All creatures than the dolphin are more slow
Neptune this did know.
4Had kindled in his breast a quenchless flame,
He was 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
one bare leg into her bed.
King Charles too nimble was for this slow
14Himself did wed and bed this
The dolphin wiser was than this great king,
16For he the
slippery virgin home did bring.
with fishermen will join
They 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
23This fish is
still in motion till he dies,
24For though he sleeps, yet still he never lies,
25But sinks into the bottom of the
wakes and springs up to the top again.
int’rest, and his end;
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.
he reform our villages and towns,
38We should have empty houses and
That 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 you have;
44The idle man anticipates the grave.