« PreviousContinue »
And looks commercing with the skies,
And add to these retired Leisure,
Sweet bird, that shunn'st the noise of folly,
Save the cricket on the hearth.
Presenting Thebes, or Pelops' line,
Or bid the soul of Orpheus sing
Haste thee, Nymph, and bring with thee
Sport, that wrinkled Care derides,
Herbs, and other country messes,
Towered cities please us then,
Ladics, whose bright eyes Rain influence.
Then to the well-trod stage anon,
And ever, against eating cares
In notes, with many a winding bout
The hidden soul of harmony.
As ever in my great task-master's eye.
That old man eloquent.
That would have made Quintilian stare and gasp.
Sonnet xi. License they mean when they cry liberty. Sornet xii.
Peace hath her victories No less renowned than war.
They also serve who only stand and wait.
Yet I argue not
Of which all Europe rings from side to side. Sonnet xxii.
But O, as to embrace me she inclined,
Under a star-y pointing pyramid.
Epitaph on Skakspere.
WILLIAM BASSE. 1613-1648.
, lie a thought more nigh
To learned Chaucer, and rare Beaumont lie
SEE them walking in an air of glory
Whose light doth trample on my days; My days which are at best but dull and hoary,
Mere glimmering and decays. They are all
Dear beauteous death ; the jewel of the just.
And yet, as angels in some brighter dreams
THOUGH this may be play to you,
'Tis death to us.*
Fables from several Authors. Fable 398.
* One man's anguish is another's sport.
, altho' he had much wit,
He was very shy of using it.
Part i. Carito i. Line 45. Besides, 't is known he could speak Greek As naturally as pigs squeak. That Latin was no more difficile, Than to a blackbird 't is to whistle.
Part i. Canto i. Line 51. He could distinguish, and divide A hair, 'twixt south and southwest side.
Part i. Canto i. Line 67. For rhetoric, he could not ope His mouth, but out there flew a trope.
Part i. Canto i. Line 81. Whatever sceptic could inquire for, For every why he had a wherefore.
Part i. Canto i. Line 131. He knew what's what, and that's as high As metaphysic wit can fly. Part i. Canto i. Line 149.
Such as take lodgings in a head
Part i. Canto i. Line 161.
And prove their doctrine orthodox,
* Often the cockloft is empty, in those which nature hath built many stories high.--FULLER. Holy and Profane States. E. v. ch. xviii.