Sometimes her levell'd eyes their carriage ride,
As they did battery to the spheres intend;
Sometime diverted their poor balls are ty'd
To the orb'd earth: sometimes they do extend
Their view right on; anon their gazes lend
To every place at once, and no where fix'd,
The mind and sight distractedly commix'd.

Her hair, nor loose, nor ty'd in formal plat,
Proclaim'd in her a careless hand of pride;
For some, untuck'd, descended her sheav'd hat,
Hanging her pale and pined cheek beside;
Some in her threaden fillet still did bide,
And, true to bondage, would not break from thence,
Though slackly braided in loose negligence.

A thousand favours from a maund 6 she drew
Of amber, crystal, and of beaded jet,
Which one by one she in a river threw,
Upon whose weeping margent she was set;
Like usury, applying wet to wet,
Or monarch's hands, that let not bounty fall
Where want cries some, but where excess begs all.

Of folded schedules had she many a one,
Which she perus'd, sigh'd, tore, and gave the flood;
Crack'd many a ring of posied gold and bone,

♦ levell'd eyes, &c.] An allusion to a piece of ordnance. sheav'd] i. e. straw.

maund] i.e. hand basket.

Bidding them find their sepulchres in mud;
Found yet more letters sadly penn'd in blood,
With sleided silk feat and affectedly
Enswath'd, and seal'd to curious secrecy.

These often bath'd she in her fluxive eyes, And often kiss'd, and often 'gan 9 to tear; Cried, "O false blood! thou register of lies, "What unapproved witness dost thou bear! "Ink would have seem'd more black and damned here!"

This said, in top of rage the lines she rents,
Big discontent so breaking their contents.

A reverend man that graz'd his cattle nigh,
Sometime a blusterer, that the ruffle knew
Of court, of city, and had let go by
The swiftest hours, observed as they flew ;
Towards this afflicted fancy 10 fastly drew;
And, privileg'd by age, desires to know
In brief, the grounds and motives of her woe.

So slides he down upon his grained bat, 11
And comely-distant sits he by her side;
When he again desires her, being sat,

7 sleided] i. e. raw, untwisted.


feut] i.e. neatly, curiously.

9 'gan] Malone's conjecture for "gave."


fancy] i. e. enamoured one : fancy occurs several times

in this vol. in the sense of love.

1 bat] i. e. club.

Her grievance with his hearing to divide :
If that from him there may be aught applied
Which may her suffering ecstasy assuage,
'Tis promis'd in the charity of age.

“though in me you behold

"Father," she says, "The injury of many a blasting hour, "Let it not tell your judgment I am old; "Not age, but sorrow, over me hath power: "I might as yet have been a spreading flower, “Fresh to myself, if I had self-applied "Love to myself, and to no love beside.

"But woe is me! too early I attended “A youthful suit (it was to gain my grace) "Of one by nature's outwards so commended, "That maiden's eyes stuck over all his face: "Love lack'd a dwelling, and made him her place; "And when in his fair parts she did abide, "She was new lodg'd, and newly deified.

"His browny locks did hang in crooked curls; “And every light occasion of the wind "Upon his lips their silken parcels hurls. "What's sweet to do, to do will aptly find: "Each eye that saw him did enchant the mind; "For on his visage was in little drawn, "What largeness thinks in paradise was sawn.19

12 sawn] i. e. sown.

"Small show of man was yet upon his chin; "His phoenix down began but to appear, "Like unshorn velvet, on that termless skin, "Whose bare out-bragg'd the web it seem'd to


"Yet show'd his visage by that cost most dear; "And nice affections wavering stood in doubt "If best 'twere as it was, or best without.

"His qualities were beauteous as his form, "For maiden-tongued he was, and thereof free; "Yet, if men mov'd him, was he such a storm "As oft 'twixt May and April is to see, "When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they be. "His rudeness so with his authoriz'd youth, "Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.

"Well could he ride, and often men would say "That horse his mettle from his rider takes : "Proud of subjection, noble by the sway, "What rounds, what bounds, what course, what stop he makes!

"And controversy hence a question takes, . Whether the horse by him became his deed, "Or he his manage by the well-doing steed.

"But quickly on this side the verdict went;
"His real habitude gave life and grace
"To appertainings and to ornament,


Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case:

Her grievance with his hearing to dividir place, If that from him there may be aught arrim Which may her suffering ecstasy assuar him. 'Tis promis'd in the charity of age.


"Father," she
says, though in meleep,
"The injury of many a blasting hou. trong,
"Let it not tell your judgment I an
"Not age, but sorrow, over me ha.
"I might as yet have been a spreadal,
"Fresh to myself, if I had self-ar
"Love to myself, and to no lo

er weep,

of will;

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