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Though I am young, I scorn to flit
On the wings of borrowed wit.

The Shepherd's Hunting.
And I oft have heard defended, -
Little said is soonest mended.

And he that gives us in these days
New Lords may give us new laws.

Contented Man's Morrice.

THOMAS HOBBES. 1588-1679.

For words are wise men's counters, — they do but reckon by them; but they are the money of fools.

The Leviathan. Part 1. Chap. ir. No arts, no letters, no society, and which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Chap. Toi.

THOMAS CAREW. 1589-1639.

He that loves a rosy cheek,

Or a coral lip admires,
Or from star-like eyes doth seek

Fuel to maintain his fires,
As old Time makes these decay,
So his flames must waste away.

Disdain Returned.
Then fly betimes, for only they
Conquer Love that run away.

Conquest by Flight.
An untimely grave. On the Duke of Buckingham.
The magic of a face.

Epitaph on the Lady S4

1 An untimely grave. – TATE AND BRADY: Psalm vii.

WILLIAM BROWNE. 1590–1645.

Whose life is a bubble, and in length a span.'

Britannia's Pastorals. Book i. Song 2. Did therewith bury in oblivion.

Book ii. Song 2 Well-languaged Daniel.


ROBERT HERRICK. 1591-1674.

Full and fair ones,


Cherry ripe, ripe, ripe, I cry,

come and buy!
If be

you ask me where
They do grow, I answer, there,
Where my Julia's lips do smile, —
There's the land, or cherry-isle.

Cherry Ripe.
Some asked me where the rubies grew,

And nothing I did say ;
But with my finger pointed to
The lips of Julia.

The Rock of Rubies, and the Quarrie of Pearls
Some asked how pearls did grow, and where ?

Then spoke I to my girl
To part her lips, and showed them there

The quarelets of pearl.
A sweet disorder in the dress
Kindles in clothes a wantonness.

Delight in Disorder.
A winning wave, deserving note,
In the tempestuous petticoat;
A careless shoe-string, in whose tie
I see a wild civility,
Do more bewitch me than when art
Is too precise in every part.



I See Bacon, page 170.

You say to me-wards your

affection's strong; Pray love me little, so you love me long.

Love me Litlle, Love me Long Gather


rosebuds while ye may,
Old Time is still a-flying,
And this same flower that smiles to-day
To-morrow will be dying.”

To the Virgins to make much of Time
Fall on me like a silent dew,

Or like those maiden showers
Which, by the peep of day, do strew
A baptism o'er the flowers.

To Music, to becalm kis Ferer
Fair daffadills, we weep to see

You haste away so soon:
As yet the early rising sun
Has not attained his noon.

To Daffadills
Thus woe succeeds a woe, as wave a wave.

Sorrows Succeed.
Her pretty feet, like snails, did creep

A little out, and then,
As if they played at bo-peep,
Did soon draw in again.

To Mistress Susanna Southwell
Her eyes the glow-worm lend thee,
The shooting-stars attend thee;

And the elves also,

Whose little eyes glow
Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.

The Night Piece to Julia.
See Marlowe, page 41.
3 Let us crown ourselves with rose-buds, before they be withered.
Wisdom of Solomon, ii. 8.

Gather the rose of love whilest yet is time. SPENSER: The Faerie Queene, book ii. canto xii. stanza 75. 8 See Shakespeare, page 143.

4 Her feet beneath her petticoat
Like little mice stole in and out.

Suckling : Ballad upon a Wedding.

I saw a flie within a beade
Of amber cleanly buried."

The Amber Beach Thus times do shift, — each thing his turn does hold; New things succeed, as former things grow old.

Ceremonies for Candlemas Ere. Out-did the meat, out-did the frolick wine.

Ode for Ben Jonson. Attempt the end, and never stand to doubt; Nothing 's so hard but search will find it out.”

Seek and Find. But ne'er the rose without the thorn.*

The Rose


Death aims with fouler spite
At fairer marks.*

Divine Poems (ed. 1669)
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day
Whose conquering ray
May chase these fogs;

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!
Light will repay
The wrongs of night;

Sweet Phosphor, bring the day!

Emblems. Book i, Emblem 14.

Be wisely worldly, be not worldly wise.

Book ii. Emblem 2.

i See Bacon, page 168. 2 Nil tam difficilest quin quærendo investigari possiet (Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking). — Terence : Heauton timoroumenos, id. 2, 8. 8 Flowers of all hue, and without thorn the rose.

MILTON : Paradise Loci, book iv. line 256. * Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow. – Young: Night Thoughts

, right r. line 1011.

This house is to be let for life or years;
Her rent is sorrow, and her income tears.
Cupid, 't has long stood void; her bills make known,
She must be dearly let, or let alone.

Emblems. Book ii. Emblem 10, Ep. 10. The slender debt to Nature's quickly paid, Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.

Book üi. Emblem 13. The next way home's the farthest way about.”

Book iv. Emblem 2, Ep. 2. It is the lot of man but once to die.

Book v. Emblem 7.

GEORGE HERBERT. 1593-1632.





To write a verse or two is all the praise

That I can raise.
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
The bridal of the earth and sky.
Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
A box where sweets compacted lie.
Only a sweet and virtuous soul,
Like seasoned timber, never gives.

Like summer friends,
Flies of estate and sunneshine.
A servant with this clause

Makes drudgery divine;

sweeps a room as for Thy laws
Makes that and th' action fine.
A verse may find him who a sermon flies,
And turn delight into a sacrifice.

The Answer

The Elizir.

The Church Porch.

EURIPIDES : Alcestis


1 To die is a debt we must all of us discharge. line 418.

2. The longest way round is the shortest way home. — Bohn: Foreign Proverbs (Itulinn).

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