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Beseeming well the bower of any queen,
That like the twins of Jove they seem'd in sight 5 Which deck the baldric of the Heavens bright; They two, forth pacing to the river's side,
Received those two fair brides, their love's delight; Which, at th' appointed tide,
Each one did make his bride
10 Against their bridal day, which is not long:
Sweet Thames! run softly, till I end my song.
THE HAPPY HEART
Art thou poor, yet hast thou golden slumbers?
Art thou rich, yet is thy mind perplex'd?
5 Dost thou laugh to see how fools are vex'd
10 Then hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny!
Canst drink the waters of the crispéd spring?
Swimm'st thou in wealth, yet sink'st in thine own tears?
15 Then he that patiently want's burden bears
20 Then hey nonny nonny, hey nonny nonny!
Come, cheerful day, part of my life to me; For while thou view'st me with thy fading light Part of my life doth still depart with thee, And I still onward haste to my last night: 5 Time's fatal wings do ever forward fly— So every day we live a day we die.
But O ye nights, ordain'd for barren rest,
This Life, which seems so fair,
Is like a bubble blown up in the air
Who chase it everywhere
And strive who can most motion it bequeath.
And though it sometimes seem of its own might
Like to an eye of gold to be fix'd there,
And firm to hover in that empty height,
That only is because it is so light.
-But in that pomp it doth not long appear;
SOUL AND BODY
Poor Soul, the centre of my sinful earth, [Foil'd by] those rebel powers that thee array, Why dost thou pine within, and suffer dearth, Painting thy outward walls so costly gay? 5 Why so large cost, having so short a lease, Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend? Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,
Eat up thy charge? is this thy body's end? Then, Soul, live thou upon thy servant's loss, 10 And let that pine to aggravate thy store; Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross; Within be fed, without be rich no more:So shalt thou feed on death, that feeds on men, And death once dead, there's no more dying then. W. Shakespeare
Of this fair volume which we World do name
His justice which proud rebels doth not spare,
But silly we, like foolish children, rest
10 Well pleased with colour'd vellum, leaves of gold,
Doth then the world go thus, doth all thus move?
5 Those souls which vice's moody mists most blind, Blind Fortune, blindly, most their friend doth prove; And they who thee, poor idol Virtue! love,
Ply like a feather toss'd by storm and wind.
10 Why should best minds groan under most distress? Or why should pride humility make thrall,
And injuries the innocent oppress?
Heavens! hinder, stop this fate; or grant a time When good may have, as well as bad, their prime! W. Drummond
THE WORLD'S WAY
Tired with all these, for restful death I cryAs, to behold desert a beggar born, And needy nothing trimm'd in jollity, And purest faith unhappily forsworn, 5 And gilded honour shamefully misplaced, And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted, And right perfection wrongfully disgraced, And strength by limping sway disabled, And art made tongue-tied by authority, 10 And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill, And simple truth miscall'd simplicity, And captive Good attending captain Ill:-Tired with all these, from these would I be gone, Save that, to die, I leave my Love alone. W. Shakespeare