The Bride's First Night

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By "W. C"; from Rawlinsoii MS., Poet. 214, leaf 71, back

Being entered, and the bed with all thinges sett, Vpon the side thereof a while ihey sitt. when left alone, they talke and toy & smile, She, whilst she canne, the tyme seeks to beguile, till sudingly her cheekes are all bewept, to loose so soone what she so long hath kept; & oft she castes her eyes vpon the place where she is to wrastle ; and she highdes her face. He with such gentle force compells the Lasse, as would not breake her, were she made of glasse, so loth he is to hurt her; yet he throwghs her softly downe, and to her side he growes. Venus begins to teach them a new trade, The marrage quene here play es the chamber-maide : Juno her-selfe, whose new affections growne, and there attends to teach them Marse vnknowne, the whilst he seekes for babyes in her eyes, feeles her white neck, & ivery breasts that rise Like 2 white snowy hills, and still doth praise all that he feeles or touches ; then thus sayes : " O frish and flourishing Virgin now in brid, and are you growne at length so near my side; of all my hopes the storehouse and the treasure, my long-expected, now my greatest pleasure; my sweet & dearest loue, this could not be nor happen thus, but by the gods decree; & will [you] now the power of loue withstande ?" at this she tumes, & stayes his forward hand, trembling to think of that which was to ensue, or proue the thinge which yet she neuer knew; twixt hope and fear she thus replyes: " O faire and louely youth, Hst t' a Virgins prayre ! of the ingrate, by those which gauc the such, thy parents bee, I only beg thus much: pitty my tears, put me to noe affright, I only craue repriue but for this night" with [that] she seemes intraunst, and prostrate lyes, hath not one word to vtter more, nor eyes to see herselfe vnvirgeyned, winkes, lyes still, & since be needes must, letts him act his will : betwixt them too, they quench loues amorrous fires, she what she feares, he what he long desires.

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