With all your games, here. Cup. Mother? Ven. Yes Sir, she.|
What might your glorious cause of triumph be?
Ha' you shot (a) Minerva, or the Thespian dames?
Heat aged (b) Ops again, with youthful flames?
Or have you made the colder Moon to visit
Once more, a sheep cote? Say, what conquest is it
Can make you hope such a renown to win?
Is there a second Hercules brought to spin?
Or for some new disguise, leaves Jove his thunder?
to Cupid. See Luc. Dial. Ven. & Cupid. (b) Rhea, the Mother of
the gods, whom Lucian, in that place makes to have fall'n frantickly
in love, by Cupid's means, with Attys. So of the Moon, with Endy-
mion, Hercules, &c.
C U P I D.|
Or that, nor those, and yet no less a wonder;
Which to tell, I may not stay:
(c) Hymen's presence bids away;
'Tis, already, at his Night,
He can give you farther light.
You, my sports may here abide,
Till I call, to light the Bride.
H Y M E N.
Enus, is this a time to quit your Car?
To stoop to earth? to leave, alone, your Star,
Without your influence? and, (d) on such a night,
Which should be crown'd with your most chearing sight?
As you were ignorant of what were done
By Cupid's hand, your All-triumphing Son?
Look on this State; and if you yet not know,
What Crown there shines, whose Scepter here doth grow;
Think on thy lov'd (e) Æneas, and what name,
Maro, the golden Trumpet of his Fame,
Gave him, read thou in this. A Prince, that draws
By 'example more, than others do by Laws:
That is so just to his great act, and thought,
To do, not what Kings may, but what Kings ought.
Who, out of piety, unto peace, is vow'd;
To spare his Subjects, yet to quell the proud,
And dares esteem it the first fortitude,
To have his passions, Foes at home, subdu'd.
That was reserv'd, until the Parcæ spun
Their whitest wooll; and then, his thred begun.
Which thred, when (f) Treason would have burst, a Soul
(To day renown'd, and added to my roll)
Oppos'd; and, by that act, to his name did bring
The honour, to (g) be Saver of his King.
This King, whose worth (if Gods for vertue love)
Should Venus with the same affections move,
As her Æneas; and no less endear
Her love to his safety, than when she did chear,
(After (h) a Tempest) long afflicted Troy,
Upon the Lybian shore; and brought them joy.
the god of
and was so
she is Nup-
& Plut. in
the Son of
in his description, his own word, usurped of that Poets, Parcere sub-
jectis, & debellare superbos. (f) In that monstrous Conspiracy of E.
Gowry. (g) Titulo tunc crescere posses, nunc per te titulus. (h) Virg.
Æneid. lib. 1.
V E N U S.|
Love, and know his vertues, and do boast
Mine own renown, when I renown him most.
My Cupid's absence I forgive, and praise,
That me to such a present grace could raise.
His Champion shall, hereafter, be my care;
But speak his Bride, and what her vertues are.
H Y M E N.
H E is a noble Virgin, styl'd the Maid
Of the Red cliff, and hath her dowry weigh'd;
No less in Vertue, Blood, and Form, than gold.|
Thence, where my Pillar's rear'd, you may behold,
(Fill'd with Loves Trophees) doth she take her name.
Those Pillars did uxorious (i) Vulcan frame,
Against this day, and underneath that hill,
He, and his Cyclopes, are forging still
Some strange, & curious piece,t' adorn the night,
And give these graced Nuptials greater light.
thing to be done with great Mastery, or excellent Art, made Vulcan
the Artificer, as Hom. Iliad. S. in the forging of Achilles's Armor:
and Virg. for Æneas, Ænei. 8. He is also said to be the god of fire and
light. Sometime taken for the purest beam: and by Orph. in Hym.
celebrated for the Sun and Moon. But more specially, by Eurip. in
Troad. he is made Facifer in Nuptiis. Which present Office we give
him here, as being Calor Naturæ, and Præses Luminis. See Plato in
Cratyl. For his Description, read Pausa. in Elia.
Here Vulcan presented himself (as over hearing Hymen)
attir'd in a Cassock girt to him; with bare Arms; his hair and
beard rough; his hat of blue, and ending in a Cone: In his
hand, a hammer, and tongs; as coming from the Forge.
V U L C A N.
Hich I have done; the best of all my life:
And have my end, if it but please my Wife,
And she commend it, to the labour'd worth.
Cleave solid Rock, and bring the Wonder forth.
At which, with a loud and full Musick, the Cliff parted in
the midst, and discovered an illustrious Concave, fill'd with an
ample and glistering light, in which, an artificial Sphere was
made of silver, eighteen foot in the Diameter, that turned per-
petually: the Coluri were heightned with gold; so were the
Arctick and Antarctick Circles, the Tropicks, the Equinoctial,
the Meridian, and Horizon; only the Zodiack was of pure
gold: in which, the Masquers, under the Characters of the
twelve Signs, were placed, answering them in number; whose
offices, with the whole frame, as it turned, Vulcan went forward,
V U L C A N.
T is a Sphere, I've formed round, and even,
In due proportion to the Sphere of Heaven,
With all his lines, and circles; that compose
The perfect'st form, and aptly do disclose
The heaven of marriage: which I title it.
Within whose Zodiack, I have made to sit,
In order of the Signs, twelve sacred powers,
That are presiding at all nuptial howers:
||The first, in Aries place, respecteth pride|
Of Youth; and Beauty; graces in the Bride.
||In Taurus, he loves strength, and manliness;|
The vertues, which the Bridegroom should profess.
||In Gemini, that noble power is shown,|
That twins their hearts; and doth, of two, make one.
||In Cancer, he that bids the wife give way|
With backward yielding, to her husband's sway.
||In Leo, he that doth instil the heat|
Into the Man: which, from the following feat,
||Is tempred so, as he that looks from thence|
Sees, yet, they keep a Virgin innocence.
||In Libra's room, rules he that doth supply|
All happy Beds with sweet equality.
||The Scorpion's place he fills, that makes the jars,|
And stings in wedlock; little strifes, and wars:
||Which he, in th'Archer's throne, doth soon remove|
By making, with his shafts, new wounds of love.
||And those the follower, with more heat, inspires,|
As, in the Goat, the Sun renews his fires.
||In wet Aquarius stead, reigns he, that showres|
Fertility upon the genial bowres.