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Nor am I of that harsh and rugged temper

As some great men are taxed with, who imagine
They part from the respect due to their honours,
If they use not all such as follow them,
Without distinction of their births, like slaves.
I am not so conditioned: I can make

A fitting difference between my foot-boy,

And a gentleman by want compell'd to serve me.
All. 'Tis thankfully acknowledged; you have been

More like a father to me than a master:

Pray you, pardon the comparison.

Lov. I allow it;

And to give you assurance I am pleased in't,

My carriage and demeanour to your mistress,
Fair Margaret, shall truly witness for me,
I can command my passions.

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Few lords can boast of when they are tempted. -Oh!

Lov. Why do you sigh? can you be doubtful of me? By that fair name I in the wars have purchased,

And all my actions, hitherto untainted,

I will not be more true to mine own honour,

Than to my Allworth!

All. As you are the brave lord Lovell,

Your bare word only given is an assurance

Of more validity and weight to me,

Than all the oaths, bound up with imprecations,

Which, when they would deceive, most courtiers practise:
Yet being a man (for, sure, to style you more
Would relish of gross flattery), I am forced,
Against my confidence of your worth and virtues,
To doubt, nay more, to fear.

Lov. So young, and jealous!

All. Were you to encounter with a single foe,
The victory were certain; but to stand
The charge of two such potent enemies,
At once assaulting you, as wealth and beauty,
And those two seconded with power, is odds
Too great for Hercules.

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Lov. Speak your doubts and fears,

Since you will nourish them, in plainer language,
That I may understand them.

All. What's your will,

Though I lend arms against myself (provided
They may advantage you), must be obey'd.
My much loved lord, were Margaret only fair,
The cannon of her more than earthly form,
Though mounted high, commanding all beneath it,
And ramm'd with bullets of her sparkling eyes,
Of all the bulwarks that defend your senses
Could batter none, but that which guards your sight.
But when the well-tuned accents of her tongue
Make music to you, and with numerous sounds
Assault your hearing (such as Ulysses, if [he]
Now lived again, howe'er he stood the Syrens,
Could not resist), the combat must grow doubtful
Between your reason and rebellious passions.
Add this too; when you feel her touch and breath,
Like a soft western wind, when it glides o'er
Arabia, creating gums and spices;

And in the van, the nectar of her lips,

Which you must taste, bring the battalia on,

Well arm'd, and strongly lined with her discourse,
And knowing manners, to give entertainment;
Hippolytus himself would leave Diana,

To follow such a Venus.

Lov. Love hath made you

Poetical, Allworth.


Grant all these beat off,

Which if it be in man to do, you'll do it.
Mammon, in Sir Giles Overreach, steps in
With heaps of ill-got gold, and so much land,
To make her more remarkable, as would tire
A falcon's wings in one day to fly over.

O, my good lord! these powerful aids, which would
Make a mis-shapen negro beautiful

(Yet are but ornaments to give her lustre,

That in herself is all perfection), must

Prevail for her: I here release your trust;

'Tis happiness, enough, for me to serve you,

And sometimes, with chaste eyes, to look upon her.
Why, shall I swear?


All. O, by no means, my lord ;

And wrong not so your judgment to the world,

As from your fond indulgence to a boy,

Your page, your servant, to refuse a blessing
Divers great men are rivals for.

Lov. Suspend

Your judgment till the trial. How far is it
To Overreach's house?

All. At the most, some half hour's riding;
You'll soon be there.

Lov. And you the sooner freed

From your jealous fears.

All. O that I durst but hope it!

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When I consider how my light is spent

Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide,
Lodg'd with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present

My true account, lest he returning chide;
"Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?'
I fondly ask: But Patience, to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, "God doth not need
Either man's work, or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best: his state
Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed,

And post o'er land and ocean without rest;
They also serve who only stand and wait.'


Yet once more, O ye laurels, and once more
Ye myrtles brown, with ivy never sere,

I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude,
And with forc'd fingers rude,

Shatter your leaves before the mellowing year.
Bitter constraint, and sad occasion dear,
Compels me to disturb your season due:
For Lycidas is dead, dead ere his prime,
Young Lycidas! and hath not left his peer.

Who would not sing for Lycidas? He knew
Himself to sing, and build the lofty rhyme.
He must not float upon his watery bier
Unwept, and welter to the parching wind,
Without the meed of some melodious tear.

Begin then, Sisters of the sacred well,

That from beneath the seat of Jove doth spring,
Begin, and somewhat loudly sweep the string.
Hence with denial vain, and coy excuse;

So may some gentle Muse

With lucky words favour my destin'd urn,
And as he passes turn,

And bid fair peace to my sable shroud.

For we were nurst upon the self-same hill,
Fed the same flock, by fountain, shade, and rill;
Together both, ere the high lawns appear'd
Under the opening eyelids of the morn,
We drove a-field, and both together heard
What time the gray-fly winds her sultry horn,
Batt'ning our flocks with the fresh dews of night,
Oft till the star that rose, at evening bright,
Toward heav'n's descent had slop'd his westering wheel.
Meanwhile the rural ditties were not mute,

Temper'd to th' oaten flute,

Rough Satyrs danc'd, and Fauns with cloven heel
From the glad sound would not be absent long,
And old Damaetas lov'd to hear our song.

But, O the heavy change, now thou art gone,
Now thou art gone, and never must return!
Thee, Shepherd, thee the woods, and desert caves
With wild thyme and the gadding vine o'ergrown,
And all their echoes mourn.

The willows, and the hazel copses green,

Shall now no more be seen,

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Fanning their joyous leaves to thy soft lays.

As killing as the canker to the rose,

Or taint-worm to the weanling herds that graze,

Or frost to flowers, that their gay wardrobe wear,


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