fair Aurora, dressed with radiant light,
2Had triumphed o’er the gloomy shades of
3When she her
virgin beauty first
4Her dewy curls stuck full of
5Lapped 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
draft of nectar she did sup.
11Nay, where the toad and spider poisons found,
Mell she extracts; for this
her wisdom’s crowned.
13On nightshade, henbane, hellish aconite,
14On opium, hemlock she doth
15Thus being with
choice extractions loaded well,
16She turned to fly to her
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.
25The sun, from whom all influence receives,
them decline; the tulip closed her leaves,
27And in that painted prison shut the bee.
28With 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 keep,
32She nor her fellow pris’ner could not sleep.
33But night being past,
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
What ’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,
48Tyrannically mangled, so was borne,
49He, being unmoved, showed his philosophy:
’Tis valianter by far to live than die.
51Then if no hope of liberty you see,
Think on the snail, the tulip, and the bee.