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As Greece will think, if thus you live alone, Hero's looks yielded, but her words made war: Some one or other keeps you as his own.
Women are won when they begin to jar. Then, Hero, hate me not, nor from me fly, Thus, having swallow'd Cupid's golden book, To follow swiftly-blasting infamy.
The more she striv'd, the deeper was she strook : Perhaps thy sacred priesthood makes thee loath : Yet, evilly feigning anger, strove she still, Tell me, to whom mad'st thou* that heedless And would be thought to grant against her will. oath ?"
So having paus'd a while, at last she said, " To Venus," answer'd she; and, as she spake, “Who taught thee rhetoric to deceive a maid? Forth from those two tralucent + cisterns brake Ay me! such words as these should I abhor, A stream of liquid pearl, which down her face And yet I like them for the orator." Made milk-white paths, whereon the gods might With that, Leander stoop'd to have embrac'd
her, To Jove's high court. He thus replied: “The But from his spreading arms away she cast her, rites
And thus bespake him: “Gentle youth, forbear In which love's beauteous em press most delights, To touch the sacred garments which I wear. Are banquets, Doric music, midnight revel, Upon a rock, and underneath a hill, Plays, masks, and all that stern age counteth evil. Far from the town, (where all is whist and still, Thee as a holy idiot doth she scorn;
Save that the sea, playing on* yellow sand, For thou, in vowing chastity, hast I sworn Sends forth a rattling murmur to the land, To rob her name and honour, and thereby Whose sound allures the golden Morpheus Committ'st a sin far worse than perjury,
In silence of the night to visit us,) Even sacrilege against her deity,
My turret stands; and there, God knows, I play Through regular and formal purity.
With Venus' swans and sparrows all the day. To expiate which sin, kiss and shake bands : A dwarfish beldam bears † me company, Such sacrifice as this Venus demands."
That hops about the chamber where I lie, Thereat she sunil'd, and did deny him so, And spends the night, that might be better As puts thereby, yet might he hope for mo; ||
spent, Which makes him quickly reinforce his speech, In vain discourse and apish merriment:And her in humble manner thus beseech : Come thither.” As she spake this, her tongue “ Though neither gods nor men may thee
For unawares, “Come thither,” from her slipp'd; Yet for her sake, whom you have vow'd to serve, And suddenly her former colour chang'd, KAbandon fruitless cold virginity,
And here and there her eyes through anger The gentle queen of love's sole enemy.
Loving, not to love at all, and every part
Strove to resist the motions of her heart : Love, Hero, then, and be not tyrannous;
And hands so pure, so innocent, nay, such But heal the heart that thou hast wounded thus; As might have made Heaven stoop to have a Nor stain thy youthful years with avarice :
touch, Fair fools delight to be accounted nice. I
Did she uphold to Venus, and again The richest corn dies, if it be not reapt;
Vow'd spotless chastity; but all in vain; Beauty alone is lost, too warily kept."
Cupid beats down her prayers with his wings ; hege arguments he us'd, and many more ; Her vows about I the empty air he flings : Wherewith she yielded, that was won before. All deep enrag'd, his sinewy bow he bent,
And shot a shaft that burning from him went;
Wherewith she strooken, ş look'd so dolefully, mad'ut thou) V. R. “thou mad'st."
As made Love sigh to see his tyranny;
: hast) V. R. "hath."
on] V. R. "upon."
+ bars] V. R. "keepes." 1 mo) i. e. more. See noto *, p. 243.
I about) Old eds. "aboue." nice) i. e. coy.
$ 8'rooken) V. R. "stroken."
And, as she wopt, her tears to pearl he turn'd, (Maids are not won by brutish force and might, And wound them on his arm, and for her But speeches full of pleasure * and delight;) mourn'd.
And, knowing Hermes courted her, was glad Then towards * the palace of the Destinies, That she such loveliness and beauty had Laden with languishment and grief, he flies, As could provoke his liking; yet was mute, And to those stern nymphs humbly made and neither would deny nor grant his suit. request,
Still vow'd he love: she, wanting no excuse Both might enjoy each other, and be blest. To feed him with delays, as women use, But with a ghastly dreadful countenance, Or thirsting after immortality, Threatening a thousand deaths at every glance, (All women are ambitious naturally,) They answer'd Love, nor would vouchsafe so Impos'd upon her lover such a task, much
As he ought not perform, nor yet she ask; As one poor word, their hate to him was such : A draught of flowing nectar she requested, Hearken a while, and I will tell you why. Wherewith the king of gods and men is Heaven's wingèd herald, Jove-born Mercury,
feasted. The self-same day that he asleep had laid He, ready to accomplish what she will'd, Enchanted Argus, spied a country maid,
Stole some from Hebe (Hebe Jove's cup fill'd),
Than for the fire filch'd by Prometheus;
And thrusts him down from heaven. He, Yet proud she was (for lofty Pride that dwells
wandering here, In towerèd courts, is oft in shepherds' cells),
In mournful terms, with sad and heavy cheer, And too-too well the fair vermilion knew
Complain'd to Cupid : Cupid, for his sake, And silver tincture of her cheeks, that drew To be reveng'd on Jove did undertake; The love of every swain. On her this god
And those on whom heaven, earth, and hell Enamour'd
relies, Did charm her nimble feet, and made her stay,
I mean the adamantine Destinies, The while upon a I hillock down he lay,
He wounds with love, and forc'd them equally And sweetly on his pipe began to play,
To dote upon deceitful Mercury. And with smooth speech her fancy to assay,
They offer'd him the deadly fatal knife Till in his twining arms he lock'd her fast,
That shears the slender threads of human life, And then he woo'd with kisses; and at last,
At his + fair-feather'd feet the engines laid, As shepherds do, her on the ground he laid,
Which th' earth from ugly Chaos' den upweigh'd. And, tumbling in § the grass, he often stray'd These he regarded not; but did entreat Beyond the bounds of shame, in being bold That Jove, usurper of his father's seat, To eye those parts which no eye should behold; Might presently be banish'd into hell, And, like an insolent commanding lover,
And agèd Saturn in Olympus dwell. Boasting his parentage, would needs discover They granted wbat he crav'd; and once again The way to new Elysium. But she,
Saturn and Ops began their golden reign : Whose only dower was ber chastity,
Murder, rape, war, and I lust, and treachery, Having striven in vain, was now about to cry,
Were with Jove clos'd in Stygian empery. And crave the help of shepherds that were nigh. But long this blessed time continu'd not: Herewith he stay'd his fury, and began
As soon as he his wished purpose got, To give her leave to rise : away she ran;
He, reckless of his promise, did despise After went Mercury, who us'd such cunning,
The love of th' everlasting Destinies. As sbe, to hear his tale, left off her running; They, seeing it, both Love and him abhorr'd,
And Jupiter unto his place restord:
towards] V. R. “toward."
* pleasure] V. R. "pleasures."
and) Omitted in several 4tos.
And, but that* Learning, in despite of Fate, That Midas' brood shall sit in Honour's chair, Will mount aloft, and enter heaven-gate,
To which the Muses' sons are only heir; And to the seat of Jove itself advance,
And fruitful wits, that inaspiring are, Hermes had slept in hell with Ignorance.
Shall discontent run into regions far; Yet, as a punishment, they added this,
And few great lords in virtuous deeds shall joy That he and Poverty should always kiss ;
But be surpris'd with every garish toy, And to this day is every scholar poor :
And still enrich the lofty servile clown, Gross gold from them runs headlong to the Who with encroaching guile keeps learning boor.
down. Likewise the angry Sisters, thus deluded,
Then muse not Cupid's suit no better sped, To venge themselves on Hermes, have concluded | Seeing in their loves the Fates were injurdd.
THE SECOND SESTIAD.
The Argument of the Second Sestiad. He ask'd ; she gave; and nothing was denied ; Hero of love takes deeper sense,
Both to each other quickly were affied : And doth her love more recompense :
Look how their hands, so were their hearts Their first night's meeting, where sweet kisses
united, Are th' only crowns of both their blisse
And what he did, she willingly requited.
(Sweet are the kisses, the embracements sweet, Whose suit he shuns, and doth aspire
When like desires and like * affections meet; Hero's fair tower and his desire.
For from the earth to heaven is Cupid rais'd, By this, sad Hero, with love unacquainted,
Where fancy is in equal balance pais'd.+)
Yet she this rashness suddenly repented,
And turn'd aside, and to herself lamented,
As if ber name and honour had been wrong'd Wherewith, as one displeas'd, away she trips ; Yet, as she went, full often look'd behind,
By being possess’d of him for whom she long'd; And many poor excuses did she find
Ay, and she wish'd, albeit not from her heart,
That he would leave her turret and depart.
The mirthful god of amorous pleasure smil'd
To see how he this captive nymph beguilid; In offering parley, to be counted light :
For hitherto he did but fan the fire,
And kept it down, that it might mount the
higher. Thinking to train Leander therewithal. He, being a novice, knew not what she meant,
Now wax'd she jealous lest his love abated, But stay'd, and after her a letter sent;
Fearing her own thoughts made her to be hated. Which joyful Hero answer'd in such sort,
Therefore unto him hastily she goes, As he had hope to scale the beauteous fort
And, like light Salmacis, her body throws Wherein the liberal Graces lock'd + their wealth ; Upon his bosom, where with yielding eyes And therefore to her tower he got by stealth.
She offers up herself a sacrifice Wide-open stood the door; he need not climb;
To slake his anger, if he were displeas'd : And she herself, before the pointed time,
0, what god would not therewith be appeas'd ? Had spread the board, with roses strew'd the
Like Æsop's cock, this jewel he enjoy'd,
And as a brother with his sister toy'd, room, And oft look'd out, and mus'd he did not come.
Supposing nothing else was to be done, At last he came: 0, who can tell the greeting
Now he her favour and goodwill had won.
But know you not that creatures wanting sense,
* brut that] V. R. “ that but."
lock'd) V. R. "lock,"
' like] Omitted in several 4tos.
pais'd] i, e. weighed.
And, wanting organs to advance a step,
Now had the Morn espied her lover's steeds ; Whereat she starts, puts on her purple weeds, And, red for anger that he stay'd so long, All headlong throws herself the clouds among. And now Leander, fearing to be miss'd, Embrac'd her suddenly, took leave, and kiss'd : Long was he taking leave, and loath to go, And kiss'd again, as lovers use to do. Sad Hero wrung him by the band, and wept, Saying, “Let your vows and promises be kept": Then standing at the door, she turn'd about, As loath to see Leander going out.
And now the sun, that through th' horizon peeps, As pitying these lovers, downward :
creeps ; So that in silence of the cloudy nigh:, Though it was morning, did he take his flight. But what t the secret trusty night conceal’d, Leander's amorous habit soon reveal'd : With Cupid's myrtle was his bonnet crown'd, About his arms the purple riband wound, Wherewith she wreath d her largely-spreading
hair; Nor could the youth abstain, but he must wear The sacred ring wherewith she was endow'd, When first religious chastity she vow'd ; Which made his love through Sestos to be known, And thence unto Abydos sooner blown Than he could sail ; for incorporeal # Fame, Whose weight consists in nothing but her name, Is swifter than the wind, § whose tardy plumes Are reeking water and dull earthly fumes. Home when he came, he seem'd not to be
there, But, like exilèd air thrust from his sphere, Set in a foreign place ; and straight from thence, Alcides-like, by mighty violence, He would have chas'd away the swelling main, That him from her unjustly did detain. Like as the sun in a diameter Fires and inflames objects removed far, And heateth kindly, shining laterally ; So beauty sweetly quickens when 'tis || nigh, But being separated and remov'd, Burns where it cherish'd, murders where it lov'd. Therefore even as an index to a book, So to his mind was young Leander's look. O, none but gods have power their love to hide ! Affection by the countenance is descried ; The light of hidden fire itself discovers, And love that is conceal'd betrays poor lovers. His secret flame apparently was seen : Leander's father krew where he had been, And for the same mildly rebuk'd his son, Thinking to quench the sparkles new-begun. But love resisted once, grows passionate, And nothing more than counsel lorers hate; For as a hot proud horse highly disdains To have his head controllid, but breaks the reins,
* lep) i. e. leap,-for the rhyme.-V. R. “leap."
+ rushes] With which, before carpets were introduced, rooms used to be strewed. Our author was thinking here only of his own time.
1 pleasing) V. R. “pleasant."
§ he crave it] i. e. he craved it.-All the 4tos which I have seen read "he crau'd it."-The nodern editors print “he'd crave it." || being) V. R. “been."
'Tis] V. R. “ This." * use] V. R.“vsde."
* downward] V. R. "downewards."
10, none but gods have power) V. R. "O none haue power but gods."
Spits forth the ringled bit, and with his hoves * Upon his breast, his thighs, and every limb, Checks the submissive ground; so he that loves, And up again, and close beside him swim, The more he is restrain'd, the worse he fares : And talk * of love. Leander made reply, What is it now but mad Leander dares ?
“ You are deceiv'd; I am no woman, I.” “O Hero, Hero !” thus he cried full oft;
Thereat smil'd Neptune, and then told a tale, And then he got him to a rock aloft,
How that a shepherd, sitting in a vale, Where having spied her tower, long star'd he Play'd with a boy so lovely-fair + and kind, on't,
As for his love both earth and heaven pin'd; And pray'd the narrow toiling Hellespont That of the cooling river durst not drink, To part in twain, that he might come and go; Lest water-nymphs should pull him from the But still the rising billows answer'd, “No."
brink; With that, he stripp'd him to the ivory skin, And when he sported in the fragrant lawns, And, crying, “ Love, I come,” leap'd lively in : Goat-footed Satyrs and up-staring Fauns Whereat the sapphire-visag'd god grew proud, Would steal him thence. Ere half this $ tale And made his capering Triton sound aloud,
was done, Imagining that Ganymede, displeas'd,
“Ay me,” Leander cried, “th' enamour'd sun, Had left the heavens; therefore on him he seiz'd. That now should shine on Thetis' glassy bower, Leander striv'd; the waves about him wound, Decends upon my radiant || Hero's tower : And pull'd him to the bottom, where the ground 0, that these tardy arms of mine were wings !" Was strew'd with pearl, and in low coral groves And, as he spake, upon the waves he springs. Sweet-singing mermaids sported with their loves Neptune was angry that he gave no ear, On heaps of heavy gold, and took great pleasure and in his heart revenging malice bare : To spurn in careless sort the shipwreck treasure;+ He ilung at him his mace; but, as it went, For here the stately azure palace stood,
He call'd it in, for love made him repent: Where kingly Neptune and his train abode. The mace, returning back, his own hand hit, The lusty god embrac'd him, call'd him “ love," As meaning to be veng'd for darting it. And swore he never should return to Jove : When this fresh-bleeding wound Leander view'd, But when he knew it was not Ganymed,
His colour went and came, as if he ru'd For under water he was almost dead,
The grief which Neptune felt : in gentle breasts He heav'd him up, and, looking on his face, Relenting thoughts, remorse, and pity 1 rests; Beat down the bold waves with his triple mace, And who have hard hearts and obdurate minds, Which mounted up, intending to have kiss'd him, But vicious, hare-brain'd, and illiterate hinds ? And fell in drops like tears because they miss'd The god, seeing him with pity to be mord, him.
Thereon concluded that he was belov'd; Leander, being up, began to swim,
(Love is too full of faith, too credulous, And, looking back, saw Neptune follow him : With folly and false hope deluding us ;) Whereat aghast, the poor soul gan to cry,
Wherefore, Leander's fancy to surprise, “O, let me visit Hero ere I die !”
To the rich ocean for gifts he flies : The god put Helle's bracelet on his arm,
'Tis wisdom to give much ; a gift prevails And swore the sea should never do bim harm. When deep-persuading oratory fails. He clapp'd his plump I cheeks, with his tresses By this, Leander, being near the land, play'd,
Cast down his weary feet, and felt the sand. And, smiling wantonly, his love bewray'd; Breathless albeit he were, he rested not He watch'd his arms, and, as they open'd wide Till to the solitary tower he got; At every stroke, betwixt them would he slide, And knock'd, and callid : at which celestial noise And steal a kiss, and then run out and dance, The longing heart of Hero much more joys, And, as he turn'd, cast many a lustful glance, Than nymphs and shepherds when the timbrel And throw & him gaudy toys to please his eye,
rings, And dive into the water, and there pry
Or crooked dolphin when the sailor sings.
• talk) V. R. “talkt." • hoves) i. e. hoofs,-for the rhyme.
† 80 lovely-fair) V. R. "80 faire." t shipwreck treasure) V. R.“ shipwrackt treasure."
I up-staring) V. R. “vp-starting." 1 clapp'd his plump] V. R.“ claps his plumpt "(and
& this) V. R.“his." "plumpts ").
Il radiant) V. R. "raiant." & throw) Old eds. "threw."
remors, and pity) all but synonymes.