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She stay'd not for her robes, but straight arose, Even as a bird, wbich in our bands we wring, And, drunk with gladness, to the door she goes ; Forth plungeth, and oft futters with her wing;* Where seeing a naked man, sbe screech'd for fear, She trembling strove : this strife of hers, like (Such sights as this to tender maids are rare,)
that And ran into the dark herself to hide
Which made the world, another world begat (Rich jewels in the dark are soonest spied). Of unknown joy. Treason was in her thought, Unto her was he led, or rather drawn,
And cunningly to yield herself she sought. By those white limbs which sparkled through Seeming not won, yet won she was at length: the lawn.
In such wars women use but half their strength. The nearer that he came, the more she fled, Leander now, like Theban Hercules, And, seeking refuge, slipt into her bed;
Enter'd the orchard of th Hesperides ; Whereon Leander sitting, thus began,
Whose fruit none rightly can describe, but he Through* numbing cold, all feeble, faint, and That pulls or shakes it from the golden tree.
Wherein Leander, on her quivering breast, “If not for love, yet, love, for pity-sake,
Breathless spoke something,+ and sigh'd out the Me in thy bed and maiden bosom take;
rest; At least vouchsafe these arms some little room, Which so prevaild, as he,I with small ado, Who, hoping to embrace thee, cheerly swoom :
Enclos'd her in his arms, and kiss'd her too: This head was beat with many a churlish billow, And every kiss to her was as a charm, And therefore let it rest upon thy pillow."
And to Leander as a fresh alarm : Herewith affrighted, Hero shrunk away,
So that the truce was broke, and she, alas, And in her lukewarm place Leander lay;
Poor silly maiden, at his mercy was Whose lively heat, like fire from heaven fet, ť
Love is not full of pity, as men say, Would animate gross clay, and higher set
But deaf and cruel where he means to prey. The drooping I thoughts of base-declining souls,
And now she & wish'd this night were never Than dreary-Mars-carousing nectar bowls.
done, His hands he cast upon her like a snare :
And sigh'd to think upon th' approaching sun; She, overcome with shame and sallow § fear,
For much it griev'd her that the bright day-light Like chaste Diana when Actæon spied her,
Should know the pleasure of this|| blessèd night, Being suddenly betray'd, div'd down to hide her; And them, like Mars and Erycine, display 1 And, as her silver body downward went,
Both in each other's** arms chain'd as they lay.++ With both her hands she made the bed a tent,
Again, she knew not how to frame ber look, And in her own mind thought herself secure,
Or speak to him, who fi in a moment took O'ercast with dim and darksome coverture.
That which so long, so charily she kept; And now she lets him whisper in her ear,
And fain by stealth away she would have crept, Flatter, entreat, promise, protest, and swear :
And to some corner secretly have gone,
Leaving Leander in the bed alone.
He on the sudden cliog'd her so about,
out; For though the rising ivory mount he scald, Which is with azure circling lines empal’d,
Even as a bird, which in our hands we roring, Much like a globe, (a globe may I term this,
Porth plungeth, and oft fullers with her wing] "Tho By which Love sails to regions full of bliss,) Editor has taken the liberty to alter the situation of this Yet there with Sisyphus he toil'd in vain,
couplet, which as it originally stands after 'But deaf and
cruel where he means to prey' (the 22ud line of this col. ). ** Till gentle parley did the truce obtain.
an awkward excrescence. By the present transposition it becomes a lively and beautifully appropriate simile." Bd. 1821. The transposition is unquestionably right.
† something] V. R. "some things." * Through] V. R. “Though."
1 hel Omitted in one 4to. 1set) i. e. fetched.
$ she] V. R. “we.' drooping) V.R. “dropping."
|| thir) V. R. "the." § sallow) V. R. "shallow."
display) Old eds. "then ... displaid." || ever, as) V. R. "ever after as."
** other's) V. R. "other." I dainties) V. R. “ daintie."
tt lay) Old eds. "laid." foeman) V. R. “foemen."
11 who) V. R. "whom."
T!:at, mermaid-like, unto the floor she slid;
Whence his admiring eyes more plea-ure took
THE THIRD SESTIAD.
The Argument of the Third Sestiad. That, being enjoy'd, ask judgment; now we
As having parted : evenings crown the days.
And now, ye wanton Loves, and young
Pied Vanity, the mint of strange attires,
Ye lisping Flatteries, and obsequious Glances,
Relentful Musics, and attractive Dances,
And you detested Charms constraining love !
Shun love's stoln sports by that these lovers She argues and approveth it.
prove. New light gives new directions, fortunes new, By this, the sovereign of heaven's golden fires, To fashion our endeavours that ensue.
And young Leander, lord of his desires, More harsh, at least more hard, more grave and Together from their lovers' arms arose : high
Leander into Hellespontus throws
Made him disdain each other epithite.
That, this word gilt including double sense, Must now grow staid, and censure ** the delights, The double guilt of his incontinence
Might be express'd, that had no stay t' employ • One) V. R. “And."
The treasure which the love-god let him joy + air) Old eds. "heare" and “haire." - "The old In his dear Hero, with such sacred thrift copies read hair,' which was certainly not intended As had beseem'd so sanctified|| a gift; here, though it is a picturesque image." Bd. 1821. If
But, like a greedy vulgar prodigal, that reading had been intended, Marlowe would have written “her (not the) hair." Compare a passage at p. 291,
Would on the stock dispend, and rudely fall, sec. col. ;
“she look'd out, And all the air she purpled round about," &c.
* Dis) i. e. Plutn.-whom even the Greeks themselves glimps'd) Old eds. "glympse" ("glymse" and occasionally confounded with Plutus, the god of riches. "glimse").
† the bright Day-bearing car) Old eds. "the day bright$ reproving) Old eds. "improving" (Compare, at p. bearing car." 291, first col. ;
Dang'd down to hell her loathsome carriage] V R. "Thus she appear'd, and sbarply did reprove "Hurld down," &c.—2to 1598 ends here, with the worris Leander's bluntness in his violent love," &c.)
"Denent nonnulla." The contivuation of the poem is || woman's] V. R.“ womens."
wholly by Chapman : see note *, p. 279. 7 maids'] V. R. "made" and "make."
& of] i. e. on.-V. R. "a." ** censure) i. e. pass judgment on.
|| 20 sanctified] V. i. "to sanctifie."
Before his time, to that unblessèd blessing Sprinkling the earth, that to their tombs took in Which, for lust's plague, doth perish with pos Streams dead for love, to leave his ivory skin, sessing:
Which yet a snowy foam did leave above, Joy graven in sense, like snow in water, wasts; As soul to the dead water that did love; Without preserve of virtue, nothing lasts. And from thence did the first wbite roses spring What man is be, thatt with a wealthy eye (For love is sweet and fair in every thing), Enjoys a beauty richer than the sky,
And all the sweeten'd shore, as he did go, Through whose white skin, softer than soundest I Was crown'd with odorous roses, white as snow. sleep,
Love-blest Leander was with love so filld, With damask eyes the ruby blood doth peep, That love to all that touch'd him he instilld; And runs in branches through her azure veins, And as the colours * of all things we see, Whose mixture and first fire his love attains; To our sight's powers communicated be, Whose both hands limit both love's deities, So to all objects that in compass came And sweeten human thoughts like Paradise ; Of any sense he had, his senses' flame Whose disposition silken is and kind,
Flow'd from his parts with force so virtual, Directed with an earth-exempted mind; It fir'd with sense things meret insensual. Who thinks not heaven with such a love is given? Now, with warm baths and odours comforted, And who, like earth, would spend that dower & When he lay down, he kindly kiss'd bis bed, of heaven,
As consecrating it to Hero's right, With rank desire to joy it all at first?
And vow'd thereafter, that whatever sight What simply kills our hunger, quencheth thirst, Put him in mind of Hero or her bliss, Clothes but our nakedness, and makes us live, Should be her I altar to prefer a kiss. Praise doth not any of her favours give:
Then laid he forth his late-enriched arms, But what doth plentifully minister
In whose white circle Love writ all his charms, Beauteous apparel and delicious cheer,
And made his characters sweet Hero's limbs, So order'd that it still excites desire,
When on his breast's warm sea she sideling And still gives pleasure freeness to aspire,
swims; The palm of Bounty ever moist preserving; And as those arms, held up in circle, met, To Love's sweet life this is the courtly carving. He said, “See, sister, Hero's carquenet ! $ Thus Time and all-states-ordering Ceremony Which she|| bad rather wear about her neck, Had banish'd all offence: Time's golden thigh Than all the jewels that do | Judo deck." Upholds the flowery body of the earth
But, as he** shook with passionate desire In sacred harmony, and every birth
To put in flame his other secret fire, Of men and actions|| makes legitimate;
A music so divine did pierce his ear, Being us'd aright, the use of time is fate.
never yet his ravish'd sense did hear; Yet did the gentle food transfer once more When suddenly a light of twenty hues This prize of love home to his father's shore; Brake through the roof, and, like the rainbow, Where he unlades himself of that false wealth
views That makes few rich,-treasures compos'd by Amaz'd Leander: in whose beams came down stealth;
The goddess Ceremony, with a crown And to his sister, kind Hermione,
Of all the stars; and Heaven with her descended:
And in a chain, compact of ears and eyes,
* wasts] i. e, wastes-for the rhyme.-V. R.“wastes."
that] V. R. “who."
than soundest) V. R. "than the soundest." § dower) V. R. “power."
11 Of men and actims] The editor of 1826 printed " Of men audacious;" which is the reading in England's Parnasru, 1600, p. 285.
goods) V. R. “good."
* colours) V. R. "colour."
mere) i. e. whole, -wholly.
her) V. R “the."
he) V. R. “she."
For she was all* presented to the sense :
From whence he meant to Sestos' forked * vay Devotion, Order, State, and Reverence,
To bring her covertly, where ships must stay, Her shadows were ; Society, Memory;
Sent by his f father, throughly riggd and All which her sight made live, her absence die.
mann'd, A rich disparent pentacle she wears,
To waft her safely to Abydos' strand. Drawn full of circles and strange characters. There leave we bim; and with fresh wing pursue Her face was changeable to every eye;
Astonish'd Hero, whose most wished view One way look'd ill, another graciously;
I thus long have forborne, because I left her Which while men view'd, they cheerful were and So out of countenance, and her spirits bereft her: holy,
To look of: one abash'd is impudence, But looking off, vicious and melancholy.
When of slight faults he bath too deep a sense. The svaky paths to each observed law
Her blushing het ş her chamber: she look'd out, Did Policy in her broad bosom draw.
And all the air she purpled round about;
And after it a foul black day befell,
And foul it prov'd, because it figur'd so
The next night's horror; which prepare to hear; Themselves in all their sightly figures dress. I fail, if it profane your daintiest ear. Her other hand a laurel rod applies,
Then, ho, || most strangely-intellectual fire, To beat back Barbarism and Avarice,
That, proper to my soul, hast power t'inspire That follow'd, eating earth and excrement Her burning faculties, and with the wings And human limbs; and would make proud of thy unsphered flame visit’st the springs ascent
Of spirits immortal! Now (as swift as Time To seats of gods, were Ceremony slain.
Doth follow Motion) find th' eternal clime The Hours and Graces bore her glorious train ; Of his | free soul, whose living subject stood And all the sweets of our society
Up to the chin in the Pierian flood, Were spher'd and treasur'd in her bounteous And drunk to me half this Musæan story, eye.
Inscribing it to deathless memory: Thus she appear'd, and sharply did reprove Confer with it, and make my pledge as deep, Leander's bluntness in his violent love;
That neither's draught be consecrato to sleep; Told him how poor was substance without rites, Tell it how much his late desires I tender Like bills unsigu'd; desires without delights; (If yet it know not), and to light ** surrender Like meats unseason'd; like rank corn that My soul's dark offspring, willing it should die grows
To loves, to passions, and society. On cottages, that none or reaps or sows;
Sweet Hero, left upon her bed alone, Not being with civil forms confirm'd and Her maidenhead, her vows, Leander gone, bounded,
And nothing with her but a violent crow For human dignities and comforts founded; Of new-come thoughts, that yet she never knew, But loose and secret all their glories hide; Even to herself a stranger, was much like Fear fills the chamber, Darkness decks the bride. Th' Iberian citytt that War's hand did strike
She vanish'd, leaving piero'd Leander's heart With sense of his unceremonious part,
forked] V. R. "forged." In which, with plain neglect of nuptial rites,
this] Old eds. “her." He close and flatly fell to his delights:
i of) i. e. on.-V. R. "on." And instantly he vow'd to celebrate
§ het) i. e. beated.
ll ho] Spelt in the old eds. (as the word was often spelt All rites pertaining to his married state.
formerly) "how." The modern editors print “now." So up he gets, and to his father goes,
This) i. e Marlowe's. To whose glad ears he doth his vows disclose.
* it know not .... to light] V.R. “I know not ....
to delight." The nuptials are resolv'd with utmost power;
+ Th’ Iberian city) "Cadiz. The expedition against it And he at night would swim to Hero's tower, sailed June 1, 1596 ; and wils under the joint command of
Essex, and Lord Howard, the High Admiral of England;
assisted by the councils and presence of Lord Thomas she was all] V. R. “as she was."
Howard, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir F. Vere, Sir George | distinguishath] V. R. "extinguisheth."
Carew, and Sir Conyers Clifford." Ed. 1821.
By English force in princely Essex' guide, * Conceives a form, in seeking to display it Whent Peace assurd her towers bad fortified, Through all our cloudy parts, it doth convey it And golden-finger'd ludia had bestow'd
Forth * at the eye, as the most pregnant place, Such wealth on her, that strength and empire And that reflects it round about the face. flow'd
And this event, uncourtly Hero thought, Into her turrets, and her virgin waist
Her inward guilt would in her looks bave wrought; The wealthy girdle of the sea embrac'd ; # For yet the world's stale cunning she resistedi, Till our Leauder, that made Mars his Cupid, To bear foul thoughts, yet forge what looks she For soft love-suits, with iron thunders chid; And held it for a very silly sleight, (listed, Swum to her town, ş dissolvd her virgin || zone; To make a perfect metal counterfeit, Led in his power, and made Confusion
Glad to disclaim herself, proud of an art Run through her streets amaz'd, that she That makes the face a pandar to the heart. suppos'd
Those be thet painted moons, whose lights profane She had not been in her own walls enclos'd, Beauty's true heaven, at full still in their wane; But rapt by wonder to some foreign state,
Those be the lapwing-faces that still cry, Seeing all her issue so disconsolate,
“Here 'tis !" when that they vow is nothing nigh: And all her peaceful mansious possess'd
Base fools ! when every moorish fool I can teach With war's just spoil, and many a foreign guest
That which men think the height of human reach. From every corner driving an enjuger,
But custom, that the $ apoplexy is Supplying it with power of a destroyer.
Of bed-rid nature and lives led amiss, So far'd fair Hero in th' expugnèd fort
And takes away all feeling of offence, Of her chaste bosom; and of every sort
Yet braz'd not Hero's brow with impudence; Strange thoughts possess'd her, ransacking, her And this she thought most hard to bring to pass, breast
To seem in countenance other than she was, For that that I was not there, her wonted rest. As if she had two souls, one for the face, She was a mother straight, and bore with pain One for the heart, and that they shifted place Thoughts that spake straight, and wish'd their As either list to utter or conceal mother slain;
What they conceiv'd, or as one soul did deal She hates their lives, and they their own and
With both affairs at once, keeps and ejects hers :
Both at an instant contrary effects ; || Such strife still grows where sin the race prefers : Retention and ejection in her powers Love is a golden bubble, full of dreams,
Being acts alike; for this one vice of ours,
nance, And not shew that without, that was intire; *
Rules both our motion and our utterance. For as a glass is an inanimate eye,
These and more grave conceits toil'd Hero's And outward forms embraceth inwardly,
spirits; So is the eye an animate glass, that shews For, though the light of her discoursive wits In-forms without us; and as Phæbus throws Perhaps might find some little hole to pass His beams abroad, though he in clouds be clos'd, Through all these worldly cinctures, yet, alas ! Still glancing by them till he find oppos'd
There was a heavenly flame encompass'd her,A loose and rorid vapour that is fit
Her goddess, in whose fane she did prefer T event his searching beams, and useth it Her virgin vows, from whose impulsive sight To form a tender twenty-colourd eye,
She knew the black shield of the darkest night Cast in a circle round about the sky;
Could not defend her, nor wit's subtlest art: So when our fiery soul, our body's star,
This was the point pierc'd Hero to the beart; Į (That ever is in motion circular,)
* Forth| V.R.“ For."
the] V. R. "his." guide] "j. e. guidance." Ed. 1821.
I moorish fool] i. e. silly bird of the moor. —such as + When V. R “Whence."
the lapwing before alluded to.-(Since Chapman, like embrac d] V. R. “imblaste."
our other early poets, affects the repetition of words, we toron) Old eds. "townes,"
are forbidden to conjecture that here he wrote "moorish Il virgin) V. R.“virgins."
fowl") I that| V R. "which."
$ the) Omitted in one 4to. ** intire) "i e. within." Ed. 1821.
offres) V. R. "affects."