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which had appeared in the 1663 volume, were in-
corporated in the 1668 folio in Several Discourses
by way of Essays in Verse and Prose' and will be
included in the companion volume mentioned below.

At the end of this book will be found the variations
noted in a collation of the 1668 text with the folio of 1656,
the volume of 1663, and the edition of The Mistress
which had appeared in 1647.

The course adopted in the case of misprints is the
same as that followed in the other texts in this series ;
square brackets in the poems indicate where errors have
been noticed, and these are explained in the Notes :
but a conservative attitude has been deliberately adopted
in deciding what are, and what are not, misprints, both
in spelling and in punctuation. A few accents only,
italic for roman signs, etc., have been silently altered.

A companion volume to the present is in the press.
It will contain the miscellaneous prose contents of the
1668 folio, including the 'Several Discourses by way of
Essays in Verse and Prose,' Cowley's juvenile writings,
not collected by him, and his English plays. The two
volumes will thus contain the whole of Cowley's English
writings : it is not intended to reprint his Latin works
in this edition.

A. R. WALLER.

CAMBRIDGE,

1 June, 1905.

THE

WORKS

OF

M' Abraham Cowley.

Consisting of
Those which were formerly Printed :

AND

Those which he Design’d for the Press,

Now Published out of the Authors

ORIGINAL COPIES.

LONDON,

Printed by 7. M. for Henry Herringman, at the Sign of the
Blew Anchor in the Lower Walk of the New

Exchange, 1668.

ELEGIA

DEDICATORIA, ad ILLUSTRISSIMAM

Academiam

CANTABRIGIENSEM.

Hoc

Oc tibi de Nato ditissima Mater egeno

Exiguum immensi pignus Amoris habe. Heu meliora tibi depromere dona volentes

Astringit gratas parcior arca manus. Túne tui poteris vocem hic agnoscere Nati

Tam malè formatam, dissimilemq; tuæ ? Túne hic materni vestigia sacra decoris,

Tu Speculum poteris hic reperire tuum? Post longum, dices, Coulei, sic mihi tempus ?

Sic mihi speranti, perfide, multa redis ? Quæ, dices, Sage Lemurésq; Déæq; nocentes,

Hunc mihi in Infantis supposuere loco ?
At Tu, sancta Parens, crudelis tu quoque, Nati

Ne tractes dextrâ vulnera cruda rudi.
Hei mihi, quid Fato Genetrix accedis iniquo?

Sit Sors, sed non sis Ipsa Noverca mihi.
Si mihi natali Musarum adolescere in arvo,

Si bené dilecto luxuriare solo,
Si mihi de doctâ licuisset pleniùs undâ

Haurire, ingentem si satiare sitim,
Non ego degeneri dubitabilis ore redirem,

Nec legeres Nomen fusa rubore meum.
Scis benė, scis quæ me Tempestas publica Mundi

Raptatrix vestro sustulit é gremio,

Nec pede adhuc firmo, nec firmo dente, negati

Poscentem querulo murmure Lactis opem. Sic quondam aërium Vento bellante per æquor,

Cum gravidum Autumnum sæva flagellat Hyems. Immatura sua velluntur ab arbore poma

Et vi victa cadunt; Arbor & ipsa gemit.
Nondum succus inest terræ generosus avitæ,

Nondum Sol roseo redditur ore Pater.
O mihi jucundum Grantæ super omnia Nomen!

O penitùs toto corde receptus Amor!
O pulchræ sine Luxu Ædes, vitæq; beatæ,

Splendida Paupertas, ingenuúsq; decor !
O chara ante alias, magnorum nomine Regum

Digna Domus! Trini nomine digna Dei!
O nimium Cereris cumulati munere Campi,

Posthabitis Ennæ quos colit illa jugis! O sacri Fontes! & sacræ Vatibus Umbre,

Quas recreant Avium Pieridumq; chori!
O Camus! Phæbo nullus quo gratior amnis!

Amnibus auriferis invidiosus inops !
Ah mihi si vestræ reddat bona gaudia sedis,

Detq; Deus doctà posse quiete frui!
Qualis eram cum me tranquilla mente sedentem

Vidisti in ripa, Came serene, tuâ;
Mulcentem audisti puerili Aumina cantu;

Ille quidem immerito, sed tibi gratus erat. Nam, memini ripà cum tu dignatus utrâq;

Dignatum est totum verba referre nemus. Tunc liquidis tacitisq; simul mea vita diebus,

Et similis vestræ candida Auxit aquæ. At nunc cænosæ luces, atq; obice multo

Rumpitur ætatis turbidus ordo meæ. Quid mihi Sequanâ opus, Tamesisve aut Thybridis unda ?

Tu potis es nostram tollere, Came, sitim. Folix qui nunquam plus uno viderit amne!

Quiq; eadem Salicis littora more colit! Fælix cui non tentatus sordescere Mundus,

Et cui Pauperies nota nitere potest! Tempore cui nullo misera experientia constat,

Ut res humanas sentiat esse Nihil!

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