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X. But oh why didst thou not stay here below To bless us with thy heav'n-lov'd innocence, 65 To flake his wrath whom sin hath made our foe, To turn swift-rushing black perdition hence, Or drive away the slaughtering pestilence,
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart ? 69 Butthou canst best perform thatoffice where thou art.
XI. Then thou the mother of so sweet a Child Her false imagin'd loss cease to lament, And wisely learn to curb thy sorrows wild; Think what a present thou to God hast sent, And render him with patience what he lent; 75
This if thou do, he will an ofspring give, (live. That till the world's lait end shall make thy name to
Anno AEtatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the college,
part Latin, part English. The Latin Speeches ended,
the English thus began: L AIL native Language, that by sinews weak 11 Dids move my firstendevoring tongue to speak, And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc'd, lide through my infant-lips, Driving dumb silence from the portal door, 5 Where he had mutely sat two years before : Here I salute thee, and thy pardon ask, That now I use thee in my latter task :
Small loss it is that thence can come unto thee,
I know my tongue but little grace can do thee: 10
Thou need'st not be ambitious to the first,
Believe me I have thither packt the worst:
And, if it happen as I did forecast,
The daintiest dishes shall be serv'd up last.
I pray thee then deny me not thy aid
For this same small neglect that I have made :
But haste thee strait to do me once a pleasure,
And from thy wardrobe bring thy chiefest treasure,
Not those new fangled toys, and trimming slight
Which takes our late fantastics with delight, 20
But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire
Which deepest spirits, and choicest wits desire:
I have some naked thoughts that rove about,
And loudly knock to have their passage out;
And weary of their place do only stay : 25
Till thou hast deck'd them in thy best array;
That so they may without suspect or fears
Fly swiftly to this fair assembly's ears ;
Yet I had rather, if I were to chuse,
Thy service in some graver subject use, 30
Such as may make thee search thy coffers round,
Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound :
Such where the deep transported mind may soar
Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav'n's door
Look in, and see each blissful Deity
35 How he before the thunderous throne doth lie,
Lift'ning to what unshorn Apollo sings
To th’ touch of golden wires, while Hebe brings
Immortal nectar to her kingly fire:
Then passing through the spheres of watchful fire,
And misty regions of wide air next under, 41
And hills of snow and lofts of piled thunder,
May tell at length how green-ey'd Neptune raves,
In Heav'n's defiance mustering all his waves; •
Then sing of secret things that came to pass 45
When beldam Nature in her cradle was;
And last of kings and queens and heroes old,
Such as the wise Demodocus once told
In folemn songs at king Alcinous feast,
While fad Ulysses foul and all the rest 50
Are held with his melodious harmony
In willing chains and sweet captivity.
But fie, my wand'ring Muse, how thou doft stray!
Expectance calls thee now another way, :
Thou know'st it must be now thy only bent 55
To keep in compass of thy predicament:
Then quick about thy purpos’d business come,
That to the next I may resign my room.
Then Ens is represented as father of the Predicaments his
ten sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his
canons, which Ens, thus speaking, explains: N OOD luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth U The faery ladies danc'd upon the hearth; 60
Thy drousy nurse hath sworn she did them fpy
Come tripping to the room where thou didst lie,
And sweetly singing round about thy bed.
Strow all their blessings on thy sleeping head.
She heard them give thee this, that thou shouldst
From eyes of mortals walk invisible: (still
Yet there is something that doth force my fear, 67
For once it was my dismal hap to hear
A Sibyl old, bow-bent with crooked age,
That far events full wisely could presage, 70
And in time's long and dark prospective glass
Foresaw what future days should bring to pass ;
Your son, said she, (nor can you it prevent)
Shall subject be to many an Accident.
O’er all his brethren he shall reign as king, 75
Yet every one shall make him underling,
And those that cannot live from him asunder
Ungratefully shall strive to keep him under,
In worth and excellence he shall out-go them,
Yet being above them, he shall be below them; 80
From others he shall stand in need of nothing,
Yet on his brothers shall depend for clothing.
To find a foe it shall not be his hap, ..
And peace shall lull him in her flow’ry lap;
Yet shall he live in strife, and at his door : 85
Devouring war shall never cease to roar::
Yea it shall be his natural property
To harbour those that are at enmity. '.
What pow'r, what force, what mighty spell, if not Your learned hands, can loose this Gordian knot? The next Quantity and Quality Spake in prose, then
Relation was call’d by his name.
DIVERS arise; whether thou be the son
N Of utmos Tweed, or Oose, or gulphy Dun,
Or Trent, who like some earth-born giant spreads
His thirty arms along th’indented meads,
Or sullen Mole that runneth underneath, 95
Or Severn swift, guilty of maidens' death,
Or rocky Avon, or of fedgy Lee,
Or coaly Tine, or ancient hallow'd Dee,
Or Humber loud that keeps the Scythian's name,
Or Medway smooth, or royal towred Thame. 100
(The rest was prose.}
III. On the Morning of CHRIST'S NATIVITY.
THIS is the month, and this the happy morn,
Wherein the Son of Heav'n's eternal King, Of wedded Maid, and Virgin Mother born, Our great redemption from above did bring; For so the holy sages once did sing,
That he our deadly forfeit should release, And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.
That glorious form, that light unsufferable,