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MORANDO, THE TRITAMERON OF LOVE.
THE DESCRIPTION OF SILVESTRO'S
Heb stature like the tall straight cedar-trees
a vale Wherein the God of Love may deign to sleep; A foot like Thetis when she tripp'd the sands To steal Neptunus' favour with her J steps; In fiue,§ a piece, despite of beauty, fram'd To show what Nature's lineage could afford.
The man whose method hangeth by the moon,
And rules his diet by geometry; Whose restless mind rips up his mother's breast,
To part her bowels for his family;
By careless cutting of a goddess' gifts;
As trusting to content for others' shifts; 'Tis he, good sir, that Saturn best did please When golden world set worldlings all at easo; His name is Person, and his progeny, Now tell me, of what ancient pedigree 1
UNDER THE PICTURE OF TOBTUNE.
The fickle seat whereon proud Fortune sits,
The restless globe whereon tho Fury stands, Bewrays her fond and far inconstant fits;
The fruitful horn she handleth in her hands Bids all beware to fear her flattering smiles, That giveth most when most she meaneth
guiles; The wheel that, turning, never taketh rest,
The top whereof fond worldlings count their bliss, Within a minute makes a black exchange,
And then the vile * and lowest better is: Which emblem tells us the inconstant state Of such as trust to Fortune or to Fate.
(ed. 1589, COMPARED With Ed. 1616.)
APOLLO'S ORACLE. When Neptune, riding on the southern seas, Shall from the bosom of his leman * yield Th' Arcadian wonder, men and gods to please, Plenty in pride shall march amidst the field; Bead men shall war, and unborn babes shall
frown. And with their falchions hew their foemen down.
When lambs hare lions for their surest guide.
When swelling seas have neither ebb nor tide,
Then look, Arcadians, for a happy timo.
And sweet content within your troubled clime.
Some say Love,
Doth rule and govern all the gods:
Sets men's senses far at odds.
Is sweetest sweet that men can have:
Makes virtue yield as beauty's slave:
Love is sweet:
In fading pleasures that do pain.
That yieldeth sorrow for a gain?
That minutes' joys are monthly woes:
Nowhere but where repentance grows. Then love who list, if beauty be so sour; Labour for me, Love rest in prince's bower.
* leman] i. e. mistress, love.
t Smooth-fac'd] Both 4to». "Smooth'd face."
SEPHESTIA'S SONG TO HER CHILD.
Weep not, my wanton, sniilo upon my knee; When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.
Mother's wag, pretty boy,
Father's sorrow, father's joy;
When thy father first did see
Such a boy by him and me,
He was glad, I was woe;
Fortune changed made him so,
When he left his pretty boy,
Last his sorrow, first his joy.
Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee; When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.
Streaming tears that never stint,
Like pearl-drops from a flint,
Fell by course from his eyes,
That one another's placo supplies;
Thus lie griev'd in every part,
Tears of blood fell from his heart,
When he left his pretty boy,
Father's sorrow, father's joy.
Weep not, my wanton, smilo upon my knee; When thou art old there's grief enough for tUeo.
The wanton smil'd, father wept,
Mother cried, baby lept;
More he crow'd, more wo cried,
Nature could not sorrow hide:
He must go, he must kiss
Child and mother, baby bless,
For he left his pretty boy,
Father's Borrow, father's joy. Weep not, my wanton, smile upon my knee; When thou art old there's grief enough for thee.
When tender owes,* brought home with evening sun,
Wend to their folds,
And to their holds
Upon a tree
There resteth + ho:
* When tender eva, &c] The beginning of this roundelay bears some resemblance to the opening of Gray's Elegy.
t resteth] Qy. "rested"? but Just before wo have "trudge " and "wend."
And did presume, though others laugh'd thereat, To perch whereas * the princely eagle sat.
The eagle frown'd, and shook his + royal wings,
And charg'd the fly
From thence to hie:
Yet seeks again,
With moody vein,
The fly crav'd pity, still the eagle frown'd:
The silly fly,
Ready to die,
The eagle saw,
"Be not in awe,
DORON'S DESCRIPTION OF SAMELA.
Goes fair Samela;
Is fair Samela; As fair Aurora in her morning-grey, Deck'd with the ruddy glister of her love,
Is fair Samela; Liko lovely Thetis on a calmed day, Whenas her brightness Neptune's fancy move,
Shines fair Samela; Her tresses gold, her eyes like glassy streams, Her teeth are pearl, the breasts are ivory
Of fair Samela; Her cheeks, like rose and lily, yield forth gleams, Her brows bright arches fram'd of ebony:
Thus fair Samela Passeth fair Venus in her bravest hue, And Juno in the show of majesty,
For she's Samela; Pallas in wit, all three, if you well view, For beauty, wit, and matchless dignity,
Yield to Samela.
* v/ttreas'] i. o. where,
t Fount] Walker's correction (Crit. Exam, of the tat of Sltaiapcart, <Cr., ii. 26S).—Both 4toe. "faint."
Till she bade
MELICERTUS' DESCRIPTION OF HIS
Tune on, my pipe, the praises of my love,
And every Btring of thy heart's harp to move.
Shall I compare her form unto the sphere Whence sun-bright Venus vaunts her silver
shine I Ah, more than that by just compare is thine,
Whose crystal looks the cloudy heavens do clear!
How oft have I descending Titan seen
In watery robes, as he her lord had been!
* can] Which in ray former edition I hastily altered to "'gan ",—is ofton used by our early writers for gan or began: see Richardson's Diet, in v.
f arrow] Both 4tos. "arrowes."