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The shepherd-swains* shall dance and sing
I walk'd along a stream, for pureness rare,
Brighter than sun-shine; for it did acquaint The dullest sight with all the glorious prey That in the pebble-paved channel lay.
No molten crystal, but a richer mine,
Even Nature's rarest alchymy ran there, Diamonds resolv'd, and substance more divine, Through whose bright-gliding current might apA thousand naked nymphs, whose ivory shine,
* The shepherd-swains, &c.] This stanza is not in P. P.-E. H. and C. A.“ The sheepheards swaines.”
+ Fragment] From England's Parnassus, 1600, p. 480 (under Description of Seas, Waters, Riuers, &c.), where it is signed “ Ch. Marlowe.”—The Editor of Marlowe's Works, 1826, have ing a very short memory, could not recollect from what source the compiler of England's Parnassus had derived a passage which he ascribes to Marlowe,
- The rites In which love's beauteous empress most delights,” &c. It is taken from Hero and Leander : see p. 17 of this vol.
Enamelling the banks, made them more dear
Upon this brim the eglantine and rose,
The tamarisk, olive, and the almond tree, As kind companions, in one union grows,
Folding their twining * arms, as oft we see
Lending to dulness feeling sympathy;
Their leaves, that differ'd both in shape and show,
Though all were green, yet difference such in green, Like to the checker'd bent of Iris' bow,
Prided the running main, as it had been
* twining] So in the “ Errata” to E. P., which in the text has “twindring."
DIALOGUE IN VERSE*.
Seest thou not yon farmer's son?
me, alas! What shall I do? I am undone;
My heart will ne'er be as it was. Oh, but he gives her gay gold rings,
And tufted gloves (for) holiday, And many other goodly things, That hath stoln
* Dialogue in verse] Was first printed in The Alleyn Papers (for the Shakespeare Society), p. 8, by Mr. Collier, who prefaced it with the following remarks. "In the original MS. this dramatic dialogue in verse is written as prose, on one side of a sheet of paper, at the back of which, in a more modern hand, is the name • Kitt Marlowe.' What connection, if he
may have had with it, it is impossible to determine, but it was obviously worthy of preservation, as a curious stage-relic of an early date, and unlike any thing else of the kind that has come down
In conséquence of haste or ignorance on the part of the writer of the manuscript, it has been necessary to supply some portions, which are printed within brackets. There are also some obvious errors in the distribution of the dialogue, which it was not easy to correct. The probability is that, when performed, it was accompanied with music.”
I have hazarded a conjecture that this Dialogue may be a fragment of The Maiden's Holiday, a lost comedy, which is said to have been written partly by Marlowe : see Account of Marlowe and his Writings.
Let him give her gay gold rings
Or tufted gloves, were they ne'er so (gay); Or were her lovers lords or kings,
They should not carry the wench away.
But a' dances wonders well **,
And with his dances stole her love from me: Yet she wont to say I bore the bell
For dancing and for courtesy.
Fie, lusty younker, what do you here,
Not dancing on the green to-day? For Pierce, the farmer's son, I fear, Is like to carry your
And tell Pierce from me beside,
Here he stands shall lie with the bride.
* Jack] Not in MS.
other new-come guest ?
NAN. Bonny Dick, I will not forsake
My bonny Rowland for any gold : If he can dance as well as Pierce,
He shall have my heart in hold.
And by dancing I may wont
realm under the sun.
I will be so bold to dance
For, as I was walking along by chance,
* Dick] MS.“ W. Fre." (i. e., I suppose, Wench's Friend.) + Nan] Not in MS. * won] i, e. win.
s Gentleman] MS.“ Frend.” That this portion of the dialogue belongs to the “ Gen.” is evident from what follows.
|| agree] Something is wanting here. VOL. III.