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Grace and remembrance (17) be unto you both,
(A fair one are you) well you fit our ages
With flowers of winter.
Nature and Art.
Sir, the year growing ancient,
Per. Not yet on fummer's death, nor on the birth Of trembling winter; the fairest flowers o' th' season Are our carnations, and ftreak'd gilly-flowers, Which fome call nature's baftards: of that kind Our ruftic garden's barren, and I care not To get flips of them.
Pol. Wherefore, gentle maiden, Do you neglect them?
Per. For I have heard it faid,
There is an art, which in their piedness shares
Pol. Say there be :
Yet nature is made better by no mean,
But nature makes that mean: fo, over that art,
That nature makes; you fee, fweet maid, we marry
And make conceive a bark of baser kind
Which does mend nature, change it rather; but
So it is.
Pol. Then make your garden rich in gilly-flowers, And do not call them baftards.
(17) Grace and remembrance.] Rue was called Herb of Grace; Rosemary was the emblem of remembrance: it was ufually carried at funerals and anciently fuppofed to ftrengthen the memory; for which purpose it is prescribed in some old books of physic. J. and St.
A Garland for middle-aged Men.
The dibble in earth, to fet one flip of them;
Hot lavender, mint, favoury, marjoram,
A Garland for young Men.
Cam. I fhould leave grazing, were I of your flock, And only live by gazing.
Per. Out, alas!
You'd be fo lean, that blafts of January Wou'd blow you through and through; now my faireft friend,
I wou'd I had fome flowers o' the fpring, that might
(18) O, Proferpina, &c.] Milton ftrews the hearfe of his
The mufk-rofe, and the well-attir'd woodbine,
For the flow'rs now, that, frighted, thou let'ft fall
Flo. What like a corfe?
Per. No, like a bank, for love to lie and play on; Not like a corfe: or if; not to be bury'd, But quick, and in mine arms.
Bid amaranthus all his beauty fhed,
The reader will find a paffage, worth comparing with this of S. in As you like it, p. 27, the note.
See alfo Ophelia's distribution of flowers in Hamlet. (19) From Dis's waggon.] So Ovid,
-Ut fumma veftem laxavit ab orâ,
(20) Sweeter than the lids of Juno's eyes.] I suspect that our author mistakes Juno for Pallas, who was the goddess of blue eyes. Sweeter than an eye lid, is an odd image: but perhaps he ufes fweet in the general fenfe, for delightful. 7.
It was formerly the fashion to kifs the eyes, as a mark of extraordinary tendernefs. I have fomewhere met with an account of the firft reception one of our kings gave to his new queen, where he is faid to have kiffed her fayre eyes. The eyes of Juno were as remarkable as thofe of Pallas. BOWTIS TOTVIα Hgn. Homer. St.
A Lover's Commendation.
What (21) you do,
Still betters what is done; when you speak, (fweet)
And own no other function : each your doing, (22)
(21) What, &c.] So, a little further, one of the company fays,
This is the prettieft low-born lafs, that ever
And when it is faid afterwards, She dances featly-the old fhepherd adds, So fhe does any thing.
Ovid, that great master of love, well affured of the truth of this, that every thing done by the perfon we love is agreeable, thus makes his Sappho complain, in her epistle to Phaon.
My mufic then you could for ever hear,
Then with each glance, each word, each motion fir'd,
(22) Each your doing, &c.] That is, your manner in each act crowns the act. 7..
Per. O Doricles,
Your praises are too large; but that your youth,
Flo. I think you have
As little skill to fear, (23) as I have purpose
They call him, Doricles: he boasts himself
He looks like footh. He fays, he loves my daughter;
I think fo too: for never gaz'd the moon
Upon the water, as he'll stand and read,
(23) As little skill to fear.] To have skill to do a thing, was a phrafe then in ufe equivalent to have reafon to do a thing. W. Thefe paffages are in the true character of youth in the different fexes: fincerity on one fide and confidence on the other. Deceit and diffidence are the fruits of
riper or more rotten years. Mrs. G.
(24) Worthy feeding.] W. propofes breeding. But 7.
conceives feeding to be a pafture, and a worthy feeding to
望 be" a tract of pafturage, not inconfiderable, not unworthy my daughter's fortune."