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R. L'incha?] The Love of Dom DIEGO AND GYNEURA. 213

Word back again was sent, by her fair light,

how that was done already! and replied, “ The landlord o'er his tenant hath such might

that he to enter in, is ne'er denied. I, in a little corner of my heart, Do live," quoth she," he hath the greatest part !

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Diego wished this supper ne'er would end !

and yet, he longed to be in private place, To ruminate upon his fairest friend,

and to recount the beauties of her face : So wished Gyneura! Were never such two That loved so dearly as these lovers do!

The gloomy curtains of the tongueless night

were drawn so close, as day could not be seen: Now, leaden-thoughted Morpheus dims each sight!

now, murder, rapes, and robberies begin! Nature craved rest : but restless Love would none ! Diego, Love's young prentice, thus 'gan moan:

“O heavens! what new-found griefs possess my mind!

what rare impassionated fits be these! Cold-burning fevers in my heart I find,

whose opposite effects work me no ease. Then Love assails the heart with hottest fight, When Beauty makes her conquest at first sight."

“I little dreamed of this strange event,

this heart's enthraller, mind's-disturbing Love, When, with my huntsmen to the woods I went !

O ne'er till now, did I his greatness prove,
Whose first impression in the lover's heart,
Till then ne'er tainted, bringeth deepest smart."

214 The Love of Dom Diego AND GYNEURA. [R L[incheon

Thus lay Diego, tossing in his bed,

bound to the will of all-commanding Beauty ; Whom angry CUPID now in triumph led,

expecting from his slave all servile duty. He might have freed his prisoner so dismayed ! For sighs and groans had double ransom paid.

In like extremes (Love loves extremity !)

did fair GYNEURA pass the long-thought night ; She railed against fell CUPID's cruelty

that so would tyrannize o'er a maiden's sprite. “There needs no blows," quoth she, “when foes do yield ! O cease! take thou the honour of the field !"

The valiant Greeks, fair Ilion's fatal foes,

their tedious ten years' siege for Sparta's Queen, Ne'er thought so long (yet long it was !) as those

love-scorched enamoured (so restless !) now ween This night to be! A night, if spent in care, Seems longer than a thousand pleasant are.

Thus lay they, sleepless, thoughtful, ever thinking

on sluggish humour of expected Morn, They thought that lover's eyes were never winking!

nor sleep they e'er, in whom Love's newly born. He vowed, when day was come, to woo his Dear! She swore, such wooing she would gladly hear !

At last, the Guider of the fiery coach,

drying his locks, wet in Eurotas' flood, 'Gan re-salute the world with bright approach.

angry he seemed, for all his face was blood; AURORA's haste had made him look so red, For loth he was, to leave fair Theris' bed.

R. L inche ??The Love of Dom Diego AND GYNEURA. 215

1596.

Scarce were his horses put in readiness,

and he himself full mounted on his seat, When Dom Diego, full of heaviness,

abroad did walk, his night-talk to repeat. Some two hours spent, he in again retires; And sees his Mistress, whom he now admires.

Whereat inflamed (Love brooks no brief delay

whose fruit is danger, whose reward is pain),
With fine-filed terms, he gives her the “good day ! ”

and blushing, she returns it him again.
ENDYMION's blush, her beauty did eclipse ;
His caused, by Cynthia's; hers, Adonis's lips.

Boldly encouraged by her mild aspect,

he told her that which lovers choose to tell ; How he did live by her fair eyes' reflect !

and how his heart, in midst of hers did dwell ! Much eloquence was used ('twas needless done!) To win that heart, which was already won.

Ne'er did the dungeon thief, condemned to die,

with greater pleasure hear his pardon read,
Than did GYNEURA hear his oratory,

of force sufficient to revive the dead.
She needs must yield ! for, sure, he had the art,
With amorous heat to fix DIANA's heart !

These lovers, thus in this both-pleasing parley,

were interrupted by GYNEURA's mother,
Who, newly up (Age seldom riseth early !),

'gan straight salute her guest. So did he her.
Some terms of kindness mutually past,
She friendly leads him in, to break his fast.

216 The Love of Don Diego AND GYNEURA. [R. L'incheon

Which done, as all good manners did require,

he thanked his hostess for her courtesy;
And now, at length, went home for to retire

(where he was looked for so earnestly).
The Lady craved, if e'er he came that way,
To see her house, and there to make some stay.

Then heavily, and with a dying eye,

joyless, he takes his leave of his fair Love : Who for to favour him, full graciously

with loving countenance, gave to him her glove. Keep this," quoth she, “till better fortune fall: My glove, my love, my hand, my heart, and all !"

At this large offer, bashful modesty,

with pure vermilion stained her all fair face,
(So looked CALYSTONE at her great belly

when chaste ILYTHIA spied her in such case.)
Let lovers judge! how grievous 'tis to part
From two, 'twixt whom there liveth but one heart.

Now is he gone who, after little travel,

attained his house, not pleasing thought desired. At whose late absence each one much did marvel :

but, come; at his sad looks, they more admired, Great Cupid's power, such sadness in him bred; Who, erst, all loving hearts in triumph led.

One month, consumed in pensiveness, expired.

to recreate and revive his tired sprite;
He now on hunting goes, which he desired

not for the, once well pleasing, sport's delight:
But for he might some fit occasion find
To seek his Love, on whom was all his mind.

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chisoa] The Love of Dom DIEGO AND GYNEURA. 217 Where being come (suppose his sports proved bad !)

GYNBURA gave him welcome from her heart. The sea-tossed Lord of Ithaca ne'er had,

after his twenty years' turmoil and smart, More joyful welcome by his constant wife, Than had Diego from his Love! his Life!

Two days he stayed, whence he would ne'er depart,

but custom willed that he should now return. Yet though he went, he left with her his heart ;

which for their parting, heavily 'gan mourn. But far worse news had it (poor heart !) to grieve, In that, GYNEURA would so soon believe.

For sooner was he not departed thence,

but straight there comes a rival to his love; Who under true fidelity's pretence

wrought wondrous hard, Diego to remove. Nor could, at first, his oaths or vows prevail To make GYNEURA's love one whit to fail.

For, yet, they lived fast bound in Fancy's chains,

striving to pass each other in pure love : But as there's nothing that for aye remains

without some change; so do these lovers prove That hottest Love hath soon'st the cold'st Disdain; And greatest pleasures have their greatest pain !

For, now, no longer could She so persever.

She turns to deadly hate, her former kindness: Which still had lasted, but that Nature ever

strikes into women's eyes, such dim-sight blindness; And such obdurate hardness in their hearts, They see, nor know not truest love's deserts.

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