LOVE ASPIRING

 

"Lovers are charged to aspire too high. It is as the poor dove, which, when her eyes are sealed, still mounteth up into the air. They are charged with descending too low; it is as he poor mole, which, seeing not the clearness of the air, diveth into the darkness of the earth." Masque 1594 [when Bacon was at Grays Inn]

 

"O cross! too high to be enthralled too low!
O spite! too old to be engaged to young!
O Hell! to choose love by another's eyes!

The jaws of darkness do devour it up."

Midsummer's Night Dream i.i.