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There come, he steals her shafts away,
And puts his own into their place;
Nor dares he any longer stay,

But, ere she wakes, hies thence apace.
Scarce was he gone, but she awakes,

And spies the shepherd standing by;
Her bended bow in haste she takes,
And at the simple swain lets flye.

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Forth flew the shaft and pierc'd his heart,
That to the ground he fell with pain;

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Yet up again forthwith he start,

And to the nymph he ran amain.

Amazed to see so strange a sight,

She shot, and shot, but all in vain ;

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The more his wounds, the more his might,

Love yielded strength amidst his pain.

Her angry eyes were great with tears,

She blames her hand, she blames her skill;
The bluntness of her shafts she fears,
And try them on herself she will.

Take heed, sweet nymph, trye not thy shaft,
Each little touch will pierce thy heart;
Alas! thou know'st not Cupids craft;
Revenge is joy: the end is smart.

Yet try she will, and pierce some bare;

Her hands were glov'd, but next to hand

Was that fair breast, that breast so rare,

That made the shepherd senseless stand.

That breast she pierc'd; and through that breast
Love found an entry to her heart;

At feeling of this new-come guest,

Lord! how this gentle nymph did start!

She runs not now; she shoots no more;
Away she throws both shaft and bow;
She seeks for what she shunn'd before,
She thinks the shepherds haste too slow.

VOL. I.

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Though mountains meet not, lovers may;
What other lovers do, did they;

The god of love sate on a tree,

And laughed that pleasant sight to see.

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XI.

The Character of a Happy Life.

This little moral poem was writ by Sir Henry Wotton, who died Provost of Eton, in 1639, Et. 72. It is printed from a little collection of his pieces, entitled Reliquiæ Wottonianæ, 1651, 12mo, compared with one or two other copies.

How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not anothers will;
Whose armour is his honest thought,
And simple truth his highest skill;
Whose passions not his masters are ;
Whose soul is still prepar'd for death,
Not ty'd unto the world with care
Of princes ear, or vulgar breath;

Who hath his life from rumours freed;

Whose conscience is his strong retreat;
Whose state can neither flatterers feed,
Nor ruine make oppressors great;

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Who envies none whom chance doth raise,
Or vice; who never understood

How deepest wounds are given with praise,
Nor rules of state, but rules of good.

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Who God doth late and early pray

More of his grace than gifts to lend,

And entertaines the harmless day

With a well-chosen book or friend!

This man is freed from servile bands

Of hope to rise or feare to fall;
Lord of himselfe, though not of lands,
And having nothing, yet hath all.

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XII.

Gilderoy

was a famous robber, who lived about the middle of the last century, if we may credit the histories and story-books of highwaymen, which relate many improbable feats of him, as his robbing Cardinal Richelieu, Oliver Cromwell, &c. But these stories have probably no other authority than the records of Grub-street; at least the Gilderoy, who is the hero of Scottish songsters, seems to have lived in an earlier age; for, in Thompson's Orpheus Caledonius, vol. ii. 1733, 8vo, is a copy of this ballad, which, though corrupt and interpolated, contains some lines that appear to be of genuine antiquity: in these he is represented as contemporary with Mary, Queen of Scots: ex. gr.

"The Queen of Scots possessed nought,

That my love let me want:

For cow and ew to me he brought,

And ein whan they were scant."

These lines, perhaps, might safely have been inserted among the following stanzas, which are given from a written copy, that seems to have received some modern corrections. Indeed the common popular ballad contained some indecent luxuriances that required the pruninghook.

GILDEROY was a bonnie boy,
Had roses tull his shoone;
His stockings were of silken soy,
Wi' garters hanging doune.

It was, I weene, a comelie sight,

To see sae trim a boy;

He was my jo and hearts delight,
My handsome Gilderoy.

O! sike twa charming een he had,
A breath as sweet as rose;
He never ware a Highland plaid,
But costly silken clothes.
He gain'd the luve of ladies gay,
Nane eir tull him was coy:
Ah, wae is mee! I mourn the day,
For my dear Gilderoy.

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And aft we passed the langsome time,
Among the leaves sae green;

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Aft on the banks we'd sit us thair,

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God speid thee weil, mine ain dear heart,
For gane is all my joy;

My heart is rent sith we maun part,
My handsome Gilderoy."

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Of Gilderoy sae fraid they were,
They bound him mickle strong

Tull Edenburrow they led him thair,
And on a gallows hung:

They hung him high aboon the rest,
He was sae trim a boy ;

Thair dyed the youth whom I lued best,
My handsome Gilderoy.

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