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Her robe was scarlet; black her head's attire ; Though she be none, as well as you suppress And through her naked breast shin'd streams of In modest cheeks your inward wantonness? fire,
How often have we drawn you from above, As when the rarified air is driven
T' exchange with mortals rites for rites in love ! In flashing streams, and opes the darken'd heaven. Why in your priest, then, call you that offence, In her white hand a wreath of yew she bore; That shines in you, and is * your influence ?" And, breaking th' icy wreath sweet Hero wore, With this, the Furies stopp'd Leucote's lips, She forc'd about her brows her wreath of yew, Enjoin'd by Venus; who with rosy whips And said, “Now, minion, to thy fate be true, Beat the kind bird. Fierce lightning from her Though not to me; endure what this portends : *
eyes Begin where lightness will, in shame it ends. Did set on fire fair Hero's sacrifice, Love makes thee cunning; thou art current now, Which was her torn robe and enforced hair; By being counterfeit: thy broken vow
And the bright flame became a maid most fair Deceit with her pied garters must rejoin,
For her aspect: her tresses were of wire, And with her stamp thou countenances must Koit like a not, where hearts, set allt on fire,
Struggled in pants, and could not get releast; Coyness, and pure + deceits, for purities,
Her arms were all with golden pincers drest, And still a maid wilt I seem in cozen'd eyes, And twenty-fashion'd knots, pulleys, and brakes, And have an antic face to laugh within,
And all her body girti with painted snakes ; While thy smooth looks make men digest thy sin. Her down-parts in a scorpion's tail combin'd, But since thy lips (least thought forsworn) for Freckled with twenty colours; pied wings sbin'd swore,
Out of her shoulders ; cloth had never dye, Be never virgin's vow worth & trusting more !" Nor sweeter colours never viewed eye,
When Beauty's dearest did her goddess hear In scorching Turkey, Cares, Tartary, Breathe such rebukes 'gainst that she could not Than shin'd about this spirit notorious ; clear,
Nor was Arachne's web so glorious, Dumb sorrow spake aloud in tears and blood, Of lightning and of shreds she was begot ; That from her grief-burst veins, in piteous flood, More hold in base dissemblers is there not. From the sweet conduits of her favour|| fell.
Her name was Eronusis. Il Venus flow The gentle turtles did with moans | make swell From Hero's sight, and at her chariot drew Their shining gorges; the white black-ey'd swans This wondrous creature to so steep a height, Did sing as woful epicedians,
That all the world she might command with As they would straightways die: when Pity's sleight queen,
Of her gay wings; and then she bade her baste.The goddess Ecte,** that had ever been
Since Hero had dissembled, and disgrac'd Hid in a ++ watery cloud near Hero's cries, Her rites so much,- and every breast infect Since the first instant of her broken eyes,
With her deceits: she made her architect
O, it spited With anger at her goddess, that did touch Fair Venus' heart to see her most delighted, Hero so pear for that she us'd so much;
And one she choos'd, for temper** of her mind, And, thrusting her white neck at Venus, said: To be the only ruler of her kind, “Why may not amorous Hero seem a maid,
* portend8] V. R. “protends."
Coyness, and pure) V. R. “Coyne, and impure." I wilt] V.R.“will." & vow worth] V. R. “vor with," and "now with," 11 favour) i. e. countenance.-V. R.“ sauor." | moans) V. R. " moane."
** Ecte] Derived, perhaps, rather from ixthz-(metaph. to let melt away, to pine away), than from olxtos (pity).
It a) V. R.“the."
* is) V. R. "in."
set all] V. R. "all set." I girt] V. R.“
"girdled." $ Cares. " Carer, or Karcis, a town of European Turkey, situate on Mount Athos."-Ed 1821.
|| Eronusix] One 4to. “Eronusius." The modern editors print “ Eronusus" : but compare tho Anjumont to this Sestiad, p. 294.—“A compound, probably, from ipo lovo) and vórus or rovoos lonue (discase, mischior, plague)" Ed. 1821
or] V. R. "por."
So soon to let her virgin race be ended !
pierce, Till the day's king, god of undaunted verse,
Because she was so plentiful a theme
Betwixt all this and Hero, Hero held
THE FIFTH SESTIAD.
The Argument of the Fifth Sestiad.
Day doubles her accustom'd date,
Now was bright Hero weary of the day,
Day was so long, men walking fell asleep; The heavy humours that their eyes did steep Made them fear mischiefs. The hard streets were
beds For covetous churls and for ambitious beads, That, spite of Nature, would their business ply: All thought they had the falling epilepsy, Men grovell’d so upon the smother'd ground; And pity did the heart of Heaven confound. The Gods, the Graces, and the Muses came Down to the Destinies, stay the frame Of the true lovers' deaths, and all world's tears: But Death before had stopp'd their cruel ears. All the celestials parted mourning then, Pierc'd with our human miseries more than men: Ah, nothing doth the world with mischief fill, But want of feeling one another's ill! With their descent the day grew something
fair, And cast a brighter robe upon the air. Hero, to shorten time with * merriment, For young Alcmanet and bright Mya I sent, Two lovers that had long crav'd marriage-dues At Hero's hands : but she did still refuse; For lovely Mya was her consort vow'd In ber maid § state, and therefore not allow'd
* in) V. R " for." † Sal] Altered by the modern editors to “Sat." But
may be a participle here.
* with] V. R. “ for."
Alemane) Qy. “Alemæon "? # Mya) “Qy. 'Maia '?"- Bd. 1821. $ maid] V. R. "maids."
And for her smallness they admir'd her so,
To amorous nuptials : yet fair Hero now
might, That, when her fault should chance t' abide the
light, Their loves might cover or extenuate it, And high in her worst fate make pity sit.
She married them; and in the banquet came, Borne by the virgins. Hero striv'd to frame Her thoughts to mirth : ay me! but hard it is To imitate a false and forced bliss ; Ill may a sad mind forge a merry face, Nor bath constrainèd laughter any grace. Then laid she wine on cares to make them
sink : Who fears the threats of Fortune, let him drink.
To these quick nuptials enter'd suddenly Admirèd Teras * with the ebon thigh; A nymph that haunted the green Sestian groves, And would consort soft virgins in their loves, At gay some triumphs and on solemn days, Singing prophetic elegies and lays, And fingering of a silver lute she tied t With black and purple scarfs by her left side. Apollo gave it, and her skill withal, And she was term'd his dwarf, she was so small : Yet great in virtue, for his beams enclos'd His virtues in her; never was propos'd Riddle to her, or augury, strange or new, But she resolv'd I it; never slight tale flew From her charm'd lips without important sense, Shown in some grave succeeding consequence.
This little sylvan, with her songs and tales, Gave such estate to feasts and nuptials, That though ofttimes she forewent tragedies, Yet for her strangeness still she pleas'd their $
The Tale of Teras. Hymen, that now is god of nuptial rites, And crowns with honour Love and his delights, Of Athens was a youth, 80 sweet of face, That many thought him of the female race; Such quickening brightness did his clear eyes
form and colour mix'd in Hymen's face; And such sweet concord was thought worthy
then Of torches, music, feasts, and greatest men: So Hymen look’d, that even the chastest mind He mov'd to join in joys of sacred kind; For only now his chin's first down consorted His head's rich fleece, in golden curls contorted; And as he was so lov'd, he lov'd so too: So should best beauties, bound by nuptials, do.
Bright Eucharis, who was by all men said The noblest, fairest, and the richest maid Of all th’ Athenian damsels, Hymen lov'd With such transmission, that his heart remov'd From his white breast to hers: but her estate, In passing his, was so interminate
• Teras) "Tipus, portentum."- Ed. 1821.
lute she tied, &c. ) i. e. lute which she tied, &c.
resolv'd] i. e. solved. $ their) V. R.“her."
* might) V. R "may." t eye) V. R. "eyes i afl'ections) V. R. "affection"
For wealth and honour, that his love durst feed Of zealous sacrifice, were made a prey
And with rude hands enforc'd their shining spoil, Hope of requital, the grand prize of love;
Far from the darken d city, tir'd with toil : Nor could he hear or see, but he must prove And when the yellow issue of the sky How his rare beauty's music would * agree Came trooping forth, jealous of cruelty With maids in consort; therefore robbed he To their bright fellows of this * under-heaven, His chin of those same few first fruits it bore, Into a double night they saw them driven,And, clad in such attire as virgins wore,
A horrid cave, the thieves' black mansion; He kept them company; and might right well, Where, weary of the journey they had gone, For he did all but Eucharis excel
Their last night's watch, and drunk with their In all the fairt of beauty : yet he wanted
sweet gains, Virtue to make his own desires implanted Dull Morpheus enter'd, laden with silken + chains, In bis dear Eucharis; for women never
Stronger than iron, and bound the I swelling veins Love beauty in their sex, but envy ever.
And tired senises of these lawless swains. His judgment yet, that durst not suit address, But when the virgin lights thus dimly burn'd, Nor, past due means, presume of due success, O, what a hell was heaven in! how they Reason gat Fortune in the end to speed
mourn'd, To his best prayers : but strange it seem'd, And wrung their hands, and wound their gentle indeed,
forms That Fortune should a chaste affection bless : Into the shapes of sorrow! golden storms Preferment seldom graceth bashfulness.
Fell froin their eyes; as when the sun appears, Nor grac'd it Hymen yet; but many a dart, And yet it rains, so shew'd their eyes their tears: And many an amorous & thought, enthrillid || his And, as when funeral dames watch a dead corse, heart,
Weeping about it, telling with remorse & Ere he obtain'd her; and he sick became,
What pains he felt, how long in pain he lay, Forc'd to abstain her sight; and then the flame How little food he eat, what he would say ; Rag'd in his T bosom. O, what grief did fill him! And then mix mournful tales of others' deaths, Sight made him sick, and want of sight did kill Smothering themselves in clouds of their own him.
breaths; The virgins wonder'd where Diætia stay'd, At length, one cheering other, call for wine; For so did Hymen term himself, a mad.
The golden bowl drinks || tears out of their
eyne, At length with sickly looks he greeted them : As they drink wine from it; and round it goes, 'Tis strange to see 'gainst what an extreme stream Each helping other to relieve their woes; A lover strives; poor Hymen look'd so ill, So cast these virgins' beauties mutual | rays, That as in merit he increased still
One lights another, face the face displays; By suffering much, so he in grace decreasid: Lips by reflection kiss'd, and bands hands shook, Women are most won, when men ** merit least : Even by the whiteness each of other took. If Merit look not well, Love bids stand by;
But Hymen now us'd friendly Morpheus' aid, Love's special lesson is to please the eye.
Slew every thief, and rescu'd every maid : And Hymen soon reco covering all he lost,
And now did his enamour'd passion take Deceiving still these maids, but himself most, Heart from his hearty deed, whose worth did His love and he with many virgin dames,
make Noble by birth, noble by beauty's flames,
His hope of bounteous Eucharis more strong; Leaving the town with songs and hallow'd lights, And now came Love with Proteus, who had long To do great Ceres Eleusina rites
Juggled the little god with prayers and gifts,
* would] V R. "will."
fair i. e. fairness.
prayers) Old eda. "prayes," "praies," 'preies," and pryes." $ an amorous) V. R. "enamorous." 11 enthrill'd] Old eds. "euthrald" and "inthrald."
hiil V. R. “her." ** men, Omitted in some 4toy.
* this) V. R. "the"
the V. R.“their."
To win Love's stay with him, and make him love With Love fought Hymen's beauty and his him;
valure,* And when he saw no strength of sleight could | Which scarce could so much favourt yet allure move him
To come to strike, but fameless idle stood : To make himn love or stay, he nimbly turn'd Action is fiery valour's sovereign good. Into Love's self, he so extremely burn'd.
But Love, once enter'd, wish'd no greater aid And thus came Love, with Proteus and his Than he could find within; thought thought power,
betray'd; T encounter Eucharis: first, like the flower The brib'd, but incorrupted, garrison That Juno's milk did spring,* the silver lily, Sung “ Io Hymen;" there those songs begun, He fell on Hymen's hand, who straight did spy And Love was grown so rich with such a gain, The bounteous godhead, and with wondrous joy And wanton with the ease of his free reign, Offer'd itt Eucharis. She, wondrous coy,
That he would turn into her roughest frowns Drew back her hand : the subtle flower did woo To turn them out; and thus he Hymen crowns it,
King of his thoughts, man's greatest empery: And, drawing it near, mix'd so you I could not This was his first brave step to deity. know it:
Home to the mourning city they repair, As two clear tapers mix in one their light, With news as wholesome as the morning air, So did the lily and the hand their white.
To the sad parents of each saved maid : She view'd it; and her view the form bestows But Hymen and his Eucharis bad laid Amongst her spirits; for, as colour flows This plat, I to make the flame of their delight From superficies of each thing we see,
Round as the moon at full, and full as bright. Even so with colours forms emitted be;
Because the parents of chaste Eucharis And where Love's form is, Love is; Love is Exceeding Hymen's so, might cross their bliss ; form:
And as the world rewards deserts, that law He enter'd at the eye; his sacred storm
Cannot assist with force; so when they saw Rose from the hand, Love's sweetest instrument: Their daughter safe, take vantage of their own, It stirr'd her blood's sea so, that high it went,
Praise Hymen's valour much, nothing bestown; And beat in bashful waves 'gainst the white Hymen must leave the virgins in a grove shore
Far off from Athens, and go first to prove, Of her divided cheeks; it rag'd the more,
If to restore them all with fame and life, Because the stide went 'gainst the baughty He should enjoy his dearest as his wife. wind
This told to all the maids, the s most agree : Of her estate and birth : and, as we find,
The riper sort, || knowing what 'tis to be In fainting ebbs, the flowery Zephyr hurls The first mouth of a news so far deriv'd, The green-hair'd Hellespont, broke in silver And that to hear and bear news brave folks liv'd. curls,
As being a carriage special hard to bear 'Gainst Hero's tower; but in his blast's retreat, Occurrents, these occurrents being so dear, The waves obeying him, they after beat,
They did with grace protest, they were content Leaving the chalky shore a great way pale,
Taccost their friends with all their compliThen moist freshly with another gale;
ment, So ebb'd and flow'd || in Eucharis's face,
For Hymen's good; but to incur their barm, Coyness and Love striv'd which had greatest There he must pardon them. This wit went
valure] "i. e. worth.” Ed. 1826. But is it not rathor The high contents desert and virtue moves. valour, the spelling being altered (as in several other
words throughout this proero) for the sake of the rhyme ? Compare the third line after this, and a later live in the
present col., “ Praise Hymen's valour much, nothing * spring) See note*, p. 297.
bestown." tit] V. R. "in."
favour] V. R. "valure." 1 you) V. R. "she."
plat) i. e. plan, scheme. –V. R. "plot." § the] V. R. “their.'
§ the) V. R.“ they.” ll Pow'd] V. R. “flood."
|| sort) Omitted in one 4to.