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As oft 'twixt May April is to see, [be. For further I could say, this man's untru, When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they And knew the patterns of his foul beguiling; His rudeness so with his authoriz'd youth Heard where his plants in others'orchards grew, Did livery falseness in a pride of truth. Saw how deceits were gilded in his smiling ;
Knew vows were ever brokers to defiling; Well could he ride, and often men would say, Thought, characters, and words, merely but art, That horse his mettle from his rider takes :
And bastards of his foul adulterate heart. Proud of subjectim, noble by the sway, What rounds, whai bounds, what course, what stop Till thus he'gan besiege me: “ Gentle maid,
And long upon these terms I held my city, he makes
Have of my suffering youth some feeling pity, And controversy hence a question takes, Whether the horse by him became his deed,
And be not of my holy vows afraid:
That's to you sworn, to none was ever said; Or he his manage by the well-doing steed.
For feast of love I have been call'd unto, But quickly on this side the verdict went; Till now did ne'er invite, nor never vow. His real habitude gave life and grace
All my offences that abroad you see, To appertainings and to ornament,
Are errors of blood, none of the mind; Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case: Love made them not: with acture they may be, All aids themselves made fairer by their place; Where neither party is nor true nor kind: Came for additions, yet their purpos'd trim They sought their shame that so their shame Piec'd not his grace, but were all grac'd by him. did find; So on the tip of his subduing tongue
And so much less of shame in me remains, All kind of arguments and question deep,
By how much of me their reproach contains. All replication prompt, and reason strong,
Among the many that mine eyes have seen, For his advantage still did wake and sleep: Notone whose flame myheart so much aswarmd, To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep,
Or my affection put to the smallest teen, lle had the dialect and different skill,
Or any of my leisures ever charm'd: Catching all passions in his craft of will; Iların have I done to them, but ne'er was harm'd;
Kept hearts in liveries, but mine own was free, That he did in the general bosom reign And reign'd, commanding in his monarchy. Of young, of old; and sexes both enchanted, To dwell with him in thoughts, or to remain
Look here, what tributes wounded fancies sent In personal duty, following where he haunted:
Of paled pearls, and rubies red as blood; (me, Consents bewitch'd, ere he desire, have granted; Figuring that they their passions likewise lent
Of grief and blushes, aptly understood [ine And dialogu'd from him what he would say, Ask'd theirown wills,and made their wills obey. Effects of terror and dear modesty,
In bloodless white and the encrimson'd mood : Many there were that did his picture get, Encamp'd in hearts, but fighting outwardly. To serve their eyes, and in it put their mind; And lo! behold these talents of their hair, Like fools that in the imagination set With twisted metal amorously impleachd, The goodly objects which abroad they find I have receiv'd from many a several fair, Of lands and inansions, their's in thought as-|(Their kind acceptance weepingly beseech'd.) sign'd:
(them, With the annexions of fair gems enrich'dd, And labouring in more pleasures to bestow And deep-brain'd sonnets, that did amplify Than the true gouty landlord which doth owe Each stones's dear nature, worth, and quality. them.
The diamond; why'twas beautiful and hard, So many have, that never touch'd his hand, Whereto his invis'd properties did tend; Sweetly suppos'd them mistress of his heart. The deep-green emerald, in whose fresh regard My woeful self, that did in freedom stand, Weak sights their sickly radiance do amend ; And was my own fee-simple, (not in part) The heaven-hued sapphire and the opal blend What with his art in youth, and youth'in art, With objects manifold ; each several stone. Threw my affections in his charmed power, With wit well blazon'd, smild or made some Reserv'd ihe stalk, and gave him all my flower. moan. Yet did I not, as some my equals did,
Lo! all these trophies of affections hot, Demand of him, nor being desired, yielded;
Of pensiv'd and subdued desires the tender. Finding myself in honour so forbid,
Nature hath charg'd me that I hoard them not, With safest distance I mine honour shielded : But yield them np where I myself must render, Experience for me many bulwarks builded That is, to you, my origin and ender : of proofs new-bleeding, which remain'd the foil For these, of force, must your oblations be, of this false jewel, and his amorous spoil.
Since I their altar, you enpatron me. But ah! who ever shunn'd by precedent
O then advance of yours that phraseless hand,
Whose white weighs down the airy scale of The destin'd ill she must herself assay ?
praise ; Or forc'd examples, 'gainst her own content,
Take all these similes to your own command, To put the hy-pass'd perils in her way? Hallow'd with sighs that burning lungs did Counsel may stop a while what will not stay; What me your minister, for you obeys, (raise ; For when we rage, advice is often seen
Works under you; and to your audit comes By blunting us to make our wits more keen.
Their distract parcels in combined siims. Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood, Lo! this device was sent me from a nun, That we must curb it upon others' proof; Or sister sanctified, of holiest note ; To be forbid the sweets that seem so good, Which late her noble suit in court did shun, For fear of harms that preach in our behoof. Whose rarest havings made the blossoms dote; O appetite, from judgment stand aloof! For she was sought by spirits of richest coat, The one a palate hath that needs will taste, But kept cold distance, and did thence remove, Though reason weep, and ery- it is thy lasi, To spend her living in eternal love.
But O, my sweet, what labour is't to leave O, how the channel to the stream gave grace!
In the small orb of one particular tear?
But with the inundation of the eyes
For lo! his passion, but an art of craft,
Even there resolv'd my reason into tears;
There my white stole of chastity I daffd,
Shook off my sober guards and civil sears;
Appear to him, as be to me appears,
All melting; though our drops this difference
His poison'd me, and mine did him restore.
Applied to cautels, all strange forms receives,
Or swooning paleness; and he takes and leaves,
In either's aptness, as it best deceives
To blush at speeches rapk, to weep at woes,
Or to turn white and swoon at tragic shews. () most potential love! vow, bond, nor space,
That not a heart which in his level came,
Against the thing be sought he would exclaim: Of wealth of filial fear, law, kindred, fame?
When he most burn'd in heart-wish'd luxury, Love's arms are pence, 'gainst rule, 'gainst He preach'd pure maid, and prais'd cold chastity. sense, 'gainst shame;
Thus merely with the garment of a Grace
O, that sad breath his spongy lungs bestowa,
Would yet again betray the fore-betray'd,
The Passionate Pilgrim.
She told the youngling how god Mars did try SWEET Cytherea, sitting by a brook,
her, With young Adonis, lovely, fresh, and green, And as he fell to her, so fell she to him. Did court the lad with many a lovely look, Even thus, quoth shé, the warlike god emSuch looks as none could look but beauty's
brac'd me, queen.
And then she clipp'd Adonis in her arms; She told him stories to delight his ear; Even thus, quoth she, the warlike god unlaced
She shew'd him favours to allure his eye; To win his heart, she touch'd him bere and As if the boy should use like loving charms:
Touches so soft still conquer chastity. [there : Even thus, quoth she, he seized on my lips, But whether unripe years did want conceit, And with her lips on his did act the seizure ;
Or he refus'd to take her figur'd proffer, And as she fetched breath, away he skips, The tender nibbler would not touch the bait, And would not take her meaning nor her But smile and jest at every gentle offer:
pleasure. Then fell she on her back, fair queen, and to Ah! that I had my lady at this bay, ward;
To kiss and clip me till I run away! He rose and ran away; ah, fool too froward !
Crabbed age and youth Scarce had the sun dried up the dewy morn,
Cannot live together; And scarce the herd gone to the hedge for
Youth is full of pleasance, shade,
Age is full of care: When Cytherea, all in love forlorn,
Youth like summer morn, A longing tarriance for Adonis made,
Age like winter weather; Under an osier growing by a brook,
Youth like summer brave, A brook, where A don us'd to cool his spleen: Age like winter bare. Ilot was the day; she hotter that did look
Youth is full of sport, For his approach, that often there had been. Age's breath is short, Anon he comes, and throws his mantle by,
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Age is weak and cold;
Age, I do abhor thee,
0, my love, my love is young; III.
Age, I do defy thee;
O, sweet shepherd, hie thee, Fair was the morn, when the fair queen of love, For methiūkst thou stay'st too long. Paler for sorrow than her milk-white dove,
VI. For Adon's sake, a youngster proud and wild; Sweet rose, fair flower, untimely pluck'd, soon Her stand she takes upon a steep-up hill:
faded, Anon Adonis comes with horn and hounds; Pluck'd in the hud, and faded in the spring! She, silly queen, with more than love's good will, Bright orient pearl, alack! too timely shaded ! Forbade the boy he should not pass those Fair creature, kill'd too soon by death's sharp grounds;
sting! Once, quoth she, did I see a fair sweet youth Like a green plum that hangs upon a tree, Here in these brakes deep-wounded with a And falls, through wind, before the fall shonia boar,
I weep for thee, and yet no cause I have; [be. Deep in the thigh, a spectacle of ruth!
For why? thou left'st me nothing in thy will. See, in my thigh, quoth she, here was the And yet thou left'st me more than I did crave;
[one, For why? I craved nothing of thee still: She shewed hers; he saw more wounds than o yes, dear friend, I pardon crave of thee: And blushing fled, and left her all alone. Thy discontent thou didst bequeath to me.
VII. Venns with young Adonis sitting by her, Fair is my love, but not so fair as fickle, Under a myrtle shade, began to woo him; Mild as a dove, but neither true nor trusty;
Brighter than glass, and yet, as glass is, brittle, And as goods lost are seld or never found,
Softer than wax, and yet, as iron, rusty: As faded gloss no rubbing will refresh, A lily pale, with damask die to grace her, As flowers dead, lie wither'd on the ground, None fairer, nor none falser to deface her. As broken glass no cement can redress, Her lips to mine how often hath she join'd, So beauty blemish'd once, for ever's lost, Between each kiss her oaths of true love In spite of physic, painting, pain, and cost. swearing!
XI. How many tales to please me hath she coin'd, Good night, good rest. Ah! neither be my Dreading my love, the loss thereof still fear
She bade good night, that kept my rest away; Yet in the midst of all her pure protestings, And dafr'd me to a cabin hang'd with care, Her faith, her oaths, her tears, and all were To descant on the doubts of my decay. jestings.
Farewell, quoth she, and come again to-morrow; She burn'd with love, as straw with fire flameth; Fare well I could not, for I supp'd with sorrow. She burn'd out love, as soon as straw out-burn- Yet at my parting sweetly did she smile, eth;
(ing; In scorn or friendship, nill I construe whether She fram'd the love, and yet she foil'd the tram- "Tmay be, she joy'd to jest at my exile, She bade love last, and yet she fell a turning. 'Tmay be, again to make me wander thither; Was this a lover, or a lecher whether? Wander, a word for shadows like thyself, Bad in the best, though excellent in neither. As take the pain, but cannot pluck the pelf. VIII.
XII. Did not the heavenly rhetoric of thine eye, Lord, how mine eyes throw gazes to the east ! 'Gainst whom the world cannot hold argu- My heart doth charge the watch; the mornment,
ing rise Persuade my heart to this false perjury ? - Doth cite each moving sense from idle rest.
Vows for thee broke deserve not punishment, Not daring trust the office of mine eyes, A woman, forswore; but I will prove,
While Philomela sits and sings, I sit and mark, Thou being a goddess, I foreswore not thee: And wish her lays were tuned like the lark; My vow was earthly, thou a heavenly love; For she doth welcome day-light with her ditty, Thy grace being gaiu'd, cures all disgrace in And drives away dark dismal-dreaming night:
The night so pack'd, I post unto my pretty ; My vow was breath, and breath a vapour is; Heart hath his hope, and eyes their wished Then thou fair sun, which on my earth dost sight;
Sorrow cbang'd to solace, solace mix'd with sorExhal'st this vapour vow; in thee it is : For why? she sighed, and bade me come toIf broken, then it is no fault of mine.
morrow. If by me broke, what fool is not so wise
Were I with her, the night would post too soon; To break an oath to win a paradise?
But now are minutes added to the hours: IX.
To spite me now, each minute seems a moon;
Yet not for me, shine sun to succour flowers! If love make me forsworn, how shall I swear to love?
Pack night, peep day, good day, of night now O, never faith could hold, if not to beauty short night, to-night, and length thyself to
borrow: vow'd : Though to myself forsworn, to thee I'll constant
XIII. prove: Those thoughts, to me like oaks, to thee like It was a lording's daughter, the fairest one of osiers bow'd.
[be, Study his bias leaves, and makes his book thine That liked of her master as well as well might eyes,
Till looking on an Englishman, the fairest eye Where all those pleasures live, that art can Her fancy fell a turning. (could see, comprehend.
Long was the combat doubtful, that love with If knowledge be the mark, to know thee shall love did fight,
[lant knight: snffice;
To leave the master loveless, or kill the galWell learned is that tongne that well can thee To put in practice either, alas it was a spite commend ;
Unto the silly damsel. All ignorant that soul that sees thee without But one must be refused, more mickle was the wonder;
(to gain, Which is to me some praise, that I thy parts That nothing could be used, to turn them both admire :
For of the two the trusty knight was woundThine eye Jove's lightning seems, thy voice ed with disdain: his dreadful thunder,
Alas, she could not help it! [the day, Which (not to anger bent) is music and Thus art with arms contending was victor of sweet fire,
Which by a gift of learning did hear the maid Celestial as thou art, O do not love that wrong, away;
[lady gay; To sing the heavens' praise with such an Then lullaby, the learned man hath got the earthly tongue.
For now my song is ended,
On a day (alack the day!) A shining gloss, that fadeth suddenly ;
Love, whose month was ever May, A flower that dies, when first it gins to bud; Spy'd a blossom passing fair,
A brittle glass, that's broken presently ; Playing in the wanton air: A doubtful good, a gloss, a glass, a flower,
Through the velvet leaves the wind, Lost, faded, broken, dead within an hour.
All unseen, 'gan passage find;
That the lover, sick to death,
Let reason rule things worthy blame, Wish'd himself the heaven's breathi.
As well as fancy, partial like: Air, quoth he, thy cheeks may blow;
Take counsel of some wiser head, Air, would I might triumph so!
Neither too young, nor yet unwed. But, alas! my hand hath sworn
And when thou com'st thy tale to tell, Ne'er to pluck thee from thy thorn: Smooth not thy tongue with filed talk, Vow, alack, for youth unmeet;
Lest she some subtle practice swell ; Youth, so apt to pluck a sweet.
(A cripple soon can find a halt:) Do not call it sin in me,
But plainly say thou lov'st her well, That I am forsworm for thee;
And set thy person forth to sell. Thou for whom Jove would swear
And to her will frame all thy ways; Juno but an Ethiope were ;
Spare not to spend,--and chiefly there And deny himself for Jove,
Where thy desert may merit praise,
By ringing always in her ear:
The strongest castle, tower, and town,
The golden bullet beats it down.
Serve always with assured trust,
And in thy suit be humble, true ;
Unless thy lady prove unjust,
Seek never thou to choose anew :
When time shall serve, be thou not slack
To proffer, though she put thee back. Causer of this.
What though her frowning brows be bent, All my merry jigs are quite forgot,
Her cloudy looks will clear ere night; All my lady's love is lost, God wot:
And then too late she will repent
And twice desire, ere it be day,
That with such scorn she put away.
What though she strive to try her strength,
Her feeble force will yield at length,
When craft hath taught her thus to say, More in women than in men remain.
Kad women been so strong as men,
In faith you had not had it then.
The wiles and guiles that women work,
Dissembled with an outward shew,
The tricks and toys that in them lurk,
The cock that treads them shall not know.
Have you not heard it said full oft, (O cruel speeding!)
A woman's nay doth stand for nought? Fraughted with gall!
Think, women love to match with men, My shepherd's pipe can sound no deal,
And not to live so like a saint: My wether's bell rings doleful knell;
Here is no heaven; they holy then
Were kisses all the joys in bed,
One woman would another wed.
But soft: enough,- too much I fear;.
For if my lady hear my song,
She will not stick to ring mine ear,
To teach my tongue to be so long:
Yet will she blush, here be it said,
To hear her secrets so bewray'd.
As it fell upon a day,
In the merry month of May,
Sitting in a pleasant shade
Which a grove of myrtles made.
Beasts did leap, and birds did sing,
Trees did grow, and plants did spring:
Save the nightingale alone: All our evening sport from us is fled,
She, poor bird, as all forlorn,
Lean'd her breast up-till a thorn,
And there sung the dolefull'st ditty,
(moan: That to hear it was great pity : For a sweet content, the cause of all my Fie, fie, fie, now would she cry, Poor Coridon
Teru, Teru, by and by :
That to hear her so complain,
For her griefs so lively shewn,
Made me think upon mine own.