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The flowers do fade, and wanton fields
Ignoto (which has been followed in the subsequent editions) being, rather awkwardly, pasted over it. (See Ellis' Specimens of the Early English Poets.'). To enable the reader to judge better of the merit of the Reply and imitation, I here subjoin Marlowe's original :
THE PASSIONATE SHEPHERD TO HIS LOVE.
• Come live with me, and be
And we will sit upon the rocks,
And I will make thee beds of roses,
A gown made of the finest wool,
A belt of straw and ivy buds,
The shepherd swains shall dance and sing
Thy gowns, thy shoes, thy beds of roses,
Thy belt of straw and ivy buds,
But could youth last, and love still breed,
Were her tresses angel gold-
Were her hand as rich a prize
No: she must be perfect snow
A VISION UPON THE FAIRY QUEEN. (Prefixed to the First Edition of that Work.) * Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay,
Within that temple where the vestal flame Was wont to burn: and passing by that way,
To see that buried dust of living fame,
All suddenly I saw the Fairy Queen;
And from thenceforth those Graces were not seen
For they this Queen attended, in whose stead
Oblivion laid him down on Laura's hearse. Hereat the hardest stones were seen to bleed,
And groans of buried ghosts the heavens did pierce:
Where Homer's sprite did tremble all for grief,
Go Soul, the Body's guest,
Upon a thankless errand:
The truth shall be thy warrant.
• The letter, by way of argument to explain Spenser's Poem, is addressed . To the Right Noble and Valorous. Sir Walter Ralegh.
† This very beautiful poem, glowing with moral pathos, is
usually stated to have been written by Ralegh the night before his execution: it had appeared, however, ten years before that event (somewhat differently expressed) in Davison's Rhapsody;' and is also to be found in a MS. Collection of Poems in the British Museum, dated 1596. It is printed, it may be added, among the works of Joshua Sylvester, fol. 1641.