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Can do the things that statues do deserve,
ON HER HUSBAND, SIR KENELM DIGBY.
§. happy Muse, thou know my Digby
well, Yet read him in these lines: He doth excel In honour, courtesy, and all the parts Court can call hers, or man could call his arts. “S prudent, valiant, just and temperate : In him all virtue is beheld in state; And he is built like some imperial room For that to dwell in, and be still at home. is breast is a brave palace, a broad street, Where all heroic ample thoughts do meet : Where nature such a large survey hath ta'en, As other Souls, to his, dwelt in a lane :
Witness his action done at Scanderoon,
* Witness his action dome at Scanderoon, Upon his birth-day, the eleventh of June.] This refers to an action in the bay of Scanderoon in 1628, wherein he beat certain vessels belonging to the states of Venice. “This onset was made,” says Antony Wood, “as 'tis reported on the eleventh of /une, (his birth day as Ben Jonson will have it.) yet a pamphlet that was published the same year, giving an account of all the transactions of that fight, tells us, it was on the 16th of the same month; which, if true, then the fortune of that day is again marred.” To all which we must answer, that this same pamphlet or letter, which gives the relation of this action, was dated indeed on the 16th of June, but it expressly says that the action happened on the 11th of the same month; and this is confirmed likewise by Mr. Ferrar's Epitaph on the death of sir Kenelm Digby, which makes the 11th of June memorable for his birth-day, the day of his victory, and the day of his death. The epitaph is as follows:
“Under this stone the matchless Digby lies,
It is remarkable that Antony Wood refers us to this epitaph, and
When the apostle Barnaby the bright
|EW years expect new gifts: sister, your harp, | Lute, lyre, theorbo, all are call'd to-day; # Your change of notes, the flat, the mean, the sharp, To shew the rites, and usher forth the way
' or he doth love my verses, and will look Upon them, next to Spenser's noble book.] Sir Kenelm had a §oat affection for the Fairy Queen, and wrote a commentary on a single stanza of that poem. It is called, Observations on the 22d *za in the 9th canto of the 2d book of Spenser's Fairy Queen, Lond. 1644. Octavo. Whal.
Of the new year, in a new silken warp,
Chorus of Nymphs and Shepherds.
A'ector Cho. To-day old Janus opens the new year, And shuts the old : Haste, haste, all loyal swains,
That know the times and seasons when t appear, And offer your just service on these plains;
Best kings expect first fruits of your glad gains.
I Shep. Pan is the great preserver of our bounds. 2 Shep. To him we owe all profits of our grounds. 3 Shep. Our milk.
4 Shep. Our fells.
5. Shep. Our fleeces.
6 Shep. And first lambs. 7 Shep. Our teeming ewes.
8 Shep. And lusty mounting rams.
9 Shep. See where he walks, with Mira by his side. Cho. Sound, sound his praises loud, and with his hers divide.
Of Pan we sing, the best of hunters, Pan, That drives the hart to seek unused ways Shop. And in the chase, more than Sylvanus can ; Cho. Hear, O ye groves, and, hills, resound his praise.
Of brightest Mira do we raise our song, Sister of Pan, and glory of the spring ; AWym. Who walks on earth, as May still went along. Cho. Rivers and valleys, echo what we sing. Of Pan we sing, the chief of leaders, Pan, Cho. of Shep. That leads our flocks and us, and calls both forth
To better pastures than great Pales can :
Of brightest Mira is our song ; the grace Cho, of Nym. Of all that nature yet to life did bring; And were she lost, could best supply her place:
Rivers and valleys, echo what we sing.
1 Shop. Where'er they tread the enamour'd ground, The fairest flowers are always found: 2 Shop. As if the beauties of the year Still waited on them where they were. I Shop. He is the father of our peace; 2 Shop. She to the crown hath brought increase. I Shep. We know no other power than his ; Pan only our great shepherd is, Cho. Our great, our good. Where one's so drest In truth of colours, both are best.
Rect. Cho. Haste, haste you hither, all you gentler
Rect. Cho. Where-e'er he goes, upon the ground