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And now like earth, themselves they fix,
But rather to his female eyes
Give end unto thy pastimes, Love,
A little rest between,
Will make thy next shows better seen. Now let them close their eyes, and see If they can dream of thee,
Since morning hastes to come in view; And all the morning dreams are true.
A CHALLENGE AT TILT.] The title is from the first folio. The date of the marriage is not given, nor are the names of those in honour of whom the challenge took place. That they were of high distinction is certain, from the splendour of the court on the occasion, and the presence of the royal family. Many defiances of this kind are noticed in the life of prince Henry, who was much attached to these manly exercises, in which he was well skilled : Instead of contrasting the chariness of Milton on these occasions with the exuberance of Jonson, Warton might with far more justice have complained of the retentiveness of the latter. But he probably knew no more of him than he had picked up in casual reading: and, at any rate, he was sure to be on the popular side, in condemning him.
A CHALLENGE AT TILT.
THE DAY AFTER THE MARRIAGE.
The Court being in expectation, as before.
Enter two Cupids striving.
T is my right, and I will have it.
2 Cup. By what law or necessity? Pray you come back.
1 Cup. I serve the man, and the nobler creature.
2 Cup. But I the woman, and the purer; and therefore the worthier. Because you are a handful above me, do you think to get a foot afore me, sir? No; I appeal to you, ladies.
1 Cup. You are too rude, boy, in this presence. 2 Cup. That cannot put modesty in me, to make me come behind you though; I will stand for mine inches with you, as peremptory as an ambassador: ladies, your sovereignties are concerned in me; I am the wife's page.
I Cup. And I the husband's. 2 Cup. How!
1 Cup. Ha!