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And those that cannot live from him asunder,
To harbour those that are at enmity.
The next Quantity and Quality spake in Profe, then Relation was call'd by his name.
Ivers arise; whether thou be the Son Of utmost Tweed, or Oofe, or gulphie Dun, Or Trent, who like fome earth-born Giant spreads His thirty Arms along th' indented Meads, Or fullen Mole that runneth underneath, Or Severn fwift, guilty of Maidens death,
Or rockie Avon, or of fedgie Lee,
Or coaly Tine, or ancient hallowed Dee,
RE-while of Mufick, and Ethereal mirth, Wherewith the stage of Air and Earth did ring, And joyous news of heav'nly Infant's birth, My Muse with Angels did divide to fing; But headlong joy is ever on the wing,
In wintry folftice like the fhorten'd light, Soon fwallow'd up in dark and long out-living night. II. For now to forrow muft I tune my fong, And fet my Harp to notes of faddeft wo, Which on our dearest Lord did seize ere-long, Dangers, and fnares, and wrongs, and worse than so, Which he for us did freely undergo.
Most perfect Heroe, try'd in heaviest plight
Of labours huge and hard, too hard for human wight.
His starry front low-rooft beneath the skies;
Yet more; the stroke of death he must abide,
Of Lute, or Viol ftill, more apt for mournful things.
And work my flatter'd fancy to belief,
That Heav'n and Earth are colour'd with my wo;
My forrows are too dark for day to know:
The leaves should all be black whereon I write, And letters where my tears have washt a wannish VI. [white. See fee the Chariot, and thofe rufhing wheels, That whirl'd the Prophet up at Chebar flood, My spirit fome transporting Cherub feels,
To bear me where the Towers of Salem stood, Once glorious Towers, now funk in guiltless blood;
There doth my Soul in holy vifion fit In penfive trance, and anguish, and ecstatick fit. VII. Mine eye hath found that fad Sepulchral rock That was the Casket of Heav'n's richest store; And here though grief my feeble hands up lock, Yet on the softned Quarry would I score My plaining verfe as lively as before;
For fure fo well inftructed are my tears, That they would fitly fall in order'd Characters. VIII. Or fhould I thence hurried on viewless wing, Take up a weeping on the Mountains wild, The gentle neighbourhood of grove and spring Would foon unbosom all their Echoes mild, And I (for grief is easily beguil'd)
Might think th' infection of my forrows loud, Had got a race of mourners on fome pregnant cloud.
This Subject the Author finding to be above the years he had, when he wrote it, and nothing fatisfy'd with what was begun, left it unfinisht.
LY envious Time, 'till thou run out thy race, Call on the lazy leaden-stepping hours, Whose speed is but the heavy Plummets pace; And glut thy felf with what thy womb devours, Which is no more than what is false and vain, And merely mortal drofs;
So little is our lofs,
So little is thy gain.
For when as each thing bad thou hast entomb'd,
Then long Eternity fhall greet our blifs
With an individual kiss;
And Joy fhall overtake us as a flood,