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TO INIGO MARQUIS WOULD-BE.
But 'cause thou hear'st the mighty King of Spain Hath made his Inigo marquis, 42 wouldst thou fain Our Charles should make thee such ? 'twill not
become All kings to do the selfsame deeds as some : Besides, his man may merit it, and be A noble honest soul: what's this to thee? He may have skill, and judgment to design Cities and temples, thou a cave for wine, Or ale ; 43 he build a palace, thou the shop, With sliding windows, and false lights a-top; He draw a forum with quadrivial streets; Thou paint a lane where Tom Thumb Jeffrey
meets, 44 He some Colossus, to bestride the seas, From the famed pillars of old Hercules ; Thy canvas giant at some channel aims, Or Dowgate torrents falling into Thames; And straddling shows the boys' brown paper fleet Yearly set out there, to sail down the street. Your works thus differing, much less so your
style, Content thee to be Pancridge earl the while,
42 This passage refers to a current notion, having its origin in Jones's Christian name, that he had a Spaniard for his goul-father. -- B.
43 Jones did construct the king's cellar. See ante, p. 236.
44 That is, just wiile enough to allow of the meeting of Tom Thumb and Jeffrey Hudson (the dwarf). – G.
An earl of show; 45 for all thy worth is show:
FROM THE MASQUE OF HYMEN. 46
Lead, Hymen, lead away;
Shrink not, soft virgin, you will love
This is no killing war,
45 One of the “worthies " who annually rode to Mile-end, or the Artillery ground, in the procession called Arthur's Show. - G. Jones was said to have aspired to a peerage, but there is no better proof of it than can be found in the scurrilous doggerel of the day. -- B.
46 This masque was performeil in 1606 at the marriage of Robert, Earl of Essex, son of the Essex of Elizabeth, and Luy Frances, second daughter of the Earl of Suffolk. The marriage was a most inauspicious one, for it was this Lady Fiances who, divorced from Essex, married the Earl of Somerset and caused the death of Overbury.
But fair and gentle strife
Help, youths and virgins, help to sing
And did so lately rap
See ! Hesperus is yet in view.
Is changed, but not her flame.
That it might wealthy be,
47 That she might not touch the threshold as she entered, tne bride was lifted over it.
Above the threshold high,
Now youths, let go your pretty arms ;
Whole showers of roses flow,
Good matrons, that so well are known
Place you our bride to-night,
To help the funeral flame.
But chaste and holy love,
Now free from vulgar spite or noise
Now, you no fear controls,
And look ! before you yield to slumber
Joys got with strife, increase.
Then coin them 'twixt your lips so sweet,
Nor may your murmuring loves
Rise perfect every way.
The labor of this night