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A LOVER'S COMPLAINT.
FROM off a hill whose concave womb re-worded
Upon her head a platted hive of straw,
Oft did she heave her napkin to her eyne,
conceited] i. e. fanciful. * laund'ring] i.e. washing. Spelleted) i.e. made into pellets, balls.
Sometimes her levelld 4
their carriage ride, As they did battery to the spheres intend; Sometime diverted their poor balls are ty'd To the orb’d earth : sometimes they do extend Their view right on; anon their gazes
lend To every place at once, and no where fix’d, The mind and sight distractedly commix'd.
Her hair, nor loose, nor ty'd in formal plat,
A thousand favours from a maund 6 she drew
а Of amber, crystal, and of beaded jet, Which one by one she in a river threw, Upon whose weeping margent she was set ; Like usury, applying wet to wet, Or monarch's hands, that let not bounty fall Where want cries some, but where excess begs all.
Of folded schedules had she many a one,
• levelld eyes, &c.] An allusion to a piece of ordnance s sheav'd] i. e. straw. • maund] i.e. hand basket.
Bidding them find their sepulchres in mud;
These often bath'd she in her fluxive eyes, And often kiss'd, and often 'gan 9 to tear; Cried, “O false blood! thou register of lies, “What unapproved witness dost thou bear! “ Ink would have seem'd more black and damned
here!" This said, in top of rage the lines she rents, Big discontent so breaking their contents.
A reverend man that graz'd his cattle nigh,
So slides he down upon his grained bat, 11
sleided] i.e. raw, untwisted. 8 feut] i.e. neatly, curiously.
'gan] Malone's conjecture for “ gave."
fancy] i.e. enamoured one : fancy occurs several times in this vol. in the sense of love,
11 bat] i.t, club.
Her grievance with his hearing to divide :
Father,” she says, “ though in me you behold “ The injury of many a blasting hour, “ Let it not tell your judgment I am old; “ Not age, but sorrow, over me hath power : “ I might as yet have been a spreading flower, “ Fresh to myself, if I had self-applied “ Love to myself, and to no love beside.
“ But woe is me! too early I attended
“ His browny locks did hang in crooked curls ; “ And every light occasion of the wind
Upon his lips their silken parcels hurls. “ What's sweet to do, to do will aptly find : “ Each eye that saw him did enchant the mind; “For on his visage was in little drawn, “ What largeness thinks in paradise was sawn.19
12 sawn] i. e, sown.
“ Small show of man was yet upon his chin ; “ His phenix down began but to appear, “ Like unshorn velvet, on that termless skin, “ Whose bare out-bragg'd the web it seem'd to
wear ; “ Yet show'd his visage by that cost most dear; “ And nice affections wavering stood in doubt “ If best 'twere as it was, or best without.
“ His qualities were beauteous as his form, “ For maiden-tongued he was, and thereof free; “ Yet, if men mov'd him, was he such a storm “ As oft 'twixt May and April is to see, “When winds breathe sweet, unruly though they be. “ His rudeness so with his authoriz’d youth, “ Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.
“ Well could he ride, and often men would say “ That horse his mettle from his rider takes : “ Proud of subjection, noble by the sway, “ What rounds, what bounds, what course, what
stop he makes ! “ And controversy hence a question takes, " Whether the horse by him became his deed, “ Or he his manage by the well-doing stecd.
life and grace
“ But quickly on this side the verdict went;
Accomplish'd in himself, not in his case :