Aurora, dressed with radiant light,
2Had triumphed o’er the gloomy shades of night—
3When she her
virgin beauty first discloses,
4Her dewy curls stuck full of
Lapped in a robe of silver mixed with gray,
prognosticate a glorious day—
7Out flew the
active Amazonian maid;
8The hills and dales not only she surveyed,
9But out of every gold-enamelled cup
10Her morning’s draft of nectar she did sup.
11Nay, where the toad and spider’s poison found,
Mell she extracts;
for this her wisdom’s crowned.
13On nightshade, henbane, hellish aconite,
hemlock she doth safely
15Thus being with choice extractions loaded well,
16She turned to fly to her
taking of my garden in her way,
18Though full before, she could not choose but stay
19To see the
20More variously than
Iris’s dewy breast.
21Then were my tulips painted in their pride,
22Which, when this covetous insect espied,
23To carry home her wealth she’d not the power
24Till she had searched the sweets of every flower.
from whom all influence receives,
decline; the tulip closed her
27And in that painted prison shut the bee,
With her a snail, who slid about (to see
29Where to get out) upon her
30But seeing no hope, she laid
her down to rest,
31Whilst the angry bee did such a flutt’ring
She nor her fellow pris’ner could not sleep.
33But night being past,
Delia diffused his rays;
34The tulip then her gilded leaves displays.
35Out slid the snail; the bee did fainting lie,
36And thus with beating of herself did die.
37Then let impatient spirits here but see
38What ’tis to struggle with their destiny.
Biron in prison was enraged,
40Knowing his king was to his sword engaged.
Belisarius by a dog was led,
42Being blind, he patiently did beg his bread.
Bajazeth did show his rage
44When that proud Tartar put him in a cage;
45Scorning to be a footstool to his pride,
46He dashed his curséd brains about and died.
Callisthenes, used with greater scorn,
49He, being unmoved, showed his philosophy:
50’Tis valianter by far to live than die.
51Then if no hope of liberty you see
52Think on the snail, the tulip, and the bee.