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Secular Poetry.

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THE DELIGHTS OF THE MUSES

(1616).

MUSICK'S DUELL.1

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Now Westward Sol had spent the richest beams
Of Noon's high glory, when hard by the streams
Of Tiber, on the sceane of a greene plat,
Vnder protection of an oake, there sate
A sweet Lute’s-master; in whose gentle aires
He lost the daye's heat, and his owne hot cares.

Close in the covert of the leaves there stood
A Nightingale, come from the neighbouring wood :
(The sweet inhabitant of each glad tree,
Their Muse, their Syren-harmlesse Syren she !)
There stood she listning, and did entertaine
The musick's soft report, and mold the same
In her owne murmures, that what ever mood
llis curious fingers lent, her voyce made good :

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1 Appeared originally in • Delights' of 1646 (pp. 103-7): was re. printed in 1648 (pp. 1-5), and 1670 (pp. 81-6). Our text is that of 1648, as before; but all agree. See Notes and Illustrations at close of this poem for other two earlier translations, and our Essay for the original Latin, with critical remarks. In our illustrated quarto edition will be found a pathetic and daintily-rendered illustration, done expressly for us by Mrs. Blackburn of Glasgow, and engraved by W. J. Linton, Esq. G.

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