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My tongue cannot express my grief for one, “ And yet," quoth she, “ behold two Adons dead!

My sighs are blown away, my salt tears gone “ Mine eyes are turn'd to fire, my heart to lead :

Heavy heart's lead, melt at mine eyes' red fire! “ So shall I die by drops of hot desire.

Alas, poor world, what treasure hast thou lost! “What face remains alive that's worth the viewing ? “ Whose tongue is musick now? what canst thou

boast “Of things long since, or any thing ensuing ? “ The flowers are sweet, their colours fresh and

trim; “But true-sweet beauty liv’d and died with him.

« Bonnet nor veil henceforth no creature wear! “ Nor sun nor wind will ever strive to kiss you:

Having no fair 42 to lose, you need not fear; “ The sun doth scorn you, and the wind doth hiss


“ But when Adonis liv’d, sun and sharp air “ Lurk'd like two thieves, to rob him of his fair;

“ And therefore would he put his bonnet on, “ Under whose brim the gaudy sun would peep;

12 fair} i. e. beauty.

• The wind would blow it off, and, being gone,

Play with his locks; then would Adonis weep: “ And straight, in pity of his tender years, They both would strive who first should dry

his tears.

“ To see his face, the lion walk'd along “ Behind some hedge, because he would not sear

him : “ To recreate himself, when he hath sung, “ The tiger would be tame, and gently hear him:

“If he had spoke, the wolf would leave his prey, “ And never fright the silly lamb that day.

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" When he beheld his shadow in the brook, s6 The fishes spread on it their golden gills ; • When he was by, the birds such pleasure took, “ That some would sing, some other in their bills “ Would bring him mulberries, and ripe-red

cherries; “ He fed them with his sight, they him with


“ But this foul, grim, and urchin-snouted 43 boar, “ Whose downward eye still looketh for a grave, “ Ne'er saw the beauteous livery that he wore : “ Witness the entertainment that he gave ;

“ If he did see his face, why then I know, “ He thought to kiss him, and hath kill'd him so.

13 urchin-snouted] i. e. snouted like a hedgehog.

“ 'Tis true, 'tis true; thus was Adonis slain ; “ He ran upon the boar with his sharp spear, “ Who did not whet his teeth at him again, “ But by a kiss thought to persuade him there;

“ And nuzzling in his flank, the loving swine “ Sheath’d, unaware, the tusk in his soft groin

Had I been tooth'd like him I must confess “ With kissing him I should have kill'd him first; “ But he is dead, and never did he bless

My youth with his; the more am I accurst." With this she falleth in the place she stood, And stains her face with his congealed blood.

She looks upon his lips, and they are pale;
She takes him by the hand, and that is cold;
She whispers in his ears a heavy tale,
As if they heard the woful words she told :

She lifts the coffer-lids that close his eyes,
Where, lo! two lamps, burnt out, in darkness

lies :

Two glasses where herself herself beheld
A thousand times, and now no more reflect;
Their virtue lost, wherein they late excell’d,
And every beauty robb’d of his effect:
“ Wonder of time," quoth she,

spite, “That, you being dead, the day should yet be


« this is my

• Since thou art dead, lo! here I prophesy,
• Sorrow on love hereafter shall attend ;
“ It shall be waited on with jealousy,
“ Find sweet beginning, but unsavoury end;

“ Ne'er settled equally, but high or low;
That all love's pleasure shall not match his


It shall be fickle, false, and full of fraud; “ Bud and be blasted in a breathing while ; “ The bottom poison, and the top o'erstraw'd “ With sweets, that shall the truest sight beguile :

“ The strongest body shall it make most weak, “ Strike the wise dumb, and teach the fool to


“ It shall be sparing, and too full of riot, Teaching decrepit age to tread the measures ;** “ The staring ruffian shall it keep in quiet, « Pluck down the rich, enrich the poor with

treasures : It shall be raging mad, and silly mild, “ Make the young old, the old become a child.

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• It shall suspect where is no cause of fear; “ It shall not fear where it should most mistrust; “ It shall be merciful, and too severe, “ And most deceiving, when it seems most just ;

measures] A measure was a solemn dance with measured steps.


* Perverse it shall be, where it shows most toward, Put fear to valour, courage to the coward.

It shall be cause of war, and dire events,
“ And set dissension 'twixt the son and sire;

Subject and servile to all discontents,
As dry combustious matter is to fire;
“ Sith in his prime death doth my love destroy,
They that love best, their loves shall not


By this, the boy that by her side lay kill'd,
Was melted like a vapour from her sight,
And in his blood that on the ground lay spill'd,
A purple flower sprung up, chequer’d with white,

Resembling well his pale cheeks, and the blood,
Which in round drops upon their whiteness


She bows her head, the new sprung flower to smell,
Comparing it to her Adonis' breath;
And says, within her bosom it shall dwell,
Since he himself is reft from her by death :

the stalk, and in the breach appears Green dropping sap, which she compares to


“ Poor flower,” quoth she, “ tnis was thy father's

guise, “ (Sweet issue of a more sweet smelling sirej

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