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Hear him debate of commonwealth affairs,
you shall hear A fearful battle render'd
THE COMMONWEALTH OE BEES. So work the honey bees; Creatures, that, by a rule in nature, teach The act of order to a pecpled kingdom. They have a king, and officers of sortst: Where some, like magistrates, correct at home; Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad; Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings, Make boot
the summer's velvet buds; Which pillage they with merry march bring home To the tent-royal of their emperor: Who, busied in his majesty, surveys The singing masons building roofs of gold; The civilt citizens kneading up the honey; The poor mechanic porters crowding in Their heavy burdens at his narrow gate; The sad-ey'd justice, with his surly hum, Delivering o'er to executors pale The lazy yawning drone.
Now all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; Now thrive the armourers, and honour's thought Reigns solely in the breast of every man: They sell the pasture now, to buy the horse; Following the mirror of all Christian kings, With winged heels, as English Mercuries. For now sits Expectation in the air ; And hides a sword, from hilt unto the point, With crowns imperial, crowns, and coronets, Promis'd to Harry, and his followers.
APOSTROPHE TO ENGLAND.
O England!—model to thy inward greatness, Like little body with a mighty heart, What mightst thou do, that honour would thee do, Were all thy children kind and natural! But see thy fault! France hath in thee found out A nest of hollow bosoms, which he* fills With treacherous crowns.
O, how hast thou with jealousy infected The sweetness of affiance! Show men dutiful? Why, so didst thou: Seem they grave and learned? Why, so didst thou: Come they of noble family?
* i. e. The king of France.
Why, so didst thou: Seem they religious?
'A made a finer end, and went away, and it had been any christom child; ’a parted even just between twelve andone, e'en at turning o'the tide; for after I saw him fumble with the sheets, and play with flowers, and smile upon his fingers' ends, I knew there was but one way; for his nose was as sharp as a pen, and 'a babbled of green fields. How now, Sir John? quoth I: what, man! be of good cheer. So 'a cried out—God, God, God! three or four times: now I, to comfort him, bid him, 'a should not think of God; I hoped there was no need to trouble himself with any such thoughts yet: So, 'a bade me lay more clothes on his feet: I
hand into the bed and felt them, and they were as cold as any stone. KING HENRY'S CHARACTER BY THE CONSTABLE OF
FRANCE. You are too much mistaken in this king; Question your grace the late ambassadors, * Accomplishment + Sifted. $ Endowed. § A child not more than a month old.
With what great state he heard their embassy,
DESCRIPTION OF A FLEET SETTING SAIL.
Suppose, that you have seen The well-appointed king at Hampton pier Embark his royalty; and his brave fleet With silken streamers the young Phoebus fanning. Play with your fancies; and in them behold, Upon the hempen tackle, ship-boys climbing : Hear the shrill whistle, which doth order give To sounds confus’d: behold the threaden sails, Borne with the invisible and creeping wind, Draw the huge bottoms through the furrow'd sea, Breasting the lofty surge.
DESCRIPTION OF NIGHT IN A CAMP.
From camp to camp, through the foul womb of The hum of either army stilly sounds,
, * In making objections. Wasted, exhausted. Gently, lowly.
That the fix'd sentinels almost receive
* Discoloured by the gleam of the fires. + Over-saucy.