A painter who would2 draw the firmament
Did with a round plump face the same3 present.
His pencils were the beams shot from fair eyes,
Where some of them he in red blushes dyes,
Which as the morning, when the heaven’s4 clear, 5
Shows5 just so red before the sun appear.
The veins he draws for a blue azure6 sky,
And for the sun, a great and fair7 grey eye.
The rainbow like a brow he pencils8 out,
Which circles half a weeping eye about. 10
From pure pale complexions, takes9 a white,
Mixed with a count’nance10 sad, he shades the11 night.
Thus Heav’n he doth with such12 a face present,
That13 is adorned with beauty excellent.
- Of a] A Picture hung in Nature’s House. 1664; A Picture hung in Nature’s House.1668
- who would] was to 1653
- Did with a round plump face the same] A round plump Face the same he did 1653
- heaven’s] Clouds are 1653
- Shows] Shew 1664, 1668
- The veins he draws for a blue azure] An Azure-blew from Veines he drawes a 1653
- great and fair] faire, and great 1653
- The rainbow like a brow he pencils] A Raine-bow like a Brow doth pencill 1653
- pure pale complexions, takes] pale Complexions taking 1664; Pale Complexions, taking 1668
- count’nance] Countenance 1653
- the] a 1653
- Heav’n he doth with such] Heaven as faire that doth 1653
- That] Which 1653