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Which still is grounded on poor ladies' wrongs,
By any doubt to make my love the less.
My house from Florence I do not pretend,
In Cupid's school I never read those books, Nor hold those honours insufficient are,
Nor better air will ever boast to breathe,
Than that of Lemster, Munster, or of Meath:
Than Windsor's or Fitz-Gerald's families:
It is enough to leave unto my heirs,
If they but please t'acknowledge me for theirs.
To what place ever did the court remove,
At Windsor still I see thee sit, and walk,
There mount thy courser, there devise, there talk,
The robes, the garter, and the state of Kings,
None-such, the name imports (methinks) so much,
Rear’d by the pow'r of thy victorious hand:
page that brought thy letters to my hand, White-Hall's triumphing galleries are yet
In Greenwich still, as in a glass, I view,
Where last thou bad'st thy Geraldine adieu.
How are my thoughts confus'd with joys and woes!
Pass to my heart whole multitudes of fears.
0, in a map that I might see thee show
The place where now in danger thou do'st go!
Whilst we discourse, to travel with our eye
The model of that temple, or that town;
And to relate at large where thou hast been,
Expressing in a figure, by thy hand,
How Naples lies, how Florence fair doth stand:
Or as the Grecian's finger dip'd in wine,
Drawing a river in a little line,
And with a drop, a gulf to figure out,
To model Venice moated round about;
Then adding more to counterfeit a sea,
And draw the front of stately Genoa.
These from thy lips were like harmonious tones,
Which now do sound like mandrakes dreadful
Some travel hence, t'enrich their minds with skill, Or that it is that honey-steeped gall,
Leave here their good, and bring home others ill;
Which seem to like all countries but their own, We oft are said to bait our loves withal;
Affecting most, where they the least are known : That in one eye we carry strong desire,
Their leg, their thigh, their back, their neck, their In th’other drops, which quickly quench that fire;
As they had been in sev'ral countries bred;
In their attire, their gesture, and their gate,
Found in each one, all Italianate,
so well in all deformity in fashion,
Sets her son (Tame) forth, brave as May,
Upon the joyful wedding day:
At Oxford all the Muses meet her,
And with a Prothalamion greet her. O God forbid that Howard's noble line,
The nymphs are in the bridal bow'rs,
Some strowing sweets, some sorting flow'rs;
And sings of rivers, and their praises.
Then Tame his way tow'rd Windsor tends. “ He gives a Poet, that his verses hears."
Thus, with the song, the marriage ends.
Now fame had through this isle divulg'd in every
The long-expected day of marriage to be near, (ear, Few live in court that of their good have care,
That Isis, Cotswold's heir, long woo'd was lastly The Muses' friends are every where so rare.
[son. Some praise thy worth (that it did never know), And instantly should wed with Tame,old Chiltern's Only because the better sort do so,
And now that wood-man's wife, the mother of Whose judgment never further doth extend,
the flood, Than it doth please the greatest to commend; The rich and goodly vale of Aylsbury, that stood So great an ill upon desert doth chance,
So much upon her Tame, was busied in her bowers,
Preparing for her son as many suits of flowers,
[blow, When thou should'st rear an Ilion to thy name? O! whither go ye, floods ? what sudden wind doth When shall the Muses by fair Norwich dwell,
[flow; To be the city of the learned well ?
Than other of your kind, that you so fast should Or Phæbus' altars there with incense heap'd, What business in hand, that spurs you thus away? As once in Cyrrha, or in Thebe kept?
Fair Windrush, let me hear; I pray thee, Charwel Or when shall that fair hoof-plow'd spring distil
say. From great Mount-Surrey, out of Leonard's-bill? They suddenly reply,“ What lets you should not see Till thou return, the court I will exchange
* That for this nuptial feast we all prepared be? For some poor cottage, or some country grange • Therefore this idle chat our ears doth but offend: Where to our distaves, as we sit and spin,
Our leisure serves not now these trifles to attend.' My maid and I will tell what things have been. But whilst things are in hand, old Chiltern (for Our lutes unstrung shall hang upon the wall,
his life) Our lessons serve to wrap our tow withall,
From prodigal expence can noway keep his wife; And pass the night, whiles winter-tales we tell, Who feeds her Tame with marle, in cordial-wise Of many things, that long ago befell:
prepar'd, Or tune such homely carrols as were sung
And thinks all idly spent, that now she only spar'd, In country sport, when we ourselves were young,
In setting forth her son: nor can she think it well, In pretty riddles to bewray our loves,
Unless her lavish charge do Cotswolds far excel. In questions, purpose, or in drawing gloves.
For, Aylesbury's a vale that walloweth in her wealth, The noblest spirits, to virtue most inclined,
And (by her wholesome air continually in health) These here in court thy greatest want do find:
Is lusty, firm, and fat, and holds her youthful Others there be, on which we feed our eye,
strength. Like arras-work, or such like imag'ry:
Besides her fruitful earth, her mighty breadth and
Doth Chiltern fitly match; which mountainously
And being very long, so likewise she doth lie (high,
From the Bedfordian fields, where first she doth
To fashion like a vale, to th' place where Tame POLYOLBION.--THE XV. SONG.
His Isis' wished bed; her soil throughout so sure,
For goodness of her glebe, and for her pasture pure,
That as her grain and grass, so she her sheep doth
breed, The goodly vale of Aylsbury
For burthen and for bone all other that exceed :
And she, which thus in wealth abundantly doth "Ye daughters of the hills, come down from every flow,
side, Now cares not on her child what cost she do be And due attendance give upon the lovely bride: Which when wise Chiltern saw (the world who Go, strew the paths with flowers, by which she is to long had try'd,
pass. And now at last had laid all garish pomp aside; For be ye thus assur'd, in' Albion never was Whose hoar and chalky head descry'd him to be old, A beauty (yet) like hers: where have you ever seen His beechen woods bereft, that kept him from the So absolute a nymph in all things, för a queen? cold)
Give instantly in charge the day be wondrous fair, Would fain persuade the vale to hold a steady rate; That no disorder'd blast attempt her braided hair. And with his curious wife, thus wisely doth debate: Go, see her state prepar'd, and every thing be fit. Quoth he, you might allow what needeth, to The bride-chamber adorn'd with all beseeming it. the most :
(cost ? And for the princely groom, who ever yet could But whereas less will serve, what means this idle A flood that is so fit for Isis as the Tame? [name Too much, a surfeit breeds, and may our child an Ye both so lovely are, that knowledge scarce can noy:
(cloy. tell, These fat and luscious meats do but our stomachs For feature whether he, or beauty she excel : The modest comely mien, in all things likes the That ravished with joy each other to behold, Apparel often shews us womanish precise. [wise, When as your crystal waists you closely do enfold, And what will Cotswold think when he shall hear Betwixt your beauteous selves you shall beget a son, of this?
That when your lives shall end, in him shall be He'll rather blame your waste, than praise your begun.
(light, cost, I wiss,
The pleasant Surryan shores shall in that flood deBut women wilful be, and she her will must have; And Kent esteem herself most happy in his sight, Nor cares how Chiltern chides, so that her Tame The shire that London loves, shall only him prefer, be brave.
And give full many a gift to hold him near to her. Alone which tow’ds his love she eas'ly doth convey: The Scheldt, the goodly Meuse, the rich and viny For the Oxonian Ouze was lately sent away [feet; Rhine,
(plain, From Buckingham, where first he finds his nimbler Shall come to meet the Thames in Neptune's wat'ry Tow'ds Whittlewood then takes; where, past the And all the Belgian streams and neighbouring noblest street,
floods of Gaul,
A shrill and sudden bruit this Prothalamion brake;
And honoured sister vale, the bounteous Aylsbury,
Sent presents to the Tame by Ock her only flood, Return we to report, how Isis from her source
Which for his mother vale so much on greatness Comes tripping with delight down from her dain stood. tier springs;
From Oxford, Isis hastes more speedily, to see And in her princely train, t' attend her marriage,
That river like his birth might entertained be: Clear, Churnet, Coln, and Leech, which first she
For that ambitious vale, still striving to command, did retain,
And using for her place continually to stand,
Proud White-horse to persuade, much business there
[queen. Came Yenlood with a guard of satyrs which were
T'acknowledge that great vale of Eusham for her (dame.
And but that Eusham is so opulent and great,
That thereby she herself holds in the sovereign seat,
This White-horse all the vales of Britain would o'er.
And absolutely sit in the imperial chair;
And boasts as goodly herbs, and numerous flocks to
feed, Apollo's aid he begs, with all his sacred brood,
To have as soft a glebe, as good increase of seed;
pure and fresh an air upon her face to tlow,
As Eusham for her life ; and from her steed doth
Her lusty rising downs, as fair a
a prospect take (show, they
doth make Her beauty should extol, or she admire their bay.
So wond'rously admir'd, and her so far extend, On whom their several gifts (to amplify her dow'r)
But to the marriage hence, industrious Muse descend. The Muses there bestow; which ever have the pow'r
The Naiads and the nymphs extremely over-joy'd, Immortal her to make. And as she past along,
And on the winding banks all busily employ'd, Those modest Thespian maids thus to their Isis sung;
er'de -ell, 1.
ful th, und ly th, oth in
Upon this joyful day, some dainty chaplets twine: Sweet marjoram, with her like, sweet basil rare for Some others chosen out, with fingers neat and fine,
smell, Brave anadems do make: some bauldricks up do
(to tell: With many a flower, whose name were now too long
[sign'd And rarely with the rest, the goodly four-de-lis. Some, garlands; and to some the nosegays were as Thus for the nuptial hour, all fitted point-device, As best their skill did serve. But for that Tame Whilst some still busied are in decking of the bride, should be
Some others were again as seriously employ'd Still man-like as himself, therefore they will that he In strewing of those herbs, at bridals us’d that be; Should not be drest with flowers to gardens that be Which every where they throw with bounteous long,
hands and free.
[do fly, (His bride that better fit) but only such as sprung The healthful balm and mint, from their full laps From the replenish'd meads, and fruitful pastures The scentful camomile, the ven'rous costmary;
They hot muscado oil with milder maudlin cast; To sort which flowers, some sit; some making gar Strong tansey, fennel cool, they prodigally waste: lands were ;
Clear hysop, and therewith the comfortable thyme, The primrose placing first, because that in the spring Germander with the rest, each thing then in her It is the first appears, then only flourishing; (mix’d: prime;
[flower, The azur'd hare-bell next, with them they neatly As well of wholesome herbs, as every pleasant T'allay whose luscious smell, they woodbind plac'd Which nature here produc'd, to fit this happy hour. betwixt.
(the lilly; Amongst these strewing kinds, some other wild that Amongst those things of scent, there prick they in grow, And near to that again, her sister daffadilly. As burnet, all abroad, and meadow-wort they throw. To sort these flowers of show, with th' other that Thus all things falling out to every one's desire, were sweet,
The ceremonies done that marriage doth require, The cowslip then they couch, and th' oxlip, for her The bride and bridegroom set, and serv'd with sunmeet :
dry cates, The columbine amongst they sparingly do set, And every other plac'd as fitted their estates; The yellow kingscup, wrought in many a curious fret, Amongst this confluence great, wise Charwell here And now and then among, of eglantine a spray,
was thought By which again a course of lady-smocks they lay: The fitt'st to cheer the guests ; who thoroughly had The crow-flower, and thereby the clover-flower they
been taught stick,
In all that could pertain to courtship, long agon, The daisy, over all those sundry sweets so thick, As coming from his sire, the fruitful Helidon, (towns As nature doth herself; to imitate her right; He travelleth to Tames; where passing by those Who seems in that her pearl so greatly to delight, Of that rich country near, whereas the mirthful
clowns, That every plain therewith she powd’reth to behold: The crimson darnel-flower, the blue-bottle, and gold; With tabor and the pipe, on holidays do use, Which though esteem'd but weeds; yet for their Upon the may-pole green, to trample out their shoes: dainty hues,
(chuse. And having in his ears the deep and solemn rings, And for their scent not ill, they for this purpose Which found him all the way, unto the learned Thus having told you how the bridegroom Tame springs,
(meet, was drest,
Where he his sovereign Ouze most happily doth I'll shew you how the bride, fair Isis, they invest; And him, the thrice-three maids, Apollo's offspring, Sitting to be attir’d under her bower of state,
greet Which scorns a meaner sort, than fits a princely rate. With all their sacred gifts; thus, expert being grown In anadems for whom they curiously dispose In music; and besides, a curious maker known; The red, the dainty white, the goodly damask rose, This Charwell (as I said) the first these floods among, For the rich ruby, pearl, and amethyst, men place For silence having call’d, thus to th’assembly sung: In kings imperial crowns, the circle that inchace. • Stand fast, ye higher hills; low vallies easily lie; The brave carnation then, with sweet and sovereign And forests, that to both you equally apply power
(But for the greater part, both wild and barren be) (So of his colour call’d, although a July-flower) Retire ye to your wastes; and rivers, only we, With th' other of his kind, the speckled and the Oft meeting let us mix: and with delightful grace,
Let every beauteous nymph her best-lov'd flood
embrace, Then th' odoriferous pink, that sends forth such a
An alien be he born, or near to her own spring,
Along the flow'ry fields licentiously do strain,
Greeting each curled grove, and circling everyplain ; Sweet-william, sops-in-wine, the campion: and to
Or hasting to his fall,
his shoaly gravel scow'rs,
And with his crystal front then courts the climbing these
tow'rs. Some lavender they put, with rosemary and bays:
asil rare in
Ent-device f the bride ployd
tmary: Llin cast:
Let all the world be judge, what mountain hath Amongst his holts and hills, as on his way he makes, tort a name,
[flood of fame: At Reading once arriv’d, clear Kennet overtakes ow tools Like that from whose proud foot there springs some His lord the stately Tames, which that great flood ur-de-lik. And in the earth's survey, what seat like that is set, With many signs of joy doth kindly entertain. (again
Whose streets some ample stream abundantly doth Then Loddon next comes in, contributing her store ; wet?
[road, As still we see, the much runs ever to the more. Where is there haven found, or harbour, like that Set out with all this pomp, when this imperial ='d that be: Int' which some goodly flood his burden doth un stream load ?
(reign fraught Himself establish'd sees amidst his wat'ry realm, By whose rank swelling stream the far-fecht-fo His much-lov'd Henly leaves, and prouder dotb
(view. cir full les May up to inland-lowns conveniently be brought.
Of any part of earth, we be the most renown'd; His wood-nymph Windsor's seat, her lovely site to
That countries very oft, nay, empires oft we bound, Whose most delightful face when once the river sees, Elly wase As Rubicon, much fam'd both for his fount and fall, Which shews herself attir'd in tall and stately trees, The ancient limit held 'twixt Italy and Gaul.
He in such earnest love with amorous gestures woes, Europe and Asia keep on Tanais' either side. (vide. That looking still at her, his way was like to lose ; (fiowe Such honour have we floods, the world (even) to di
And wand'ring in and out, so wildly seems to go, y pleaser Nay, kingdoms thus we prove are christened oft by As headlong he himself into her lap would throw. Iberia takes her name from crystal Iberus. (us;
Him with the like desire the forest doth embrace, twild there
Such reverence to our kind the wiser ancients gave, And with her presence strives her Tames as much
to grace. heython “But with our fame at home return we to proceed. No forest, of them all, so fit as she doth stand, e's desire In Britain here we find, our Severn, and our Tweed, When princes, for their sports, her pleasures will require The tripartited isle do generally divide, [side. command;
(seen, To England, Scotland, Wales, as each doth keep her No wood-nymph as herself such troops had ever Trent cuts the land in two so equally, as tho'
Nor can such quarries boast as have in Windsor ates; Nature it pointed-out, to our great Brute to shew Nor any ever had so many solemn days, (been; well ber How to his mighty sons the island he might share;
So brave assemblies view'd, nor took so rich assays. A thousand of this kind, and nearer, I will spare ; Then, hand in hand, her Tames the forest softly Where, if the state of floods at large I list to shew,
brings 1 proudly could report how Pactolus doth throw To that supremest place of the great English kings,
Up grains of perfect gold; and of great Ganges tell, The Garter's royal seat, from him who did advance , (towa Which when full India's showers enforceth him to That princely order first, our first that conquer'd swell,
[knights, Gilds with his glistering sands the over-pamper'd The temple of St. George, whereas his honour'd How wealthy Tagus first, by tumbling down his ore,
Upon his hallowed day, observe their ancient rites: The rude and slothful Moors of old Iberia taught
Where Eaton is at hand to nurse that learned brood, Eirshoes
To search into those hills, from which such wealth To keep the Muses still near, to this princely flood; he brought
That nothing there may want, to beautify that seat, Beyond these if I pleas'd I to your praise could bring,
With every pleasure stor’d: and here my song com-
Three shires at once this song assays,
By various and unusual ways.
At Nottingham first coming in, + sung: To godly virtuous men, we wisely liken's are:
The vale of Bever doth begin;
Tow'rds Le'ster then her course she holds,
And sailing o'er the pleasant Oulds, -en bel
Do make those virtuous too, that them associate.'
By Charnwood, which to Trent she brings, shew:
Then shows the braveries of that flood,
Then rouzes up the aged Peak,
She fetcheth Soare down from her springs,
Makes Sherwood sing her Robin Hood;
And of her wonders makes her speak:
Now scarcely on this tract the Muse had entrance
made, Inclining to the south, but Bever's batning slade