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His helmet now shall make a hive for bees,
And lovers' songs be turned to holy psalms;
Sonnet. Polyhymnia My inerry, merry, merry roundelay
Concludes with Cupid's curse:
SIR WALTER RALEIGH. 1552-1618.
If all the world and love were young,
The Nymph's Reply to the Passionate Shepherd. Fain would I, but I dare not; I dare, and yet I may not ; I may, although I care not, for pleasure when I play not.
Fain Would I Passions are likened best to floods and streams : The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.'
Silence in love bewrays more woe
Than words, though ne'er so witty :
Upon a thankless arrant :
Go, since I needs must die,
The Silent Lover.
1 Altissima quæque flumina minimo sono labi (The deepest rivers flow with the least sound). – Q. CURTIUS, vii. 4. 13.
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. - SHAKESPEARE: 3
Henry V I. act üi. sc. i.
Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay."
Verses to Edmund Spenser. Cowards (may] fear to die; but courage stout, Rather than live in snuff, will be put out.
On the snuff of a candle the night before he died. - Raleigh's
Remains, p. 258, ed. 1661.
Written the night before his death. — Found in his
Bible in the Gate-house at Westminster.
If she seem not chaste to me,
Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.3 [History] hath triumphed over time, which besides it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over.
Historie of the World. Preface. O eloquent, just, and mightie Death! whom none could advise, thou hast perswaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered,
1 Methought I saw my late espoused saint. Milton: Sonnet xxiii. Methought I saw the footsteps of a throne. WORDSWORTH: Sonnet.
2 If she be not so to me,
GEORGE WITHER : The Shepherd's Resolution. 8 Written in a glass window obvious to the Queen's eye. “Her Majesty, either espying or being shown it, did under-write, 'If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.'' - FULLER: Worthies of England, vol. i. p. 419.
thou only hast cast out of the world and despised. Thou hast drawne together all the farre stretched greatnesse, all the pride, crueltie, and ambition of man, and covered it all over with these two narrow words, Hic jacet !
Book v. Part 1.
EDMUND SPENSER. 1553-1599.
Fierce warres and faithful loves shall moralize my song:
Faerie Queene. Introduction. St. 1. A gentle knight was pricking on the plaine.
Book i. Canto i. St. 1. O happy earth, Whereon thy innocent feet doe ever tread! The noblest mind the best contentment has.
A bold bad man.?
St. 37 Her angels face, As the great eye of heaven, shyned bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place. Canto iii. S1. 4. Ay me, how many perils doe enfold The righteous man, to make him daily fall! 8
Canto viii. St. 1. As when in Cymbrian plaine An heard of bulles, whom kindly rage doth sting, Doe for the milky mothers want complaine, And fill the fieldes with troublous bellowing. St. 11. Entire affection hateth nicer hands.
St. 40. 1 And moralized his song.- POPE: Epistle to Arbuthnot. Line 340.
SHAKESPEARE : Henry VIII, act ii. sc. 2. MASSINGER: A New Way to Pay Old Debts, act iv. sc. 2.
3 Ay me! what perils do environ
BUTLER: Hudibras, part i. canto ii. line 1 The Monastery, chap. xxvïïi.
– POPE: The Dunciad, book iï. line 247. Scott:
? This bold bad man. —
4 "Milky Mothers,
That darksome cave they enter, where they find
Faerie Queene. Canto ix. St. 35.
Book ii. Canto vi. St. 12. And is there care in Heaven ? And is there love In heavenly spirits to these Creatures bace ?
Canto viii. St. 1. How oft do they their silver bowers leave To come to succour us that succour want!
St. 2. Eftsoones they heard a most melodious sound.
Canto xii. St. 70. Through thick and thin, both over bank and bush, In hope her to attain by hook or crook.?
Book üi. Canto i St. 17. Her berth was of the wombe of morning dew, And her conception of the joyous Prime. Canto vi. St. 3
Roses red and violets blew, And all the sweetest flowres that in the forrest grew.
St. 6. Be bolde, Be bolde, and everywhere, Be bold.4
Canto xi. St. 54. Dan Chaucer, well of English undefyled, On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.
Book iv. Canto ië. St. 32.
1 Through thick and thin. – DRAYTON: Nymphidiæ. MIDDLETON: The Roaring Girl, act iv. sc. 2. Kemp : Nine Days' Wonder. BUTLER: H#dibras, part i. canto ii, line 370. DRYDEN : Absalom and Achitophel, part: ii, line 414. Pope : Dunciad, book ii. CowPER : John Gilpin.
2 See Skelton, page 8.
3 The dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning. - Psalm cx. 3, Book of Common Prayer.
4 De l'audace, encore de l'audace, et toujours de l'audace (Boldness, again boldness, and ever boldness). — DANTON : Speech in the Legislative Assembly, 1792.
As by his manners.
For all that Nature by her mother-wit?
Faerie Queene. Book iv. Canto x. St. 21. Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small.
Canto ii. St. 43. Who will not mercie unto others show, How can he mercy ever hope to have ? ?
St. 42. The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne; For a man by nothing is so well bewrayed
Book vi. Canto iii. St. 1. For we by conquest, of our soveraine might, And by eternall doome of Fate's decree, Have wonne the Empire of the Heavens bright.
Book vii. Canto ri. St. 33. For of the soule the bodie forme doth take; For soule is forme, and doth the bodie make.
An Hymne in Honour of Beautie. Line 132, For all that faire is, is by nature good ; & That is a signe to know the gentle blood.
Has bene an old-sayd sawe;
The Shepheardes Calender. July. Line 97.
of the Shrew, act ii. sc. 1.
Mother wit. - MARLOWE: Prologue to Tamberlaine the Great, part to MIDDLETON : Your Five Gullants, act i. sc. 1. SHAKESPEARE : Taming
2 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. - Matthew u. 7.
8 The band that hath made you fair hath made you good... SHAKE SPEARE: Measure for Measure, act ini. sc. 1.
- See Heywood, page 12.