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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
Mercury Complaining
By Aurelian Townsend (fl. 1601–1643)
 
Mercury
WHAT 1 makes me so unnimbly rise,
  That did descend so fleet?
There is no uphill in the skies,
  Clouds stay not feathered feet.
 
Chorus
Thy wings are singed, and thou canst fly
        5
But slowly now, swift Mercury.
 
Mercury
Some lady here is sure to blame,
  That from Love’s starry skies
Hath shot some beam or sent some flame
  Like lightning from her eyes.        10
 
Chorus
Tax not the stars with what the sun,
Too near approached, incensed, hath done.
 
Mercury
I’ll roll me in Aurora’s dew
  Or lie in Tethys’ bed,
Or from cool Iris beg a few        15
  Pure opal showers new shed.
 
Chorus
Nor dew, nor showers, nor sea can slake
Thy quenchless heat, but Lethe’s lake.
 
Note 1. From Albion’s Triumph, a Masque, 1631–2. [back]
 
 
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