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For whose declining on the western shore
HERRICK was the son of a goldsmith of London. He was educated for the Church, and obtained from Charles I. the living of Dean Prior in Devonshire. From this he was ejected during the civil wars. For the time he laid down his divinity, which indeed he seems to have always worn very lightly ; he was the companion of Ben Jonson's revels ; and much of his poetry is very little in accordance with the clerical character. His works consist chiefly of religious and Anacreontic poems in strange association. His“ vein of poetry," says Campbell," is very irregular ; but where the ore is pure, it is of high value.” He recovered his living at the Restoration. The time of his death is not certainly known.
Fair daffodils, we weep to see
You haste away so soon;
Will go with you along.
We have short time to stay as you,
We have as short a spring,
Ne'er to be found again.
Why do ye fall so fast?
Your date is not so past,
And go at last.
What, were ye born to be,
An hour or half's delight,
And so to bid good-night?
And lose you quite.
But you are lovely leaves, where we
May read, how soon things have
Their end, though ne'er so brave:
Into the grave.
NIGHT-PIECE TO JULIA.
And the elves also,
Whose little eyes glow
I The use of ye as an objective case by the poets seems to denote earnestness and emotionSee Shakespeare's t'oriolanus, Act i. Sc. I. " Hang ye - Trust ye?"
No Will-o'-the-wisp mislight thee,
But on, on thy way,
Not making a stay,
Let not the dark thee cumber;
The stars of the night
Will lend thee their light,
Then Julia let me woo thee,
And, when I shall meet
Thy silvery feet,
(1592-1644.) "Quarles was of an ancient family, nephew to Sir Robert Quarles ; educated at Christ's College, Cambridge ; studied in Lincoln's Inn ; afterwards cup-bearer to the queen of Bohemia" (the Princess Elizabeth, the daughter of James I.), “ secretary to the primate of Ireland” (Archbishop Usler), "and chronologer to the city of London."— Ellis,
Quarles is the quaintest and most fantastic writer of the metaphysical school of Donne. His poetry, like that of most of his cotemporaries of the middle of the seventeenth century, is strongly tinctured with religious feel. ing. This should have saved him from puritan persecution, but the royalist poet had his heart broken by the destruction of his property, and especially of his rare library. His formerly popular “ Emblems” and other works sunk into oblivion during the licentious taste of the Restoration ; and Pope, in the “Dunciad," placed on him an authoritative extinguisher. The native worth of his wit, amidst its profusion of affectation, has in modern times somewhat retrieved his fame. His “ Enchiridion," in prose, is a collection of maxims, or, as he terms them, “ Institutions, Divine and Moral."-See Retrospective Review, vol. v. p. 180.
DELIGHT IN GOD ONLY.
| Compare Moore's “Young May Moon."
But what's a creature, Lord, compared with thee?
I love the air ; her dainty sweets refresh
But what's the air or all the sweets that she
To heaven's high city I direct my journey,
But what is heaven, great God, compared to thee?
Without thy presence, earth gives no refection ;
If not possessed, if not enjoyed in thee,
HERBERT was the brother of the “ celebrated" Lord Herbert of Cherbury. Disappointed in court advancement by the death of James I., he took holy orders, and earned the appellation of Holy" by his exemplary discharge of his sacred office. His style, like that of so many of his brother poets, is founded on the manner of his friend Donne. The volume of his poems is entitled “ The Temple."
Sweet day, so cool, so calm, so bright,
For thou must die.
And thou must die.
Sweet spring, full of sweet days and roses,
And all must die.
Then chiefly lives.
CRASHAW's father was a preacher at the Temple Church in London. The time of the poet's birth is uncertain. In 1644 he is found in possession of a fellowship in Cambridge, from which he was ejected by the Parliamentary army for non-compliance with the covenant. He went to France, and became a Roman Catholic. By the patronage of the exiled English queen, Henrietta Maria, he obtained an ecclesiastical situation in Italy, and became a canon of the Church of Loretto, where he died.
Crashaw's poetry is of a fervid religious character. He“ formed his style on the most quaint and conceited school of Italian poetry, that of Marino" (Campbell), whose “ Sospetto d'Herode” he partly translated. It is chiefly in translation that the strength of Crashaw is visible. His pieces are never tedious, but full of the strained and exaggerated conceits of the school of Donne : they rise, however, greatly above the ever-recurring bathos of Quarles. The Roman Catholic cast of his religious poetry may have contributed to its neglect in this country.
FROM " DELIGHTS OF THE MUSES."
“IN PRAISE OF LESSIUS HIS RULE OF LIFE."
Hark hither, reader; wilt thou see
1 Herbert was accustomed to sing his own hymns to music