All creatures than the dolphin are more slow
Below fair Cynthia:
Neptune this did know.
4Had kindled in his breast a quenchless flame,
his spokesman to this
6Who wooed and won and
married her by proxy.
7Into her wavy bed he
flacked his tail;
8The contract in no circumstance did fail,
9Yet would he not the royal virgin leave,
10Lest some affront his sovereign should receive:
Maximilian, who did Britain wed
12With putting one bare leg into her bed.
13King Charles too nimble was for this slow
Himself did wed and bed this princely lass.
15The dolphin wiser was than
this great king,
16For he the slippery virgin home did bring.
This active fish with fishermen will join
18In catching mullets; sops and spritely wine
19They have for pay.
No love to man they lack,
Arion on the back
21Of dolphins rode; so did
two pretty boys.
22Some that are rigid count these virtues toys.
23This fish is still in motion till he dies,
though he sleeps yet still he never lies,
25But sinks into the bottom of the
26Then wakes and
springs up to the top again.
int’rest, and his
28True to ungrateful man, himself his friend.
29By all these circumstances you may see
30None but the active man a friend can be.
31Those that have reason, and yet idle by,
32Do just like hogs, no good until they die.
33Then think on
Titus, who would always say,
34When he had done none good, “I have lost this day.”
Draco, sure that law was good,
mother idleness was writ in blood;
37Should he reform our villages and towns,
38We should have empty houses and large grounds.
39That law would take away (I fear) more lives
40Of country gentlemen, and citizens’ wives,
41Than of the
natives’ blood the Spaniards spilled,
42Or in these times
our seeking saints have killed.
43Then do some good whilst light and life have;
44The idle man anticipates the grave.