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Till, at full time, the tedious prison flying,...
It breaks all lets, its ready 'way denying;
Not far from old Byzantum, closely stand
For often meeting on the wat’ry plain,
And parting oft, tost by the boist'rous main,
Coupled sometimes, and sometimes single, dwells;
Such Phønix one, (but one at once may be,
In Albion's Isle,) thee, *Basilissa, thee,
Whom thou admirest thus above so many?
But, ah! no joy her dying heart contented,
Since she a dear +Deer's side unwilling rented; Whose death she all too late, too much repented.
XXXI. Ah, royal maid! why shouldst thou thus lament thee?
Thy little fault, was but too much believing I:
* Queen Elizabeth.
' + The Earl of Essex. Historians inform us, that Elizabeth complained she had been betrayed into this sanguinary measure.
It is too much, so much thou should'st repent thee;
These words (vain words !) fond comforters did lend her;
But, ah, no words, no pray’rs, might ever bend her To give an end to grief: till endless grief did end her.
Or how limme forth her virtues' wonderment! .
Few eyes fail'n lights adore ; yet fame shall keep
Her name awake, when others silent sleep; While men have ears to hear, eyes to look back, and weep.
Learn of fell Geryon* to snarl and brawl)
Yet shalí our Cynthia's high triumphing light
Deride their howling throats and toothless spite : And sail through heav'n, whilst they sink down in endless night.
XXXIV. So is this Island's lower region :
Yet, ah!.much better is it sure than so... But my poor reeds, like my condition,. . (Low is the shepherd 's state, my song as low). .!
Mar what they make--But now in yonder shade
Rest we, while suns have longer shadows made : See, how our panting flocks run to the cooler glade.”
* In heathen mythology, a fabulous giant, with three headı.
THE shepherds in the shade their hunger feasted,
With simple eates, such as the country yields; And while from scorching beams secure they rested, The nymphs, dispers'd along the woody fields,
Pull’d from their stalks the blushing strawberries,
Which lurk close shrouded from high looking eyes ; Shewing that sweetness oft both low and hidden lies.
Between his highest throne and low declining;
“ The middle province next this lower stands,
Where th’Isle's heart-city spreads his large commands, Leagu'd to the neighbour towns with sure and friendly bands.
In midst of Heaven, and to dead darkness here
That those wise ancients, from their nature's sight
And likeness, turn'd their names, and calPd aright The sun the great world's heart, the heart the less world's
All heat and life: hence it another guard
Which stretching round about his circling arms,
Warrants these parts from all exterior harms;
In th’ Arren built for strength and ornament;
Here milky springs in sugar'd rivers flow,
In Venus' temple) to some greatness grows,
The stream, and to these hills bears up his flight,
And in these founts (by some strange hidden might)
To many towns her plenteous waters dealing,
* The heart is the seat of heat and life; therefore walled about with the ribs, for more safety. + The breasts.
When the infant grows large, the blood vessels are so oppressed, that partly through the readiness of the passage, but especially by the providence, of God, blood turns back to the breast, and there by an indate and wonderful faculty is turned into milk.
Lading her banks into wide Thamis falls ;
Staggers a while, at length flows back apace;
Endow'd with goodly gifts and qualities;
And round about two circling altars gire
In blushing red; the rest in snowy tire,
(Where moves our Sun) his throne's fair picture gives;
Here his best stars he sets and glorious cell, And fills with saintly spirits, so turns to Heav'n from Hell.
About this region round in compass stand
A guard, both for defence and respiration,
The other half to draw in fresher winds :
Beside both these, a third of both their kinds, That lets both out and in; which no enforcement binds.
* In the Thorax, or breast, are sixty-five muscles for respiration, or breathing, which is either free or forced : the instruments of forced breathing ' are sixty-four, whereof thirty-two distend, and as many contract it.