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

The Fall.

SEe how the willing earth gave way
To take th' impression where she lay.
See how the mould as loath to leave
So sweet a burden, still doth cleave
Close to the Nymphs stain'd garment; here
The coming Spring would first appear,
And all this place with Roses strow,
If busie feet would let them grow;
Here Venus Smil'd to see blind Chance
It self, before her son advance,
And a fair image to present
Of what the Boy so long had meant:
'T was such a chance as this made all
The World into this order fall:
Page  138 Thus the first loves, on the clay
Of which they were composed lay;
So in their prime with equal grace
Met the first patterns of our race:
Then blush not (fai) or on him frown,
Or wonder how you both came down;
But touch him, and he'll tremble strait,
How could he then support your weight?
How could the Youth alas, but bend
When his whole Heaven upon him lean'd?
If ought by him amiss were done,
'T was that he let you rise so soon.