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Till now thou warm'dst with multiplying loves
Two larks, two sparrows, or two doves;
All that is nothing unto this,
For thou this day couplest two phoenixes.
Thou mak'st a taper see
What the sun never saw, and what the ark *a
(Which was of fowl and beasts the cage and park)
Did not contain; one bed contains thro' thee
Two phoenixes, whose joined breasts
Are unto one another mutual nests;
Where motion kindles such fires as shall give
Young phoenixes, and yet the old shall live;
Whose love and courage never shall decline,
But make the whole year th'rough thy d;:y, O Valth. Iii. [tine!
Up then, fair phoenix bride I frustrate the sun;
Thyself from thine affection 30
Tak'st warmth enough, and from thine eye
All lesser birds will take their jollity.
Up, up, fair bride I and call
Thy stars from out their several boxes; take
Thy rubies, pearls, and diamonds, forth, and make
Thyself a constellation of them all;
And by their bla2ing signify
That a great princess falls, but doth not die:
Be thou a new star, that to us portends
13' As EririrAL. On Tmen. Coint Tal.
Since thoudcst this day in new glory shine,
Falls not on such tilings as are infinite,
Go then to where the Bishop stays
But, oh I what ails the sun, that hence he stays
Longer to.day than other days?
Stays he new light from these to get?
And finding here such stars is loth to set?
And why do you two walk
So slowly pac'd in this procession?
Is all your care but to be look'd upon,
And be to others spectacle and talk f
The feait with gluttonous delays
Is eaten, and too long their meat they praise.
Co AN EPITHAL. ON FRED. COUN'T PAL. I3tJ
The masquers come late, and I think will stay,
Like Fairies, till the cock crow them away.
Alas .' did not Antiquity assign
A night as well as day to thee, old Valentine? ;o
They did, and night is come; and yet we see
What mean these ladies, which (as t!io*
He comes, and passeth thro' sphere after sphere;
Here lies a she sun, and a he moon th. re;
She gives the best light to his sphere j
Or each is both, and all, and so
They unto one another nothing owe:
And yet they do; but are
So just and rich in that coin which they pay, <i«
That neither would, nor needs, forbear nor stay;
Neither desires to be spar'd nor to spare:
140 AN CFITHAL. ON TltED. COUNT PAt.
They quickly pay their debt, and then
Take no acquittances, but pay again:
They pay, they give, they lend, and so let fall
No occasion to be liberal.
More truth, more courage, in these two do shine
Than all thy turtles have, and sparrows, Valentine!
And by this act of these two phoenixes
Nature again restored is; 100
For since these two are two no more,
There's but one phcenix still, as was before.
Rest now, at last, and we
(As Satyrs watch the sun's uprise) will stay
Waiting when your eyes opened let out day,
Only desired, because your face we see;
Others near you shall whisp'ring speak,
And wagers lay, at which side day will break,
And win, by observing then whose hand it is
That opens first a curtain, her's or his. no
This will be try'd to-morrow after nine,
Till which hour we thy day enlarge, O Valentine! lit
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MADE AT LINCOLN'S-INN.
The sun-beams in the East are spread,
Leave, leave, fair Bride! yoursolitary bed;
No more shall you return to it alone,
It nurseth sadness; and your body's print,
Like to a grave, the yielding down doth dint:
You and your other you meet there anon;
Put forth, put forth, that warm balm-breathing; thijh,
Which when next time you in these sheets will smo
There it must meet another, ['her
Which never was, but must be oft'more nigh. 10
Come glad from thence, go gladder than you came,
To-day put on perfection and a woman's name.
Make her for Love fit fuel