom each lamp and shining star doth borrow
The beauteous influence that makes him bright,
There lives a son, that suck'd an earthly mother,

May lend thee ligbt, as thou dost lend to other.
This said, she hasteth to a myrtle grove,
Musing the morning is so much o'erworn,
And yet she hears no tidings of her love :
She bearkens for his hounds, and for bis horn:

Anon sbe hears them chaunt it lastily,
And all in haste she coasteth to the cry.

And as she runs, the bushes in the way
Some catch her by the neck, some kiss her face,
Some twine about her thigh to make her stay;
She wildly breaketh from their strict embrace,

Like a milch doe, whose swelling dugs do ake,

Hasting to feed her fawo, hid in some brake. By this, she hears the hounds are at a bay, Whereat she starts, like one that spies an adder Wreath'd op in fatal folds, just in his way, The fear whereof doth make him shake and shudder:

Even so the timorous yelping of the hounds

Appals her senses, and her spright confounds.
For now she knows it is no gentle chase,
But the blunt boar, rough bear, or lion proad,
Because the cry remaineth in one place,
Where fearfully the dogs exclaim aloud:

Finding their enemy to be so curst,

They all strain court'sy who shall cope him first. This dismal cry rings sadly in her ear, Through which it enters to surprise her heart, Who overcome by doubt and bloodless fear, With cold-pale weakness numbs each feeling part:

Like soldiers, when their captain once doth yield,

They basely fly, and dare not stay the field.
Thus stands she in a trembling ecstasy;
Till, cheering up her senses sure dismay'd,
She tells them, 'tis a causeless fantasy,
And childish error that they are afraid ;

Bids them leave quaking, wills them fear no more ;

And with that word sbe spy'd the hunted boar; Whose frothy mouth, bepainted all with red, Like milk and blood being mingled both together, A second fear through all her sinews spread, Which madly hurries her she knows not whither;

This way she runs, and now she will no further,

But back retires, to rate the boar for murder.
A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways;
She treads the paths that she untreads again;
Her more than haste is mated with delays,
Like the proceedings of a drunken brain;

Full of respect, yet not at all respecting,
In hand with all things, nought at all effecting.

Here kennel'd in a brake she finds a hound,
And asks the weary caitiff for his master;
And there another licking of bis wound,
'Gainst venom'd sores the only sovereign plaster;

And here she meets another sadly scowling,

To whom she speaks, and he replies with howling.
When he had ceas'd his ill-resounding voise,
Another flap-mouth'd mourner, black and grim,
Against the welkin vollies out his voice ;
Another and another answer him,

Clapping their proud tails to the ground below,

Shaking their scratch'd ears, bleeding as they go.
Look, how the world's poor people are amazed
At apparitions, sigos, and prodigies,
Whereon with fearful eyes they long have gazed,
Infusing them with dreadful prophecies;

So she at these sad signs draws up her breath,

And, sighing it again, exclaims on death. Hard-favour'd tyrant, ugly, meagre, lean, Hateful divorce of love (thus chides she death) Grim-grinning ghost, earth's worm, what dost thou mean To stifle beauty, and to steal bis breath,

Who when he liv’d, his breath and beauty set

Gloss on the rose, smell to the violet?
If he be dead, -O no, it cannot be,
Seeing bis beauty, thou shouldst strike at it-
O yes, it may; thou hast no eyes to see,
But hatefully at random dost thou bit.

Thy mark is feeble age; but thy false dart

Mistakes that aim, and cleaves an infant's heart.
Hadst thou but bid beware, then he had spoke,
And hearing him, thy power had lost his power.
The destinies will curse thee for this stroke;
They bid thee crop a weed, thon pluck'st a flower :

Love's golden arrow at him should have fled,

And not death's ebon dart, to strike him dead. Dost thou drink tears, that thou provok'st such weeping ? What may a heavy groan advantage thee? Why bast thou cast into eternal sleeping Those

eyes that taught all other eyes to see? Now Nature cares not for thy mortal vigour, Since her best work is ruin'd with thy rigour.

Here overcome, as one full of despair,
She veild her eye-lids, who, like sluices, stopp’d
The crystal tide that from her two cheeks fair
In the sweet channel of her bosom dropp'd ;

But through the flood-gates breaks the silver rain,

And with his strong course opens them again. O how her eyes and tears did lend and borrow! Her eyes seen in ber tears, tears in her eye; Both crystals, where they view'd each other's sorrow, Sorrow, that friendly sighs sought still to dry;

But like a stormy day, now wind, now rain,

Sighs dry her cheeks, tears make them wet again. Variable passions throng her constant woe, As striving which should best become her grief; All entertain'd, each passion labours so, That every present sorrow seemetb chief,

But none is best ; then join they all together,

Like many clouds consulting for foul weather.
By this, far off she hears some buntsman holla;
A nurse's song ne'er pleas'd her babe so well:
The dire imagination she did follow
This sound of hope doth labour to expell;

For now reviving joy bids her rejoice,

And flatters her, it is Adonis' voice.
Whereat her tears began to turn their tide,
Being prison'd in her eye, like pearls in glass;
Yet sometimes falls an orient drop beside,
Whicb her cheek melts, as scorning it should pass,

To wash the foul face of the sluttish ground,

Who is but drunken when she seemeth drown'd. O bard-believing love, how strange it seems Not to believe, and yet too credulous! Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes, Despair and hope make thee ridiculous :

The one doth flatter thee in thoughts unlikely,

With likely thoughts the other kills thee quickly. Now she unweaves the web that she had wrought; Adonis lives, and death is not to blame ; It was not sbe that call’d bim all to naught; Now she adds honour to his bateful name;

She clepes him king of graves, and grave for kings, Imperial supreme of all mortal things.

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No, no, (quoth she) sweet Death, I did but jest;
Yet pardon me, I felt a kind of fear,
When as I met the boar, that bloody beast,
Which knows no pity, but is still severe ;

Then, gentle shadow, (truth I must confess)

I rail'd on thee, fearing my love's decease. "Tis not my fault: the boar provok'd my tongue; Be wreak'd on him, invisible commander; 'Tis he, foul creature, that hath done thee wrong; I did but act, he's author of thy slander:

Grief hath two tongues, and never woman yet

Could rule them both, without ten women's wit. Tbus hoping that Adonis is alive, Her rash suspect she doth extenuate; And that his beauty may the better thrive, With death she humbly doth insinuate;

Tells bim of trophies, statues, tombs; and stories

His victories, his triumphs, and his glories.
O Jove, quoth she, how much a fool was I,
To be of such a weak and silly mind,
To wail bis death, who lives, and must not die,
Till mutual overthrow of mortal kind!

For he being dead, with him is beauty slain,

And, beauty dead, black chaos comes again. Fie, fie, fond love, thou art so full of fear, As one with treasure laden, hemm'd with thieves; Trifles, unwitnessed with eye or ear, Thy coward heart with false bethinking grieves.

Éven at this word she hears a merry horn,

Whereat she leaps, that was but late forlorn.
As faulcon to the lure, away she flies ;
The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light;
And in her haste unfortunately spies
The fonl boar's conquest on her fair delight;

Wbich seen, her eyes, as murder'd with the view,

Like stars ashamed of day, themselves withdrew.
Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit,
Sbrinks backward in bis shelly cave with pain,
And there, all smother'd up in shade doth sit,
Long after fearing to creep forth again;

So, at his bloody view, her eyes are fled
Into the deep dark cabins of her bead,

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