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Make an eternal spring,
Spread forth thy golden hair
And emperor-like decore
Chase hence the ugly night
This is that happy morn,
Of all my life so dark,
And fates my hopes betray),
Which, purely white, deserves
Fair King, who all preserves,
And thou two sweeter eyes
Did once thy heart surprise.
If that ye, winds, would hear
Your furious chiding stay ;
Night like a drunkard reels
Here is the pleasant place-
W. DRUMMOND OF HAWTHORNDEN.
TIME AND LOVE
When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
The rich proud cost of out-worn buried age ; When sometime lofty towers I see down-razed,
And brass eternal slave to mortal rage ; When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
Advantage on the kingdom of the shore, And the firm soil win of the watery main,
Increasing store with loss, and loss with store ; When I have seen such interchange of state,
Or state itself confounded to decay, Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate
That Time will come and take my Love away : -This thought is as a death, which cannot choose But weep to have that which it fears to lose.
Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea,
But sad mortality o'ersways their power, How with this rage shall beauty hold a plea.
Whose action is no stronger than a flower ? O how shall summer's honey breath hold out
Against the wreckful siege of battering days, When rocks impregnable are not so stout
Nor gates of steel so strong, but time decays ? O fearful meditation ! where, alack !
Shall Time's best jewel from Time's chest lie hid? Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back,
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid ? 0! none, unless this miracle have might, That in black ink my love may still shine bright.
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO
Come live with me and be my Love,
There will we sit upon the rocks
There will I make thee beds of roses
A gown made of the finest wool,
A belt of straw and ivy buds
Thy silver dishes for thy meat
The shepherd swains shall dance and sing 25
Crabbéd Age and Youth
Youth is full of pleasance,
Youth like summer morn,
Youth like summer brave,
Youth is full of sport,
10 Youth is nimble, Age is lame :
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold,
Age, I do abhor thee,
Youth, I do adore thee;
Age, I do defy thee
O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
Under the greenwood tree
Ünto the sweet bird's throat-
Here shall he see
But winter and rough weather.
Who doth ambition shun
Seeking the food he eats
And pleased with what he gets-
Here shall he see
15 But winter and rough weather.
It was a lover and his lass
With a hey and a ho, and a hey-nonino ! That o'er the green cornfield did pass In the spring time, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing hey ding a ding ding : 5
Sweet lovers love the Spring.
Between the acres of the rye
This carol they began that hour,
And therefore take the present time
With a hey and a ho and a hey-nonino ! For love is crowned with the prime In spring time, the only pretty ring time, When birds do sing hey ding a ding ding : Sweet lovers love the Spring.
PRESENT IN ABSENCE
Absence, hear thou my protestation
Against thy strength,
Distance, and length;