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Upon the autumn or the spring,
And spare us neither fruit nor flower ;
Could the resolve of love's neglect
Preserve you from the violation
Of English Verse.
Poets may boast, as safely vain,
But who can hope his lines should long
When architects have done their part,
Time, if we use ill-chosen stone,
Poets, that lasting marble seek,
Chaucer his sense can only boast,
The beauties which adorn’d that age,
This was the generous poet's scope,
Verse, thus design’d, has no ill fate,
While I listen to thy voice,
Chloris, I feel my life decay:
Calls my flitting soul away.
Peace, Chloris, peace ! or singing die, That together you and I
To heaven may go:
For all we know Of what the blessed do above, Is that they sing, and that they love.. WILLIAM HABINGTON
Was born in 1605, of a Roman Catholic family, in Wor
cestershire, and educated at Paris and St. Omer's. His literary accomplishments, and particularly his historical knowledge, recommended him to the favour of Charles I. at whose command he composed his “ History of Edward “ IV." fol. 1640, in which, Wood says, his father, Thomas Habington, had a considerable hand. He also wrote “ Observations upon History," 8vo. 1641; a tragi-comedy called “ The Queene of Arragon,” fol. 1640; and a small volume of love-poems under the title of “Castara;” (2d. ed. 1635; 3d ed. corrected and augmented, 1640), remarkable for their unaffected tenderness and moral merit. These were addressed to Lucia, daughter of Lord Powis, whom he afterwards married. He died in 1654.
Yet you ne'er could reach my heart ;
You're not worth the serious part.
When I sigh and kiss your hand,
Holding parley with your eye ; Then dilate on my desires, Swear the sun ne'er shot such fires ;
All is but a handsome lie.
When I eye your curl or lace,
Straight some murder doth commit;
When I talk to shew my wit.
Therefore, Madam, wear no cloud,
For, in sooth, I much do doubt
And your clothes that set you out.
Yet though truth has this confess’d,
When I next begin to court,
Bedlam ! this is pretty sport.