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III.

So mounting up in icy-pearled car, 15

Through middle empire of the freezing air
He wander'd long, till thee he'spy'd from far;
There ended was his quest, there ceas'd his care.
Down he descended from his show-soft chair,

But all unwares with his cold-kind embrace 20 Unhous'd thy virgin foul from her fair biding place.

IV. Yet art thou not inglorious in thy fate; For so Apollo, with unweeting hand, Whilome did flay his dearly-loved mate, Young Hyacinth born on Eurota's strand, 25

Young Hyacinth the pride of Spartan land;

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, 31

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'dthou wast divine. 35

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

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Whether above that high sirst-moving sphere,
Or in th' Elysian fields (if such there were) 40

Oh say me true, if thou wert mortal wight, And why from us so quickly thou didst take thy flight

VII. 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 45. Took up, and in fit place did reinstall? Or did of late earth's sons besiege the wall

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 50Forsook 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 55

Let down in cloudy throne todo the world some good?

IX. 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, 60

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?

But

X.

But oh why didst thou not stay here below
To bless us with thy heav'n-lov'd innocence, 65
To flake his wrath whom sin hath made our foe,
To turn swift-ruflling black perdition hence,
Or drive away the flaughtering pestilence,

To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart? 69 Butthou canst best perform thatoffice where thou art.

XI. Then thou the mother of so sweet a Child Her false imagin'd loss cease to lament, And wisely learn to curb thy sorrows wild; Think what a present thou to God hast sent, And render him with patience what he lent; 75

This if thou do, he will an ofspringgive, (live. That till the world's last end shall make thy name to

II. Anno AEtatis ig. At a Vacation Exercise in the college,

part Latin, part Englijli. T'he Latin speeches ended,

the Englifi thus began:

HAIL native Language, that by sinews weak
Didst move my first endevoring tongue to speak,
And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips,
Half unpronounc'd, Aide through my infant-lips,
Driving dumb silence from the portal door, 5

Where he had mutely fat two years before:
Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask,
That now I use thee in my latter task:

Small

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Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
I .know my tongue but little grace can do thee: 10
Thou need'st not be ambitious to the sirst,
Believe me I have thither packt the worst:
And, if it happen as I did forecast,
The daintiest dishes shall be serv'd up last.
I pray thee then deny me not thy aid 15

For this fame small neglect that I have made:
But haste thee strait to do me once a pleasure,
And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure,
Not those new sangled toys, and trimming flight
Which takes our late fantastics with delight, 20
But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire
Which deepest spirits, and choicest wits desire:
I have some naked thoughts that rove about,
And loudly knock to have their passage out;
And weary of their place do only stay 25

Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array;
That so they may without suspect or fears
Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears;
Yet I had rather, if I were to chuse,
Thy service in some graver subject use, 30

Such as may make thee search thy cosfers round,
Before thou clothe my fancy in fit found:
Such where the deep transported mind may soar
Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav'n's door
Look in, and fee each blissful Deity 35

How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,

Y List'ning

List'ning to what unshorn Apollo sings
To th' touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
Immortal nectar to her kingly sire:
Then parsing through the spheres of watchful fire,
And misty regions of wide air next under, 41

And hills of snow and lofts of piled thunder,
May tell at length how green-ey'd Neptune raves,
In Heav'n's defiance mustering all his waves;
Then sing of secret things that came to pass 45
When beldam Nature in her cradle was;
And last of kings and queens and heroes old,
Such as the wife Demodocus once told
In solemn songs at king Alcinous feast,
While fad Ulysses foul and all the rest 50

Are held with his melodious harmony
In willing chains and sweet captivity.
But fie, my wand'ring Muse, how thou dost stray!
Expectance calls thee now another way,
Thou know'st it must be now thy only bent 55.
To keep in compass of thy predicament:
Then quick about thy purposd business come,
That to the next I may resign my room.
Then Ens is represented as father of the Predicaments his
ten sons, whereof the eldest flood for Sub/lance 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; 60

Thy

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