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Yet at my parting sweetly did she smile, In scorn or friendship, nill I construe whether; 'Tmay be, she joy'd to jest at my exile, 'Tmay be, again to make me wander thither: "Wander," a word for shadows like myself, As take the pain, but cannot pluck the pelf.
Ard, how mine eyes throw gazes to the east!
While Philomela sits and sings, I sit and mark,
Pack night, peep day; good day, of night now borrow: Short, night, to-night, and length thyself to-morrow.
Whenas thine eye hath chose the dame,
Take counsel of some wiser head,
But plainly say thou lov'st her well,
The strongest castle, tower, and town,
When time shall serve, be thou not slack
And twice desire, ere it be day,
That which with scorn she put away. What though she strive to try her strength, And ban and brawl, and say thee nay, Her feeble force will yield at length, When craft hath taught her thus to say,"Had women been so strong as men, In faith, you had not had it then." The wiles and guiles that women work, Dissembled with an outward show, The tricks and toys that in them lurk, The cock that treads them shall not know. Have you not heard it said full oft, A woman's nay doth stand for naught? Think women love to match with men, And not to live so like a saint: Here is no heaven; they holy then Begin, when age doth them attaint. Were kisses all the joys in bed, One woman would another wed. But, soft enough,-too much I fear; For if my mistress hear my song, She will not stick to ring mine ear, To teach my tongue to be so long: Yet will she blush, here be it said, To hear her secrets so bewray'd.
As it fell upon a day,
Which a grove of myrtles made,'
Beasts did leap, and birds did sing,
Trees did grow, and plants did spring;
Everything did banish moan,
Save the nightingale alone:
She, poor bird, as all forlorn,
Lean'd her breast up-till a thorn,
And there sung the dolefull'st ditty,
That to hear her so complain,
Senseless trees, they cannot hear thee;
All thy friends are lapp'd in lead;
Whilst as fickle Fortune smiled,
Is no friend in misery.
Words are easy, like the wind;
Faithful friends are hard to find:
Every man will be thy friend,
Whilst thou hast wherewith to spend;
But if store of crowns be scant,
They have him at commandèment:
THE PHOENIX AND TURTLE.
(From the additional poems to CHESTER'S Love's Martyr, or Rosalin's Complaint, 1601.)
LET the bird of loudest lay,
To whose sound chaste wings obey.
But thou, shrieking harbinger,
To this troop come thou not near.
From this session interdict
Let the priest in surplice white,
Property was thus appall'd,
Beauty, truth, and rarity,
Death is now the phoenix's nest;
Truth may seem, but cannot be ;
To this urn let those repair
For these dead birds sigh a prayer.
Approved, seen, experienced, worthy.
Aqua vile, whisky.
Argosies, ships laden with rich cargoes.
Argument, subject, conversation, proof.
Articulated, shewn in articles.
Ate, the goddess of discord.
Baccare, stand back.
Balk, to pile.
Balm, oil of consecration.
Banbury cheese, nothing but paring
Bandy, drive smartly.
Base, a challenge, a rustic game called prison-base, dishonoured. Bases, armour for the legs.
Basilico, a character in an old drama.
Bate, flutter, contention.
Bedlam, a madman.
Beg us, to beg the wardship of us.
Besmirch, discolour, stain.
Beteem, bestow, suffer.
Bezonian, shabby fellow.
Biggin, a cap.
Bilbo, from Bilboa, renowned for its
Bill, a weapon.
Bills, orders, instructions.
Birth-hour's blot, bodily blemishes.
Bisson rheum, hot blinding tears.
Blank, aim, object.
Blench, to flinch, to swerve, to fly
Blent, mixed together.
Block, shape, or fashion of a hat.
Blood, impulse, disposition, passion.
Blossoms, the flower of the nobility.
Bobb, to fish, to trick.
Bolt, a short arrow.
Bolting-hutch, receptacle in which flour is separated from bran.
Bombast, the padding of clothes.
Boot, profit, something more, refusal.
Boots, a rustic sportive punishment.
Bourn, limit, confine, place.
Bed of Ware, a bed which held forty Bravery, finery.
Carlot, churl, peasant.
Carracks, ships of great burden.
Carry coals, submit to any indignity.
Castilian, cant term for Spaniard. Cataian, a lying sharper, romancer. Cat the adage, "the cat would eat fish, and would not wet her feet." Catlings, lute strings. Cautelous, cautious, insidious. Caviare, a Russian delicacy made of the roe of sturgeons, and limited in its use to the nobility, therefore too good for the common people. Cease, perish.
Censure, judgment, opinion, sen
Centre, the world.
Century, a company of a hundred
Cherry-pit, a boyish game.
Cheveril, a kid, elastic leather.
Chide, echo, resound.
Child, a female infant, knight, hero. Childing, unseasonably fruitful. Chop, to change.
Chopine, a high shoe.
Chough, a bird of the jackdaw species.
Christom-child, a child less than a month old.
Cicatrice, the scar of a wound.
Civil, demure, grave.
Clam your tongues, shut your mouths.
Clear, pure, unsullied.
Compact of credit, composed of cre
Compassed window, bow-window.
Conclusion, riddle, experiment.
Condition, vocation, character, qual
Conduct, guide, conductor.
Confound, expend, consume.
Constant, firm, stable-minded.
Content, to acquiesce.
Continents, contents, confines.
Contraction, marriage contract.
Contrive, spend, wear away.
Convent, to serve.
Convey, manage, theft.
Convince, convict, attain, overpower.
Convive, to feast.
Copatain, high crowned.
Cope, encounter, the heavens. Copy, lease, subject, theme. Corky, deceitful, withered. Corollary, a surplus number. Corrigible, corrected, humble. Costard, a head.
Cotsale, Cotswold, Gloucestershire. Couch, to cower.
Council, the Star Chamber.
Count-confect, a nobleman made out of sugar.
Counter, a hunting phrase. Counter-caster, expresive of contempt, as a mere clerk.
Counterfeit, likeness, portra
Counts, scars, marks.
Courser's hair, it was imagined that
a horse hair placed in stagnant water became an animal.
Court holy-water, fair words.
Crack, a stripling, lively.
Crare, a slow-sailing vessel.
Craven, a coward.
Cross, a coin once current.
Cry, company, a pack.
Cue, the last few words of a preced
Despised time, old age.
Determine, come to an end, dissolve.
Diet, regimen by prescription. Differing, discordant.
Digression, transgression, offence.
Discourse, power of comprehension.
Disponge, squeeze as a sponge.
Divert, to turn aside.
Dole, alms, lot, distribution.
Done, consumed, destroyed.
Dowle, a particle of down.
Drachma, a Roman coin.
Drachmas, a Greek coin, value about sevenpence.
Draught, a common sewer.