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By which his subiects may exalt his throne, And could his beames lay open peoples' harts,
And strangers kecpe themselues within their owne. As well as he can view their outward parts;
This ile was made the Sunne's ecliptick way;

He here should find a triumph, such as he
For here our Phæbus still vouchsaf'd to stay: Hath neuer seene, perbaps shall peuer see.
And from this blessed place of his retreat,

Shine forth, great Charles, accept our loyall In diff'rent zones distinguisht cold and heate,


(sworus, Sent light or darknesse, and by his commands Throw from your pleasing eies those conqu’ring Appointed limits to the seas and lands.

That when vpon your name our voyces call,
Who would imagine that a prince, employ'd The birds may feele our thund'ring noise, and fall:
In such affaires, could euer haue enioy'd

Soft ayre, rebounding in a circled ring,
'Those houres, which, drawne from pleasure and Shall to the gates of Heau'n our wishes bring :

For vowes, which with so strong affection flie
To purchase precious knowledge were addrest? From many lips, will doubtlesse pierce the skie:
And yet in learning he was knowne t'exceed And God (who knowes the secrets of our minds,
Most, whom our houses of the Muses breed. When in our brests he these two vertues finds,
Ye English sisters, nurses of the arts,

Sincerity and Concord, ioin'd in pray'r
Vnpartiall iudges of his better parts ;

For him, whom Nature made vndoubted heyre Raise vp your wings, and to the world declare Of three faire kingdoms) wilt his angels send His solid judgment, bis inuention rare,

With blessings from his throne this pompe t'attend. His ready elocution, which ye found

l'aire citty, England's gemme, the queene of trade, In deepest matters that your schooles propound. By sad infection lately desart made, It is sufficient for my creeping verse,

Cast off thy mourning robes, forget thy teares, His care of English language to reilearse.

Thy cleare and healthfull lupiter appeares : He leades the lawlesse poets of our times,

Pale Death, who had thy silent streets possest,
To smoother cadence, to exacter rimes :

And some foule dampe or angry planet prest
He knew it was the proper worke of kings, To worke bis rage, now from thi’ Almightie's will
To keepe proportion, eu'n in smallest things. Receiues command to bold his iauelin still.
He with no higher titles can be styld,

But since my Muse pretends to tune a song
When seruants name him lib'rall, subjects, mild. Fit for this day, and fit t’inspire this throng ;
Of Antonine's faire time, the Romans tell,

Whence shall I kindle such immortall fires ?
No bubbles of ambition then could swell

From ioyes or hopes, from pray ses or desires ?
To forraine warres; nor ease bred ciuill strife : To prayse him, would require an endlesse wheele ;
Nor any of the senate lost his life.

Yet nothing told but what we see and feele.
Our king preserues, for two and twenty yeeres,

A thousand tongues for him all gifts intreate,
This realme from inward and from outward feares. In which felicity may claime her seate:
All English peeres escape the deadly stroke, Large honour, happy conquest, boundlesse wealth,
Though some with crimes bis anger durst prouoke. Long lite, sweete children, vnafflicted health :
He was seuere in wrongs, which others felt; But, chiefely, we esteeme that precious thing,
But in his owne, his heart would quickly melt. (Of which already we behold the spring)
For then (like God, from whom bis glories flow) Directing wisdome; and we now presage
He makes bis mercy swift, his justice slow.

How high that vertue will ascend in age. lle neuer would our gen'rall joy forget,

In him, our certaine confidence vnites
When on his sacred brow the crowne was set All former worthy princes' spreading lights;
And therefore strives to make his kingdome great, and addes his glorious father to the summe:
By fixing here his beir's perpetuall seate:

From ancient times no greater name can come
Which eu'ry firme and loyall heart desires, Our hopefull king thus to his subiects shines,
May last as long as Heau'n hath starry fires.

And reades in faithfull hearts these zealous lines :
Continued blisse from him this land receiucs, “ This is our countrie's father, this is hee
When leauing vs, to vs his sonne he leaues, In whome we live, and could not liue so free,
Our hope, our joy, our treasure: Charles our Were we not vnder him; his watchfull care

Preuents ons dangers: how shall we declare
Whose entrance in my next attempt I sing.

Our thankfull minds, but by the humble gift
Of firme obedience, which to him we lift?
As he is God's true image choicely wrought,
And for our joy to these dominions brought:

So must we imitate celestiall bands,

Which grudge not to performe diuine commands

His brest, transparent like a liquid food, SOUERAIGNE LORD, KING CHARLES. Discovers his aduice for publike good : Aurora, come: why should thine enuious stay

But if we iudge it by deceiuing fame, Deferre the joyes of this expected day?

Like Semele, we thinke loue's piercing flame Will not thy master let his horses tunne,

No more than common fire in ashes nurst,
Because he feares to meete another Sunne ?

Till forinelesse fancies in their ertours burst.
Or hath our northerne starre so dimm'd thine eyes, who know our blisse, and in his iudgement rest."

Shall we discusse his counsels! We are blest
Thon knowst not where (at east or west) to rise ?
Make baste ; for if thou shalt denie thy light,
His glitt'ring crowne will driue away the night.
Debarre not curious Phæbus, who desires
To guild all glorious obiects with bis fires.


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The plants, which, when he went, were growing OF THE PRINCE'S JOURNEY.

Retaine their former liu'ries to be seene, [greene,

When he reviewes them: his expected eye
The happy ship that carries from the land

Preseru'd their beauty, 'ready oft io die.
Great Britaine's ioy, before she knowes her losse, What tongue, what hand, can to the life display
Is ruld by him, who can the waues command. The glorious joy of this triumphant day?
No enuious stormes a quiet passage crosse: When England, crown'd with many thousand fires,
See, how the water smiles, the wind breathes faire, Receines the scope of all her best desires.
The clouds restraine their frownes, their sighes, She at his sight, as with an earthquake swells,
their teares,

And strikes the Heau'n with sound of treunbling
As if the musicke of the whisp'ring ayre

Should tell the sea what precious weight it beares. The vocall goddesse, leauing desart woods,
A thousand vowes and wishes driue the sayles Slides downe the vales, and dancing on the floods,
With gales of safety to the Neustrian shore.

Obserues our wordes, and with repeating noise
The ocean, trusted with this pledge, bewailes Contends to double our abundant ioycs.
That it such wealth must to the earth restore : The world's cleare eye is iealous of his name,
Then France receiuing with a deare imbrace He sees this ile like one continuall fame,
This northerne starre, though clouded and disguis'd, And feares lest Earth a brighter starre should breed,
Beholds some hidden vertue in his face,

Which might vpon his meate, the vapours, feed.
And knowes he is a iewell highly priz'd.

We maruell not, that in his father's land
Yet there no pleasing sights can make him stay ; So many signes of loue and seruice stand:
Por, like a riuer sliding to the maine,

Behold, how Spaine retaines in eu'ry place
He hastes to find the period of his way,

Some bright reflection of bis chearcfull face !
And, drawne by loue, drawes all our hearts to Spaine. Madrid, where first his splendour he displayes,

And driues away the clouds that dimm'd his rayes,
Her ioyes into a world of formes doth bring,
Yet none contents her, while that potent king,

Who rules so farre, till now could neuer final
PRINCE'S DEPARTURE AND RETURNE. His realmes and wealth too little for his mind.

No words of welcome can such planets greete,
Wnes Charles from vs withdrawes his glorious Where in one bouse they by conjunction meete.

The Sonne desires his absence to supply: [light, Their sacred concord runnes through many sighes,
And that we may nothing in darknesse lie, And to the zodiakes better portion shines :
He strines to free the north froin dreadfull night. But in the Virgin they are seene most farre,
Yet we to Phæbus scarce erect our sight,

And in the Lyon's heart the kingly starre.
But allour lookes, our thoughts, to Charles apply, | When toward vs our prince his journey moues,
And in the best delights of life we die,

And feeles attraction of his seruants' lones,
Till be returne, and make this climate bright. When (having open brests of strangers knowne)

Now he ascends, and gines Apollo leave He hastes to gather tribute of his owne,
To drine bis borses to the lower part,

The joyfull neighbours all his passage fil!
We by his presence like content receiue, With noble trophees of his might and skill,
As when fresh spirits aide the fainting heart. In conqu’ring men's affections with bis darts,

Rest here (great Charles) and shine to vs alone, which decpely fixt in many rauisht hearts,
For other starres are common: Charles our owne. Are like the starry chaines, whose blazes play

In kvots of light along the milkey way.
He heares the newes of his approaching ficet,
And will his nauy see, his servants greete;

Thence to the land returning in his barge,

The waues leape high, as proud of such a charge;

The niglit makes speed to see him, and prevents
Ovr Charles, whose horses neuer quencht their The slothfull twilight, casting duskie tents
In cooling waves of Neptune's watry seate : [leate on roring streames, which might all men dismay,
Whose starry chariot, in the spangled night, But him, to whose cleare soule the night is day,
Was still the pleasing obiect of our sight:

The pressing windes, with their officions strife,
This glory of the north hath lately runne

Had caus'd a tumult dang'rous to his life.
A course as round and certaine as the Sunne :

But their Commander checks thein, and restrainer
He to the south inclining halfe the yeere,

Their hasty seriour in accustom'd chaines :
Now at our tropike will againe appeare.

This perill (which with feare our worils decline)
He made his setting in the westerne streames,

Was then permitted by the band divine,
Where weary Phæbus dips his fading beames: That good enent might pronue his person doare
But in this morning our erected eyes

To Heau'n, and needfull to the people here.
Become so happy as to see him rise.

When he resolues to crosse the watry maine,
We shall not euer in the shadow stay,

See what a change his absence makes in Spaine !
His abscnce was to bring a longer day:

The Earth turnes gray for gricfe that she conceive's That hauing felt how darkuesse can affright,

Birds lose their tongues, and trees forsake their
We may with more content embrace the light,

Jeau s.
And call to mind, how ev'ry soule with paine

Now noods of teares expresse a sad farewell,
Sent forth her throwes to fetch him home againe:

Ambitious savles as with his greatnesse swell:
Por want of him we wither'd in the spring,

To him old Nereus on his dolphin rides,
But his returne sball life in winter bring:

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He calles his daughters from their secret caues, With chearefull voices taught their whceles fa (Their snowy necks are seene aboue the waues)

runne, And saith to them : “ Behold the onely sonne That such a father might have such a sonne; Of that great lord, about whose kingdomes run Since God exalts you on this earthly stage, Our liquid currents, which are made his owne, And giues you wisedome farre aboue your age, And with moyst bulwarks guard his sacred throne : To judge of men, and of their active pow'rs : See how his lookes delight, his gestures moue Let ine lay downe the fruits of priuate houres Admire and praise, yet Nye from snares of loue: Before your feet; you neuer will refuse Not Thetes, with her beauty and her dowre, This gift, which beares the title of a Muse. Can draw this Peleus to her watry bowre,

Among your serious thoughts, with noble care He loues a nymph of high and beau’nly race, You cherish poets, knowing that they are 'The eu'ning Sunne doth homage to her face, The starres which light to famous actions giue, Jlesperian orchards yeeld her golden fruit,

By whom the mem'ries of good princes live : He tooke this journey in that sweet pursuit." You are their prince in a peculiar kind, When thus their father ends, the Nereids throw Because your father hath their art refin'd. Their garlands on this glorious prince, and strow And though these priests of greatnesse quiet sit His way with songs, in which the hopes appeare Amidst the silent children of their wit, Of joyes too great for humane cares to heare. Without accesse of sutours, or dispatch

Of bigh affaires, at which th' ambitious catch; 'They are not idle, when their sight they rayse Beyond the present time to future daies;

And braue examples sage instructions bring ANNIVERSARY DAY OF THE PRINCE'S In pleasing verses, which our sonnes may sing RETURNE,

They oft erect their flight aboue the land,
When graue Vrania joyning hand in hand

With soft Thalia, mix their Jiff'rent strings,
We now admire their doctrine, who maintaine

And by their musick make celestiall things; The world's creation vnder Autumne's reigne,

More fit for humane eares, whose winding rounds When trees abound in fruit, grapes swell with ivice, Are easly fill'd with well digested sounds.

Pale Enuy and dull Ignorance reproue
These meates are ready for the creatures' vse :
Old Time resolues to make a new suruay

This exercise, as onely apt for loue,

Deuis'd t'allure the sense with curious art; Of yceres and ages from this happy day,

But not t'enrich the vnderstanding part. Refusing those accounts which others bring,

So might they say, the Sunne was onely fram'd He crownes October, as of moneths the king.

To please the eye, and onely therefore nam'd No more shall huary Winter claime the place,

The eye of Heau'n, conceiuing not his wheele And draw cold proofes from Janus' double face; Nor shall the Ram, when Spring the Earth adornes, of lively heate, which lower bodies feele.

Our Muses strive, that cominon-wealths may be Vnlocke the gate of Heau'n with golden hornes :

As well from barb'rous deedes as language free: Dry Summer shall not of the Dog-starre boast,

The seu’rall sounds in harmony combin'd (of angry constellations honour'd most)

Knit chaines of vertue in the hearer's mind :
From whose strong heate Egyptians still begun,

And that he still may haue his teacher by
To marke the turning circle of the Sunne.
Verlumnus, who hath lordly power to change

With measur'd lines, we please his curious eye:

We hold those works of art or nature best, The seasons, and can them in order range,

Where order's steps most fully are exprest :
Will from this period fresh beginning take,

And therefore all those ciuill men that live
Yet not so much for his Pomonae's sake,
Who then is richly drest to please her spouse,

By law and rule, will to our numbers giue

The name of good, in which perfection rests ; And with her orchard's treasure deckes her browes.

And feele their strokes with sympathyzing brestse It is our Charles, whose euer loued name

Not oratours so much with flowing words Hath made this point of Heau'n increase in fame : Whose long-thought absence was so much deplor'a, | Cau sway the hearts of men, and whet their

swords In whom our hopes and all our fruits are stor'd.

Or blunt them at their pleasure, as our straines, He now attaines the shore, (O blessed day!) And true Acbates waites along his way,

(Whose larger spheare the orbe of prose containes) Our wise Anchises for his sonne prouides

Can men's affections lessen or increase, This chosen seruant, as the best of guides.

And guide their passions, whisp'ring warre or peace.

Tyrtæus, by the vigour of bis verse, A prince's glory cannot more depend

Made Sparta conquer, while his lines reherse Epon his crowne, than on a faithfull friend.

Fler former glory, alınost then subdude
By stronger foes, and when the people rude
Contend among themselues with mutuall wrongs,
He tempers discord with bis milder songs :

This poore lame poet bath an equall praise MOST ILLUSTRIOUS PRINCE CHARLES, With captaines and with states-men of his dayes :

The Muses claime possession in those men,

Who first aduentur'd with a nimble pen Divine example of obedient heires,

To paint their thoughts in new invented signes, High in my hopes, and second in my prayers : And spoke of Nature's workes in numbred lines: Prve injage of your father to the life,

This happy art, compard with plainer wayes, hon Tinoe desir'd, and Fates in iealous strife, Was sooner borne, and not so sooae decayes:



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She safer stands from time's devouring wrong,

Leander here no dang'rous journey takes, As better season'd to continue long;

To touch bis Hero's hand :

[land, But as the streames of time still forward flow, Our Hellespont with ships becomes as firme as So wits more idle and distrustfull grow :

When this sweete nymph her place of birth They yeeld this fort, and cowardly pretend

forsakes, Prose is a castle easier to defend :

And England signes of welcome makes, Nor was this change effected in a day,

As many as our gladsoine coasts have little graines But with degrees, and by a stealing way :

of sand. They pull the Muses' feathers one by one,

That voyce, in which the continent was blest, And are not seene, till both the wings be gone.

Now to this iland calls

(walls: If man, injoying such a precious mine,

The living woods and rocks, to frane new rising Esteein'd his nature almost made diuine,

The moouing hills salute this bappy guest,
When he beheld th’expression of his thought,

The rivers to her seruice prest,
To such a height, and godlike glory brought; Seine into Thames, Garonne to Trent, and Loire
This change may well his fading ioy confound,

to Seuerne falls.
To see it naked, creeping on the ground:

This royall payre, the bridegroome and the Yet in the lands that honour'd learning's name,

With equali glory shine :

[bride, Were alwayes some that kept the vestall flame

Both full of sparkling light, both sprung from Of pow'rfull verse, on whose increase or end

race diuine. The periods of the soul's chiefe raigne depend.

Their princely fathers, Europe's highest pride,
Now in this realme I see the golden age

The westerne world did sweetly guide :
Returne to vs, whose comming shall asswage

To them, as fathers of their realmes, we golden
Distracting strife, and many hearts inspire,

crownes assigne.
To gather fewell for this sacred fire :
On which, if you, great prince, your eyes will cast,

Great Henry, neuer vanquisht in the field,

Rebellious foes could tame.
And, like Fauonius, giue a genile blast,

[name: The liuely flame shali neuer yeeld to death,

The wisdome of our James bred terrour in his But gaine immortall spirit by your breath.

So that his proudest aduersaries yeeld,

Glad to be guarded with his shield,
Where peace with drops of heau’nly dew supprest

dissention's flame.

Our Charles and Mary now their course preTO THE PRINCE.

Like those two greater lights, [pare,

Which God in inidst of Heau'n exalted to our I, eu'ry man a little world we name,

sights, You are a world most like the greatest frame :

To guide our footsteps with perpetual care,
Your loue of learning spreads your glory farre,

Time's happy changes to declare :
Lifts you to Heau'n, and makes you there a starre.

The one affoords vs healthfull daies, the other
In active sports, and formes of martiall deeds,

quiet nights.
Like fire and ayre your pimble courage breeds
A rare amazement and a sweet delight

See how the planets, and each lesser fire,
To Britaines, who behold so deare a sight:

Along the zodiake glide,
Though higher orbes such glorious signes containe,

And in this stately traine their offices diuide!
Doe not (brave prince), this lower globe disdaine.

No starre remaines excepted from this quire,
In pure and fruitfull water we may see

But all are ioyo'd in one desire,
Your minde from darknesse cleare, in bounty free:

To moue as these their wheeles shall turne, and
And in the steddy resting of the ground,

rest «here they abide. Your noble firmenesse to your friend is found : What can these shouts and glitt'ring showes For you are still the same, and where you loue,

But peuer fading ioyes ?

[portend, No absence can your constant mind remoue. The lords in rich attire, the people with their So gooddesse spreads it selfe with endlesse lines,

poyse, And so the light in distant places shines :

Expresse to what a height their hopes ascend,
He that aduentures of your worth to sing.

Which like a circle haue no end :
Attempts in raine to paint a boundlesse thing. Their strength no furious tempests shake, nor creep-

ing age destroyes.
On this foundation we expect to build

The towers of earthly blisse.

Mirth shall attend on Health, and Peace shall

Plenty kisse :


The trees with fruite, with flowres our gardens LORD, XING CHARLER, AND OUR GRACIOUS LADY,

Sweete honey from the leaues distillid,

For now Astræa's raigne appeares to be a tipe of this. THE ocean long contended (but in vaine)

O may our children with their rauish't cyes To part our shore from France.

A race of sonnes behold, Let Neptune shake his mace, and swelling Whose birth shal change our ir'n to siluer, waues aduance:

brasse to gold.

(may rise The former vnion now returnes againe,

Proceede white houres, that from this stocke This isle shall once more kisse the maine

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We wish a sonne, #hose smile,
Whose beanty, may proclaime bim thine,

Who may be worthy of his father's stile,

May answere to our hopes, and strictly may com

The happy height of Villiers' race with noble Rato

Let both their heads be crown'd
Your royall father lames, the good and great,

With choysest flowers, which shall presage Proclaim'd in March, when first we felt the spring, That loue shall fourish, and delights abound, A world of blisse did to our iland brivg:

Tive, adde thou mauy dayes, nay, ages to their And at his death he made his yeeres compleate,


[asswage. Although three days he longer beld his seate. Yet nener must thy freezing arme their holy fires Then from that house when he reioic'd to sing,

Now when they joyne their hands, Great Britaine torne before, enioves a king:

Behold, how faire that knot appeares ! Who can the periods of the starres repeate?

O may the firmenesse of these nuptiall bands The Sunne, wno in his annuall circle takes

Resemble that bright line, the measure of the A daye's full quadrant from th' ensuing yeere,

yeeres, [ioynes the hemispheres.
Repayes it in foure yeeres, and equall makes Which makes a league betweene the poles, and
The number of the dayes within his spheare :
lames was our earthly Sunne, who, callid to

Leaues you his heire, to make all fractions eu'a,


ABOUT the time when dayes are longer made,
When nights are warmer, and the aire more cleare, See what a full and certaine blessing flowes
When verdant leaues and fragrant flowres appeare; From him that, vnder God, the Earth commands :
Whose beauty winter had constrained to fade. For kings are types of God, and by their hands
About the time, when Gabriel's words perswade A world of gifts and honours he bestowes.
The blessed Virgin to incline her eare,

The hopefull tree, thus blest, securely growes,
And to conceyue that Sonne, whom she shall beare; || Aniidst the waters in a firtile ground; [crown'd,
Whose death and rising drive away the shade. And shall with Jeanes, and flowres, and fruites, be
About this time, so oft, so highly blest,

Abundant dew on it the planter throwes.
By precious gifts of nature and of grace,

You are this plant, my lord, and must dispose
First glorious lames the English crowne possest: Your noble soule, those blossomes to receiue;
Then gracious Charles succeeded in his place. Which euer to the roote of vertue cleaue,

For him his subieets wish with hearty words, As our Apollo by his skill foreshowes :
Both what this world and what the next affords. Our Salomon, in wisedome and in peace,

Is now the prophet of your faire increase.





Severe and serious Muse,

Sır, you haue euer sbin'd vpon me bright,
Whose quill the name of lone declines,

But now, you strike and dazle me with light:
Be not too nice, nor this Jeare worke refuse :

You, England's radiant Sunne, rouchsafe to grace Ilere Venus stirs no flame, nor Cupid guides thy My house, a spbeare tow little and too base: lines,

[Lucina shines. My Burley as a cabinet containes But modest Hymen shakes his torch, and chast

The gemme of Europe, wbich from golden reines

Of glorious princes to this height is gronze,
The bridegroome's starres arise,

And joyres their precious vertues all in one:
Maydes, turne your sight, your faces hide:

When I your praise would to the world professe;
Lest ye be shipwrack’t in those sparkling eyes, My thoughts with

reale and earnest feruour presso Fit to be seene by none, but by bis louely bride: Which should be first, and their officious strife If him Nareissuis should behold, he would forget his Restraines my hand from painting you to life. pride.

I write, and having written, I destroy,
'And thon, faire nymph, appeare

Because my lines haue bounds, but not my joy.
With blushes, like the purple morne;
If now thine eares will be content to heare
The title of a wife, we shortly will adorne
Thee with a joyfull mother's name, when some sweet A CONGRATULATION TO MY LORD YAR-
child is borne.

This was lady Catherine Manners, daughter
of Francis, eatl of Rutland, whom our anthor Me lines describ'd your marriage as the spring, -
compliments in the preceding poein of the Shep- Now, like the reapers, of your fruite I sing,
herders C.



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