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All these good parts a perfect woman make ;
BORN 1564.-DIED 1616.
FROM HIS SONNETS.
“ within thine own deep sunken eyes," Were an all-eating shame and thriftless praise; How much more praise deserv'd thy beauty's use, If thou could'st answer “ This fair child of mine Shall sum my count, and make
old excuse,” Proving his beauty by succession thine: This were to be new-made when thou art old, And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.
On! how much more doth Beauty beauteous seem,
Let me not to the marriage of true minds
taken. Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks Within his bending sickle's compass come;
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
Those lips, that Love's own hand did make,
SIR WALTER RALEIGH,
BORN 1552.-DIED 1618.
Ir is difficult exactly to estimate the poetical character of this great man, as many of the pieces that are ascribed to him have not been authenticated. Among these is the “ Soul's Farewell,” which possesses a fire of imagination that we would willingly ascribe to him, but his claim to it, as has been already mentioned, is exceedingly doubtful. The tradition of his having written it on the night before his execution, is highly interesting to the fancy, but, like many fine stories, it has the little defect of being untrue, as the poem was in existence more than 20 years before his death. It has accordingly been placed in this collection, with several other pieces to which his name has been conjecturally affixed, among the anonymous poetry of that period.
Sir Walter was born at Hayes Farm, in Devonshire, and studied at Oxford. Leaving the university at seventeen, he fought for six years under the Protestant banners in France, and afterwards served a campaign in the Netherlands. He next distinguished himself in Ireland during the rebellion of 1580, under the lord deputy Lord Grey de Wilton, with whom his personal disputes eventually promoted his fortunes, for being heard in his own cause on returning to England, he won the favour of Elizabeth,
who knighted him, and raised him to such honours as alarmed the jealousy of her favourite Leicester.
In the mean time, as early as 1579, he had commenced his adventures with a view to colonize Ame. rica-surveyed the territory now called Virginia, in 1584, and fitted out successive fleets in support of the infant colony. In the destruction of the Spanish armada, as well as in the expedition to Portugal in behalf of Don Antonio, he had his full share of action and glory; and though recalled, in 1592, from the appointment of general of the expedition against Panama, he must have made a princely fortune by the success of his fleet, which sailed
that occasion, and returned with the richest prize that had ever been brought to England. The queen was about this period so indignant with him for an amour which he had with one of her maids of honour, that, though he married the lady (she was the daughter of Sir Nicholas Throgmorton), her majesty committed him, with his fair partņer, to the Tower. The queen forgave him, however, at last, and rewarded his services with a grant of the manor of Sherborne, in Dorsetshire, where he built a magnificent seat. Raleigh's mind was not one that was destined to travel in the wheel-ruts of common prejudice. It was rumoured that he had carried the freedom of his philosophical speculation to an heretical height on many subjects; and his acceptance of the church lands of Sherborne, already mentioned, probably supplied additional motives to the clergy