IDENTILIN$$ F107VA2|EpEliz|Victoria and Albert,cat.18,(Nedham) D73 F16|ff.37v-39r. /P:GAS,5-8-90,o/C:T-LP,11Jun91
107.VA2.HE1 An Epithalamion
107.VA2.HE2 on y%5e%6 Lady Eliz. & Count Palat:
107.VA2.HE3om
107.VA2.001 Haile Bishop Valentine, whose day this is
107.VA2.002 All the ayre is thy Diocese
107.VA2.003 And all the chirping Quiristers
107.VA2.004 And other birds are thy parishioners
107.VA2.005 Thou marriest euery yeare
107.VA2.006 The lirique larke, & y%5e%6 graue-whispering Doue
107.VA2.007 The Sparrow y%5t%6 neglects his life for loue.
107.VA2.008 The houshold bird with the red stomacher
107.VA2.009 [NI]Thou makest y%5e%6 blacke bird speed as soon [38]
107.VA2.010 As doth y%5e%6 Gold finch or the Halcione
107.VA2.011 The husband Cocke lookes out, & straight is sped
107.VA2.012 And meets his wife which brings her featherbed
107.VA2.013 [I3]This day more cheerfully then euer shine
107.VA2.014 [I3]This day which might enflame thy selfe (Old Valentine!)
107.VA2.015 Till now thou warm'st with multiplying loues
107.VA2.016 Two larkes, two Sparrowes & two Doues.
107.VA2.017 All y%5t%6 is nothing unto this
107.VA2.018 For thou this day couplest two Phoe%Lnixes
107.VA2.019 Thou makest a taper see
107.VA2.020 What the Sun ne're sawe, & what y%5e%6 Arke
107.VA2.021 (Which was of foules & beasts the Cage & Parke)
107.VA2.022 Did not containe, one bed conatains through thee
107.VA2.023 Two Phoe%Lnixes whose joyned breasts
107.VA2.024 [I5]Are unto one another mutuall nests.
107.VA2.025 Where motion kindles such fires as shall giue
107.VA2.026 Young Phoe%Lnixes, & yet the old shall liue
107.VA2.027 Whose loue & courage never shall decline
107.VA2.028 But make y%5e%6 whole yeare through thy day (O valentine.)
107.VA2.029 Up then faier Phoe%Lnix bird; frustrate y%5e%6 Sun,
107.VA2.030 Thy selfe from thine affection
107.VA2.031 Tak'st warmth enough, & from thine eye
107.VA2.032 All lesser birds will take their iollity
107.VA2.033 Up up, faire bird & call
107.VA2.034 The stars from out their severall boxes take
107.VA2.035 Thy rubies, pearles, & Diamonds forth & make
107.VA2.036 Thy selfe a constellation of them all
107.VA2.037 And by this blazing signify,
107.VA2.038 That a great Prince falls & doeth not dy.
107.VA2.039 [I5]Be thou a new starr y%5t%6 to us portends
107.VA2.040 Ends of much wonder & bee thou these ends
107.VA2.041 Since thou doest, this day in new glory shine
107.VA2.042 May all men date records from this day (Valentine.)
107.VA2.043 Come forth, come forthe & as one glorious flame
107.VA2.044 Meeting another growes y%5e%6 same.
107.VA2.045 So meet thy Frederique, & soe
107.VA2.046 To an unspeakeable union growe.
107.VA2.047 Since seperation
107.VA2.048 Falls not on such things as are infinite,
107.VA2.049 Nor things w%5ch%6 are but one can disunite
107.VA2.050 Y'art twice inseperable Great & One.
107.VA2.051 Go then to where y%5e%6 Bishop stayes [38v]
107.VA2.052 To make you on his way, w%5ch%6 diverse wayes
107.VA2.053 Must bee effected; & when all is past
107.VA2.054 And when y'art one by hearts & hands made fast
107.VA2.055 [I3]You two haue one way left yourselues t'entwine
107.VA2.056 Besides this bishop knot our Bishop Valentine.
107.VA2.057 But oh, what ayles y%5e%6 Sun y%5t%6 here he stayes
107.VA2.058 Longer to day then other dayes
107.VA2.059 Stayes he new light from these to get
107.VA2.060 And finding here such store is loath to set
107.VA2.061 And why do you two walke
107.VA2.062 So slowly-pac'd in this procession?
107.VA2.063 Is all your care but to bee look't upon?
107.VA2.064 And bee to others spectacle & talke?
107.VA2.065 [NI]The feast with glorious delayes
107.VA2.066 Is eaten, & to long their meate they praise
107.VA2.067 The maskers come too late, & I thinke will stay
107.VA2.068 Like Fayeries till y%5e%6 Cocke crow them away.
107.VA2.069 [I3]Alas did not Antiquity assigne
107.VA2.070 A night as well as day to thee (O Valentine!)
107.VA2.071 It did; & night is come, & yet wee see
107.VA2.072 Formalities retarding thee
107.VA2.073 What mean these Ladies w%5ch%6 as though
107.VA2.074 They were to take a clocke in pieces, go
107.VA2.075 So nicely about the Bride?
107.VA2.076 A bride before a (good night) could be sayde
107.VA2.077 Should vanish from her cloaths into her bed
107.VA2.078 As soules from bodies steale & are not spyed.
107.VA2.079 But now shee's layd; what though shee bee?
107.VA2.080 Yet there are more delayes, for where is hee?
107.VA2.081 He cometh passing through sphere after sphere
107.VA2.082 First her sheets, then her armes, then any where.
107.VA2.083 [I5]Let not then this day but this night bee thine
107.VA2.084 The day was but y%5e%6 Eue to this (O Valentine!)
107.VA2.085 Here lyes a shee Sun & a hee Moone here
107.VA2.086 Shee giues y%5e%6 best light to his sphere
107.VA2.087 Or each is both, & all, & so
107.VA2.088 They unto one another nothing owe
107.VA2.089 And yet they doe; but are
107.VA2.090 So just & rich in y%5t%6 coine w%5ch%6 they pay [39]
107.VA2.091 That neither would nor needs forbeare, or stay
107.VA2.092 Neither desires to bee spar'd nor to spare
107.VA2.093 They quickly pay the debt & then
107.VA2.094 Take no acquittances but pay againe.
107.VA2.095 They pay, they giue, they lend & so let fall
107.VA2.096 No such occasion to bee liberall.
107.VA2.097 More truthe, more courage in these two do shine
107.VA2.098 [5sp.intoLM]Then all thy Turtles haue & Sparrowes (Valentine.)
107.VA2.099 And by this act of these two Phoe%Lnixes
107.VA2.100 Nature again restored is,
107.VA2.101 For since these two are two no more
107.VA2.102 Theres but one Phoe%Lnix still as was before.
107.VA2.103 Rest now at last. And wee
107.VA2.104 As Satyres watch y%5e%6 Suns uprise, will stay
107.VA2.105 Waiting when your eyes op'ned let out day
107.VA2.106 Onely desird because your face wee see.
107.VA2.107 Others neer you shall whispering speake
107.VA2.108 And wagers lay at w%5ch%6 side day will breake.
107.VA2.109 And win by observing then whose hand it is
107.VA2.110 That opens first a curtain hers or his.
107.VA2.111 [I5]This will be try'd to morow after nine
107.VA2.112 Till which houre wee thy day enlarge (O Bishop Valentine.)
107.VA2.SS I. Donn. [at end of l.112, in RM]
107.VA2.0$$ Lines 2, 3, 5, 9 of each st ind 5sp. except as noted; sts (except the lst) numbered in arabic numerals. Indentation seems to be intended to center lines on page.