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In surly groans disdains the treble's grace;
The high-perch'd treble chirps at this, and chides
Until his finger-moderator-hides
And closes the sweet quarrel, rousing all,

Hoarse, shrill, at once: as when the trumpets call
Hot Mars to th' harvest of death's field, and woo
Men's hearts into their hands; this lesson, too,
She gives him back, her supple breast thrills out
Sharp airs, and staggers in a warbling doubt
Of dallying sweetness, hovers o'er her skill,
And folds in waved notes, with a trembling bill,
The pliant series of her slippery song;

Then starts she suddenly into a throng
Of short thick, sobs, whose thund'ring vollies float
And roll themselves over her lubric throat
In panting murmurs, 'still'd out of her breast,
That ever-bubbling spring, the sugar'd nest
Of her delicious soul, that there does lie
Bathing in streams of liquid melody,-
Music's best seed-plot; when in ripen'd airs
A golden-headed harvest fairly rears


His honey-dropping tops, plough'd by her breath,
Which there reciprocally laboureth. //
In that sweet soil it seems a holy quire
Founded to th' name of great Apollo's lyre;
Whose silver roof rings with the sprightly notes
Of sweet-lipp'd angel-imps, that swill their throats
In cream of morning Helicon; and then

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Prefer soft anthems to the ears of men,

To woo them from their beds, still murmuring

That men can sleep while they their matins sing ;



Most divine service! whose so early lay
Prevents the eyelids of the blushing day.
There might you hear her kindle her soft voice
In the close murmur of a sparkling noise,
And lay the ground-work of her hopeful song;
Still keeping in the forward stream so long,
Till a sweet whirlwind, striving to get out,
Heaves her soft bosom, wanders, round about,
And makes a pretty_earthquake in her breast ;
Till the fledged notes at length forsake their nest,
Fluttering in wanton shoals, and to the sky,
Wing'd with their own wild echos, pratt'ling fly.

opes the floodgate, and lets loose a tide
Of streaming sweetness, which in state doth ride
On the waved back of every swelling strain,
Rising and falling in a pompous train ;
And while she thus discharges a shrill peal
Of flashing airs, she qualifies their zeal
With the coolepode of a graver note ;
Thus high, thus low, as if her silver throat
Would reach the brazen voice of war's hoarse bird ;
Her little soul is ravishd: and so pour'd
Into loose ecstasies, that she is placed
Above herself-music's enthusiast !
Shame now and


mixed a double stain
In the musician's face ; yet once again,
Mistress, I come. Now reach a strain, my lute,
Above her mock, or be for ever mute;
Or tune a song of victory to me,
Or to thyself sing thine own obsequy !
So said, his hands sprightly as fire he flings,


And with a quivering coyness tastes the strings :
The sweet-lipp'd sisters, musically frighted,
Singing their fears, are fearfully delighted :
Trembling as when Apollo's golden hairs
Are fann'd and frizzled in the wanton airs
Of his own breath, which, married to his lyre,
Doth tune the spheres, and make heaven's self look higher;
From this to that, from that to this, he flies,
Feels music's pulse in all her arteries ;
Caught in a net which there Apollo spreads,
His fingers struggle with the vocal threads,
Following those little rills, he sinks into
A sea of Helicon ; his hand does go
Those parts of sweetness which with nectar drop,
Softer than that which pants in Hebe's cup:
The humourous strings expound his learned touch
By various glosses ; now they seem to grutch
And murmur in a buzzing din, then gingle
In shrill-tongued accents, striving to be single ;
Every smooth turn, every delicious stroke,
Gives life to some new grace: thus doth he invoke
Sweetness by all her names; thus, bravely thus-
Fraught with a fury so harmonious
The lute's light Genius now does proudly rise,
Heaved on the surges of swoll'n rhapsodies,
Whose flourish, meteor-like, doth curl the air
With flash of high-born fancies ; here and there
Dancing in lofty measures, and anon
Creeps on the soft touch of a tender tone,
Whose trembling murmurs, melting in wild airs,
Run to and fro, complaining his sweet cares ;



Because those precious mysteries that dwell
In music's ravish'd soul he dare not tell,
But whisper to the world: thus do they vary
Each string his note, as if they meant to carry
Their master's blest soul, snatch'd out at his ears
By a strong ecstasy, through all the spheres
Of music's heaven; and seat it there on high
In th' empyræum of pure harmony.

At length-after so long, so loud a strife
Of all the strings, still breathing the best life
Of blest variety, attending on

His fingers' fairest revolution,

In many a sweet rise, many as sweet a fall—
A full-mouth'd diapason swallows all.

This done, he lists what she would say to this;
And she, although her breath's late exercise
Had dealt too roughly with her tender throat,
Yet summons all her sweet powers for a note.
Alas, in vain! for while, sweet soul, she tries
To measure all those wild diversities

Of chatt'ring strings, by the small size of one
Poor simple voice, raised in a natural tone,
She fails; and failing, grieves; and grieving, dies ;-
She dies, and leaves her life the victor's prize,
Falling upon his lute. O, fit to have-
That lived so sweetly-dead, so sweet a grave!



AITHLESS and fond mortality,
Who will ever credit thee?

Fond and faithless thing ! that thus
In our best hopes beguilest us,
What a reckoning hast thou made
Of the hopes in him we laid !
For life by volumes lengthened,
A line or two to speak him dead.
For the laurel in his verse,
The sullen cypress o'er his hearse.
For a silver-crowned head,
A dirty pillow in death's bed.
For so dear, so deep a trust,
Sad requital, thus much dust!
Now though the blow that snatch'd him hence
Stopp'd the mouth of eloquence,
Though she be dumb e'er since his death,
Not used to speak but in his breath ;
Yet if, at least, she not denies
The sad language of our eyes,
We are contented ; for than this
Language none more fluent is.
Nothing speaks our grief so well,
As to speak nothing. Come, then, tell
Thy mind in tears, whoe'er thou be
That ow'st a name to misery ;

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