IDENTILIN$$ F10700E|EpEliz|1650(CtY,MH)|sigs.H2-H4.,pp.99-103. /P:T-LP/11Jun91
107.00E.HE1 %1An Epithalamion, or marriage Song
107.00E.HE2 on the /Lady%2 Elizabeth, %1and%2 Count Palatine
107.00E.HE3 %1being /married on%2 St. Valentines %1day%2. [H2]
107.00E.001 I./H%+Aile Bishop Valentine, whose day this is,
107.00E.002 All the Aire is thy Diocis,
107.00E.003 And all the chirping Choristers,
107.00E.004 And other birds are thy Parishioners,
107.00E.005 Thou marryest every yeare
107.00E.006 The Lirique Larke, and the grave whispering Dove,
107.00E.007 The Sparrow that neglects his life for love,
107.00E.008 The houshold Bird, with the red stomacher,
107.00E.009 Thou mak'st the Black-bird speed as soon,
107.00E.010 As doth the Goldfinch, or the Halcion;
107.00E.011 The husband cock lookes out, and straight is sped,
107.00E.012 And meets his wife, which brings her feather-bed.
107.00E.013 This day more cheerfully than ever shine.
107.00E.014 This day, which might inflame thy selfe, old Valen-\(tine. [CW:II^]
107.00E.015 II.[H2v]/Till now, Thou warm'dst with multiplying loves
107.00E.016 Two Larks, two Sparrowes, or two Doves,
107.00E.017 All that is nothing unto this,
107.00E.018 For thou this day couplest two Phoe%Lnixes.
107.00E.019 Thou mak'st a Taper see
107.00E.020 What the Sun never saw, and what the Arke
107.00E.021 (Which was of fowle, and beasts the cage and park,)
107.00E.022 Did not containe, one bed containes, through Thee,
107.00E.023 Two Phoe%Lnixes, whose joyned brests
107.00E.024 Are unto one another mutuall nests.
107.00E.025 Where motion kindles such fires, as shall give
107.00E.026 Yong Phoe%Lnixes, and yet the old shall live.
107.00E.027 Whose love and courage never shall decline,
107.00E.028 But make the whole yeare through, thy day, o%C Valen-\(tine.
107.00E.029 III,/Up then faire Phoe%Lnix Bride, frustrate the Sun;
107.00E.030 Thy selfe from thine affection
107.00E.031 Tak'st warmth enough, and from thine eye
107.00E.032 All lessers birds will take their jollitie.
107.00E.033 Vp, up, faire Bride, and call
107.00E.034 Thy stars from out their severall boxes, take
107.00E.035 Thy Rubies, Pearles, and Diamonds forth, and make
107.00E.036 Thy selfe a Constellation of them All.
107.00E.037 And by their blazing signifie,
107.00E.038 That a great Princesse fals, but doth not die;
107.00E.039 Be thou a new starre, that to us portends
107.00E.040 Ends of much wonder; And be thou those ends. [CW:Since]
107.00E.041 Since thou dost this day in new glory shine, [H3]
107.00E.042 May all men date Records, from this thy Valentine.
107.00E.043 IIII./Come forth, come forth, and as one glorious flame
107.00E.044 Meeting another, growes the same:
107.00E.045 So meet thy %1Fredericke%2, and so
107.00E.046 To an unseparable union go,
107.00E.047 Since separation
107.00E.048 Fals not on such things as are infinite,
107.00E.049 Nor things which are but one, can dis-unite.
107.00E.050 You'are twice inseparable, great, and one.
107.00E.051 Go then to where the Bishop stayes,
107.00E.052 To make you one, his way, which divers wayes
107.00E.053 Must be effected; and when all is past,
107.00E.054 And that y'are one, by hearts and hands made fast,
107.00E.055 You two have one way left, your selves t'entwine,
107.00E.056 Besides this Bishops knot, o%C Bishop Valentine.
107.00E.057 V./But oh, what ayles the Sunne, that here he stayes,
107.00E.058 Longer to day, than other dayes?
107.00E.059 Stayes he new light from these to get?
107.00E.060 And finding here such starres, is loath to set?
107.00E.061 And why doe you two walke,
107.00E.062 So slowly pac'd in this procession?
107.00E.063 Is all your care but to be look'd upon,
107.00E.064 And be to others spectacle and talke?
107.00E.065 The feast with gluttonous delayes
107.00E.066 Is eaten, and too long their meat they praise, [CW:The]
107.00E.067 The Masquers come late, and I thinke, will stay, [H3v]
107.00E.068 Like Fairies, till the Cock crow them away.
107.00E.069 Alas did not Antiquitie assigne
107.00E.070 A night as well as day, to thee, O Valentine?
107.00E.071 VI./They did, and night is come: and yet we see
107.00E.072 Formalities retarding thee.
107.00E.073 What meane these Ladies, which (as though
107.00E.074 They were to take a clock in peeces) goe
107.00E.075 So nicely about the Bride?
107.00E.076 A bride before a Good night could be said,
107.00E.077 Should vanish from her cloathes, into her bed,
107.00E.078 As soules from bodies steale, and are not spy'd.
107.00E.079 But now she is laid: What though she be?
107.00E.080 Yet there are more delayes; For, where is he?
107.00E.081 He comes & passeth through Spheare after Spheare:
107.00E.082 First her sheets, then her Armes, then any where.
107.00E.083 Let not this day, then, but this night be thine,
107.00E.084 Thy day was but the eve to this, O Valentine.
107.00E.085 VII./Here lies a she Sunne, and a he Moone there,
107.00E.086 She gives the best light to his Spheare,
107.00E.087 Or each is both, and all, and so
107.00E.088 They unto one another nothing owe,
107.00E.089 And yet they doe, but are
107.00E.090 So just and rich in that coyne which they pay,
107.00E.091 That neither would, nor needs forbeare, nor stay,
107.00E.092 Neither desires to be spar'd, nor to spare, [CW:They]
107.00E.093 They quickly pay their debt, and then [H4]
107.00E.094 Take no acquitances, but pay againe;
107.00E.095 They pay, they give, they lend, and so let fall
107.00E.096 No such occasion to be liberall.
107.00E.097 More truth, more courage in these two doe shine,
107.00E.098 Then all thy turtles have, and sparrowes, Valentine.
107.00E.099 VIII./And by this act of these two Phoe%Lnixes
107.00E.100 Nature againe restored is,
107.00E.101 For since these two are two no more,
107.00E.102 There's but one Phoe%Lnix still, as was before.
107.00E.103 Rest now at last, and we
107.00E.104 (As Satyrs watch the Sunnes uprise) will stay
107.00E.105 Waiting when your eyes opened, let out day,
107.00E.106 Onely desir'd because your face we see;
107.00E.107 Others neare you shall whispering speake,
107.00E.108 And wagers lay, at which side day will breake,
107.00E.109 And winne by'observing, then, whose hand it is
107.00E.110 That opens first a curtaine, hers or his;
107.00E.111 This will be tryed to morrow after nine,
107.00E.112 Till which houre, we thy day enlarge, O Valentine. [CW:EC-]
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