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And love, as pure as Heav'ns conjunction :
Thus she was his, and he her flesh and bone: -
Triumphing sat in peaceful victory;
Ten thousand moe her fairer breast contains ;
And brightly seem'd to flame with burning hearts ::
A lovely pair, still coupled, ne'er alone :
Parthenia *, all in steel and gilded arms;
The boldest champion she dowu would bear,
And like a thunderbolt wide passage tear,
Where thousand spotless lilies freshly blew ;
Chastity in the single.
Itself unto itself was only mate;
Ever the same, but new in newer date :
And fit for any warlike exercise :
The fạirest Maid she was, that ever yet
Prison'd her locks within a golden net,
Thou beauty's lily, set in heav'nly earth;
In thy rare face her own full picture drew:
It is a strong verse here to write, but true,
A thousand spoils in silver arch displaying :
And ready. shafts : deadly those weapons show;
- XXXII. And at the foot of this celestial frame,
Two radiant stars, than stars yet better being, Endu'd with living fire, and seeing fame;
Yet with Heav'ns stars in this too near agreeing;
They timely warmth, themselves not warm, inspire
These kindle thousand hearts with hot desire, And burning all they see, feel in themselves no fire.
Heav'ns richest diamonds, set in amel white
How have you stol'n and stor'd your armoury
With Love's and Death's strong shafts and from your sky, Pour down thick show'rs of darts to make whole armies fly?
Not in light shews, but sadder liveries drest;
Wondrous it seem'd that two fair rainbows show'd
And in the midst was set a circling rose;
To deck his beauteous head in snowy ʼtire ;
But all in vain : for who can hope t' aspire
A troop of pearls, which march in goodly row :
Soon heav'nly notes from those divisions flow,
And with rare musick charm the rayish'd ears,
Daunting bold thoughts, but cheering modest fears : The spheres so only sing, so only charm the spheres.
From green silk fillets yet not all unbound,.
From those two bulwarks love doth safely fight;
Whích swelling easily, may seem to sight To be enwombed both of pleasure and delight.
By force of th' inward sun both shine and move ;
As when a taper shines in glassy frame,
The sparkling crystal burns in glitt'ring flame, So does that brightest love brighten this lovely dame.
Glist'ring in arms, herself presents to sight;
Till now her bared head her face disclosing, Conquer'd the conqueror, and won the fight by losing.
To thousands she her virgin-grant deny’d;
They all their wit, and all their strength apply'd :
Yet in her heart, Love close his sceptre sway'd,
Which to a Heavenly Spouse her thoughts betray'd, Where she a maiden wife might live, and wifely maid.
XLI. Upon her steps a virgin page attended,
Fair Erythre*, whose often blushing face, ;',!
So when elear ivory, vermeil fitly blots, .
Her teeth of solid, eyes of liquid pearl; :
But that sweet paradise, ah ! could we see,
On whose white mount sets daintier apple's be, : * Than those kve bought so dear on Eden's tempting tree....
These and a thousand moe heroic Swains, :
But now too late the battle to recite;
For Hesperus Heav'ns tapers 'gins to light;