Bids them leave quaking, bids them fear no more;
And with that word she spied the hunted boar;

Whose frothy mouth, bepainted all with red, Like milk and blood being mingled both together, A second fear through all her sinews spread, Which madly hurries her she knows not whither This way she runs, and now she will no further, But back retires, to rate the boar for murther.

A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways; She treads the path that she untreads again; Her more than haste is mated 37 with delays, Like the proceedings of a drunken brain ;

Full of respects,3yet nought at all respecting, In hand with all things, nought at all effecting.

When he hath ceas'd his ill-resounding noise, Another flap-mouth'd mourner, black and grim, Against the welkin vollies out his voice: Another and another answer him,


Here kennel'd in a brake she finds a hound,
And asks the weary caitiff for his master;
And there another licking of his wound,
'Gainst venom'd sores the only sovereign plaster;
And here she meets another sadly scowling,
To whom she speaks; and he replies with howling.

87 mated] i. e. confounded.


respects] i.e. circumspection.

Clapping their proud tails to the ground below, Shaking their scratch'd ears, bleeding as they go.

Look, how the world's poor people are amaz'd
At apparitions, signs, and prodigies,
Whereon with fearful eyes they long have gaz'd,
Infusing them with dreadful prophecies:

So she at these sad signs draws up her breath, And, sighing it again, exclaims on death.

"Hard-favour'd tyrant, ugly, meagre, lean, "Hateful divorce of love," (thus chides she death,) "Grim-grinning ghost, earth's worm, what, dost thou mean

"To stifle beauty, and to steal his breath,

"Who when he liv'd, his breath and beauty set "Gloss on the rose, smell to the violet?

"If he be dead,-O no, it cannot be, "Seeing his beauty, thou should'st strike at it— "O yes, it may; thou hast no eyes to see, "But hatefully at random dost thou hit.

"Thy mark is feeble age; but thy false dart "Mistakes that aim, and cleaves an infant's heart.

"Hadst thou but bid beware, then he had spoke, "And hearing him, thy power had lost his power. "The destinies will curse thee for this stroke; "They bid thee crop a weed, thou pluck'st a flower:

"Love's golden arrow at him should have fled, "And not death's ebon dart, to strike him dead.

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"Dost thou drink tears, that thou provok❜st such weeping?

"What may a heavy groan advantage thee? Why hast thou cast into eternal sleeping "Those eyes that taught all other eyes to see? "Now Nature cares not for thy mortal 9 vigour, "Since her best work is ruin'd with thy rigour."

Here overcome, as one full of despair,
She vail'd her eyelids, who, like sluices, stopp'd
The crystal tide that from her two cheeks fair
In the sweet channel of her bosom dropp'd;

But through the flood-gates breaks the silver rain,

And with his strong course opens them again.

O how her eyes and tears did lend and borrow! Her eyes seen in the tears, tears in her eye; Both crystals, where they view'd each other's sorrow,

Sorrow, that friendly sighs sought still to dry; But like a stormy day, now wind, now rain, Sighs dry her cheeks, tears make them wet again.

Variable passions throng her constant woe,
As striving who should best become her grief;


39 mortal] i. c. deadly.

40 vail'd] i. e. lowered.

All entertain'd, each passion labours so,
That every present sorrow seemeth chief,

But none is best; then join they all together, Like many clouds consulting for foul weather.

By this, far off she hears some huntsman holla;
A nurse's song ne'er pleas'd her babe so well:
The dire imagination she did follow
This sound of hope doth labour to expell;
For now reviving joy bids her rejoice,
And flatters her, it is Adonis' voice.

Whereat her tears began to turn their tide,
Being prison'd in her eye, like pearls in glass;
Yet sometimes falls an orient drop beside,
Which her cheek melts, as scorning it should pass,
To wash the foul face of the sluttish ground,
Who is but drunken when she seemeth drown'd.

O hard-believing love, how strange it seems
Not to believe, and yet too credulous!
Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes,
Despair and hope make thee ridiculous:

The one doth flatter thee in thoughts unlikely,
In likely thoughts the other kills thee quickly.

Now she unweaves the web that she hath wrought;
Adonis lives, and death is not to blame
It was not she that call'd him all-to 41 naught;

41 all-to] i. e. entirely, altogether. Malone, not understanding the expression, printed "all to."

Now she adds honours to his hateful name; She clepes him king of graves, and grave for kings,

Imperious supreme of all mortal things.

"No, no," quoth she, "sweet Death, I did but jest; "Yet pardon me, I felt a kind of fear, "Whenas I met the boar that bloody beast, "Which knows no pity, but is still severe;

"Then, gentle shadow, (truth I must confess) "I rail'd on thee, fearing my love's decease.

""Tis not my fault: the boar provok'd my tongue; “Be wreak'd on him, invisible commander; ""Tis he, foul creature, that hath done thee wrong; "I did but act, he's author of thy slander:

"Grief hath two tongues, and never woman yet "Could rule them both, without ten women's wit.”

Thus, hoping that Adonis is alive,
Her rash suspect she doth extenuate ;
And that his beauty may the better thrive,
With death she humbly doth insinuate;

Tells him of trophies, statues, tombs; and stories
His victories, his triumphs, and his glories.

"O Jove," quoth she, "how much a fool was I, "To be of such a weak and silly mind,

"To wail his death, who lives, and must not die, "Till mutual overthrow of mortal kind!

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