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She that to age her charms resigns,
And then at last turns votary, Though virtue much the change inclines,
'Tis sullied by necessity.
Was author of a poetical volume published under the title of “ Hesperides,” 1648, 8vo, which contains two little pieces, printed among Carew's poems, under the titles of “the Primrose,” and “the Inquiry.” Phillips, in his “ Theatrum Poetarum,” thinks him “ not particularly influenced by any nymph or goddess, except his maid Pru:” but allows him to have shown occasionally “ a pretty flowery and pastoral gale of fancy,” &c. Wood tells us (Ath. ii. 122) that he was a Londoner born, though of a Leicestershire family ; elected fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford, from St. John's, but took no degree ; that being patronized by the Earl of Exeter, he afterwards resided in Devonshire, much beloved, till, forced to withdraw, he retired to London, where he was still living, subsequent to the Restoration. For farther particulars, see the “ Gentleman's Magazine” for 1796, p. 461. 645.
Or those babies in your eyes,
A Meditation for his Mistress.
You are a tulip, seen to-day,—
You are a lovely July-flower,-
You are a sparkling rose i' th' bud, Yet lost, ere that chaste flesh and blood Can show where you or grew, or stood.
You are a dainty violet, —
You are the queen all flowers among,–
The Bag of the Bee. [To be found also in “ Wit a sporting in a pleasant Grove of new
fancies," collected by H. B. 1657.)
About the sweet bag of a bee
Two Cupids fell at odds ;
They vow'd to ask the gods.
Which Venus hearing, thither came,
And for their boldness stript them,
With rods of myrtle whipt them.
Which done, to still their wanton cries,
When quiet grown she'd seen them,
And gave the bag between them.
1 " the wantons”,” in “ Wit a sporting.”
To a Gentlewoman, objecting to him his grey hairs.
Ah! then too late, close in your chamber keeping,
It will be told
That you are old
The Mad Maid's Song.
Good-morning, sir, to you!
Bedabbled with the dew!
Good-morning to this primrose too!
Good-morrow to each maid,