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In a Wife for 9 Month.
And in sad legends write their woes;
My war is without rage or blows ; My mistress' eyes shine fair on my desires, And hope springs üp inflam'd with her new fires. No more an exile will I dwell,
With folded arms and sighs all day,
And flinging my sweet joys away.
Or being blest with her sweet tongue,
A golden gyve, a pleasing wrong. To be your own but one poor month, I'd give My youth, my fortune, and then leave to live.
To Sleep. SLEEP, silence' child, sweet father of soft rest,
Prince,whose approach peace to all mortals brings, Indifferent host to shepherds and to kings; Sole comforter to minds with grief opprest. Lo! by thy charming rod all breathing things Lie slumbering with forgetfulness possest; And yet o'er me to spread thy drowsy wings
Thou spares, alas! who cannot be thy guest. Since I am thine, oh ! come, but with that face,
To inward light, which thou art wont to shew, With feigned solace ease a true felt woe ;Or if, deaf god, thou do deny that grace, Come as thou will, and what thou wilt bequeathe, I long to kiss the image of my death.
To his Lute. Mulute, be as thou wast, when thou didst grow
With thy green mother in some shady grove, When immelodious winds but made thee move,
And birds on thee their ramage did bestow. Sith that dear voice which did thy sounds approve,
Which used in such harmonious strains to flow, Is reft from earth to tune those spheres above,
What art thou but a harbinger of woe?
But orphan wailings to the fainting ear,
Each stop a sigh, each sound draws forth a tear; Be therefore silent as in woods before.
Or that if any hand to touch thee deign,
To the Nightingale. DEA
EAR quirister, who from those shadows sends,
Ere that the blushing morn dare shew her light, Such sad lamenting strains, that night attends
(Become all ear), stars stay to hear thy plight; If one, whose grief even reach of thought transcends,
Who ne'er, not in a dream, did taste delight, May thee importune, who like case pretends,
And seems to joy in woe, in woe's despight; Tell me, (so may thou fortune milder try,
And tong, long sing !) for what thou thus complains, Since winter's gone, and sun in dappled sky Enamoured smiles on woods and flow'ry plains ?
The bird, as if my questions did her move,
happy he, who by some shady grove Far from the clamorous world doth live, his own; Though solitary, who is not alone, But doth converse with that eternal love. O how more sweet is birds' harmonious moan, Or the hoarse sobbings of the widow'd dove, Than those smooth whisperings near a prince's throne, Which good make doubtful, do the ill approve! O how more sweet is zephyr's wholesome breath, And sighs embalm'd which new-born flow'rs unfold, Than that applause vain honour doth bequeath! How sweeter streams than poison drunk in gold! The world is full of horrors, troubles, slights; Woods' harmless shades have only true delights.
SONNETS. SWEET spring, thou turn'st, with all thy goodly
train, Thy head with flames, thy mantle bright with flow'rs; The zephyrs curl the green locks of the plain, The clouds for joy in pearls weep down their
Neglected virtue! seasons go and come,
To the Nightingale. SWEET bird, that sing’st away the early hours,
Of winters past, or coming, void of care, Well pleased with delights that present are; Fair seasons, budding sprays, sweet-smelling flow'rs: To rocks, to springs, to rills, from leafy bow'rs Thou thy Creator's goodness dost declare, And what dear gifts on thee he did not spare; A stain to human sense in sin that low'rs. What soul can be so sick, which by thy songs (Attir'd in sweetness) sweetly is not driv'n Quite to forget earth's turmoils, spites, and wrongs, And lift a reverend eye and thought to heav'n?
Sweet artless songster, thou my mind dost raise To airs of spheres, yes, and to angels' lays.
SONNETS. TRUST not, sweet Soul! those curled
waves of gold,
The cruel tyrant, that did kill those flow'rs,
SWEET Soul! which in the April of thy years,
For to enrich the Heaven, mad'st poor this round; And now, with flaming rays of glory crown'd, Most blest abid'st above the sphere of spheres ! If heavenly laws, alas ! have not thee bound From looking to this globe, that all upbears; If ruth and pity there above be found; O! deign to lend a look unto these tears, Do not disdain, dear Ghost! this sacrifice. And though I raise not pillars to thy praise, My offerings take; let this for me suffice, My heart a living pyramid I raise !
And whilst kings' toinbs with laurels flourish green, Thine shall with myrtles and these flowers be seen. * This lady was the daughter of a Mi. Cunningham, of Barnes. According to the information respecting her to be gleaned from ihe praises of her lover, she was not only royally descended, but, with the most animating per sonal attractions, possessed a highly intelligent mind, a voice of melody, and was constitutionally cheerful. His addresses, fervently offered, being at last accepted, the day was appointed for the celebration of their nuptials; when the expected bride was suddenly seized with a fever, which in a short time terminated her life, in the bloom and “ April of her Years !” This shock, that must have seriously affected even an ordinary mind, Drummond never properly recovered.