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THE Grecians used to offer up their hair
Thy golden tresses on me do bestow!
Who hold whole rivers flowing in mine eyes: Yet would not I, thou off shouldst cut them though! Dost muse! and ask, How this, thou mayst devise? I'll tell thee! Give thyself to me, for mine! So shalt thou give, uncut, thy tresses fine.
ON quicksedge, wrought with lovely eglantine,
Ere sun could do, as would her glist'ring eyes:
She dried her cloth; but burnt this heart of mine!
GOLD upon gold, my only Joy did plate;
Whilst she did dress her head by crystal Glass.
To whom I said, 'To grieve thus, 'tis in vain!
'Look steadfastly, with both thine eyes, on me;
Who have my heart, through love, a Glass new made!' She on my face looked, and herself did see; Wherewith contented th'roughly, thus she said,
'Most happy I! Since, for to dress my head, For broken Glass, of whole one I am sped!'
RICH damask roses in fair cheeks do bide
Of my sweet Girl! like April in his prime: But her hard heart, cold chilly snow doth hide; Of bitter Januar, the perfect sign.
Her hair of gold shows yellow, like the corn
In July; when the sun doth scorch the ground: And her fair breast, ripe fruit; which doth adorn September rich. So as in her are found. Both Harvest, Summer, Winter, Spring, to be; Which you in breast, hair, heart, and face, may see!
COME, worthy Greek! ULYSSES! come,
Here we may sit, and view their toil,
And joy the day in mirth the while;
Fair Nymph, if Fame, or Honour, were To be attained with Ease;
Then would I come and rest with thee,
ULYSSES! O, be not deceived
Our peace, and to beguile (The best thing of our life!) our rest; And gives us up to toil.
Delicious Nymph! suppose there were
For Toil doth give a better touch,
Then, Pleasure likewise seems the shore,
Which you forego, to make it more,
But natures of the noblest frame,
And with the thought of actions past
When Pleasure leaves a touch, at last,
That doth Opinion only cause!
But yet the state of things requires
And these Great Spirits of high desire
For oft we see a wicked Peace,
Well! Well! ULYSSES! then I see