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"His qualities were beauteous as his form,
For maiden-tongu'd he was, and thereof free;
Yet, if men mov'd him, was he such a storma
As oft 'twixt May and April is to see,

When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they be.
His rudeness so with his authoriz'd youth

Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.

"Well could he ride, and often men would say

'That horse his mettle from his rider takes:

Proud of subjection, noble by the sway,

What rounds, what bounds, what course, what stop he makes!"
And controversy hence a question takes,

Whether the horse by him became his deed,
Or he his manage by the well-doing steed.

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"But quickly on this side the verdict went;
His real habitude gave life and grace
To appertainings and to ornament,
Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case:
All aids, themselves made fairer by their place,
Came for additions; yet their purpos'd trim
Piec'd not his grace, but were all grac'd by him.

"So on the tip of his subduing tongue
All kind of arguments and question deep,
All replication prompt, and reason strong,
For his advantage still did wake and sleep:
To make the weeper laugh, the laugher weep,
He had the dialect and different skill,
Catching all passions in his craft of will:

"That he did in the general bosom reign
Of young, of old; and sexes both enchanted
To dwell with him in thoughts, or to remain
In personal duty, following where he haunted:
Consents bewitch'd, ere he desire, have granted;
And dialogu'd for him what he would say,
Ask'd their own wills, and made their wills obey.

Yet, if men mov'd him, was he such a storm, &c.] Compare, "Antony and Cleopatra," Act V. Sc. 2,

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b became-] Adorned, gruced.

c Came for-1 So Malone; the quarto having, “Can for," &c.

d Catching all passions in his craft of will:] "These lines, in which our poet has accidentally delineated his own character as a dramatist, would have been better adapted to his monumental inscription, than such as are placed on the scroll in Westminster Abbey."-STEEVENS.

"Many there were that did his picture get,
To serve their eyes, and in it put their mind;
Like fools that in th' imagination set

The goodly objects which abroad they find

Of lands and mansions, theirs in thought assign'd;
And labouring in more pleasures to bestow them
Than the true gouty landlord which doth owe them:

"So many have, that never touch'd his hand,
Sweetly suppos'd them mistress of his heart."
My woeful self, that did in freedom stand,
And was my own fee-simple,a (not in part)
What with his art in youth, and youth in art,
Threw my affections in his charmed power,
Reserv'd the stalk, and gave him all my flower.

"Yet did I not, as some my equals did,
Demand of him, nor being desir'd yielded;
Finding myself in honour so forbid,

With safest distance I mine honour shielded:
Experience for me many bulwarks builded
Of proofs new-bleeding, which remain'd the foil
Of this false jewel, and his amorous spoil.

"But, ah, who ever shunn'd by precedent
The destin'd ill she must herself assay?
Or fore'd examples, 'gainst her own content,
To put the by-pass'd perils in her way?
Counsel may stop a while what will not stay;
For when we rage, advice is often seen
By blunting us to make our wits more keen.

"Nor gives it satisfaction to our blood,
That we must curb it upon others' proof;
To be forbid the sweets that seem so good,
For fear of harms that preach in our behoof.
O appetite, from judgment stand aloof!
The one a palate hath that needs will taste,
Though Reason weep, and cry, 'It is thy last.

"For further I could say, "This man's untrue,'
And knew the patterns of his foul beguiling;
Heard where his plants in others' orchards grew,
Saw how deceits were gilded in his smiling;
Knew vows were ever brokers to defiling;

And was my own fee-simple,-] "Had an absolute power over myself; as large as

a tenant in fee has over his estate."-MALONE.

b For further I could say,-] We ought probably to read,

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"For, father, I could say," &c.

brokers-] Pandars. Compare, "Hamlet," Act I. Sc. 3,—

"Do not believe his vows, for they are brokers,


Thought characters and words merely but art,
And bastards of his foul adulterate heart.

"And long upon these terms I held my city,
Till thus he 'gan besiege me: Gentle maid,
Have of my suffering youth some feeling pity,
And be not of my holy vows afraid:

That's to you sworn, to none was ever said;
For feasts of love I have been called unto,
Till now did ne'er invite, nor never vow.

"All my offences that abroad you see
Are errors of the blood, none of the mind;
Love made them not; with acture they may be,
Where neither party is nor true nor kind:
They sought their shame that so their shame did find;
And so much less of shame in me remains,

By how much of me their reproach contains.

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Among the many that mine eyes have seen,
Not one whose flame my heart so much as warm'd,
Or my affection put to the smallest teen,b

Or any of my leisures ever charm'd:

Harm have I done to them, but ne'er was harm'd;
Kept hearts in liveries, but mine own was free,
And reign'd, commanding in his monarchy.

"Look here what tributes wounded fancies sent me,
Of paled pearls, and rubies red as blood;

Figuring that they their passions likewise lent me
Of grief and blushes, aptly understood

In bloodless white and the encrimson'd mood;
Effects of terror and dear modesty,

Encamp'd in hearts, but fighting outwardly.

“And, lo, behold these talents of their hair,
With twisted metal amorously impleach'd,
I have receiv'd from many a several fair,-
Their kind acceptance weepingly beseech'd,―
With the annexions of fair gems enrich'd,
And deep-brain'd sonnets that did amplify
Each stone's dear nature, worth, and quality.

Not of that dye which their investments show,

But mere implorators of unholy suits."

acture-] This word is suspicious. Malone conjectures it to be synonymous with action.


teen,-] Trouble, suffering.

talents of their hair,-] "Talents" appears to be used here for riches, as in "Cymbeline," Act I. Sc. 6,

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"The diamond,-why, 't was beautiful and hard,
Whereto his invis'da properties did tend;

The deep-green emerald, in whose fresh regard
Weak sights their, sickly radiance do amend;
The heaven-hu'd sapphire and the opal blend
With objects manifold; each several stone,
With wit well blazon'd, smil'd or made some moan.

"Lo, all these trophies of affections hot,
Of pensiv'd and subdu'd desires the tender,
Nature hath charg'd me that I hoard them not,
But yield them up where I myself must render,
That is, to you, my origin and ender;
For these, of force, must your oblations be,
Since I their altar, you enpatron me.

"O, then, advance of yours that phraseless hand,
Whose white weighs down the airy scale of praise;
Take all these similes to your own command,
Hallow'd with sighs that burning lungs did raise;
What me your minister, for you obeys,
Works under you; and to your audit comes
Their distract parcels in combined sums.

"Lo, this device was sent me from a nun,


Or sister sanctified, of holiest note;


Which late her noble suit in court did shun,
Whose rarest havings made the blossoms dote;a
For she was sought by spirits of richest coat,
But kept cold distance, and did thence remove,
To spend her living in eternal love.

"But, O, my sweet, what labour is 't to leave
The thing we have not, inastering what not strives,-
Paling the place which did no form receive,
Playing patient sports in unconstrained gyves?
She that her fame so to herself contrives,
The scars of battle 'scapeth by the flight,

And makes her absence valiant, not her might.

invis'd-] Invisible.

b blend-] "Blend" for blended.

e Or sister sanctified,-] "The poet, I suspect, wrote, 'A sister sanctified,' &c."-MALONE. We suspect so too.

d Whose rarest havings made the blossoms dote ;] "Whose accomplishments were so extraordinary that the flower of the young nobility were passionately enamoure. of her.” -MALONE.


richest coat,-] "Coat," for coat of arms.


Paling the place-] This is the reading of Malone, for "Playing the place," &c. of the old copy. We should prefer, Filling the place," &c. The word Playing was evidently caught by the transcriber or compositor from the following line, and in mistakes of this description the ductus literarum is of little moment. In support of Filling, compare, Sonnet CXII. :

"Your love and pity doth th' impression fill

Which vulgar scandal stamp'd upon my brow;" &c.


"O, pardon me, in that my boast is true;
The accident which brought me to her eye,
Upon the moment did her force subdue,
And now she would the caged cloister fly:
Religious love put out Religion's eye:
Not to be tempted, would she be immur'd,"
And now, tempt all, liberty procur'd.b

"How mighty then you are, O, hear me tell!
The broken bosoms that to me belong
Have emptied all their fountains in my well,
And mine I pour your ocean all among:

I strong o'er them, and you o'er me being strong,
Must for your victory us all congest,

As compound love to physic your cold breast.


My parts had power to charm a sacred nun,
Who, disciplin'd, ay, dieted in grace,
Believ'd her eyes when they to assail begun,
All vows and consecrations giving place.
O, most potential love! vow, bond, nor space,
In thee hath neither sting, knot, nor confine,
For thou art all, and all things else are thine.

"When thou impressest, what are precepts worth
Of stale example? When thou wilt inflame,
How coldly those impediments stand forth

Of wealth, of filial fear, law, kindred, fame!

Love's arms are peace,e 'gainst rule, 'gainst sense, 'gainst shame,
And sweetens, in the suffering pangs it bears,

The aloes of all forces, shocks, and fears.

"Now all these hearts that do on mine depend,
Feeling it break, with bleeding groans they pine,
And supplicant their sighs to you extend,
To leave the battery that you make 'gainst mine,
Lending soft audience to my sweet design,
And credent soul to that strong-bonded oath,
That shall prefer and undertake my troth.'

"This said, his watery eyes he did dismount,
Whose sights till then were levell'd on my face;

Each cheek a river running from a fount

immur'd,-] The quarto has, “enur'd."

b - procur'd.] Á correction from the edition of 1640, the quarto reading, “procure." — a sacred nun,-] The quarto reads, "a sacred Sunne," &c., a manifest error, though adopted by Malone.


d Who, disciplin'd, ay, dieted in grace,-] The old copy has,―

"Who disciplin'd I died in grace."

Love's arms are peace,-] A palpable corruption, for which Malone proposed, "Love's arms are proof," &c., Steevens, "Love aims at peace," &c.; and Mr. Dyce conjectures, "Love arms our peace," &c.

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