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MASQUE AT THE MARRIAGE OF THE LORD HAYES: TO JAMES KING OF BRITAIN, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: The disunited scythians when they sought
Last Line: If he that marries kingdoms, marries men?
Subject(s): James I, King Of England (1566-1625)


THE disunited Scythians when they sought
To gather strength by parties, and combine
That perfect league of friends which once being wrought
No turn of time or fortune could untwine,
This rite they held: a massy bowl was brought,
And every right arm shot his several blood
Into the mazer till 'twas fully fraught.
Then having stirred it to an equal flood
They quaffed to th' union, which till death should last,
In spite of private foe, or foreign fear;
And this blood-sacrament being known t' have past,
Their names grew dreadful to all far and near.
O then, great Monarch, with how wise a care
Do you these bloods divided mix in one,
And with like consanguinities prepare
The high, and everliving Union
'Tween Scots and English! who can wonder then
If he that marries kingdoms, marries men?





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