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Relieve my languish, and restore the light;
With dark forgetting of my care, return.
And let the day be time enough to mourn
The shipwreck of my ill-advised youth:
Let waking eyes suffice to wail their scorn,
Without the torments of the night's untruth.
Cease, dreams, the images of day-desires,
To model forth the passions of the morrow;
Never let rising Sun approve you liars,
To add more grief to aggravate my sorrow.
Still let me sleep, embracing clouds in vain :
And never wake to feel the day's disdain.

DRAYTON. Since there's no help, come let us kiss and part, Nay, I have done, you get no more of me, And I am glad, yea glad with all my heart, That thus so clearly I myself can free, Shake hands forever, cancel all our vows, And, when we meet at any time again, Be it not seen in either of our brows, That we one jot of former love retain ; Now at the last gasp of Love's latest breath, When, his pulse failing, Passion speechless lies, When Faith is kneeling by his bed of death, And Innocence is closing up his eyes, , Now if thou wouldst, when all have given hina over, From death to life thou mightst him yet recover.

Milton. When faith and love, which parted from the never, Had ripen'd the just soul to dwell with God, Meekly thou didst resign this earthly load of death, call'd life; which us from life doth sever. Thy works and alms, and all thy good endeaver Stay'd not behind, nor in the grave were trud;

But, as faith pointed with her golden rod,
Follow'd thee up to joy and bliss forever.
Love led them on, and faith who knew them best,
Thy hand-maids, clad them o'er with purple beams
And azure wings, that up they flew so drest,
And spake the truth of thee on glorious themes
Before the Judge, who thenceforth bid thee rest,
And drink thy fill of pure immortal streams.

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide,
Loaged with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide ;
Doth God exact day-labor, light denied,
I fondly ask: but patience to prevent
That murm:ır, soon replies, God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best : his state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed,
And pors c'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.

Lawrence, of virtuous father virtuous son,
Now that the fields are dank, and ways are mire,
Where shall we sometimes meet, and by the fire
Help waste a sullen day, what may

be won
From the hard season gaining ? time will run
On smoother, till Favonius re-inspire
The frozen earth, and clothe in fresh attire
The lily and rose, that neither sew'd nor spun.
What neat repast shall feast us, light and choice,
Of Attic taste, with wine, whence we may rise
To hear the lute well touch'd, or artful voice
Warble immortal notes and Tuscan air ?
He who of those delights can judge, and spare
To interpose them oft, is not unwise.

Cyriac, this three years' day these eyes, though clear,
To outward view, of blemish, or of spot,
Bereft of light their seeing have forgot,
Nor to their idle orbs doth sight appear
Of sun, or moon, or star throughout the year,
Or man, or woman. Yet I argue not
Against Heaven's hand or will, nor bate a jot
Of heart or hope; but still bear up and steer
Right onward. What supports me, dost thou ask?
The conscience, Friend, to have lost them overplied
In liberty's defence, my noble task,
Of which all Europe talks from side to side.
This thought might lead me through the world's vain mask
Content, though blind, had I no better guide.

WORDSWORTH.
Earth has not anything to show more fair:
Dull would he be of soul who could pass by
A sight so touching in its majesty:
This city now doth like a garment wear
The beauty of the morning; silent, bare,
Ships, towers, domes, theatres, and temples liv
Open unto the fields, and to the sky;
All bright and glittering in the smokeless air,
Never did sun more beautifully steep
In his first splendor, valley, rock, or hill;
Ne'er saw I, never felt, a calm so deep!
The river gliding at his own sweet will ;
Dear God! the very houses seem asleep;
And all that mighty heart is lying still !
I grieved for Bonaparté, with a vain
And an unthinking grief! for, who aspires
To genuine greatness but fro, just desires,
And knowledge such as he could never gain ?
'Tis not in battles that from youth we train
The governor who must be wise and good,
And temper with the sternness of the brain

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Thoughts motherly, and meek as womankind.
Wisdom doth live with children round her knees :
Books, leisure, perfect freedom, and the talk
Man holds with week-day man in the hourly walk
Of the mind's business ; these are the degrees
By which true sway doth mount; this is the stalk
True
power

doth

grow on; and her rights are these.

Milton ! thou shouldst be living at this hour :
England hath need of thee ; she is a fen
Of stagnant waters : altar, sword, and pen,
Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower,
Have forfeited their ancient English dower
Of inward happiness. We are selfish men;
Oh ! raises us up, return to us again ;
And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power.
Thy soul was like a star, and dwelt apart :
Thou hadst a voice whose sounds was like the sea :
Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free,
So didst thou travel on life's common way
In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart
The lowliest duties on herself did lay.

It is not to be thought of that the flood
Of British freedom, which to the open sea
Of the world's praise from dark antiquity
Hath flow'd, " with pomp of waters, unwithstood,"
Roused though it be full often to a mood
Which spurns the check of salutary bands,
That this most famous stream in bogs and sands
Should perish : and to evil and to good
Be lost forever. In our halls is hung
Armory of the invincible knights of old :
We must be free or die, who speak the tongue
That Shakspere spake; the faith and moral hold
Which Milton held. In everything we are sprung
Of carth's first blood, have titles manifold.

360.-CHARACTER OF CHARLES II.

BOANET. (Johnson described the first part of Burnet's · History of his own Times'that part in which he was actually engaged in what he has told —as “one of the most entertaining books in the English language.” Violently attacked by the Tory wits of the time of Anne, it has preserved many valuable materials for the historian. His · History of the Reformation' is still a standard book. Gilbert Burnet was born at Edinburgh in 1643. He was always a zealous politician, and as such was always obnoxious to the Stuarts, from his bold opposition to their public and private conduct. After the Revolution he was made Bishop of Salisbury. He died in 1715.)

Thus lived and died King Charles II. He was the greatest instance in history of the various revolutions of which any one man seemed capable. He was bred up the first twelve years of his life with the splendor that became the heir of so great a crown. After that, he passed through eighteen years of great inequalities; unhappy in the war, in the loss of his father, and of the crown of England. Scotland did not only receive him, though upon terms hard of digestion, but made an attempt upon England for him, though a feeble one. He lost the battle of Worcester with too much indifference. And then he showed more care of his person than became one who had so much at stake. He wandered about England for ten weeks after that, hiding from place to place. But, under all the apprehensions he had then upon him, he showed a temper so careless, and so much turned to levity, that he was then diverting himself with little household sports, in as unconcerned a manner as if he had made no loss, and had been in no danger at all. He got at last out of England. But he had been obliged to so many who had been faithful to him, and careful of him, that he seemed afterwards to resolve to make an equal return to them all; and, finding it not easy to reward them all as they deserved, he forgot them all alike. Most princes seem to have this pretty deep in them, and to think that they ought never to remember past services, but that their acceptance of them is a full reward. He, of all in our age, exerted this piece of prerog. ative in the amplest manner : for he never seemed to charge bis

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