Imágenes de páginas
PDF

THE WEDDING.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BRIDE.
I TELL thee, Dick, where I have been,
Where I the rarest things have seen,

Oh! things without compare !
Such sights again cannot be found
In any place on English ground,

Be it at wake or fair.

The maid-and thereby hangs a tale-
For such a maid no Whitson ale

Could ever yet produce :
No grape that's kindly ripe could be
So round, so plump, so soft as she,

Nor half so full of juice.
Her finger was so small, the ring
Wou'd not stay on which they did bring,

It was too wide a peck :
And to say truth, for out it must,
It look'd like the great collar (just)

About our young colt's neck.
Her feet beneath her petticoat,
Like little mice stole in and out,

As if they fear'd the light :
But oh ! she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter day

Is half so fine a sight.
He wou'd have kist her once or twice,
But she wou'd not, she was so nice,

She wou'd not do't in sight;

And then she look'd as who shou'd say,
I will do what I list to day,

And you shall do't at night.

Her cheeks so rare a white was on,
No daisy makes comparison,

(Who sees them is undone) For streaks of red were mingled there, Such as are on a Katherine pear,

The side that's next the sun.

Her lips were red, and one was thin,
Compar'd to that was next her chin,

(Some bee had stung it newly);
But, Dick, her eyes so guard her face,
I durst no more upon them gaze,

Than on the sun in July.

Her mouth so small, when she does speak, Thou’dst swear her teeth her words did break,

That they might passage get ; But she so handled still the matter, They came as good as ours, or better,

And are not spent a whit.

SONG.
Why so pale and wan, fond lover ?

Pr'ythee why so pale ?
Will, when looking well can't move her,

Looking ill prevail ?
Prythee, why so pale ?

[ocr errors]

Quit, quit for shame! this will not move,

This cannot take her ;
If of herself she will not love,

Nothing can make her :-
The devil take her.

RICHARD LOVELACE.

BORN 1618-DIED 1658. There is something peculiarly affecting in the fate of this

gallant cavalier, and tender and elegant poet. He was the eldest son of Sir William Lovelace of Woolwich, in Kent, and, according to the old censor, Wood, who seldom overpraises poets or poetry, “was the most amiable and beautiful person that eye ever beheld,-a person of innate modesty, virtue, and courtly deportment, and much admired by the fair sex." Lovelace was for some time in the army, and in early youth suffered a long imprisonment for presenting a petition to the House of Commons, from the county of Kent, praying for the restoration of the King to his rights. He spent almost his whole fortune in the royal cause, and, when it had perished, raised a regiment for the French King, of which he was colonel. In an engagement Lovelace was severely wounded, and the lady to whom he was devoted, married, in the alleged belief that he had died of his wounds. Lovelace afterwards returned to England, and was again imprisoned on suspicion. He died at last at freedom, but in great poverty and obscurity, in a poor lodging near Shoe-Lane, London, When I shall voice aloud how good

TO ALTHEA, FROM PRISON.
When love, with unconfined wings,

Hovers within my gates,
And my divine Althea brings

To whisper at the grates ;
When I lie tangled in her hair,

And fetter'd to her eye,-
The “ birds,” (a) that wanton in the air,

Know no such liberty.

When flowing cups run swiftly round

With no allaying Thames,
Our careless heads with roses bound,

Our hearts with loyal flames ;
When thirsty grief in wine we steep,

When healths and draughts go free,
Fishes, that tipple in the deep,

Know no such liberty.

When, like committed linnets, I

With shriller throat shall sing
The sweetness, mercy, majesty,

And glories of my king ;

[ocr errors][merged small]

He is, how great should be,Enlarged winds that curl the flood

Know no such liberty.

Stone walls do not a prison make,

Nor iron bars a cage ;
Minds innocent and quiet take

That for an hermitage.
If I have freedom in my love,

And in my soul am free,
Angels alone that soar above

Enjoy such liberty.

TO A ROSE.
SWEET, serene, sky-like flower,
Haste to adorn her bower :

From thy long cloudy bed
Shoot forth thy damask head.

Vermilion ball that's given
From lip to lip in heaven;

Love's couch's coverlid :
Haste, haste, to make her bed.

See ! rosy is her bower,
Her floor is all this flower ;

Her bed a rosy nest,
By a bud of roses prest.

« AnteriorContinuar »