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IN THE PRAISE OF THE SPRING :

OU'T OF VIRGIL.'

ALL trees, all leavy groves confesse the Spring
Their gentlest friend ; then, then the lands begin
To swell with forward pride, and feed desire
To generation ; Heaven's Almighty Sire
Melts on the bosome of His love, and powres 5
Himselfe into her lap in fruitfull showers.
And by a soft insinuation, mixt
With Earth's large masse, doth cherish and assist
Her weake conceptions. No lone shule but rings
With chatring birds' delicious murmuring;
Then Venus' mild instinct (at sat times) yields
The herls to kindly meetings, then the fields
(Quick with warme Zephyre's lively breath) lay furth
Their prenant broms in a frarrant birth.
Each body's plump and jucy, all things full 15
Of su; ple Loisture: 10 coy twig but will

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Would'st see blithe looks, fresh checks beguile
Age? Would'st see December smile?
Would'st see a nest of roses grow
In a bed of reverend snow?
Warm thoughts, free spirits, flattering
Winter's self into a Spring?
In summe, would'st see a man that can
Live to be old, and still a man?
Whose latest, and most leaden houres,
Fall with soft wings, stuck with soft flowres ;
And when Life's sweet fable ends,
His soul and bodie part like friends :
No quarrels, murmures, no delay :
A kisse, a sigh, and so away?
This rare one, Reader, would'st thou see,
Heark hither : and thyself be he.

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NOTES AND ILLUSTRATIONS. Besides the reprint of 1646 as supra, this poem appeared in 1648 (pp. 8, 9), 1652 (pp. 126-8), where it is entitled • Temper

Of the Cheap Physitian, vpon the Translation of Lessive (pp. 126-8):' and 1670 (pp. 108-9 and pp. 207-8, being inadvertently printed twice). These variations are noticeable :

Line 1, in 1648 and 1652, · Goe now and with ....'

, 2, in 1670, “ the forthy;' and TURNBULL, as usual, repeats the error. Line 3, in 1648 « pretious' for 'cruel:' so 1670 in 2d copy.

9, ib. 'last' for 'length,' and 1670 gaine' for 'get'

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Lines 11, 12, this couplet is inadvertently dropped in 1648. I adopt • 'gainst' for · against from SANCROFT Ms. in line 12. Line 15, ib. ‘wilt' for “wonldst.'

18, ' physick' in 1646, 1648 and 1670 (1st copy); but

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IN PRVO TEST'S RULE OF HEALTH.

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Gione pore mall, thinke what shall bee
Imeli sainst thy remedie.
That which makes us have no need
Ophink, that's plisick indeed

Ileark hither, leader : would'st thou see
Nature her own physician be?
Handling ved for id man all his own wealth,
llin lunmusich, his own health ?
I'll, who ap solver soul can tell
I to wear her warments well?
11.1 mm Hi-, that pon her sit,
1.1s Larments should do) close and fit!
A well clothed soul, that's net opprest
Vorihinderd with what she should be rest?
11 Tompi sonil's sheath in a (lystall shrine,
Thrush which all her bricht features shine?
du win it piece of wanton lawn,
I thin cried rail is alrwn,
lore Beauty's fue; scerning to hide,
More Weetli shows the blushing bridles :
it soul, whose intellectuall beams
No minisalo mask, 10 lazie steams?
I happie soul, that all the way
To learn, hath it Summer's day?
Woull'st see a man whose well-warm'd bloud
Dithes liim in a genuine floud ?
I man, whose tuned humours be
itset of rarest harmonie?

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