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UPON MASTER WALTER MONTAGUE HIS RETURN FROM TRAVEL, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Lead the black bull to slaughter, with the boar
Last Line: As laymen clasp their hands, we join our feet.
Subject(s): Homecoming; Exiles


LEAD the black bull to slaughter, with the boar
And lamb, then purple with their mingled gore
The ocean's curled brow, that so we may
The sea-gods for their careful waftage pay:
Send grateful incense up in pious smoke
To those mild spirits, that cast a curbing yoke
Upon the stubborn winds, that calmly blew
To the wish'd shore our long'd-for Montague.
Then, whilst the aromatic odours burn
In honour of their darling's safe return,
The Muses' choir shall thus with voice and hand
Bless the fair gale that drove his ship to land:

Sweetly breathing vernal air,
That with kind warmth dost repair
Winter's ruins; from whose breast
All the gums and spice of th' East
Borrow their perfumes; whose eye
Gilds the morn and clears the sky;
Whose dishevell'd tresses shed
Pearls upon the violet bed;
On whose brow, with calm smiles dress'd,
The halcyon sits and builds her nest:
Beauty, youth, and endless Spring
Dwell upon thy rosy wing.
Thou, if stormy Boreas throws
Down whole forests when he blows,
With a pregnant flowery birth
Canst refresh the teeming earth;
If he nip the early bud,
If he blast what's fair or good,
If he scatter our choice flowers,
If he shake our hills or bowers,
If his rude breath threaten us---
Thou canst stroke great Æolus,
And from him the grace obtain
To bind him in an iron chain.

Thus, whilst you deal your body 'mongst your friends,
And fill their circling arms, my glad soul sends
This her embrace: thus we of Delphos greet;
As laymen clasp their hands, we join our feet.





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