Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.
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On my Lady Dorothy Sidneys Picture.
SUch was Philoclea, such Mucidorus Flame;
The matchless Sidney that immortal Frame
Of perfect Beauty on two Pillars plac't:
Not his high Fancy could one pattern grac't
With such extremes of Excellence compose,
Wonders so distant in one Face disclose:
Such cheerful Modesty, such humble State,
Moves certain Love, but with a doubtful Fate:
As when beyond our Greedy reach we see,
Inviting Fruit on too sublime a Tree.
All the rich Flow'rs through his Arcadia found,
Amaz'd we see, in this one Garland bound.
Had but this Copy, which the Artist took
From the fair Picture of that noble Book,
Page 30 Stood at Calanders; the brave friends had jarr'd,
And Rivals made, th'ensuing story marr'd.
Just nature first instructed by his thought,
In his own House thus practis'd what he taught.
This glorious piece transcends what he could think;
So much his Blood is nobler than his Ink.