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FROM off a hill whose concave womb re-worded
Upon her head a platted hive of straw,
Oft did she heave her napkin to her eyne,
1 conceited] i. e. fanciful. 2 laund'riny) i. e. washing. 8 pelleted] i. e. made into pellets, balls.
Sometimes her levell d * eyes their carriage ride,
Her hair, nor loose, nor tyd in formal plat,
A thousand favours from a maund 8 she drew
Or folded schedules had she many a one,
4 levell d eyes, &c.] An allusion to a piece of ordnance. 5 sheav'd] i. e. straw. 6 maund] i.e. hand basket.
Bidding them find their sepulchres in mud;
These often bath'd she in her fluxive eyes, And often kiss'd, and often 'gano to tear; Cried, 0 false blood! thou register of lies, “What unapproved witness dost thou bear! " Ink would have seem'd more black and damned
here!” This said, in top of rage the lines she rents, Big discontent so breaking their contents.
A reverend man that graz’d his cattle nigh,
So slides he down upon his grained bat,11
* sleided ) i. e. raw, untwisted.
19 fancy) i.e. enamoured one: fancy occurs several times in this volume in the sense of love.
11 bat) i. e. club.
Her grievance with his hearing to divide :
“ Father,” she says, “ though in me you behold “ The injury of many a blasting hour, “Let it not tell your judgment I am old; “ Not age, but sorrow, over me hath power : “I might as yet have been a spreading flower, “ Fresh to myself, if I had self-applied “ Love to myself, and to no love beside.
“But woe is me! too early I attended “A youthful suit (it was to gain my grace) “Of one by nature's outwards so commended, “ That maiden's eyes stuck over all his face : “Love lack'd a dwelling, and made him her place ; “And when in his fair parts she did abide, “ She was new lodg'd, and newly deified.
" His browny locks did hang in crooked curls; “And every light occasion of the wind “Upon his lips their silken parcels hurls. “What's sweet to do, to do will aptly find : “ Each eye that saw him did enchant the mind; “For on his visage was in little drawn, “What largeness thinks in paradise was sawn.
"Small show of man was yet upon his chin;
wear; " Yet show'd his visage by that cost most dear; "And nice affections wavering stood in doubt “If best 'twere as it was, or best without.
“ His qualities were beauteous as his form, " For maiden-tongued he was, and thereof free; “Yet if men mov'd him, was he such a storm “ As oft 'twixt May and April is to see, “When winds breathe sweet,unruly though they be, “ His rudeness so with his authoriz'd youth, "Did livery falseness in a pride of truth.
“Well could he ride, and often men would say •That horse his mettle from his rider takes : Proud of subjection, noble by the sway, • What rounds, what bounds, what course, what
stop he makes ?' " And controversy hence a question takes, " Whether the horse by him became his deed, "Or he his manage by the well-doing steed.
" But quickly on this side the verdict went ;