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Chor. Which are three-
Tir. By the judges of the dead !
Chor. Which are three-

Three times three
Tir. By hell's blue flame!

By the Stygian lake !
And by Demogorgon's name

At which ghosts quake !
Hear and appear!


His productions were printed by himself, with the arrogant

title of “ Poesis Redeviva : or POESIE REVIV'D,” 1656, Ilmo. How far this rhyming physician promoted the revival of the Muses, will best appear by the following specimen.

On a retired Lady.

SPRING of beauty, mine of pleasure,
Why so like a miser treasure ?
Or a richer jewel set
In a viler cabinet ? :

Virtue and vice
Know but one price;
Seem both allied ;
Ne’er distinguish'd if ne'er tried.

The Sun's as fair, as bright as you,
And yet expos'd to public view :
Who, if envious grown, or proud,
He masks his beauty in a cloud,

The Wind and Rain
Him back again
In sighs and tears
Woo, till smiling he appears.

* * * * *

Ceruse nor Stibium can prevail,
No art repairs where age makes fail.
Then, Euphormia, be not still
A prisoner to a fonder will ;
Nor let's in vain
Thus Nature blame,
'Cause she confines
To barren grounds the richer mines.



These gentlemen were joint authors of a 12mo. volume, twice

published, in 1655 and 1656, under the title of “ Musarum Deliciæ,” from whence the subsequent fanciful little poem

is extracted. The former was born in 1598, and died in 1670, Having

studied at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, for some years, he became equally remarkable for the versatility of his talents, and the variety of his occupations. We find him successively a militia officer, commander of a troop of horse, captain of a ship, vice admiral, governor of Dover castle, and chief comptroller of the navy. Besides being a great traveller, and singularly well versed in marine affairs, and ship building, Wood tells us he was “ an honest “and stout man, generous and religious, and well skilled in « physic and chemistry.” To complete all, he was “poa tically given," and is said not only to have assisted Suckling in his compositions, but to have ridiculed him and his rupaway troop in a well-known ballad. (Vide Percys

Vol. II. p. $27, 4th edit.) Smith was born about 1604, educated at Christ Church and

Lincoln Colleges, in Oxford ; afterwards naval and military chaplain to H. earl of Holland, and domestic chaplain to Tho. earl of Cleveland ; and amongst other preferments, on his Majesty's return, became canon and chauntor in Exeter cathedral. In 1661 he was created D.D. and

died in 1667. Wood informs us he was much in esteem“ with the poetical

“ wits of that time, particularly with Philip Massinger,

« wbo call’d him his son." In " Wit restored,” a miscellany already quoted, many of

his pieces are to be met with.

King Oberon's Apparel.

[From 78 lines.]

When the monthly-horned queen
Grew jealous that the stars had seen
Her rising from Endymion's arms,
In rage she throws her misty charms
Into the bosom of the night,
To dim their curious prying light.

Then did the dwarfish fairy elves
(Having first attir'd themselves) .
Prepare to dress their Oberon king
In highest robes for revelling:
In a cob-web shirt, more thin
Than ever spider since could spin,
Bleach'd by the whiteness of the snow,
As the stormy winds did blow
It in the vast and freezing air :
No shirt half so fine, so fair.

A rich waistcoat they did bring Made of the trout-Aly's gilded wing.

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