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Ear Reliques of a dislodg’d Soul, whose lack
many a mourning paper put on black!
All the soft powres. Whose sylken fatteryes swell a few fond howres Into a false æternity. Come man ; Hyperbolized Nothing! know thy span; Take thine own measure here down, down, & bow Before thy self in thine idæa; thou Huge emptynes ! contract thy self; & shrinke All thy Wild circle to a Point. O sink Lower & lower yet; till thy leane size Call heavn to look on thee with n[a]rrow eyes. Lesser & lesser yet; till thou begin To show a face, fitt to confesse thy Kin, Thy neig[h]bourhood to NOTHING. Proud lookes, & lofty eyliddes, here putt on Your selves in your unfaign'd reflexion, Here, gallant ladyes ! this unpartiall glasse (Though you be painted) showes you your true face. These death-seal'd lippes are they dare give the ly To the lowd Boasts of poor Mortality. These curtain'd windows, this retired eye Outstares the liddes of larg-look't tyranny. This posture is the brave one this that lyes Thus low, stands up (me thinkes,) thus & defies The world. All-daring dust & ashes ! only you
Of all interpreters read Nature True.
THE TRANSLATION OF
Oe now; and with some daring drugg
Or’e beauty's face seeming to hide
H O P E.
Ope whose weak beeing ruin'd is
Whom ill or good does equally confound
Vain shadow; that dost vanish quite
Both at full noon & perfect night! The starres have not a possibility
Of blessing Thee.
Hope, thou bold Taster of delight!
The joyes which we intire should wed
Come deflour’d-virgins to our bed. Good fortunes without gain imported be
Such mighty custom's paid to Thee. For joy like wine kep't close, does better tast; If it take air before his spirits wast.
Hope fortun's cheating lottery Where for one prize, an hundred blankes there be. Fond archer, hope. Who tak'st thine aime so farr That still or short or wide thine arrowes are ;
Thinne empty cloud which th-ey deceives
With shapes that our own fancy gives. A cloud which gilt & painted now appeares
But must drop presently in teares
Brother of fear more gayly clad.