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Madonna a voi del mio cuor l'humil dono
a Farò divoto; io certo a prove tante L'hebbi fedele, intrepido, costante,
De' pensieri leggiadro, accorto, e buono; Quando rugge il gran mondo, e scocca il tuono,
S'arma di se, e d'intero diamante, Tanto del forse, e d'invidia sicuro,
Di timori, e speranze al popol use
Quanto d'ingegno, e d'alto valor vago, E di cetra sonora, e delle muse :
Sol troverete in tal parte men duro Ove Amor mise l’insanabil ago.
VII. ON HIS BEING ARRIVED TO THE AGE OF
How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, . Stoln on his wing my three and twentieth year! My hasting days fly on with full career,
But my late spring no bud or blossom show'th. Perhaps my semblance might deceive the truth,
That I to manhood am arriv'd so near,
That some more timely-happy spirits indu’th.
It shall be still in strictest measure even
To that same lot, however mean or high, Toward which Time leads me, and the will of HeaAll is, if I have grace to use it so,
(ven; As ever in my great task-master's eye.
WHEN THE ASSAULT WAS INTENDED TO
CAPTAIN or Colonel, or Knight in arms,
Guard them, and him within protect from harms. He can requite thee, for he knows the charms
That call fame on such gentle acts as these,
Whatever clime the sun's bright circle warms.
spare The house of Pindarus, when temple and tow'r Went to the ground : and the repeated air
Of sad Electra's poet had the pow'r
IX. TO A VIRTUOUS YOUNG LADY.
LADY, that in the prime of earliest youth
Wisely hast shun’d the broad way
and the green,
1 Knight] K. Richard II. act i. sc. 3, ' Ask yonder knight in arms.' Warton.
5 requite] Beaumont's Psyche, xvii. 108, “Who will requite thy lays. Dante Il Inferno, c. xxxi. ver. 127, · Ancor ti può nel mondo render fama.' 11 temple] P. Reg. iii. 268.
• Forest, and field, and flood, temples, and towers.? Warton.
And with those few art eminently seen,
That labour up the hill of heavenly truth,
Chosen thou hast; and they that overween,
No anger find in thee, but pity and ruth.
To fill thy odorous lamp with deeds of light,
And hope that reaps not shame. Therefore be sure Thou, when the bridegroom with his feastful friends
Passes to bliss at the mid hour of night,
X. TO THE LADY MARGARET LEY.
DAUGHTER to that good Earl, once President
Of England's Council, and her Treasury,
And left them both, more in himself content,
Broke him, as that dishonest victory
5 with] In ed. 1645, ' and the Ruth. Todd.
8 pity] Spenser's F. Q. i. vi. 12, · And won with pity, and unwonted ruth.' Todd. Marlowe and Nash's Dido, p. 40, ed. 1825, ruth and compassion;' and G. Peele's Works, by Dyce, vol. i. p. 112, 178, ed. 1829.
11 hope] 'Ehals ou xatalo xúvei. Rom. v. 5. Hurd.
1 Earl] Earl of Marlborough, Lord High Treasurer, and Lord President of the Council to King James I. Parliament was dissolved the 10th of March, 1628-29; he died on the 14th. Newton.
Kill'd with report that old man eloquent. Though later born than to have known the days
Wherein your father flourish'd, yet by you,
Madam, methinks I see him living yet;
That all both judge you to relate them true,
XI. ON THE DETRACTION WHICH FOLLOWED UPON
MY WRITING CERTAIN TREATISES.*
A book was writ of late call’d Tetrachordon,
And woven close, both matter, form, and style ; The subject new : it walk'd the town a while,
Numb’ring good intellects; now seldom por'd on. Cries the stall-reader, Bless us! what a word on
A title-page is this! and some in file
End Green. Why is it harder, Sirs, than Gordon,
* This is the Sonnet which Dr. Johnson selected in his Dictionary, as a specimen of this species of Verse in English. Todd.
9 Colkitto] Colkitto and Macdonnel are one and the same person, an officer on the royal side, an Irishman of the Antrim family, who served under Montrose. The Macdonalds of that family are styled, by way of distinction Mac Collcittok, i. e. descendants of lame Colin. Galasp is George Gillespie, a Scottish writer against the Independents. Warton.
That would have made Quintilian stare and gasp. -Thy age, like ours, 0 Soul of Sir John Cheek,
Hated not learning worse than toad or asp,
I did but prompt the age to quit their clogs
By the known rules of ancient liberty,
Of owls and cuckoos, asses, apes, and dogs :
Rail'd at Latona's twin-born progeny,
But this is got by casting pearl to hogs;
And still revolt when truth would set them free.
License they mean when they cry Liberty ; For who loves that, must first be wise and good;
But from that mark how far they rove we see,
XIII. TO MR. H. LAWES ON THE PUBLISHING HIS
HARRY, whose tuneful and well measur'd song
First taught our English music how to span