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With shapes that our own fancy gives.
A cloud, which gilt and painted now appears,
Brother of Fear? more gaily clad,
The merrier fool o' th' two, yet quite as mad;
With the strange witchcraft of 'anon'
By thee the one does changing Nature, through
And th' other chases woman; while she goes
D. Crasbaw's Answer for hope.
Dear Hope! Earth's dow'ry, and Heaven's debt!
The entity of things that are not yet.
Subtlest, but surest being! thou by whom
Substantial shade! whose sweet allay
Blends both the noons of Night and Day:
From thee their lean dilemma, with blunt horn,
Rich hope! Love's legacy, under lock
Of Faith!-still spending, and still growing stock !
Nor will the virgin-joys we wed
Come less unbroken to our bed,
Because that from the bridal cheek of Bliss,
Hope's chaste stealth harms no more Joy's maidenhead Than spousal rites prejudge the marriage-bed.
Fair hope! our earlier Heav'n! by thee
Thy generous wine with age grows strong, not sour,
Thy golden growing head never hangs down,
It falls; and dies! O no, it melts away
As lumps of sugar loose themselves, and twine
Fortune? alas, above the World's low wars Hope walks and kicks the curl'd heads of conspiring stars. Her keel cuts not the waves where our winds stir, Fortune's whole lottery is one blank to her.
Her shafts and she fly far above,
And forage in the fields of light and love.
We are not where nor what we be,
Faith's sister! nurse of fair desire!
Though the vext chymic vainly chases
True Hope's a glorious huntress, and her chase,
Alas (Answer for Hope), an exclamation merely.
Conduct (To the Name of Jesus), train.
Deliquium (Glor. Epiph.), faint, swoon.
Gold (S. Mary Magd.), Magdalene's golden hair.
"Ite" (Dies Irae), "go ye."
Legible (Glor. Epiph.], for legibly.
Nuzzled (S. Mary Magd.), nestled.
Officious (Hol. Nativity), willing to do good offices.
Paramours (New Year's Day), lovers.
Ports (S. Thomas), gates or doors.
Solicitors (To the Name of Jesus), exciters or animators. Transumed (Lauda Sion Salvatorem), to take from one to another; to convert.
Tree (Sancta Maria Dol.), the Cross.