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Do now thy heavenly cunning use
To set my heart at rest.
And in a dream bewray
What fate shall be my friend; Whether my life shall still decay, .
Or when my sorrows end.
A QUARREL WITH LOVE.
[From his Melancholick Humours.] / On that I could write a story
Of love's dealing with affection! How he makes the spirit sorry
That is touch'd with his infection.
But he doth so closely wind him,
In the plaits of will ill-pleased,
Till it be too much diseased.
Tis a subtle kind or spirit,
Of a venom-kind of nature,
Creep un-wares upon a creature.
Never eye that can behold it,
Though it worketh first by seeing; Nor conceit that can unfold it,
Though in thoughts be all its being.
Oh! it maketh old men witty,
Young men wanton, women idle, While that patience weeps, for pity
Reason bite not nature's bridle.
What it is, in conjecture ;
Seeking much, but nothing finding ; Like to fancy's architecture,
With illusions reason blinding.
Yet, can beauty so retain it,
In the profit of her service, That she closely can maintain it
For her servant chief on office?
In her eye she chiefly breeds it;
In her cheeks she chiefly hides it; In her servant's faith she feeds it,
While his only heart abides it.
ON THE DEATH OF SPENSER.
Mournful Muses, sorrow's minions,
Sing a dirge on Spenser’s death,
Bid the dunces keep their dens,
All for grief that he is gone
Farewel, art of poetry,
Farewel, true-conceited reason,
Farewel, all in one together,
A sweet Contention between Love, his Mistress,
Love and my mistress were at strife
Who had the greatest pow'r on me: Betwixt them both, oh, what a life!
Nay, what a death is this to be!
She said, she did it with her eye;
He said he did it with his dart; Betwixt them both (a silly wretch !)
'Tis I that have the wounded heart.
She said, she only spake the word
That did enchant my peering sense ;
He said, he only gave the sound
That enter'd heart without defence.
She said, her beauty was the mark
That did amaze the highest mind; He said, he only made the mist,
Whereby the senses grew so blind.
She said, that, only for her sake,
The best would venture life and limb: He said, she was too much deceiv'd;
They honour'd her, because of him.
Long while, alas, she would not yield,
But it was she that rul'd the roast; Until, by proof, she did confess,
If he were gone, her joy was lost.
And then she cried “ Oh, dainty love,
“ I now do find it is for thee, “ That I am lov'd and honour'd both,
“ And thou hast power to conquer me.”
But, when I heard her yield to love,
Oh! how my heart did leap for joy! That now I had some little hope
To have an end to mine annoy! VOL. II.