Of a Wrought Carpet, Presented to the View of Working Ladies

The spring doth spin fine grass-green silk, of which
Was woven1 a carpet, like the Persian, rich,
And all about the borders, there were2 spread
Clusters of grapes, mixed green, blue, white, and red,
And in the midst the gods in sundry shapes                                  5
Were3 curious wrought, divulging all their rapes,
And all the ground was strewed with flowers so;4
As if by Nature set, they there did grow.5
Those figures all like sculptures did6 bear out;
Whether they lay on flat many did7 doubt.                                  10
There light and dark all intermixed were8 laid
For shady groves, where priests9 devoutly prayed.
The fruits so hung10 as did invite the taste;
Small birds with picking seemed11 to make a waste.
The ground was wrought like threads drawn from the sun,    15
Which shined so blazing as12 a fired gun.
This piece the pattern is of artful skill;
Art th’imitator13 is of Nature still.

  1. Was woven] To weave 1653
  2. were] are 1653
  3. Were] Are 1653
  4. was strewed with flowers so;] with Flowers there are strow’d, 1653
  5. set, they there did grow.] they were set, so grow’d. 1653
  6. sculptures did] Sculpture doe 1653
  7. Whether they lay on flat many did] To lye on Flats many will make a 1653
  8. There light and dark all intermixed were] Dark and Light so intermix’d are 1653; There Light and Dark all Intermixt was 1664; There Light and Dark, all intermixt, was 1668
  9. where priests] that Priest 1653
  10. so hung] hung so, 1664, 1668
  11. Small birds with picking seemed] And small Birds picking seen 1653
  12. as] like to 1653
  13. th’imitator] Imitator 1653