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This dismal cry rings sadly in her ear,
Through which it enters to surprise her heart,
Who, overcome by doubt and bloodless fear,
With cold pale weakness numbs each feeling part:
Like soldiers, when their captain once doth yield,
They basely fly, and dare not stay the field.
Thus stands fhe in a trembling ecstacy;
Till, chearing up her senses fore-dismay'd,
She tells them, 'tis a causeless fantasy,
And childish error that they are afraid ;
Bids them leave quaking, wills them fear no more ;-
Ánd with that word she spy'd the hunted boar;
Whose frothy mouth, bepainted all with red,
Like milk and blood being mingled both together,
A second fear through all her sinews spread,
Which madly hurries her she knows not whither ;
she runs, and now she will no further, But back retires, to rate the boar for murder.
A thousand spleens bear her a thousand ways ;
She treads the paths that she untreads again;
Her more than hafte is mated with delays,
Like the proceedings of a drunken brain ;
Full of respect, yet nought at all respecting,
In hand with all things, nought at all effecting.
Here kennel'd in a brake she finds a hound,
And asks the weary caitiff for his master;
And there another licking of his wound,
'Gainst venom'd fores the only sovereign plaster ;
And here she meets another fadly scowling,
To whom she speaks; and he replies with howling.
When he had ceas'd his ill-resounding noise,
Another flap-mouth'd mourner, black and griin,
Against the welkin vollies out his voice;
Another and another answer him,
Clapping their proud tails to the ground below,
Shaking their scratch'd ears, bleeding as they go.
Look, how the world's poor people are amazed
At apparitions, signs, and prodigies,
Whereon with fearful eyes they long have gazed,
Infusing them with dreadful prophecies ;
So she at these sad signs draws up her breath,
And, sighing it again, exclaims on death.
Hard-favour'd tyrant, ugly, meagre, lean,
Hateful divorce of love (thus chides she death)
Grim-grinning ghost, earth's worm, what dost thou mean
To stifle beauty, and to steal his breath,
Who when he liv’d, his breath and beauty set
Gloss on the rose, smell to the violet?
If he be dead,--O no, it cannot be,
Seeing his beauty, thou should'st strike at it-
thou hast no eyes to see, But hatefully at random dost thou hit.
Thy mark is feeble age; but thy false dart
Mistakes that aim, and cleaves an infant's heart.
Hadst thou but bid beware, then he had spoke,
And hearing him, thy power had lost his power.
The destinies will curse thee for this stroke ;
They bid thee crop a weed, thou pluck'st a flower.
Love's golden arrow at him should have fled,
And not death's ebon dart, to strike him dead.
Dost thou drink tears, that thou provok'st such weeping?
What may a heavy groan advantage thee?
Why hast thou cast into eternal sleeping
Those eyes that taught all other eyes to see?
Now Nature cares not for thy mortal vigour,
Since her best work is ruin'd with thy rigour.
Here overcome, as one full of despair,
She vail'd her eye-lids, who, like sluices, stopp'd
The crystal tide that from her two cheeks fair
In the sweet channel of her bosom droppid;
But through the flood-gates breaks the silver rain,
And with his strong course opens them again.
O how her eyes and tears did lend and borrow!
eyes seen in her tears, tears in her
Both crystals, where they view'd each other's sorrow,
Sorrow, that friendly sighs fought still to dry;
But like a stormy day, now wind, now rain,
Sighs dry her cheeks, tears make them wet again.
Variable passions throng her constant woe,
As striving which should best become her grief;
All entertain'd, each passion labours so,
That every present forrow seemeth chief,
But none is best; then join they all together,
Like many clouds consulting for foul weather.
By this, far off the hears some huntsman holla
A nurse's song ne'er pleas’d her babe so well:
The dire imagination she did follow
This found of hope doth labour to expell;
For now reviving joy bids her rejoice,
And flatters her, it is Adonis' voice.
Whereat her tears began to turn their tide,
Being prison'd in her eye, like pearls in glass;
Yet sometimes falls an orient drop beside,
Which her cheek melts, as scorning it should pass,
To wash the foul face of the sluttish ground,
Who is but drunken when she seemeth drown'd.
O hard-believing love, how strange it seems.
Not to believe, and yet too credulous !
Thy weal and woe are both of them extremes,
Despair and hope make thee ridiculous :
The one doth flatter thee in thoughts unlikely,
With likely thoughts the other kills thee quickly.
Now she unweaves the web that she had wrought;
Adonis lives, and death is not to blame;
It was not the that call’d him all to naught';
Now she adds honour to his hateful name ;
She clepes him king
grave Imperial supreme of all mortal things.
No, no (quoth she) sweet Death, I did but jest ;
Yet pardon me, I felt a kind of fear,
When as I met the boar, that bloody beast,
Which knows no pity, but is still fevere ;
Then, gentle shadow (truth I must confess)
I rail'd on thee, fearing my love's decease.
?Tis not my fault: the boar provok'd my tongue;
Be wreak'd on him, invisible commander ;
'Tis he, foul creature, that hath done thee wrong ;
I did but act, he's author of thy slander:
Grief hath two tongues, and never woman yet
Could rule them both, without ten women's wit.
Thus hoping that Adonis is alive,
Her rash fuspect she doth extenuate ;
And that his beauty may the better thrive,
With death she humbly doth infinuate;
Tells him of trophies, ftatues, tombs; and stories
His victories, his triumphs, and his glories.
O Jove, quoth she, how much a fool was I,
To be of such a weak and filly mind,
To wail his death, who lives, and must not die,
Till mutual overthrow of mortal kind!
For he being dead, with him is beauty flain,
And, beauty dead, black chaos comes again.
Fie, fie, fond love, thou art so full of fear,
As one with treasure laden, hemm'd with thieves;
Trifles, unwitnessed with eye or ear,
Thy coward heart with false bethinking grieves.
Even at this word she hears a merry horn,
Whereat she leaps, that was but late forlorn.
As faulcon to the lure, away she flies ;
The grass stoops not, she treads on it so light;
And in her hafte unfortunately spies
The foul boar's conquest on her fair delight;
Which seen, her eyes, as murder'd with the view,
Like stars alham'd of day, themselves withdrew.
Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit,
Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain,
And there, all smother'd up, in fhade doth fit,
Long after fearing to creep forth again;
So, at his bloody view, her eyes are fled
Into the deep dark cabins of her head,