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A POEM EXPRESSING THE ANTIQUITY AND

EXCELLENCY OF DANCING.

IN A DIALOGUE BETWEEN PENELOPE AND ONE OF HER WOOERS,

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Yet was there not in all the world of things, A (wecter burthen for his muses wings.

Where lives the man that never yet did hear

Of chaste Penelope, Ulysses' queen?'
Who kept her faith unspotted twenty year,

Till he return'd that far away had been,
And many men, and many towns had seen :

Ten year at siege of 'Troy he ling'ring lay,
And ten year in the Midland sea did stray.

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Homer, to whom the muses did carouse

A great deep cup with heav'nly nectar fillid, The greatest, deepest cup in Jove's great house,

(For Jove himself had so expressly willid) He drank off all, nor let one drop be {pillid; Since when, his brain that had before been

dry,

Became the well-spring of all poetsy. Homer doch tell in his abundant verse,

The long laborious travels of the man, And of his lady too he doth rehearse,

How the illudes with all the art she can, Th’ungraceful love which other lords began : For of her lord, falfe fane had long since

sworn, That Neptune's monsters had his carcase torn.

iv. All this he tells, but one thing he forgot,

One thing most worthy his eterial song,
But he was old, and blind, and saw it not,

Or else he though he should Ulysses wrong,
To mingle it his tragic acts among :

The courtly love Antinous did make,

Antinous that fresh and jolly knight, Which of the gallants that did undertake

To win the widow, had most wealth and might, Wit to persuade, and beauty to delight.

The courıly love he made unto the queen,

Homer forgot as if it had not been. Sing then Terpsichore, ny light muse sing

His gentle art, and cunning courtesy :
You, lady, can remember ev'ry thing,

For you are daughter of queen memory;
But sing a plain and easy melody: [ground,

For the soft mean that warbleth but the
To my rude ear doth yield the sweetest found.

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One only night's discourse I can report,

When the great torch-bearer of heav'n was gene Down in a mark unto the Ocean's court,

To revel it with Thetis all alone;
Antinous disguised and unknown,

Like to the spring in gaudy ornament,

Unto the castle of the princess went.
The sov'reign castle of the rocky ifle,

Wherein Penelope the princess lay,
Shone with a thousand lamps, which did exile

The shadows dark, and tuin'd the night to day,
Not Jove's blue tent, what time the funny say

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Behind the hulwark of the earth retires, “ That your imperious virgac is fo loth
Is feen to sparkle with more twinkling fires. “ To grant your beauty her chicf exercise ?

“ Or from what spring doth your opinion rise. That night the Queen'came forth from far within, “ That dancing is a frenzy and a rage, And in the preience of her court was seen;

“ Firīt known and us'd in this new fangled For the sweet linger Phæmius did begin

age? To pri ise the worthies that at Troy had been;

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Somewhat of her Ulysles she did ween. [fmg, "Dancing * (bright Lady) then began to be,

In his grave hymn the heav'nly man would « When the first feeds vvhercof the world did
Or of his wars, or of his wandering.

spring,

“ The fire, air, earth, and water did agree, Pallas thai hour with her sweet breath divine “ By lovc's persuasion, nature's mighty king, Inspir'd immortal beauty in her eyes,

« To leave their first disorder'd combating; 'That with celeftial glory she did shine,

“ And in a dance such measure to observe, Brighter than Venus when she doth arise

“ As all the world their motion should preOut of the waters to adorn the skies ;

“ serve. The wooers all amazed do admire, And check their own prefumptuous desire. “ Since when they fill are carried in a round,

“ And changing come one in another's place, Only Antinous when at first he view'd [thin'd,“ Yet do they neither mingle nor confound,

Her far bright eyes that with new honour “ But ev'ry one doth keep the bounded space Was not dismay'd, but therewithal renew'd. " Wherein the dance doth bid it turn or trace: The nobleneis and splendor of his mind;

“ This wond'rous miracle did love devise, And as he did fit circumstances find,

“ For dancing is love's proper exercise. Unto the throne he boldly did advance,

XIX. And with sair manners woo'd the Queen to “ Like this, he fram'd the God's eternal bow'r, dance.

“ And of a shapeless and confused mass,

“ By his through piercing and digesting pow'r, 15 Goddess of women, sith your heav'nliness

“ The turning vault of heaven formed was : “ Hath now vouchsaf 'd itself to represent “ Whose starry wheels he hath so made to pass, * To our dim eyes, which though they see the less, “ As that their movings do a music frame,

“ Yet are they bless’d in their astonishment, “ And they themselves itill dance unto the “ Imitate heaven whose beauty's excellent ;

“ fanie. “ Are in continual motion day and night, • And move thereby more wonder and de- “ Or if this (all) which round about we see, light.

(As idle Morpheus some fick brains have ** Let me the mover be, co turn about

« Of undivided motes compacted be, “ Those glorious ornaments, that youth and love “ How was this goodly architecture wrought? Have fix'd in you, ev'ry part throughout,

“ Or by what means were they together " Which if you will in timely mealure move,

brought? "Not all those precious gems in heav'n above “ They err, that say they did concur by “ Shall yield a sight more pleasing to behold,

“ chance,

(darice. « With all their turns and tracings manifold." « Love made them meet in a well order'd

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“ As when Amphion with his charming lyre

“ Begot so sweet a fyren of the air,
“ That with her rhetoric made the stones cor.spire

" The ruin of a city to repair,
“ (A work of wit and reason's wife affair :)
“ S, love's smooth tongue, the notes such

“ measure taught
6. That they join'd hands, and so the world
was wrought.

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" How juftly then is dancing termed new,

“ Which with the world in point of time begun; “ Yea, time itself, (whose birth Jove never knew,

“ And which indeed is elder than the sun)
“ Had not one moment of his age outrun,
" When oue leap'd dancing from the heap of

“ things,
“ And lightly rode upon his nimblc wings.

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15 Sole heir of virtue and of beauty both,

Whence ccncth it (Antinous replies)

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* The antiquity of dancing,

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“ He cuts the troops, that all asunder flirga “ Reason hath both her pictures in her treasure, ". And ere they wil, he casts them in a ring,

“ Where time the ineasure of all moving is; « And dancing is a moving all in measure; “ Then did he rarify the element, Now if you do resemble that to this,

“ And in the centre of the ring appear, [went, And think both ore, I think you think amiss : “ The beams that from his forehead spreading “ But if you judge them twins, together got, “ Begot an horror, and religious fear “ And time first born, your judgment errech « In all the souls that round about him were ;

“ Which in their ears attentiveness procures,

" While he, with such like sounds their minds F6 Thus doth it equal age with age enjoy,

" allures. “ And yet in lukty youth for ever flow'rs,

XXXII. « Like love his firc, whom painters make a boy, “ How doth confusion's mother, headlong chancet,

“ Yet is he eldest of the heav'nly pow'rs; “ Put rcafou's noble squadron to the rout? “ Or like his brother time, whole winged hours “ Or how should you that have the governance

Going and coming will not let him die, “ of nature's children, heav'n and earth “ But still preserve him in his infancy."

" throughout,

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“ Prescribe them rules, and live yourselves with. This faid; the Queen with her sweet lips, divine, “ Why should your fellowship a trouble be, Gently began to move the subtle air,

“ Since man's chief pleasure is focicey? Which gladly yielding, did itself incline

XXXIII. To take a shape between thote rubies fair ; “ If sense hath not yet taught you, learn of me And being formed, softly did repair

“ A comely moderation and discreet, With twenty doublings in the empty way, “ That your assemblies may well order'd be Unto Antinous' ears, and thus did say:

“ When my uniting pow'r shall make you meet, XXVI.

" With heav'nly cunes it shall be temper'd “ What eye doth see the heav'n but doth admire

« sweet : “ When it the movings of the heav'ns doth fee? “ And be the model of the world's great “ Myself, if I to heav'n may once aspire,

" frame,

(name. “ If that be dancing, will a dancer be :

“ And you earth's children, Dancing ihall it “ But as for this your frantic jollity

XXXIV. “ How it began, or whence you did it learn, “ Behold the world how it is whirled round, “ I never could with reafon's eye discern." “ And for it is so whirled, is named so; XXVII.

« In whose large volume many rules are fonnd Antinous answer'd : “ Jewel of the earth,

« Of this new art, which it doth fairly show : “ Worthy you are that heav'nly dance to lead ; “ For your quick eyes in wand'ring to and fre “ But for you think our dancing base of birth, “ From East to West, on no one thing can “ And newly born but of a brain-sick head,

“ glance, * I will forthwith his antique gentry read;

“ But if you mark it well, it seems to dance, “ And for I love him, will his herald be, “ And blaze his arms, and draw his pedigree. “ First you see fix'd in chis huge mirror blue

“ Of trembling lights ļ, a number nuraberless, " When Love had shap'd this world, this

great

“ Fix'd they are nam’d, but with a name untrue, “ fair wight,

(tains, " For they all move, and in a dance express “ That all wights else in this wide womb con- “ That great long year that doth contain no less “ And had instruAcd it to dance aright, I

“ Than threescore hundreds of those years “ A thousand measures with a thousand strains,

“ in all,

(rural. “ Which it should practise with delightful pains,

“ Which the Sun makes with his course na. “ Until that fatal instant should revolve,

XXXVI. “ When all to nothing should again resolve. “ What if to you these sparks disorder'd seem

“ As if by chance they had been scatter'd there? The comely order and proportion fair

“ The gods a folemn measurę do it deem, “ On ev'ry side, did please his wand'ring eye, “ And see a just proportion ev'ry where, « Till glancing through the thin transparent air,

“ And know the points whence first their mov, “ A rude disorder'd rout he did cfpy

“ ings were, “ Of men and women, that most spightfully

“ To which first points when all return again, “ Did one another throng, and crowd so fore, “ The axle-tree of heav'n fhall break in twain. " That his kind eye in pity wept therefore.

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“ Under that spangled iky, five wand'ring flames, " And swifter than the light'ning down he came,

“ Besides the King of Day, and Queen of Night, “ Another shapeless chaos to digest,

“ Are wheel'd around, all in their fundry frames, 6. He will begin another world to frame,

“ And all in fundry measures do delight. (For Love till all be well will never reft)

" Yet altogether keep no measure right : Then with such words as cannot be expreft, + The speech of Love, persuading men to learn dancing:

By the orderiy motion of the fixed ilara, • The original of dancing

joithe planets,

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For by itself, each doth itself advance,
“ And by itself, each doth a galliard dance. “ Hence is her prattling daughter echo born,

“ That dances to all voices she can hear : Venus, the mother of that bastard Love, « There is no found so harsh that she doth scorn, “ Which doth usurp the world's greaj marhal's Nor any time wherein the will forbear

“ The airy pavement with her feet to wear : “ Just with the son her dainty feet doth move, “ And yet her hearing sense is nothing quick,

á And unto him doth all the gestures frame: “ For after time she endeth ev'ry trick.
“ Nor after, now afore the flattering dame,

“ With divers cunning passages doth err, “ And thou sweet music, dancing's only life,
“ Still him respecting that respeás not her. “ The ear's fole happiness, the air's best speech,

“ Loadstone of fellowship, charming rod of strife, " For that brave fun the father of the day,

“ The fuft mind's paradise, che fick mind's leech, “ Doth love this earth, the mother of the night, “ With thine own tongue thou trees and stones " And like a reveller in rich array

“ can teach, “ Doth dance his galliard in his leman's fight 6 That when the air doch dance her finest “ Both back, and forth, and fideways palling

measure, light,

“ Then art thou born the gods and mens “ His princely grace doth so the gods amaze,

“ sweet pleasure. « That all stand still and at his beauty gaze.

“ Lastly, where keep the winds their revelry, s. But see the earth, when he approacheth near, “ Their violent turnings, and wild whirling “ How she for joy doth spring, and sweetly

“ hays?

“ But in the air 's translucent gallery? # But see again her sad and heavy cheer

Where she herself is turn’d a hundred ways, " When changing places he retires a while ; “ While with those maskers wantonly the plays; « But those black clouds he shortly will exile, “ Yet in this misrule, they such rule embrace,

" And make them all before his presence fiy, 46 As two at once encumber not the place. “ As mists consum'd before the cheerful eye.

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" If then fire, air, wand'ring and fix'd lights “ Who doth not see the measures of the moon, “ In ev'ry province of the imperial iky,

Which thirteen times the danceth ev'ry year? “ Yield perfect forms of dancing to your sights, “ And ends her pavin, thirteen times as soon " In vain I teach the ear, that which the eye. “ As doth her brother, of whose golden hair “ With certain view already doth descry.

She borroweth part and proudly doth it wear; “ But for your eyes perceive not all they see,
“ Then doth she coily turn her face aside, “ In this I will your senses master be.
" That half her cheek is scarce sometimes
dcfcry'd.

“ For lo the sea * that ficets about the land,

“ And like a girdle clips her solid waist, 16 Next her, the pure, subtle, and cleansing fire • « Music and micalure hoth can understand: “ Is swiftly carried in a circle even :

“ For his great cryftal eye is always cait
« Though Vulcan be pronounc'd by many a liar “ Up to the moon, and on her fixed fast:

The only halting god that dwells in heav'n : “ And as she danceth in her pallid Iphere,
“ Bue that fool name may be more fitly giv'n “ So danceth he about the cootre here.
“ To your falle fire, that far from heav'n is
fall,

“ Sometimes his proud green waves in order fet, '“ And doth consume, wake, spoii, disorder all. “ One after other flow unto the shore,

" Which when they have with many kisles wet, "'And now bchold your tender nurse the air t, They ebb away in order as before ;

“ And common neighbour that aye runs around, “ And to make known his courtly love the " How many pictures and impreilions fair

more,
“ Within her empty regions are there found, “ He oft doth lay aside his three-fork'd mace,
" Which to your senses dancing do propound; " And with his arms the tim'rous tarth en-
" For what are brcach, speech, echoes, music,

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“ winds,
“ But dancings of the air in fundry kinds ? “ Only the earth doth stand for ever ftill,

“ Her rocks renove not, nor her mountains 6. For when you breathe, the air in order moves,

meet, “ Now in, now out, in tine and measure truc; (Although some wits enrich'd with learning's 5 And when you speak, so well the dancing loves,

" skill " That doubling ust, and oft redoubling new, “ Say heav'n stands firm, and that the carth " With thousand forms she doth herself endue :

i doth fleet, For all the words that from your lips re- “ And swiftly turneth underneath their feet)

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