The feete tooke up the Fish, with teeth of gold;
But who with Scorpio lodg'd, may not be told".
What office then doth the Star-Gazer beare?
Or let him be the heaven's Ostelere ;
Or Tapsters, some; or some be Chamberlaines,
To waite upon the guests they entertaine.
Hence can they reade, by vertue of their trade,
When any thing is mist, where it was laide.
Hence they divine, and hence they can devise,
If their ayme faile, the Stars to moralize.
Demon, my friend, once liver-sicke of love,
Thus learn'd I by the signes his griefe remove 43:
In the blinde Archer first I saw the signe,
When thou receiv'dst that wilful wound of thine;
And now in Virgo is that cruell mayd,
Which hath not yet with love thy love repaide:
But marke when once it comes to Gemini,
Straightway fish-whole shall thy sicke-liver be:
But now (as th' angry heavens seeme to threat
Many hard fortunes and disastres great)
If chance it come to wanton Capricorne,
And so into the Ram's disgracefull horne,
Then learne thou of the ugly Scorpion,
To hate her for her foule abusion":
Thy refuge then the Balance be of right,
Which shall thee from thy broken bond acquite":
So, with the Crab, go backe whence thou began,
From thy first match, and live a single man.
42 The human figure, thus astrologically distributed, was common on old almanacks.