Lapas attēli

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,
That do each courtly presence grace.
Nor will they rudely strive for place,
One to precede the other; but
As music them in form shall put,
So will they keep their measures true,
And make still their proportions new,
Till all become one harmony,
Of honour, and of courtesy,
True valour and urbanity,

Of confidence, alacrity,
w Of promptness, and of industry,

Hability, reality.
Nor shall those graces ever quit your court,
Or I be wanting to supply their sport.

Here the first DANCE.

This motion was of Love begot,

It was so airy, light, and good,
His wings into their feet he shot,

Or else himself into their blood.
But ask not how: the end will prove,
That Love's in them, or they're in Love.


Have men beheld the Graces dance,

Or seen the upper orbs to move?
So these did turn, return, advance,

Drawn back by Doubt, put on by Love.

And now like earth, themselves they fix,
Till greater pow'rs vouchsafe to mix
Their motions with them. Do not fear
You brighter planets of the sphere:
Not one male heart you see,

But rather to his female eyes

Would die a destin'd sacrifice, Than live at home, and free.


Give end unto thy pastimes, Love,

Before they labours prove :
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.

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