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Of all to the great master;
For, Bacchus, thou art freer
So mayst thou still be younger
the Muses follow
That when King James above here
Shall feast it, thou mayst love there
Be it he holds communion
And Charles brings home the lady. 80
82 AN EPIGRAM ON THE COURT PUCELLE.S. Does the Court Pucelle then so censure me, And thinks I dare not her ? let the world see.
80 This piece appears to be of an earlier date than the preceding, and to have been written before the Spanish match was broken off. - B.
81 Horace, Sat. II. i. 25.
82 The subject of this Epigram was one Mistress Boulstred, upon whom Donne wrote two elegies. Jonson told Drummond that this “piece of the Pucelle of the Court was stolen out of his pocket by a gentleman who drank him drowsy, and given to Mistress Boulstred, which brought him great displeasure." - B.
What though her chamber be the very pit,
Not he, that should the body have, for case
Shall I advise thee, Pucelle ? steal away From court, while yet thy fame hath some small
day; The wits will leave you if they once perceive You cling to lords; and lords, if them you leave For sermoneers, of which now one, now other, They say you weekly invite with fits o'th' mother, And practise for a miracle; take heed, This age
would lend no faith to Darrel's deed ; & Or if it would, the court is the worst place, Both for the mothers and the babes of grace; For there the wicked in the chair of scorn, Will call 't a bastard, when a prophet's born.
AN EPIGRAM TO THE HONORED COUNTESS
The wisdom, madam, of your private life, Wherewith this while you live a widowed wife,
83 “Did you never read, sir, little Darrel's tricks
With the boy o' Burton, and the seven in Lancashire,
Somers of Nottinghanı." The Devil is an Ass, V. 3. John Darrel was a Roman Catholic priest who in 1600 published a book called A true Narration of the strange and grievous l'exotion by the Devil, of seven Persons in Lancashire, and William Somers, of Nottingham. Impositions of this kind were frequently carried on for the purpose of terrifying the illiterate and superstitious, and making converts of them. Dr. Harsnet, afterwards Archbishop of York, detected the fraud in this instance, and published an answer to Darrel's narrative. -- B.
84 The character drawn in this epigram, and the allusion
And the right ways you take unto the right,
weight. And though all praise bring nothing to your
name, Who, herein studying conscience, and not fame, Are in yourself rewarded; yet 'twill be A cheerful work to all good eyes, to see Among the daily ruins that fall foul Of state, of fame, of body, and of soul, So great a virtue stand upright to view, As makes Penelope's old fable true, Whilst your Ulysses hath ta'en leave to go, Countries and climes, manners and men to know. Only your time you better entertain, Than the great Homer's wit for her could feign; For you admit no company but good, And when you want those friends, or near in
to the absence of the lady's husband on his travels, suggest the probability that the piece was addressed to the Countess of Rutland. See ante, pp. 40, 117. See also Beaumont's Elegy on the death of the Countess of Rutland. – B.