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Divided, with but half a heart,
Till we shall meet and never part.

HENRY KING.

The Angler's Wish.

I in these flowery meads would be,
These crystal streams should solace me;
To whose harmonious bubbling noise
T, with my angle, would rejoice,

Sit here, and see the turtle-dove
Court his chaste mate to acts of love;

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Or, on that bank, feel the west wind
Breathe health and plenty ; please my mind,
To see sweet dew-drops kiss these flowers,
And then washed off by April showers;

Here, hear my kenna sing a song:
There, see a blackbird feed her

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Or a laverock build her nest;
Here, give my weary spirits rest,
And raise my low-pitched thoughts above
Earth, or what poor mortals love.

Thus, free from lawsuits, and the noise
Of princes' courts, I would rejoice;

Or, with my Bryan and a book,
Loiter long days near Shawford brook;
There sit by him, and eat my meat;
There see the sun both rise and set;
There bid good-morning to next day;
There meditate my time away;

And angle on; and beg to have
A quiet passage to a welcome grave.

IZAAK WALTON.

Death's final Conquest.

THE glories of our birth and state

Are shadows, not substantial things;
There is no armor against fate-
Death lays his icy hands on kings;

Sceptre and crown

Must tumble down
And in the dust be equal made
With the poor crooked scythe and spade.

Some men with swords may reap the field,

And plant fresh laurels where they kill; But their strong nerves at last must yieldThey tame but one another still;

Early or late

They stoop to fate,
And must give up their murmuring breath,
When they, pale captives, creep to death.

The garlands wither on your brow

Then boast no more your mighty deeds;
Upon death's purple altar, now,
See where the victor victim bleeds!

All heads must come

To the cold tomb
Only the actions of the just
Smell sweet, and blossom in the dust.

JAMES SAIRLEY.

The Bride.

FROM A BALLAD UPON A WEDDING.

The maid, and thereby hangs a tale,
For such a maid no Whitsun-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
Would not stay on which they did bring-

It was too wide a peck;
And, to say truth—for out it must-
It looked 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 feared the light;
But 0, she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter-day

Is half so fine a sight.

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 Cath'rine pear,

The side that 's next the sun.

Her lips were red; and one was thin,
Compared 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 sw 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.

Sir JOAN SUOKLING.

Ve Gentlemen of England.

Ye gentlemen of England

That live at home at ease, Ah! little do you think upon

The dangers of the seas. Give ear unto the mariners,

And they will plainly show All the cares and the fears

When the stormy winds do blow.

If enemies oppose us

When England is at war With any foreign nation,

We fear not wound or scar; Our roaring guns shall teach 'em

Our valor for to know, Whilst they reel on the keel,

And the stormy winds do blow.

Then courage, all brave mariners,

And never be dismay'd;
While we have bold adventurers,

We ne'er shall want a trade :
Our merchants will employ us

To fetch them wealth, we know;
Then be bold-work for gold,
When the stormy winds do blow.

MARTYN PARKER

Song.

Love still has something of the sean

From whence his mother rose;
No time his slaves from doubt can free,

Nor give their thoughts repose.

They are becalmed in clearest days,

And in rough weather tossed; They wither under cold delays,

Or are in tempests lost.

One while they seem to touch the porty

Then straight into the main Some angry wind, in cruel sport,

The vessel drives again.

At first disdain and pride they fear,

Which if they chance to 'scape, Rivals and falsehood soon appear,

In a more cruel shape.

By such degrees to joy they come,

And are so long withstood; So slowly they receive the sun,

It hardly does them good.

'T is cruel to prolong a pain;

And to defer a joy,
Believe me, gentle Celemene,

Offends the winged boy.

An hundred thousand oaths your fears,

Perhaps, would not remove; And if I gazed a thousand years, I could not deeper love.

SIR CHARLES SEDLEY.

My Dear and Only Love.

PART FIRST.

My dear and only love, I pray,

This noble world of thee
Be governed by no other sway

But purest monarchie.

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