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“I'll sigh celestial breath, whose gentle wind “Shall cool the heat of this descending sun ;
“ I'll make a shadow for thee of my hairs; “ If they burn too, I'll quench them with my
“ The sun that shines from heaven shines but warm, “ And lo, I lie between that sun and thee; 6 The heat I have from thence doth little harm, “ Thine eye darts forth the fire that burneth me:
“And were I not immortal, life were done, “Between this heavenly and earthly sun.
“ Art thou obdurate, flinty, hard as steel, “Nay, more than flint, for stone at rain relenteth? “Art thou a woman's son, and canst not feel 6 What 'tis to love ? how want of love tormenteth ?
“O had thy mother borne so hard a mind, “ She had not brought forth thee, but died
“What am I, that thou shouldst contemn me this ? 8 “Or what great danger dwells upon my suit ? “What were thy lips the worse for one poor kiss ? “Speak, fair ; but speak fair words, or else be mute:
“ Give me one kiss, I'll give it thee again, “ And one for interest, if thou wilt have twain.
7 unkind] i. e. unnatural. 8 contemn me this] Is, I think, rightly explained by Malone, contemptuously refuse this favour that I ask.”
“ Fie, lifeless picture, cold and senseless stone, “ Well-painted idol, image, dull and dead, “ Statue, contenting but the eye alone, “ Thing like a man, but of no woman bred; “ Thou art no man, though of a man's com
plexion, “For men will kiss even by their own direction.”
This said, impatience chokes her pleading tongue,
speak, And now her sobs do her intendments' break.
Sometimes she shakes her head, and then his hand,
And when from thence he struggles to be gone,
Fondling,” she saith,“ since I have hemm'd thee “ Within the circuit of this ivory pale, [here, “ I'll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer ; “ Feed where thou wilt, on mountain or in dale .
“ Graze on my lips ; and if those hills be dry, “Stray lower, where the pleasant fountains lie.
9 intendments) i. e. intentions.
“ Within this limit is relief enough, “Sweet bottom-grass, and high delightful plain, “ Round rising hillocks, brakes obscure and rough, “ To shelter thee from tempest and from rain ;
“ Then be my deer, since I am such a park; “No dog shall rouse thee, tho’a thousand bark.”
At this Adonis smiles, as in disdain,
Fore-knowing well, if there he came to lie,
These lovely caves, these round-enchanting pits, Open'd their mouths to swallow Venus' liking : Being mad before, how doth she now for wits ? Struck dead at first, what needs a second striking ?
Poor queen of love, in thine own law forlorn, To love a cheek that smiles at thee in scorn !
Now which way shall she turn? what shall she say?
“ Pity”-she cries,—“ some favour-some re
Away he springs, and hasteth to his horse.
10 remorse) i. e. tenderness.
But lo, from forth a copse that neighbours by,
The strong-neck'd steed, being tied unto a tree,
Imperiously he leaps, he neighs, he bounds,
The iron bit he crushes 'tween his teeth, [der;
His ears up prick’d; his braided hanging mane
His eye, which scornfully glisters like fire,
Sometime he trots, as if he told the steps,
And this I do to captivate the eye
11 compass'd] i. e. arched. mane..
...stand] “Our author uses mane, as composed of many hairs, as plural.” MALONE.
What recketh he his rider's angry stir,
He sees his love, and nothing else he sees,
Look, when a painter would surpass the life,
So did this horse excell a common one,
Round-hoof'd, short-jointed, fetlocks shag and
long, Broad breast, full eye, small head, and nostril
wide, High crest, short ears, straight legs, and passing
strong. Thin mane, thick tail, broad buttock, tender hide :
Look what a horse should have, he did not lack, Save a proud rider on so proud a back.
Sometime he scuds far off, and there he stares ;
13 To bid the wind a base) i. e. to challenge the wind to contend with him in speed: base,-prison-base, or prison bars – was a rustic game, consisting chiefly in running.