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Ad Reginam.

T verò jam tempus erat tibi, maxima Mater,
Dulcibus his oculis accelerare diem:
Tempus erat, nè qua tibi basia blanda vacarent;
Sarcina ne collo sit minùs apta tuo.

Scilicet ille tuus, timor & spes ille suorum,
Quo primum es fælix pignore facta parens,
Ille ferox iras jam nunc meditatur & enses;
Fam patris magis est, jam magis ille suus.
Indolis O stimulos! Vix dum illi transiit infans;
Jamque sibi impatiens arripit ille virum.
Improbus ille suis adeò negat ire sub annis:
Fam nondum puer est, major & est puero.
Si quis in aulæis pictas animatus in iras
Stat leo, quem doctâ cuspide lusit acus,

Hostis (io) est; neq enim ille alium dignabitur hostem;
Nempe decet tantas non minor ira manus.

Tunc hasta gravis adversùm furit; hasta bacillum est:
Mox falsum vero vulnere pectus biat.

Stat leo, ceu stupeat tali bene fixus ab hoste;
Ceu quid in his oculis vel timeat vel amet,
Tam torvum, tam dulce micant: nescire fatetur
Mars ne sub his oculis esset, an esset Amor.
Quippe illic Mars est, sed qui bene possit amari;
Est & Amor certé, sed metuendus Amor:
Talis Amor, talis Mars est ibi cernere; qualis
Seu puer hic esset, sive vir ille deus.
Hic tibi jam scitus succedit in oscula fratris,
Res (ecce!) in lusus non operosa tuos.
Basia jam veniant tua quantacunque caterva;
Fam quocunque tuus murmure ludat amor,
En! Tibi materies tenera & tractabilis hic est:
Hic ad blanditias est tibi cera satis.
Salve infans, tot basiolis, molle argumentum,
Maternis labiis dulce negotiolum,

O salve! Nam te nato, puer auree, natus
Et Carolo & Mariæ tertius est oculus.


Out of Martiall.

Oure Teeth thou had'st that ranck'd in goodly state
Kept thy Mouthes Gate.

The first blast of thy cough left two alone,

The second, none.

This last cough Elia, cought out all thy feare,
Th'hast left the third cough now no businesse here.


Out of Virgil,

In the praise of the Spring.

LL Trees, all leavy Groves confesse the Spring Their gentle friend, then, then the lands begin To swell with forward pride, and seed desire

To generation; Heavens Almighty Sire

Melts on the Bosome of his Love, and powres
Himselfe into her lap in fruitfull showers.
And by a soft insinuation, mixt

With earths large Masse, doth cherish and assist
Her weake conceptions; No lone shade, but rings
With chatting Birds delicious murmurings.
Then Venus mild instinct (at set times) yields
The Herds to kindly meetings, then the fields
(Quick with warme Zephyres lively breath) lay forth
Their pregnant Bosomes in a fragrant Birth.
Each body's plump and jucy, all things full
Of supple moisture: no coy twig but will
Trust his beloved bosome to the Sun

(Growne lusty now;) No Vine so weake and young
That feares the foule-mouth'd Auster or those stormes
That the Southwest-wind hurries in his Armes,
But hasts her forward Blossomes, and layes out
Freely layes out her leaves: Nor doe I doubt
But when the world first out of Chaos sprang
So smil'd the Dayes, and so the tenor ran
Of their felicity. A spring was there,

An everlasting spring, the jolly yeare

Led round in his great circle; No winds Breath

As then did smell of Winter, or of Death.

When Lifes sweet Light first shone on Beasts, and when

From their hard Mother Earth, sprang hardy men,
When Beasts tooke up their lodging in the Wood,
Starres in their higher Chambers: never cou'd
The tender growth of things endure the sence
Of such a change, but that the Heav'ns Indulgence
Kindly supplyes sick Nature, and doth mold
A sweetly temper'd meane, nor hot nor cold.


With a Picture sent to a Friend.

Paint so ill my peece had need to be Painted againe by some good Poesie. I write so ill, my slender Line is scarce

So much as th' Picture of a well-lim'd verse: Yet may the love I send be true, though I

Send nor true Picture, nor true Poesie.

Both which away, I should not need to feare,
My Love, or Feign'd or painted should appeare.


The beginning of Helidorus.

He smiling Morne had newly wak't the Day,
And tipt the Mountaines with a tender ray:
When on a hill (whose high Imperious brow
Lookes downe, and sees the humble Nile below
Licke his proud feet, and haste into the seas
Through the great mouth that's nam'd from Hercules)
A band of men, rough as the Armes they wore
Look't round, first to the sea, then to the shore.
The shore that shewed them what the sea deny'd,
Hope of a prey. There to the maine land ty'd
A ship they saw, no men she had; yet prest
Appear'd with other lading, for her brest
Deep in the groaning waters wallowed

Up to the third Ring; o're the shore was spread
Death's purple triumph, on the blushing ground
Lifes late forsaken houses all lay drown'd

In their owne bloods deare deluge, some new dead,
Some panting in their yet warme ruines bled:
While their affrighted soules, now wing'd for flight
Lent them the last flash of her glimmering light.
Those yet fresh streames which crawled every where
Shew'd that sterne warre had newly bath'd him there.
Nor did the face of this disaster show

Markes of a fight alone, but feasting too,

A miserable and a monstruous feast,

Where hungry warre had made himself a Guest:
And comming late had eat up Guests and all,
Who prov'd the feast to their owne funerall, &c.


Out of the Greeke
Cupid's Cryer.

Ove is lost, nor can his Mother

Her little fugitive discover:

She seekes, she sighes, but no where spyes him;
Love is lost; and thus shee cryes him.

O yes! if any happy eye,
This roaving wanton shall descry;
Let the finder surely know

Mine is the wagge; Tis I that owe
The winged wand'rer; and that none
May thinke his labour vainely gone,
The glad descryer shall not misse,
To tast the Nectar of a kisse
From Venus lipps; But as for him
That brings him to me, he shall swim
In riper joyes more shall be his
(Venus assures him) than a kisse.
But lest your eye discerning slide,

These markes may be your judgements guide;
His skin as with a fiery blushing
High-colour'd is; His eyes still flushing
With nimble flames, and though his mind
Be ne're so curst, his Tongue is kind:
For never were his words in ought
Found the pure issue of his thought.
The working Bees soft melting Gold,
That which their waxen Mines enfold,
Flow not so sweet as doe the Tones
Of his tun'd accents; but if once
His anger kindle, presently

It boyles out into cruelty,

And fraud: He makes poor mortalls hurts

The objects of his cruell sports.

With dainty curles his froward face
Is crown'd about; But & what place,
What farthest nooke of lowest Hel!
Feeles not the strength, the reaching spell

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