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On down and floods then, swan-like, I
Tis wine and love, and love in wine,
To Clarastella saying she would commit herself to a
[From 9 stanzas.]
Stay, Clarastella, prithee stay!
Recall those frantic vows again! Wilt thou thus cast thyself away,
As well as me, in fond disdain ? Wilt thou be cruel to thyself? chastise Thy harmless body, 'cause your powerful eyes Have charm'd my senses by a strange surprize?
Is it a sin to be belov'd ? · If but the cause you could remove, Soon the effect would be remov'd;
Where beauty is, there will be love. Nature, that wisely nothing made in vain, Did make you lovely to be lov'd again, And, when such beauty tempts, can love refrain ?
When Heaven was prodigal to you,
And you with beauty's glory stor’d, He made you, like himself, for view,
To be beheld, and then ador’d. Why should the gold then fear to see that sun That form'd it pure? why should you live a nun, And hide those rays Heaven gave to you alone ?
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Thyself a holy temple art,
Where Love shall teach us both to pray ; I'll make an altar of my heart,. .
And incense on thy lips will lay. Thy mouth shall be my oracle, and then For beads we'll tell our kisses o’er again, Till they, breath'd from our souls, shall cry, Amen.
Was son of Dr Harman Sheppard, a physician, and is said
by Oldys to have been imprisoned for writing the Mercurius Elencticus. His Six books of Epigrams, Latin and English, The Socratick Session (a dramatic satire on Julius Scaliger), and A Mausolean Monument over his deceased parents, with three Pastorals, were published
in a 12mo, volume, 1651. The same name occurs in the title of “ The Committee Man
curried,” 1647, 4to. a sort of political drama in two parts, more remarkable, we are told, for its plagiarism than its poetry. In 1652 appeared “ Discoveries. Oran Exploration and Explication of some Ænigmatical Verities,” 12mo. by S. Sheppard, in prose, a strange medley; which, the preface informs us, was undertaken in consequence of his friends having been pleased to tar his studies (referring to somewhat he lately divulged) as incompatible with his profession. In all probability, therefore, he was a clergyman, as well as responsible for the above-mentioned productions. What follows, “ He that thinks worse of “ those rhimes, than myself, I scorn him, for he cannot: " he that thinks better is a fool," must be supposed to apply to the drama, not the epigrams, otherwise be very ungratefully leaves his numerous friends in the lurch, whose warm encomiums introduce the volume. Vide
Langbaine and the Biographia Dramatica. The following specimen, not unfavourable to his abilities,
is taken from the collection of 1651.
In memory of our famous Shakespeare.
Echo'd o'er th' Arcadian plains,
E'en Apollo did admire,
Orpheus wonder'd at thy strains.
Plautus sigh’d, Sophocles wept
Tears of anger, for to hear (After they so long had slept)
So bright a genius should appear;
Who wrote his lines with a sun-beam,
More durable than time or fate! Others boldly do blaspheme,
Like those that seem to preach, but prate.
Thou wert truly priest elect,
Chosen darling to the Nine, Such a trophy to erect
By thy wit and skill divine,
That, were all their other glories
(Thine excepted) torn away, By thy admirable stories
Their garments ever shall be gay..
Where thy honour'd bones do lie,
(As Statlus once to Maro's urn) Thither every year will I
Slowly tread, and sadly mourn.
Was author of a small volume of “ Poems" printed at Cam
bridge, 1646, and dedicated to " bis truly noble, and wor“thily honoured friend, Thomas Stanley, esq.” Wood tells us he was born in Durham, of genteel parents, 1627. Being kept from the University by the civil war, he studied at home till 1646, when he entered a commoner at St John's College, Cambridge, and, after a year's residence, removed in high credit to Lincoln's Inn. He published in favour of the Commonwealth, and was about 1650 called to the bar, and sometimes pleaded. In 1655 he left London in a bad state of health, and died at Durham 1656, in his 29th year. As to his character for abilities, Phillips says, that “ besides bis juvenile poems, memorable “ only for their airy and youthful wit, he improved after“ wards to a more substantial reputation for what he « wrote as well in verse as prose; but a poem he began, “ of great and general expectation among his friends, had “ he lived to complete it, would doubtless have very “ much advanced and completed his fame.” And Hobbes observes, that“ had not his debauches and intemperance “ diverted him from the more serious studies, he had « made an extraordinary person : for no man had ever “ done so great things at his age.” For a list of his works vide Wood's Athenæ, I. 534, 5.