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The sacred tree 'midst the fair orchard grew

The Phønix Truth did on it rest,

And built his perfum'd nest,
That right Porphyrian tree which did true logic shew.

Each leaf did learned notions give,

And th' apples were demonstrative:
So clear their colour and divine,

The very shade they cast did other lights outshine.
On Anacreon continuing a lover in his old age:

Love was with thy life entwin'd,
Close as heat with fire is join'd;
A powerful brand prescrib'd the date
Of thine, like Meleager's fate.
Th' antiperistasis of age

More enflam'd thy amorous rage. In the following verses we have an allusion to a Rabbinical opinion concerning Manna:

Variety I ask not: give me one
To live perpetually upon.
The person Love does to us fit,

Like manna, has the taste of all in it. Thus Donne shews his medicinal knowledge in some en comiastic verses:

In every thing there naturally grows
A Balsaunum to keep it fresh and new,

If 'twere not injur'd by extrinsic blows;
Your youth and beauty are this balm in you.

But you, of learning and religion,
And virtue and such ingredients, have made

A mithridate, whose operation

Keeps off, or cures what can be done or said. Though the following lines of Donne, on the last night of the year, have something in them too scholastic, they are not inelegant:

This twilight of two years, not past nor next,

Some emblem is of me, or I of this,
Who, meteor-like, of stuff and form perplext,

Whose what and where in disputation is,

If I should call me any thing, should miss.
I sum the years and me, and find me not

Debtor to th' old, nor creditor to th' new.
That cannot say, my thanks I have forgot,

Nor trust I this with hopes; and yet scarce true
This bravery is, since these times shew'd me you.


Lust, the scorching dog-star, here

Rages with immoderate heat;
Whilst Pride, the rugged northern bear,

In others makes the cold too great.
And where these are temperate known,
The soil's all barren sand, or rocky stone.


A Lover, burnt up by his affection, is compared to Egypt:

The fate of Egypt I sustain,
And never feel the dew of rain
From clouds which in the head appear;

But all my too much moisture owe
To overflowings of the heart below.

COWLEY. The Lover supposes his Lady acquainted with the ancient laws of augury and rites of sacrifice:

And yet this death of mine, I fear,
Will ominous to her appear:
When sound in every other part,
Her sacrifice is found without an heart.
For the last tempest of my death

Shall sigh out that too, with my breath. That the chaos was harmonized, has been recited of old; but whence the different sounds arose remained for a modern to discover:

Th'ungovern'd parts no correspondence knew;
An artless war from thwarting motions grew;
Till they to number and fixt roles were brought.
Water and air he for the Tenor chose,
Earth made the Bass; the Treble, flame arose.

COWLEY. The tears of lovers are always of great poetical account; but Donne has extended them into worlds. If the lines are not easily understood, they may be read again.

On a round ball
A workman, that hath copies by, can lay

An Europe, Afric, and an Asia,
And quickly make that which was nothing all.

So doth each tear,

Which thee doth wear,
A globe, yea world, by that impression grow,
Till thy tears mixt with mine do overflow

This world, by waters sent from thee my heaven dissolved so.
Johnson's Lives. I.

All arm'd in brass, the richest dress of war,
(A dismal glorious sight!) he shone afar.
The sun himself started with sudden fright,
To see his beams return so dismal bright.


An universal consternation:

His bloody eyes he hurls round, his sharp paws
Tear up the ground: then runs he wild about,
Lashing his angry tail, and roaring out.
Beasts creep into their dens, and tremble there;
Trees, though no wind is stirring, shake with fear;
Silence ana horror fill the place around;
Echo itself dares scarce repeat the sound.


Their fictions were often violent and unnatural.

Of his Mistress bathing.
The fish around her crowded, as they do
To the false light that treacherous fishers shew.
And all with as much ease might taken be,

As she at first took me:
For ne'er did light so clear

Among the waves appear,
Though every night the sun himself set there.


The poetical Effect of a Lover's name upon Glass.

My name engrav'd herein
Doth contribute my firmness to this glass :

Which, ever since that charm, hath been
As hard as that which grav'd it was.


Their conceits were sentiments slight and trifling.

On an inconstant Woman.
He enjoys the calmy sunshine 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.


Upon a Paper written with the Juice of Lemon, and read by the Fire.

Nothing yet in thee is seen,
But when a genial heat warms theo within,

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