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Of duty back. See, here are ten,
The spirits of courts, and flower of men, ( Led on by me, with flam'd intents,
To figure the ten ornaments,
Of confidence, alacrity,
Here the first DANCE.
It was so airy, light, and good,
Or else himself into their blood.
Or seen the upper orbs to move?
Drawn back by Doubt, put on by Love.
And now like earth, themselves they fix,
But rather to his female eyes
Would die a destin'd sacrifice, Than live at home, and free.
Before they labours prove :
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.