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He' enjoys thy calmy sun-shine now,
And no breath stirring hears ; In the clear heaven of thy brow
No smallest cloud appears.
He sees thee gentle, fair, and gay, And trusts the faithless April of thy May,
Unhappy, thrice unhappy, he,
T' whom thou untry'd dost shine! But there's no danger now for me,
Since o'er Loretto's shrine,
In witness of the shipwreck past, My consecrated vessel hangs at last.
IN IMITATION OF
“ Si tecum mihi, chare Martialis,” &c. L. 5. Ep. 21.
IF, dearest friend, it my good fate might be
We should not the lords' tables humbly use :
MARGARITA first possest,
'If I remember well, my breast, .: : Margarita first of all; . But when awhile the wanton maid With my restless heart had play'd,
Martha took the flying ball,
Martha soon did it resign : :
To the beauteous Catharine.
Beauteous Catharine gave place (Though loth and angry she to part With the possession of my heart)
: To Eliza's conquering face.
Eliza till this hour might reign,
Had she not evil counsels ta'en.
Fundamental laws she broke, And still new favourites she chose, Till up in arms my passions rose,
And cast away her yoke.
Mary then, and gentle Anne,
Both to reign at once began;
Alternately they sway'd ;
. And sometimes both l' obey'd.
Another Mary then arose,
And did rigorous laws impose;
"A mighty tyrant she ! Long, alas ! should I have been Under that iron-scepter'd queen,
Had not Rebecca set me free.
When fair Rebecca set me free,
'T was then a golden time with me; . But soon those pleasures fled;
For the gracious princess dy'd,
And Judith reigned in her stead.
One month, three days, and half an hour,
Judith held the sovereign power :
Wondrous beautiful her face !
And so Susanna took her place.
But when Isabella came,
Arm'd with a resistless flame, .
And th'artillery of her eye; Whilst she proudly march'd about, Greater conquests to find out,
She beat out Susan by the bye.
But in her place I then obey'd
Black-ey'd Bess, her viceroy-maid;
To whom ensued a vacancy: Thousand worse passions than possest The interregnum of my breast;
Bless me from such an anarchy!
Gentle Henrietta then,
And a third Mary, next began;
Then Joan, and Jane, and Audria; And then a pretty Thomasine, And then another Katharine,
And then a long et cætera.....
But should I now to you relate,
The strength and riches of their state ;
The powder, patches, and the pins, The ribbons, jewels, and the rings, The lace, the paint, and warlike things, . That make up all their magazines ;
If I should tell the politic arts
To take and keep men's hearts ;
The letters, embassies, and spies, The frowns, and smiles, and flatteries, The quarrels, tears, and perjuries
(Numberless, nameless, mysteries !)
And all the little lime-twigs laid,
I more voluminous should grow
Than Holinshed or Stow.
But I will briefer with them be,
Since few of them were long with me.
An higher and a nobler strain My present Emperess does claim, Heleonora, first o'th' name;
Whom God grant long to reignd.