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A pastorall Aeglogue vponupon the death of Sir Phillip Sidney Knight &etc.
Lycon. Colin.
COlin,Colin, well fits thy sad cheare this sad stownd,
This wofull stownd, wherein all things complaine
This great mishap, this greeuousgreevous losse of owres.
Hear’st thou the Orown? how with hollow sownd
He slides away, and murmuring doth plaine,
And seemes to say vntounto the fading flowres,
Along his bankes, vntounto the bared trees;
Phillisides is dead. VpUp iollyjolly swaine,
Thou that with skill canst tune a dolefull lay,
Help him to mourn. My hart with grief doth freese,
Hoarse is my voice with crying, else a part
Sure would I beare, though rude: But as I may,
With sobs and sighes I second will thy song,
And so expresse the sorrowes of my hart.
Ah Lycon, Lycon, what need skill, to teach
A grieuedgrieved mynd powre forth his plaints? how long
Hath the pore Turtle gon to school (weenest thou)
To learne to mourne her lost make? No, no, each
Creature by nature can tell how to waile.
Seest not these flocks, how sad they wander now?
Seemeth their leaders bell their bleating tunes
In dolefull sound. Like him, not one doth faile
With hanging head to shew a heauieheavie cheare,
What bird (I pray thee) hast thou seen, that prunes
Himselfe of late? did any cheerfull note
Come to thine eares, or gladsome sight appeare
VntoUnto thine eies, since that same fatall howre?
Hath not the aire put on his mourning coat,
And testfied his grief with flowing teares?
Sith then, it seemeth each thing to his powre
Doth vsus inuiteinvite to make a sad consort;
Come let vsus ioynejoyne our mournfull song with theirs.
Griefe will endite, and sorrow will enforce
Thy voice, and Eccho will our words report.
Though my rude rymes, ill with thy verses frame,
That others farre excell; yet will I force
My selfe to answere thee the best I can,
And honor my base words with his high name.
But if my plaints annoy thee where thou sit
In secret shade or cave; vouchsafe (O Pan)
To pardon me, and here this hard constraint
With patience while I sing, and pittie it.
And eke ye rurall Muses, that do dwell
In these wilde woods; If euerever piteous plaint
We did endite, or taught a wofull minde
VVithWith words of pure affect, his griefe to tell,
Instruct me now. Now Colin then goe on,
And I will follow thee, though farre behinde.
Phillisides is dead. O harmfull death,
O deadly harme. VnhappieUnhappie Albion
VVhenWhen shalt thou see emong thy shepheards all,
Any so sage, so perfect? VVhomWhom vneathuneath
EnuieEnvie could touch for vertuous life and skill;
Curteous, valiant, and liberall.
Behold the sacred Pales, where with haire
VntrustUntrust she sitts, in shade of yonder hill.
And her faire face bent sadly downe, doth send
A floud of teares to bathe the earth; and there
Doth call the heau’nsheav’ns despightfull, enuiousenvious,
Cruell his fate, that made so short an end
Of that same life, well worthie to hauehave bene
Prolongd with many yeares, happie and famous.
The Nymphs and Oreades her round about
Do sit lamenting on the grassie grene;
And with shrill cries, beating their whitest brests,
Accuse the direfull dart that death sent out
To giuegive the fatall stroke. The starres they blame,
That deafe or carelesse seeme at their request.
The pleasant shade of stately grouesgroves they shun;
They leaueleave their cristall springs, where they wont frame
Sweet bowres of Myrtel twigs and Lawrel faire,
To sport themseluesthemselves free from the scorching Sun.
And now the hollow cauescaves where horror darke
Doth dwell, whence banisht is the gladsome aire
They seeke; and there in mourning spend their time
With wailfull tunes, whiles wolueswolves do howle and barke,
And seem to beare a bourdon to their plaint.
Phillisides is dead. O dolefull ryme.
Why should my toong expresse thee? who is left
Now to vpholduphold thy hopes, when they do faint,
Lycon vnfortunateunfortunate? What spitefull fate,
What lucklesse destinie hath thee bereft
Of thy chief comfort; of thy onely stay?
Where is become thy wonted happie state,
(Alas) wherein through many a hill and dale,
Through pleasant woods, and many an vnknowneunknowne way,
Along the bankes of many siluersilver streames,
Thou with him yodest; and with him didst scale
The craggie rocks of th’Alpes and Appenine?
Still with the Muses sporting, while those beames
Of vertue kindled in his noble brest,
Which after did so gloriously forth shine?
But (woe is me) they now yquenched are
All suddeinly, and death hath them opprest.
Loe father Neptune, with sad countenance,
How he sitts mourning on the strond now bare,
Yonder, where th’Ocean with his rolling waueswaves
The white feete washeth (wailing this mischance)
Of DouerDover cliffes. His sacred skirt about
The sea-gods all are set; from their moist cauescaves
All for his comfort gathered there they be.
The Thamis rich, the Humber rough and stout,
The fruitfull SeuerneSeverne, with the rest are come
To helpe their Lord to mourne, and eke to see
The dolefull sight, and sad pomp funerall
Of the dead corps passing through his kingdome.
And all their heads with Cypres gyrlonds crown’d
With wofull shrikes salute him great and small.
Eke wailfull Eccho, forgetting her deare
Narcissus, their last accents, doth resownd.
Phillisides is dead. O lucklesse age;
O widow world; O brookes and fountains cleere;
O hills, O dales, O woods that oft hauehave rong
With his sweet caroling, which could asswage
The fiercest wrath of Tygre or of Beare.
Ye SiluansSilvans, Fawnes, and Satyres, that emong
These thickets oft hauehave daunst after his pipe,
Ye Nymphs and Nayades with golden heare,
That oft hauehave left your purest cristall springs
To harken to his layes, that coulden wipe
Away all griefe and sorrow from your harts.
Alas who now is left that like him sings?
When shall you heare againe like harmonie?
So sweet a sownd, who to you now imparts?
Loe where engrauedengraved by his hand yet liueslives
The name of Stella, in yonder bay tree.
Happie name, happie tree; faire may you grow,
And spred your sacred branch, which honor giuesgives,
To famous Emperours, and Poets crowne.
VnhappieUnhappie flock that wander scattred now,
What maruellmarvell if through grief ye woxen leane,
Forsake your food, and hang your heads adowne?
For such a shepheard neuernever shall you guide,
whose parting, hath of weale bereft you cleane.
Phillisides is dead. O happie sprite,
That now in heau’nheav’n with blessed soules doest bide:
Looke down a while from where thou sitst aboueabove,
And see how busie shepheards be to endite
Sad songs of grief, their sorrowes to declare,
And gratefull memory of their kynd louelove.
Behold my selfe with Colin, gentle swaine
(Whose lerned Muse thou cherisht most whyleare)
Where we thy name recording, seeke to ease
The inward torment and tormenting paine,
That thy departure to vsus both hath bred;
Ne can each others sorrow yet appease.
Behold the fountains now left desolate,
And withred grasse with cypres boughes be spred,
Behold these floures which on thy grauegrave we strew;
Which faded, shew the giuersgivers faded state,
(Though eke they shew their feruẽtfervẽtferuentfervent zeale &and pure)
VVhoseWhose onely comfort on thy welfare grew.
Whose praiers importune shall the heau’sheav’s for ay,
That to thy ashes, rest they may assure:
That learnedst shepheards honor may thy name
With yeerly praises, and the Nymphs alway
Thy tomb may deck with fresh &and sweetest flowres;
And that for euerever may endure thy fame.
The Sun (lo) hastned hath his face to steep
In western waueswaves: and th’aire with stormy showres
Warnes vsus to driuedrive homewards our silly sheep,
Lycon, lett’s rise, and take of them good keep.
Virtute summa: cætera fortuna.
L. B.
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To my long approoved and singular good frende, Master G.H. (Letters I.1) 1. long aprooved: tried and true, found trustworthy over a long period