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And, in their error's
Death's self is sorry.
In grace and feature,
Which owned the creature.
When fates turned cruel;
The stage's jewel;
Old men so duly ;
He played so truly.
They all consented; 102 Salathiel Pary. The subject of this beautiful epitaph acted in Cynthia's Revels and in the Poetaster, 1600 and 1601, in which [latter) year he probably died. The poet speaks of him with interest and affection, and it cannot be doubted that he was a boy of extraordinary talents. -- G.
But viewing him since, (alas, too late !)
They have repented;
In baths to steep him;
Heaven vows to keep him.
103 TO BENJAMIN RUDYERD.
Rudyerd, as lesser dames to great ones use,
TO THE SAME.
CXXII. If I would wish, for truth and not for show, The aged Saturn's age and rites to know ; If I would strive to bring back times, and try The world's pure gold, and wise simplicity; If I would virtue set as she was young, And hear her speak with one, and her first tongue; If holiest friendship, naked to the touch, I would restore, and keep it ever such: I need no other arts, but study thee, Who prov'st all these were, and again may be.
103 Afterwards knighted ; one of the most accomplished men of his time, a scholar, a poet, a distinguished speaker in Parliament, and the intimate friend of Pembroke.- B.
Writing thyself, or judging others' writ,
CXXIV. EPITAPH ON ELIZABETH, L. H. 104
Wouldst thou hear what man can say
TO SIR WILLIAM UVEDALE.
Uvedale, thou piece of the first times, a man
104 The name of the lady upon whom this most exquisite epitaph was written is unknown. Jonson wished it to be concealed, and the secret seems to have been carefully kept until the means of tracing it were lost.
105 Nothing appears to be known of this gentleman's history. Gifford says he was of Wickham, in the county of Southampton. — B.
TO HIS LADY, THEN MISTRESS CARY. Retired, with purpose your fair worth to praise, 'Mongst Hampton shades, and Phæbus' grove of
CXXVII. TO ESME, LORD AUBIGNY? 106 Is there a hope that man would thankful be, If I should fail in gratitude to thee To whom I am so bound, loved Aubigny ? No, I do, therefore, call posterity Into the debt; and reckon on her head How full of want, how swallowed up, how dead I and this muse had been, if thou hadst not
108 Brother to the Duke of Lenox, whom he succeeded in title and estate. - G.
Lent timely succors, and new life begot;
grows to me By her attempt, shall still be owing thee. And, than this same, I know no abler way To thank thy benefits: which is, to pay.
Roe, and my joy to name, thou’rt now to go
by thee, We each to other may this voice inspire; This is that good Æneas, passed through fire,
107 Supposed by Gifford to be the younger brother, or cousin, of Sir Thomas Roe. — See ante, 16. Gifford adds that this gentleman seems to have been in a mercantile or diplomatic capacity, and to have entered the profession of arms, quoting a passage from a letter of Howell's to the effect that William Roe had returned from the wars wounded in the arm, and confessing himself “an egregious fool to leave his mercership for a musket.” But there is nothing in the epigram to sustain any of these suppositions. The William Roe addressed by the poet appears to have gone abroad expressly upon his travels. — B.