Poems, &c. written upon several occasions, and to several persons by Edmond Waller.
Waller, Edmund, 1606-1687.

Of her passing through a crowd of People.

AS in old Chaos Heaven with Earth confus'd,
And Stars with Rocks, together crush'd and bruis'd;
The Sun his light no further could extend
Than the next hill, which on his Shoulders lean'd:
So in this throng bright Sacharissa far'd,
Oppress'd by those who strove to be her Guard:
As Ships though never so obsequious, all
Foul in a Tempest on their Admiral
A greater Favour this disorder brought
Unto her Servants, than their awful thought
Durst entertain, when thus compell'd they prest
The yielding Marble of her snowy Breast.
While love insults, disguised in the Cloud,
And welcome force of that unruly Croud.
Page  37 So th'amorous Tree, while yet the Air is calm,
Just distance keeps from his desired Palm:
But when the VVind her ravish't Branches throws
Into his Arms, and mingles all their Boughs;
Though loath he seems her tender leaves to press,
More loath he is that Friendly storm should cease,
From whose rude Bounty, he the double use
At once receives, of Pleasure and Excuse.