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[Imitation of Marlon)."]
[In "England's Helicon" it succeeds the copy printed in p. 222 of this Vol. and is entitled " Another of the same "nature made since."]
Come live with me, and be my dear,
There shall you have the beauteous pine,
The seat for your disport shall be
There shall you see the Nymphs at play,
The birds with heavenly-tuned throats,
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Which to your senses will impart
Upon the bare and leafless oak,
In bowers of laurel, trimly dight,
Ten thousand glow-worms shall attend,
Then in mine arms will I enclose
Thus, as we pass the welcome night
Was born at North Aston, in Oxfordshire, successively educated at Eton and at Oxford, and afterwards a student of the law at Staple-inn. He published, in 1577, " Flowers of "Epigrammes, out of sundrie the moste singular authours "selected," &c. In this publication appeared the following verses translated from Walter Haddon's Latin poems, 1567. Kendall thought it essential to the diffusion of matrimonial felicity, that such an epitome of the whole duty of married persons should not be locked up in a learned language. The following specimens are inserted, not for their poetical merit, but on account of the curious picture of ancient manners which they exhibit.
PRECEPTS OF WEDLOCK.
The Husband's Requests.
JMr wife, if thou regard mine ease,
Let manners thine be pleasant still;
With Jacks yet do not play the Jill.
Go in thy garments soberly,
Let no spot be thereon to spy.
Be merry, when that I am merry;
When I lour, sing not thou " hey-derry."
The man that liked is of me
Let him likewise be lik'd of thee.
That which I say in company
See thou refel not openly.
If aught I speak that likes not thee,
Thereof in secret 'monish me.
Whatso in secret I thee tell,
Reveal not, but conceal it well.
Think not strange wives do make me warm. .
When I thee hurl, shew me thy harm.
Confess when-so thou dost offend.
Chide not to bed-ward when we wend.
Sleep slightly: rise betime, and pray:
When thou art dress'd, to work away!
Believe not all thing that is said.
Speak little, as beseems a maid.
In presence mine, dispute thou not:
Reply not: chat must be forgot.
The honest do associate still;
Loath living with the lewd and ill!