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From the mountain, and ere day
THOMAS CAREW.-Born, 1589; Died, 1639. He was a gentleman the Privy Chamber, and “ Taster-Geucral" to Charles I.
I numbers, harmonious sounds.
! flames, affection.
R. HERRICK.-Born, 1591 ; Died, 1674. Robert Herrick was an English vicar, and was ejected by Cromwell, but reinstated by Charles II. His poems show an elegant fancy, but are often disfigured by the forced quaintness in fashion in his day.
GATHER ye rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a flying ;
To-morrow will be dying.
The higher he's a getting
And nearer he's to setting.
When youth and blood are warmer ;
Times still succeed the former,
1 Your age is not so great.
What, were ye born to be
An hour or half's delight,
And so to bid good-night?
And lose you quite.
May read how soon things have
Their end, though ne'er so brave :* And after they have shown their pride Like you, a while, they glide
Into the grave.
THE COUNTRY LIFE.
SWEET country life, to such unknown
-Thou never plough’st the ocean's foam
* See Noto 3, p. 47. * Eastern Ind, East Indies. 3 Gold and silver were then brought 2 ingot, a bar of gold or silver.
chiefly from South America.
4 Thy highest wish.
covered with flowers.
8 Lit., not knowing, an ox. Scotch,
nout, black cattle. 9 In grass up to the loose folds round
its throat, which lap the morning dero.
And as thou look’st, the wanton steer, 10
For sports, for pageantry, and plays,
10 steer, a young ox.
on the back, as it turned swiftly
round with his blow. 15 May-poles, poles set up on May
day, or evenings merely. 13 wakes, the commemoration of
the dedication of a church, formerly kept by sitting up all night. quintels, a sport in which a mark was set on one end of a board, which had a sandbag on the other. Failing to strike the mark fairly with a pole as he ran past, the sandbag hit the player
1, May-day, for dancing ronnd. 16 morris - dance, lit., & Moorish
dance, in which bells, rattles, &c., are used, with masks, and fancy
dresses of all kinds. 17 Whitsun-ale was another fes
tival, held at Whitsun-tide. There was a lord and lady of the ale, and a great dance, with a mimicry of a court-ball,