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Who, heavy to the death, with a deep sigh, All her destroying thoughts; she thought she felt
And hand that lauguish'd, took a robe was nigh, His heart in hers, with her contentions melt,
Exceeding large, and of black cypres * made, And chide * her soul that it could so much err,
In which she sate, bid + from the day in shade, To check the true joys het deserv'd in her.
Even over head and face, down to her I feet; Her fresb-heat blood cast figures in her eyes,
Her left hand made it at her bosou meet,

And she suppos'd she saw in Neptune's skies Her right band lean'd on her heart-bowing knee,

How her star wander'd, wash'd in smarting brine, Wrapp'd in unshapeful folds, 'twas $ death to see;

For her love's sake, that with immortal wine Her knee stay'd that, and that her falling face; Should be embath'd, and swim in more heart's. Each limb help'd other to put on disgrace : No form was seen, where foru, held all her sight; | Than there was water in the Sestian seas. But, like an embryon that saw never light, Then said her Cupid-prompted spirit; “Shall I Or like a scorchèd statue made a coal

Sing moans to such delightsome I harmony? With three-wing'd lightning, or a wretched soul Shall slick-tongu'd Fame, patch'd up with voices Muffled with eudless darkness, she did sit :

rude, The night had never such a heavy spirit.

The drunken bastard of the multitude, Yet might a penetrating Il eye well see

(Begot when father Judgment is away, How fast her clear tears melted on her knee And, gossip-like, says because others § say, Through her black veil, and turn'd as black as it, Takes || news as if it were tvo hot to eat, Mourning to be her tears. Then wrought her wit And spits it slavering forth for dog-fees meat,) With her broke vow, her goddess' wrath, her Make me, for forging a fantastic vow, fame,

Presume to bear what makes grave matrons bow? All tools that enginous despair could frame: Good vows are never broken with good deeds, Which made her strew the floor with her torn For then good deeds were bad : vows are but seeds, hair,

And good deeds fruits ; even those good deeds And spread her mantle piece-meal in the air. Like Jove's son's club, strong passion struck ber

From other stocks than from th' observed vow. down,

That is a good deed that prevents a bad :
And with a piteous shriek enforc'd her swoun : 1 Had I not yielded, slain myself I had.
Her shriek made with another sbriek ascend Hero Leander is, Leander Hero;
The frighted matron that on her did tend;

Such virtue love hath to make one of two.
And as with her own cry her ** sense was slain, If, then, Leander did my maidenhead git, 11
So with the other it was call'd again.

Leander being myself, I still retain it: She rose, and to her bed made forcèd way,

We break chaste vows when we live loosely ever, And laid her down even where Leander lay;

But bound as we are, we live loosely never : And all this while the red sea of her blood Two constant lovers being join'd in one, Ebb’d with Leander : but now turn'd the flood, Yielding to one another, yield to none. And all her fleet of spirits came swelling in,

We know not how to vow till love unblind us, With child of rail,++ and did hot fight begin And vows made ignorantly never bind us. With those severe conceits she too much mark'd: Too true it is, that, when 'tis gone, men bate And here Leander's beauties were embark'd.

The joys as vain they took in love's estate: He came in swimming, painted all with joys,

But that's since they have lost the heavenly light Such as might sweeten hell: his thought destroys Should shew them way to judge of all things


that grow

• cypres) i. e, a fine kind of gauze, nearly the same as crape. (The word is variously spelt.)

f kid] V. R. "had."
I her] V. R. "the."
$ 'twas) V. R. " wag."

|| a penetrating) So the modern editors, most probably from conjecture. All the 4los which I have seen give "an imitating."

swoun) i. c, swoon. ** her] V. R.“the."

# With child of saill i. e. full of sail. The modern editors print " With crowd of sail."

chide] V. R. “chid."
the true joys he] V. R. "the true joyes she," and "tlint
true joyes she."

delightsome] V. R. "delightfull."
& others] V. R. "other.'
|| Tukes) V. R. “Take.

git) i. e. get-for the rhyme.

joys] Qy. “joy." on account of "'tis” in the pr. coding line ? but our early writers frequently make "it" refer to a plural substantive.

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When life is gone, death must implant bis terror: Beauty in heaven and earth this grace duth win, As death is foe to life, so love to error.

It supples * rigour, and it lessens sin. Before we love, how range we through this Thus, her sharp wit, her love, her secrecy, sphere,

Trooping together, made her wonder why Searching the sundry fancies hunted here ! She should not leave her bed, and to the temple; Now with desire of wealth transported quite

Her health said she must live; her


dissemble. Beyond our free humanity's delight;

She view'd Leander's place, and wish'd be were Now with ambition climbing falling towers, Turn'd to his place, so his place were Leander. Whose hope to scale, our fear to fall devours ; "Ay me,” said she, "that love's sweet life + and Now rapt with pastimes, pomp, all joys impure: In things without us no delight is sure. Should do it harm! my love had I not gone But love, with all joys crown'd, within doth sit:

hence, O goddess, pity love, and pardon it !”

Had he been like his place : O blessed place, Thus + spake she I weeping: but her goddess' | Image of constancy! Thus my love's grace

Parts no where, but it leaves something behind Burn'd with too stern a heat, and would not hear. Worth observation : he renowns his kind : Ay me! hath heaven's strait fingers no more His motion is, like heaven's, orbicular, graces

For where he once is, he is ever there. For such as Hero $ than for homeliest faces ? This place was mine ; Leander, now 'tis thine; Yet she || bop'd well, and in her sweet conceit Thou being myself, then it is double mine, Weighing herarguments, she thought them weight, Mine, and Leander's mine, Leauder's mine. And that the logic of Leander's beauty,

O, see what wealth it yields me, nay, yields bim! And them together, would bring proofs of duty; For I am in it, he for me doth swim. And if her soul, that was a skilful glance

Rich, fruitful love, that, doubling self estates, Of heaven's great essence, found such imperance T Elixir-like contracts, though separates ! In her love's beauties, she had confidence

Dear place, I kiss thee, and do welcome thee, Jove lov'd him too, and pardon'd her offence : As from Leander ever sent to me."



Inflaming Hero's sacrifice
With lightning darted from her eyes ;
And thereof springs the painted beast
That ever since taints every breast.

The Argument of the Fourth Sestiad.
Hero, in sacred habit deckt,
Doth private sacrifice effect.
Her scarf's description, wrought by Fate;
Ostents that threaten her estate;
The strange, yet physical, events,
Leander's counterfeit ** presents.
In thunder Cyprides descends,
Presaging both the lovers' ends:
Ecte, the goddess of reinorse, it
With vocal and articulate force
Inspires Leucrte, Venus' swan,
T excuse the beauteous Sestian.
Venus, to wreak her rites' abuses,
Creates the monster Eronusis, 11

Now from Leander's place she rose, ş and found
Her hair and rent robe scatter'd on the ground;
Which taking up, she every piece did lay
Upon an || altar, where in youth of day
She us'd t'exbibit private sacrifice:
Those would she offer to the deities
Of her fair goddess and her powerful son,
As relics of her late-felt passion;
And in that boly sort sbe vow'd to end them,
In hope her violent fancies, that did rend them,
Would as quite fade in her love's holy fire,
As they should in the flames she meant t' inspire.

" things) V. R. “thing."

Thus) A. R. "This." I she] Old eds. "he." $ such as Hero) V. R. "such a Hero," and "such Hero." ll she] V. R. "he." | imperance) i. e. command, power. ** counterfeit] i. e. picture. It remorse) i. e. pity. 1: Bronusis) V. R. “Erouosus.'

supples) V. R. “supplies."

lite) V. R. "Joue."

had) V. R. "hath," § roxe) V. R “arose." || an) V. R. "the."

Then put she on all her religious weeds,

Scarce could she work, but, in her strength of Tbat deck'd her in her secret sacred deeds;

thought, A crown of icicles, that sun nor fire

She fear'd she prick’d Leander as she wrought, ** Could ever melt, and figur'd chaste* desire ; And oft would shriek so, that her guardian, A golden star shin'd in + her naked breast,

frighted, In honour of the queen-light of the east. Would staring haste, as with some mischief cited: In ber right hand she held a silver wand, They double life that dead things' grief + sustain; On whose bright top Peristera I did stand, They kill that feel not their friends' living pain. Who was a nymph, but now transform'd a dove, Sometimes she fear'd he sought her infamy; And in her life was dear in Venus' love ;

And then, as she was working of his eye, And for her sake she ever since that time She thought to prick it out to quench her ill ; Choos’d doves to draw her coach through heaven's But, as she prick’d, it grew more perfect still : blue clime.

Trifling attempts no serious acts advance; Her plenteous hair in curlèd billows swims The fire of love is blown I by dalliance. On her bright shoulder : her harmonious limbs In working his fair neck she did so grace it, Sustain'd no more but a most $ subtile veil, She still was working her own arms t'embrace it: That hung on them, as it durst not assail That, and his shoulders, and his hands were seen Their different concord; for the weakest air Above the stream; and with a pure sea-green Could raise it swelling from her beauties|| fair; She did so quaintly shadow every limb, Nor did it cover, but adumbrate only

All might be seen beneath the waves to swim. Her most heart-piercing parts, that a blest eye In this conceited scarf she wrought beside Might see, as it did shadow, fearfully,

A moon in change, and shooting stars did glide All that all-love-deserving paradise :

In number after her with bloody beams; It was as blue as the most freezing skies ; Which figur'd her affects $ in their extremes, Near the sea's hue, for thence her goddess came: Pursuing nature in her Cynthian body, On it a scarf she wore of wondrous frame; And did her thoughts running on change imply; Io midst whereof she ** wrought a virgin's face,

For maids take more delight,ll when they prepare, From whose each cheek a fiery blush did chase And think of wives' states, than when wives they Two crimson flames, that did two ways extend, Spreading the ample scarf to either end;

Beneath all these she wrought a fisherman, 1 Which figur'd the division of her mind,

Drawing his nets from forth the ocean ; Whiles yet she rested bashfully inclin'd,

Who drew so hard, ye might discover well And stood not resolute to wed Leander;

The toughen'd sinews in bis neck did swell : This serv'd her white neck for a purple sphere, His inward strains drave tf out his blood-sbot And cast itself at full breadth down her back :

eyes, There, since the first breath that begun the wrack And springs of sweat did in his forehead rise ; Of her free quiet from Leander's lips, She wrought a sea, in one flame, full of ships ; But that one ship where all her wealth did pass,

* She fear'd she prick'd Leander as she wrought] This Like simple merchants' goods, Leander was; conceit was suggested to Chapman by a passage in For in that sea she naked figur'd him;

Skelton's Phyllyp Sparowe; Her diving needle taught him how to swim,

“But whan I was sowing his beke,

Methought, my sparow did speke, And to each thread did such resemblance give,

And opened his prety byll, For joy to be so like him it did live:

Saynge, Mayd, ye are in wyll Things senseless live by art, and rational die

Agayne me for to kyll, By rude contempt of art and industry.

Ye prycke me in the head."

Works, 1, 57, ed. Dyce. + grief ] V R. "griefes." : bloron] V. R. "drawne."

$ affects] "i.e. affections." Ed. 1821. * chase) V. R. "strange."

|| delight) V. R. "delights." tin) i. e. on. See note t, p. 17.

Beneath all these she wrought a fisherman, &c.) This Peristera) Gr. Tipuotipa (a dove).

description of the fisherman, as well as the picture $ most | V. R. "more.'

which follows it, are borrowed (with alterations) from 1 beauties) V. R. "beauteous."

the First Idyl of Theocritus. fo) V. R.“ from."

** thr] V. R. "that." ** she] The moderu editors print "sho'd."

It drave) V. R. “ drue" (and "drew.")


Yet was of naught but of a serpent sped, Unsavoury fumes, that air with plagues inspir il;
That in his bosom flew and stung* him dead : And then the consecrated sticks she fir'd,
And this by Fate into her mind was sent, On whose pale flame an angry spirit flew,
Not wrought by mere instinct of her intent. And beat it down still as it upward grew;
At the scarf's other end her hand did frame, The virgin tapers that on th' altar stood,
Near the fork'd + point of the divided flame, When she inflam'd them, burn'd as red as
A country virgin keeping of a vine,

blood ; * Who did of hollow bulrushes combine

All sad ostents of that too near success, t Snares for the stubble-loving grasshopper, That made such moving beauties motionless. And by her lay her scrip that nourish'd her. Then Hero wept; but ber affrighted eyes Within a myrtle shade she sate and sung ; She quickly wrested from the sacrifice, And tufts of waving I reeds about her sprung, Shut them, and inwards for Leander look'd, Where lurk'd two foxes, that, while she applied Search'd ber soft bosom, and from thence she Her trifling snares, their thieveries did divide,

plucka One to the vine, another to her scrip,

His lovely picture: which when she had view'd, That she did negligently overslip;

Her beauties were with all love'st joys renew'd; By which her fruitful vine and wholesome fare The odours sweeten'd, and the fires buru'd clear, She suffer'd spoil'd, $ to make a childish snare. Leander's form left no ill object there : These ominous fancies did her soul express, Such was his beauty, that the force of light, And every finger made a prophetess,

Whose knowledge teacheth wonders infinite, To shew what death was hid in love's disguise, The strength of number and proportion, And make her judgment conquer Destinies. Nature had plac'd in it to make it known, O, what sweet forins fair ladies' souls do shroud, Art was her daughter, and what buman wits Were they made seen and forced through their For study lost, entomb'd in drosey spirits. blood;

After this accident, (which for her glory If through their beauties, like rich work through Hero could not but make a history,) lawn,

Th' inhabitants of Sestos and Abydos They would set forth their minds with virtues Did every year, with feasts propitious, drawn,

To fair Leander's picture sacrifice: In letting graces from their fingers iy,

And they were persons of especial price To still their eyas || thoughts with industry; That were allow'd it, as an ornament That their plied wits in number'd silks might IT enrich their houses, for the continent sing

Of the strange virtues all approv'd it held; Passion's huge conquest, and their needles For even the very look of it repellid leading

All blastings, witchcrafts, and the strifes of Affection prisoner through their own-built cities,

nature Pinion'd with stories and Arachnean ditties. In those diseases that no herbs could cure : Proceed we now with Hero's sacrifice :

The wolfy sting of avarice it would pull, She odours burn'd, ** and from their smoke did And make the rankest miser bountiful; rise

It kill'd the fear of thunder and of death;
The discords that conceits engendereth

'Twixt man and wife, it for the time would cense; stung) V. R. "fung."

The Aames of love it quench'd, and would fork'd] V. R.“ forke." waving! V. R.“wauering."

increase ; $ spoil/l] “i. e. to be spoil'd." Bd. 1821.

Held in a prince's hand, it would put out Il eyas] Spelt in the old eds. "yas." The substantive

The dreadful'st comet; it would easell all doubt eyas, -a young hawk, just taken from the nest,-is of common occurrence But, except in the present passage,

Of threaten'd mischiefs; it would bring asleep and in the following line of Spenser's Hymn of Heavenly Such as were mad; it would enforce to weep Love, I do not recollect to have met with the adjective eyas, – “ Ere flitting Time could wag his eyas wings ; ”

them, burn'd as red as blood) V. R. " them, burn'd as i. e. unfledged wings. To determine the exact sense in blood," and "them, then th:y burndax blood." which Chapman uses the word, is not so easy: gy. Are + success) " i. e. succeeding event." Bd. 1821. we to understand it as equivalent testless ?

I lov'] V R "love." I might) V. R. “must.”

& conerit i. e. fancy. imagination.-V. R." conceits ** burn'd) V. R. “burne.”

lleuse V.R. "eud."

Most barbarous eyes; and many more effects O lovely Hero, nothing is thy sin, This picture wrought, and sprung Leandriant Weigh’d with those foul faults other priests sects;

are in ! Of which was Hero first; for he whose form, That having neither faiths, nor works, nor Held in her hand, clear'd such a fatal storm,

beauties, From bell she thought his I person would defend To engender* any 'scuset for slubber'd duties, her,

With as much countenance fill their holy chairs, Which night and Hellespont would quickly send And sweat denouncements I gaiust profane her.

affairs, With this confirm'd, she vow'd to banish quite As if their lives were cut out by their places, All thought of any check to her delight; And they the only fathers of the graces. And, in contempt of silly basbfulness,

Now, as with settled mind she s did repair She would the faith of her desires profess, Her thoughts to sacrifice her ravish'd hair Where her religion should be policy,

And her torn robe, which on the altar lay, To follow love with zeal her piety;

And only for religion's fire did stay, Her chamber her cathedral-church shouldş be, She heard a thunder by the Cyclops beaten, And her Leander her chief deity ;

In such a volley || as the world did threaten, For in her love these did the gods forego; Given Venus as she parted th' airy sphere, And though her kuowledge did not teach her so, Descending now to chide with Hero here : Yet did it teach her this, that what her heart When suddenly the goddess' waggoners, Did greatest hold in her self-yreatest part, The swans and turtles that, in coupled pheres, 11 That she did make her god; and 'twas less naught Through all worlds' bosoms draw her influence, To leave gods in profession and in thought, Lighted in Hero's window, and from thence Than in her love and life; for therein lies To her fair shoulders flew the gentle doves,Most of her duties and their diguities;

Graceful Ædone ** that sweet pleasure loves, And, rail the brain-bald world at what it will, And ruff-foot Chrestett with the II tufted That's the grand atheisin that reigns in it still.

crown; Yet singularity she would use no more,

Both which did kiss her, though their goddess For she was singular too much before;

frown. But she would please the world with fair pretext; | The swans did in the solid food, her glass, Love would not leave her conscience perplext: Proin their fair plumes ; $8 of which the fairest Great inen that will have less do for them, still Must bear them out, though th' acts be ue'er Jove-lov'd Leucote,lIlI that pure brightness is ; 80 ill;

The other bounty-loving Dapsilis. 14 Meanness must pander be to Excellence |l; All were in heaven, now they with Hero were: Pleasure atones | Falsehood and Conscience: But Venus' looks *** brought wrath, and urgèd Dissembling was the worst, thought Hero then,

fear. And that was best, now she ** must live with men. O virtuous love, that taught her to do best

T'engender] V. R. "T'engendred."

'scuse) i. e. excuse. --V. R “sense,” and “ feuce." When she did worst, and when she thought it

denouncements) V. R. "deuouncement." least !

she) V. R."

"they." Thus would she still proceed in works divine,

|| volley) V. R.“valley."

coupled pleres) Phere or fere means--a companion, a Aud in her sacred state of priesthood shine,

mate, a wife, or husband. The word seems to be used Handling the holy rites with hands as bold, here, rather awkwardly, for pairs. As if therein she did Jove's thunder hold,

** Ædone] Gr. “dový (pleasure). Aud need not fear those menaces of error,

it Chreste) I know not to what Greek word the deriva

tion of this name can be referred; surely, not to proto, Which she at others threw with greatest terror.

Was not Chapman thinking of the Latin - Crista, cristatru ?

11 the] V. R. "a. * sprung) i. e. caused to spring, produced.

$$ Proin their fair plumes) V. R.“ Proyme thir plurner," Leandrian) V. R “Leanders.'

and “ Proine vp their plumes."--Proin, i. e. prune, stress; I his) V. R. "her."

-the word means properly-to pick out damaged or show VR "sball."

siperfluous feathers. Excellenrel V. R.“ Excellencie."

11! Leucotel Gr. hazás (white); Atuxórms (whiteness). atonex) i. e reconciles.

11 Dapsilis) Gr. dabodas (abundant, plentitul). * now she] V. R. " she now."

looks) V. R. "looke."


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