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ON THE DEATH OF AN INFANT.
73Oh no! for something in thy face did shine Above mortality, that show'd thou wast divine.
Oh say me true, if thou wert mortal wight,
Of sheeny. Heav'n, and thou some Goddess fied
Or wert thou that just Maid who once before
Or any other of that heav'nly brood
IX. Or wert thou of the golden-winged hoft, Who having clad thyself in human weed, To earth from thy prefixed seat didft poft, And after short abode fly back with speed, 60 As if to show what creatures Heav'n doth breed,
Thereby to set the hearts of men on fire
To stand 'twixt us and our deserved smart?
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 haft sent, And render him with patience what he lent! 75
This if thou do, he will an offspring give, That till the world's last end shall make thy name
II. Anno Ætatis 19. At a Vacation Exercise in the col.
lege, part Latin, part English. The Latin speeches ended, the English thus began *. H Н
AIL native Language, that by sinews weak
Didít move my first endevoring tongue to speaky And mad'st imperfect words with childish trips, Half unpronounc'd, fide through my infant-lips, Driving dumb silence from the portal door,
5 Where he had mutely sat two years
last. I pray thee then deny me not thy aid
15 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 chiefeit treasure, Not those new fangled toys, and trimming flight, Which takes our late fantastics with delight,
* These verses were made in 1627, that being the
of the author's age; and they were not in the edition of 1645, but were first added in the edition of 1673
But cull those richest robes, and gay'st attire
30 Such as may make thee search thy coffers round, Before thou clothe my fancy in fit sound : Such were the deep transported mind may foar Above the wheeling poles, and at Heav'n's door Look in, and see each blissful Deity
353 How he before the thunderous throne doth lieg, Listening 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, 40 And misty regions of wide air next under 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 Alcinoüs' feast,, While fad Ulyfies' soul and all the rest
Àre held with his melodious harmony
Then Ens. is represented as father of the Predicaments this ten sons, whereof the eldest stood for Substance with his canons, which Ens, thus speaking, explains.
GOOD luck befriend thee, Son; for at thy birth