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EDMUND WALLER was born on the third of March, 1605, at Colshill, in Hertfordshire. His father was Robert Waller, Esquire, of Agmondesham in Buckinghamshire, whose family was originally a branch of the Kentish Wallers; and his mother was the daughter of John Hampden, of Hampden in the same county, and sister to Hampden, the zealot of rebellion.

His father died while he was yet an infant, but left him a yearly income of three thousand five hundred pounds; which, rating together the value of money and the customs of life, we may reckon more than equivalent to ten thousand at the present time.

He was educated, by the care of his mother at Eaton; and removed afterwards to King's College in Cambridge. 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16.

If gold or wealth of most esteemed deare,

If iewels rich, thou diddest hold in prise,
Such store thereof, such plentie haue I seen,
As to a greedie minde might well suffice:
With that downe trickled many a filuer teare,
Two christall streames fell from her watrie eies;
Part of her sad misfortunes than she told,
And wept, and with her wept that shepherd old.

17.

With speeches kinde, he gan the virgin deare

Towards his cottage gently home to guide;
His aged wife there made her homely cheare,
Yet welcomde her, and plast her by her side.
The Princesse dond a poore pastoraes geare,
A
kerchiefe course upon her head she tide;
But yet her gestures and her lookes
(I
gesse)
Were such,
as
ill
beseem'd
a
shepherdesse.

18.


Not those rude garments could obscure, and hide
The heau'nly beautie
of
her angels face,
Nor was her princely
of
spring damnifide,
Or ought disparagde,
by
those labours bace;
Her little flocks
to
pasture would she guide,
And milke her goates, and
in
their folds them place,
Both cheese and butter could she make, and frame
Her selfe
to
please the shepherd and his dame,