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The reaped harvest of the light,
Bound up in sheaves of sacred fire.
Love calls to war;

Sighs, his alarms,
Lips, his swords are,
The field, his arms.

Come Night, and lay thy velvet hand

On glorious Day's out-facing face;
And all thy crowned flames command,

For torches to our nuptial grace.
Love calls to war, &c.

No need have we of factious Day,'

To cast, in envy of thy peace,
Herbals of discord in thy way;

Her beauty's day doth never cease.
Love calls to war, &c.

The evening star I see:

Rise, youths, the evening star Helps Love to summon War,

Both now embracing be!

Rise youths! Love's rite claims more than banquets,

rise! Now the bright marigolds that decks the skies,

Phoebus' celestial flowers, that (contrary
To his flowers here) ope when he shuts his eye,
And shuts when he does open, crown your sports!
Now, Love in Night, and Night in Love, exhorts
Courtship and dances; all your parts employ,
And suit Night's rich expansure with your joy:
Love paints his longings in sweet virgin's eyes;
Rise, youths! Love's rite claims more than banquets,


The time of this author's birth is unknown, but it may probably be placed about 1558; which supposes him to have published his first work at the age of 25. He is said to have been an attorney of the Common Pleas, and to have '-died in 1608-9, at Amwell, in Hertfordshire, " a man of good "years, and of honest reputation."

His first work was in prose, and entitled" Syrinx, a sevenfold history," &c. licensed in 1584, and he is said to have been a translator of Plautus; but his principal work was "Albion's England," first printed in 1586, and six time* afterwards. The last edition, (in 1612) has the " Continu"ance," by the same author annexed, which was printed separately In 1606.

The astonishing popularity of this poem, which by Warner's contemporaries was even preferred to their favourite "Mirror for Magistrates," is a proof that he possessed the most valuable talent of a poet, that of amusing and interesting his readers. Thi s he effected partly by means of numerous episodes, which are always lively though not always to the purpose, and partly by means of a style which, at the time, was thought highly elegant, and which certainly possesses the merit of uncommon ease and simplicity.

Two of his most striking episodes, viz. " Argentile and "Curan," and " the Patient Countess," have already appeared in " the Muses' Library," and in the " Reliques "of Ancient English Poetry." Another, the " Romance of "Sir J. Mandeville," is too long for insertion in a miscellany, but perhaps the following may have a chance of pleasing from their singularity. The two long lines of 14 syllables of the original, are here divided into four short line stanzas.

The Legend of St. Christopher.

J. Here was a man of stature big,

And big withal in mind; For serve he would, yet one than whom

He greater none might find.

He, hearing that the emperor
Was in the world most great,

Came to his court, was entertain'd,
And, serving him at meat,

It chanc'd the devil was nam'd—whereat

The emperor him blest;
When as, until he knew the cause,

The Pagan would not rest.

But when he heard his lord to fear

The devil, his ghostly foe, He left his service, and to seek

And serve the devil did go.

Of heaven or hell, God or the devil,
He erst nor heard nor car'd;

Alone he sought to serve the same
That would by none be dar'd.

He met (who soon is met) the devil;

Was entertain'd: they walk, Till, coming to a cross, the devil

Did fearfully it balk:

The servant, musing, questioned

His master of his fear: "One Christ," quoth he with dread," I mind

"When doth a cross appear."

"Then serve thyself 1" the giant said,
"That Christ to serve I'll seek!"

For him he ask'd a hermit, who
Advis'd him to be meek;

By which, by faith, and works of alms,
Would sought-for Christ be found;

And how and where to practise thes«
He gave directions sound.

Then he, that scorn'd his service lat«
To greatest potentates,
E'en at a common ferry, now,
To carry all awaits.

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