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The highly favour'd Joseph bore
SONG. ON MAY MORNING.
Now the bright morning star, day's harbinger,
'At last the golden oriental gate
Of greatest heaven gan to open faire ;
And Phoebus fresh as bridgroome to his mate,
1 star] 'Of the bright morning star.' Hen. More's Poems, p. 322.
1 harbinger] Shakesp. Mids. N. Dream, act iii. sc. ult. 'And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger.' Warton. 2 dancing] Spenser's F. Q. i. v. 2.
Woods and groves are of thy dressing, Hill and dale doth boast thy blessing. Thus we salute thee with our early song, And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
AN EPITAPH ON THE ADMIRABLE DRAMATIC POET W. SHAKESPEARE.*
WHAT needs my Shakespeare for his honour'd bones,
The labour of an age in piled stones?
Or that his hallow'd reliques should be hid
Dear son of memory, great heir of fame,
What need'st thou such weak witness of thy name? Thou in our wonder and astonishment
Hast built thyself a live-long monument.
For whilst to th' shame of slow-endeavouring art Thy easy numbers flow, and that each heart Hath from the leaves of thy unvalued book
10 welcome] Chaucer's Knight's Tale, ver. 1511. O Maye! with all thy floures and thy grene, Right welcome be thou, fair freshe May.' * These lines were prefixed to the folio ed. of Shakespeare's Plays in 1632, but without Milton's name or initials. It is, therefore, the first of his pieces that was published. Warton. 11 unvalued] Invaluable. Rich. III. act i. sc. 4. 'Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels,' Todd.
Those Delphic lines with deep impression took,
Dost make us marble with too much conceiving;
ON THE UNIVERSITY CARRIER,
Who sickened in the time of his vacancy, being forbid to go to London, by reason of the Plague.
HERE lies old Hobson; Death hath broke his girt,
15 sepulcher'd] So accented in Shakesp. Rape of Lucrece, May likewise be sepulcher'd in thy shade." Malone.
1 Hobson] Seven Champions of Christendom, p. 50. Is Hobson there, or Dawson, or Tom Long?' Ellis's Lett. on Engl. History, 1st Ser. iii. 207. Our Hobson and the rest should have been forbidden.' Taylor's (W. Poet.) Works, fol. part ii. p. 188.Oh! quoth hee, I could have gone thither with my neighbour Hobson on foot, like a foole as I was, and I might have rid backe upon my neighbour Jobson's mare, like an asse as I am.'
Dodg'd with him betwixt Cambridge and the Bull.
Show'd him his room where he must lodge that night,
ANOTHER ON THE SAME.
HERE lieth one, who did most truly prove
While he might still jog on and keep his trot,
Too long vacation hasten'd on his term.
THE FIFTH ODE OF HORACE, LIB. I.
Obedient to the moon he spent his date
WHAT slender youth bedew'd with liquid odours
Pyrrha? For whom bind'st thou