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Then dance again and kiss :
And every man wish'd his.
By this time all were stol'n aside
But that he must not know :-
Above an hour or so.
When in he came, Dick, there she lay,
('Twas time, I trow, to part.)
“Good boy! with all my heart.”
But just as heavens would have, to cross it,
The bridegroom ate in spite ;
Which were too much that night.
At length the candle's out, and now
What that is, who can tell ?
With Bridget and with Nell.
SIR JOHN DENHAM,
“ DESERVEDLY considered,” says Dr. Johnson, “ as one of the fathers of English poetry,” was born in Dublin, 1615, and entered in 1631 gentleman-commoner at Trinity College, Oxford, where it is said he was chiefly addicted to gaming, and exhibited no signs of genius ; and that his tragedy, “ The Sophy,” which he wrote in 1641, and his beautiful poem on Cooper's Hill, composed soon after, were received by the world with astonishment. Waller said, “he broke out like the Irish Rebellion, threescore thousand strong, when nobody was aware, or in the least suspected it.” Though but an indifferent soldier, his address and knowledge of mankind were often of service to Charles I., and after the restoration he was much admired by Charles II., who is said to have frequently suggested the subjects of his poetry. He died in 1668.
Vide Wood's Athenæ, ii. 422, and Dr. Johnson's Lives.
His poems were printed, together with “ The Sophy,” a tragedy, in 1668, 8vo, again in 1671, and repeatedly afterwards. His Version of the Psalms, which Wood never saw, did not appear, I believe, till 1714, when it was published in 8vo, from the original MS.
MORPHEUS, the humble god that dwells
Come, I say, thou powerful god,
Nature, alas! why art thou so
GRANGER says, he was erroneously called City Poet, but has omitted to give his reasons for this assertion; which, indeed, is contradicted by a pageant written by Tatham in celebration of Sir John Frederick's mayoralty in 1661, and preserved in the British Museum.
He was the author of four plays ; of“ Fancy's Theatre,” a volume of poems, printed in 1640, 12mo, and of “Ostella, or the Faction of Love and Beauty reconciled,” 1650, 4to, a scarce volume, though not otherwise valuable. The following specimen, taken from the latter collection, is very near being elegant.
Mark, Ostella, when the Spring
Then, oh then, to us will come,