AT THE MARRIAGE OF THE LORD FAUCONBERG
AND THE LADY MARY CROMWELL.
| ||Chorus.|| ||THE astrologer's own eyes are set,|
And even wolves the sheep forget ;
Only this shepherd, late and soon,
Upon this hill outwakes the moon ;
Hark how he sings with sad delight,
Thorough the clear and silent night !
| ||Endymion.|| ||CYNTHIA, O CYNTHIA,turn thine ear,|
Nor scorn ENDYMION'S plaintsto hear !
As we our flocks, so you command
The fleecy clouds with silver wand. 10
| ||Cynthia.|| ||If thou a mortal, rather sleep ;|
Or if a shepherd, watch thy sheep.
| ||Endymion.|| ||The shepherd, since he saw thine eyes,|
And sheep, are both thy sacrifice ;
Nor merits he a mortal's name,
That burns with an immortal flame.
| ||Cynthia.|| ||I have enough for me to do,|
Ruling the waves that ebb and flow.
| ||Endymion.|| ||Since thou disdain'st not then to share|
On sublunary things thy care, 20
Rather restrain these double seas,
Mine eyes, incessant deluges.
| ||Cynthia.|| ||My wakeful lamp all night must move,|
Securing their repose above.
| ||Endymion.|| ||If therefore thy resplendent ray|
Can make a night more bright than day,
Shine thorough this obscurer breast,
With shades of deep despair oppressed.
| ||Chorus.|| ||Courage, ENDYMION, boldly woo !|
ANCHISES was a shepherd too, 30
Yet is her younger sister laid
Sporting with him in IDA'Sshade :
And CYNTHIA,though the strongest,
Seeks but the honour to have held out longest.
| ||Endymion.|| ||Here unto Latmos' top I climb,|
How far below thine orb sublime !
O why, as well as eyes to see,
Have I not arms that reach to thee ?
| ||Cynthia.|| ||'Tis needless then that I refuse,|
Would you but your own reason use. 40
| ||Endymion.|| ||Though I so high may not pretend,|
It is the same, so you descend.
| ||Cynthia.|| ||These stars would say I do them wrong,|
Rivals, each one, for thee too strong.
| ||Endymion.|| ||The stars are fixed unto their sphere|
And cannot, though they would, come near.
Less loves set off each other's praise,
While stars eclipse by mixing rays.
| ||Cynthia.|| ||That cave is dark.|
| ||Endymion.|| || Then none can spy : |
Or shine thou there, and 'tis the sky. 50
| ||Chorus.|| || Joy to ENDYMION !|
For he has CYNTHIA'S favourwon,
And JOVE himself approves
With his serenest influence their loves.
For he did never love to pair
His progeny above the air ;
But to be honest, valiant, wise,
Makes mortals matches fit for deities.
HOBBINOL, PHILLIS, TOMALIN.
| ||Hobbinol.|| ||PHILLIS, TOMALIN,away !|
Never such a merry day,
For the northern shepherd's son
Has MENALCA'S daughter won.
| ||Phillis.|| ||Stay till I some flowers have tied|
In a garland for the bride.
| ||Tomalin.|| ||If thou wouldst a garland bring,|
PHILLIS, you may wait the spring :
They have chosen such an hour
When she is the only flower. 10
| ||Phillis.|| ||Let's not then, at least, be seen|
Without each a sprig of green.
| ||Hobbinol.|| ||Fear not ; at MENALCA'Shall|
There are bays enough for all.
He, when young as we, did graze,
But when old he planted bays.
| ||Tomalin.|| ||Here she comes ; but with a look|
Far more catching than my hook ;
'Twas those eyes, I now dare swear,
Led our lambs we know not where. 20
| ||Hobbinol.|| ||Not our lambs' own fleeces are|
Curled so lovely as her hair,
Nor our sheep new-washed can be
Half so white or sweet as she.
| ||Phillis.|| ||He so looks as fit to keep|
Somewhat else than silly sheep.
| ||Hobbinol.|| ||Come, let's in some carol new|
Pay to love and them their due.
| ||All.|| || Joy to that happy pair, [30|
Whose hopes united banish our despair.
What shepherd could for love pretend,
Whilst all the nymphs on DAMON'Schoice attend ?
What shepherdess could hope to wed
Before MARINA'Sturn were sped ?
Now lesser beauties may take place,
And meaner virtues come in play ;
Looking from high,
Our flocks and us with a propitious eye. 40
But what is most, the gentle swain
No more shall need of love complain ;
But virtue shall be beauty's hire,
And those be equal, that have equal fire.
MARINA yields. Who dares be coy ?
Or who despair, now DAMON does enjoy ?
Joy to that happy pair,
Whose hopes united banish our despair !
Marvell, Andrew.The Poems of Andrew Marvell.
G. A. Aitken, Ed. London: Lawrence & Bullen, 1892.113-118.
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