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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1899 Excerpt: ...the scorching noonday's heat, Incommodates the
lowing neat, Or bleating flock; hither each one Hastes to be my
companion. And when the western sky, with red Roses, bestrews the
Day Star's bed; The wholesome Maid comes out to milk, In russet
coat, but skin like silk; Which, though the sun and air dye brown,
Will yield to none of all the Town For softness and her breath's
sweet smell Doth all the new-milked kie excel She knows no rotten
teeth; nor hair Bought, or complexion, t' make her fair: But is her
own fair wind and dress; Not envying City's happiness. Yet as she
would extend some pity To the drained neat, she frames a Ditty; It
patiently lets her pail fill: This, doth the babbling Echo catch;
And so, at length, to me 't doth reach. Straight, roused up, I
verdict pass Concluding, from this bonny Lass And the birds'
strains, 'tis hard to say, Which taught notes first? or she or they
Thus ravished, as the night draws on Its sable curtain, in I'm gone
To my poor cell; which, 'cause 'tis mine, I judge it doth all else
outshine Hung with content, and weather proof; Though neither
pavement, nor roof, Borrow from marble quarr below; Or from those
hills where cedars grow. There, I embrace and kiss my spouse; Who,
like the Vesta to the house, A syllabub prepares, to show, By care
and love, what I must owe. Then, calling in the spawn and fry; Who,
whilst they live, ne'er let us die But every face is hers, or mine;
Though minted yet in lesser coin: She takes an apple, I a plum,
Encouragements for all and some; Till, in return, they crown the
hearth With innocent and harmless mirth Which sends us joyful to
our rest; More than a thousand others blest WISHES. TO HIS
SUPPOSED) MISTRESS. Whoe'er She be That not impossible She That
shall command my heart and me...
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