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Or quick designs of France ! Why not repair
To the pure innocence o' th' country air,
And neighbour thee, dear friend ? who so dost give
Thy thoughts to worth and virtue, that to live
Blest, is to trace thy ways. There might not we
Arm against passion with philosophy;
And, by the aid of leisure, so control
Whate'er is earth in us, to grow all soul !
Knowledge doth ignorance engender, when
We study mysteries of other men,
And foreign plots. Do but in thy own shade
(Thy head upon some flow'ry pillow laid,
Řind nature's housewifery) contemplate all
His stratagems, who labours to enthral
The world to his great master, and you'll find
Ambition mocks itself, and grasps the wind.
Not conquest makes us great. Blood is too dear
A price for glory : Honour doth appear
To statesmen like a vision in the night,
And, juggler-like, works o'th' deluded sight.
Th’unbusied only wise : for no respect
Endangers them to error; they affect
Truth in her naked beauty, and behold
Man with an equal eye, not bright in gold
Or tall in title; so much him they weigh
As virtue raiseth him above his clay.
Thus let us value things : and since we find
Time bend us toward earth, let's in our mind
Create new youth ; and arm against the rude
Assaults of age ; that no dull solitude
O'th' country dead our thoughts, nor busy care
O'th' town make us to think, where now we are
And whither we are bound. Time ne'er forgot
His journey, though his steps we number'd not.

V SIR JOHN SUCKLING. SIR John SUCKLING (1608-1641) possessed such a natural liveliness of fancy, and exuberance of ani. mal spirits, that he often broke through the artificial restraints imposed by the literary taste of his times, but he never rose into the poetry of passion and imagination. He is a delightful writer of what have been called 'occasional poems.' His polished wit, playful fancy, and knowledge of life and society, enabled him to give interest to trifles, and to clothe familiar thoughts in garb of poetry. Hi own life seems to have been one summer-dayYouth at the prow, and pleasure at the helm. He dreamt of enjoyment, not of fame. The father of Suckling was secretary of state to James I., and comptroller of the household to Charles I. The poet was distinguished almost from his infancy; and at sixteen he had entered on public life! His first appearance was as a soldier under the celebrated Gustavus Adolphus, with whom he served one campaign. On his return, he entered warmly into the cause of Charles I., and raised a troop of horse in his support. He intrigued with his brother cavaliers to rescue the Earl of Strafford, and was impeached by the House of Commons. To evade a trial, he fled to France, but a fatal accident took place by the way. His servant having robbed him at an inn, Suckling, learning the circumstance, drew on his boots hurriedly, to pursue him; a rusty nail, or (according to another account) the blade of a knife, had been concealed in the boot, which wounded him, and produced mortification, of which he died. The works of Suckling consist of miscellaneous poems, five plays, and some private letters. His poems are all short, and the best of them are dedicated to love and gallantry. With the freedom of a cavalier, Suckling has greater purity of expression than most of his contemporaries. His sentiments are sometimes too voluptuous, but are rarely coarse; and there is so much elasticity and vivacity in his verses, that he never becomes tedious. His Ballad upon a Wedding is inimitable for witty levity and choice beauty of expression. It has touches of graphic description and liveliness equal to the pictures of Chaucer. One well-known verse has never been excelled

Description of Castara.
Like the violet which, alone,
Prospers in some happy shade,
My Castara lives unknown,
To no looser eye betray'd,

For she's to herself untrue,

Who delights i' th' public view.
Such is her beauty, as no arts
Have enrich'd with borrow'd grace ;
Her high birth no pride imparts,
For she blushes in her place.

Folly boasts a glorious blood,

She is noblest, being good. Cautious, she knew never yet What a wanton courtship meant; Nor speaks loud, to boast her wit ; In her silence eloquent :

Of herself survey she takes,

But 'tween men no difference makes. She obeys with speedy will Her grave parents' wise commands ; And so innocent, that ill She nor acts, nor understands :

Women's feet run still astray,

If once to ill they know the way. She sails by that rock, the court, Where oft honour splits her mast; And retir'dness thinks the port, Where her fame may anchor cast :

Virtue safely cannot sit,

Where vice is enthron'd for wit.
She holds that day's pleasure best,
Where sin waits not on delight ;
Without masque, or ball, or feast,
Sweetly spends a winter's night :

O'er that darkness, whence is thrust
Prayer and sleep, oft governs lust.

Her feet beneath her petticoat, Like little mice, stole in and out,

As if they fear'd the light; But oh! she dances such a way, No sun upon an Easter-day

Is half so fine a sight I*

* Herrick, who had no occasion to steal, has taken this image from Suckling, and spoiled it in the theft

Her pretty feet, like snails, did creep
A little out.

Like Sir Fretful Plagiary, Herrick had not skill to steal with taste. Wycherley also purloined Herrick's simile for one of his plays The allusion to Easter-day is founded upon a beautiful old superstition of the English peasantry, that the sun danos upon that morning.

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| The maid, and thereby hangs a tale,
For such a maid no Whitsun-alel

Could ever yet produce :
No grape that's kindly ripe could be
So round, 80 plump, so soft as she,

Nor half so full of juice.
Her finger was so small, the ring
Would not stay on which they did bring ;

It was too wide a peck :
And, to say truth (for out it must),
It look'd like the great collar (just)

About our young colt's neck.
Her feet beneath her petticoat,
Like little mice, stole in and out,

As if they feard the light : But oh! she dances such a way! No sun upon an Easter-day

Is half so fine a sight.

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That foolish fort, a heart,
(Time strangely spent !) a year, and more ;

And still I did my part,
Made my approaches, from her hand

Unto her lip did rise ;
And did already understand

The language of her eyes ;
Proceeded on with no less art,

My tongue was engineer;
I thought to undermine the heart

By whispering in the ear.
When this did nothing, I brought down

Great cannon-oaths, and shot
A thousand thousand to the town,

And still it yielded not.
I then resolvd to starve the place

By cutting off all kisses,
Praising and gazing on her face,

And all such little blisses.
To draw her out, and from her strength,

I drew all batteries in :
And brought myself to lie at length,

As if no siege had been.
When I had done what man could do,

And thought the place mine own,
The enemy lay quiet too,

And smild at all was done.
I sent to know from whence, and where,

These hopes, and this relief?
A spy informn'd, Honour was there,

sed did command in chief. lirch, march (quoth I); the word straight give,

Let's lose no time, but leave her ;
That giant upon air will live,

And hold it out for ever.
To such a place our camp remore

As will no siege abide;
I hate a fool that starves for love,

Only to feed her pride.

Her cheeks so rare a white was on,
No daisy makes comparison ;

Who sees them is undone ;
For streaks of red were mingled there,
Such as are on a Cath’rine pear,

The side that's next the sun.
Her lips were red ; and one was thin,
Compard to that was next her chin,

Some bee had stung it newly ;
But, Dick, her eyes so guard her face,
I durst no more upon them gaze,

Than on the sun in July, Her mouth so small, when she does speak, Thou’dst swear her teeth her words did break,

That they might passage get : But she so handled still the matter, They came as good as ours, or better,

And are not spent a whit.

A Ballad upon a Wedding.
I tell thee, Dick, where I have been,
Where I the rarest things have seen ;

Oh, things without compare !
Such sights again cannot be found
In any place on English ground,

Be it at wake or fair.
At Charing Cross, hard by the way
Where we (thou know'st) do sell our hay,

There is a house with stairs ;
And there did I see coming down
Such folk as are not in our town,

Vorty at least, in pairs. Amongst the rest, one pest'lent fine, (His beard no bigger, though, than thine)

Walk'd on before the rest : Our landlord looks like nothing to him : The king, God bless him, 'twould undo him,

Should he go still so drest.

Passion, oh me ! how I run on!
There's that that would be thought upon,

I trow, besides the bride :
The bus'ness of the kitchen's great,
For it is fit that men should eat ;

Nor was it there denied.
Just in the nick, the cook knock'd thrice,
And all the waiters in a trice

His summons did obey ;
Each serving-man, with dish in hand,
March'd boldly up, like our train'd-band,

Presented, and away.
When all the meat was on the table,
What man of knife, or teeth, was able

To stay to be intreated ?
And this the very reason was,
Before the parson could say grace,

The company were seated.
Now hats fly off, and youths carouse ;
Healths first go round, and then the house,

The bride's came thick and thick ; And when 'twas nam'd another's health, Perhaps he made it her's by stealth,

And who could help it, Dick ! O'th' sudden up they rise and dance ; Then sit again, and sigh, and glance :

Then dance again, and kiss. Thus sev'ral ways the time did pass, Till ev'ry woman wish'd her place,

And ev'ry man wish'd his.

But wot you what! the youth was going To make an end of all his wooing;

The parson for him staid : Yet by his leave, for all his haste, He did not so much wish all past,

Perchance, as did the maid.

1 Whitsun-ales were festive assemblies of the people of whole parishes at Whitsunday.

By this time all were stol'n aside
To counsel and undress the bride :

But that he must not know :
But yet 'twas thought he guess'd her mind,
And did not mean to stay behind

Above an hour or so.


Out upon it, I have lov'd

Three whole days together ; And am like to love three more,

If it prove fair weather.
Time shall moult away his wings,

Ere he shall discover
In the whole wide world again

Such a constant lover.
But the spite on't is, no praise

Is due at all to me ;
Love with me had made no stays,

Had it any been but she.
Had it any been but she

And that very face,
There had been at least ere this

A dozen in her place.

The Careless Lover.
Never believe me if I love,
Or know what 'tis, or mean to prove ;
And yet in faith I lie, I do,
And she's extremely handsome too;

She's fair, she's wond'rous fair,
But I care not who knows it,
E’er I'll die for love,

I fairly will forego it.
This heat of hope, or cold of fear,
My foolish heart could never bear:
One sigh imprison d'ruins more
Than earthquakes have done heretofore :

She's fair, &c.
When I am hungry I do eat,
And cut no fingers 'stead of meat ;
Nor with much gazing on her face,
Do e'er rise hungry from the place :

She's fair, &c.
A gentle round fill'd to the brink,
To this and t'other friend I drink;
And if 'tis nam'd another's health,
I never make it her's by stealth :

She's fair, &c.
Blackfriars to me, and old Whitehall,
Is even as much as is the fall
Of fountains or a pathless grove,
And nourishes as much as love :

She's fair, &c.
I visit, talk, do business, play,
And for a need laugh out a day;
Who does not thus in Cupid's school,
He makes not love, but plays the fool :

She's fair, &c.

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U Song.
I prithee send me back my heart,

Since I can not have thine,
For if from yours you will not part,

Why then should'st thou hare mine? Yet now I think on't, let it lie,

To find it were in vain ;
For thou'st a thief in either eye

Would steal it back again.
Why should two hearts in one breast lie,

And yet not lodge together! Oh love ! where is thy sympathy,

If thus our breasts thou sever ?
But love is such a mystery,

I cannot find it out ;
For when I think I'm best resolvid,

I then am in most doubt.
Then farewell care, and farewell woe,

I will no longer pine ;
For I'll believe I have her heart

As much as she has mine.

Hast thou seen the down in the air, 1

When wanton blasts have tost it!
Or the ship on the sea,

When ruder winds have crost it !
Hast thou mark'd the crocodiles weeping,

Or the foxes sleeping ?
Or hast thou view'd the peacock in his pride,

Or the dove by his bride,
Oh! so fickle; oh! so vain; oh! so false, so false is she !

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A Song.
Why so pale and wan, fond lover!

Prithee, why so pale ?
Will, when looking well can't move her,

Looking ill prevail !

Prithee, why so pale ! Why so dull and mute, young sinner ?

Prithee, why so mute ? Will, when speaking well can't win her,

Saying nothing do't ?

Prithee, why so mute ! Quit, quit for shame, this will not move,

This cannot take her;
If of herself she will not love,

Nothing can make her:
The devil take her.

Detraction Execrated. Thou vermin slander, bred in abject minds, Of thoughts impure, by vile tongues animate, Canker of conversation ! could'st thou find Nought but our love whereon to show thy hate ! Thou never wert, when we two were alone; What canst thou witness then ? thou, base dull aid, Wast useless in our conversation, Where each meant more than could by both be said. Whence hadst thou thy intelligence--from earth! That part of us ne'er knew that we did love : Or, from the air ! our gentle sighs bad birth From such sweet raptures as to joy did move ; Our thoughts, as pure as the chaste morning's breath, When from the night's cold arms it creeps away, Were clothed in words, and maiden's blush, that hath More purity, more innocence than they. Nor from the water could'st thou have this tale; No briny tear has furrowed her smooth cheek; And I was pleas'd : I pray what should be ail, That had her love ; for what else could he seek ! We shorten’d days to moments by love's art, Whilst our two souls in amorous ecstacy Perceiv'd no passing time, as if a part Our love had been of still eternity.

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Much less could'st have it from the purer fire ; The plot is complicated and obscure, and the characOur heat exhales no vapour from coarse sense, ters are deficient in individuality. It must be read, Such as are hopes, or fears, or fond desire :

like the Faery Queen, for its romantic descriptions, Our mutual love itself did recompense.

and its occasional felicity of language. The versiThou hast no correspondence had in heaven,

fication is that of the heroic couplet, varied, like And th' elemental world, thou see'st, is free.

Milton's Lycidas, by breaks and pauses in the middle Whence hadst thou, then, this, talking monster I even of the line. From hell, a harbour fit for it and thee. Curst be th' officious tongue that did address Thee to her ears, to ruin my content:

[The Witch's Cave.] May it one minute taste such happiness, Deserving lost unpitied it lament i

Her cell was hewn out of the marble rock, I must forbear her sight, and so repay

By more than human art; she need not knock; In grief, those hours' joy short'ned to a dream; The door stood always open, large and wide, Each minute I will lengthen to a day,

Grown o'er with woolly moss on either side, And in one year outlive Methusalem.

And interwove with ivy's flattering twines,

Through which the carbuncle and diamond shines, JOHN CHALKHILL.

Not set by Art, but there by Nature sown A pastoral romance, entitled Thealma and Clear. They serv'd instead of tapers, to give light

At the world's birth, so star-like bright they shone. chus, was published by Izaak Walton in 1683, with To the dark entry, where perpetual night, a title-page stating it to have been written long friend to black deeds, and sire of ignorance, since by JOHN CHALKHILL, Esq., an acquaintant Shuts out all knowledge, lest her eye by chance and friend of Edmund Spenser.' Walton tells us of Might bring to light her follies : in they went, the author, that he was in his time a man generally The ground was strew'd with flowers, whose sweet scent, known, and as well beloved; for he was humble and Mix'd with the choice perfumes from India brought, obliging in his behaviour ; gentleman, a scholar, Intoxicates his brain, and quickly caught very innocent and prudent; and, indeed, his whole His credulous sense ; the walls were gilt, and set life was useful, quiet, and virtuous.' • Thealma and with precious stones, and all the roof was fret Clearchus' was reprinted by Mr Singer, who ex. With a gold vine, whose straggling branches spread pressed an opinion that, as Walton had been silent All o'er the arch; the swelling grapes were red ; upon the life of Chalkhill, he might be altogether a This, Art had made of rubies, cluster'd 80, fictitious personage, and the poem be actually the To the quick’st eye they more than seem'd to grow ; composition of Walton himself. A critic in the About the walls lascivious pictures hung, Retrospective Review,* after investigating the cir. Such as were of loose Ovid sometimes sung. cumstances, and comparing the Thealma with the On either side a crew of dwarfish elves acknowledged productions of Walton, comes to the Held waxen tapers, taller than themselves : same conclusion. Sir John Hawkins, the editor of Yet so well-shap'd unto their little stature, Walton, seeks to overturn the hypothesis of Singer, So angel-like in face, so sweet in feature ; by the following statement :- Unfortunately, John Their rich attire so difforing ; yet so well Chalkhill's tomb of black marble is still to be seen Becoming her that wore it, none could tell on the walls of Winchester cathedral, by which it Which was the fairest, which the handsomest deck'1, appears he died in May 1679, at the age of eighty. Or which of them desire would soon'st affect. Walton's preface speaks of him as dead in May After a low salute, they all 'gan sing, 1678 ; but as the book was not published till 1683, And circle in the stranger in a ring. when Walton was ninety years old, it is probably an Orandra to her charms was stepp'd aside, error of memory.' The tomb in Winchester cannot Leaving her guest half won and wanton-ey'd. be that of the author of Thealma, unless Walton He had forgot his herb: cunning delight committed a further error in styling Chalkhill an Had so bewitch'd his ears, and blear’d his sight, acquaintant and friend' of Spenser. Spenser died And captivated all his senses so, in 1599, the very year in which John Chalkhill, in- That he was not himself: nor did he know terred in Winchester cathedral, must have been born. What place he was in, or how he came there, We should be happy to think that the Thealma was But greedily he feeds his eye and ear the composition of Walton, thus adding another with what would ruin him. laurel to his venerable brow; but the internal evidence seems to us to be wholly against such a sup

Next unto his view position. The poetry is of a cast far too high for She represents a banquet, usher'd in the muse of Izaak, which dwelt only by the side of By such a shape, as she was sure would win trouting streams, and among quiet meadows. The His appetite to taste ; so like she was nomme de guerre of Chalkhill must also have been an To his Clarinda, both in shape and face. old one with Walton, if he wrote Thealma; for, thirty So voic'd, so habited, of the same gait years before its publication, he had inserted in his And comely gesture ; on her brow in state Complete Angler' two songs, signed .Jo. Chalkhill." Sat such a princely majesty, as he The disguise is altogether very unlike Izaak Walton, Had noted in Clarinda ; save that she then ninety years of age, and remarkable for his un

Had a more wanton eye, that here and there assuming worth, probity, and piety. We have no Rolld up and down, not settling any where. doubt, therefore, that Thealma is a genuine poem of Down on the ground she falls his hands to kiss, the days of Charles or James I. The scene of this And with her

tears bedews it; cold as ice pastoral is laid in Arcadia,

and the author, like the He felt her lips, that yet inflam'd him so, ancient poets, describes the golden age and all its That he was all on fire the truth

to know, charms, which were succeeded by an age of iron, on Or whether some fantastic form it were,

Whether she was the same she did appear, the introduction of ambition, avarice, and tyranny. Fashion’d in his imagination

• Retrospective Review, vol. iv., page 230. The article ap- By his still working thoughts ; so fix'd upon pears to have been written by Sir Egerton Brydges, who con

His lov'd Clarinda, that his fancy strove, tributed largely to that work.

Even with her shadow, to express his love.



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ing his education at Oxford, Cartwright entered [The Priestess of Diana.]

into holy orders. He was a zealous royalist, and Within a little silent grove hard by,

was imprisoned by the parliamentary forces when Upon a small ascent he might espy

they arrived in Oxford in 1642. In 1643, he was A stately chapel, richly gilt without,

chosen junior proctor of the university, and was also Beset with shady sycamores about :

reader in metaphysics. At this time, the poet is And ever and anon he might well hear

said to have studied sixteen hours a day! Towards A sound of music steal in at his ear

the close of the same year, Cartwright caught As the wind gave it being ::-80 sweet an air

malignant fever, called the camp disease, then pro. Would strike a syren mute.

valent at Oxford, and died December 23, 1643. The

king, who was then at Oxford, went into mourning A hundred virgins there he might espy

for Cartwright's death; and when his works were Prostrate before a marble deity,

published in 1651, no less than fifty copies of enWhich, by its portraiture, appear'd to be

comiastic verses were prefixed to them by the wits The image of Diana :-on their knee

and scholars of the time. It is difficult to conceive, They tender'd their devotions: with sweet airs, from the perusal of Cartwright's poems, why he Off'ring the incense of their praise and prayers.

should have obtained such extraordinary applause Their garments all alike ; beneath their paps and reputation. His pieces are mostly short, occaBuckled together with a silver claps ;

sional productions, addresses to ladies and noblemen, And cross their snowy silken robes, they wore

or to his brother poets, Fletcher and Jonson, or An azure scarf, with stars embroider'd o'er.

slight amatory effusions not distinguished for eleTheir hair in curious tresses was knit up,

gance or fancy. His youthful virtues, his learning, Crown'd with a silver crescent on the top.

loyalty, and admiration of genius, seem to have A silver bow their left hand held ; their right, mainly contributed to his popularity, and his premaFor their defence, held a sharp-headed flight, ture death would renew and deepen the impression Drawn from their 'broider'd quiver, neatly tied of his worth and talents. Cartwright must have In silken cords, and fasten'd to their side.

cultivated poetry in his youth: he was only twentyUnder their vestments, something short before, six when Ben Jonson died, and the compliment White buskins, lac'd with ribanding, they wore. quoted above seems to prove that he had then It was a catching sight for a young eye,

been busy with his pen. He mourned the loss of That love had fir'd before :-he might espy

his poetical father in one of his best effusions, in One, whom the rest had sphere-like circled round, which he thus eulogises Jonson's dramatic powers:Whose head was with a golden chaplet crown'd. He could not see her face, only his ear

But thou still puts true passion on ; dost write Was blest with the sweet words that came from her. With the same courage that tried captains fight;

Giv'st the right blush and colour unto things;

Low without creeping, high without loss of wings; [The Votaress of Diana.]

Smooth yet not weak, and, by a thorough care,

Big without swelling, without painting fair.
Clarinda came at last
With all her train, who, as along she pass'd
Thorough the inward court, did make a lane,

To a Lady Veiled.
Opening their ranks, and closing them again
As she went forward, with obsequious gesture, So Love appear’d, when, breaking out his way
Doing their reverence. Her upward vesture

From the dark chaos, he first shed the day;
Was of blue silk, glistering with stars of gold, Newly awak'd out of the bud, so shows
Girt to her waist by serpents, that enfold

The half seen, half hid glory of the rose,
And wrap themselves together, so well wrought As you do through your veils; and I may swear,
And fashion’d to the life, one would have thought Viewing you so, that beauty doth bide there.
They had been real. Underneath she wore

So Truth lay under fables, that the eye A coat of silver tinsel, short before,

Might reverence the mystery, not descry;
And fring'd about with gold : white buskins hide Light being so proportion'd, that no more
The naked of her leg ; they were loose tied

Was seen, but what might cause men to adore :
With azure ribands, on whose knots were seen Thus is your dress so order'd, so contrived,
Most costly gems, fit only for a queen.

As 'tis but only poetry revived.
Her hair bound up like to a coronet,

Such doubtful light had sacred groves, where rods With diamonds, rubies, and rich sapphires set;

And twigs at last did shoot up into gods ; And on the top a silver crescent plac'd.

Where, then, a shade darkeneth the beauteous face, And all the lustre by such beauty gracid,

May I not pay a reverence to the place! As her reflection made them seem more fair ;

So, under water, glimmering stars appear, One would have thought Diana's self were there;

As those (but nearer stars) your eyes do here ; For in her hand a silver bow she held,

So deities darkened sit, that we may find And at her back there hung a quiver fillid

A better way to see them in our mind.
With turtle-feather'd arrows.

No bold Ixion, then, be here allow'd,
Where Juno dares herself be in the cloud.

Methinks the first age comes again, and we

See a retrieval of simplicity.

Thus looks the country virgin, whose brown hue WILLIAM CARTWRIGHT (1611-1643) was one of Hoods her, and makes her show even veil'd as you. Ben Jonson's adopted sons of the muses, and of his Blest mean, that checks our hope, and spurs our fear, works Jonson remarked--My son Cartwright writes Whiles all doth not lie hid, nor all appear : all like a man.' Cartwright was a favourite with O fear ye no assaults from bolder men; his contemporaries, who loved him living, and when they assail, be this your armour then. deplored his early death. This poet was the son of A silken helmet may defend those parts, an innkeeper at Cirencester, who had squandered Where softer kisses are the only darts ! away a patrimonial estate. In 1638, after complet

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