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To a Gentlewoman, objecting to him his grey hairs.
Am I despis'd because you say,
Ah! then too late, close in your chamber keeping,
It will be told
That you are old
The mad Maid's Song.
Good-morrow to the day so fair !
Good-morning, sir, to you!
Bedabbled with the dew !
Good-morning to this primrose too!
Good-morrow to each maid,
Wherein my love is laid!
I'll seek him there! I know, ere this,
The cold, cold earth doth shake him ; But I will go, or send a kiss
By you, sir, to awake him.
Pray, hurt him not ! though he be dead
He knows well who do love him;
And who do rudely move him.
He's soft and tender-pray, take heed !
With bands of cowslips bind him; And bring him home-but'tis decreed
That I shall never find him.
The very learned editor of Æschylus, and author of “ The “ History of Philosophy," was the only son of Sir Thomas Stanley, knt. of Cumberlow-green in Hertfordshire, and nephew to Sandys the traveller and poet. He pursued his studies, first at home, and afterwards in Pembroke-hall, Cambridge, under the direction of Mr. Wm. Fairfax, son to the celebrated translator of Tasso. Having continued at the University till he had taken the degree of A. M. and been admitted to the same at Oxford, 1640, he then travelled in foreign countries : and on his return lived, during part of the civil wars, in the Middle Temple. He was the friend of Shirley, Sherburne, Hall, and Suckling. His poems, printed in 1051, 12mo. consist principally of translations, with a few original compositions, from which the following specimens are borrowed. He married when
young, and died in 1678. Phillips, after commending his other works, adds, that Stanley
was “ particularly honoured for his smooth air and gentile “ spirit in poetry; which appears not only in his own “ genuine poems, but also from what he hath so well “translated out of ancient Greek, and modern Italian,
“ Spanish, and French poets, as to make his own.” See Langbaine, Wood's Fasti, I. 284, and the Biographia
Though, when I lov’d thee, thou were fair,
Thou art no longer so:
Unto opinion owe.
The flames that dwelt within thine eye
Do now with mine expire;
At once with my desire.
Then, proud Celinda, hope no more
To be implord or woo'd ;
The wealth my love bestow'd :
He whose active thoughts disdain
To be captive to one foe,
Or else more would undergo ;
What tyrannic mistress dare
To one beauty love confine ?
All may court, but none decline.
Wheresoe'er I turn or move
A new passion doth detain me; Those kind beauties that do love,
Or those proud ones that disdain me. This frown melts, and that smile burns me; This to tears, that ashes turns me.
Soft fresh virgins, not full-blown,
With their youthful sweetness take me; Sober matrons, that have known
Long since what these prove, awake me;