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238 The Love of Don Diego AND GYNEURA. [R. Linches!

But, pardon me, you Dames of Helicon !

for thus invoking your divinest aid,
Which was by me (unworthy) called upon :

at your rare knowledge, I am much dismayed,
My barren-witted brains are all too base
To be your sacred Learning's resting-place!

Thus of themselves, in pleasure's ecstasy,

these lovers now embrace them in their arms.
Speechless they are ! eye counterfixed on eye!

like two that are conjured by magic charms.
So close their arms were twined, so near they came,
As if both man and woman were one frame.

In the end, as doth a current lately stayed,

rush mainly forth his long-imprisoned flood,
So brake out words ! and thus Diego said ;

“What, my GYNEURA! O my heart's chief good!
Is't possible that thou thyself shouldst deign
In seeing me, to take so wondrous pain ?"

"O, speak not of my pain, my dearest Love !

all pain is pleasure that I take for thee;
Thou that so loyal and so true dost prove,

might'st scorn me now, so credulous to be!
Then, sweet DieGo, let us now return,
And banish all things that might make us mourn ! ”

'Twere infinite, to tell of their great gladness,

their amorous greetings, and their souls' delight!
Diego, now, had exiled grief and sadness,

ravished with joy whilst he enjoyed her sight.
Let it suffice, they homeward now retire :
Which sudden chance, both men and maids admire.

R. L'inche?!] The Love of Dom DIEGO AND GYNEURA. 239

1596.

GYNEURA now delights but in his presence,

she cannot once endure him from her sight;
His loveful face is now her soul's sole essence,

and on his face, she doats both day and night.
She ne'er did once disdain him half so much
As now she honours him; Love's force is such.

Diego now wrapped in a world of pleasure,

unparadised in having his desire; Floating in seas of joy above all measure,

sought means to mitigate Love's burning fire : Who walking with his Love alone, one day, Discharged his mind, and thus began to say:

"O fair GYNEURA! how long will 't be

ere saffron-robed HYMEN do unite us ?
My soul doth long that happy hour to see,

O let the angry Fates no longer spite us !
Lingering delays will tear my grieved heart !
Let me no longer feel so painful smart !"

GYNEURA which desired it as her life,

tells him that pain shall shortly have a cure.
Shortly,” quoth She, “I'll be thy married wife,

tied in those chains which ever will endure !
Be patient then, and thou shalt plainly see,
In working it, how forward I will be ! ”

And so She was. No time did she mispend,

wherein she gets not things in readiness,
That might to Hymen's rites full fitly tend,

or once conduce to such their happiness.
All things prepared : these Lovers now are chained
In marriage bands ; in which they long remained.

240 The Love of Don Diego AND GYNEURA. R. Linche!

1596.

These, whilst they lived, did live in all content,

contending who should love each other most; To which Pure Love, proud Fame, her ears down lent!

and through the world, of it doth highly boast. O happy he! to whom Love comes at last, That will restore what Hate before did waste.

Then, dearest Love! Gyneurize at the last !
And I shall soon forget whate'er is past.

ND now, Farewell ! when I shall fare but ill !

flourish and joy, when I shall droop and languish! All plenteous good await upon thy will ! when extreme want shall bring my soul, death's anguish! Forced by thee, thou mercy-wanting Maid !

must I abandon this my native soil ;
Hoping my sorrow's heat shall be allayed

by Absence, Time, Necessity, or Toil.
So now, adieu! the winds call my depart !

Thy Beauty's excellence, my rudest quill
Shall never more unto the world impart !

so that it know they Hate! I have my will.
And when thou hear'st that I, for thee shall perish;
Be sorrowful ! and henceforth, True Love cherish!

FINIS.

Poco senno basta a chi Fortuna suona.

[The Sixth and Seventh volumes of this Series are designed, among other things, to give a large and just insight into the Life and Literature of the Age of Queen ANNE. Thus in the Sixth volume, will be found, SWIFT'S Controversy with J. PARTRIDGE, the Astrologer at pp. 469-502 ; GAY's Present State of Wit, at p. 503 ; TICKELL's Life of JOSEPH ADDISON, at p. 513; the fullest, and indeed the only account STEELE ever gave of ADDISON's share in the Literary serial Half-Sheets of which he was the Editor, at p. 523; and ARBÚTHNOT's Law is a Bottomless Pit, at p. 537.

So here, are subjoined a series of friendly testimonies, stretching over half a century, from 1669 to 1713, as to the heart-rending indignities offered to the Clergy (whether in the capacity of the parson of the parish, or that of a domestic chaplain) by those who listened to their ministrations or kept them in their houses; and who were, besides, politically bound up with them, as a class, in the nation.

Finally, at the end of this volume, will be found a number of pieces by DANIEL DEFOE, giving much information relating to the Dissenting side of the Life and Thought of that reign.

Every one of these pieces is thoroughly significant ; and so far as it goes, can be relied upon as giving a true impression of the Time.

The History of the Age of Queen Anne has yet to be written. No period of England's Story is so complicated ; or more full of incident, of cross currents, of abortive attempts, and of double-double dealing.

But standing out amidst it all, is the Political Power of the Clergy, and of their great cry “The Church is in danger !” It requires a lively exercise of the imagination to realize, that the Clergy, thus politically dominant, could possibly be looked upon, for the most part, as the Helots of Society ; that even so early as 1669, they were Accounted by many, the Dross and Refuse of the nation. Men think it a stain to their blood to place their sons in that function; and women are ashamed to marry with any of them. . . . Also that, of all the Christian Clergy of Europe, whether Romish, Lutheran, or Calvinistic, none are so little respected, beloved, obeyed, or rewarded, as the present pious, learned, loyal Clergy of England; even by those who have always professed themselves of that Communion. [p. 244.] On the other hand, the hunted and persecuted Nonconformist Ministers were held in the highest veneration by those who sympathized with them.

Matters had coine, indeed, to a very different state of things, since GEORGE HERBERT's Country Parson had appeared in 1631.

Besides this general object, these pieces give a kind of background to the life of JONATHAN Swift. He, with his eyes wide open, entered a ENG. GAR. VII.

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Profession thus loaded with indignities. Surely, much of his character and habits may be looked upon as a Sturdy Revolt against social surroundings that were as irreligious as they were degrading.

We know he must have read Dr. EACHARD's book and the Controversy to which it gave rise, early in life, from the following remarks in his Apology prefaced to the Fourth Edition of the Tale of a Tub, 1710:and one cannot but see that the Enquiry into The Grounds and Occasions of the Contempt of the Clergy, &c., must have largely affected both his character and style. For he read it inversely: He was just the opposite, in every way, of what Dr. EACHARD says the bulk of the Clergy, in his time, were.

SWIFT's remarks are :

The Apology being chiefly intended for the satisfaction of future readers, it may be thought unnecessary to take any notice of such treatises as have been writ(ten) against this ensuing Discourse; which are already sunk into waste paper and oblivion : after the usualfate of common Answerers to books which are allowed to have any merit. They are indeed like annuals that grow about a young tree, and seem to vie with it for a summer; but fall and die with the leaves in autumn, and are never heard of any more.

When Dr. EACHARD writ his book about the Contempt of the Clergy, numbers of those Answerers immediately started up: whose memory, if he had not kept alive by his Replies, it would now (1710) be utterly unknown that he were ever answered at all.

It may be necessary to observe, that from the subsequent Controversy it would appear, that at least some of the specimens of sermons adduced by Dr. EACHARD, are not precise quotations : but are witty aggravations and exaggerations of things said in a much more dull and common way.

This sequence of pieces on the Social Contempt of the Clergy is as follows :

1669 E. CHAMBERLAYNE. Extract from Angliæ Notitia ...

p. 243 1670 T. B. [Rev. 7. EACHARD, D.D.] The Grounds and Occasions

of the Coniempt of the Clergy and Religion enquired into... p. 245 1710 I. BICKERSTAFF (R. STEELE). A Paper from the Tatler with some lines by J. OLDHAM

P. 317 1713 N. IRONSIDE (R. STEELE). A Paper from the Guardian p. 322]

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