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Where did I leave? No matter where (quoth he) Leave me, and then the story aptly ends:

The night is spent. Why what of that? (quoth she)
I am (quoth he) expected of my friends,

And now 'tis dark, and going I shall fall.
In night (quoth she) desire sees best of all.

But if thou fall, O! then imagine this,
The earth in love with thee, thy footing trips,
And all is but to rob thee of a kiss.

Rich preys make rich men thieves, so do thy lips
Make modest Dian cloudy and forlorn,

Lest she should steal a kiss, and die forsworn.

Now of this dark night I perceive the reason,
Cynthia for shame obscures her silver shrine,
Till forging nature be condemn'd of treason,
For stealing moulds from heaven, that were divine,
Wherein she fram'd thee in high heaven's despite,
To shame the sun by day, and her by night.

And therefore hath she brib'd the destinies.
To cross the curious workmanship of nature,
To mingle beauty with infirmities,

And pure perfection with impure defeature;
Making it subject to the tyranny

Of sad mischances and much misery.

As burning fever, agues pale and faint,
Life-poisoning pestilence, and frenzies woad,
The marrow-eating sickness, whose attaint
Disorder breeds by heating of the blood:

Surfeits, imposthumes, grief, and damn'd despair,
Swear nature's death for framing thee so fair.

And not the least of all these maladies,
But in one minute's sight brings beauty under:
Both favour, savour, hue and qualities,
Whereat th' imperial gazer late did wonder,
Are on the sudden wasted, thaw'd, and done,
As mountain's snow melts with the mid-day sun.

Therefore, despite of fruitless chastity,
Love-lacking vestals, and self-loving nuns,

Thus on the earth would breed a scarcity,
And barren dearth of daughters and of sons,
Be prodigal. The lamp that burns by night,
Dries up his oil, to lend the world his light.

What is thy body, but a swallowing grave,
Seeming to bury that posterity,

Which by the rights of time thou needs must have,
If thou destroy them not in their obscurity?

If so, the world will hold thee in disdain,
Sith in thy pride so fair a hope is slain.

So in thyself, thyself art made away,

A mischief worse than civil home-bred strife,
Or theirs, whose desperate hands themselves do slay
Or butcher's sire that reaves his son of life.

Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets!
But gold that's put to use, more gold begets.

Nay then, quoth Adon', you will fall again
Into your idle over-handled theme;

The kiss I gave you was bestow'd in vain,
And all in vain you strive against the stream:

For by this black-fac'd night, desire's foul nurse,
Your treatise makes me like you worse and worse.

If love hath lent you twenty thousand tongues,
And every tongue more moving than your own,
Bewitching like the wanton mermaid's songs;
Yet from mine ear the tempting tune is blown:

For know, my heart stands armed in my ear,
And will not let a false sound enter there:

Lest the deceiving harmony should run
Into the quiet closure of my breast;
And then my little heart were quite undone,
In his bed-chamber to be barr'd of rest.

No, lady, no, my heart longs not to groan,
But soundly sleeps, while now it sleeps alone.

What have you urg'd, that I cannot reprove?
The path is smooth that leadeth into danger.
I hate not love, but your device in love,
That lends embracements unto every stranger.

You do it for increase; O strange excuse!
When reason is the bawd to lust's abuse.

Call it not love, for love to heaven is fled,
Since sweating lust on earth usurps his name;
Under whose simple semblance he hath fed
Upon fresh beauty, blotting it with blame:
Which the hot tyrant stains, and soon bereaves,
As caterpillars do the tender leaves.

Love comforteth like sun-shine after rain;
But lust's effect is tempest after sun:

Love's gentle spring doth always fresh remain ;
Lust's winter comes ere summer half be done;
Love surfeits not; lust like a glutton dies:
Love is all truth; lust full of forged lies.

More I could tell, but more I dare not say;
The text is old, the orator too green :
Therefore in sadness now I will away,
My face is full of shame, my heart of teen :
Mine ears, that to your wanton calls attended,
Do burn themselves for having so offended.

With this, he breaketh from the sweet embrace
Of those fair arms, which bound him to her breast:
And homeward through the dark lanes runs apace;
Leaves Love upon her back deeply distress'd.

Look how a bright star shooteth from the sky,
So glides he in the night from Venus' eye.

Which after him she darts, as one on shore,
Gazing upon a late embarked friend,
Till the wild waves will have him seen no more,
Whose ridges with the meeting clouds contend:
So did the merciless and pitchy night,
Fold in the object that did feed her sight.

Whereat amaz'd, as one that unaware
Hath dropt a precious jewel in the flood;
Or 'stonish'd, as night-wanderers often are,
Their light blown out in some mistrustful wood:
Even so confounded in the dark she lay,
Having lost the fair discovery of her way.

And now she beats her heart, whereat it groans, That all the neighbour caves, as seeming troubled, Make verbal repetition of her moans;

Passion on passion deeply is redoubled.

Ah, me! she cries, and twenty times, woe! woe! And twenty echoes twenty times cry so.

She marking them, begins a wailing note,
And sings extemp'rally a woful ditty;

How love makes young men thrall, and old men dote;
How love is wise in folly, foolish witty;

Her heavy anthem still concludes in woe!
And still the choir of echoes answers so.

Her song was tedious, and outwore the night,
For lovers' hours are long, though seeming short;
If pleas'd themselves, others they think delight
In such-like circumstance with such-like sport.
Their copious stories oftentimes begun,
End without audience, and are never done.

For who hath she to spend the night withal,
But idle sounds, resembling parasites?
Like shrill-tongu'd tapsters answering every call,
Soothing the humour of fantastic wits.

She said, 'tis so; they answer all, 'tis so.
And would say after her, if she said no.

Lo! here the gentle lark, weary of rest,
From his moist cabinet mounts up on high,

And wakes the morning, from whose silver breast
The sun ariseth in his majesty ;

Who doth the world so gloriously behold,

The cedar-tops and hills seem burnish'd gold.

Venus salutes him with this fair good-morrow;
O thou dear god, and patron of all light!
From whom each lamp and shining star both borrow
The beauteous influence that makes him bright;
There lives a son, that suck'd an earthly mother,
May lend thee light, as thou dost lend to other.

This said, she hasted to a myrtle grove,
Musing the morning is so much o'erworn;

And yet she hears no tidings of her love:
She hearkens for his hounds, and for his horn;
Anon she hears them chaunt it lustily,
And all in haste she coasteth to the cry.

And as she runs, the bushes in the way,
Some catch her by the neck, some kiss her face,
Some twine about her thigh to make her stay;
She wildly breaketh from their strict embrace,
Like a milch doe, whose swelling dugs do ache,
Hasting to feed her fawn, hid in some brake.

By this she hears the hounds are at a bay,
Whereat she starts like one that spies an adder,
Wreath'd up in fatal folds, just in his way,

The fear whereof doth make him shake and shudder;
E'en so the timorous yelping of the hounds,
Appals her senses, and her sp'rits confounds.

For now she knows it is no gentle chace,
But the blunt boar, rough bear, or lion proud;
Because the cry remaineth in one place,
Where fearfully the dogs exclaim aloud;
Finding their enemy to be so curst,

They all strain curt'sy, who shall cope him first.

This dismal cry rings sadly in her ear,
Through which it enters to surprize 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 she in a trembling extasy,
Till cheering up her senses sore 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;
And 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.

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